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Friday, February 08, 2019

Five (or more) on Friday (February 8, 2019)

And just like that, the first 6 week of 2019 have disappeared. We are busier than ever, which makes sense since we have a tween and teenager and Brian has two jobs. This week as we came home just in time to fall into our beds for the 4th night in a row, Brian and I both said "this is no way to live!"

So here's a quick list of a few happenings in the Lewis family.

1. Just enough snow and ice arrived one Sunday in January to qualify for a snow day. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday all wrapped up and cozy. Brian took multiple naps; we watched a whole lot of football and played games. The kids had a second snow day last week but the adults weren't so lucky. As usual, Tennessee has wild mood swings that take us from record-breaking temperatures of 78 degrees one day to 20 degrees the next.

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Let's ignore the mess - it was a snow day!
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2. Camden continues to toy with the idea of becoming an oncologist. He chose ovarian cancer as the topic for his research paper this semester (and was completely irritated at everyone else in his class who chose topics like video games, sports, etc.). I find myself wanting to control his research, knowing that he is going to see statistics that are not hopeful. I did warn him in advance, but I'm finding it difficult to let him manage this on his own.

3. Basketball season is wrapping up with a tournament next week. It's been a long, dreary season with only 1 win. I keep waiting for Camden to really get fed up, but so far he still leaves each game having fun and able to recognize where he should improve and taking pride in his accomplishments. I can't ask for much more than that. Except for a win; we would all really like a win.

4. After bowing out of choir for his freshman year, Camden got pulled into choir competition yesterday. The event required black dress pants, white shirt, black dress shoes, and black tie/belt. We borrowed the white shirt from grandpa, the shoes from Brian, and crossed our fingers that the black pants we ordered from Target would fit and arrive on time. I only snapped two quick pictures as we left the house before daylight so ignore the photo bomb as well as the dreary conditions. He's in desperate need of a haircut.

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5. We enjoyed the SuperBowl last week with the annual family get together. This year we invited one of Brian's former co-workers. The game wasn't as exciting as we hoped, but that wasn't really the point anyway.  No group photo this year, but a couple from lunch that day.

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6. I must have needed light reading because I dived into YA books in January and completed seven.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The One by Kiera Cass
The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang (I recommend this one)
The Heir by Keira Cass
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

7. I have my first official haircut scheduled for today. While I've had a couple of quick trims since stopping chemo last April, this is the first haircut with a wash, scalp massage, style, etc. I could not be more excited about it!

8. Brian's grandma passed away this week and while it was not unexpected, we are still sad. She was nearly 95 years old and had been married for 73. Until this week, both Brian and I have had all of our grandparents still living. Which means Camden and Rory have had 12 grandparents to love on them, which is remarkable! The service was very sweet and family oriented, a celebration as it should be. Brian and his brothers each had the opportunity to speak. Camden, Rory, Cheyenne, and Sienna (the 4 great grandkids attending) all participated by playing their instrument or singing.

Changing in the trunk
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Brian's brothers, parents, grandpa
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9. Brian and Camden went to a Belmont basketball game with a group from school and had the best time. Rory and I stayed home and continued to work our way through the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. Girl is SO addicted to the romance. I can appreciate that it's sweet and wholesome, although incredibly unrealistic.

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10. After spending many afternoons throughout the fall practicing with the soccer team, official tryouts were last week. None of the sixth grades made the cut, which softened the blow a bit. She isn't especially interested in soccer, but thought it would be fun to play with her friends.

Our weekend kicks off with date night - Brian and I have tickets to see The Wizard of Oz tonight at TPAC. I just hope we don't fall asleep in the middle of it. ;) Rory is spending some time with the grandparents while Camden has his last regular season basketball game tonight (not a home game). Camden has soccer tryouts tomorrow morning (I nearly cried when I remembered. Our calendar needs a break!). When high school is over, I'll miss these busy days. That's what they tell me anyway.

Happy Friday, friends.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Five on Friday (January 11, 2019)

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We dove head first into the deep end of the pool and barely know how to swim. That's how this week has felt as we all returned to work and school full time. January has never felt so busy! But we survived the first week and we're prepared for week #2.

1. Turns out recovering from surgery (even a little one) is harder than it seems. Or, as my boss kindly pointed out, the older we are the harder to recover.

Proof my skin does not like adhesive.
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2. Camden caught me off guard this week when he mentioned that he's been thinking about going to medical school to become a gynecological oncologist. Not gonna lie - he didn't know what that specialty involves. I think he would be a great doctor. It's a fine line to walk between encouraging him to pursue whatever career God places on his heart and not influencing him in choosing that career.

3. Finished my first book of 2019.

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4. Brian and I booked tickets to NYC for spring break. We're taking an early anniversary trip, and I'm very excited. Also a tad overwhelmed at finding a place to stay and setting an itinerary. Suggestions? Especially for a place to stay?

5. Our Friday morning Bible study started back up this morning. Literally 3 minutes away from the church, I got a phone call from school letting me know Rory was sick. I'm sorry she's sick but I can't complain about a cozy quiet day on the couch with her.

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Weekend plans are slim. Camden is spending the day with a friend; Brian has a Saturday morning meeting and Sunday afternoon/evening discipleship group. Other than that, the days are slow. Happy Friday, friends.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Christmas 2018

The 2018 Christmas season has come and gone much too quickly as usual. Our Christmas break was a little different this year with a few quieter days on the front end, busy days at the end of a 2-week break. Our family continues to miss loved ones, and the new normal is still not quite normal. Mom is recovering well from her rotator cuff surgery but dad is still responsible for the bulk of the care and feeding of my mom and 4 grandparents. She has done so well, but it's a long recovery.

Becky and the boys visited for 6 days. The girls still got to have their after-Christmas shopping day (and, yes, purses were purchased); we still did appetizers and Dirty Santa (on NYE this year). Brian, dad and the boys had a football night while the girls had a movie night. Our group took up the entire back row of the theater to see Mary Poppins (delightful!). Camden and the cousins spent an incredible amount of time playing video games, talking about video games and planning to play video games. We let the kids stay up until midnight on NYE while the adults headed to bed about 10:00. Becky and I spent several mornings with an extra pot of coffee and plenty of time to talk (and cry).

Rory's favorite gifts were the caboodle, make-up, and many hair and nail accessories. She is interested in full glam these days. Camden received an Echo Dot, Madden 2019 and luggage (he's participating in a 3-week long leadership camp this summer). He was also SO happy about receiving a signed poster of the Titans Music City Miracle. This kid's love for sports is only growing as he gets older.

Officially, tomorrow (January 7) is the last day of Christmas break for the kids, and they've requested to spend their last day binge-watching/playing video games. The adults ended their Christmas holiday at Vanderbilt Friday where I had surgery to replace my port. This is my third one, which isn't especially fun. I was able to spend a quiet Saturday and Sunday recovering and hope to go back to work tomorrow. After the surgery a couple of years ago when they used conscious sedation (and I was awake the entire time), the surgeons chose to use general anesthesia for this surgery. So much less traumatic! While another surgery wasn't part of the plan, I'm choosing to be grateful that my chemo break continues (January 4 marked 9 months). The elderly gentleman in the bed next to me was headed straight to the chemo chair for a 5-hour infusion.

My computer is on the fritz again so I just have these few phone pictures to share.

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The word for Christmas 2018 might be change. It would be easy to focus on the challenges, but I'm trying to highlight all the good stuff. And being together is the good stuff.