Saying Good-bye

All good things must come to an end, they say, and that was true of Dolly's too short visit with our family. Dolly and I went shopping one more time, and found the cutest band to make her a bracelet. The band says "Groovy Chick". It seemed to fit Dolly perfectly!
Dolly will be greatly missed, but we understand she has many more people to visit, and Robin was patiently waiting for her turn to see Dolly. So good bye, Dolly, have a safe journey, and we'll be thinking of you.

Off to the Special Olympics!

Dolly was excited to be here for the Special Olympics Basketball trials. It was rescheduled from the week before.

It was basketball only for these trials, and very noisy. Puddy did not like the noise but Dolly was happy to comfort her.

They both enjoyed watching the children play. Puddy was still not feeling well enough to play this time. We had one scary moment when a little girl ran up suddenly from the basketball court, excited to see Dolly. She tried to shake Dolly's hand, but pulled off her 'Rich' bracelet! All turned out well, though, as the little girl immediately apologized and put the bracelet back on Dolly's wrist. I almost had a heart attack, however, thinking of what Dolly might do without that bracelet of Rich photos.

I had been monitoring the stands for kids to rush up, but never considered the idea that someone would leave the free throws to come and hug Dolly!


Dolly and Puddy play dress ups!

Well, it hasn't snowed, but it is very cold and has rained a lot, plus Puddy is still having some pain, so we are pretty much shut in for the week. Dolly discovered that one of Puddy's favorite games is playing dress up.
Puddy has been inventing unusual and interesting clothing designs since she was a toddler. She sometimes makes pony tails for herself out of shirts. She turned shorts into little bolero tops without ever having seen a bolero at that time, and turns tops into skirts.
This fascinated Dolly, who decided she wanted to play, too. We went looking through the house to see what dress up clothes we could find in Dolly's size. We came up with a few interesting pieces.

Darn! I completely forgot that her evening dress from Diane and her corset from Tara were in her travel cabin!! Well, that's OK, We all had fun trying on new styles. I think the pictures speak for themselves!

The lei reminded Dolly of home. She said she misses you, Pam, but she is having fun, too!

 Here she is all warm and cozy, never mind the cold outside!

Who is that in the hot pink wig?


Dolly's visit becomes a mission to soothe my Puddy Girl!

Dolly arrived on the day my daughter came home from school with a toothache. Well, sort of a toothache. Her permanent molar was pushing through and had pushed her baby tooth over sideways, where it was growing sideways, out the side wall of her gum! Poor baby! She's autistic, and does not handle mouth pain very well, among other things. So, Dolly's first weekend here was probably the least pleasant of her entire journey. She was probably hoping she had gotten waylayed in the post office so she could have partied with postal workers again.

But Dolly is a real trooper and she pitched in to help keep Puddy as comfy -- and distracted -- as possible.

On Monday, Puddy went to the dental hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill to have her tooth cared for, and Dolly volunteered to go along.

She enjoyed the nearly an hour long ride there. She got to see the James Taylor Bridge, named after the famous singer who grew up in Chapel Hill, NC.

And she crossed the Jordan Lake, which is a pretty and active place in the summer, but looks fairly drab in February. The only green I seemed to catch was out hubby's window. The bottom picture is out my window! How'd he keep all the pretty to himself?

Bleak though it was, the ebullient Dolly seems to find joy in the smallest of sights.

Finally, we arrived at the hospital. It's a big, confusing place, but we've been there so much, it's old hat. There is a lot of construction going on, and has been for the two years we've lived here, so it's not very pretty, but probably will be when finished.

As bad as she had wanted to get to the "tooth doctor" to get help, Puddy was starting to get scared, but Dolly told her jokes and gave her hugs in the waiting room and cheered her right up.

Dolly suggested we take pictures of the experience to help Puddy the next time she has to lie down on the dentist's chair. She does not mind saying "Ahhh!", but she hates lying back in the chair and having no escape. In fact, this was the first time she has been able to do this. I think it might have been Dolly's pep talk. Dollly also demonstrated a few times for Puddy, but I missed those photo ops!

They gave her cool sunglasses to wear through the ordeal. That helped keep the bright light out of her eyes, but she was still worried about lying in that chair. After sitting up a few dozen times, and listening to Dolly reassure her, Puddy finally lay back and allowed the dentists to work.
No needles at all! This was her first dental procedure without full anesthesia! Mommy, Daddy, and Dolly were all so proud of Puddy! 

And her reward -- besides STICKERS, YAY! -- was a photo op with the famous Dolly! She won't go anywhere without her hats on her head, by the way.

On the way home, Dolly wanted me to take these pictures and to tell you all that the snow was not her fault -- this is her proof: Look at that sun streaming through! No snow curse going on here!