Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quick update...

November 28, 2007 at 10:25 PM CST

Hello everyone! 

I was trying to get myself organized enough to post all the pictures from our trip before we updated but it just wasn't happening! SO here I am... no pictures! 

We had a wonderful time in Michigan with family and friends and on the way home we detoured to Chicago for the day. We went to Navy Pier which looks A LOT like Pier 39 in San Francisco. It was fun, but made us get home very late. I'm still catching up on laundry and stuff! HA! 

Kennedy is feeling well, she's been sleeping a lot the last couple days which always makes me nervous, but she could just be fighting off a cold or something. The other kids are all good too. Kassidy and Kameron are back into their school routine and Keeghan has almost totally stopped puking! YAY!!!! It's so nice not to have to keep towels with us to mop up his mess! LOL 

Anyway, I'll update with all our pictures soon. Thanks for checking in and praying!! 

I am thankful for a safe road trip and that Kennedy didn't get sick while we were gone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
We are here in Michigan at my Grandmother's house and having a wonderful time. Today we traveled from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to visit our little friend Ashlyn who has Down syndrome and is battling AML like Kennedy. Ashlyn is just too cute for words and we are so glad we got to meet! She and Kennedy kept giving each other big hugs like they've known each other forever! I took lots of pictures, of course, and I will post those soon. Check out Ashlyn's page and add her to your prayer list! Carepage: AshlynNichole.


Our family has so much to be thankful for this year. Obviously at the top of our list is Kennedy's health! She is done with treatment and doing well! Thank GOD for that! 

I am thankful for each of my four beautiful children and all the wonderful things they bring to my life.
I am thankful for my husband who is there to support me and take care of us and can always make me laugh when I'm feeling down.
I am thankful for my mom who has been a HUGE help this past year and is always willing to do whatever she can to lighten my load (even if that means folding my mountain of laundry!).
I am thankful for all the blessings God has bestowed on our family, the joys through the trials, and the lessons we've learned along the way.
I am thankful for all of you who are reading this carepage. Whether I know you personally or not, I am thankful you return to read and pray for our family. Please know that I pray for you all, collectively, as well. My prayer tonight is that you all will have a blessed, peaceful Thanksgiving day and that you will all find at least one thing to be thankful for! 

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Kennedy & Keeghan

I am really far behind on posting pics, so here is part one! LOL These are pictures of Kennedy and Keeghan from August through... well... now! LOL Some of these were taken last week. Some are still from when Kennedy was on chemo. Sheesh, how far we have come in just a few months. Last night, my mom, Kennedy, Keeghan and I got to go see the Elmo Makes Music show. The Make A Wish Foundation got us front row seats. Kennedy absolutely loved it! She sang the songs with them and danced and clapped and cheered! We were sitting right at the base of the stairs of the stage so when the characters came off the stage they all came over and gave her a hug or high five. It was awesome! Keeghan really enjoyed it too. There were lots of colors and bright lights and music. Such a fun night! I took a ton of pictures so I will get those uploaded and posted soon. Enjoy my 2 youngest babies!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

This N That Part 3

Hey everyone! 

So it's been a few days... YAY! :o) Kennedy is doing well. She is battling a constant runny nose, but we can handle that! She had clinic today and her counts were all great. She had fun wandering around saying hi to everyone. She did NOT want to stay in her room! LOL We don't go back until December 18th unless she's sick. 

We saw Matthew and Jillian in clinic and they both looked good. Matthew broke his wrist on top of everything else, so pray that heals ok! After clinic we went up to 6B to say hello to Max, he looked pretty good too! Pray they get to go home soon! Then I wandered over to A side to see Erica who looks just fabulous! :o) She was in great spirits today and is hoping to get a few days at home soon. Keep her in your prayers as well. Miss Nevaeh was sleeping so hopefully I can see her next time... actually hopefully they won't be inpatient next time! 

