Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is it just me?

Is it just me, or does McKinley's bow remind you a little of Aretha Franklin's hat from the 2008 presidential inauguration?

I think we know what we'll be wearing in 2012!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Yesterday afternoon we brought McKinley home from Children's Hospital, where she had her kidney surgery on Monday. She is doing really well. The doctor had to remove a small part of her ureter and reattach it to the kidney with a stint to help it heal correctly. She said the part of the ureter that was causing the blockage was very, very tiny--about the width of a string. No wonder her kidney coudn't drain before!
(excuse the bad cell phone picture)
We had to stay overnight in the hospital with McKinley. When the nurses would come in, she'd put on a brave face and smile at them a little. However, when she was just with Tim and me, she wouldn't smile at all--she just looked so sad. It was hard seeing her in pain. But despite just having the surgery two days ago, today she is acting as if nothing bothers her and is the same happy baby as before. I am so grateful for all of the prayers, blessings, and well wishes we've received. Baby Mac and her McKidney are on the road to recovery.

In other news, the rest of us are having a bit of a rough day:
-- Owen and Henry are vomiting with a stomach bug
-- The A/C is not working and it's supposed to reach 107F this afternoon
-- My mom and dad went home

It's one of those days that you just feel like you could cry like this guy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

two months

McKinley is two months old! She's getting really big. At her two month doctor appointment she weighed 11 lbs. 10 oz. She is very smiley, still very sleepy, and very quiet. She has not yet discovered her voice. The sounds she makes are mostly breathing and crying sounds. McKinley sleeps through the night about 75% of the time, making life much easier for all of us. She drools a lot and loves to swing in her swing. We are having so much fun with this little one around!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cherry Cherry

It was Memorial Day a few days ago, and we had some visitors come to town. Amber and Tim's Aunt Sherrill were here visit us. I just love those two!

While they were here, we took Amber and Sherrill up to Clovis to pick cherries. This is our second year picking cherries, and it has become my favorite Memorial Day tradition ever (but when the only other Memorial Day tradition is a family reunion in Porterville with the trashy side of the family, it's not much of a contest). I've got a thing for u-pick farms. I love being able to eat and pick the freshest, best fruit of the crop and getting it so much cheaper than the grocery store. We picked and ate tons of cherries. Henry carried Amber's bucket and helped her fill it up. Owen tripped two times and dumped his bucket each time, and I kept thinking of the game "Hi Ho! Cherry-O" and was glad there were no birds or dogs around to steal our cherries. I pushed the stroller up a tree-lined hillside littered with tree branches and irrigation lines that made McKinley's ride pretty bumpy.

The cherry crop is fantastic this year. We came home with eleven pounds of cherries--most of them are already gone, and even though my stomach hurts a little as I type this, I can't stop eating them!