OK... you think most of my weekends are busy?
Just hold on... this one even made me say, "whooooaaaa... this was a busy weekend"
It kicked off on Friday for me actually. I took off work, but didn't sleep in. Nope - I was up & out the same time as usual to go to the outpatient surgery center with my mom. The INTENT was for her to have surgery on her back to help with her low back pain. Dad & I got comfortable in our chairs - I had my knitting, my Kindle, my Women's Running Magazine.... & we sat there for about an hour, only to see my mom coming out of the door with her hospital hair net on saying that they can't get her blood pressure down, they didn't know if they would be able to do the surgery.
... & then about another hour later, here comes the nurse & says that they just couldn't do anything with her BP that high. The anesthesiologist refused to put her to sleep with it being up so much & that she needed to go to the ER immediately. I know the nurse looked totally taken back when my dad said, "Let me guess - its 220/115" & the nurse was like, "Well, yeah, it is"... & we told her that that tends to be what mom's blood pressure is on any given day. The nurse started getting a little stern with us telling us that was dangerous & she needed to do something about that. Oh - thanks for that tip Ms. Nurse ... it's been yearssssss of mom trying to get her blood pressure any less then that. No one can get a handle on it. The only time I've seen her BP normal was when she was in the ER a few months back & they had given her some sort of shot.... to see a normal BP on the monitor, I think I took a picture to document it because we never thought we'd see it again.
Anyways... we packed up mom - who just wanted to go home & get a TAB & headed back home surgery-free.
I ended up taking advantage of an early morning & headed to Target where I knew there'd be no crowds... & was so excited to find the final book in this series... I cant wait to finish this out.
Ricky got to take a half day off because he worked last weekend & we just relaxed a bit on Friday afternoon... only to hear a dog yelping outside of our door. Ricky came running up thinking it was one of ours, but all 3 of our lazy pups were asleep around me on the couch... but the yelp was happening again. Ricky threw on his shoes, ran outside our front door ... I walk out after him, to see him coming around the corner saying, "REBECCA - NO! NO! NO!!!!!!!"... & holding this little pup.
OH MY GOSH!!! He needs us - he's just a baby!!!
He really is just a baby.... I know he looks big in this picture but everyone was shocked how small he really is when you see him.
Ricky was afraid to bring him in with our dogs in case he had worms or something wrong with him, so he pulled out one of our kennels & we loaded it up with blankets - gave him some food, which he devoured, gave him some water... played with him a little bit & then the little guy was ready for a good snuggled nap in the blankets.
We had to leave him soon after to head to our friends for dinner & a game night. I wasn't expecting to see some church friends that had moved up to Cincinnati... that was such a fun surprise. We ended up not even making it to games because we ended up just sitting around talking & laughing... I'll take that anytime.
Saturday had me out of the door bright & early for a baby session. I am so excited for this baby's arrival. I took the new mommy & daddy's engagement pictures & wedding pictures & birth announcement & I just LOVE this couple. They are precious... & the momma is in my women's bible study too....
Baby sessions are hard work & can be filled with frustration. This time around? Easy as pie. The baby was GORGEOUS, she was perfection the whole session (I think she cried maybe once at the end & a paci stopped it immediately) & I so appreciated that the parents were like, "you've got this" & just left Chasity & I to do what we needed to do. That just makes such a relaxed session ... I think babies pick up on stress when parents worry during a photo session, only causing more tears. This baby was like, "I'm a super model - just work with me here"
I got done with the session & thought I would have all day to work on pictures... only to find out that we got our washing machine delivered.... & it was defective.
Are you kidding me?
It leaks in the tub... water dripping non stop.
So Ricky had me meet him at Home Depot right after the session to see what we needed to do. Now, we have to wait until next Saturday for delivery of ANOTHER machine. All the while, my laundry pile is pretty much the size of the Smoky Mountains.
As we were leaving there, we got a phone call that my mother in law wanted to take that puppy into her home... make him her new baby. Ricky & I were so happy because we didn't want to have to take him to a shelter. So we went to the pet store & loaded up on goodies for him, headed home to get the little Squirt & headed to his new home.
When we got to my Mother in Law's house, she couldn't believe how tiny he was. It was fun to see how he was going to be with her dog, Cocoa - who is 14 years old & loves his momma. But the puppy & him were instant play mates. The little guy even brought life back to the old man & they were running & chasing each other & trading toys instantly....
|Will you be my momma?|
|Meeting his new brother|
Everyone started coming over to see the new puppy... I don't think he knew what to do with all the attention but to soak it up. He had to be thinking, "I've hit the jackpot here"... especially when we called my mom-in-law Sunday morning to find out that he slept in bed with her overnight... yeah, he's already loved.
Maggie ended up naming him Rocco. It was funny because Ricky had gone to go get a little kennel for the puppy & Maggie & I were going through names. She really liked Cooper at first & had sorta liked Rocky... & when we saw Rocco, & said that name, his ears perked up & she said, "Do you like the name Rocco?" & he came running to her & jumped up for her to hold him. Name picked.
& yes, I still cried leaving the little guy.
& we got home & Ricky said, "I kinda miss the little guy"... it don't take long for dogs to weasel into our hearts.
Sunday had us in our happy place for breakfast....
& then we headed up to our friends house for church.
A great message on Anxiety - exactly a message I can hear every day in my life.
Our sweet friends have been usually bringing food for after our home church. We had some errands to do but put those on the back burner when our friends said they made some vegetarian chili... they were speaking to our bellies. We said, "errands can wait" ....
But we did leave there & head out to get Ricky some new work shoes which he desperately needed & then get me to another photo session - engagement this time around.
It was crazy the difference a day made because the day before was FREEEZZZZZINNNGGGG at 50-something degree temps with cold rain. Sunday was warm & sunny & back in the 80's. We saw 3 other photographers doing photo sessions while we were shooting ours. Everyone wanted to take advantage of the beautiful day.
we actually did one location & then the couple went home & got their dogs & I met up with them again at another location for a few final shots...
These are some amazing dogs. Like they win mega-ribbons in agility training competitions.... it was no problem snapping a picture of them.
I finally got home, started uploading all the pictures taken over the weekend, finally got to give my own doggies a little bit of love... & just stare at my ever growing pile of clothes...
another weekend in the books... whew....
How was your weekend?