Saturday, December 18, 2010

While the Cat's Away, the Mice Will Play...

I spent this week visiting with my mom. It was good to see her, help her out a bit and spend some quality time together. She continues to be a medical mystery as she is surviving the unsurvivable.


These doctors don't know who they're dealing with when they tell my mom she's terminal. It's just not a word the women in my family understand. They've said the same about my 97 year old grandmother multiple times yet she just keeps on truckin'. My mom has obviously been taking good notes and is determined to follow in her footsteps. Go, Mom!

 (my mom's version of thumbing her nose at the doctors)

While I was gone, BSD was home alone with the girls. I warned both of the ballerina's teachers that things might not be quite normal this week. I jotted down a few instructions. A few directions. A few phone numbers. Then I left.

And the party began. 

Thursday turned out to be a snow day. A REAL snow day. With REAL snow. The kids all tried to sled on the dunes again, but I guess there wasn't quite enough snow. So instead they all wound up at our house. And this picture popped up on my cell phone. No better lunch on a snowy day than grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. By candlelight no less. Go, Daddy!

Friday there was a two hour delay. A pancake breakfast with Christmas movies was served while they waited out the morning. Life with Daddy sounds pretty darn fun. N'est-ce pas?

Well, let me back up to Wednesday. The half day of school. The ballerinas were treated to bento lunches at our favorite sushi restaurant. And that evening, I received this picture on my cell phone. Can you figure out what's happening here? It's kind of hard to tell when you're looking at this picture on a 2x2cm screen. 



Here's a better view. 


And an even better view...


Dear Santa, can you please bring me an iPhone for Christmas so I can keep better tabs on my peeps while I'm away? 

P.S. - I apologize to all of you for not being able to keep up in blogland. I miss hearing what's going on with everyone. Thank you all for your support and friendship. I hope to catch up with all of you soon.

16 comments:

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

I love your mom!!! What a great pic of the two of you :)

My Interior Life said...

Oh, Kim, your mom definitely looks and sounds like a trooper. Cancer definitely doesn't know what it's up against. My best to you and yours as you spend time with your dear mother.

And that's hilarious. Ears pierced?! Sounds like a dad decision all the way. My husband lets the inmates run the asylum while I'm away.

Take care!

Genn said...

Kim that first photo of you and your Mom is so sweet. Your love for her is written all over your face. I'm glad to hear she is such a fighter. Hope you are doing okay too.

Pretty new ears. Sounds like your ballerinas had fun with BSD while you were away. :)

Traci said...

Kim, such a beautiful picture of you and your Mom. That looks like a PICC line in her left arm. So nice to have that so she doesn't have to get poked every day. Hang in there. I'm thinking of you. So glad she's got the fighter genes!

gabe said...

way to go Mom. . .keep on fighting!

Were you a little bummed not to be there for LB's ears?

BSD is a great stand-in!

Kerri said...

Kim, the first picture of you and your mom is so beautiful...it brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I don't think my mom and I have ever looked at each other that way. You can see and feel your love for each other. I hope you both get a copy of this awesome picture.

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sloan said...

dying to know who snapped that first photo b/c he/she did a great job of capturing a beautiful moment - and now lucky you, you have it captured and frozen forever ... like kerri said above, I sure wish I had a photo like that with my mom - i know you'll treasure that photo always!

And, dear god, meanwhile you've got BSD getting LB's ears pierced, that cracks me up!! Were you shocked or had you at least talked about it?! too funny ...

I'm praying for you and your mom, kim ... I hope she continues to face it with the same grace and humor I see here ;-) thinking of you ...

mandy said...

what an incredibly beautiful photo of you and your mom.

Jen said...

Yay for your Mom...and you. Love that pic.
And those little pierced ears look beautiful too.

Nicolle said...

Bless your mom's heart. She is adorable! That first photo is amazing and I know it is one you will cherish forever. Your mom seems like she has a lot of spunk in her. I am praying for her health! She is beautiful and brave.....

Tammie said...

i just read a few of your posts to get caught up a bit. :)

i hope your mom gets better soon. she seems like a spunky gal.

Corey Schwartz said...

Your mom seems AWESOME! Rooting for her with all my heart!

Dani said...

Your mom is obviously quite a lady. I'm so glad you were able to steal away and spend some time together.

Daddy held down the fort quite well!

Hugs to you, girly.

knack said...

I love that first photo of you and your mom! It is so wonderful, and you can see the love in your eyes for each other. So glad you got to spend time with her!

Daddy's are the best at spoiling and having fun while mom is away! I think it is so awesome! Good for him!

Merry Christmas!

Jess said...

what an amazing moment that you now have frozen in time!!!!! what a beautiful picture!!! i hope your mom kicks cancer in the butt!!!!!!