Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Normal: Day Two

Katy was up before ten this morning looking for breakfast. Paul and I were in the kitchen with Qavah when we heard something and it was Katy hopping down the stairs! She felt so good all day. It was only a five hundred calorie day and slow going as far as eating was concerned, but everything stayed down with no problems. The little she is eating has the most nutritional value and it is keeping her well. Her weight continues to hold steady. This afternoon she ran errands with me. We ended up at Target and it was like old times. Especially when she stopped to look at a really cute pajama set and said, “Mom this is screaming Christmas gift for Katy.” I love her sense of humor. After some friends recently bought her a new set of pajamas she has decided all the pajamas that have hospital memories attached to them need to be replaced.

We celebrated Paul’s 60th birthday last night and all the kids came home. We also had Dan and Julie for what turned out to be a Thanksgiving celebration as well as a birthday party. It was wonderful to see all the faces around the table and Katy able to enjoy sitting with us. They showered Paul with gifts and blessings. I gave Paul an electric leaf blower for his birthday because I asked for one for Christmas but was in a hurry to use one. Mom and Dad Campbell told us about theirs and how fast it makes cleaning up after mowing, so I put it on the “must buy” list. Today while Katy, Qavah, and I were having a quiet time together in our home library, suddenly our calm was shattered by the start up of the leaf blower in our dining area. I looked up to see Paul aim the new blower at us. Paul was trying it out on us making us scream and squeal as the cold air blasted us. He may be sixty but he finally turned it off with a ten-year-old-boy grin on his face. He said sheepishly, “Powerful, isn’t it?” We adjusted our hair styles and agreed that there is still a lot of boy in the man.

  1. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Without his leaf blower Ib could never find time for leaf-raking. He blows leaves into a narrow pathway of leaves, then runs the lawnmower over the leaves with the mulch bag attached and voila …. suddenly huge piles of leaves are condensed into 1 to 1 1/2 bags of yard waste recycling ….. it’s SOOOOO quick and easy … not the fun of piles of leaves for dogs and children to flail around in …. but it certainly is a breeze (no pun intended!)

  2. LInda Burk Says:

    Happy Birthday to Paul. Jack will be 60 in January……how did this happen?? Glad you have a leaf blower..a must these days..Jack is still cutting the grass but actually just mulching the leaves with the tractor….much easier than raking……. our college friend was just awarded the Washington Post Educational Leadership Award. Jerry is a princiapl in Frederick County. Of course we went to college with Jerry and know the young and fun loving Jerry and here he is all grown up and receiving awards. Life does have a way of moving on .. Paul you have a very loving family. You, too, deserve an award for being a strong and faithful father, husband, and friend. Enjoy your birhtday celebration. You deserve it..
    love, Jack and Linda

  3. Sandy Says:

    Happy Birthday Katy’s Dad! :) I am so glad to read about normal days! You all continue to be in my prayers.

  4. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    The best birthday present Paul received was that it was “normall”!


  5. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Happy B-day Paul!!! Just a quick post - I’m packing for my trip. I was thinking about this calorie thing - I know you guys have been at this for a year and have probably already tried this stuff, but there are lots of ways to add calories to food - to get the biggest bang for the buck, sort of speak. You could try drinking those ensure drinks if you’re okay with dairy - or drinking slim fast drinks. Sure, you’ll lose weight if all you eat is slim fast, but if you drink that along with what you’re eating, it can help bulk up the diet. I can’t even believe that there was ever a time in my life where I had to really work at eating 1000 to 1200 calories a day, but there was and I’d actually go out of my way to make food more fattening. I think I ate that stressed out on deadline last night alone. Geesh…certianly not doing that anymore!!!

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