Jordyn's 12th Birthday

Birthday girl!
Cara gave Jordyn a large Beanie Boo named Twig and started off her birthday in a great way!

<=Jordyn on the announcements at school for her birthday!

Yummy cake from Texas Star Bakery. Our favorite!

Having a November birthday can be a drag sometimes because it is nearly winter time. Jordyn really wanted a pool party so we rented the NRH Centre and invited 40 of her closest friends! She wanted a chocolate cake from Costco that was music themed and pizza.  The NRH Centre has lots of fun things to do including a climbing wall, a slide that goes outside the building and then back in, a lap pool, and a sweet hot tub. It was fun to watch the kids flit from one thing to the next!  
Sydney, Tori, Kate, Erin & Jordy

Bailey, Rylee, Feynix, Lacy, Amelia, Tori, Jordyn, Sydney, Steven, Tyjah & Danica

My cuties!

Brock, Casey, Aaron & Aiden

Daisy, Leora & Chloe

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! Welcome to Young Womens!


First Round of Chemo

We pulled into the dreaded Parking Garage #4 (my old nemisis...) and Bryan took a minute to gather himself before we went into the Sammons Center. I thought the Speed Limit sign was interesting so I snapped a quick picture.

The first thing they did after we checked in was take some blood. Then we met with Bryan's doctor, Micah Burch, who talked about everything that would be going on today. He will be on 5 different chemo medicines - a regemin called RCHOP. (Rituximab, Cytoxan, Doxorubicin, Oncovin & Prednisone)

Getting all settled in with a nice, warm blanket. The infusion center has lots of different snacks available if you (or your guest) are hungry.

"The Red Devil"
This is how Bryan spent most of his time in the Infusion Center. We were there for nearly eight hours. It was exhausting but informational and not nearly as bad as we thought it might be.


The trouble begins...

One day, while I was at work I got a call from Bryan. He had not been feeling well for several days and his doctor advised him to head to the hospital to be evaluated. He was throwing up and was not able to keep anything down... In short, he was miserable. The doctors at Baylor decided to admit him to run tests and try to figure out what was going on.
They did many, many tests and finally ended up doing an endoscopy to take a look at what was blocking him up.  Dr. Hamilton came out of the O.R. and said, "Houston - we found the answer!" He was very excited to have found the reason for all of the pain in his belly.
As bad as it was, we were happy they found something too...
The results say, "A large frond-like/villous, ulcerated, circumferential mass was found in the third part of the duodenum." A tumor. Growing in his small intestine. We've since nicknamed his tumor "The Fern."
Bryan was in the hospital for four days.

We came to visit daddy in the hospital and he was in pretty good spirits. Especially after they let him eat a little bit!


LD Bell Homecoming Parade

I love this girl of mine!
She loves playing in the LD Bell band!
Watch for the wave we get from her.


Caribbean Princess

We sailed on the Caribbean Princess and had a wonderful time. I loved all of the entertainment and shows. Jordyn swam every day in the pools. The food was spectacular!! But the best part was spending another non-stop week with my family. I can't thank my parents enough for taking us on this trip! Making memories is SO much better than "stuff"!
Our balcony

Food carving demonstrations

Headlocks from her cousin

Eating dinner together each night was a highlight of the day!

And the napkins were swinging!

After Jordyn found the fetucinni alfredo one night she had it for each dinner afterwards...

The entire gang!

Our severs for the week, Lucian & Kateryna. They were from Romania.

Our steward, Jefferson.

Giant outdoor movie screen for night movies.

The cousins - Cara, Thomas & Jordyn