Thursday, May 26, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
My dad's parents both died from cancer, but I was younger and they were elderly. I didn't fully understand what this disease was all about. I simply thought it was something that "old people" die from.
Just a few months later my dad got word that there were cancerous cells in his prostate. Thanks to preventative health, it was caught early, he had surgery, suffered some discomfort and is now living life to it's fullest. With these situations, cancer was just a scare to me that was fairly easily remedied.
My sisters and I at Relay for Life 2011.
She is now in the middle of her chemotherapy treatments. After her diagnosis she had surgery and is doing great! She has never had one moment of self pity. She has looked at this as a challenge and she is meeting each challenge with perseverance and determination. She really is a role model to me.
When it came time to plan "Relay" this year, I knew it would take on a whole new meaning to me. I decided to push hard to meet my goal to raise $500. I did it!!!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of those who donated to me!
A couple of days before, she told me she would like to come and walk in the survivor lap. I was so excited to celebrate her accomplishment of fighting this disease!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- Every place we looked at had water coolers. How will I get my water refills? Will I go pick them up (really heavy) or have them delivered with no ability to communicate?
- Will my email work there? It is my only sure fire way to communicate back home. If my email does not work, I will freak out!
- Where will I buy a blowdryer when I get there?
- What will the walk to the kids' bus stop be like?
- Will the gym have windows? I know this is really superficial but one of the housing complexes we looked at had the most dungeoness gym possible. I knew I would NEVER go workout there. So I am very curious if the place we chose will have a sunny gym (it was not complete when we toured).
- What and how will I cook dinner?
That is it for now!
Monday, May 9, 2011
This Mother's Day was extra special for so many reasons, I am so grateful!
- I went to my mom's on Friday and went out to lunch with her and my sister. These roses are my absolute favorite and I was able to pick them from my mom's garden. A simple memory I will always cherish!
- Spending time with my sister, who is in the middle of chemotherapy. She is so strong and positive! Spending time with her before I leave is something I do not take for granted.
- Going to dinner and a movie with fabulous colleagues...great times with great friends!
- Going to lunch with my other sister (on her birthday) and my niece, who is going to away to college soon. Can't let these moments slip away!
- Going to my favorite city (San Francisco) to see my favorite team (Giants)! We had the best seats and the best time ever!
- My 9 year old serving me breakfast in bed...on a tray...toast (two heels :), cereal, strawberries and bananas, juice. So tender and from the heart!
- Hilarious cards from my dog and kids!
- A gift card for a massage!
- No chores for me all day and a three hour nap!
It really doesn't matter what presents there are to unwrap! My mother's day was perfect because of all the wonderful people I was able to be with!
I feel honored to be a mother!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
- What to get rid of
- What to buy before July 15th (about the time Hubby will leave)
- What to ship on the boat to China
- What to pack in our suitcase
- What to buy when we arrive in China
- How to handle Jupiter's transport
- What we will need to buy when we return to the states. Did I mention we already have our flight booked to come home for Christmas?
- What other Dr appointments to make
- Home repairs for the renters
- Updating contact lists of emails, phone numbers, addresses, facetime acct names - there is no Facebook in Beijing and it is even sketchy if this blog address will change so email will be the best way to keep in touch, message me to be added to the list:)
- Who to say goodbye to before we leave
- My wishlist of what to do with this house when we return (I might forget when I am there...I doubt it)
- Benefits, all of the cool things we will do and see while in China...to help me to remember WHY we are doing this!
What would you be worried about if you were leaving the country for *at least* two years?
* do you like how two years now has changed to "at least two years"?
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Stop 2- The Ribbonerie-
What a glorious shop! I felt as if I were in England.
Stop 3- Leftovers
This is a furniture consignment store. There were two busts that I REALLY, REALLY wanted here.
from the banners to the apothecary candy jars to the table cloths....I LOVE it all!
Stop 7- Tartine Bakery
we decided we HAD to try a sandwich! One of the best sandwiches I have ever had! The bread! Oh the bread!
Treats for home- a mini banana tart and two eclairs! Heaven!
Thanks to my friend, Jennefer, who is 7 months pregnant for a) having a birthday! b) planning this wonderful day! c) bring such a wonderful friend!
Can you believe we actually stopped at the mall on the way home? Oh, and I purposely did not mention a little fender bender that we had after lunch. Yikes!
Dayton is 9. He wants to serve a mission when he is 19. "My testimony grew on this trip. I felt the Spirit everywhere I went. "
Emma is 13. She wants to go to BYU, one of the main reasons we took this trip! "My favorite part was the Joseph Smith movie at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. "
We had many great family moments in Salt Lake. We ate dinner at the Garden Cafe. We visited the conference center, the Church History Museum, the church administration building, and the Beehive House.
It snowed while we were there!
Many of our friends and family members have attended BYU Provo. We are always hearing how great it is! Emma has really grasped onto the idea to go there (Dayton wants to go to Stanford). So we knew we needed to dedicate a few hours to the campus we've heard so much about!
I guess we better start saving our money!
Hubby's brother and sister-in-law live in Parma, Idaho. We piled the kiddos into the car and traveled for 10 hours. It was worth it!
The boys! I guess it was sunny:)
And time with their cousins!