Saturday, September 11, 2010

I HATE Cancer

Sorry, I have been away for so long....
My families life was turned upside down in the beginning of July. I had just recovered from a nasty wisdom tooth surgery and got a phone call that I will never forget. My brother had been admitted to the hospital with a ruptured colon and had been told that he has Colon cancer. I went up to Salt Lake and spent a week with him and family and waited for results to come back after his surgery. We waited and waited and waited. Watched fireworks for the the 4th of July from his hospital window. Watched the parade from that same window. We laughed, we cried, we worried, and we above all prayed. Several people came and visited him. It was a constant flow of people that it got to the point that they had to turn people away just so he could get some rest.
Well, I had to return home without any results, because of the holiday weekend pathology was behind. I got the phone call the day after I got back (of course) that it was indeed colon cancer and has spread to his liver. I have never felt so angry and sad all at the same time. I really wanted to punch somebody or something. This couldn't be happening to MY brother, my ONLY sibling. It seemed like I was having a nightmare I just couldn't wake up from.
He hasn't started chemo yet because he needs to fully recover from the nasty surgery that he underwent. He looks so much better now than the day he did before going into surgery. We spent last weekend with him and his adorable family. We are all anxiously awaiting the chemo and radiation to start so he can FIGHT this fight and kick it in the ...... (ok I will keep it clean but know I am thinking another word) butt. I love Tony so much and can't even begin to imagine what he is feeling inside. What him and his awesome wife, Jen, think and talk about. I just want to push the "stop" button and make it all stop. I pray and pray and pray more than I ever have. I am scared more than I have ever been. Feelings that have never been felt, fears that we never thought we would ever face. Positive thinking will get him far so that is what we need to do for him and for us. He is my hero and I know that he has what it takes to win.

Thanks for your endless prayers.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Free Baby Shower printables

I am getting ready to do another baby shower! I have been scouring the web for fun ideas and here are two of my favorites that I have come across. Best part, they are free!
Cute, cute theme done in blue or pink! Free printables at Hostess with the Mostess! Infact, she has 12 pages full of baby shower fun!

I'm really liking this one! She's about to Pop! How cute is that?? This may be the one that I do. Not sure yet. It's a double shower and it's in October. Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Did you know there is a pumpkin shortage? My friend drove to every store in town the other day looking for pumpkin to make these cookies. Apparently the floods from last year wiped out massive amounts of pumpkin patches and so there were no pumpkins to use this year!!! She finally found 10 cans at the Lins in Hurricane, but keep an eye out if you love pumpkin. I had to have my mom pick some up from our little rinky store in my hometown. They had 6 cans. I have been checking each time I go to the store, but have yet to find any here. I love pumpkin, so this is causing me some stress. I love these cookies and pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin bread!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
Chocolate Chips

Mix everything together and bake at 350 for 10 - 12 minutes. Super moist, super yummy and if you've ever done Weight Watchers, they are worth 1 point. My kids love these cookies!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

National Preparedness Month

Did you know that September is National Preparedness month? It's very cool that they have a month to celebrate and learn more about preparedness. I think that people have become more aware, due to the many natural disasters that are dotting the globe. It defienlty brings reassurance in a time of need.

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