My Journey through Breast Cancer

On October 11, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) ... or as we like to call it, extreme measures for a nap (EMFN). For a while, this blog will be my cancer journal. Enter at your own risk.

03 March 2009


'Tis the season of birthdays around here. We celebrated my mom's birthday on the 21st with pictionary and cupcakes. On Saturday, the 28th, we celebrated Caleb's sister-in-law's 30th birthday at Disneyland, including dinner at Club 33, one of the best meals I've had in a while. On Sunday we celebrated my brother-in-law's birthday (he's the one with the 'stache). It was a little more low-key, with just six of us at my parents' house with a homemade meal and a donut birthday cake. In just a few weeks we'll be celebrating Caleb's brothers' birthdays and then my brother's birthday ... and then we have a slight reprieve until May when my sister-in-law turns 30, then in June when my own baby chooses a birth date, my other sister-in-law turns 23, and then at the end of the month we'll celebrate my father-in-law's birthday, my birthday and my mother-in-law's birthday ... I could go on, but I won't. Like I said ... 'tis the season. Here's a few pics from the recent festivities.

First, Mom's 59th Birthday (Feb. 20)

Mom's groovy "birthday cake." The theme for the evening was the "38th anniversary of her 21st birthday" ... which was in 1971 ... so our theme was the 70s.

Mom, preparing to blow out her groovy candles.

Dad and Madeleine. Its amazing how much she's grown!! She's 5 1/2 months old now, and the latest word is that she's sitting up on her own. Go Maddie! (On a 70s note, Julie had found clothes that she herself had worn as a baby in the 70s, so she's totally dressed up vintage!)

Amy's homemade "happy birthday" sign.

Mom, striking her best John Travolta pose after getting her team to guess "Saturday Night Fever" in pictionary.

On to Disneyland and Christie's 30th birthday (Feb. 28)

Burke, taking a nap mid-day. He looks about how I felt at that time .... If only I'd had my own stroller. The day turned out to be much warmer than any of us anticipated and it wiped us all out a little more than we were expecting.

Conrad ... his future's so bright he has to wear shades.

Christie's birthday dessert at Club 33 ... their famous chocolate mousse. I don't know if its really famous, but its the best mousse I've ever tasted IN MY LIFE ... so I figure it SHOULD be famous.

Me and my drunk husband. OK, he's not really drunk, he just has a hard time keeping his eyes open when cameras are pointed in his direction. We've tried to get him help, but to no avail.

Burke, enjoying his white chocolate Mickey that came with his ice cream.

And on to Hans's 29th birthday (Mar. 6)

What good is a brother-in-law with an awesome 'stache if not to post that essential unflattering "blowing out the candles" picture? Note the groovy candles from Mom's "cake." Hans loves donuts, so that was his birthday cake ... it was quite a hit for all in attendance. Who doesn't love a good cakey donut?

1 comment:

km said...

We're heading into birthday season around here as well. 5's then a nephew's and a cousin's, then MIL's, nephew's, 3's, BIL's, Mine, and FIL's. It's pretty crazy. Enjoy the cake!