Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kids, cancer and a little bit of scrapping

Well, June has been quite an adventure here at Casa de Winburn. It started out with Tom having his six month follow-up appointment with Dr. Hayslip (six months out from his lymphoma treatment). On the day of the scan he got a call back from the oncologist's office letting him know that his PET scan looked good. However, they saw a change in his kidneys that they did not like and they were adding a kidney CT to his scheduled CT the following week. This led to a lot of anxiety for us while waiting to hear those results.

In addition to all of that stress, my roommate also ended up having to serve some jail time for a probation violation (long story short, she is not a bad person at all, she made a mistake that a lot of people made regarding check scams and her difference was that instead of depositing one of the scam checks into a checking account, she cashed it at a convenience store and they prosecuted her instead of the scam artists). So, when that happened, I was left with her three wonderful children through yesterday when they went to spend a few days with their step-father. Let me tell you, going from two children that I take care of on my own and three that she took care of was quite a change and very stressful for me. It made my life for over a week all about kids and about having not a moment of time that belonged only to me.

Well, then we had the oncologist appointment and I'm happy to announce that Tom is cancer-free at this time. This means that he doesn't have to see his oncologist for the next six months and he will be able to have his port-a-cath removed next month. We could have had that scheduled sooner, but I wanted to make sure that we would have childcare for the procedure.

And of course there has been keeping the kids entertained. This could be something that would be very expensive, but I'm lucky that my mother has a pool in her backyard and that will keep all of the kids entertained for hours. We've been at her house nearly every afternoon and when we haven't been there it has been because Paul had his last few baseball games of the season.

This is the one page that I've really been able to create this month so far. Rayne is one of the three children that I've been taking care of while their mother is away. She is a very special little girl and I do love her to death, despite the fact that she does have a fiery red-headed attitude.

This is one very special little girl. She is the daughter of my best friend and so beautiful and photogenic.
For my layout I used Vintage Spring Garden Club by Tammy DeYoung.

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