The rest of the kids are doing well too, Keeghan has a little cold right now, but it's not too bad. He went to the urologist yesterday for a check up and he said everything looks perfect and he doesn't have to go back! YAY!! Frank swears Keeghan is saying "dada"... I think it's just a fluke though LOL! He is SO close to crawling, he's up on his hands and knees and just rocks back and forth. Then he'll get his knees moving forward, but he hasn't figured he needs to move his arms too so he face plants into the carpet. LOL He'll get there soon... then the fun begins! 

Yesterday we had family pictures taken. I've already seen a preview and it came out awesome! I'll leave you all in suspense until I see the rest. ;o) We wanted to make sure we got one done before Frank deploys. Our last family picture was taken right before Frank deployed last time which was 2005, so Keeghan wasn't in it of course. 

We got a call from Make A Wish today and found out we are getting a new wish granter. Our last one was... well... different (for lack of a nicer word) lol and our new one is one of our most favoritest care partners from 6A! We are VERY excited about that! :o) I know she'll take good care of us! 

On Tuesday we are going to leave for Michigan for Thanksgiving. We're going to visit family up there. It will be nice to get away for a few days. We're driving, so pray it's not a long, long, long trip! All the kids have their own DVD screen (even Keeghan, spoiled baby!) so hopefully that will help! 

Anyway, I guess that's it. I have lots of pictures to share so I may post those soon. Just in case I don't get the chance, I'll say "Happy Thanksgiving" right now. We have so much to be thankful for this year!! 

I am thankful for head colds, somehow they just don't seem as serious as they did a year ago.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

This N That Part 2

Well we are still home, so that's a good thing! Kennedy threw up a few more times last night, but beyond that she slept hard and woke up in good spirits this morning. She slept from 1:30 yesterday afternoon until 7:30 this morning. The only times she was awake was to puke. I think she was WELL rested! She threw up her lunch but kept fluids down after that and had no more fevers, after a long nap she woke up and asked to eat. She had a little snack and kept that down then ate a HUGE dinner and she seems to be good to go now! :o) Kassidy woke up feeling totally fine so she headed on back to school. Keeghan has been a little congested today and since they pulled all the cold medicine off the market he didn't get much relief. Jerks. Sometimes I feel like instead of recalling perfectly good products they should recall the dumb parents who can't read directions. 

OK Sorry, got off on a tangent there! Anyway, please remember Luke in your prayers as he continues to heal from heart surgery. It's still up and down for him, but we're believing for that miracle! Remember our friend Erica as well, she's had some rough days, but I hear she always has a smile on her face! Matthew is fighting GVHD, and Austin is still having trouble with his platelets dropping. Our little friend Samuel has neuroblastoma and is in kidney failure. They aren't sure what's causing it, but it's serious and he needs to get better so they can continue treatment! Our little friend John is inpatient with parainfluenza and on isolation, pray he is feeling better and can go home soon. Also, my friend Christina's daughter, Kallie, was diagnosed with diabetes tonight, so please keep them in your prayers too as they learn how to care for her. 

Luke's Page
Erica's Page
Matthew's Page
Austin's Page
Samuel has a carepage at the name "samuelandersoncarepage".
John's Page

I guess that's it for now! Keeghan goes back to the urologist on Monday and Kennedy goes back to the Hemonc clinic on Tuesday so I'll update then unless something exciting happens before. 

Until next time,
Renee

I am thankful my girls are feeling better tonight. I hate to see them sick!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

This N That...

Thank you all for the birthday wishes for Kassidy and Kameron! They had great birthdays! On Friday I took cupcakes into both their classes and then after school we went to see The Bee Movie. It's REALLY cute! The kids loved it! On Saturday they both had soccer games so we took donuts to share with the teams and then Kameron chose Red Robin for his birthday dinner. Of course there is only one in the state and it's an hour away, but oh well! LOL We got to see some friends and we had a good time. On Sunday we went to church and then the kids had practice for their Christmas play until 2:00 then we went out to celebrate Kassidy's birthday (and it was my mom's birthday as well they celebrated together) and Kass chose a Mexican restaurant in Nashville. Apparently Clarksville restaurants are boring! LOL They didn't get a big party this year, but in December we are going to take them to Little Rock to see the High School Musical stage show. They're both very excited! It should be a nice mini-vacation for all of us before Frank deploys. 

