Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring Break and Happy Easter!

I totally forgot to come in here and blog this week.  I am going to try and do it tonight. 
I have been on Spring Break this week,  but it has been busy.  It began last Friday and I worked a half day and then my mom, Josh and I went shopping and out to eat.  We had fun.  Monday I went to the dentist and had a filling and a crown.  Tuesday I was home...that would have been a great day to blog!  Wednesday I had my hair cut and has blonde highlights for Spring/Summer and also went to walmart and did some laundry.  Thursday Josh and I went back to the dentist for more fillings.  Friday I did laundry and cleaned house.  I also have a pen pal from my stay at home mom days that I have started writing and so I wrote to my friend Candi.  Today we had night church (Easter services) and I will watch my Hallmark movie in a little while.  It has been busy, but it has been good and a lot has been accomplished.
Tomorrow for Easter we are planning to go to my mom's house for Easter dinner.  I think I will just stop for now so I have time to visit blogs!  I hope you all have a very Blessed Easter!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have enjoyed this winter so far.  We had some snow and some ice.  We missed a few days of school and I was able to relax some, but now we seem to be turning a corner and trying to head into Spring.  My flowers (crocus) have bloomed as of about a week ago.  We are getting some spring storms.  In fact, our house got hit by in our internet and it ruined our DSL box, 2 tvs and 2 DVD players.  Our deductible was too high, so we did not make a claim.  We just replaced our tvs.  We also started using Sling tv this year and got rid of satellite tv.  I did not like it at first, but now I do not miss it at all.  We are saving a lot of money each month...however, we did sign up for You Tube tv last weekend and I actually like it better,but here is the catch...You tube tv does not have the Hallmark channel, and I watch Hallmark all of the time.
Since I last posted, Mandy is still walking, but her back legs are much weaker.  I wish our animals could live forever.
Work is going great!  I just love it, however, we are getting close to the end of the year and we will be graduating some really wonderful kids to Kindergarten.  I am going to be a mess.  It has been a really great year.
Karl has been hard at work.  He got a promotion a few months ago, so he is a foreman now and he got a raise.  He deserves it, he works hard.
There is not a lot going on.  It is almost Spring Break, so I am hoping to be able to blog and visit blogs that week.  I hope you are all doing well.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

In the new year...

We had really nice holidays except my mom got sick at Thanksgiving and that seemed to hang on.  I had to take her to the doctor and then after she should have been better, she got really sick again and had to come stay with us for a few weeks.  The good news is she is better now.  We had Thanksgiving at my house and my mom was able to do Christmas at her house.  We got Josh a smart tv and it is pretty neat.  We got rid of our dish satellite tv and we are trying Sling.  We are really hoping it works out, because it is about half the price.  Anyway, Josh's tv does really well with the Sling and the apps that go with it.
It has been two months since I last posted and Mandy continues to be able to walk, but her right back leg is getting really weak.  It is just sad.  You will have to read my last post to know what is going on.  We had a really good Christmas for the dogs though, so if it was her last, it was nice.  This sounds so depressing, but it is very upsetting for me.
My job is still going just great!  I absolutely love the people I work with and the kids are amazing!  We started back to work on January 2nd and the kids came back on the 3rd.  We finally were able to take them out to play on Friday because the weather has been so cold.  They do really good having to stay in.  There are a lot of sick kids too.  I hope they can come back next week.
The pictures above are of the dogs getting their presents from Santa Paws and a picture of Mandy by herself.  Then a picture of Josh with his new gloves.  You can click on the images to make them bigger so you can see them better.  I am kind of glad Josh asked for boots, hat, scarf and gloves for Christmas.  It has been so cold.  Well, I will get off of here for now.  Hopefully something awesome happens I can come post about.  Maybe I will win the lottery?  Hahahahaha.  Happy New Year 2018!  I hope it is a good year.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

looking back at the year and Thanksgiving!

I wish I would have done a better job blogging this year because it has been a not so good year for me.  However, I do feel like through the bad things that have happened I have seen the good or things have happened that are good because of the bad.  I know that may not make any sense, but I did want to write it down on my blog so I have a record of it.  I am feeling great because of the gallbladder surgery.  Even though it is hard to find any good from my dad's death I do take comfort in knowing he is not confused or sick anymore and is whole again in heaven. My job is so much fun this year and I was super scared to change buildings, but it has been a good experience.  I am working with teachers more my age and as silly as that sounds, it is hard being around young people all of the time in the sense of they are not going through the same things as you are.  These teachers are all at the same point in their life as me and we just understand each other.  It is nice and it helps me be more ok with my age and where I am in my life.  I do still get to be around young teachers, which I do enjoy, but it is nice to have teachers that understand me too.  There is not much going on new except we did have blood drawn from Mandy to send off to see what is going on with her legs.  I suspect degenerative myelopathy which would paralyze her hind legs and the vet did not agree at first, but now they are wondering too if that is not what it is, so the results should be in soon.  If it is her back as in a slipped disc, I have found a doggie chiropractor I would like to try.  Anyway, enough if that.  I do have a picture from last week at our Book character parade for Halloween from the primary school.  This is my friend Meghan and myself.  Meghan is our speech therapist.  It is almost Thanksgiving!  I am so excited!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Back to School new job...

