Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Marissa Batted!!

I had a special day today myself. I was taken out to lunch and shopping at Circle Centre Mall. We had so much fun!! The agenda was to purchase an outfit so Tom and I can go out on a date sometime soon. Can you believe it? I TOLD you they take care of the whole family here. Haha!! It was a fantastic "girlie" time. It's been such a long time since I've done anything like that. Thank you so much, Dr. Cox, for the field trip! And thank you, Beth and Maegan, for taking care of Bailey and Rissy while I was gone. You are very, very special people. Thank you so much!

Bailey did a fantastic job looking after Rissy this afternoon. They were both working on putting chart packets together when I got back -- one of the many jobs they have lined up for Bailey. Tomorrow, I hear she gets to learn about how to read echos with Dr. Farrell. That will be fun!

Dr. T came in with two other people this afternoon to look at the Berlin Heart - they were from a U.S. company that makes VADs. They talked for a little while with Bailey and how well she's doing on the Berlin Heart, etc. Well, with two other strangers in the room, I wasn't about to talk to Dr. T about anything remotely personal, so I didn't mention my field trip that I just returned from. So he left and, about an hour later, he charges back in the room with Beth, his nurse practitioner, and says, "So you had an 'Angie' day today and didn't tell us anything about it, or show us anything . . . ", and so on and so on and so on. I tried to defend myself by saying, "Well, you brought 2 people in here with you - I didn't think they'd be interested! Anyway, it's girlie stuff!" So I went to the shopping bags and started pulling things out. I pulled out this cute little floral sleeveless frilly-like girlie top [how's that for description? haha!] and he looks away and says, "I . . . I don't know what that is." And then he backpedals and says he didn't really want to see it, he was just giving me a hard time. I said, "I know! That's why I'm showing you!" Beth appreciated my purchases!

Bailey had a great poker night with Brian, one of the documentary guys. He brought pizza and Lynn with him (also from the Speedway). We had a great evening of conversation and poker. Bailey won! I don't know how hard Brian fought, though. He made a comment last poker night about how it just didn't feel right beating a Riley kid. Haha!! And Brian called up his buddy Patrick and Bailey got to talk to him again and his little girl. I was trying to listen in, but the sound wouldn't pass through Bailey's brain and out her other ear, so I was out of luck. It was good to see you again, Brian, and very nice to meet you, Lynn. Enjoy the race this weekend!

Josie's calling every night and having a great time in Florida with Tom's family. She's getting lots of sun time but says she's not sunburned, so that's definitely good. I miss her!

And, last but not least, I know you're all sitting on pins and needles waiting for the news . . . Marissa had a softball game tonight and . . . she BATTED!!!! I was so proud of her. I didn't get to go to the game, but she took daddy up there with here to home plate and she did it! I think what got her over the fear was that her desire to run the bases just kept growing and growing and gradually became so much greater than the fear of batting. She also realized that she only has 4 more games left and if she doesn't do it now, she'll run out of opportunities pretty quickly. Tom said she ran to first base and was so excited she couldn't contain herself and started squealing. She's a stinker, though. When he brought her back here to the hospital, I asked her right away if she had fun and then if she batted and she said, "I don't want to tell you yet, let's wait a minute." She made me wait! I'm so proud of her!

Hope everyone out there is doing well! Keep in touch!

Love, Angie


Blogger Annette said...

Good for you Angie! I'm so happy you got to go shopping! What fun that must have been for you - you do need to take care of yourself too, you know! Isn't Circle Centre so much fun?

How cool that Marissa got up the nerve to bat! Now I bet there'll be no stopping her! Your girls are all winners!!!!

Have a good day tomorrow too! I'm thinking of ya!!!!

Annette :)

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning...
I'm thrilled that there was a day for you Angie. YOU DESERVE IT SO MUCH...Way to go Marissa...I'll make sure I tell Corbin...Bailey, sounds like you kept pretty busy yesterday. Thinking of you all.
Take care and love,

4:50 AM  
Blogger Nancy DeCamp said...

Wow the last 48 hours have been filled with mountaintop times! Bailey - straigt A's! Josie - Florida! Marissa - Batting! Angie - Shopping! And soon a date! WOOO HOOO! I am so grateful you are being looked after so well. Hope you are able to enjoy the next few days of weather. We love and miss you guys ooooodles! Keep on Keepin' on!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Oooh, I'm really missing our shopping trips to Circle Centre (and Edinburgh, too!). But that's so wonderful of them to take you on a field trip, too, just to get something for you and Tom! And the chance of a date sometime soon! They really do realize how this affects every aspect of your lives, don't they??

Miss you!


9:54 AM  
Blogger Aunt Vickie said...

I'm am soooo proud of you Marissa!! It was so fun to hear from you last night. I was thrilled that you called. I thought about you all evening and was hoping you did it. It's all down hill from here. You're all wonderful. Keep up the good work.

Continuing to pray,
Aunt Vickie

9:55 AM  
Blogger Aunt Debbie A said...

Hey Girlies,

Angie, I'm so happy that you got a day away!! I'm gonna have to speak with Dr. Cox to see what her secret is! : ) That was an answered prayer!

I laughed outloud when I read about Rissy batting. Actually, if you want me to be completely honest...I laughed outloud as tears ran down my face. You could right an essay on the analogy that "her desire to run the bases finally outweighed her fear of batting"! I love it. I can just hear her say, "I'm not ready to tell you yet...let's just wait a minute." Little stinker. She is precious. We laughed ourselves numb the other night at her. She was getting sleepy so she was a bit punchy. She was in her jammies after I had given her a bath. Mallery and I were in the bedroom talking and she decides she wasn't the center of attention for a second there... so she says, "Hey look guys! Thriller!" She starts dancing like the monsters in the Thriller video. It was so random and took us by such surprise I thought we would never stop laughing. The more we laughed the harder she danced. It was hilarious.

How do you like her gold wig! I absolutely love her vulnerability. She put that thing on and said, "Now people will think I have really long hair!"...I think I'm gonna buy me a gold wig!! Ah, to be 5 again!! : ) We had a great time.

I'm sending Nancy Noel photos to Josie and I promised her no one would see them before she had a chance to look at them, so no peeking!

Well I sure hope you guys can get outside for lunch today. It sure is beautiful. The humidity is gone!! I love you guys.
Enjoy the day together.

Love, Aunt Debbie xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

10:03 AM  
Blogger Cindy Adams said...

Marissa was FABULOUS!!! She not only batted - she got three hits!!! The first one bounced off of her batting helmet before in went out toward the outfield. What an athlete! I was so proud of you Marissa! I had the best swing on the entire team - you swung it like you meant it! The third hit got clear out into the grass! I was honored to be there and everyone knew I belonged to you because I clapped and wiggled all around when you got hits because you expressly told me not to yell. I love you - great job.
Aunt Cindy

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

Aww im so proud of her! Josie told me about that when we were in florida.
Angie- have fun on your "well deserved" date!
And if you need me whenever to watch josie and marissa, at anytime, so tom can rest, or get stuff done...do NOT hesitate to call (OR PAY...i WONT take it) because i would be more than happy to babysit, whenever you need me!!!
So take advantage of that offer! lol

12:50 PM  

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