Mom's stem cell transplant is taking place here in Philadelphia. She had a week of 'collection', and was admitted into her private room this morning to begin the process. That means this past weekend she was ALL OURS! We headed down early Saturday morning, and returned late Sunday night. Fun was had by all. Because I am a bad mother, I forgot the camera. Because I am a geek-techie at heart, I of course had a camera phone. We were able to capture the moments after all!
Saturday we walked around downtown Philly. One of the first places we went was Reading Terminal Market. What a neat place this is! I could have spent hours there.....and we did return Sunday!
Maddy loved being with Grammy. Grammy didn't let her out of her sight....or her grasp!
We decided the 7-11 was a great place for a family pic. (Actually, we had no idea until I reviewed the pictures that we managed to position ourselves *right* in front of that sign. Lovely, eh?)
When we weren't strolling around in the chilly but sunny air, Grammy taught Maddy about money. Maddy likes money.
Duane, Dave and I even managed to geek out on Segways while Grammy napped with Maddy on Sunday.
We're definitely too sexy for those helmets! Funny story - after a 2.5 hour ride on the Segways, we ended our tour. We unpacked our bags, tipped the guide (thanks, Devin!), and were ready to walk back to the car. Still wearing our helmets. What a couple of eejits!
Let me tell ya, this boy was HAPPY! He was in geek glory. It warmed the heart to see him unashamedly telling people on the street who invented Segways, how they work, etc etc.
I confess to enjoying the experience as well. What a neat way to get around!
In sum, a great time was had by all. And in case you were wondering, Maddy is still playing with the money Grammy sent home in her Altoid tin.
It's been ages since I've been here. Blog, I miss you. (Some days. Other days I forget about your existence. Keepin' it real, blog.)
Things are wild and crazy in these here parts. Mom has been fighting a difficult battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and that has kept us rather busy helping her out and spending time with her. She is currently away undergoing a stem cell transplant which we hope will be super successful and return her to us a brand new woman! Well....brand new in health, at least. We're kinda partial to the other parts of her and have no wish to change those.
Little Monkey is turning into Not-So-Little Monkey. She's SO! MUCH! FUN! to be with. I even like running errands with her. Heck, today I put off a trip to the grocery store while she was napping/nanny was here so that I could do it tomorrow when she's with me. Who does that?!? We do. And we're good with that. I adore the fact that I dig my daughter. Doesn't get much better than that.
Mind you, I wouldn't hate having some time to myself once in a while. Last night I wanted to take a bath and Daddy was out, so Monkey came with me. I *mostly* relaxed while she 'washed' me. What actually happened is that I ran it hot enough for her to not want to join me and she stood next to the tub and molested the parts of my body that she could reach, while complaining that the water was "too hot!" Oh well. It worked.
Here's a picture of her in a dress that mom made. She's quite the little poser! Usually she adopts the 'cheesy-smile-grin' look for pictures. No worries - we've got plenty of those for future posts!
She drops her S's when she talks sometimes, so when she asks us to pose for a picture she says....."Fmile!" True business. She puts an F where the S should go. It cracks us up every time.