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Monday, July 15, 2019

Beach day with friends at PVIC - Cailyn, Emily, Quinn

On Saturday we spent the day at the beach club with the kids and thought it would be fun to bring some friends along. Connor wanted to bring Quinn and Paige brought Emily and Cailyn. After I finished with my morning tennis clinics, we all met at the patio for lunch. After lunch we swam at the pool for a little while and then went to the beach. The water was nice and cool on a warm day and it wasn't too hot since there were some clouds in the sky. I threw a football with the boys for a while and then all the kids played together in the ocean. It was cute seeing them all goofing off in the water together. I figured the boys and girls would go their separate ways, but they all held hands and tried to stay together as the waves crashed over them.

We all got some sweets eventually, the kids got oreo and M&M shakes, I got a popsicle, and Andrea got the new ice cream taco.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Breast cancer update - TNBC/IDC/BRCA2

Andrea is continuing to heal from her double mastectomy. This past week it's been one month since surgery and we had a few appointments with the plastic surgeon to look at everything. Andrea has had one fill so far and went from 100mL in each side to 150mL in each. The unfortunate news is that the left side had some skin that didn't quite survive right where three pieces of skin came together at the bottom of the breast. A small area about an inch in height has been an open wound for over a week now and it's healing very slowly. It is not infected and we've been applying zinc oxide to it and keeping it covered.

We met with Andrea's oncologist Dr. Advani a few times now and we're discussing chemotherapy options. At the moment we are considering four rounds of TC (Taxotere and Cytoxan), which would be administered once every three weeks.

Overall, Andrea is doing well physically, and the mental aspect of it has been difficult. Andrea looks back on her life and feels like there is a division with everything before cancer and life after. There has been a lot on her mind, making it hard to sleep and hard to focus.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summer Tennis Camp at PVIC

This week and last week the kids have been enjoying tennis camp at the club. Connor and Paige are some of the more experienced players at the camp, but they still have some good competition with Quinn, Carter, Robert, and some other friends.

During the second week, Paige was put with the big boys including Connor and hung in there really well. At the end of the week she was awarded the "Camper of the Week" award.

Little Mermaid show with Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick

On Sunday, July 7th, Grandpa Rick and Grandma Alice came over to our house at 11am to watch the US Women's soccer team with the World Cup. We hung out with them in the afternoon and in the evening they took the kids to see The Little Mermaid show at the Alhambra theater. It was thoughtful of them to invite the kids to the show with them and it was fun spending the day together.

Emily sleepover with Paige

On Saturday, after Genie went home, I took Connor to Quinn's birthday party and then we invited Emily over for the afternoon. Emily was having such a good time with Paige we asked her parents if she could stay the night and they agreed. Paige and Emily drove around a little bit in the Powerwheel, played some basketball, and then they made a fort under the ping pong table in the bonus room. They made it pretty cozy in their fort and actually slept in the fort overnight. Emily is a good buddy and super easy to get along with, we're glad Paige has a friend close by that is so wonderful.

Grandma Genie heads home

On Saturday, July 6th, Grandma Genie flew back to KC early in the morning. We took her to Cheesecake Factory on Friday night before she left so we could all enjoy the Limoncello cake one more time with Paige. It has become Paige and Andrea's favorite dessert at the Cheesecake Factory, and Grandma Genie enjoyed it as well.

We are very thankful for Grandma Genie for coming and spending two weeks with us. It was such a huge help having her here after Andrea's surgery and she was so easygoing and fun to have around. Thank you Genie for everything!

4th of July with Grandma Genie and the Fishman family

The second week of Grandma Genie's visit included July 4th on Thursday. It was kind of an odd day of the week for a holiday, but it was nice the way it broke up the week and we decided we would take the opportunity to go the beach and have some fun. In the afternoon we went over to the Fishman house for a BBQ. The kids played soccer out back, which Connor has been enjoying lately, and then they swam in the pool until the food was ready.

