Saturday, March 31, 2012


I got a sunburn today. I know a sunburn is not good for you. Always use sunscreen, blah, blah, blah.

But I got a sunburn today from sitting outside watching Rory's first soccer game of the season (in what felt like blazing heat), and I now have freckles sprinkled across my face to go along with my pink arms and shoulders. 

It's a big deal because last year at this time I was in the hospital recovering from surgery. I missed lots and lots of baseball games and practices. And when I did feel well enough to be outside, I had to stay covered up because "avoid direct sunlight" was plastered across all my prescription bottles and something my chemo nurse mentioned often.

 So a sunburn today feels important. It makes me feel healthy. And I really, really, really want to be as healthy as I look.

Friday, March 30, 2012

1 Year

I am so overwhelmed by all the emails, texts, and messages from you, and I LOVE all the ice cream pictures. Thanks for celebrating this with me. I would never have been able to make it this year without all of the encouragement and friendship from you all. I'm having trouble keeping up with my inbox! One of my favorite pictures so far is from my cousin who is overseas. He sent me a picture from his mess hall with several friends all eating ice cream for breakfast. Brian's school is participating in the whole ice cream for breakfast, and I can't wait to see pics from that as well.

Brian went in to work a little late and Elizabeth and Addison joined us for coffee ice cream with oreos mixed in. My absolute favorite treat. I'm telling you right now that you don't know what you're missing if you've never tried it. ;)



I thought about trying to relive the day last year and share stories that I never told but decided against it. I'd rather focus on the good stuff for today. Like ice cream for breakfast, snuggles with Addison, hugs from Camden and Rory, walks with a friend, and supper tonight with all 4 of us at Olive Garden.

I do have two semi-funny things from surgery day, both from the recovery room after surgery. I remember very little but these two things stick out for whatever reason. There was an older man in the bed next to me, and he was clearly in alot of pain. He was groaning, yelling at the nurses, etc. They finally got him settled down, and he started snoring. Brian says I kept rolling my eyes at him as if to say, "are you kidding me?" Brian snores, and he knows how much I hate it.

The second thing is that as they were wheeling me out of recovery, I was in the wrong kind of bed and they wanted me to switch. As in, CLIMB into a new bed. Do you remember I had 45 staples in my stomach and was still seriously drugged? Not to mention they weren't going to let me sit up for the next 24 hours, but I was supposed to climb into a new bed. I was so in and out of it, but I remember screaming in my head  "are you serious?" (hopefully I just screamed that in my head).

Sometimes I could just about believe that Jesus Calling was written exactly for me. Here's what the kid's version says for today.

I Will Take Care of You
The everlasting God is your place of safety. His arms will hold you up forever. Deuteronomy 33:27

Trust Me with all your heart. When you get out of bed in the morning, trust Me. At school, trust Me. With your friends, trust Me. When you go to bed each night, trust Me. Trust Me at all times and in every situation. I will take care of you. I already have your life perfectly planned out.

When everything around you seems to be going wrong, and you are just tired of trying, whisper these four words: "I trust You, Jesus." When you say this, stop trying to fix everything yourself and you trust the plan I have for you. Let Me take care of you. Fall back into the safety of My powerful arms - I promise I'll catch you.

Rory and Addison yesterday. Sorry for the composition - they kind of look like floating heads. :)

And look at this cutie I got to photograph yesterday.

Have a fabulous weekend. We're going to dinner tonight, Rory's first soccer game tomorrow, then The Hunger Games with Michael and Liz tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Week So Far

So Becky came into town Tuesday for a whirlwind 12 hours. Literally. They drove 11 hours to get here (with her in-laws who were attending a memorial service) spent 12 hours here including sleep time then drove 11 hours back home. But we were so happy to see them, and the cousins had an absolute blast.

We only took a few pictures, but here is the first one of all 5 cousins together.



A picnic for lunch. Notice Frenchie is making her pregnant self comfortable among the kiddos and the food.

(Holy, bright sunlight, Batman! I always forget how tough neon green spring grass plus the bright sunlight is when you're taking pictures.)

The boys were SO sweet with Addison. They both sang to her, and Xavier said "nice meeting you" when he finished holding her. LOL


And a picture of Rory after (her words) the most awesomest day ever. Her hair kinda looks like she had some kind of awesome day.

Rory went to school yesterday so Addison and I ventured out to the grocery store for the first time. Let's just say that she hates the car seat, and I was really worn out by the time we got home.

Don't forget about ice cream for breakfast tomorrow. It's been kind of weird to relive this week leading up to my surgery and cancer diagnosis. I've been trying to not focus on it, but I have to admit that the fear has crept in just a bit. Not to mention all the phantom symptoms I keep feeling, probably in anticipation of my check-up next week. I told Brian the other day that I kinda get why people might find it easy to retreat into pain pills or alcohol because there have been a couple of times this week where I honestly would have liked for my brain to be a bit foggy. No one worry - I'm fine! 

I have two posts up at The Lilypad here (pictures) and here (recipes) if you're interested.

Laundry and removing the last signs of fall/winter from the kid's closet are on the agenda for today. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Sure Sign it's Spring

As if the weather, baseball practice, soccer practice, mosquitoes, etc. weren't enough evidence of spring, baseball in the back yard is definitely a sign of spring around here.

You know Rory's going to get in on the action. 



Camden's doctor recommended sports goggles for baseball since he is at a higher risk of cornea detachment (or something like that). He's so picky about things that I was pretty sure he'd fight it and then hate the glasses, but he's done really well. I can't say they're my favorite look for him, but if they protect his eyes, then it's worth it.

Don't you wish you were this limber?


Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Look who showed up on my doorstep at 1:15 this morning?


