My people 2015

My people 2015

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Weekend Away

playing frisbee and on the playground
games at the campsite
inside grandpa & grandma's new trailer
Nati playing in the water
the boys going down the slide

We had the best weekend. We went camping with my parents. Mind you it was just up Hobble Creek Canyon. It was our first camping trip for the year and it was perfect. We stayed from Friday to Sunday. The kids loved the new playground. They spent an afternoon in the pond and on the slide. They played frisbee a lot and a dart camping game. We did boy scout dinners, made smore's, went on walks and just chilled out the entire time. Our neighbors were up there also, so we got to see them a bit also. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun with my family. We all got along and the weather was great. I can't wait for the next time we go. I have to admit that buying this trailer is the best thing we could have done. Here's to more fun family time in the years to come.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Finally able to exhale.

I think I have been holding my breath for the last 6 months. Honestly - holding my breath, not sleeping, not able to concentrate on other things that great. Pretty much my entire focus has been on my mom. I hope that's a normal thing in a situation like this. She had surgery on Monday. We got there just before 8 am and after being told many times that it would be another hour, she went in at 3:30. Long day! Her nerves were shot along with mine and my cute dads. And to top it off, there was another Kathie Lee getting the exact same surgery by the exact same surgeons. What are the odds. So my mom had a "Name Alert" on all of her papers, her wristband, everything to keep the two Kathie's separate. It didn't work. A nurse came out and told us that the surgery was done, that she was doing great and that the cancer hadn't spread to the lymph nodes. We all (me, dad, Dustin, and Grandma Beth) cried, hugged. It was a great moment. Then one of the surgeons came out to talk to us. He told us that he had to do a double mastectomy. That it was a little more intense than he thought, he did the reconstructive already, told us about the drain tubes, but basically said that they got the cancer and it was a successful surgery. We were a little dazed. The MRI that she had done didn't show anything in the other side, so we were worried but happy that they got it all. The story is not, no, no. Then the other surgeon comes out, about 10 minutes later. She asks if we're excited that it was so simple. Uh, no. Didn't seem that simple to us. Then it all clicks. She tells us to sit down and she will start all over. My mom only had the lump taken out, they got it all that way. So no drain tubes, no recovery for weeks, none of that. She would be able to come home that night. Major relief. Not that the other Kathie Lee was worse off, they got it all for her. It was just a lot different than we thought. We got to be there when she woke up. I have a hard time putting into words what that was like. The look on her face when we told her it was gone, that they just had to take the lump, that she was cancer free. I will never forget it. She sobbed and hugged us and told us she was so sorry for worrying everyone. Then she would calm down for a minute and say "It's done, I made it." I have been so scared, worried, stressed and to think of what her mind has gone through just is unreal. Not knowing if she would be here in 6 months to see her kids, her grandkids, to be with the ones she loves so much. I can't even imagine the relief it was to her. She will have to do radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks, but they have told us that it is a walk in the park compared to what she has been through. So she is pretty much done. She's home, doing good, trying to not move her right arm too much, and loving life. We took daisies over (those are her favorite) and she was sitting on a bar stool just as happy as can be. My kids were so glad to see her. She is so loved by all who know her and we are so grateful that she is going to be ok and be able to be with us for a long, long time. My advice to everyone is to hug your mom, appreciate her and be grateful to have been blessed to have her in your life. I have a few friends that have lost their moms to things like this and now having gone through it and knowing that I almost lost her, there won't be a day that goes by that I won't be grateful for my mom. Love you mom, you are my hero and you made it!

Me with my fabulous mom.

Mom and Dad with a few of their excited grandkids.
Getting her daisies.
The kids with their own bundle of flowers for grandma.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The arrival of Lucy

I am lucky enough to get two new nieces in a months time. This is Lucy Mae Carter. She was born yesterday and weighed 7 lb. 2 oz. and has lots of blond hair. Her big brother Blake and big sister Grace are so excited she is here. Cameron and Kate live just around the corner so I get to see and hold her a lot. Takes the baby hunger away just enough without missing any sleep. It can't get better than that. Congratulations to Cam and Kate. We are so glad she is here and healthy.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Going to the Chapel......

Miracles never cease - Danny got married!!! We had a fun and crazy weekend. Rehearsal and dinner Friday night, pictures, luncheon, ceremony and reception on Saturday. The weather was great and all in all it was an amazing wedding. My parents hosted the rehearsal dinner which came off beautifully. The entire event on Saturday was unbelievable. The luncheon was so good. They even had a kids menu with pizza, fried chicken and watermelon. Jason was jealous of their food. Ours was good - shrimp cocktail, chicken, & salad. The ceremony was just right - not too long but perfect for them. Although Natalie threw a little fit right at the "I do's". Nice - Jason had to take her away and calm her down. The reception was beyond words. Huge tent with pink, orange, yellow, & green flowers & chinese lanterns hanging everywhere on it. They served chips & salsa, ice cream cones, cotton candy, different flavored water, and candy grab bags. My kids were in heaven. Sugar rush for the rest of the night. Danny & Jentry were giddy - so happy. It was so wonderful to see him so ecstatic. They headed off to Maui the next morning for a week. I know that they will be so happy and have a great life together.