I love my family. They all recognized how hard today was for me. It's been a year since I lost my mom to small cell lung cancer which spread to her lymph nodes, and spinal cord.
Today I had every intention of skipping out on my husband and children for a day at the barn grooming, riding and crying.
.... but Jim got up and made breakfast for everyone even though he got home from his gig at 4 am. Sausage, egg and potato bake... mmmmm yummy!
Then Midget told me she was going to go do a family church/brunch/function with her boyfriends family and she'd be back by 2:30 at the latest.
That gave Jim and I just enough to time run out and try to find his mom a little am/fm radio so she can sit outside listening to the Cincinnati Red's baseball games. We ended up at a mall Radio Shack *shudder* , but next to Radio Shack was this really cool RenFaire store. I believe I'll be getting a new outfit soon... stay tuned! It will be something I can ride Rosie in too.
Then we took Chase and the kids to see Jim's mom. She's in a great nursing / assisted living facility that allows us to bring in dogs. This is the first time I've EVER taken Chase to a place like this and I was a bit nervous. Having already trained one service dog I know the first time experience in health care facility can be extremely stressful for them. The smells are overwhelming and all the strange equipment.
This dog absolutely blew my mind with the level of calmness and maturity he had. He actually ended up laying flat on his side sleeping !!!! The only real questionable moment for him was the elevator, another first for him. I let everyone else get in before us, then brought him in and put him in "down" and left my hands on him. Going back down was much easier then up. He laid down almost immediately as the door closed.
Then dinner with, Jim, the kids and Midgets boyfriend at one of my favorite places - Greyhound Tavern, in Kentucky. They have the best fried chicken I've every had. My little man Logan said it was like God planted a party on his tongue! We brought dessert home but I'm entirely too stuffed eat it so I believe my Bread Pudding will be breakfast!
I didn't get to ride, I had some emotional moments, but in-spite of that I had an awesome day with my wonderful husband and my three great kids!