Monday, March 26, 2012


Our weekend was crazy with 4 baseball games, lots of rain and waiting it out at the ballfield, a sick girl, not to mention that little speaking engagement I had on Saturday (which went well, I think).

This morning Elizabeth went back to work so I am keeping Addison for her until the school year is over. Rory is home because she is sick (and quite miserable - thank goodness for all those inhalers we keep on hand).

I'll be back tomorrow with baseball pictures, but for now, here is a little pink goodness.

Ignore the mess. Concentrate on the pink.


I think I like it here at Aunt Melissa's.

Or maybe not.

I need more coffee.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012 Project 365

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Wanna Celebrate?

I feel like this post is going to be all over the place since I have alot of little things to report so consider yourself warned.

Up first - wanna celebrate my one year cancer anniversary with ice cream for breakfast? :) One week from today, March 30, marks one year since my big surgery and cancer diagnosis. I've been trying to think of a way to celebrate the day. It would be kinda easy to wallow in it, but really I just feel happy to be here, happy to be feeling so good, happy to be well for now. I came across the idea of eating ice cream for breakfast from another cancer patient. He, unfortunately, didn't make it to his one year anniversary, but his family resolved to participate as a way to celebrate. And since ice cream is not only my favorite food group but also one that I was able to eat all throughout chemo, I thought it was appropriate. So join me Friday, March 30 in celebrating life, celebrating that God is good, celebrating that we can eat ice cream for breakfast. Fix yourself up a big ole sundae and send me pictures.

Today is Camden's 8th family day - he joined our family as a chubby little 8-month old, and today he is a big 8 year old. All the things I said last year are still true, but I have one little addition to his personality. He is a rule follower. Like a rule follower to a T. For instance, today is Read Across America (or something similar) and his class is dressing up like book characters. He chose a baseball book from the 50's which means rolled up jeans, jersey, and a hat. Last night he is panicking because they can't wear jeans to school, can't wear hats, etc. Brian calmed him down, assured him it was okay. First words out of his mouth this morning are that jeans aren't allowed. As you can see, I managed to convince him that he would not be in trouble.



Tomorrow I am speaking to a group of women during a one-day conference. I don't think I'm one of those people that will fall apart in front of a crowd, paralyzed with fear but I don't really know since this is my first experience. I would definitely appreciate prayers!

So Rory and I made a little trip to my primary care doctor yesterday (we skipped over Dr. W this time) and I have another MRSA infection - that's what my little scar tissue problem has been all along. I'm on a new antibiotic and have some sort of healing cream, and I am hopeful it will put this problem to rest for good. Don't get me started on why Dr. W never felt the need to culture this thing in the last few months. Just happy to hopefully have it resolved soon.

Rory has been in school for 4 days, but this is the first one I've come home to an empty house. Day 1 Camden and Brian were on spring break, plus Camden had a friend over to play. Days 2 and 3 we were in Texas. But today I came home to an empty house and could hardly contain myself. I seriously thought about heading to the nearest theater to see The Hunger Games, but decided I wanted to wait for date night with Brian. I partied hard with a walk with a friend and a bowl of steel cut oatmeal. ;) I did decide to forego my regular Friday house cleaning so I could take it easy and enjoy the quiet. I almost shouted "Freedom" Braveheart style when I left the school. Isn't that awful?

I am going to spend the day returning calls and emails from the last week. If you're one of those people waiting, I didn't forget - just have been busy.

And, finally, my new red glasses. Do you know how hard it is to take a self-portrait? (and not feel like a complete idiot?) And because I was using my wide-angle lens, I couldn't look directly at the camera or my nose looked like it was coming out of the screen in 3-d fashion so you just get a profile of the glasses.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I feel like such an idiot for posting twice today without mentioning Brian's test results. Apparently, I think you're all our Facebook friends and heard the news yesterday.

Brian needed a 240 to pass both tests; perfect score is 300. Well, he got a 284 and a 288. I am so proud of him! Because he's just a quiet, behind-the-scenes kind of guy, he is underestimated way too often. Love you a whole bunch, Brian Lewis.

Hello, Spring and Hello, Pigtails

We experienced spring-like weather all winter and now that spring has arrived, it's moved right on to summer. We've been walking, playing outside, sweating. ;) I've decided that I'm returning any transition clothing I might have bought the kiddos and just pulling out the shorts. It makes for really nice evening baseball and soccer practices although Camden and Rory have already decided that it's too hot. I think they're in for a very long summer if they think this is too hot.

Could she be any cuter?






Texas pictures

I didn't pull out the camera too often during our trip, but here are the ones I did take.

Because of my never-ending scar tissue issue I had to wear yoga pants and tennis shoes to travel in. These shoes get alot of attention. :) (thanks again, Julie)

The weather was so great while we were there. It was 75 degrees and breezy just about 24 hours a day. The temps don't seem to fluctuate a whole lot from morning to night. While I am positive that this will not be a good thing when it's 100 degrees outside, in the spring it's fabulous. We sat outside around a fire pit a couple of nights at one of the very many shopping areas.

Apparently, this is a very cool theater.

Downtown Dallas: that ball up there is a rotating restaurant. We were there the night before St. Patrick's Day and the lights were green instead of blue for the celebration.

Wouldn't it brighten your day to see these every morning? I love tulips.

At the JFK memorial in Dallas.

Randall and Collette

Downtown Dallas

Leah, Joshua, Rebekah


These are all life-sized, by the way.

I handed the camera off to a stranger, and we're all pretty much out of focus, but it's the only group picture I have.


I've only been to an Ikea in France, so this was fun (and only about 15 minutes from where we'll live).

Home sweet home for every time we've been to McKinney.

After picking the kiddos up from school Monday. Apparently, Camden is trying to eat Rory's head.