Monday, September 1, 2014


Well, it has been a whirlwind of a week!  I'm well fed, exhausted, and well-loved.  Essentially, we had a lot of visitors in a short amount of time.

First, there was Hans' old roommate, Dan.  Dan was only here for 2 nights and 1 full day, but he was a much-needed escape.  Whenever he or my old roommate come to visit, I'm instantly transported to those college days.  I'm able to relax a little and forget about bills or appointments or obligations.  It's lovely.  I always try to clear my schedule when I know they're visiting, because I know my only focus will be on them.  The three of us ended up spending some time in Williamsburg, and I had a lovely nap in the car.  Just perfect.

Next, my aunt and uncle flew in from Arizona.  I hadn't seen them in 6 years, so this was a great occasion.  They really helped me out by watching Anna when I had a work emergency, but they were also a much needed break for Mom.  I know she really enjoyed seeing her sister and brother-in-law, and that got her up and moving some more (but more on that later).

Last, Hans' parents came to visit.  They've come down a few times since Anna was born, and it's always fun to see their reactions when they see how much she's grown.  Of course, Anna is their third grandchild, so sometimes it's just comparisons, but I think they like seeing the progress.  My MIL and I went shopping at a thrift store for baby clothes and had a little too much fun, and all in all it was a pleasure seeing them.

And then there's Mom.  Mom has been wonderful this past week.  She's gone out for lunch, she's been up and moving around, she's barely needed pain meds, and most importantly she's been eating.  Her appetite is still small, but she's eating regular meals.  We've pretty much switched to a vegetarian diet, although she's still has some seafood-based dishes from time to time.  Now I just have to figure out how to start cooking all these fantastic dishes we've tried recently!

So, like I said, it's been a long week, but it's been a good one.  Mom starts her second round of chemo on Wednesday, so we'll see how she progresses.  Here's to hoping for the best!