More family time!

First off, I decided not to take any summer classes. Less debt is better in the end, even if the end will be farther away. Thanks for the help. I suppose I will find something else to do with my summer? I need to study for/take the C-BASE, but I keep forgetting. I would also LOVE to go to Florida. Hmm..

So what’s been going on lately?
Well it’s not all good news. Sunday through Friday my Dad was in the hospital for pneumonia, infection in the blood, and probable pleurisy. Ugh! He was not good at all, but thankfully he is now at home and feeling better. I was busy visiting him up in St. Louis with my Mom last week. Because he was in the hospital, my mom couldn’t go to my Grandma’s, so Ryan went with me Thursday-Saturday. She lives in Maryville, MO, a dead college town which most people haven’t heard of. We wanted to go visit because my cousin Christy and her kids were there visiting from Florida. I also got to see my Uncle John and his family that live around Kansas City. I loved spending time with more family! My cousin Christy has a 5 year old, Christian, and a 1 year old, Amelia. We played with them, went fishing, and just hung out! Amelia is SUCH a sweetie. Her favorite word is “hi!” And she was flirting with Ryan…haha! She liked him a lot. I put her to sleep a couple times and she loves to cuddle! She will hold on to your ear or hair and suck her thumb. So precious!!
We saw a turtle laying eggs! Six eggs to be exact. It dug a hole in the mud, and then would cover them up. We also saw a disgusting alligator snapping turtle crossing the road. Here’s some pictures from the visit to Maryville…
Turtle laying eggs

Amelia & me


The above pictures are taken by Ryan. If you want to see more, go here.
The rest of the pictures are from my camera. I’m sure you notice the quality difference, hah.

Amelia can’t quite walk yet, so Ryan was helping her around.

Christian & me

Amelia & her buddy Ryan!


I’m happy because….

Flowers are blooming, leaves are beginning to appear, the grass is becoming green, the air is warm, it sounds like summer outside (frogs, birds)…. That means it’s spring!!! =)
My hip and I re-connected.
Tomorrow is my last class day of the week.
I might have amazing plans for spring break!! More to come on that topic.
My dad is feeling better.
There’s 1 month until AU’s Easter break.

I know I’m at the wrong college when….
People are playing beer pong on the roof. [Yes seriously, a regular slanted roof; they had a table up on the very top and they were playing beer pong. I saw this when I parked for my Education class. It was quite a sight to say at the least.]

I am thankful that my Grandma is still alive…
My 88 year old Grandma had Meckel’s Diverticulum, which caused intestinal obstruction last week. She thought she had the stomach flu, but it was lasting for several days and causing her severe pain. She called the doctor and they turned her down. My mom set up a nurse to come check on her and my Grandma turned her down. She went to a doctor for her hip and they were only concerned with her hip. Everything was against her it seemed. Finally, my mom had flowers delivered to her and my mom asked the florist to check on her when she delivered the flowers. The florist yelled from the kitchen and my Grandma did not respond (she was actually at the doctor at that time, but the florist didn’t know) so she called public safety. When my Grandma got home, a sheriff showed up and she threw up in the kitchen sink while he was there. I guess something concerned him enough that he thought she needed to go get checked out. So they called 911 and she got taken to the ER. That sheriff basically saved her life. If she wouldn’t have gone to the doctor’s within the next few days, she would’ve died. At the ER, they took x-rays and found out her intestines were twisted up. They sent her to a Kansas City hospital and they told her that she needed surgery. She refused it; she said she was ready to die. So they put tubes down her esophagus that sucked out infected fluids, hoping that it would help. The next day they realized it wouldn’t, and finally everyone convinced her to get surgery. During the surgery they realized she had Meckel’s Diverticulum, which is something she’s had since about 7 weeks after she was conceived. It’s a 2 inch “pouch” made of other types of tissue that is on the lower part of the small intestine wall. It only occurs in 2% of the population and it only causes problems in 5% of those people. If it does, it’s usually within the first few years of life and it’s usually in males. In other words, this is very rare for her case. So they successfully removed it and “untwisted” her intestines. She is doing good so far…well, besides tonight she was throwing up for some reason. I hope she is okay. She is a survivor!!!! In her old age she has had two car accidents, one almost taking her life after her lung collapsed, hip surgery this past October, and now this!

Well I am fighting to keep my eyes open so I’ll end this here. Good night!