For those of you who don't live here, Festival of Trees is a HUGE annual fundraiser for Primary Children's Hospital. We had someone in our neighborhood contact us who wanted to do a tree in Brinley's honor this year. It was called "I'm Dreaming". I was beautiful and touching that someone would want to honor her this way. She loved it, and it sold, so someone has it in their house for Christmas this year :) Diehl's and Debbi, we can't thank you enough.


Here's some of our Park City adventure from the time-share my mom and dad donated to us to celebrate. First let me say exactly what was intended with this little getaway. To enjoy each other's company with not a care in the world. Mission accomplished. The hotel we stayed at was beautiful. We had so much space to just veg...
They had crafts in the game room scheduled that the kids could attend. Taylor even enjoyed them, as you can see.
We arm wrestled, and I was the champion.
For a minute.
Show off.
Poor little Mylee got the stomach flu the second day. Vomited all over at the pool. But really, what's a little stomach bug when you've been dealing with cancer for a couple years. Life goes on. Although you can't look at this little face and not feel bad..
Brinley got pink-eye too. As I was staring a $100 co-pay in the face for quick-care, I decided to call the on-call oncologist to see if they would save us. She did. She called in a scrip and all was well again!

TV. Lots and lots of TV. I have no shame in admitting it. We rented movies day and night and caught up on movies we've missed.
Our ONE DAY out was to go tubing. It was so much fun.

Taylor and I literally watched Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place until we couldn't keep our eyes open any more. She was in heaven, and I discovered that they are actually pretty funny. Who knew.
Ahhh, the best part. A heated outdoor/indoor pool. Swimming in the snow, you can't capture that on a picture. It was awesome.
Okay, two days out. Our last day we went bowling.
Friday night, our last evening there, we had a surprise party and sat the kids all on the couch. Once we had lured them into thinking mom was going to go off on some mushy ordeal about how blessed we all are, we silly sprayed them! They each got their own can and we started our party off with a silly string war. It lasted all of 4 minutes, maybe less, and then 45 minutes of clean-up. But the memories of mom and dad attacking them with silly string, I think it was worth it. We played WII together and had a great time.

So to summarize, TV, junk food, sleeping until 9, staying up until 1am (SOME of us), swimming, tubing, bowling, games. I'd say our trip was a huge success to celebrate no more chemo. We all loved it. Mom and Dad, thank you for giving us those memories.


Nat Lud said...

That is awesome! You guys deserve to celebrate like that all the time. :)

vicky said...

What a fun week...well, besides the sickness! Good for you guys! And I LOVE the silly string idea. That was always a huge hit when Irish or Dr. L would walk into the room. Never failed to get Lauren out of her foul moods. :)

Melanie said...

I love all these pictures! I'm so glad you guys had so much fun!!

C. R. Oldham said...

How was the Red Banjo?

Alissa said...

That so so great!! I love love love the pictures and your family is just so adorable. Yay for a long, stress-free vacation!

Briana said...

it sounds like a great week! you guys deserve such a great break after everything - hooray!

and you guys sound like the most fun parents! :)

Carl and Starla said...

I am just soooo very excited for her and your family!!!! What an answer to prayers to be off of chemo! So happy for you all! And the vacation of hanging out watching movies is my kinda vacation!!!

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!I could look at those smiles all day,everyday:) xoxoxoxoxo can't wait to see you all♥