Saturday, April 07, 2012

Catching Up - Again!

A new record has been set - almost 3 weeks between posts. It is ridiculous - I just can't seem to put words together these days. The good news - Dwight is back to normal - his silly sense of humor is back, and he is back doing things with the girlies, enjoying the yard work, and going for his long walks. It was fun watching the girls "helping" Grandpa change the oil in Mommy's car the other day.

When he got sick, we had tickets for his visit to Maine which had been purchased a couple of weeks before. My first thought when we realized how ill he was - we will probably have to delay the trip. But, praise God, he was able to go last week-end and he, Kev, and Angie had a great time together.

I am sitting here on Saturday, Easter Eve, with my foot bothering me. We did our first performance last night of our Easter music, which is such a fabulous collection of glorious songs. We will do it again in the morning, after a lovely breakfast.

But I did something very foolish last night - I decided to stand on the risers without my boot. Mistake. It wasn't the ball of the foot that hurt the most, but the heel - I think from trying to avoid standing on the ball. I am truthfully very discouraged about this tendon situation.

I've taken or sent the kids to Disney on Ice for quite a few years. The last couple of times, I have sent Kristen and the big girls while I took care of the twins. But this year, the littles were big enough to enjoy the extravaganza. They are accustomed to being left behind on a lot of occasions, so when the big girls and I were talking about the upcoming event, they said, "Do we get to go?" When I told them they were going to get to go, the excitement in the air was palpable. It was a long wait for the night to arrive, but it was the subject of a lot of anticipation.

The night finally arrived, we went to Culver's for a treat before the show, then arrived just in time to claim our seats before the lights went down and the gala began. They all four enjoyed it very much, but the littles, in their princess dresses, were absolutely mesmerized the entire time.

The smiles were huge --

The biggest thrill for the littles was when each of the princesses and their princes skated, one couple at a time. They would have liked it to be them the entire time, I do believe.

The finale was quite impressive, with characters from Beauty and the Beast, Nemo, Pinocchio, The Lion King, Toy Story, and several others I can't remember - besides, all the Disney characters, It's a Small World, Mickey Mouse Club, and all of them joined together on the ice at the end of the show.

It was an enjoyable time from beginning to end. I do have to say that I miss the shows when they concentrated on one story the entire time, and hope they do that again someday. But it's a great activity for little princesses.

This has been spring break - the first two days were really horrible weather. We even had a skiff of snow (not enough to help the near drought conditions, however). Kristen's work schedule was horrific this week, so the girls were here most of the time, including several nights. The last few days were lovely. One warm day, I captured this picture of "a grandgirl after my own heart." She has her name in a book, literally, almost constantly. She is so much like me in this way (and several other ways, too). I really love this picture.

Well, here's hoping I still have a couple of readers!


Brenda said...

I love seeing the pure happiness on the girls' faces!
Sorry about your foot. Hope you feel better by the performance in the morning.
Happy Easter!

Amy said...

Love the pictures of the girls!

So glad Dwight recovered enough to go on and enjoy his trip!

Happy Easter to you and the family


Well my dear Dawn, after reading your newest post, you now have THREE readers. [kidding!!!]

Love the photo too. Having her nose in a book ---well, I've told you before, that is so like Bud. If he had his druthers he'd be reading every waking hour. I have to get him off his little hiney and get moving around and keeping busy otherwise he'd be so stoved up with his arthritis, I'd be pushing him around. No foolin'!!!

As for the Disney on it myself too. And having the littles go with precious a time you gave them, and oh so many good memories.

Glad to hear that Mr. Dawn is all better --and his trip was a great one to boot!!

It was really good to see you at Hootin'
Anni's this morning!!!!! I miss you when you can't find the words to post....[your iris you sent is blooming again!!! So, you're in my mind a lot!]

Linda said...

Always here Dawn. I will be praying your foot heals soon. It's been a long, difficult journey for you.

The show looks just wonderful. I would have been just as mesmerized when I was a little girl.

I love it, too, when the grands show an interest in reading. It is such a joy to share favorite stories.

Hope your Easter was joyous and blessed.

Sharon Lynne said...

Thanks for sharing some photos from Disney on Ice. I've never seen the show. It looks like fun, but especially through the eyes of your grandgirls.

Hope your foot is feeling better soon!

nancygrayce said...

I don't think you need to worry about us going anywhere! You have such a busy life, I don't know when you have time to breathe!

I'm so thankful that Dwight is himself again and I know you have breathed many sighs of thankfulness!

I know you're discouraged about your foot and you're awfully brave to just keep plodding along with the pain. I hope there is a good and easy solution and soon!

I've never seen Disney on Ice but it looks wonderful and you got some good pictures!

I have a granddaughter who loves to read too! I'm so glad she does, but sometimes when she visits, we have to drag her away from the books!

Hope your week is great!

grammy said...

Great to see your post...I have had trouble posting too... so many other people say the same thing (o:
I know we both love our grands... but it is hard to have them so much... I have to say no to all four...seems mean, but to keep my sanity and health.... I have to stick to low numbers. lol
Glad Dwight is doing better. What a hard crazy experience that was.
I think you use your writing skills on facebook...then blogging seems like a chore. Lots of people are moving to facebook.

Sammy said...

Of course you still have readers! :-) I've been checking here looking for you!

So glad Dwight is better! I'm sure you're all so happy about that.

Such sweet pictures of the girls at Disney on Ice. I'm so glad the littles got to go and that everyone had such a nice time.

Love the photo of Hayley reading. That was me as a kid too!

Great to see a post from you!

Helen c said...

Glad to hear everything is okay with you and Dwight. I have been so busy that I have not posted much either. I have things to write down before I forget - just not the time!

Maine Mom said...

I'm a few days late, but I'm still here! I am so glad to hear that Dwight is back to himself and that he enjoyed a weekend in Maine. :-)
Disney on ice is so much fun! My mom treated our kids to a show when Zoe & Emily were little. Grandmas are awesome! :-)

Christa said...

Glad D. is healthy and well again. The look on the girls faces at the ice show is priceless. When mine were younger we went. But now the grandkids are 4 states away so we never get the visits at the right time. God Bless

Liz said...

Great post Dawn! I am so glad Dwight is recovered totally. I am sure the girls missed spending time with him while he was so ill.
Disney on Ice looks wonderful!! Doesn't every princess wish to dance with Prince Charming?? Your grand daughters are so sweet. You are truly blessed.