Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quick Update

I just wanted to give a quick update on how Tim's grandpa is doing.

This morning was his surgery to have the tumor in his bladder removed. During the surgery they found another tumor in his urethra that they believe is the primary(original) tumor. They believe the cancer spread from there to the bladder.

They are going to biopsy the tumor and we should know the results in about a week. I do not believe they removed that tumor though, but they did remove the one in the bladder.

He was told that chemo and radiation would probably not be an option because of the location of the tumors. So now we just wait and see. Pray that the cancer does not spread anymore.

Just waiting to find out the next step. Thank you to those of you who sent well wishes and prayers on my post about the diagnoses. We would greatly appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers.

I will update when I know more.

Project 365- Playing Catch Up

#79 of 365-March 21, 2011* *Actually taken on March 22, 2011 Big girl!

#80 of 365-March 22, 2011 Mason finger painting!

#81 of 365-March 23, 2011 New phone!

#82 of 365-March 24, 2011 Taylor trying to play her brother's game!

#83 of 365-March 25, 2011 All packed up and ready to go stay the night with grandma and grandpa!

#84 of 365-March 26, 2011 Watching it March. A spring snow?!

#85 of 365-March 27, 2011 A beautiful spring snow, that melted by the end of the day.

#86 of 365-March 28, 2011 Waiting in line to see Lightning McQueen and Mater!

#87 of 365-March 29, 2011 Oh technology, watching a show before bed on daddy's phone!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Twitter Hop Tuesday

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The hassle, and the memories.

Do any of you read Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things? Well if you don't I highly recommend you take a look, I promise you will not be disappointed. The other day she wrote a post about making memories. I could have written this post, I related to it so well. Although I am positive she captured the thoughts in writing way better than I could ever. Anyway, she talks about the hassle of getting kids all ready to go on an adventure is almost always worth it in the end. Ah if this isn't more true, especially when you have more than one kid. If you want to read her post about this, go HERE!

When you have children, sometimes the thought of just getting everyone ready and out the door, in the car, without incident is just too overwhelming that you just might as well stay home. Even if you have one child, it's a lot harder to get out of the house to go somewhere than it is if it's just yourself you have to be worried about. There are many times, I thought about taking the kids somewhere and backed out because I just didn't have the energy to fight with Mason to get him dressed, and fight with Timothy over which toy he can take with them, and trying to buckle all three kids in the van. This is worse in the winter, when I think about having to bundle all three kids up, and then UNbundle them in the van, then bundle them back up. It's exhausting. But it makes me sad to think that maybe we missed out on all the memories.

Lately I have been trying to get past the hassle of adventuring out with three kids, alone, to make some memories. Yesterday was definitely one of those days. I heard about Lightning McQueen and Mater being on tour for the new Cars movie that is coming out in June. I knew I had to take the boys. They are obsessed with the Disney Cars movie. This was a chance to make memories!

I bundles all three kids up. The sun was shining, it wasn't super cold out, but the breeze was a little chilly. I got everyone in the van, and we got there a half hour early. Super. The line didn't seem too long, but long enough that I just prayed they could hold on without any tantrums.

Before the event even opened we had already moved up in line to to roped off lines. This was great. I knew it wouldn't be too long of a wait now! And the boys did awesome in line. There was a few times there started to get wound up, but for making a 4 and 2 year old stand in a line or an hour I think they did amazing!

After an hour in line we were finally into the event! The boys were ecstatic, and seeing them so happy made my heart happy. It's that feeling that you did the right thing. That the hassle was worth it. There were a few activities to do before you got to the cars, they were a little hard for the little ones.

Then we got our first look at Lightning, Mater, and the new Finn up close. Oh I think I was just as excited as the boys. Timothy could hardly contain himself. I was definitely in Timothy's world!

They had it set up to have pictures taken with each car. Then they would put your pictures online and you can print them out at home after 48 hours. Timothy went up to each car with a permagrin. Mason really wasn't so sure. I could not get him to go near them at all!

I even caught Timothy sneak under the rope to touch Lightning McQueen, he wasn't the only one. I didn't even yell at him! Their faces said it all. This is exactly why I go through the hassle of even leaving the house sometimes. It's always worth it!

The best part though. Was when we were leaving, driving home. All Timothy kept saying was how fun it was to see Lightning and Mater. Over and over and over. That made me smile. He doesn't even remember all the work it took to even make it out of the house, to the event on time, and waiting in that line in the cold for an hour. I remember though. But I remember that all the hassle was worth their joy!

Have a great day friends, and go out and make some memories!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

One of those days.

I think it's just going to be one of those days. I just feel blah. Probably due to the fact that it is snowing in St. Louis this morning. Yes, SNOWING! After our beautiful 70-80 degree weather. No sun, just dreary out. I need sun, it motivates me.

Thankfully I am about 12 miles south of St. Louis and it has only rained here. The kids have been in rare form this morning. LOTS of whining, crying, fit throwing, screaming. Over EVERYTHING. It's just one of those days. Where putting cheerios on the plate the wrong way, as if there is a right way, elicits screams of protest. "I'M NOT EATING"! To which I respond casually "Then don't eat"! It's just one of those days.

But despite the lack of sunshine I need to find my motivation and quick. There is a mountain of laundry to do, toys to pick up, dishes to do, bathroom to clean. The chores around here don't cease when the sun isn't shining, and I am pretty sure the cleaning fairy went somewhere where it's warm and sunny. So regardless of my blah mood, I need to be productive today.

If you have warmth and sunshine where you are, bottle it up and send some my way. I would really appreciate it. In other news. Taylor is officially off the bottle. Has been for about a week now!! She eats all table food now, whatever we are eating usually. I forgot how easy it is to have a child who is now off a bottle and baby food. A little sad yes, but so much easier. My little princess is growing so fast.

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Have a wonderful weekend, and a fabulous Friday friends!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My favorite kind of day!

Are you sick of park pictures yet?!

Wait don't say yes, I have more!!

Here is what we did on Sunday:

Happy Thursday friends, have a great day!


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