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Friday, December 31, 2010

GiGi's "Chemo Camp"

So it totally stunk that my chemo week and Christmas school break fell on the same week.  Even though Shane planned to take off of work for most of the week, GiGi (my mom) insisted that he be on hand for me and she take care of the girls....If you haven't met my girls...well...they are high maintenance...and she's not in her thirties anymore...just sayin'...

But she is determined...and no one gets in the way of "determined GiGi"...

Pre-Chemo Camp, Shane took the girls to Target to do a little shopping...see, Shane thought it would be fun if they had hats just like Mommy...I really am married to my hero....how cute are we??? and it really is helping them adjust to my new look...


and as you will notice, the hats were a wardrobe staple of the duration of "Chemo Camp"....

so first GiGi calls in one of her teenage music students Jade to help with the "princesses" on Monday and Tuesday.  Didn't hurt one bit that SHE showed up in a hat - Mommy is getting cooler by the second!  Jade's mom is a photographer and she sent a suitcase full of dancing school costumes (the equivalent of me hitting the Powerball in the girl's eyes)  On Monday, Jade applied makeup and the fashion show began...

After seeing some of the poses, costumes and makeup, even I am getting nervous about the hormone years...

Monday night we all helped Hannah celebrate her 5th birthday (hats included)!



Tuesday (with Jade now being called "the big sister) involved an indoor bounce house stop, carousel rides at the mall, shopping at Justice AND "Red Velvet Ice Cream" from Menchie's (Avery's exact words...)...all compliments of the one and only GiGi... (and thank goodness they changed shirts from Monday!)



Jade was relieved from duty on Tuesday after peeling Avery off of her leg and just in time for Allison, another one of my mom's teenage students to report to duty for Wednesday and Thursday....next up...the Audubon Zoo!  Ashley, Collin, Hannah, Parker, GiGi, Morgan, Avery, Aunt Nisey and Allison went to the zoo on Wednesday...Can you imagine that crew???  Here, let me give you a visual...


Wednesday night Hannah even got in on the Chemo Camp action - first having a pizza party and sleepover at Uncle Ken's - and playing LIFE with Allison on the new I-Touch's, then Thursday all three girls set out for Art Camp at our cousin Kristy's art studio on Magazine Street, Color Me Nola





Each time I ask the girls about her favorite part (after plying the I-Touch out of her hand to get her attention), I get a different response - so clearly the entire week was a MAJOR success!

One eensy weensy problem... Avery didn't finish painting her bag at art camp...No problem... Kristy has sketched out the design and we just need to finish the painting, I am a little crafty you know... BUT NOOOOO...I have been asked to call Kristy and MAKE SURE I know what to do to complete the bag...My coolness factor just tanked!

On January 15th, Ash Marie, the owner of Inspire in Thibodaux is doing a "Year in Review" page.  I love the style and since I can't make it to the class, I think I'm going to use a similar idea to fit in all of the pieces of GiGi's Chemo Camp.  Here's her layout, the class is on Saturday, Jan 15th - check it out!

And on a sad note for the scrapbooking community, two more local stores are closing.  Scrapbooks and More in Denham Springs will close on January 11 and Simply Scrappin' is liquidating their warehouse right now.  PLEASE SUPPORT the few remaining locals here and in your area - although I always love a good deal online, I still love to walk into a store and feel the glitter on the paper and the texture of the trims - memories and the materials - that's why I love scrapbooking!

7 comments:

Sally said...

What a wonderful idea. I wish you nothing but the best for 2011!

schnell133 said...

Heather! I have enjoyed catching your blogs in the past and did not know of your recent diagnosis until I saw your Chemo Camp post...I went back to the beginning and read the whole way through. I found myself reading it not only to know how you were doing, but to take notes about how to kick cancer in the teeth if this should ever happen to me. You inspire me. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Love,
Shannon Hartley

Mel said...

I absolutely love all the pictures. The one of the 3 of you in the hats is the BEST! Sounds like you have a great support system. Take care of yourself. As always you are in my prayers.

Ali said...

I read about someone hosting a "hat party" for a family member going through chemo. Everyone invited to the party brought a hat as a gift.

I still think you should get a bedazzler though... just think of the creations you could make!

Amy Beth Kloner said...

Heather- your kids shine like their momma! They are too cute, and you all look gorgeous in the hats. When this cancer crap is all but a distant memory after you KICK ITS ASS to the curb (and you're dealing with their teenage shenanigans!), they are going to remember how you impacted them at such a young age by your bravery and inspirational courage.
You may think you're just "dealing," but the rest of us see you as a total hero. For real. xoxo

Jenn said...

Your mom rocks! Love the girls in their hats! Y'all all look FABULOUS!!!

Kristy said...

I had an awesome day with the girls at Color Me Nola art camp! I'm so glad they came- complete with "Chemo Caps"