Sunday, September 30, 2012

Family Time

Went home to celebrate my nephew's 4th birthday.  It was so great to go home.  I love going home in the fall!  It's one of my favorite times of the year.  I told my mom today that her house is so peaceful in the country, I could've sat on the porch and listened to the rain pitter-patter all day today.  Sometimes that's just what we need to do, isn't it?  Stop and "listen"....

Welp, another work week ahead.  Last week was a good first week back.  I was tired early on but by Friday, I was good to go!  I am trying to instill routines that I want done in my classroom and this will take time nd LOTS of PRACTICE!  HA!  "Slow and steady wins the race"---seems to be my motto for life these days.

Hope yall have a great week!

Until next time,

E

Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm BACK!

Well, today was my first day back to school and let me tell you:  IT FELT GREAT!! My sweet peers welcomed me with breakfast, had a pot-luck lunch and made me feel so loved!  It was so good to see my friends again!  I have MISSED THEM!!!  After running in to beat the time clock :0)  ((keep in mind I have not been at work for almost 5 months, people!  Naturally I would be running around like a chicken with its head cut off the first day back.....right?  riiiiiiiiight??  Of COURSE!!))  
 I was so ready to finally meet my new students!! The day FUH-LEW by, to say the least!  My assistant and I were "movin' and shakin'" trying to stay ahead of the "pack"  HA!   All in all it was a good day and I can't wait to go back tomorrow! 

Hope everyone has a great week! 

Until next time!!

E

Saturday, September 22, 2012

WHEW!

Well, here I am once AGAIN attempting to get back into a routine of RUNNING!  Couch to 5K, day 1 completed AGAIN but this time I am anticipating a long stretch of actual training with no interruptions.  It's been so hard to attempt to run within a regular regimen when I was going into the hospital every other week for 4 days at a time.  

I am going to register for St. Jude 5K today.  It's time.  Those of you that know me well, know that the St. Jude Marathon weekend is one of my FAVORITE things to do during the year! 

Another beautiful Saturday ahead ladies and gents!  Get out and ENJOY THE WEATHER! 

Until next time!!

E

Friday, September 21, 2012

Round 8!

Round #8 finished!  Whoop whoop!!  Now I get 5-6 weeks "off" before my next round of chemo.  I am SO THRILLED words cannot even EXPRESS how "free" I feel today.  Again....I can't imagine how I will feel this time next year when my doctor says :"Okay...all clear!"  Whoop Whoop!

Back to school on Monday.  I am excited to get back into the classroom and into my routine of "life".  My children are SO. EXCITED I will be returning to work (???), who knows what that's about !  HA!  I'm seriously thinking it's because it's our "normal".  

Anywho....it's a BEEEAUTIFUL day outside!  Hope yall can get out and enjoy some of this AWESOME weather God is showering us with!  Hope ya have a great weekend!!


'Til next time!!

E

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RING THAT BELL HARD, HONEY!

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY I HAVE HAD TODAY!!  I had an MRI this morning and it looked great AAANND:
  1.  NO MORE CHEMOS AT THE CLINIC
  2.  AFTER NEXT WEEK'S CHEMO IN THE HOSPITAL, I DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK IN UNTIL 6 WEEKS!!! 

CAN I GET A WHOOP!  WHOOP!! 

The nurse today made a BIG announcement in the chemo room that today was my LAST INFUSION WITH THEM!!  WHOO HOOOO And....of course, I got completely choked up and emotional about it.  A GOOD emotional.  Tears of JOY!!  Then Hubby said: "let's go outside and you RING THAT BELL HARD!" (There is a big bell outside of the clinic that people ring once they've completed their treatments.  Again...tears of joy!) 

I feel like I am just about to tip the top of this hill I have been climbing and it feels SO. DANG. GOOD, PEOPLE!! 

I hope yall are having a good week.  Almost Friday! 

Until next time!!!

E

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Busy, Exciting Life

Well!  Let me just tell you:  the past week has been an "exciting" one in our little ole family!  ;0)

We will be celebrating a wedding this upcoming spring!  Fun, FUN!  My cousin (although he's more like a little brother than a "cousin") and his sweet fiance have set a date in March.  Definitely something to look forward to!

And....my little brother and his crazy friends went alligator hunting.  Yes....I said ALLIGATOR HUNTING!!!  Initially, my reaction was : you're stupid.  WHY would you INTENTIONALLY  put yourself in HARM'S WAY for a few minutes of "A THRILL"!?!?  But now that they're all safe and sound and HOME....it's kind of cool (in a twisted kind of way).  I haven't actually talked to him about his whole "experience" but I have seen pictures.  Quite frankly, that may be enough for this big sister (especially since I STILL tend to be slightly overprotective of him). 

Anywho....back to school in 2 weeks and I can't. WAIT!  So ready to meet and get to know my students and get in a "normal" routine.  Our lives have been "slightly" turned upside down, inside out and the "normalcy" is a welcome to this family. 

Have yall been outside today!?!?!?  Holy MOLY It. Is. AMAZING!  I can't WAIT to get out in it and watch the youngest play some baseball.  :0) 

Happy Sunday to you and yours!  May you have a blessed week!! 

Until next time....
E

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Maybe a little clarification??

So, I think I need to help clarify what's going on with me in the "chemo realm" these days.  Several people have called or texted soooo....here goes:

June 11th was my first round of chemo.  There were set to be 8 rounds of this every 14 days.  2 weeks ago my oncologist told me once this initial phase was finished (which is the week of Sept. 17th), I would have 11 more months of chemo once a month.  Yes....another year of this.  :0/  All I can say at this moment is:  I have trusted God through the last 4 months and I will continue to trust in His way.  Is this easy?  No. But I will not give up and my attitude will remain the same:  I am healed and I believe He has me under His wings of protection. 

I am shooting for the end of September to return to work.  I look forward to this as it will be routine and normalcy in a way (although I would make a GREAT stay at home mom and housewife!). 

I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  We laid low and had a good visit with my little brother and his family. 

'Til next time!!

E