Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Cruiseitis - general feeling of lethargy and ill-being experienced after having enjoyed a wonderful time on a cruise.

Our cruise ended on Saturday, drive home from Boston ended "midnight" Sunday, "Cruiseitis" commenced when we got off the ship and is just now starting to wear off.

The teens enjoyed their freedom and running around the ship where the action never stopped.  They had fun ordering new foods at dinner knowing if they didn't like it they could order something else or just hit up the ice cream and pizza stations that operated all hours.

Lisa enjoyed running around the ship with Mike or I in tow and proving us wrong numerous times on how to get somewhere.  I still don't know how she figured out the lay of the land so quickly!

Mike and I enjoyed the food:), the shows, and most of all...the 62 family members on-board with us:)

Maranda, Chrissy and I got off in the port of St. John to do some zip lining with some of the family members.  It was a wonderful treat, however the decision to walk back the "less than 2 miles" was not the best one for me.  That was the longest 2 miles ever and the fact that we were keeping up with the pace our long-legged family members didn't help.  Good thing there was a ship buffet waiting for us when we got back....despite our exhaustion, we managed to go directly there and "refuel" ourselves:)

Chrissy, Thomas and I got of in the port of Halifax and enjoyed looking at the Tall Ships.  Chrissy, our adventure loving girl and pirate at heart, was ready to scurry up the ropes and help take in the sails on the one ship that arrived as we were walking by.  We enjoyed strolling thru Halifax and going thru their Maritime Museum....although I seriously question why the heck we spent over and hour exploring the Titantic exhibit when we had to get back on a big ship:)

Mike and Lisa chose to never leave the boat.  They enjoyed using the pool and other activities when the crowds were away.  I have to say they both also really liked our room and found the bed so comfortable that they made sure to get our money's worth by having a daily nap:)

A good time was had by all and we are just now recovering and trying to enjoy the last few weeks before all the school activities begin:(  

This week is hospital free:)  but next week will be scans and the following week Lisa is scheduled for MIBG radiation (this is the 3-5 day isolation treatment where she is in a room and we have to stay on the other side of the wall).  We are once again hopeful that this brings us good results and beats back the cancer so we can all continue to enjoy living life.

Keep the prayers coming!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Not the way we planned to kick off our cruise!

Hello all!

I know the posts have been far and in between but that is because we have been trying to keep busy.  We kicked off the summer with 3 weeks at the lakehouse that was filled with fun,  friends, graduation partys, Chrissy's 13th birthday, dancing at Camp Dearborn to our favorite band, wake boarding lessons for the whole family and of course, routine trips to the hospital for chemo. 

We enjoyed July 4th at the lakehouse and watched from the middle of the lake while neighbors lit off fireworks on all sides.  The last 10 days have been filled with excitement and anticipation as we prepared for our family cruise that includes 60+ relatives on Mike's side of the family.  The cruise departs from Boston and goes north to Nova Scotia. 

We (me) packed until late in the night Friday. We left early Saturday morning for Niagara Falls, CA a little side trip on our way to Boston.  Things went well except for Lisa continuous complaints about a headache which had started Friday night and persisted through our drive north.  We gave her meds hoping to take care of the pain.  The meds seem to keep the pain from getting too intense but it never seemed to leave her.  Cancer Warrior that she is, she toughed it out and even endured the long, hot, sweaty wait in line to ride Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.  Once we were done with that site seeing excursion, we were pretty much done....well done, from the heat.  We had a little bit of ice cream and then headed back to the room.  The older kids went swimming and Lisa took a long nap.

Her headache persisted even though we continued to give her pain killers.  The drive to Boston was uneventful except for the growing stress of "what if" Lisa's headaches were a repeat of October.  Deciding to play it safe Mike dropped Lisa and I off at Boston Children's hospital and took the rest of the kids to our hotel.  The hospital was wonderful and ran scans and tests and were able to confirm that there was nothing imminent appearing on scans.  Thank God!  What a relief.  I texted Mike to come get us and finally felt a surge of excitement knowing that we are going on a cruise.  Yeah!  It was not the way I planned to kick off the cruise, but the sense of relief I now feel was well worth the 5 hours spent in the ER.

We are getting ready to head off to the ship now where we will be without Internet connection or cell phone for a week.

Hope all of you are having  good summer.  Keep us in your thoughts and pray that we have a safe and healthy trip.

Bon Voyage:)