Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Brynn's Sweater

Do you know how much I love knitting for babies?  A really lot. Like huge.

I was so excited to find out that Brynn was a girl kind of baby. Girl babies are super fun to knit for. 

There are so many more patterns out there for girl babies than there are for boy babies.  

As you can imagine, baby sweaters are much faster to knit than grown up sweaters. They require much less yarn, too. 

The project is very portable, which makes it easy to take to work and bust out a few rows on your lunch break. 

I can't get over the smallness and cuteness of little baby sweaters. 

And I kinda like that feeling at the baby shower when the gift is opened and everyone ooos and ahhs over the cuteness of something you made!

I hope you wear it for a long time, Brynn. Let me know when you need another, k?



Monday, July 22, 2013

Relaying for LIFE

I don't have much to say about my experience at Relay for Life that my pictures can't say for themselves.  It was an awesome day, with perfect weather, and a lot of walking.  It was our goal to hit a half marathon, and we did!  I can't say thank you enough to those of you who supported me and the team I was on, either financially or otherwise! You guys are awesome.  Join me next year.  It will change you.










Thursday, July 18, 2013

Week 2 almost under our belts!

This morning marked mom's 9th chemo infusion and that means only one more day before she's done for another month!

I love how the folks at the cancer center use these little buzzers to call you in for your appointment time.  Just like at Olive Garden.  Minus the wine.  Dangit.

The Essentia cancer center really has a pretty cool atmosphere.  Sometimes volunteers come in and play the piano to help with the wait time.

On a nice day, you can see Lake Superior and the Lift Bridge out these windows.  It's really an awesome view.  Too bad the fog is in our way today.

This is the department we are getting to know all too well.

Nurse Kelly prepares the chemo and the pump for mom's treatment today.

And guess what I get to do while we wait???  Yes, the sad sweater is well on its way to making me happy again.

They even have a tank with Dory and Nemo in it.  :)

Mom is doing very well through all of this so far.  It has been a game of watching all kinds of levels and adjusting medications as needed to balance them out.  She has been responding to her chemo exactly how the doc had hoped, which is good news.  We take as much good news as we can get these days.

Relay for Life is tomorrow night!  I'm so excited!  Remember when I first posted about it and asked you all to help me reach my $100 goal?  YOU DID IT!  Remember when I asked you to help me blow that goal out of the water?  YOU DID THAT TOO!  I am so so so appreciative to all of you that have donated.  Never in a million years did I think that I'd reach over $500, which is where my totals are today!  I have upped my goal to $750, because I know you can do this for me!  Every $5 donation helps tremendously.  If you are considering still sending in a donation, it's not too late!  Just click right here and fill out the quick and easy form with your credit card number.  Thank you so much in advance!

There are some fun things planned for our evening tomorrow night at the big Relay.  I will be walking all night long (well, most of the night.  A girl needs to take some breaks, ya know?) to show each of my supporters how much your donations meant to me.  I will be taking lots of pictures, of course and will show you all of the fun we are going to have.  Anyone local is welcome to come and hang, walk a lap or two, and purchase lots of fun stuff with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society as well.  Let me know if you want the deets on where we will be!  You don't even have to spend a penny if you don't want to.  Just come and hang with me, because I'm super fun y'all!  WOOT WOOT!

I'm so proud of my mom for facing this head on.  It has been a roller coaster as we all figure out how to live with this disease in our family.  Thanks for supporting us!!



P.S.  Please share my blog post with anyone who may be interested in my story or donating to this cause.  XO

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Welcome to the World, Baby Brynn!

Sunday afternoon we finally got to meet the newest Hooper!

Uncle Luke took his turn holding her.

Soo good to see family we haven't seen in too long!

I remember setting Andy in the arms of these two guys 13 years ago, and they both looked terrified.  Your turn now!

The new daddy had to open all the gifts.

"Um, this is my first baby shower, so I don't really know what I'm supposed to say.  Thank you everyone for coming!"  You did good, Ben.

It doesn't get any more perfect than this.  I could have held her for hours. 

Two Brynns are better than one, right??

Snuggling up with Daddy.  (Sorry for the weird lighting on some of these.  Indoor pictures are waaaay trickier to master than outdoor!)

Brynn, hang out with this one, and she'll teach you all about dancing and boys!


And how to make delicious cupcakes for baby showers!

All four cousins together!  Soon to be five!

Um, when did my kids get so big?

Carson, you Crack. Me. Up.  Seriously.  Can't get one ounce cuter!

Our visit was too short, but it was so good to see everyone.  Thanks for coming to Brynn's shower!