Saturday, October 17, 2009
This guy had amazing balancing abilities!
Dog pushing a baby carriage
Hunter crying because of the clowns.
Ladies swinging on ropes
Hunter and I watching the Trapeze
Thursday, October 15, 2009
In the mean time, my mom was in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska fighting for her life. The accident happened as they were heading home that evening. Mom was asleep in the passenger seat and her friend was driving the car. Her friend fell asleep at the wheel and failed to stop at an intersection. They went thru a fence, struck a tree, and rolled the vehicle multiple times. And that is where they laid for 4.5 hours before they were found. My mom suffered a severe head injury and was in a coma for 4 days. Many people said she was unrecognizable because of all the swelling. Because of the trauma, mom had to re-learn a lot of everyday things. She was almost in a child-like state of mind before she was rehabilitated. I don’t know how long it was before Ryan and I got to see her in the hospital, but it was quite awhile. The first time we saw her they actually wheeled her out into the waiting room, all I could do was cry. Seeing my mom in a helpless state with tubes coming out of her was frightening. I was afraid to hug her…touch her…and even look at her. It wasn’t the same woman I remembered.
My mom was in the Omaha Hospital for over a month before she was approved to be transferred to Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, MO. Rusk has an excellent reputation for rehab, plus it was closer to our family. Mom worked for a Company called Excel at the time. Excel was kind enough to let us use their private jet to fly us from Omaha to Columbia because mom wasn’t able to handle a long car ride. When mom was transferred to Columbia, Ryan and I moved in with my Grandma Hollis in Vienna. Mom spent over another month in Rusk hospital before she was released just before Christmas to move in with my Grandma as well.
We lived at my Grandma’s house for over a year while my mom continued to recover before we moved back to our home in Rockport. Eight months later, my mom decided that we would move back closer to the family so we bought a house in Jefferson City. Mom said if it wasn’t for the accident, we probably would have never moved from Rockport. It is crazy how life works. One day you’re traveling down a path and then a life changing event happens that causes you to veer in a different direction. I hate that my mom had to go thru such a tragic accident but I am grateful that it has lead me to where I am today.
Mom says she knows she isn’t the same woman she was before the accident, but to me she is no different because she has always been a wonderful mom and I think she did a damn good job raising me. I am grateful she is alive.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday: I had to work again. Which ended up being exciting when a customer’s truck caught on fire in our parking lot and we had to call 911 to have it put out. After work I went to a local craft sale in town. Believe it or not, but I didn’t buy anything. I don’t know if it was because I was so depressed on how much money Andy spent the night before, but I walked away empty handed. I then went over to Kevin and Kelly’s new house because they were moving in and Andy and Hunter were over there helping. By the time I got there they already had everything moved. I ended up taking Hunter home because he was due for a nap.
That evening we had a fish fry with some friends and family. It was a small get together where Andy could catch up with some old friends he worked with at ABB. The food was good as always and Hunter enjoyed playing in all the dirt.
On Sunday Hunter and I went with the Hollis family on a hayride to Brinktown for their fall supper. Hunter was very calm on the hayride there and was close enough to fall asleep, but wouldn’t give in. By the time we got there he was ready to get down and explore. We waited in the food line for awhile, but by the time we got some food Hunter was hungry and letting everyone know it. I couldn’t feed him fast enough. After eating we wondered around and visited with people then hoped back on the hayride for our trip home. Hunter slept the whole way! We got back to my uncle’s lake house where we drank warm cider and took family pictures.
Hunter on a saddle
My Brother Ryan and Hunter
Hunter sitting on some hay bales
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday I had to work until noon. Afterwards we headed to a wedding in Vienna. It was very beautiful and I loved the bride's dress. I can't wait to see how their pictures turn out! We then went to the reception where we visited with friends, had an excellent dinner and then danced the night away.
Sunday we had the Fall Social for our church. I was an official dishwasher! Ohhh....Ahhhh! I know, but someone had to do it. As soon as my shift was ending, Andy's was beginning so he handed Hunter off to me. By the time we made it home, Hunter was asleep. He took quite a long nap. When he finally woke, I fed him some food from the social and then we headed down to Kevin and Kelly's new house. Wow, has it turned out beautiful! I can't wait to see the completed project which should be this weekend!
That evening Andy and his brother went hunting on the farm. One of them walked away with a big buck....and it wasn't Andy! Congrats Kevin, you were long over due!