Saturday, July 25, 2009

staycation plus a bit of bad news...

Dave took off Wed-Fri for us to do some fun things together as a fam. Wednesday, we visited a lake that our neighbors were staying at. Both girls went tubing even in the pouring rain. Brave little souls.

On Thursday, we went to Kings Island where both girls showed even more spirit by riding rides they have never conquered before!

Olivia on the Drop Zone.This is the Drop Zone. You go up one billion stories at least, and then the whole dang things falls in one big whoosh to the bottom. Ok, that is how it seemed to Shelby and I as we watched Dave and Olivia do this. CRAZY.Here in seat 7 are Dave and Shelby on the Runaway Reptar. Again, having Shelby out of my sight had my heart in my chest. When they finally came around the final bend, Olivia shouted: she's smiling, she's smiling!

And Friday, we headed to Coney Island for the first true sunny day, which we planned to spend swimming and riding water slides.

These pictures represent a good start to our day which very unfortunately, ended when I received a phone call that my Dad had suddenly and unexpectedly died. I raced off to the hospital and saw him one last time. The best guess is that he died of a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in the lung.

As I write this, it still feels very unbelievable. This week will move forward with sadness, a memorial service, and hopefully coping and healing.
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Heather said...

So sorry for your loss - I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

I too am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you get through the next hour, day, week, month, year with the grace and love that you have shown on your blog. We lost my father-in-law 2 years ago suddenly and there are still days of suspended reality. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.