Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Zoo, and Vi

We took a quick trip up north on Thursday to go up to Hill AFB, go to the zoo, and we wanted to go visit some friends but we didn't make it to see them. The zoo was really the highlight of the trip. Scotty had seen the baby elephant on tv and we told him we'd go see it sometime. Then I found out that the lady who was the YW president when I was secretary in Eagle Mountain was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and given around 6 months to live. I told Eric I wanted to go see her as soon as we could, because I shouldn't be traveling too far away pretty soon. So Eric was able to get an appointment with the people he needed to see at Hill on Thursday afternoon, and Thursday am we headed up. We made it up to Hill just fine and got that taken care of, visited with my step-mom, and got to see her puppies, which Scotty loved! By the time we got done with that we decided to head back to our hotel and get dinner since it was about 8pm. On Friday we decided to go to the zoo first then go see Vi after the zoo. We had a blast at the zoo! The baby elephant was so funny! We got to see 2 of the baby tigers too, which was pretty cool! After the zoo on our way down to EM, we called Vi to let her know we were coming over and she had just gotten to the hospital for a dr. appointment and didn't know when she'd be home. So I guess I should have planned that a little better. But Scotty had fallen asleep before we'd even gotten to the freeway from the zoo, so we decided to just head home.
So a little more on Vi. She is 84 years old, and until recently she has been a real go-getter! She was a nanny for a family of 5 or 6 kids, (I can't remember exactly) was young women's president of our ward, made pies to take to who moved in, she was pretty much non-stop. I've known her for probably 1 1/2 years, since she moved up the street from me. Shortly after she moved in my friend Britany were called to be her visiting teachers. She probably taught us more that we taught her! She was a wonderful example to me while I was up north, and has helped strengthen my testimony in Jesus Christ, and the LDS church. Last week she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and has decided not to do any treatment. The last I've heard is it is spreading quickly, but she's ready for it, and is at peace. I'm grateful for the young women visiting her, and everyone else in the ward for supporting her. This is kind of hard for me to take since my grandma Snowball, & my mom's best friend, Maxine, who was like a second mom to me, both passed away from cancer. I can understand Vi not wanting to do treatment, I just don't deal with death and change very well.
I know this is a really long post, but wanted to let you know about our trip to the zoo and Vi. Please pray for her to be comfortable as possible. Thanks.

Scotty & the big horned sheep. He thought it was cooler than the tigers!

Scotty on the Tiger statue

Mama tiger & 2 of the 3 babies. You can't tell from the pic but the 1 baby is asleep nursing on the mama, I thought it was cute!

The gorilla. I won't even go into what he did while Eric and Scotty were watching him, I'm just glad I was moving the stroller out of the way when he did it or I'd have thrown up! If you really want to know you'll have to ask Eric, just ask him when I'm not in listening distance! It's that gross!

I think this is called baby giraffe yoga!

Eric, Scotty & the rhino

Baby elephant copying mommy elephant

Mom elephant rolling in the mud!

Baby elephant


Karenin Jaar Robison said...

vi had cancer in her lymph nodes i thought not thyroid.

Farah said...

Looks like the zoo was a big hit! I can hardly wait for T to get big enough!

Sorry for your friend.

jill said...

Scotty is soooo big! Sorry to hear about Vi. And sounds like you are all doing well. It will be so exciting for you to have a sweet little girl!