Thursday, March 19, 2009

The 'C' Word

Well, well, well... when it rains, it pours! I have had skin cancer in the past and have had 5 melanoma's removed with success. I went in to have 3 biopsies done and an exam from my dermatologist. I am ashamed to admit I haven't been in 3 years and I am supposed to go in to get checked every 3 to 6 months. 2 of the biopsies came out in the transitional phase which means they will need to observe it, but the 3rd one came back melanoma and approaching 10 mm which is concerning to them. I went in to see a surgical oncologist on Monday at SLU and I will have surgery Tuesday to remove the cancer and also remove some lymphnodes to test to see if it has spread. I will be there for 8 hours and the biggest thing that I cannot lift or bend for one month! So, taking care of the girls will be interesting and very challenging! SO, now I have to get everything done for the girls birthday party next Friday by Monday. I can't believe they will be 2 years old! They are having a party at Pump It Up, which is the blow up jumping place with lots of 2 year olds running around will sure to be a load of fun!

On another note, my mom is doing well so far. Jeff's mom went over to her house yesterday to shave the rest of her hair off. She is excited to wear her wigs, but sad to see her hair go. Here are some pictures from St. Patty's day at the Park. I could have kicked myself, I totally forgot they had St. Patty's Day outfit...uh well!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Language Explosion!

I am in complete amazement everyday to hear what words/sentences that come out of the twins' tiny little voices. Yesterday, Cameryn said, "I want some more". Wow! The day before that Maddison saw a baby who was crying and she looked at me and said, "That baby is crying" I am in awe of this new vocabulary or rather them putting it all together to form sentences. They are also in love with letters. I'm telling you, they can identify almost all of the alphabet and can either say it or point the letter out of your request. Cameryn has really always had an interest for letters and print ever since she was 6 or 7 months old. She still remains my book lover too. Their favorite books are, "The Birthday Monsters" and "It's Spring". I love reading books to them while they anticipate key words that they like. The excitement in their eyes and bodies is like a breath of fresh air. This is the part I love the most...teaching them! Coloring is another favorite hobby of Cameryn's. She is starting to make circles and colorful lines. Today she drew a "tree" I didn't know it was a tree, but she was pointing at a particular design and saying "tree", and in a sense I could see the tree from an almost 2 year old's perspective. Maddison is quite active and loves to balance on the bounce and spin zebra's saddle while standing up. Although it makes me nervous, I know she is going to be our little gymnast for sure. My mom is doing better and is at home, although still in pain from her surgery. She is up and doing laundry and going up and down the steps. I know she is going to fight this nasty disease. She starts her second cycle of chemo this Wednesday and she is starting to lose her hair little by little. She is excited to get to have a few wigs for some cute do's. This past Wednesday I went to have 3 biopsies done for my lovely skin. I am sure most of you know I have had several surgeries to remove melanoma skin cancer in the past, and I am pretty sure I have it again. Luckily I usually catch them pretty quick so I typically just have to have surgery to remove it without any other measures. Sorry for the very long blog, but I had lots to say! :) Here are some pics from the park on Friday (it was so beautiful) Then, Jeff and I went out on Saturday night for one of his friend's 30th bday. I had a really good time...perhaps a little too good of a time. I sure paid for it today though. It's been about 3 years since I have had that much to drink. Enjoy the pics!

Maddison and Cameryn
April N Jeff

They loved looking at Stacy's newest baby
Cameryn zooming down the slide
Maddison was loving these steps
They love playing together! Maddison and Caneryn

Cameryn playing with her blocks
Would ya look at those eyes!
Little girls after getting into my make up
while home with Daddy
Oh gosh, what a mess!