Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Harper Goes to MDO!

So so behind.  Harper and I started back to MDO the same week as the kids.  I was a few days late joining the team, but Mimi took Harper for her 1st day.  Harper just loves school.  She loves being in the 2 year old room, having juice for snack, and doing worksheets in class.  She is such a big girl and makes me laugh every single day!!!
  She is wearing panties a lot, but still doesn't like to poop in the potty.  We are getting there.  She took gifts to her teachers the first day, compliments of Kelly.  I just couldn't do life without her.  So thankful for this friend.

Monday, August 17, 2015

1st, 3rd, and 4th!

Last Monday was a big day at our house.  First day of school and we have now have a 1st and 3rd grader!  Where has the time gone?  They were pretty excited, even though they say they don't like school;)  We took our 1st day of school pics and were out the door.
  I had my 4th and final (of this type) round of chemo.  My friend Kelly took me, and my parents had Harper.  Kev took off from football so he could pick up the kids and hear about their day.  I don't really remember much about that afternoon.  I just slept....
  The kids did have a good first day and week.  Kev had a good first week as well.  Thankful he is at Bartlett and close by.  Harper starter back at MDO on Wednesday.  That post will be next.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Registration Day!

  A little behind, but last Tuesday we went to Oak to find out Maddie and Turner's teachers.  Mimi went with us and we are thrilled with their teachers.  Turner has Mrs. Piland, who was also Maddie's 1st grade teacher and Maddie has Mrs. Wilson, whom we have heard great things.  It was a little weird to walk through the school with a hat and no hair....a lot has changed since school let out for summer.  The principal asked me how I was feeling and everyone was super nice.  Sometimes I feel like I need a sign taped to my shirt that says "Hair gone from cancer, not by choice". 
  After we visited the classrooms, Boo Boo picked us up for an outing to Midtown.  We were going to eat at Belly Acres, but the ac was out so we ate at Babalous.  It was delicious!  We never go to Midtown and I plan on changing that.  So many neat little places.  Afterwards we stopped at Sweet Noshings, an ice cream and candy store.  My kids were in Heaven!!  We ate ice cream, picked out candy, and even spun the wheel for the bean boozle challenge.  It was a great way to celebrate Registration Day!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Build A Bear, Yes I Lost my Mind!

I like to think that I try and save money.  I coupon pretty regularly, try to buy on sale, etc.  I also know that my love language is gifts....I like to give as much as I like to receive:)  I really like surprising the kids with happies and it always makes me happy as well.  I realize this probably contributes to their bratty level, and they probably don't appreciate things as they should.  So I am going to work on this....after this post obviously.
  Last Monday I decided to take the kids to Build a Bear.  It was the last week of summer, I had a coupon, they had money, and they all love stuffed animals.  Would you believe on the way to the mall I got a call with the results from my genetic testing.  I probably should have have just gone home, but we didnt.  I actually got good news- don't carry the brca gene which is great news for my kiddos and means I am not a higher risk for ovarian cancer.  So I won't have to have a hysterectomy.  Great news!!!
  She just didn't seem that excited on the other end of the line.....turns out they did find a mutation that puts me at a higher risk for colon cancer.  Fun times right?  Let me say it really just increases my risk about 10% and after thinking about it, it isn't that big of a deal.  God has the final say anyway right?  But as we were pulling into the mall, I was feeling defeated.  I mean I already have breast cancer, why are we even going to talk about colon cancer today.
  So I did what most mom's would do I am sure.  I marched into Build a Bear and watched my kids pick out their animals, then their clothes, then $142 later with the coupon......not my wisest shopping trip.  But the kids had a lot of fun, it got my mind off colon cancer, and I probably won't do that again;)
  This hasn't been the summer of our dreams, and although the kids have still done PLENTY, I have felt a bit sorry for them.  Or maybe for myself.  But either way, they have new stuffed animals and we enjoyed our outing.  Hate summer is coming to an end, but I think the routine will be good for us all!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Quick Savannah Trip

We decided to squeeze one more quick trip to Savannah in before school started back.  We left at 8:30 Thursday night and stayed till Saturday after lunch.  We were able to go to Sophia's birthday party, visit with Big Da for a minute, and see all the grandparents except Dee Dee.  She is in the hospital in Nashville and we are hoping she gets to come home on Wednesday.  This has been a rough year for the grandparents I tell you....but we are so thankful to have all 4 of them still with us.  Amazing really!
  Nonna was able to spend a lot of time at home and the kids got lots of playing time in with the cousins.  Harper has been wearing panties a lot lately.  She is kind of potty training herself and does great about pee peeing in the potty.  Pooping....that's a different story.  So Nonna let her pick out a toy and we put it in the bathroom as a reward for pooping in the potty.  Well, we brought the toy home with us and it is hanging out in our bathroom.  After pooping in her panties yesterday, we are back to wearing diapers.  Chemo isn't meant to be taken while trying to potty train.  So.......we will let her try again another day;)
   It was a quick trip, but a good one.  The ride home was a different story.  I got all kinds of sick and remained that way the rest of the night.  I do believe a healthy diet is key in how I feel during all of this.  I didn't eat that great and drank 3 cokes which is more than I have had in a month.  The days I load up on fruits, veggies, and water are definitely my better days. 
  Thankful for our Savannah family, even though Maddie stoops into a depression every time we leave;)  Ha!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Round 3

