Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Christmas eve was spent with Dave's parents in their home. Delpha, as is their tradition, fixed her wonderful clam chowder and oyster stew. We opened gifts and it was a nice evening. Jill brought Wade, Kelli brought Isaac, Kyla, Jed and Emmy were there and Brian even made it....couldn't miss a gift! Mike and Linda came as well as Brett, Carrie and Mat.

Christmas morning after Kyla, Jed and Emma arrived, we opened gifts and fixed a pancake breakfast. Emmy got a tea kitchen from Grandad and Gram and she stayed busy most of the morning fixing everyone tea and pushing her baby in her new stroller (see picture on the right). We cleaned up the usual array of paper and boxes and in the afternoon the entire Evans family came for a prime rib dinner. Everyone brought great food and it was a very nice evening. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful company.


We hope everyone had a wonderful, blessed day as we did and pray that God will bless each of you as we feel we have been blessed.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2002

Dinner Out, Christmas Cookies, Burnt Popcorn

Friday evening Jill and Wade took Dave and I to dinner at the Electric Station for part of our Christmas present. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed being with both of them one on one. We don't get a chance to do that very often.

Saturday morning I made sugar cookies and gingerbread men for a group of Kelli's friends to decorate. Five of her friends came as well as Charo, Kyla and Emma. After much chaos, colored frosting, and lots of sugar, they succeeded in decorating quite a few. We then had pizza and they had a white elephant gift exchange. Amongst the rowdy laughter they had a great time and there was a few very, shall I say, unique gifts, huh girls? After all of the girls left, Kyla and Kelli brought out one of our old favorites, "A Christmas Story" and fell asleep watching it.

Sunday we made a Costco run for a ham for Christmas dinner, which will be at our home this year and the evening was spent with Kyla, Jed and Emma having dinner. After they went home Dave succeeded in burning popcorn in the microwave and we are still trying to get the burnt smell out of the house. All in all the weekend was lovely. We are truly blessed.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Dry Chicken, Card Making, Cookie Baking, New Furniture, Scary Movie and a Manly Man

Friday we had Wades birthday dinner (birthday boy below). As always the birthday person gets to pick what they want for dinner and Wade chose BBQ chicken, macaroni salad with extra dill pickles, rolls, broccoli with cheese and CHOCOLATE CAKE. We had to provide him with lots of katsup since he loves the stuff on chicken......ewww! But he keeps telling me "don't knock it until you try it"...somehow I just can't put it on chicken or turkey. Wade's dad, Jack and his fiance, Tammy also came to dinner. It was nice to get to know his family. But the poor chicken was kind of over done.......a little dry so maybe katsup would have been a good idea. Hey that is probably why Wade likes katsup on everything....to hide the cooking!


Saturday Dave and I went Christmas shopping and ended up buying a new dining room set and a bed. It is a belated anniversary/birthdays/Christmas gift to each other. We have been looking for quite a while and finally found a good deal. Kyla and Jed will get our old dining room set and Kelli will get our head board and foot board. We just have to buy a new mattress and box spring for her and she should be all set.

Sunday Jed, Kyla and Emma spent the day making Christmas cards while Dave and I did a little more shopping. Kelli and Isaac took Kyla and Jed to dinner at Chapala's while we watched Emmy. We made spaghetti and then Emma and I made some cookies. When we were all done, I thought "wow" she isn't even asking for cookies. Then I remembered she ate just a wee bit of dough! But it was a very fun evening.

Monday our new furniture was delivered and it is really beautiful! After 22 years, it is really nice to have some new things. Dave and I spent the evening putting together the new bed while Jill, Wade, Brian and Dez watched "Halloween", a movie Dez was in the mood for. You know Dez, it is Christmas now......how about "A Christmas Story" or something? Well she said she needed to have a good scare so I guess she got that. I had a crown put on today at the darn dentist and lunch with Susan Rich, an old friend from high school. It is always fun to get together...we do more laughing than eating. Tuesday was spent buying the Christmas gifts that need to go to Baker for family and today I mailed them all. Quite the lines at the post office...I hope they make it on time.

Jed attended his office holiday party and they exchanged white elephant gifts. Check out what a "Manly Man" Jed was with the purse, jacket and wrinkled shirt (below)!! What great gifts they all received.....wonder who will get that snazzy purse next year?

