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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Last Week

I found myself finishing off the week with a little bounce in my step. I don't think I live in constant fear or worry over cancer, but I would definitely say I could feel the unseen weight removed from my shoulders last week.

Tuesday night was the spring drama at school. Rory's class sang 2 songs, and Camden was in the cast of the drama. He was fantastic. I love how much he loves performing.  Here he is taking his bow - notice he is not holding hands with the girls on either side of him. They worked it out that if they kept their arms close and slightly beside them, no one would know they weren't holding hands. Hilarious.

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Rory and I had appointments at the eye doctor Friday morning, and 3 hours later we had discovered her eyes had drastically declined over the past year with new glasses ordered and on their way. Seriously, the girl could not even read the largest line with her old glasses on!

Friday night our church hosted the David Platt Secret Church simulcast, and I am at a loss for a term to describe the experience. It was convicting, incredible, heartbreaking, inspiring all at the same time. It was 7 hours of teaching, and we completed a study guide that was 198 pages long! I'm pretty sure David Platt could set a world record for fastest speaker of all time. He literally can talk as fast as I can read. We didn't get home until nearly 1:30 a.m. so everyone slept in Saturday morning. Rory says she has never been up at 1:16 in the morning before.

Saturday we were finally able to celebrate Family Day for both Camden and Rory with Korean food and family. Sunday was church, of course, then lunch with friends; Sunday night Brian and Camden attended a men's event at church. Yes, it was a busy weekend!
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This coming week promises to be a little lighter on the extra curricular activities, which is a welcome change from the rest of April.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stable Again

We might have had to wait about 4 hours working our way through the Vanderbilt system, but the news that my scan was stable was worth the wait. I'm going to continue on Tamoxifen (a daily pill) for the next 8 weeks and then have new scans. I had a feeling this was going to happen - it's nice to be right. Dr. C is one of those worst-case scenarios kind of doctors, but I'll admit she scared me about 2 weeks ago when she announced her opinion was that my disease was progressing. It's nice to have stable back in the picture.

Because Brian was off work and it was a beautiful sunny 70-degree day, we had grand plans of lunch and celebrating at Jeni's with ice cream, but those extra hours at Vanderbilt nixed those plans so we ran next door to a college pizza spot and ate a piece of pizza on the run.

The kids when we told them the news.
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Just kidding. I took these last week. :)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Snapshot #19



I am . . .

Thinking: that while I do a pretty good job of not living with anxiety/worry, certainly not over details out of my control like kid safety, the state of our world, finances, etc., there's nothing to be done for the certain level of queasiness in the pit of my stomach on the mornings of big appointments.

Thankful for: having Brian at home with me this morning - he took off for my doctor's appointment which means he handled the morning routine while I take it easy. He's generally gone before the kids get up so a morning partner is fabulous.

Trying: to do a better job of staying on top of the housework so it's not so overwhelming at the end of the week. I've also discovered that an hour or two of hard work and meal-planning/prep on Saturday makes me feel a whole lot better about the coming week.

Wondering: why the good behavior/good attitude phase can't happen for both kids at the same time.

Hoping: for good news for myself and someone else today.

Buying: does sending a large check to the IRS last week count as a purchase?

Cooking: These roasted brussel sprouts and Pioneer Woman's Tortellini Primavera - both big hits at our house.

Snacking on: sugar snap peas and (in all honesty) peanut M&M's

Drinking: what I should be drinking is water; what I am drinking more of these days is sweet tea.

Reading: Gray Mountain by John Grisham - it's been years since I read a John Grisham book, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Also this blog post titled When You're Stuck in the Middle.

Watching: RealityCheck every Monday night as soon as it posts - it's a commentary on American Idol/The Voice on YouTube, and I've watched it for years. I look forward to it every week. Also, Lip Sync Battle clips (John Krasinski is my favorite). Yes, I'm so shallow.

Smelling: Lavender/Peace and Calming in my diffuser at night

Working on: Two things: (1) trying to get back into Project Life. I derailed big time in 2014 and have had a very hard time finding motivation for 2015. It's still important to me, I just don't feel very creative and the project feels overwhelming. (2) to say yes more to the kids; I have no idea why my first instinct is no, so I've been trying to take a deep breath and say yes instead.

Finishing: ummm, pretty much nothing these days. Well, maybe this one scrapbook page - first one in over a month. (credits here)

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Kid Funnies: Yesterday Camden told me his "pulmonary outline" was due. Totally cracked me up because he's got such a great vocabulary that we don't get many missed words from him.

Future Plans I'm Looking Forward To: Secret Church with David Platt Friday night.

Rest of the Day Plans: appointment with Dr. Crispens, lunch with Brian (maybe at 312 Pizza?) and then the spring program at school. Camden has a part in the drama and has been bouncing off the walls in excitement for several weeks now. I love that his favorite part of each day is choir/play practice.

Favorite Picture from Last Week:
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Planning Party

While Brian made about 13 hours worth of balloon animals at Rivers and Spires this weekend, I had a big Disney planning bash with Jenne and Kari (and their cute babies). The Big Trip (yes with capital letters) is coming up soon, and we are all starting to feel very excited. Thanks to Saturday's planning session, we have dinner reservations and fast passes booked with magic armbands on their way. I am guessing we're about 99% finished with advance plans. The Lewis family is so completely out of touch with all things Disney, but we're about to become experts.

Brian came home at the tail end of the planning party and put little Z to sleep (yes, his sunburn is as red in real life as it looks here).
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Because she is all kinds of classy, Jenne brought a rose for my table along with the baked brie and French bread. Delicious!
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This pink rose and green vase could not be prettier. Almost makes me want to try my hand at gardening. Oh, who am I kidding. That's never going to happen.


Friday, April 17, 2015

A Walk in the Park

We're on our 5th straight day of rain, and it feels even longer than that, but these pictures prove we had sunshine (and a lot of it) this past weekend.

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Right after he tripped (notice the smile).
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My visit with the clinical trial oncologist went well Wednesday, and I'm very hopeful about the drug she has available for me. I have a scan today (along with an unrelated breast MRI, appointment, and lab work) then results on Tuesday. I'm feeling as if it's very possible Dr. C overreacted last week when she said my cancer was progressing. It's not like I'm an eternal optimist so if I'm feeling upbeat about the situation, that should be a good sign, right??