Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21st ... 34 years young.

Ahhh!! Internet is up and running. Not that I've had much time today to get on the computer.  First of all, THANK YOU for all of the wonderful Birthday Love. I feel very blessed today. 29 feels GREAT! haha. ;)

The morning started out with a lovely surprise breakfast from Donna and opening our apartment door to find it decorated by our friends Laurie, Connor (and their visiting friends). SO sweet. Thank you!
A few of the balloons made it into the apartment for some fun!

I had fun opening a lot of cards and a few gifts even from family and friends. Thank you all so much for making my birthday feel so special and "normal". Donna and I even got to go into Mud Island to the Nail Bar to get Pedicures. Much needed and such a great treat! 

Now, I'll backtrack...

Kayla is doing good during the day. We have found time to be silly even. Having Donna here has been a wonderful help and distraction.  Luckily, Kayla has remained fever free so far. We know that each round, although the exact same routine as far as the chemo is concerned, will affect Kayla differently. This time, the days are O.K. and the evenings have been tough. Yesterday, Denny got checked off to be allowed to administer Kayla a liquid Zofran to be given through her central line just before bed. It seemed to help a lot. She was able to rest (except for getting up about 6 times to pee) until 5:30am. That's when she started getting sick. It was a good stretch! Much better then the past few nights! She is in excellent spirits and we keep reminding her that she is 1/2 way finished!  Here are some pictures from the past few days that I have not had a chance to share. Not too much new info to share. Just taking it one day at a time... 

Here we found a nice quiet place outside of the cafeteria at St. Jude to catch lunch where Kayla could take her mask off. Don't be alarmed by the wheel chair. She could walk, but was very tired.

 Working on some homework while enjoying the gorgeous weather

Roller Derby time! These three were racing around the playground to see who was fastest. It melted my heart to see Kayla have this burst of energy. We all just went with it!

Taking a break and soaking up the rays. That was HARD work. 

 Sweet dreams my love. It's been a long and busy day. 

With all of this fun going on, it's a good thing you have a big strong daddy at the end of a long day (this was today) ;)

Meanwhile Anthony is WIDE awake.... always!


  1. Happy 29th Birthday Annie!

    Glad you could feel a small amount of normality on this special day, considering. You definitely have some very special friends. And a pedicure! WHAT? That's awesome, and even better with your BFF!!!

    So darn happy that the Zofran improved the nausea!! You ALL need rest. Sleep is a beautiful thing; and everyone needs to rest.

    Very nice to see that Denny is being his normal silly self too, tricycle races are so good for him (and for everyone to watch). He's a lot like his silly Momma that way.......

    I think I'll follow your example and celebrate my "29th" birthday next month. Yep, sounds like a good plan. :)

    Love and miss you,
    Momma Neena

  2. K looks like an angel in the sleeping pose! Glad you enjoyed your day and thank you Donna for helping to make it normal! We all love and pray for you all each and every day!

  3. Love the pics! Warms my heart and enhances my smile to see that everyone is doing great and read the same! Love you all very, very much. --Nicole

  4. Love the pictures. Thinking about all of you so often and reading your blog daily. Kayla looks so beautiful and strong in these pictures. There is a glow about her and an energy that is so wonderful to see. She is such a warrior! Amelia tells me, at least once a week, that she misses Anthony so much! :-) I'm so glad he's with all of you, but will definitely call you when you all get back here for a playdate with Anthony. It's so sweet to see how much love and affection she has for her buddy. Also, Happy Birthday, beautiful lady! I cannot believe you are 34 -- you look 25! Seriously! Love, Bridget Park (Amelia's mom)