Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Sweet Daughter's Visit and Mardi Gras

Good news is that I had a wonderful few days. Bad news is that I am now sad cause cause my daughter already left.
But, we really had so much fun together in spite of the reason that brought her here, an outpatient surgery. You see, she wants to give us more grandchildren but after she had her first one 12 years ago, she was unable to. She consulted a specialist and found out she had a polyp just where the baby is supposed to be conceived and it needed to be taken out. I convinced her to have it done here because my good friend's hubby is an excellent gynecologist. And just as a good daughter would do, she took my advice.
I picked her up from the airport and then went to the clinic to pick up her pre op orders. Most of the afternoon was consumed by having all the tests done and over with. The doc. put her on a clear liquid diet the day before surgery so we took her out to eat at Breaud's that night and boy, did we eat! LOL! She really enjoyed the food. She ordered red fish topped with crawfish etouffee. The restaurant is one of our favorites in town.
The next day, I put her on our massager to relax while we watched a DVD.

Then, I took her to the store and told her she can have anything she wants for free. I cannot believe that all she took were 2 necklaces. Oh, she also reserved a toy chest and told me they will drive next visit so they can pick it up, so I tore off the price tag and the chest will be waiting for her when they come back this summer.

We ate lunch at a coffee shop but she could only have soup. But she was able to have a chocolate mousse for dessert too.
Her creamed squash soup was very good and my corn and crawfish chowder was excellent too.

Then, I took her shopping downtown. In between activities, we lounged and had tea and just relaxed by the pool.

The day of surgery came and they led us to a room. John asked (jokingly, of course) if they had enough beds for all 3 of us. She had to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM so we woke up so early and we were still very sleepy. The hospital employee answered, "Absolutely" and sure enough, the room had 3 beds, lol.

And no, we did not use all the beds, only Rochelle did!

Modeling her hospital gown.

She's ready and just waiting for OR crew to get her.

Believe me, this was about 2 hours after surgery. I was so happy that she did so well. Rochelle got up from resting and said she was hungry so we went out to eat. John met us there and 2 friends, Debjani and Keka, came to see us to meet her.

This was a day after surgery. We went to my friend's mardi gras luncheon party. The food was so yummy! We even had a little karaoke session after eating. It was fun.

The happy Mardi Gras group.

I am glad my daughter got to meet most of my friends. Actually, I think she met all of them as I do not have a lot of friends, lol.

After we had enough singing, we went to the place where they used to trade slaves here. I told them about the chains that were used and still exist. I always get sad when I go to this place.

It so happened that they were having a Mardi Gras parade so we parked to witness it and joined the fun catching beads Don't I look like an Indian here? Lol! I was cold so I just grabbed a snuggie from the car.
We had so much fun collecting beads and we did not even have to do any exposing, (gross!), lol. I think we must have been at the end of the line cause people were throwing bunches of beads at us, some of them still in plastic bags, must be all the leftovers.
Rochelle upgraded her flight to first class so she was able to bring
another luggage to fit all the beads for AJ. They were throwing stuffed toys, mardi gras cups and candies too. I kept a few cups myself for future tablescaping, but I gave all my beads for Rochelle to give to AJ. She will definitely be in bead heaven when she sees them, lol.
Rochelle is posing here with my friend, Brenda. She is the very first Filipina whom I met here. There are only 6 of us in the whole town, I think.

This was the morning before we took her back to the airport yesterday. I miss her so much already. Come back soon, Rochelle!

I think she had fun, left me these comments on Facebook.

"Thx 4 everything, Mom! I'm so sad leaving! I enjoyed all of it - even the hospital was pleasant! LOL, Pls thank Dr. & Mrs. K a million x 4 me. Love u & c u soon!
I cried at the airport 'cause I didn't want to leave you..and I'm so old! LOL Yes, we crammed a lot into a few days. My only regret was my Wednesday dietary restrictions. We should've been able to eat better like the other days. hehe BTW, we had some of the crawfish and everyone loved them! Becky & Jed said they're staying here all day so we can eat them again for dinner! We grilled steaks, too."
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Thanks a lot for stopping by and I thank our hostesses for these fun memes! If you have time, I would like to request for you to help me pray so that Rochelle can have a healthy baby soon. Thank you!


Unknown said...

Your daughter is beautiful, and how sweet your relationship seems to be :). I'm so glad she was able to be with you guys for her surgery. I hope it was successful!


Anonymous said...

What an absolutely wonderful post Chrisine!

Your daughter is gorgeous.

Richard Cottrell said...

Glad all went well. Happy MG. Richard at My Old Historic House.,

Debbiedoos said...

So happy your daughter did well...she looked wonderful too. What a fun time you gals had!

Pam said...

Christine, So happy your girl did well with the procedure and you had such a great time together. I showed my 10 year old the photo of the chains. She was amazed at what that meant. Thanks for a great teachable moment.
Have a wonderful week.

Blondie's Journal said...

Very sweet post, Christine. I know how much you must miss her because I could never imagine being far from my own daughters. It looks like you had a ball though. I hope the surgery is a success and that more grandchildren are in your future!

Loved the Mardi Gras party and parade!


