Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quad Monday and Update on Summer!

It's always fun to wake up with a sweet little grandchild sleeping right beside me!
Trystan has long been nicknamed 'Twinkle Toes.'
As a toddler she would totter around on her tippy toes!

At nearly five years of age, the quads are growing out of some of their precious little mannerisms and speech habits. Trystan used to say 'CAMO-dino-SORE-er' with the sweetest little Southern Bell voice you ever heard. She still has a sweet southern voice.

She was my kitchen helper as we rolled out canned biscuits large and flat and filled some with with sausage, cheese and eggs and others with cream cheese and apricot jam.

They turned out really good and were easy peasy.

I made a batch of banana muffins and fried up some bacon and that's what I served the quads for lunch!

We ate in the gazebo! The kids loved how nice and clean we have the side decks and they played outside a lot. It was a beautiful day with a light sprinkle of rain a time or two. 

We settled down in the den for naps and I slept right along with the kids.

Louis Dean went out to the kitchen and made FOUR big sheets of cinnamon rolls!
PLUS he fired chicken tenders and made gravy for supper!
The kitchen was a wreck but it sure smelled good!!

I kept the kids out of the kitchen while Granddad was cooking!
Good thing it was nice outside!

He joined us in the gazebo when the rolls were baking.
I just love this picture of Kailey.
Hard to believe she had open heart surgery last July!
She is the picture of health and a very happy child.

She loves to point and say, "Who LOVES you, Granddad???   I do!!!"

I took pictures of all the kids with my red camera as we moved through Quad Monday but, unfortunately, I had left the memory card in the slot on my lap top Sunday night!
We gardened and played and read and stayed busy every single minute.

The last activity was illustrating Rule #3 of the Rules of the House.
I get a kick at seeing what they draw.
My favorite this time is Kailey's in the lower right hand corner.
Harrison very carefully put a hole in his paper.....I'm sure he had a reason.
His is beside Kailey's.
Logan drew her hand with a door in the palm and Trystan drew lots of hearts and a rainbow.
Amber's is the one on the easel.

Every Monday night, Amber pulls out of the driveway, rolls the windows down and slowly drives away as the kids are all yelling BYE!!! BYE!!! We love you!!
It is a joy to hear.
I got a special text right after they left from my neighbors on our east side.

Made me smile!!!! 
They just happen to have two of the sweetest little girls of their own.
This ended our Monday!

This morning we were up early because Louis Dean was having a nuclear stress test.
We are NOT morning people so we were moving like zombies!

The best part was when they told him to go out and eat a HEAVY meal!
Music to his ears!
It was nearly 3:00 when we got home.
We left the house at 9:00 and I had not even made up my bed.
No need, I went right back in it until 5:00!
Then we both went back to our work in the back yard. We have rounded the corner and are slowly working our way over into the more inhabited parts of the property.

 You know - over in the Sanford and Son area!

Now I am getting ready to go to bed.
We have a big day ahead of us in the morning.

Summer will be having surgery at noon on her back.
I will keep my 9:30 appointment with my urologist and then go straight to the hospital.
She said she told them her mom slept late so she didn't want an early surgery!
I think she was kidding me!

They finally diagnosed her condition after taking some x rays of her when she was bending.
From my Facebook post tonight:

 As I understand it, turns out she has a birth defect in her spine that a Lumbar Spinal Fusion (Arthrodesis) will fix. The diagnosis was Spondylolisthesis. In addition she has two other conditions which will most probably improve after the surgery. Praise God for an answer to her pain after 5 long months. It took a set of x rays where she was bending and stretching to reveal the problem.The surgery will take 4-5 hours. Prayers would be very much appreciated!!

I am packing a bag with a book, water, a sweater and various and other sundry things.
I never travel light! Louis Dean says he could most probably overhaul an engine with what I carry around in my purse!


Kathy said...

I love your quad days. They are doing a great job learning their rules of the house. And the pictures of Kailey are great.

I'll be praying for Summer. I hope this is the end of her suffering.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I am praying for sweet Summer! I love seeing the quads drawings, each one so different. They are such good ideas!

Mummers said...

❤ you Mom! Glad you will be there tomorrow and especially when I wake up!

Sandra said...

prayers for summer's surgery. I love that text, it is priceless and says it ALL about you two as grandparents. so glad Kailey is doing well and love Twinkle Toes on her toes. so cute

Arlene Grimm said...

Praying for Summer. I know your Mama's heart will feel at ease when it is over. I am going to come to visit y'all in Texas just to get one of LD's cinnamon rolls. They look delish.

Deanna Rabe said...

I love your quad days, too!

Many prayers for Summer! I'm so thankful she has a diagnosis and that they can fix it! What a relief that will be for her!

Patricia Lawlor said...

All the very best to Summer and her road ahead. My sister had the same operation and practically walked off the table as for once in a few years she didn't have any pain. She said that it was so long that she was pain free and it was such a new feeling for her. I hope Summer has the same relief.

Gypsy Heart said...

The quads are growing like weeds and just get cuter by the day! I love the things they say. :) Please tell LD that the cinnamon rolls are making me drool right here! I can't tell you how glad I am that Summer is getting some relief! I will definitely hold her and the medical team in prayer. Spondylolisthesis is one of my issues, along with Scoliosis and Stenosis. Please keep me updated as to how she's doing.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Wednesday morning now, and I am thinking about your Summer today. I have been praying, and know she will be fine, and finally pain free. I guess you are in the hospital now with your big bag of stuff. I know you will be a huge comfort to her! Let us know!

Debbie said...

Soo glad that discovered the problem with Summer and that there is a surgery to fix it. Praying all goes well and for a speedy recovery. Good thing I don't live with LD, lol, as I'd way a million more pounds then I do. GOODNESS, it all looks soooo good!

Linda said...

Anxious to hear a report on Summer. I'm so hoping this gives her relief. I think LD is actually enjoying his tests. He gets to eat big meals and be surrounded with lovely nurses fussing over him. Attention all around. Will watch for a Summer report.

Estelle's said...

Hugs and prayers for Summer's sugery. I declare, the children are just the prettiest and sweetest babies ever! What a blessing. Thinking of you on this day...

Debbie said...

i want to be a child again - and come to visit you. i don't know how you ever get them to leave!! i am thinking about summer today!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Linda, Thoughts and prayers for Summer and her surgery to go well with a prompt recovery. Love the photos of your grands and seeing the fun you all have together. What a blessing they are and such wonderful grandparents you both are. Hugs and prayers. xo

Vee said...

Yes, prayers for Summer. What an ordeal she has had. So glad that an answer has come! Sometimes we wonder why the answer takes so long. Perhaps Summer has some thoughts, but one thing is certain, when she is feeling so much better all these things will fade into the distance. Louis Dean's doctor's orders sounded like fun. πŸ₯“πŸ³πŸ”πŸ•πŸŒ­πŸ₯—πŸ₯™πŸπŸœπŸ› Praying for a good report!

Loved hearing what the neighbors think about hearing all those goodbyes...wonderful! I'd be doing the same thing.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I agree with your neighbors...you are a great grandmother! You inspire me to be a better grandmother, too.

I know you are all relieved to finally be getting help for your daughter. I hope she has a speedy and uneventful recovery. Let us know how she is.

Penny said...

Thank God a proper diagnosis at last for your Summer. Adorable yext from your neighbour, they must lobe hearing the quads shouting out their goodbyes! X

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