I was so crazy busy over the summer I do not think I mentioned that I am working at a new building this year. So, I used to teach Early Childhood Special Education before I changed jobs and went to Reeds Spring Elementary.  I am back in Early Childhood Special Education this year at Reeds Spring Primary School and I was a little nervous about it, but I am loving it and loving the people I am working with.  Here is a picture of our team.  I am on the very left.  We have so much fun and the day goes by so fast.
My summer never really did get much better after my dad's memorial service.  My mom had to have eye surgery and I took care of her up until time to go back to school.  I was really not ready to go back to work, but I am having fun now that I am there. 
I do not think I mentioned that during all of the craziness this summer I also took Mandy to the vet.  I believe she has degenerative myelopathy.  She is basically having trouble with her back legs.  If I am right, she will lose the use of her back legs.  The vet does not think that is what is going on, he said it was her back.  He gave her a lot of medicine, but she did not get any better.  I just hate this is happening to her.  She is truly my heart dog.  I love her so much.
I am not sure what else has happened since I last posted, it is a blur.  I hope you are all doing well.  I will post again as I am able.

Friday, June 23, 2017

My dad died

Monday we went to visit my dad and he was the same as every other day.  He ate and he rested.  He seemed comfortable.  The next morning I got a call from my friend Tommy that had gone to visit and he asked how long it was going to take me to get there, that my dad was having trouble breathing.  I went and got Josh up and we went to the nursing home.  It takes 30 minutes to get to the nursing home.  We made it though.  I told my daddy I loved him and that Josh and I were there.  I held his hand and I told him we were all ok.  He had a hard time breathing and started the death rattle around noon.  He passed away at 1:50PM on Tuesday June 20th.  The rest of the day went very fast and is a blur.  I could not sleep very well that night and  got up really early the next morning.  My mom is not dealing very well with any of this.  Josh and I are doing a lot of the memorial planning along with my friend Tommy.  Tommy and I were raised together, so we are like brother and sister.  He went in last week and talked to my dad alone and told him he would look after my mom and me.  He is just a precious friend.  So, it is just a really hard time right now.  I feel like I have nothing positive to write, so I have been kind of quiet on facebook.  I get home super late anyway.  So, the memorial is going to be July 1st at 10AM.  I want it to be so nice and perfect just like my dad.  I am doing my best.  I am so very sad as you can imagine.  Just pray for God's comfort and strength for us right now.  I will update soon.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day!

Sorry for the lack of updates.  Last I posted it was Spring Break. I was able to get the stent removed that was put in during gallbladder surgery to catch any gall stones that might have been loose.  That went great and I am happy to report that now 4 months later my acid reflux is gone as well.  I feel so good.  So, all of that is behind me hopefully. 

Josh graduated from High School.  The pictures are him and then him and his friend Alexis.  It is so hard to believe.  I sound like my parents, but he grew up so fast and it seems like just yesterday when he was born.  Many of you that read this blog celebrated his first birthday with me at my website The Ray Family Website.  I loved those years when we did the country websites and that seems like an eternity ago too.  I miss it.  My last day of school was a week later.  I went to visit my mom and dad at their house and my dad was very sleepy and was bent over in his chair.  I have a good friend that is an EMT and he was worried my dad might have had an infected sore that could have gone septic.  We called the ambulance and it was a very long day/night...but he was put into the hospital and put on anti-biotics.  The next day the doctors told us he would need multiple surgeries to heal this sore and he might end up on a ventilator and feeding tubes.  Now if you have forgotten, my dad has advanced alzheimer's.  We decided to not do the surgeries.  It was not an easy decision to make.  We thought that he would not understand the pain of the surgeries or he might try to take out the feeding tube, the list goes on and on.  He is under hospice care now and has been in a nursing home for several weeks.  He is comfortable in no pain.  Some days he will wake up and talk to us, but he sleeps a lot with the medication he is on.  I posted this picture of us on facebook.  It was taken when I graduated college probably 25 years ago or so.  I was around 22 years old and he was around 51 years old.  I wish he was as healthy as he was then.  It makes me sad to see him in the nursing home.  I get to feed him every day though.  The nurses say he eats best for me.  Not sure of that is true or not,but I am happy to do it.  The hospital had given us 2 weeks for him to live and the nursing home doctor said a month, so we will see what God decides.  Please pray for all of us.  This has not been easy for anyone.   I am just so very happy I got one more Father's Day with him.  I love my daddy!  I visit him everyday, so it has been crazy, but since it is summer, I will try to keep you all posted.  He is holding is own for now.