This has been a rather challenging week for me. I haven't felt like blogging about anything since we got back from vacation because there was so much to say, I didn't know where to start. Now, I am not sure I feel like blogging because I have so much unpleasant news that I would almost rather not share it. But, it's not ALL bad...maybe a list in no particular order.....
1) My mom saw a dermatologist last week and it was determined that she has a patch of cancerous melanoma on her back. They tried to cure it with a topical treatment to no avail and she sees a surgeon next week. Bad, but hopeful.
2) A friend of mine called to tell me that her "mom" and my friend has liver cancer and that her plan is to refuse chemotherapy. No updated on that, but not good.
3) A different friend of mine called to say that a fantastic woman, and friend, passed away on Sunday from ovarian cancer. The funeral was last night. It was the most beautiful, inspiring memorial service I have attended--and unfortunately, I have attended quite a number. Sad to say the least...she was only 56.
4) Daniela called me this week and we planned a get-together for Thursday. We had a fun outing to McD's for lunch and then Target for some shopping. I am pleased to announce I spent less than $25 on things that I didn't need and a really cool life-sized puzzle of Winnie the Pooh for Jayden and a small 100 piece puzzle for myself that I have high hopes to work on someday. Then, we made plans to go to the park together on Friday. YES!! TWO outings in the same week! But, we changed Friday's plan to a playdate at my house because I couldn't get my butt in gear fast enough to make it to the park and as long as the kids played together, they didn't really mind. I sent out an email to the playgroup about the park just in case anyone else wanted to join. To my ultimate surprise, Vesna called me about 11ish on Friday and asked if we were still at the park. I explained the change in plans and she joined us here at the house as well. We had a mini-playgroup! The kids had a great time and the moms had an enjoyable visit. We pledged to make these playdates happen more often. I am really looking forward to it. Happy.
So, there is a lot going on, but I think it's all going to work out for the best. I am thinking about Eliana's birthday party. It has been decided that we will not celebrate on her actual birthday (except a little bit) and the party will actually be on Sunday, September 10 around 11ish I would guess. It's going to be very small...just family and a couple of friends. I was thinking about inviting the playgroups and all that, but really....that is too complicated with all the family around. I hope no one gets offended.