Friday, March 31, 2017

Cheer Nationals

March 23 - 28, 2017
We flew out for Anaheim on Thursday, March 23rd and went straight to Huntington Beach!  Molly loved finding little shells and Sidney and her friends spent most of their time taking pictures and doing tricks on the beach.  When we got back to the hotel, we quickly showered and walked up to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

On Saturday, the girls competed at the Anaheim Convention Center.  There were 18 different teams in our division.  They did so food and the routine looked awesome!  But unfortunately we were .034 away from placing!  SO CLOSE!  But thats okay because it gave us an extra day at Disneyland!

We spent Sunday and Monday at Disneyland.  It was sooooo busy!  The wait times were insane.  
50 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes - depending on the ride!
But it was still the hap hap happiest place on earth!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Today We Said Goodbye to Miss Peaches

In May of 2011 we got the cutest little kitty from Jody Adam's mom JoAnn.  She was born in April and was the perfect age.  She was super scared when Jody brought her home to us.  She ran and hid between our railing and entertainment center.  When she was finally ready to come out, we locked her in our main bathroom for 2 or 3 days to litter train her.  She did so good and we fell in love with her.

Her lifelong dream was to be a house cat and every December - January - & February she had her dreams come true.  She would get to stay inside when it was too cold outside.  She LOVED taking naps under the Christmas trees.  She never bothered them or the ornaments - just liked to sleep under them.  She'd also jump up on the girls bed and sleep.  She was so cute!

She was the best tree climber and she would climb trees everyday.  When we lived at the cabin for 3 months while we were building the new house, she would stay in the screened in porch area.  When I would let her out everyday, she'd climb right up to the top of the trees!  She loved being outside just as much as she loved being inside.  She was the best mouser!

In the summer, she would lay behind our bushes or in the dirt of my flower beds to try and beat the heat.  When it was just too hot outside, I would bring her in and put her in my unfinished part of our basement so she could cool down.  I didn't want her shedding all over the rest of the house in the summer - yuck!

She would catch every mouse - bird - snake - grasshopper - and whatever else 
she could get her hands on!

She was the princess of our house and she knew it.  She knew that she ruled the roost.  She didn't like plain dry cat food, but she didn't really like plain wet, canned cat food either.  She liked a perfect mixture of the two.  And I totally catered to her.  She didn't love tuna or milk like most cats, she was just happy with her Meow Mix or Friskies cat food!
She had the most beautiful blue eyes ever!

John and Scarlet's family came up from Arizona for spring break and stayed with us.  Molly and Jacoby had been playing in the garage while I was at Cade's baseball games.  When we came home, Molly and Cob's had left a folding table and chairs out.  I pulled just about 1/3 of the way into the garage and was just going to park there.  But it was a beautiful 79' degree day and I didn't want the sun beating in my car windows.  So I told Cade to get out and move them.  I sat there waiting while he folded up the table and moved it.  Then while he moved the folding chairs, then finally he moved his scooter.  I realized that I was too close to the center of the garage and needed to move over.  In one fell swoop, I drove forward and to the side.  I felt a bump and wondered what the heck I had hit that I hadn't seen............. I looked in my side view mirror and to my horror I saw Peaches scurry out!  I was sick.
I was devastated.
Cade heard her scream when I first hit her and then he saw her run off towards Hales house.  I told him to run in the house and grab her kennel so I could get her to the pet hospital as soon as possible.  I ran off towards Hales house calling to her.  I couldn't see her and I was panicking!  I had walked past her without knowing and she started to cry again.  I turned around and ran back to her - she was under Emily's car that was parked on the side of their house.  I laid down on the ground and tried to coax her out.  She sat there with HUGE black pupils, panting like a dog, just staring off.  I kept calling to her to come to me.  She staggered up, weakly, and made her way out.  I put the kennel right in front of her and she went in but was unable to to pick up her back feet.  I could tell that her back was broke.  Poor baby!  I ran her back to my car and took off towards Payson Family Pet Hospital.  I called them on my way to make sure they were in because it was a Saturday.  
Thank goodness they were!  
Meanwhile Sidney had noticed that Cade was crying.  When she asked what the matter was, he told her to call me.  When she did, and I told her that I had ran her over, she started to cry and we both began sobbing.  It was horrible!  I told her to grab my money and meet me over there asap!  I kept talking to Peachy Cream the whole way, telling her how sorry I was and how much I loved her!  She just stared off with huge eyes and kept panting.  About 1 minute before I arrived, she slowly dropped her head down, eyes still wide open and still panting.  About 30 seconds before I arrived, she made a loud breath sound.  I don't know if she was taking a deep breath or letting out her final one... I cried even harder and kept telling her to hang on!  As I pulled in, they met me in the parking lot and rushed her in.  She soon came out and told me that she was still alive but they had to intubate her to help her breath.  I was willing to pay tons of money to have her fixed.  Surgery or whatever was needed.  Just so she could still be with us.  Then Sidney arrived and we just cried.  We were sick.  Minutes later, I ran to the restroom.  While in there, the nurse came back into the room and told Sidney that she hadn't made it!  She asked Sid if we wanted to take her home or leave her there.  Sidney said that we would take her home.  I came back in the room and Sidney told me the awful news.  Oh how my heart broke!  She was more than just a cat - she was my friend.  I loved her.  
She was part of our family and she played an important role.  
I DID NOT want to loose her!  But we just had!
Apparently what had happened was they had intubated her and were breathing for her, and they had just got a needle in one of her veins and gave her a dose of epinephrine when she went into cardiac arrest.  They even tried to do chest compressions but they could hear liquid in there.  Her lungs had filled with blood.  There was nothing they could do.

She used to greet me everytime I pulled into the garage.  She would wait by my door and when I would open it, she'd even have to move out of the way sometimes because she would be waiting so close to my car to say hi to me.  I know that since I had sat there for a minute, she figured I was done driving and made her way up to say HI to me.  She didn't even see my tire coming.
She didn't have a mark on her.  She was still just as white and pretty as always.  All her damage was done internal.  The vet wrapped her up in a blanked and placed her back in her kennel.  Sidney and I drove home and waited a couple hours more for Jeff to be done with his game.  Then we all went down to our old house and buried her there - behind the fence -  under one of the trees that she used to love to climb.
I couldn't hardly sleep that night.  Neither Molly or I had an appetite.  We cried the next day, and the next day after that.
We had her for 6 years but I planned on having her for like 6 more.  Unfortunately her little life was tragically cut short.  I can't believe how attached I was to her!  Of course everyone knew that I loved her to death but I don't even think that I realized how much I loved her until she wasn't there.
She may be gone but she won't be forgotten!