...for the nice comments you've left. We're all OK. To answer the question about the girls, they're doing alright. To answer whoever it is that asked (I forget and I'm not in Blogger right now), Salinger was sick (but was 12 or 13 years old). He had been fine and then on Friday he threw up. No big deal. Happens sometimes. But when I saw him Saturday morning, I was like, "What the HELL?" It looked like he literally lost 10 lbs. overnight. I could see every bone in his body and his eyes and face were all sunken in. He got progressively worse throughout the weekend. Didn't eat at all... maybe took 4 or 5 sips of water total... didn't move at all the past 24 hours. It was obvious that whatever was wrong wasn't fixable at this point.
We're lucky that we know a guy who is a vet and my MIL called him and asked him as a favor to come to our house to put him to sleep. It really was so nice because the thought of putting him in a carrier to drive to the vet to have him put to sleep and then driving his body back home to bury him (all with Hannah along) was a little more than I wanted to deal with.
To answer the question about the girls, I had Grace say goodbye to Salinger this morning and told her he'd probably be gone by the time she got home. She was OK right after school. When we got home from her soccer game, she walked down to where we buried him (by herself) and came back up crying. She was pretty upset and I talked to her about it, hugged her, etc. I think she'll be OK, but am expecting moments throughout the next few days (or weeks?) where she might have some breakdowns or something.
Hannah was OK all day with it, but when she saw Grace crying, she started sobbing, telling me to "get Salinger out of the hole." But she calmed down too after a few minutes and I really don't think she'll even think about it much from this point on, but we'll see.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks again. I promise to have a much happier post tomorrow, OK? :)
And to end on a lighter note, Grace had her first soccer game tonight and scored a bazillion goals (I stopped counting after 7 or 8... LOL!) I think some other parents were actually getting annoyed. LOL! So it was definitely a nice bright spot in our day... especially for her. :)