Monday was round 3 and we got some great news!  The doctor said the mass was about 1/3 the size that it was month ago.  It is working and that makes it so much more bearable to go through!  My lab work came back good and Dr. Tauer told me this is about the toughest type of chemo they use.  He said I was handling it great and it was nice to hear.  I only have 1 more round like this and my last 12 rounds are supposed to be much easier to tolerate.  Woo hoo!
  My friend Kelly took all 3 kids and kept them overnight so we could rest.  I was so hesitant to let her, but they had a great time and it was so appreciated.  I slept, slept, slept.  The shot made me achy again for a few days, but it wasn't too bad.  The hardest thing is being so tired.  Taking a nap isn't optional, it is a must for a few days. 
  My next round is the kids first day of school.  Should be interesting.  A sweet friend at church told me yesterday that for this short season I might not be able to do everything I am used to doing, and that is ok.  She is right....this is just a season and we are just going to do the best we can.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Redbirds Exhibition!

Saturday Maddie had an exhibition before the game.  It worked out great because our Sunday School class had already scheduled a social for the game.  So we got to spend time with friends and watch Maddie do her thing.
  I prayed all day I would make it in the heat.  I was so worried I would get down there and get sick.  It was hot....and I felt great the entire time!!  Another answered prayer!!
  Everyone had a great time and I have lots of pics to share!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Good Days!

Last week was a good one!!  Felt better most of the week and had more energy.  We had some fun with the kids.  Monday, we went skating with the church.  Mo took a friend from school and Kev kept Harper at home.  The big kids had a great time!
  We also went to Savannah for a quick overnight trip.  The kids loved seeing Nonna and swam with cousins for a few hours.  I am so glad we went. 
  We went swimming at the neighbors pool one morning, had a family lunch date at Genghis Grill, did some school shopping for Mo, and had a family movie night. We also had a play date at Tina's house for lunch and a swim. The weather prevented the swim, but we all were able to visit anyway!  We met the Gaines boys at the new Splash Park Friday afternoon.  We ended the week with a Redbirds game and gymnastics exhibition.  I will do a separate post for that. 
  Countdown to school is on and I am so thankful we are getting some fun in before the craziness begins!
  I still receive sweet cards in the mail often with people letting me know they are praying.  I also had a sweet lady stop by and bring me a blessing box.  There are gifts in there for me to open after each treatment.  How thoughtful!!!  A Sunday school class from church dropped a package off on our porch Friday evening.  They gave me so many goodies that my head was spinning.  My kids said it was the best gift I have ever been given:) 
  Friends, family, acquaintances have really rallied behind us and we can feel the love.  God is good and we are blessed!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Last Week

Wasn't for the weary!  While I didn't feel bad Monday after chemo, I felt pretty terrible the rest of the week.  Tired, sick to my stomach, headaches, blah, blah, blah.  I don't want to complain too much on here, but I do want to be able to look back and remember.  This was a hard week.
  Wednesday was shave day.  It was coming out quite a bit and I was ready to be done.  The kids weren't real impressed and thankfully aren't bothered by it.  Boy, I sure am.  I always thought I had a healthy dose of confidence in myself....take my hair away and that all changed quickly.  I even sleep wearing something to cover my head.  I have a few wigs and am accumulating quite the collection of head coverings.  No thanks to Mimi- she tried to help me out, I wish I had a pic of the things she bought me.  You will never see me wearing them:)
  Mo had a great time at camp and I was able to go out there to pick her up Friday.  So glad she went.  Harper and Turner had a pretty uneventful week.  We went to Costco one day with Mimi and Boo Boo while Daddy was at football...I think that was about it.  But Daddy is still being a super dad, and we are all just trucking along.
  We did receive several meals last week which were huge blessings.  We also had a few people stop in with goodies and to check on us.  So, even though this isn't a whole lot of fun, we are being blessed by many.  We are still praising him during this storm!!
  This week is starting out better and my next post will be more upbeat;)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Round 2!

Gonna be short and sweet!  Kelly took me to chemo yesterday and I loved having her there.  She asked questions I wasn't thinking about and was given a pat on the back from the geneticist for asking them:)  We had blood drawn and will know the results in a few weeks.
  While waiting a sweet lady from church stopped to see me.  She went through the same thing a few years ago and has been very encouraging.  She brought me a sweet book of encouraging scriptures that she used on her journey and a necklace and bracelet to pass down to someone else once I am a survivor like her:)
  We let the nausea meds drip slower this time is hopes to help with nausea.  I also took 2 Adivan when I got some.  Doctor said the nausea might be coming from anxiety as well as the chemo.  What a difference it has made.  I slept from about 5 pm yesterday to 7 am.  Got ready to get shot, was home by 10 and slept till noon.  I have NOT gotten sick nor had the headaches like last time.
My patents swing by to break up our party, but they brought us lunch and it was good to have them there.  My lab work came back great too!  God is really hearing and answering prayers.
  Maddie left for church camp yesterday.  She had to be at the church by 3.  I just had to be done to see her off.  I was...I made it....and I think I even acted normal and not drugged up.  God is Good, God is Faithful, and God is getting our family through this one day at a time.
  Pray for her this week.  She was struggling about being away from us and not sure she wanted to go.  I think this all stems from me being sick, and I am just praying she has the best time and sticks it out!