Yesterday I won the "meanest mom of the year" award and took all 4 kids in to get their flu shots. Kameron went first and he did really well. He was very brave and cried for a minute and when I went to take him back out to my mom he said "Wait mommy, I have to dry my tears first so I don't scare the girls!" So he composed himself and then went out with a smile and said "That wasn't so bad!" Such a cool kid! Kassidy on the other hand was NOT happy with me!! I had to drag her down the hallway to the room and then it took me and 2 nurses to get her inside. She cried before, during, and after. Yep meanest mommy in the world, that's me! UGH! Kennedy did fine with her shot and Keeghan had to get 4 shots because he was getting his 6 month vaccines too. Poor baby! He did fine too though, as soon as I picked him up he was all smiles. He weighs 16.2 lbs and is 25 inches long! He'll be outweighing Kennedy in no time!! :o) When we got home I realized Kameron had a VERY loose tooth so I talked him into letting my pull it out. It was so loose he didn't even feel it! So the tooth fairy visited our house again. This is Kam's second lost tooth. My babies are growing up. *sniff* 

Now onto today... Keeghan had a fever going all night from his shots, but tylenol controlled it well. Kennedy had a very restless night and woke up this morning with a 101 fever. SO I called the clinic and they had me bring her in. They gave her IV antibiotics and checked her out but said it's probably viral. They didn't think it would be from the flu shot with it that high. So we're back home, but now she's completely lethargic and the one little bit of water that she DID drink, she threw right back up. I'm supposed to try to get her to drink again in a bit and if she throws up again I have to let them know and I assume we'll be heading back in. We don't need her dehydrated. Then just as I was getting back into town I got a call from Kassidy's school and she has a low grade fever and was complaining of feeling achy. So my mom picked her up and now both girls are sleeping on the couches. As far as I know, Kameron is ok. Stupid flu shots. 

Anyway, pray that the girls are both feeling better soon and that Kennedy will drink so she doesn't have to be admitted! She's waking up, I must go in case she starts puking. 

As of right now, Kennedy's been sleeping since 1:30 when we got home. Kassidy and Keeghan still have a low grade fever and Kameron is fine. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

The scream heard round the world

Man what a night!

Last year, right around Halloween, my mom was sent an email, many of you probably have seen it in one form or another. It was a series of pretty pictures and at the end this scary lady pops up and screams. Well, my mom was telling Kassidy and Kameron about it and they both begged to see it. So after much nagging, my mom said ok. As the pictures progressed my mom kept telling them, "OK it's coming... it's really scary... get ready... here it comes." At the last second Kassidy ducked and missed the whole thing. Kameron on the other hand, watched. He freaked out... bad! He ran from the room, screaming uncontrollably and my mom had to contain him. He had nightmares for months after this and talked about "the scary black lady" on a regular basis. He even made my mom a Halloween card this year and drew a picture of this lady on it because it was the scariest thing he could think of. This incident will not go on my mom's resume as a grandma!

