We then came back to the apartment to get ready for dinner out. Benihana's was hosting a free dinner night for St. Jude families. Denny and the kids have never been. I knew this would be such a fantastic way to celebrate! So, we got ready and headed over. True to form, we were met at the door by Geisha Girls and let out to tables set up with appetizers and anything we wanted to drink. Cups were adorned with paper umbrellas which the kids really loved! We went over and sat at our table. Waitresses helped us bring all of our dishes and drinks over too which was a nice touch. They were truly there to take care of us. Shortly after we sat down, a very sweet mom and her 10 year old daughter were seated with us. Oh, and she had a 7 week old sleeping baby with her too. I almost forgot because she was such a gem! We only had a few moments to chat before our chef came over. She told us that they had just arrived back at St. Jude of their scans and more tumors were present. :( It's hard to find words to say to someone who is facing my biggest fear. I just told her how sorry I am that they are having to fight the fight yet again. She told me that her daughter had left tumor free and that this was a sad shock. Luckily she is on a very new protocol that only one other kid has ever been on (in England). So, another child begins her journey again. I hate that!
The chef was able to dazzle us with his skills keeping us all laughing and having fun. It was a good distraction to the reality we are constantly surrounded by... Dinner was delicious. Kayla LOVED the onion soup and the rainbow sherbert for dessert. We were so happy she found something there that she liked! After what was left from our dinner was put into to-go bags, the manager came by to thank us for coming. I told him, "No, thank YOU for doing this for all of us." I explained again how much this means to all of us to be put in these moments where we get to temporarily forget what we are doing here. He told me that they do a lot of fund raising for St. Jude and that tonight they will be presenting St. Jude with a check for $55,000.00!!! I started to cry! I get so emotional over this stuff now. He seemed just as excited to be on the giving end and wished us the most sincere luck he could have offered. It was very sweet. Benihana now has a very special place in my heart.
OK... let's try this again!
Unfortunately, tomorrow is not quite as open as we wish it would be on the day of her birthday. We do have a few appointments to get out of the way first, but we will take what time we have and make it fun! As soon as school gets out, we plan on hitting the zoo. Kayla eyeballed a necklace she has to have from the gift shop. That's all she has asked for, so that's easy. She knows she will have some special gifts once we get home from the money we got sent directly to her. For those of you who are making that possible... THANK YOU! Ok, onto getting these kids tucked in. It's been a long day and tomorrow will be busy. Good night all!