Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Papa Update

So...I was going back over my blog, and realized I haven't given an update on my grandfather in like almost 8 weeks! So...here goes nothin.....

I'll start back at the beginning....my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of November. They didn't know what kind, or where it was, just that his counts were high, and we would have to wait for him to have all sorts of scans and meet with the oncologist. WELL...it turned out it was lung cancer. And it did in fact spread. He has tumors all over his brain, in his bones, lungs, spine....just basically one big cancerous mess. And it is a fast progressing kind of cancer....not good news.

The treatment plan started immediately. He began radiation, and he went for that daily....and he started with chemo, which he goes to every Tuesday. He is staying strong, and trying to stay positive; as is everyone else in the family. My grandparents have decided to stay in Florida for now.

At this point, he has finished his first round of radiation, will be finished with his first round of chemo next Tuesday, and when he went and had his blood work done last week and met with the oncologist yet again, the oncologist said he couldn't be more please with how the cancer is reacting to the treatments. He also said that Papa is doing better than 99% of the people who come in with cancer as bad as he has it. YAY!!

Our family has really come together with this, and has tried to have someone down there with them the entire time so that my Nanny doesn't have to take him to all the treatments by herself. We were down there until the end of November, then one of my aunts went down, followed by one of my cousins, then another cousin, and now another aunt just got down there last night. My parents will be going down next week to spend the New Year with them, and I just found out yesterday my mom has decided she is going to stay until about mid to late January. No one else has planned on going, and she said she felt someone needed to be there, and she is the only one who can take the time off....she can work from there just as easily as she can work from here....it's just someone else will have to physically take people to look at properties. (She's a realtor)

So I guess that's all the information I have up until now. They're trying to fatten Papa up....he's getting to skinny my cousin Chris said. So, buying lots of high fat things...and he's drinking protein shakes mixed with whole milk and ice cream. Ha! Wish someone would think I needed to be fattened up! That's his silver lining in all this....all the ice cream. :)

Okay, time to get back to work...just wanted to give an update as I was thinking about it.

Merry CHRISTmas!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


WHOA! The Holidays are full speed ahead! Hard to believe Christmas is NEXT WEEK!! I have been so worn out lately. When telling a friend of mine what my plans were for Christmas week...she was like well no wonder you're pooped! It's go go go all the time with my husband and I starting Friday! Here is our plans for the next 10 days......

Friday December 18 - Celebrating Christmas with friends of ours and their two kids

Saturday December 19 - Hubby's work Holiday Party

Sunday December 20 - My parents friends Holiday Party (might not go to that one)

Monday December 21 - Cousins Christmas...something my cousins started a few years ago where we all get together without the aunts & uncles and have dinner, drink, and just enjoy each others company.

Tuesday December 22 - Holiday Dinner with our close friends. I'm pretty excited about it...it's at our house, and we're going to have an Italian feast. Lasagna, baked ziti, garlic bread, salad....YUM-O! And I have to come up with a dessert too. :)

Wednesday December 23 - Thornton Tree Trimming...a new tradition with hubby's immediate family. We are going to trim a tree every year, bring an ornament for said tree, and also a gift to exchange.

Thursday December 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE....starts at 10am at my parents house...we eat at 2, everyone leaves by 4, and we do presents with my brother and his wife, and our parents. Then at 8pm we go to hubby's Grandpa's for Christmas with the entire Thornton clan. Santa comes, gifts are given, it's a great time! THEN...at 10:30pm we go to church for midnight mass. It's so beautiful. :) I Love it.

Friday December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY....begins at our house....breakfast for our immediate family, his parents, and siblings, and my parents. Then we don't have anything else to do until 3 when we go to my mom's side of the family.

And then the chaos is done. SHEW! It's definitely going to be a busy week, but one filled with love, laughter, and friendships. I'm going to be exhausted, but I'll enjoy every minute of it. :)

Hope your Holidays are filled with warmth and love. And may you be as blessed as I am this Holiday Season.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mild Overreaction...

Okay, so I don't take anything back from my last post. I meant every single word. But after a few days of mellowing out, and really thinking hard about how blessed I am in my life, that is where I'm at. Mellow, and truly blessed. No more baby talk for a while. I'm going to focus on the Holiday's, and all the good things that I am surrounded with in my life. I have friends that I can count on, my family is the best, and not to mention my hubby who is the most wonderful person in all of the world. So there is where I'm staying....

My weekend was AWESOME. Friday night was girls night out with the HollyDays boutique. I went with my mama and some girlfriends. It was so much fun. I got a few Christmas gifts, and had so much fun being out with my girls.

Saturday morning started early....I had to work Breakfast with Santa for Hollydays. It was so much fun. The kids were SO EXCITED! We had a woman there from "Shine" and she sang Christmas songs, and as she was singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer....Santa came out saying his line - "Rudolph won't you guide my sleigh tonight"....oh man...the kids went BERZERK! It was great. Lots of fun.

Saturday night was another girls night...but this time we just went to my besties house, we had a pampered chef party, ornament exchange, and watched Elf. Which by the way if you've never seen it, it's HILARIOUS! I highly recommend it.

Sunday was just a lazy day. Went to Sam's club, hung out with hubby watching movies, and then over to mom & dad's for dinner. Nice and relaxing. :) Which I really needed after trying to play catch up with work last week.

So, that's all there is at this point. Lots of fun Holiday things coming up. :) CAN'T WAIT!!

Friday, December 4, 2009


I would just like to say that EVERYONE is getting pregnant but me. I had a friend tell me she was pregnant right before I left on my vacation...and now I have found someone else that is pregnant and due next August. I might lose my mind....correction....I am losing my mind. And I think emotionally dying a little bit inside.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Time Flies...

Okay, so it's been like FOREVER since I have blogged!! So much has happened since then....first, I have a new sister-in-law. My baby brother got married. It was an absolute blast. For anyone who isnt' yet married...beach wedding is the way to go...seriously...no muss, no fuss, and it was absolutely gorgeous! I didn't know this before, but also my brother got married on our grandparents 62nd wedding anniversary! Which in and of itself is totally awesome, but also my brother and Papa share the same birthday! Extra special. :)
Speaking of my grandfather....we got more bad news regarding his cancer. He has a fast progressing kind, and it did start in his lung. He has started radiation and chemo, and hopefully will be home the week after Christmas. :( So lots of prayers sent this way would be so very appreciated....

Okay, on to happier things....so yes Florida was fantastic...got to spend so much time with my hubby. It was very nice. It was weird to come back to work actually because we had been together almost every second of every day for 12 days! It was weird to be without him...but I find myself adjusting well and getting back into the swing of our routine. In case you didn't read my previous post, this weekend is the Junior League Hollydays event! It is going to be fantastic, and I hope anyone who is interested in coming does! Friday night I'll be there, and also Saturday morning...I am helping with the breakfast with Santa...I am reading Polar Express! Super excited about that. :) THEN on Saturday night is Girls night with my girlfriends....we're having a Pampered Chef party, AND an ornament exchange. I'm really excited about that too. Then on Sunday I have GOT to get my house back in order....I swear...being gone for 10 days it's amazing how long it takes you to get everything sorted through! We haven't even unpacked yet! Ridiculous....the fridge is empty....its just ridiculous! Okay...time to get back to the grind. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'll talk to you soon!!

Hollydays - - THIS WEEKEND!!!