When I wrote "What's Going On..." I told you that Lyndzi had been sick for a few days; and I really want to thank everyone that's expressed their care and concern. I took Lyndzi to Urgent care on Sunday, because I didn't want to wait until Monday to get her treatment. She was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and they're treating her for Bronchitis too; due to her Asthma. She's been taking steroids, antibiotics and breathing treatments; and she is starting to feel better, but I was told to keep her home on Monday; at the least.
We're a very snuggly, cuddly, family; and that is especially true when someone isn't feeling well. Lyndzi likes me to sit next to her and comfort her while she's having her breathing treatments; and I'm more than happy to do so; which is why I used a sick day today. Since I work from home the majority of the week, it is often difficult to justify needing a sick day; but I knew that Lyndzi needed my undivided attention and I was not going to deny her.
I got Nicky and Kelsie off to school, and once Lyndzi awoke we began her breathing treatments and medication. After 24 hours on the steroids, she seemed to be doing a little better, so I suggested the possibility of taking a ride to meet our cousin Becky, (Jackie's daughter;) at The Cheesecake Factory (where she works) and Lyndzi very much wanted to go. Now I know that a lot of parents wouldn't have done this; and that's ok; I felt I was justified. First off, Lyndzi wasn't contagious, secondly, she LOVES school, so I had no reason to fear that she would seek additional days off, expecting lunch and outings; and lastly, Becky's Grandpa (my Uncle Harry) was having surgery today, and we expected to receive the results at the time that Lyndzi and I would have been with her; and I wanted to be able to lend our support if the outcome hadn't been good ~ so we went.
When I wrote "Just What I Needed..." I told you about how I found my cousin Jackie on Facebook; and I shared that her daughter, Becky; lived right here in Arizona ~ but, our surprise visit to her today was also our first. Lyndzi and I walked in to The Cheesecake Factory and asked the hostess for Becky. Someone went to get her; and as she approached the hostess station, I recognized her from her Facebook pictures, but she clearly had no idea who I was. The hostess told her that I was the one who had asked for her; and once she came over to me, I said "Hi, I'm Paige;" and she gave me a huge hug. I then introduced Lyndzi and they hugged as well. I told her that Lyndzi and I had taken a sick day, so we thought we would come see her; and she was very happy that we did. She asked us to stay for lunch; and we gratefully accepted. OK foodie friends; I know you want to know what we ate; and ya know I hate to disappoint; SO... Lyndzi ordered the kids pasta Alfredo, (which I tasted and it was DELICIOUS;) and I ordered the grilled eggplant sandwich, which I had considered on several previous visits to the Cheesecake Factory; but since I had never been there for lunch before; I thought this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it. In addition to the grilled eggplant, the sandwich had roasted red peppers, grilled Bermuda onions and a garlic aioli. I chose a salad, instead of fries; and it came with a fabulous vinaigrette; which I really enjoyed. Becky was able to sit down with us a couple of times; and we discussed our upcoming trip to Disneyland next month; and how excited we all were to be going together. We discussed where we live in relation to each other; and I told Becky that our house was her house and that she was always welcome. We talked about soccer and swimming, and Just Dance, for the Wii. We discussed "Master Chef" and "Iron Chef," and taking a trip together to Sedona, when her mom comes out for a visit. And then, Becky said the magic words, that I'm sure Lyndzi was elated to hear; "Would you like some cheesecake?" I said that Lyndzi could get a piece to take home and share with Nicky and Kelsie; and Becky said, "well, let's get a couple;" and she whisked Lyndzi away to the bakery. When Lyndzi returned to the table, she was very excited to tell me that the baker asked if she was Becky's sister; and Becky said "no, she's my cousin." THIS made Lyndzi's day; and we discussed it quite extensively, both at the table and after we left. Lyndzi said "I'm not sure why that comment made me so happy;" and I suggested that there was something very special about having an immediate connection with a relative that you'd never met before. I went on to say that Becky really was a stranger; but by virtue of being related to us; we immediately loved and accepted her; and we wanted her to do the same; and that's exactly what she did.
After saying goodbye to Becky, Lyndzi and I left, hand in hand and very happy. Lyndzi said "I bet I know what your blog is going to be about tonight;" and I said "I think that's a great idea." As poorly as Lyndzi had been feeling, I know that meeting Becky really lifted her spirits. We are both so thankful to have our new cousins in our lives and we look forward to getting to know them better and better.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING