Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Jessica's husband Floyd grew up in Jeanerette and his family still lives there. The town got its name from John W. Jeanerette, a native of South Carolina, who came to the area in 1830. He purchased Pine Grove Plantation, known as Beau Pre, and worked as a tutor on the plantation, opened a store and saloon. He offered a portion of his house to be used as a mail depository for the local inhabitants. Officially the John W. was dropped and John Jeanerette became the first postmaster and the name Jeanerette stuck.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Pretty in Yellow!
Her feeding tube was moved from her mouth to her nose, so she can practice nursing and sucking on the bottle better. Of course, she doesn't get enough on her own, so the feeding tube still necessary for awhile. Jessica and Floyd just back and said they are going to move her into an open air bed either tonight or tomorrow. Then Jessica and Floyd will be giving her baths, changing her diaper, etc., every time they go to the hospital. She only had one episode where she forgot to breathe today when we were there - so that is improving. She comes out of it herself, and just moving her or rubbing her does the trick too.
Leah and I are on our way home tomorrow - see you later baby Renee! Lotsa love, G Jo
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Daddy and Renee
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
My friend Connie and hubby Gene drove by, noticed the class going on, but didn't realize that we were there! She was on her way home from the hospital. I had tried calling her for two days, and had no idea she was there until I read her blog that her daughter wrote to fill in for her. Keep getting better Connie!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I have a matching baby bag cut out and started, but it won't be done by Tuesday evening, so will have to mail it when I'm done.
Pattern is from "Anka's Treasures-ANK 270"
Thursday, July 9, 2009
My good friend called me the other afternoon saying she knew where there were some more Showy Lady Slipper flowers that needed their pictures taken! Of course, it didn't take long to get ready, and off we went. Our excursion didn't take over an hour, but sure was fun. Hardest part is to find good parking along the road that doesn't have much for a shoulder for parking. We found several spots and off we go into the ditch! Some cars passing turned around - think they were double checking to see if we were digging up any plants. No way - illegal to do so!
In checking out history of the Minnesota State Flower, I found some controversary about this plant that was adopted as a state flower. Minn. Stat. 1.142 History stated that in 1893 the adopted resolution mistakenly designated the wild lady slipper or moccasin flower, Cypripedium calceolus, which does not actually grow in Minnesota. In 1902 the State flower was called a fake, and a resolution corrected part of the previous misnomer, replacing Cypripedium calceolus with Cypripedium reginae, but neglected to remove the term moccasin flower, which designates a different, though related flower. It looks like things were fixed in 1967 Minn. Laws Chap 291 Sec 1.
I find it interesting that this plant takes from 4 to 16 years before producing it's first flower. The plant can live for 50 plus years. That is amazing when you think of all the road work that has been done and we still have these wonderful flowers to watch bloom every year at the end of June and first weeks of July.
This picture below is a white Lady's Slipper! What happened to this plant root to cause this white flower? My friend is the plant expert, and she said the actual white flower is different. So here we have an albino Cypripedium reginae! I bet my friend is doing some more research on this little flower.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Jessica and FLoyd report that Renee is doing good. She has a tight grip on Jessica's finger.
Sunday afternoon Jessica went home and goes back to the hospital daily. She is unable to drive for 2 weeks, so has to have someone take her. I'm sure she will be glad when she will be able to drive herself. Tomorrow her mother-in-law will be taking her over and they will be doing some paper work; birth certificate, etc.
Leah and I will be there July 15 = 1 week! Not long and we'll get to see baby Renee, Jessica and Floyd. Can't wait!
Thank you all for all your good wishes and prayers.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Our Jack Russell "Hooch" is as smart as can be, and has energy that just doesn't quit. He is 7 years old, and still loves his frisbee! We throw it for him every day, and if we miss or get late in the day, he'll remind us by bringing the frisbee to us to throw! One day this spring the frisby ended up on top of the old garage. It is grey/blue, so you can't see it very good on the photo, but Hooch could! He back up far enough to see it. Then he tries to get it down!
