Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Poor, Poor Hooney Bear...

Well, I suppose it's evident that the power of prayer works for people, but how about for animals? Not that I consider Hoonis an "animal"...anyone who knows me knows that he's my and Austin's child. He just cannot stop having these really bad seizures. He woke me up a little after 6 this morning with another one (Austin had just left for work...go figure). He wakes us out of a dead sleep becasue he kicks and thrashes so hard. :( His anti-seizure med (phenobarbital) didn't work, although I think he may go back on it in a stronger dose. I hate that stuff...it makes Hoonis a walking, eating, drinking, zombie. Definitely not himself. I feel so bad for him. Austin and I have so much going on right now, this only adds to our already heightened stress. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! OK...I feel better. Last summer we were actually told for the first time that he would more than likely die at any time, as he was just starting his seizures and having severe (idiopathic-they still don't know why) cardiac arrhythmias at the same time. We had never heard from his doctors (yes, plural) that he would die, even during his pancreatitis, skin cancer, four surgeries on his leg, a near-fatal reaction to a medication, and epillepsy. He's still going strong. I guess I'm just proving his strong will to live here. It kills me that Austin and I have brought up that horrible, horrible word again recently (euthanasia). We'll do anything we can to avoid that, but the word is being tossed around. :(

Hoonis turned 7 in May and Austin and I have raised him since he was 5 weeks old! He truly is our baby, and although some may think we're crazy, we love him so, so much and so far have done EVERYTHING we possibly can for him. He depends on us for everything. And those who know Hooney well know all that he has gone through in his 7 years (and what our bank account has gone through!). I don't know what to do other than ask for him to pull through this like he has everything else, because I cannot imagine life without him. Seven years is a long time to spend raising, nurturing, taking care of, training and loving someone. I just wish I could snap my fingers and make him ok! Is that possible?!?!?! So if tonight when you pray you have extra room for Hoonis, please add him to your prayers!

Sorry...I just had to vent (which I think is the actual purpose of a blog?!!?) I have to get ready for work now...:(
P.S. Hoonis has been laying right next to me this whole time, and just as I was about to hit "Publish Post", he farted! He has such an incredible sense of humor...;)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Maddie's First Trip to the Cottage!

...and she had a blast! Maddie, Landon (Kellie's dog) and Kellie came to visit Saturday. We stole Maddie for a few hours because Tom, Lauren and Maddie are going on vacation for a whole week! Needless to say, we had to get a Maddie-fix, and we can't wait to bring her up again! Maybe next time Gracie Poo can join us too?!?!?!?

Another Weekend at the Lake

Austin, the boys and I spent yet another great weekend at the lake. We had Joel, Tim and the newly engaged Dan and Jennifer stay Friday night with us! Good times had by all...well, that's always the case with beer and great conversation!
P.S. Congrats, Dan and Jen!

Proud Mama

The picture says it all... :)

Monday, July 16, 2007


The first pic is of Hoonis after falling asleep with his head up (it completely fell right after I took the shot!), and the other is of Hooney caught snuggling with cousin Landon. He has been very tired lately...he had a seizure on Friday (which was a HUGE mess to come home to, by the way). He's always so tired for a week or so after an episode. :( My poor, poor Baby Bear. But, nevertheless, here he is, busted for being so CUTE!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mr. and Mrs. Bennett

Here are a couple of shots from Rod and Bina's wedding! Doesn't she look STUNNING?!?!?! The first pic is of the happy couple with Sabrina's daughter Kierra (who, by the way, grew up overnight!), and the second is of The Bennetts!

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!!!

Today is my mom's 52nd birthday!! The whole Hosford clan is going to dinner tonight to celebrate!! Hope you have a great one, mom! You're the best! :)

P.S. MY CAMERA BROKE!! So until I get a new one (for my upcoming b-day, maybe, Austin, maybe, huh??!?!??!?), there won't be too many pics posted. :( I think I might take over my mom's, though, because she doesn't know how to use it!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Home, Sweet Home!

My dad came home around 7:30 last night (Sunday)!! He is happy as a clam...as you can imagine!! :) Now it's time to relax, rest and recooperate (which he has yet to learn!).

Sunday, July 01, 2007

John Ball Zoo

Yesterday we stole Maddie for a few hours to take her to the zoo, then to see Papa at the hospital. We had a blastie...I swear I have just as much fun there as the kids do!!! Here are some pics from the day! Can't wait until the next trip to the zoo...:) The baby goats were the best!

Congrats Rod and Sabrina!!!

My very good friend Sabrina (formerly Tate) and her new husband Rod were married on Thursday!!! We had a party over at their house Saturday night to celebrate the marraige and Sabrina's 30th birthday! Congrats to both of you...you were made for each other! ;) Here are some pics of the night before it got too rowdy...and yes, they were thrown in the pool (which lasted all night)! Sabrina's married...hard to believe! Also, she's no longer a Tate! Sabrina Bennett...wierd!