Friday, December 6, 2002

Shopping, Flat Tire and No Jury Duty

Kyla and Jed spent last weekend putting up their Christmas tree and decorating. Emmy is having a bit of a hard time leaving the decorations alone….but don’t all two-year olds? Unlike us, they have the shopping done. So they should be able to enjoy the holidays like the rest of us wish we were able to do.

I have been spending a few days trying to come up with holiday pictures to use in a letter to family and friends. I never realized I took so many….hard to choose from. Jill went to the coast for the weekend after Thanksgiving just to relax and rest and then came home to Wades birthday on Monday, the 2nd. We are going to have his birthday dinner on Friday, the 13th. Kelli and Isaac volunteered time over the holiday weekend at the Festival of Trees and Kelli house sat for GG and Grandad Max. Kyla and Jed came to get their Christmas decorations out of storage and while Emmy and Grandad played piano, Jed took a nap. He is on a dead run with school and work and all the volunteer time he has to put in for his degree so it was a much-needed nap. Brian spent most of the weekend doing homework but did manage to get out and go to Silver Falls with Charo and her guests from California.

Dave and I managed to get a few gifts after work each night this week but that leaves us getting home so late. This morning Kelli had a flat tire so we spent our lunch hour today changing the tire and taking it to be fixed. During the process of changing the tire, one of the bolt snapped in two….Argh! The good news is that I don't have to serve on Jury Duty....there was no trial! Just a bad time of year to be caught up in that. This weekend we would like to get the tree and decorate but we'll see.

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you, Lord, for each new day you give to me,
For earth and sky and sand and sea,
For rainbows after springtime showers,
Autumn leaves and summer flowers,
Winter snowscapes so serene,
Harvest fields of gold and green,
Beauty shining all around,
Lilac scent and robin sound,
Stars that twinkle high above
And all the people that I love.

Wednesday found Kyla and Emma baking pies with me in preparation for Thanksgiving. Emmy spent most of her time rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes......and throwing lots of "snow" (flour) everywhere. We had a great time and Kyla took home a chocolate cream pie and an apple pie for her dinner. She and Jed hosted Thanksgiving for Jed's dad, Jack and brother, Benji. Dave and I spent the day with Barb and Rick, Kristi, Pat, Jordie, Addie and Lexie, Brian, Jill, Wade, Kelli and Wade's friend, Cain. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed spending time with everyone and playing with the kids.

Jordie and Addie got to feed the chickens and Addie is a pro at crowing. Jordie spent some major time fishing out the leaves from the pool. We did a little Christmas shopping over the rest of the weekend but have a lot more to do.

I just want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all or our terrific friends, family and acquaintances. You are all wonderful and a great support to us and we love all of you. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 24, 2002

Busy Weekend and Charo's Birthday

Saturday was spent working outside blowing all those darn leaves and cleaning up a bit. We still have a lot to do. Brian had dinner with Kyla, Jed and Emmy while Dave and I went to Izzy's for dinner. Today we cooked dinner for Charo who has her 30th birthday coming in a few days. Kyla and Emma spent the day while Jed was at a seminar for school. We had a lovely time with Charo like we usually do.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Powderpuff Football, More Birthdays, Imaginary Friends and MRI Results

Thursday we had dinner at Lane Community College with Joe and Sheri. The students in the culinary/hospitality program cooked and served a great multi-course banquet with a Fall harvest theme. There was an auction during the dinner for two groups of students to come to your home and cook and serve dinner. Dave had the bidding going on and got up to $250.00. But someone else ended up outbidding him. Whew! Thank you Joe and Sheri for the treat!

Friday Jill, Dave and I met up with Kyla, Jed, Emma and Isaac at Silke Field to watch Kelli play in the annual Thurston High School powder puff football game between the junior and senior girls. Kelli played lineman and did a great job. The seniors won of course and it was great fun to watch. Kells threw in a couple of good tackles (even though it was flag football and she got a team penalty for one of them) but she said she just had to do it. You should have seen the male cheerleaders.....not sure how many games those girls could have won if this went on for more than just one game. They were pretty unusual.

Saturday Tony took Dave to the UO football game and watched them lose to the Huskies getting soaked in the pouring rain. Afterwards we had a birthday dinner at GG and Grandads for Tony and Patti.

