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Weekends, not for the weak of heart

I know in some parallel dimension the weekend is meant to be a time of rest and relaxation. And if I ever find that dimension I’m going to hang a hammock and take a nap.

But in OUR dimension, the weekend is a time to frantically run around and try to catch up with the things we didn’t get done through the week.

Friday I spent the better part of the day at the hospital visiting with friends and just trying to be a good distraction from the boredom of being stuck inpatient. I went up in the early afternoon and then had to go do the kid switch off. Nathaniel was in St. Augustine with Grandma, Rachael had plans to go out with her big buddy Lilly and I had to pick up Peyton for a visit with our sweet little buddy Presley.

We headed back to the hospital and spent the evening with the kids playing, the adults catching up and turning the night into an impromptu group support night. And it’s just awesome that we can do that. Lilly dropped Rachael off to me at the hospital and we got home from rocking the oncology floor at around 9:30.

Saturday we started our day off with a fundraiser for a little boy from the CCC, then we zoomed across town to throw down at a birthday party for our friend Hailey from the CCC. See a theme there? But we had a lot of fun at both and the kids enjoyed a lot of bouncing and face painting.

We headed home so Peyton could nap in preparation to head over to my friend Kim’s house. Kim and her daughter Lily took on babysitting duty so that I could meet up with Penny Hawkins (Nikki’s mom) and head to a dinner party. The Pridemore family opened up their gorgeous house (AMAZING, GORGEOUS house!) so that a few of the cancer families in the area could get together and have a few drinks and some good food. It was so much fun, we just sat around their fantastic pool and enjoyed each other’s company, and it was great company to be enjoyed.

Gosh, I guess to the average person, the idea of a bunch of cancer parents getting together for a hang-out session sounds pretty depressing. It’s not, we have so much fun together, probably because no one else gets us quite the way we do. We have slightly warped senses of humor, we can talk about things that would make most people crawl under the nearest table and hide and there’s really nothing better than being with a group of people that you can say anything you need to say and you know they’re not going to cringe from it. Thank you so much to the Pridemores for hosting such a wonderful night, thank you to Lori and Leo for getting the ball rolling and to the Arringtons, the Wirths and a special shout-out to Penny for being my date for the night.

Today we slept in late, the kids were all up super late at Kim’s house, and we spent the day just cleaning up the house, getting ready to start our week. Pete comes home this week, and I’m looking so forward to having my favorite valentine (sorry, Penny, Pete is still my BEST date, but you rank way up there!) home, and the kids are already counting down the hours.

f.r.o.G…fully relying on God

3 Comments on “Weekends, not for the weak of heart”

  1. #1 Darlene
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    :SMILE Hello Anissa,
    Greeting from Sunny LOL cold very cold and snowy Ohio. Boy do I envy you reading about sitting around the pool.
    I just got done shoveling snow for 2 hours…. We are all home from school today because we had a snow day it was 5 degrees this mornig with a wind chill 9 below 0. One nice thing is that I work for our elem school so I get to stay home too. I did feel bad for my hubby because he had to go to work this morning so I thougt I would be a good wife and shovel the drive way so he can get in the drive way when he gets home.. Now I wont be able to move in the morning!!
    Well glad to hear things are going pretty well for you!!
    My youngest daughter and I are working on a trip to Florida soon,
    my parents are both in very bad health and were just put in a nurseing home in Florida in Port Richey. I have been looking on line for cheap plane tickets.
    Have a Great day and send some Florida sunshine to Ohio!!!!

  2. #2 Penny Hawkins
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hey woman – I had a wonderful time as your "date". Although I am alot PRETTIER than Peter – I will not take offense to the comment. HEHE – Hope you guys have fun – BUT NOT TOO much fun. Take care – Penny

  3. #3 Cleaning Tips
    on Dec 1st, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Nice and usefull post, thanks, this is one for my bookmarks!