December 14, 2016

2016 Family Update

Wow 2016 was a crazy year!  Maybe that is why I have forgotten about this little blog for a while, lets hope 2017 is a little better.  Here is a little update on everyone in our family. 

Blaiden (4):  He is doing great!  He turned 4 in January and had a Superhero party.  His love for superhero's has not faded since then and he dresses up constantly.  He has gotten to have his first sleepover at a friend's house during a few stays at the hospital.  Blaiden got to do a lot of 1-on-1 time with Fred and I this year and we tried to make him feel as special as possible. A few things he got to do were golfing, fishing, sleeping outside, outdoor movie, and a few dates to movies and the mall.  He loved all the fun things we did.  In August Blaiden and I took a trip to Colorado for a few days.  Then he started preschool and loves going everyday.  We took a trip to Disney World in September and he had a great time!  He is so excited for Christmas, he is always thinking of others and wants to get everyone else a gift.

Adilene (3):  Adilene had quite a year.  In January she just came home from the hospital after her diagnosis.  She had to relearn many things and gain a ton of strength back.  She impressed everyone and was back to walking in 7 short weeks.  The hospital became her second home with about 80 days inpatient and about 75 doctor appointments.  When she wasn't at the hospital and able to leave the house we tried to do fun things as a family.  We went to a couple zoos, took a trip to Pittsburg, played in water outside, and went to a chocolate factory.  Disney was a trip to celebrate Adilene getting into the maintenance phase of her chemo.  She loved every second of the trip and would light up every time she got to meet a character! She turned 3 in November and graduated from her therapy group and so that meant she got to start preschool in December.  She doesn't love going but once she is there she has a good time playing with the other kids. She is feeling great now and has enough energy to play all day, such an improvement from the first of the year.

Fred:  This guy is amazing! He played single dad for all those days I was in the hospital with Adilene.  He would bring Blaiden up to me for the day while he went to work then come pick him up after he finished.  When we were all home he did a few projects around house including remodeling our bathroom and tiling the entryway.  He is in the middle of his 4th year of residency and is busy most of the time.  He even works a stat care job to help us out.  He is working in Columbus this month and so we haven't seen him much since the week before Thanksgiving.  We are excited for him to get into his 5th and final year so he will be home more. 

Jessi:  I am not sure where to start with me, this year I was focused on my family so personally I didn't do much.  In May we bought a new van! I was always dead set against driving one but we needed the space so I gave in and it turns out I really like it.  It was also my first time at Disney and I think I had just as much fun as the kids did! 

We are looking forward to see what 2017 has in store for our family!

December 2, 2016


I keep waiting for things to slow down but I don't think that is going to happen anytime soon. August was a great month!  It started with a visit from family, Fred's brother Phillip and his wife Felicia and his dad Larry (Ukki) and his wife Tonja (Tonka) came out to celebrate the Hall of Fame weekend with us.  We had a great time with a house full of people.  Adilene didn't have good enough numbers to go out and so I stayed home with her but everyone else enjoyed all of the festivities.  Blaiden loves when we have visitors and he always tries to become the center of attention.  Adilene was a little shy at first but she warmed up to everyone.  It also helps because Phil and Felicia bring the best presents!

The next weekend Blaiden and I flew to Colorado to be apart of the race my family was putting on for Adilene.  We were sad that she couldn't come with us but her numbers were still not high enough so she stayed home with Fred.  It was our shortest visit we have made but so worth it.  The flight there was so much fun, it was late at night and so I brought glow sticks and Blaiden thought that was the coolest thing ever.  The Captain even told Blaiden he looked awesome!  We made the most of our 2 day trip and had a great time.

Towards the end of the month we had 2 big milestones!  First Blaiden started preschool.  Last year he went to more of a daycare type setting but this year he is in preschool and loves it.  He goes 5 days a week for only 3 hours a day but loves every second of it. 

The same day Blaiden started school Adilene his a huge milestone in her chemotherapy protocol, she entered the maintenance phase!  She still gets chemo weekly but we will be doing more at home and they are a smaller dose.  Her numbers should be a little more stable and we shouldn't have to worry about being in the hospital as much if at all.  We are so ready for her to start feeling better on a regular basis and very excited to not have to worry about going to the hospital so frequently. 

