I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day! Ours was fun. Unfortunately, the veteran in our family, my husband, had to work last night, so we had to attend our get-together without him. We never forgot him or his service, though. We had a great time! We met friends at Monkey Bizness in the afternoon and let all the kids run around for a few hours, playing while we chatted and relaxed. Then we went to the pool together, and Jason and Troy got braver and braver about swimming. Unfortunately, they are not in the water enough each year to be great swimmers yet, but every chance we get, we work on it, and they are starting to really get the hang of it. Derek was frustrated, of course. While he played and went down slides (against my will) at Monkey Business, I was the “Cast Nazi” at the pool. I put a plastic bag around the cast, made him put it up, and would not let him get wet. He was not too happy about it, and I felt really bad for him. After a couple ofhours, we went to our friend’s house and cleaned up. This was the hardest part for me because I have to change Derek’s dressings on the donor site. This is very painful for him because the wound drains a bit still, and then the fluid dries, causing the gauze to stick to it. It bleeds a bit when I take it off, and it really hurts him. He cries pretty good, begging me to stop. I hate that part. The twin girls and Jason and Troy came down to see what was going on. I was worried about how the girls were going to handle it, so I tried to keep everyone out, but they seemed to be OK. Apparently they went upstairs and discussed it with my friend, the girls’ mom.
Anyway, after that we ate a great meal, chatted a bit, and then had dessert. It was the Strawberry Cheese Pie I have listed in the Recipe Book on this site. (Check it out…it is delicious!) We left soon after that. The kids fell asleep on the way home and slept in pretty late this morning. They were wiped! I did too, so this has been a lazy day so far.
Today is about to get busier. Earlier, Jason got his uniform for Cub Scouts. The first official day he can join is June 1 of the year he turns 6-years-old, which is Friday. He got his uniform delivered to the house today, and he tried it on. He looks adorable! He is very
excited now. Hopefully he can march in the Old Shawnee Days parade on Saturday. Troy wants to do it too, but he has to wait until next year. In the meantime, he can help Jason get his badges. In about 5 minutes, I am going to drop the older boys and Ashley off at my Mother-in-law’s house so she can watch them while I take Derek into another of his hospital visits. Hopefully this will be the last one for a while. They should just remove this cast, clean out the wound, redress it, and put on a permanent (and hopefully waterproof) cast. He should be able to wear this for the next five weeks, and then get it removed. We are on the home stretch, it seems, so I hope it continues to go this way! Well, gotta go! See you later tonight! I will let you know how it goes!