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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short....

Today the triplets are 9 years old.  I'm not sure where the time went....  I was laying in the bed the other night thinking.  Almost near sleep and thinking about when I called my parents to tell them it was triplets and thinking about when they were born and in the NICU.  Maybe because I was close to falling asleep, I was able to really recall that time, how I felt and how their little bodies felt.

Within the last couple of weeks Jadon asked me to buy him underwear w/o characters on them.  One of his classmates laughed at his underwear and he said when he goes to 4th grade he will have to change with other boys and wants plain underwear before 4th grade.  Oh, the sweet innocence.  I went out the next day and bought him plain white underwear... but it made me sad.  Cody is still happy to wear his superhero underwear and wears them with pride.

Mom and Dad are on the other side of the world enjoying a 2 week vacation and they come home today, so over the weekend we celebrated birthdays at Main Event and Roller Skating.  Tonight we will eat cake and go out to dinner at Mi Rancho.

Here are this years cakes (I've included Cody's)

Jason's Cake (Keyboard/Music)

Kaylee's Cake (She told me to surprise her - I went with RIO)

Addison's Cake (Maleficent)

Cody's Cake from July (Harry Potter)

Silly faces at the Roller Rink

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cheer and Honor Roll and Sports.

This year the kids school starting cheerleading and girls are part of the squad.  They are so young and lack real cheer skills but it's fun and we are enjoying going to games.

Today was honor roll after Mass.  We have noticed a real step in school challenges with the 3rd grade.  Jason made one B (a 90) putting him on Academic Honor Roll (all As and no more than 3 Bs)  Addison and Kaylee also made Academic Honor Roll and Cody made Principal's Honor Roll (All A's).

We are struggling a lot with 3rd grade and Addison just can't seem to get her head in the game.  Fingers crossed we meet this challenge and 4th grade is smoother....

Right now, Jadon and Addison are playing soccer and Cody and Kaylee are playing basketball so our Saturday's are pretty busy.  Overall they are doing really great.  Better than when they all played soccer a few years ago.  Cody is just a natural at sports.  Kaylee lacks confidence and size so she is actually playing down a level w/Cody and seems to fit right in.  Jadon shocks me...  he is soooo into soccer and is actually showing some aggression and hustle.  Who is this boy?????

Cody after playing outside at the football game!!!

And just for fun... on crazy sock day at school....


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Goodbye Little Sushi

Last night the kids were reading my blog books.  I used to blog ALL THE TIME when they were little and I was home with them everyday, but then they got bigger and life got hectic.  I started the photography business, they started school and we seem to be going all the time, but I regret letting this fall off my plate and for them... now that I've seen them enjoying it... I will make this blog a priority.

Unfortunately, I am starting this blog back up with the loss of Sushi.  I want to capture the little things, but I cannot let this big thing pass and not capture it.

I got Sushi in 2001, before Jerry... before the kids.  She was ADORABLE.  A year or so later, Jerry and I got together and I got Sake to keep Sushi company.  15 years later....

Back in June, I took Sushi to the vet with an eye ulcer.  It required surgery and that very day it was performed to save her eye.  She whimpered and cried for 3 days and had to wear a cone for 3 weeks.  At only 5 lbs, we was miserable with the cone.  I questioned myself and whether or not I made the right decision.  For months, I put drops in her eye several times a day, but noticed her vision going.  She already couldn't hear... but I noticed her truly not being able to see.  At her next eye exam, we discovered an ulcer in the other eye.  A genetic trait and reoccurring.  We could have opted for another surgery...  but it would only be a temporary fix.

Sushi was 15.  She struggled to get in/out of bed and suffered from a loss of hearing, sight and other afflictions.  Another surgery was not in her best interest.

We spent the weekend with Sushi and on October 5th, I took her to the vet.  I held her wrapped in a blanket.  She was relaxed and almost asleep when the vet administered the drugs and we let her go.  She is buried in a shoebox with a pink blanket and loving notes from the kids in our bluebonnet field and an angel statue to look over her.

It's been two weeks and my heart still breaks.  I knew I loved her, but never imagined how much I would miss her.

A Dog’s Plea
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the thing you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when the sound of your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements.  I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
  Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going.  I am not having any fun.  Please see to it that my life is taken gently.  I shall leave this Earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.

Sake has become very spoiled since the loss of Sushi.  She spends her days in the studio with me and finds herself getting to go on a lot of car rides.  I know she misses Sushi as well.