The last thing we did this month was go to a baseball game as a kickoff celebration for childhood cancer awareness month in September!  Fred was on call and so I brought a friend along and we had a great time.  We only made it to about the 5th inning but we still had fun and it was so nice to see all the people out to support these brave little kids!

October 14, 2016


We knew that for the most part of July Adilene's numbers would not be high enough to leave the house or she could be in the hospital so we took full advantage when she was able.  July started off by my mom coming into town.  We had a wedding to go to about 2 hours away and she was going to stay with the kids over night.  We had a great time at the wedding and we were so happy have a night away.  My mom took the kids to a park to watch fireworks and drink shakes, like I said before grandparents are the best!  Her and I also took Blaiden to "Chucky Cheese" and he had a blast.  He always wants to go play in the play places at McDonalds but I always have to tell him Adilene can't go in there.  Since our date in June he has said we need to have a date where he can go play, this was it.  She was only in town for a short weekend but we were so happy she came out. 

The next weekend Adilene was able to leave the house so we loaded up and headed to the zoo about an hour away.  We had never been to this one before and the entire family loves the zoo so we thought it was a great idea.  The kids had a blast, Blaiden's favorite part was playing on the playground where there was a 3 story slide that looked like a snake.  Adilene's favorite part was running around when she got out of the stroller, she made a nice monkey friend, and riding a train to see kangaroos.  We had a great day!

After that we were stuck in the house and so I just tried to do small fun things with the kids.  we had fun bath times, took selfies, drives in the car, and played dress up.  A friend of ours took Fred and Blaiden out on his boat to go fishing.  Blaiden has wanted to go fishing for over a year and we just haven't done it yet so he was so excited to go.  They didn't catch anything but he still had a great time. 

The last weekend of the month I took Blaiden to the library where they were having an outdoor movie night.  He was so excited to go, we had been planning it all summer and he had to read everyday to get to go.  I kind of forgot to keep track of days he read enough books but we went anyway.  It was so fun to get to spend time with him one on one. 

Finally on the last day of the month I turned the BIG 30!  I was dreading this birthday but I can't stop it from coming.  Fred was awesome, I was so lazy all day and loved it.  Blaiden had gotten me a necklace and some nail polish that he had picked out all by himself about a month before.  They got me another ice cream cake (Blaiden's idea), and we ordered take out for dinner.  I guess if I have to have a birthday this is great way to have one. 

I felt like this month was a great one for our family.  Adilene did not feel the best most of the time but we were able to stay out of the hospital.  Blaiden got a ton of one on one and family time, which I think helps he deal with everything so much better.  Fred and I got a night alone to just have fun, I could relax knowing my mom was with the kids and that was wonderful. 

October 11, 2016


We started out the month with the annual ortho pig roast.  The kids had a great time and swam for about 2 hours.  I took them home and Fred stayed to have more fun. 

June 6th Adilene started a new phase of her chemo.  We were warned that this is a pretty intense round of chemo where it takes her first 8 weeks of chemo and condenses it into 6 weeks.  We were all pretty worried about hospital stays this month because we assumed that she would end up there.  I think it was a combination of things like how amazing Adilene is and Fred and I becoming germ freaks but we managed to stay out of the hospital. 

Blaiden wrapped up his first soccer season.  He got a metal at the end of the season and he was so happy because he thought they finally won a game.  I thought for sure that he wouldn't want to play again but he was very disappointed it was over and says he is excited about playing next year.  This picture makes me laugh because all the kids are sitting nicely except Blaiden.  This was kind of his attitude during the entire season. 

It seems like every weekend in June we had something going on.  First was the pig roast, and next was Blaiden's last soccer game.  The 3rd weekend, Friday Blaiden and I went out on a date.  We went to Finding Dory, to the mall to ride motorized animals, and ate cinnamon rolls. That night Fred and Blaiden slept outside in the tent.  He felt so special to have a day where he had so much fun going on.  Fred was on call this weekend and so Saturday I took the kids to a strawberry festival.  We had so much fun picking our own strawberries.  Adilene was covered in juice by the end of the day, it was so fun and they were delicious!

The last weekend in June is always a fun one for Fred and I.  We get all dressed up to celebrate the graduating residents.  One night is for all the programs and the next is the Ortho roast.  It is such a fun time to get together with everyone, many of my friends are from other programs and so I love these parties.