Monday, October 29, 2007

Hershey the Halloween Bunny

Last Wednesday our special friend Denisa came over to play with us for the day. She surprised Lindy by bringing along her bunny, Hershey. I don't know much about rabbits but this little bunny is sooo calm and sweet. Lindy had a ball playing with her, feeding her carrots, and taking her for walks around the yard. Here are some pictures of them...

Thanks for bringing Hershey over, Denisa!!!

Fifi the French Poodle goes to the Fall Festival

A couple weekends ago we took Lindy to the Fall Festival at our church. It was an insane 90 degrees outside, so it was torture dressing her in such a heavy costume.

Last year she was completely overwhelmed. This year she was mildly overwhelmed. She may have been dressed up as a prissy French Poodle but a monster emerged when she realized she was receiving CANDY for playing the games. Since then, "I want a lollipop" has been a common phrase around the house...

Here are some pictures of the evening.


Fall Festival 2007
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Happy Fall

Hope you're having a happy weekend.

Last October the three of us went to Market Days in Wimberley and while we were there we bought Lindy this little dress. I was happy to see it fit her "just right" this year.

Here she is posing with the little scarecrows in our yard. She had more fun pulling them out of the ground than posing. She's ornery, that one.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Gig 'em Ashley


If you live in Texas, you know the BIGGEST state college rivalry is between the University of Texas Longhorns & the Aggies of Texas A&M. Even if you didn't attend either school, somehow you gravitate to cheering for one of the teams (unless you went to Texas Tech who reportedly hates them both equally). Both schools are steeped in tradition, have super sports teams, and superior academic programs.

Well, truth be told, we are UT people. Lindy proudly displays her Hook 'em Horns sign and loves pointing out all the Longhorns she sees. However, she is getting some coaching from the outside to become an Aggie fan because look what she received in the mail last week from her favorite Aggie, Ashley--a senior at A&M...

Oh no, what will all my Longhorn friends think??? Please don't tell them...

Well, this pink shirt really is so much prettier than burnt orange...

This gig 'em is for you Ashley. I love you, love the shirt, and can't wait for the next time you come home because I miss you.

Thank you for sending the shirt, Ashley. We will think of you, your entire family, and all our other Aggie friends when she wears it.

Monday, October 08, 2007

A first and hopefully a last

Last night we were in the emergency room from 7:00-12:15 with Lindy. We finally got her tucked in at about 12:30.

In my previous post, I mentioned that it seemed as if Lindy had an allergic reaction to the hay or something at the pumpkin patch. Well, yesterday morning when I woke her at 8:00 to get ready for church she was burning up and her eyes and face were swollen. She was blotchy and itchy elsewhere but with a dose of Tylenol and Benadryl, things seemed to get better. I felt certain that I'd be paying a visit to her pediatrician on Monday.

When she got up at 4:30 from her nap she was on fire and she looked like Will Smith in the scene from Hitch when he has an allergic reaction to shellfish. Her temp was 104.8 and she was COVERED with welts/hives. Her eyes were nearly swollen shut and her hands and fingers nearly doubled in size. I was scared because her temp was so high and she was so itchy and miserable. If you've had hives or an allergic reaction of some sort you know how it can make you a stark raving lunatic. It is terribly uncomfortable. I gave her Motrin, Benadryl, and called the Ask-a-Nurse. It took quite a while to get a return call but after her questions she recommended we "not delay until tomorrow" and head to the ER.

Blotchy but a bit better...

It was really amazing how quickly the Benadryl worked to clear things up. (None of these pictures were taken at her worst.) When the doctor finally saw Lindy she thought it was most likely a virus or an allergic reaction to something. However, to be on the safe side she wanted to check to ensure she didn't have an infection. That meant testing her urine. That meant inserting a catheter. My heart sunk...

Waiting to see the doctor...

Lindy was such a trooper. She HATES going to the doctor and has total white coat syndrome. However, in the scheme of things she did so well and was quite brave. She doesn't have an infection and will be on steroids for a few days as well as Benadryl and Motrin as needed.

Waiting for test results...

Our prayer is that this will pass quickly and that whatever it is will go away and never come back. At this time I am so thankful for the little bit of "momtuition" and "dadtuition" that kicked in. I will admit I have fear I'll be too easy going and that I won't know what to do if something is wrong or when to escalate the issue. That's a total pride issue. As I think about it, I guess it is never wrong to call for help, even if it means sometimes I may look like a nervous, over-cautious first-time mom. Please pray for Lindy's healing. Thank you.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Trip to the pumpkin patch

It would be really easy to fill each weekend with chores and errands and not make the time to do fun family things and create special memories. Recently it dawned on me that we have to make a conscious decision and effort to plan special outings or we'll easily get into the trap of just trying to conquer our never ending to-do list.

Today we went to a local pumpkin patch to try to get into the fall spirit. I'll admit that's a challenge when it is 90 degrees outside and extremely humid. Lindy enjoyed looking at the pumpkins, riding on a little "train," and being outside. I think we discovered she may be allergic to hay. Later in the day her eyes were completely red and swollen, her mouth was swollen, and she was quite itchy. A little dose of Benadryl seemed to cure her, though.

Here are some pictures of our morning at the pumpkin patch.


Pumpkin Patch
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Crazy girl

First of all, does this look like this matches? Daddy dressed Lindy in this combo after bath a couple of weeks ago. It was the one night I didn't lay out Lindy's pajamas for him...Maybe she clashed so much she couldn't sleep and that's why she looked angry the next morning.
Today I am convinced Lindy's mind is ALL over the place like mine based on the following dialogue in Bed, Bath & Beyond:
"Dear God, Thank you for foooood, family, A, B, C, D, E, F, G (singing), Cheerios, please mommy..."
Wow, and I thought my mine wandered when I pray. I definitely have never busted out into singing my ABCs.