Sunday afternoon Kyla and Jed brought Emma to stay with Dave and I and then flew out to San Francisco for her Monday morning appointments. We were kept very busy with all of Emma's imaginary friends which change from moment to moment. We don't know what persona she will take on either. One moment she is Dora and the next she is Cinderella. We all have our own parts we have to play and answer to. Most of Sunday and Monday she was Baby Butter from PB&J cartoon on the Disney network. We also had to feed, bathe, read to, seat belt in her two imaginary friends, Oswald and Deedee. Gosh I am mentally exhausted today just from two days of trying to remember which character I was supposed to be and keeping up with her friends. It is a good thing though because it kept our minds focused on other things. Sunday evening Dave, I, Emma and Jill met Joe and Sheri and Joe's sister and nephew at Round Table Pizza for dinner and on Monday evening we took GG and Grandad to Thurston High School to watch Kelli's induction into the National Honor Society. Congratulations Kelli! We are very proud of you.

OK, the news is great......Kyla's MRI scans look great. No change from two months ago. Thank goodness....we are all breathing a little easier today.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Weekend in Portland

We spent the weekend of the 9th in Portland. Dave's brothers and sisters-in-laws took us to dinner at Alexanders Lounge at the top of the Hilton and we listened to Tom Grant play. Tom even played and sang happy birthday to Dave (guess it pays to get really old or maybe he was bribed). We spent the night at the Hilton then did a little Christmas shopping before coming home on Sunday. A huge thank you to Karen and Tony, Patti and Gary and Mike and Linda. We really had a great time.

Monday was spent sewing together the Christmas stockings that Kyla cross-stitched for Jed and Emma and herself. They turned out very pretty.

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

New MRI Date

Kyla now has a date for her next MRI....November 18th. She and Jed will go to San Francisco on the 17th and hopefully will be back on the evening of the 18th. We all become anxious when the time draws near but we just keep praying for great scans and try to have faith that there is a purpose in all of this. Thank you to all of the people who wish Kyla well. It means so much to her and to all of our family.

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, Happy 50th and Anniversary

Halloween was spent at GG and Grandad's for Dave's 50th birthday and their anniversary. I cooked the dinner and brought it in so we could still see all the kids trick-or-treating. Mike and Linda came as well as Wade, Jill, Jed, Kyla, Emma, Brian and Kelli. Jason and SaMara brought their little guys later. Emma dressed up as an elephant, Greyson was a gorilla, Braedyn was a fireman and Tailen was Little Red Riding Hood. Very cute!

Friday Brian did a little dressing up for a Halloween party he went to. See the picture above...Saturday Tony took Dave to the Duck football game....they won of course! We then spent an hour at Braedyn's 4th birthday party and then went on to dinner for Dave's birthday at Mookie's Place. It was a great weekend but we are still very tired.

Monday, October 28, 2002

Kelli's Homecoming Dance, Happy Birthday Brian

The 19th was Thurston High School's homecoming dance and Kelli spent the day getting ready. Because of a time limit, she got ready at Kyla and Jed's. Our "other daughter" Dez came and fixed her hair (thanks Dez!!! ) and Jill helped her with her makeup. She looked very pretty. GG and Grandad came to take pictures and brought Uncle Tony and Aunt Karen along. I followed Isaac and Kelli around to take group pictures at a friends house and then they all went to dinner and the dance and had a great time. Dave stayed home and finished laying the black granite so we could put the wood stove back in. It looks very pretty.

Friday, the 25th Emmy spent the night with us and helped me cook and clean. Saturday was spent washing the outside windows and doing outside fall cleanup. Sunday we celebrated Brian's 27th birthday. GG and Grandad came as well as Charo and her friend from Spain, Lola. We had a nice time and Brian, Charo, Lola, Kyla and Jed all went to the haunted corn maze at Lone Pine that evening. I think our visitors from Spain think we are very strange in the USA. Brian helped them carve their first jack-o-lantern and in return Lola cooked a great dinner before she returned home to Spain.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Great Fall Days, Animals (more than one kind), Another Month of Birthdays

There is not much medical news in our immediate family for now which is a good thing based on all the things that we have experienced this past year. Kyla is feeling good, keeping busy with Emma and taking a class at the University. Her hair is growing in very fast and it looks great! My sisters baby, Lexie, is in Doerenbecher still and has been experiencing all kinds of problems with the shunt surgeries. Poor little baby has gone through three major brain surgeries in two weeks and is still not out of the woods yet. She is now running a fever and is still in quite a bit of pain and they are trying to determine what the problem is. We are praying for her and for Pat and Kristi who have been staying at her side this entire time.

