July 27, 2011

A Picnic with Mom

Three Years...
A picnic at the cemetery.
It isn't a celebration - that's for sure.
It's just nice to be with those who understand.
It's a weird day. We were all a little quiet and reserved.
Didn't cry. Didn't laugh. Didn't even reminisce much.
Just spent an hour with those that could make it.
We missed Manda (in Indiana), Adam (in DC), Dad (at work) and, OF COURSE, Mom. :)

July 26, 2011

July 26, 2008

My mom died 3 years ago tomorrow. It feels like forever.
Although she died on July 27th, it is July 26th that I find myself a little more reflective, somber, and quiet.

On July 26, 2008, I spent a very peaceful day with my mom.
She didn't talk much. It was like she was in her own world and wouldn't let us in. Josh & my dad were in and out of her room. Occasionally she would look up to see who was with her. Some time during the day, all three of us were in the room, quietly doing different things. My dad sat in a rocking chair, mid room, reading through papers. Josh was near the window typing on the computer that was set up on a card table. I was sitting on a stool rubbing her feet. My mom looked up and scanned the room until she saw my dad. She looked directly at him and smiled, a small but familiar smile, almost to say "thank you" or "I'm sorry" and "I love you". He returned the smile and she put her head back down. I looked over at my dad and he smiled at me, reassuring me of what I just witnessed. Josh & I exchanged the same smile. We had all seen that look before from her. If we were sad, frustrated, or a little defeated, she would put her fist to her sides and shrug and give that same look or smile. It is my last memory of my mom as MY MOM. It is something I will never forget.

Although it was a hard day, it was a special day for me. I was so grateful to have spent the entire day in her presence. I recall trying to memorize her. At 4:30 pm, Jenn & Manda had arrived. Aaron told me I could stay but I knew it was time for me to leave. One by one, my kids came in to hug her and tell her they loved her. We aren't big "huggers" in my family but as I hugged her and cried, I didn't want to let go. I whispered "I love you". I would have given anything to hear her say "Bye hon" like she used to do on the phone or when I would leave her home, but all she said was "Ok". I knew it would be the last time I would hear my mom's voice. And it was.
Life goes on. I was told it would and it has. But each year. during this week, as I go about doing the "normal" life stuff - thoughts of my mom are close. Although I can't see her, or hear her, or even feel her, I know she isn't far. I know she is still aware of me and all of her children and grandchildren. I wish she was still here with us - there are so many things I need to tell her and lots of questions I need her to answer. I miss her so much. But, I will forever be grateful for the last day I spent with my mom.

July 25, 2011

PRK Experience

Lately, I feel like I can't see.
My night vision has always been bad but it is now worse.
Aaron offered LASIKS. His exact words were "Just say the word".
He knows I get a little nervous when it comes to doctors -not sure where I get that fear from... :) maybe my mother.

LASIKS was so easy for Aaron and Jenn.
They went in - Had it done - They could See Immediately!!

Unfortunately, I was told by two different places that LASIKS wasn't an option for me.
I would have to do PRK.
The doctors described the difference and that PRK wasn't a "walk in the park."
Everyone else shared their nightmare story.
Needless to say, I was a little scared - more like A LOT scared.
But everyone told me their nightmare story about having a baby and it was still worth it in the end ... so I figured PRK would be the same.
I decided to "bite the bullet" and just do it.

Friday morning 9:00 am - showed up at Lasiks Plus and surgery was done.
Wore beautiful eye shield the entire day and tried to sleep.
(No Pictures of me with the eye shields, I know better then that ;)
Friday afternoon still doing great. Couldn't see very well but no pain.
Saturday was a bit harder but not too bad.
Saturday night was NOT FUN!! Shed a few tears out of frustration.
Sunday I was ready to shoot myself!! Worse day of all. Lortab didn't touch it!
Monday - today - I still can't see very well (sort of like looking through a kalidiscope - I think this is probably what "druggies" see when they are high. Why would anyone do this for fun??)
Pain is much better today- then again it is only 9:15 am.

My poor husband and kids.
They have been so good to just chill all weekend.
I have mother's guilt.
Feeling selfish for ruining their long weekend...

Thursday is Stake Lagoon Day.
They have NEVER been to Lagoon.
I will make it up to them then. :)

July 23, 2011

Our Final Week as a Complete Dorius Crew

4th of July Party
Hosted by Grandpa Earl and Roe.
Entertained by an "Impromptu Talent Show"
Once programs were passed out, we had 20 minutes to prepare our given talents.
(Pledge led by Mackay - - - Holiday History by Grandpa)
(God Bless the USA sung by Sam, Josh, & Kenz)
(Lightsaber Show by all the Star Wars Fans)
(Magic Show by Sam & Tobe)
(Patriotic Dance by Jessica, Kenz, Jane, Aly)
(Dessert Display by Jenn (Scott), Ashley (Rob), & Megan (Josh)
(Bell Ringers - Manda, Roe, Grandpa, & Dawn)
(Founding Father's Story by Scott - - - Closing Song led by Jane)
Fireworks thanks to Aaron, Josh, Scott, and Rob.

Making Mom's Homemade Jam.

Our last party was a Sad Send off Luau
We played our annual "Minute to Win it Game" (inside due to poor weather.)
(I'm Puzzled)
(Mover's & Shakers)
(Tic Toc Toe)
(Kleen Out)

(Separation Anxiety)

It's never easy saying "goodbye".
We shared lots of tears, hugs, and a few giggles
(Aly's poses will do that to you... :)
Can't wait to get us all together again next Summer!!!