Birthday….New Year, New Life

Pool is Open!

Pool is Open!

Sixty-seven.  Calli and Declan keep getting mixed up.  They’re  not sure if I’m 67 or 76.  It’s one of those.  Nice birthday.  Pancakes for breakfast, ice cream IMG_3309cones in the middle of the afternoon, Panera’s mac and cheese for lunch, puzzles, coloring and hide and seek with Declan and Calli (Lana had CCD), nap and watching crazy people in the pool.  Calli does somersaults into the pool from the hot tub, Lana’s a gorgeous diver and Declan has mastered the cannonball.  Erin and Jerry are making chicken alfredo for supper…yum.  Life is good.

We’re in Flower Mound until Monday, May 5.  We’ll spend Tuesday, May 6,  packing . It’s ridiculous how much we’ve accumulated in a couple months.  This time we were there for about seven weeks.  Last time it was about three months.  I imagine Anne and Clark will be cheering on Thursday, May 8.  One of the POC has been spending time with them, really getting to know them all over again.  And I know Anne feels the same but at the same time, it is so nice to get your home and privacy back again.

I have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, May 7….My one month after surgery appointment.  If all goes well, I’ll be getting rid of the feeding tube.  If not, I imagine we’ll be heading to Florida with a feeding tube.  I started out with 5 1/2 cans of “formula”.  Once I could start eating, I was down to 4 cans of formula (pump just runs at night).  Then a week later, I was down to 3 cans.  Each week, I’m down a can of formula.  The goal is to maintain or gain weight by eating more and getting weaned off the formula.  So far, so good…haven’t gained but haven’t lost any weight either.  I’m obsessed…breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, dinner.  I can try anything but I’m finding out there are some things I am just not ready for  (pizza)   and some things I can’t do (like go to bed to read right after supper …need to sit up straight…better if I take a walk)

My back is fine.  My cough is annoying and wears me out.  I have some minor aches and pains, mostly at incision sites and where the feeding tube is inserted.  Small price to pay to be cancer free, huh?

Declan and Pop working on a Lego boat

Declan and Pop working on a Lego boat

A few more pictures…I need to get more of Lana.  I should have gotten some when we were up in the playroom working on her Lego cruise ship…Yes, I did get it and she got a very early birthday present.  She really doesn’t need help.  I sat there and handed her pieces but she really had the whole thing under control and is far better at Legos than I ever was or will be.

Declan cuddled up with his blanket

Declan cuddled up with his blanket

Calli with a new dress

Calli with a new dress

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19 thoughts on “Birthday….New Year, New Life

  1. Best birthday ever!!!!

  2. Isn’t it amazing how beautiful an ordinary day of activities can be! I always think survivorship allows us to see life through rose colored glasses. Sometimes when I think I am having a bad day, I stop myself and say nope a bad day is getting chemo with no hair. It’s all about perspective and you have a wonderful one!
    Almost 1 month from surgery! Wow, that happened fast! Congratulations
    Happy birthday sweet friend!

  3. “New Year and New Life” – – and surrounded by your sweeties of all ages, What a joy to see such happiness! Happy Birthday! Love, Barb G.

  4. Happy Birthday, dear friend! When we spoke yesterday, I wasn’t thinking about your special day. It sounds as though it was perfect in every way. May this be a year of many blessings, continued strengthening, great health, love, and happiness. Enjoy your time with the Littles- they are a big part of your healing. Good luck on May 7th. Always thinking about you!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY – Sounds like you had a great day with your little ones…so blessed! Sending hugs and kisses, Karen and John xx

  6. Happy Happy Birthday Mary! Here’s to a new year with much good health, joy, and laughter. Love the pictures, especially little Declan in his blankey! The children are beautiful, and truly must be the best medicine for you, a big birthday hug to you my friend!!

  7. Bet it was one of the happiest birthdays ever. How wonderful to see all the happy pictures and hear
    about how you are doing so great. I am sure you are both anxious to be back in Florida knowing that all this is behind you. When is Lana’s First Communion?

  8. All Sounds good. Glad to hear you’re doing so well. Keep adding strength and get rid of couple tubes and you’ll be as good as new. You’ll be windsurfing in Venice Harbor when you get back here. Hope to be able to see you

    Keep being an inspiration for us all!,!
    love Jo

  9. suzgaryw@embarqmail.co

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a wonderful new year! Love to you, amazing woman!

  10. Karen Rafferty

    Happy Birthday…every one is a gift …especially this year for you. Keep healing – you are doing a great job. Love the pics of the babes. Don’t they just make you happy ?
    xoxo

  11. I’ve heard it takes 6 weeks for your body to recover from surgery. A friend told me that she woke after surgery from a nap & realized that her energy was directed at doing things instead of healing her body…I too had that experience….you’ll get there soon.

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  12. Fun, fun, fun!! The only way to spend a birthday.

  13. I wish you many, many, many more happy birthdays.

  14. So glad you had a good day! Let’s hope your new year is filled with love, awareness and peace.
    We look forward to your return!!

  15. Happy Birthday!!! We’re taking all the second graders swimming every day this week!! Don’t you wish you were here???

  16. Sounds like you had the most amazing day with your family! Thank you for sharing..Wishing you many many more happy and healthy birthdays, Mary! Love, Susie xx

  17. I am sooo excited for you Mary! It’s almost all over, all behind you now! Back home and back to “normal”.
    Margi checked for turtle nests this morning…not one. She thinks it has been too cool but it’s warming up now and the water’s 80 so should be soon? Just in time for your and my return…think they’re waiting for us!?
    Have a safe trip home…we’re all waiting for you! Pam G

  18. Happy Happy Birthday Mary!! And I pray you will be blessed with many more.
    You are so amazing and such an inspiration to all who know you. I hope you are blessed in the coming year just as you have blessed so many. Take care and looking forward to the day when you can meet for dinner.

    Love Gladys

  19. Dear Mary, looking foward to hearing about your 90th!! Happy, happy birthday!! Love, Jane

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