The sad animal news is that Brutus decided to eat entirely way too much alfalfa and grain and bloated up huge. After a $300 vet visit, he was still no better and was suffering so we decided that it was more humane to do the butchering now. Kind of hard to think of Brutus hamburger! Oreo is doing good and so is Buster. They continue to pester us daily for their feedings. They should be completely weened by the end of this month. Emma loves to come help feed the cows and she told Dave he was the best grandad ever because he lets her feed them with her very own cup full of grain. It is very cute!

The chickens are all doing great and I think Betty can go back to Joanna soon. Her remaining 7 chicks are not so little any more. We now have one of the small roosters crowing every morning. Hilarious sound coming from this little guy! The turkeys are all hiding in our trees. It is now open season on them so they know where to go. Last but NOT least is our problem with hundreds of ladybugs. I used to think they were really cute and harmless, but not so now! The cold weather has brought them in again and I had the smart suggestion from Dave and Brian to put diapers on the chickens and let them come in to take care of the ladybugs. Har har!
We have been working on cleaning up the garden since frost has taken away the remains of any bounty. Grandad Max had his 71st birthday party Saturday and he now has a big screen television set. He got to see the Duck football game in style! Happy Birthday Max! Brian and Dave also have birthdays coming up soon so party planning is happening. Dave shares his birthday with Halloween and his parents wedding anniversary so we will spend that evening with them.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Great MRI Results, Mono, An Elephant and a Visit with the Flanagans

Kyla and Jed returned from San Francisco and her scan was clean!! She is so relieved as we all are and thankful that our prayers are being answered. She doesn't have to go back for two months now. What a nice break for her! We will keep praying that her future scans are just as good as this time. Thank you to Steve and Cindy for the airline tickets and we are all saying special prayers for Cindy's appointment this week. She also has the same cancer as Kyla and is one of the first patients to be on this treatment and so far has done well for a year!

Kristi and Pat came to visit with Jordie, Addie and their new baby girl, Lexie. She is so tiny still....but has doubled her weight since birth. They had an appointment at Dorenbecher Hospital to talk to a neurosurgeon and neurologist about placement of a shunt for her hydrocephalus. It looks as though it will have to happen within the next two weeks. It was so great to see them and our prayers are with them to get through all these medical procedures and take one day at a time. Barb and Rick came to visit with them on Saturday night and we had a pizza and salad.

On another note, we bought two cows (or should I say one cow and an elephant) from Steve Keele Saturday. After he and Betty Jean dropped them off, the biggest steer escaped....so we spent a little time putting him back in and fixing fence. Since he was taken from his mom he mooed all night long and so none of us got much sleep. By the next morning we were all thinking maybe we would like to have a little veal instead of waiting. He sounds like an elephant....Hmmm! But the good news is that he is over that part now.

Jill has been feeling poorly for a few weeks and found out Monday that she has mononucleosis. So now she has to take it very easy for a while until she begins to feel stronger.

Emmy spent Sunday night and Monday with Gram and Grandad and as usual we had a great time. Brian never had enough to do so as usual he teased Emmy the whole time he was around her.....it will be good when he starts back to college soon. I even managed to have my first ever tricycle wreck (no I wasn't riding it...I was trying to save Emma from going down the driveway too fast).....the driveway is very steep and those things don't have brakes. Well Emma didn't get hurt but I scraped my knees and knuckles. I really do think I am becoming my mom....all I needed to say was Whoa! There are some stories about Grandma Mae that we could tell for months.

Monday, September 16, 2002

A Day with Emma, Floors and Missing Laundry Basket

Happy Birthday Karen!!! There are a bunch of family birthdays this month. I won't mention age since mine was one of them and I fear retaliation in some form.....I have kind of sadistic brothers.

