Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Miracle In The Woods

Four years and almost two months ago, Colby picked out a goldfish at Walmart that cost $0.28. He actually picked out two fish. One died. He got another. It died (leaving behind some evidence of being eaten by Whitey.) He got another. It died -- and was definitely eaten by Whitey. We decided to let Whitey live alone!

For whatever reason, Whitey has thrived while living in a teeny tank in Colby's room. He barely has room to turn around in it!

Last week I noticed that Whitey was not moving a whole lot. This caused me to get a sick feeling in my stomach because Colby is the most sensitive child around and I knew he was going to be heartbroken when Whitey died. We have always laughed and said this fish is never going to die. What are the odds that a $0.28 Walmart fish would live for four years anyway?!? Sunday night we noticed that the end was definitely near. Colby cried and cried and we talked about what a good fish he has been and how he is just old and tired. We were already planning the next type of fish we could go buy.

Monday morning, Whitey was hunkered down in the corner taking gulps of air. Monday afternoon, Whitey was still hunkered down in the corner taking gulps of air. I even prepared a blog post about Whitey so as soon as he passed I could post it! Monday night, Colby asked us to move Whitey into the kitchen so he wouldn't hear him gulping for air. His tail was bent over and he had to fight to keep his dorsal fin up. It really was a sad sight!

Tuesday morning, Whitey was still hunkered down in the corner taking gulps of air--although he moved himself a tad into the other corner! Colby left for school filled with hope! Tuesday afternoon, Whitey was still hunkered down in the corner taking gulps of air -- unfortunately, there were longer periods between each gulp. Colby decided that when he died, we were going to wrap him up and bury him -- not flush him down the toilet like the burial of "normal" fish.

Colby went to bed and we prayed for Whitey like we had for the past few nights.

When we got up this morning, Whitey was moving a little more. Chris fed him and he swam to the top and ate! Colby was cheering, "Yeah Whitey!!"

Right now, that fish is practically swimming flips all over that tiny tank!

I'm not sure how much longer this fish will be with us but when God decides it is time for Whitey to leave this earth, I have a great blog saved about him that I will post!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What Are You Doing Today?

I'm washing windows...that's what I'm doin' these days...

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Ton of Gear

Heaving the boys' baseball bags into the back of my car is a daily occurrence.

Today, I could barely get Colby's lifted off the ground...this is why...

EIGHT bottles of water -- each with only one or two drinks taken out of them! I guess I don't ever have to worry about him getting dehydrated!

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Chris travels a LOT.

I don't like it.

However, I do remind myself how lucky we are that he has such a great job and that he doesn't enjoy traveling by himself either.

He just returned from a 10 day trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I was so thrilled to have him home that when he started handing me gifts it was like a party!

We watch "The Amazing Race" and last season the contestants had to go through a field full of Genie Lamps finding a certain clue in them. I told him then that I wanted a Genie Lamp of my own one day.

...He brought me a Genie Lamp :0)...

and beautiful vases.
This made me think about all the things around my house that Chris has brought me from different places in the world.

Scarves and intricately painted eggs from Austria...

A gorgeous wooden chopstick set from Singapore...
Pearls and a jewelry box from China...

As much as I dislike him being gone, I won't lie...I DO like a gift now and then!

However, I do look forward to being able to go WITH him on his adventures and pick out a few gifts as well!