Rochelle Jose-Paterson said...

Thanks, Mom! I had such a good time, and you took such good care of me after surgery! I feel optimistic that in the near future A.J. will have a baby brother or sister. :)

I'm also relieved we didn't have to expose ourselves for beads. LOL A.J. loved all the beads. She was amazed at how many we caught in such a short time. She played around with them in the backseat all the way home from the airport last night.

Thanks again for everything, Mom. We'll see you again soon! Love and miss you! p.s. Can you please email me the last picture in your little sitting room? I don't have that one.

Terra said...

How sweet to spend time with your precious daughter, and the surgery went well. The photos of you and your friends at the Mardi Gras lunch are fabulous.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post, Chrsitine! I wish your daughter well and soon she will have a new grandchild for you to love. Wonderful photos, have a great week!

Lynn said...

Looks like you had a nice visit Christine:@)

Salmagundi said...

What wonderful-looking food at your Mardi Gras party. And your daughter is just as pretty. Glad surgery went well. Sally said...

Thankful that all went well. Will be praying for a new grandchild for you. Glad you crammed in some fun.

Unknown said...

Awe you are such a good mom! I hope everything goes well with your daughter and sending many blessings your way to the both of you!
Happy Mardi Gras!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! Your daughter is so pretty! I hope all went well for her! Looks like a fun Mardi Gras visit! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

lvroftiques said...

Christine your baby sure bounced back quickly from surgery and y'all painted the town red...and blue...silver.. also green! *winks* That was a lot of beads girlfriend! AJ is gonna be in bead heaven! Y'all look like you had a great time! Got my fingies crossed for ya for a new grandbaby.... Vanna

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so happy to hear that things went well for your daughter. How wonderful that she could come home to Mom for the surgery and have a wonderful Mom and Daughter outing as a bonus.

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

glad all went well. She's as beautiful as her mom. What a lovely time you gave her. I am sure she will be back shortly. I pray for continued good health and good results.

Anonymous said...

Christine I am so glad you were able to spend time with your Daughter!! She is such a lovely girl and I do pray the surgery will be successful and you will be a grandma again soon!

Looks like a fun time at Mardi gras-

bee blessed

Fashion Momma said...

Great shots Christine! You have a beautiful daughter and I'm glad the surgery went well.

My Blue Monday.

All That Glitters said...

how fun!

Gypsea Nurse said...

Beautiful photos... so glad surgery went well.... and what fun it looks like you all had!
Happy Blue!

SmilingSally said...

You're such a loving mom. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Donnie said...

I'm so glad she did well with the surgery and love all the fun you guys had.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Glad the surgery went well. Looks and sounds like you all had a lot of fun visiting and eating good food.

Kim, USA said...

First of all Ms Christine, your daughter is so pretty!! And I couldn't believe you look like an elder sister to her. I couldn't imagine to be a daughter of Ms Christine, you are a very loving mom.
I am so glad the surgery went well. The photo with chains I can't imagine that place when slavery was rampant at those time. You look you all had fun, life is beautiful!! Happy Monday!

Jemsmom said...

So glad you got to spend time with your beautiful daughter and that she recovered so quickly from her surgery! Time spent together is the best time of all!

Joyful said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time with your daughter even though she had to have surgery. She is very pretty and I see you two are so close. Only a mother's love is what helps her children. Happy Blue Monday.

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Hi Christine, your daughter is pretty, and she is taller than you. Seems like everybody had great time at the mardi gras

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Kathleen said...

WOW, you crammed a lot in a visit for a surgery! Looks like a lot of fun! I hope all goes well for dd!
You are such a party girl!

Christie said...

That is wonderful that your daughter did well and is recovering from the surgery :) She's beautiful, just like her mama....looks like you all had a great time despite her having to be in the hospital for a little while. I know you miss her but she'll be back again soon and she'll be surprised that you went ahead and got that toy chest are a sweet mama you know that?! She's very lucky :)

Love your bunny teapot and spring table setting, everything always looks so cheerful and fun! Hope you have a great week Christine...
Big hugs,

Traci said...

It looks like y'all managed to fit in a ton of fun stuff while your daughter was here! Glad y'all were able to have a nice visit despite her procedure.

Joyce said...

Glad all went well at the hospital. Looks like you all had some wonderful food and a fun party. Enjoy reading your blog.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Ang ganda-ganda naman ng anak mo! That's great you spoiled her so much during her visit with you :)

Btw, thank you for joining in the Swap Followings Linky Party and making the blog party a success :) Hope you'll link in again next month.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Keeping your daughter in my prayers. Looks like you two had a nice visit. I know it was short but it sure did look sweet. The party looks like it was fun too. Love all the pictures.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, you've been busy! Rochelle is so pretty, and I've never known of anyone to have so much fun before and after surgery! I laughed when I saw John standing by the bed in the room with three beds. You partying ladies look so cute in your masks, and what fun for Rochelle to have all of those beads to take home to AJ! laurie

Savannah Granny said...

Christine, I am so glad the surgery went well and you seem to have made a party out of it. Now that is a healthy attitude!!
I pray that you will be a new grandmother very soon. Hugs, ginger

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