If he could have willed that frisbee down-it would have come off the roof! I'm sure he was saying to himself, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"
Steve finally got the ladder and rake to get it off. Then we had a happy dog again.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I am hoping by the time our new grand daughter Renee comes to stay that we will have better accommodations for her; but in case we don't a drawer will always work if she isn't too big.
I often wish our daughter and niece Christin lived a little closer to each other. Throughout the years they have had alot of fun together, and it would be such fun to see their children play together like they used to.
Kayla turned one on June 29th, so she is just over a year older than grand daughter baby Renee. Happy belated Birthday to Kayla.
This was the best weather we have had on the 4th for years! Nice day for a parade. The guys didn't want to go to the parade, so Leah and I went, met up with childhood friends that lived in the house next to me when we were kids. We sat and visited with them and had a great time at the parade.
Got pictures of some of the parade entries. Gene and Connie and Chance were in the yellow Mustang with a sign on the side to remind people of the "all class reunion" that will be held next summer.
Then after the parade we walked uptown to the candy store to get Leahs hubby some fresh taffy. Of course he shared with everyone, so that by the end of the fire work display, his candy bag was not so full!
Sat at the beach very early to get a choice spot. We ordered pizza (famous "Rockys" pizza) so it would be ready by 6:30 pm. They guys got there just before pizza came. Roger and Barb visited with us before they had to play with the Community Band, and later Gene and Connie joined us. Amanda (grand daughter) and her boyfriend Luke were with us awhile. Then left to go to the rodeo dance.
Took alot of pictures. Not all turned out. Some look like drawings like that of a small child; with colorful wiggles!
Now we'll wait for another year to go by, and hope that more family members can be with us next year at this time.
Friday, July 3, 2009
We've had a wonderful week of nice weather, with temperatures in mid 70's. I took a break from quilting on the baby blanket for our new grand daughter to take pictures of some of the flowers in our yard. My flower beds have been neglected this summer, but I'm still enjoying the flowers and weeds!
As I sit here the noise of fire crackers makes our dogs nervous. The guests of our lakeside neighbors are making alot of noise. Some must be fire works, but the trees are too tall. Tomorrow on the 4th, we will be attending the fire works in Park Rapids. We have gone for so many years, I can't remember when we started. Kids were young. We go early, claim our spot, order pizza, play games and visit until the band concert starts, and eventually the fire works. Will have new pictures to share, if all goes well.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Baby Renee Arvilla was born this morning, July 2nd, at 9:30 am. Jessica was at 32 weeks. Baby weighed 3# 13.6 oz and is 16 3/4 inches long.
Looks perfect - even tho she is early. Her due date had been August 24th. Leah and I fly down on July 15, so can't wait to see baby and Jessica and Floyd. Spose baby Renee will still be in the hospital, and hopefully, Jessica will be able to be home by then. Time will tell. Don't want to rush things.
It sure is the pits to live so far away at times like this!
God Bless you both and baby Renee. I thank God for the wonderful doctors and hospital staff taking care of you. love Mom
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Floyd (Daddy) as a baby
Jessica (Momma) the day she came home from the hospital.
Day we brought Jessica home from hospital - Leah holding Jessica and Stephani and I looking on.
A call from the kids at the hospital in Lafayette, LA early this evening to let us know that Jessica was having trouble with her blood pressure getting very high. She is on week 32. Earlier in the day all was well, and some monitors were being taken off for awhile. Around supper time her blood pressure started spiking. The doctor on call happened to be one of several that Jessica has been seeing and likes. They talked about doing a C-section tonight; but did get her BP to come down, so they will be doing a C-section tomorrow. What time, you ask? Don't know. We'll be waiting for a call from Floyd to update us. We are just praying that all goes well. Baby Renee sure does want to come into this world a little early.
Keep praying with us for all to go well. Thanks, Jo