So tonight I was clearing out some emails and there was an email from a friend called The Bubble Wrap Game. It claimed to be a lot of fun and a good stress reliever, which I needed tonight! So I thought, why not?! Kassidy and Kennedy were both asleep on the couches, and Kameron was sitting on the floor watching cartoons. So here I sit, happily popping bubbles and he hears it. The scream. He looks over just in time to see the "scary black lady" and I hear a thump. He passed out and hit the floor. HARD. He immediately came to and ran over to me, shaking, crying, "DON'T play it again mommy, PLEASE!!!" I was in tears myself trying to click off the website in case it happened again, feeling HORRIBLE for doing this to my unsuspecting son, when I look up at him and see... blood. Everywhere. Apparently when he passed out he hit the floor so hard it gave him a bloody nose. His shirt was just soaked in blood. This of course got him more upset and he was crying saying he was sorry he ruined his shirt! I told him not to worry, we could throw the shirt away if it didn't come out. AHHHH

He clung to me the rest of the evening and asked to be reassured that I would never do that again. He was in bed for less than 30 minutes when he came down crying that he couldn't sleep. And thus begins the trauma. I can't even begin to say how horrible I feel! We have every light on upstairs. To make it worse, it's "B" week at school this week and they were all supposed to take in a toy that starts with B so he took in his favorite bear, his comfort toy, and left it there. *sigh* It's going to be a long night.

For those of you out there who like the thrill, here's The Bubble Wrap Game. Be warned. It IS scary. It's NOT for the faint of heart. It's DEFINITELY NOT for kids. Next Halloween, I'm not clicking on any links, ever.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KASSIDY!!!!



Happy 8th Birthday Kassidy!
Eight years ago today you made me a mother. It seems like just yesterday I was rocking you in my arms and singing you to sleep and now you are turning into this beautiful, amazing girl. I couldn’t be more proud to be your mom. Kassidy, you are a fabulous big sister. The love you show for your brothers and sister is so special. Your heart is so tender and I just love to watch you with them. I am so proud of all your hard work this past year; whether it is school, sports or just helping Grandma or Daddy or me, you work hard and always do your best. Take that attitude into all areas of your life and you will accomplish great things! I am excited to see what this next year brings for you, Kassidy. I pray it will be one of your best ever! I love you so, so much and I am so blessed to be your mom. Thank you for not only being my favorite oldest daughter, but also my friend.
All my love,
Mom

Friday, November 2, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAMERON!!!!!!



Happy 6th Birthday Kameron!

Six years ago we started our journey as mother and son… and what a ride it has been! I love so many things about you, Kam. I love your sense of humor and I love your never-ending quest for knowledge. I love the crazy stories you tell me about school and the wonderful pictures you draw. I love your imagination and the silly jokes you come up with. I love the love you have for your siblings and I love that you will still give me a kiss goodbye even if your friends are near. I love that you love life. You never miss an opportunity to have fun. You make the most of every experience and no small detail goes unnoticed. The memories you will carry with you will be the foundation of the man you will become one day, and I know you will be amazing! Until then I will continue to be in awe of who you are now: a crazy, silly, mysterious, wonderful, funny, handsome, loving kid. I love you more than I can ever say and I’m so glad God chose me to be your mom. Today is the day you’ve been looking forward to all year! The big 6! I am looking forward to spending the day with you and having lots of fun! Happy Birthday sweet boy, I hope you have a wonderful day!
Love,
Mommy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

We hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween!! We had a great time trick-or-treating around my mom's neighborhood. Kennedy caught on by the 3rd house and was SO excited to get candy! She wanted to pick her own candy out of everyone's bowl... and she always picked suckers! LOL Then she'd wave it in front of her and yell "Thank you!!!" Then we would put her back in the stroller and she'd say, "More candy?!" Yes, she definitely got it this year! She liked the scary houses best and laughed at all the spooky noises. Kameron on the other hand skipped the scary houses all together! LOL

Keeghan had a good time being outside as long as he was being held and Kass and Kam of course just wanted to rack up the sweet stuff. The more, the better! Once we got back to my mom's house my mom and I stole all our favorites from their bags... er...um... I mean we checked all the candy to make sure it was safe. Yeah, that's it. ;o)

Here are a few pictures, I didn't get a whole lot because Kennedy decided to take a nap before we went out and then it was dark and I couldn't get good shots... but you get the picture (no pun intended! LOL).