We all loved Remy the new Fishman puppy dog!

In the evening, we went to the beach club, where the Fishmans had a tent setup. The kids ran around in the sand for a while and we went through about a hundred sparklers.

It was a wonderful, cool, enjoyable evening at the beach. We could see the Jax Beach fireworks from our spot and the locals on the beach shot off a very impressive variety as well, some closer than we would have really liked.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Grandma Genie summer visit

Grandma Genie flew in to Florida on June 23rd and has been staying with us to help out this summer while Andrea is on the mend. Andrea has been recovering very well so far, but she still doesn't drive much and shouldn't be carrying anything over 5 pounds. We've all been trying to help Mommy around the house with everything and Grandma has been a huge help this past week taking the kids to basketball camp and helping us around the house.

This kids had basketball camp at the Landrum Middle School this week Monday through Thursday. Paige was a little apprehensive about basketball, but she ended up enjoying it and was actually interested in doing another basketball week later on this summer. It was a nice change of pace for the kids since they've been outdoors so much at sleepaway camp, so it was nice that they were indoors for the week.

On Thursday the kids wore their Blue Heat Academy basketball shirts and we got a pic with Grandma before they went to camp.

During the week it's been super hot and the kids swam with Grandma in our pool. They had fun with the big inflatables.

On Saturday we drove out to Amelia Island for Steak Out at Marche Burette. We stopped by the Nature Center before dinner and looked at the animals and Grandma bought the kids a couple of stuffed animals.

Steak Out was wonderful as always. It was a perfect night to sit in the covered area and listen to the live music and enjoy our favorite steak dinner.

We were talking about eye colors during dinner and took a couple closeups so we could compare eyes.

After dinner we rode the shuttle to the hotel to walk around and then walked back to Marche Burette for ice cream and we all ate way too much ice cream. While we were eating our dessert we saw Andrea's tennis teammate from JCP come by and we talked to Molly and her husband Daryl for a bit before heading home.

On Sunday we were pooped and decided we didn't want to leave the house, which sounded nice to Connor and Paige. We used our new grill for the first time and Grandma Genie had Connor snap a pic of me grilling in my snake shirt.

After lunch we swam for a couple of hours and then we just relaxed around the house and got a few things taken care of. We changed out the flowers in the pots in the lanai and moved some of the furniture back to the original spots now that we decided Andrea no longer needs the rocker in the master bedroom.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Camp Pinnacle pickup

On Friday morning, our friend Anna picked up her kids and our kids from camp. Dock thanked the parents for trusting the camp with the kids and the kids did their Camp Pinnacle chant for the parents and sang some songs.

When the kids arrived in Jacksonville, we met Anna at Town Center to greet them and then drove them the rest of the way home. It was so awesome to see them and it was the longest we've been apart since they've been alive! We heard their stories on the way home, all about their cabinmates, counselors, activities, and all the fun they had. We were thrilled to have them home safe and sound and we were happy to hear that they both loved it and would want to do it again next year. Connor and Paige were both on the green team, which won the team challenges and the Pinnacle Cup. The first pic on the post has the green team, which was a nice group shot of 1/3 of the campers.

I went through the Cabin group photos and labeled their friends.

Connor's Graveyard Fields cabin had ten boys and two counselors, they were all the same age and had just finished 6th grade.

Paige's cabin was Hiawassee and they had ten girls in her cabin and she was the oldest. Some of the girls had just finished first and second grades. Paige's counselor Kait wasn't in the picture we labeled, but Zoe was blocked in their other group photo, so we went with the photo where you could see all the kids.

After all the photos were posted, I went through and purchased a lot of the photos I liked best. They were $1.69 each, which wasn't too bad. They used a great camera and had lots of neat action shots. Paige was in about four times more pictures than Connor was for some reason, so there may be more Paige pics posted. I think I'd posted some of the screen-grabs in an earlier post, but decided to post in all the pictures we purchased, and there were probably some new ones.