Saturday Emma spent the day with us so Kyla and Jed could take a class on all that is involved in purchasing a home. We had a good time chasing the chicks, bugging Uncle Brian and watching Toby the floor guy take out his toe prints and hand print from the floor in the kitchen. Well after we all ended up walking in it accidentally or otherwise, we decided that maybe we will fix it ourselves. Toby came back on Sunday to replace a board that was faulty and he again put a finish (in theory) on the kitchen. Still missed a bunch of spots. However, this is it. No more returning to my kitchen. We have been living over, under and around furniture stacked in the living room for a month and a half. Before he came back to fix the boards yesterday, Brian couldn't find his laundry basket! Hmmm. Later found it in the back of Toby's car.....don't want that back now!! He must have needed it more than Brian.

Sunday Kyla, Jed and Emma came out to sew Emma's Halloween bag that Kyla cross stitched for her. It turned out very cute! I will try to get a picture of it soon and put it up here. We ordered Chinese food and just enjoyed being together.

My aunt Nancy put me in contact with the brother of another brain tumor patient and he sent me an inspirational message that was told by Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America. I want to post it so that we can be reminded that each and every moment of every day is to be treasured (see below).
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If you remember, Lisa is the wife of Todd Beamer, who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane that was heading for Washington D.C. She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him. She's now the Mom of a beautiful little girl, Mary.

Lisa recalled this story:

"I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. "Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is the powers way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someones house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.'

Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook. Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do."

Monday, September 9, 2002

Birthday, Games and Such

Labor Day Kyla, Jed, Emma, Jill, Wade, Kelli and Isaac all went to the coast to have some fun before school started. The day was nice and I will put a few pictures up soon.

Friday was my 45th birthday and Dave made a great salmon, Kyla made a marinated pasta salad and fruit salad. The dinner and company were terrific with all the kids and boyfriends, etc. there to celebrate. Wade brought little "Missy", Barb and Rick's new puppy because Jill was house/dog sitting for Aunt Barb. Missy was so brave that she went out and barked at the baby chicks while hiding behind Kyla's legs. Thank you everyone for the nice gifts.

Fierce dog, Missy

Dave has been doing his Consumer Reports shopping for a new big screen TV for his 50th birthday. We are giving him plenty of time (like 2 months) as we all know how long it takes for him to shop and make up his mind. Another thing that keeps him busy is the installer for the wood floors. We have a second coat of finish down but are still waiting on the final....plus fixing some mistakes. So this is going on the 7th week of a 10 day job. Patience!!!!

Saturday Uncle Tony took Kyla to the Duck game and Brian and Wade went also. We all went to GG and Grandads for hamburgers afterward and got to visit with Tony, Gary and Patti, Mark, Eric and Molly. Karen sent down some pretty cool looking slippers for Kelli. They kind of look like Spike's brother....white dogs. Crazy!

There is some good news about Kyla's particular IL13 treatment that came out today. The press release was from NeoPharm, Inc. which is the drug company sponsoring the clinical trial. The information was presented at the European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) Congress showing encouraging preliminary data from ongoing Phase I/II trial. Enrollment has now begun in the first global Phase I/II clinical trial of IL13-PE38; the third NeoPharm sponsored clinical study to date in patients with recurrent or progressive malignant gliomas. They are working to quickly advance this treatment to Phase II/III and get it out there on the market (read more here)

Another story that aired on Dateline NBC is about an immunotherapy trial that Dr. Laiu at UCLA is using. It is so exciting to see all the hard work and hope out there for the thousands of people going through the same thing Kyla is. Our hopes and prayers are that everyone will be able to benefit from this not just now but in the future.

Monday, August 26, 2002

Pickles, BBQ with Barb and Rick

Charo and her cousin, Isabelle, visit the baby calves on Wednesday before going home to Spain. Charo will return at the end of September but she wanted her cousin to see the chicks and calves before they left.


Saturday was spent cleaning up sawdust from the kitchen so Kyla and I could make dill pickles. We made 26 quarts that night before going to dinner and then I made another 24 Sunday morning. Those famous "Delpha's Dills".....they are the best. Then we all headed in to Aunt Barb and Uncle Rick's for a BBQ salmon. As usual, Barb outdid herself and we got to visit with Jason, Brita and Joe. Joe spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa (Barb and Rick) and he and Emma had a great time......sometimes playing......but mostly arguing. What a fun age!

Barb's back yard is like a hidden oasis. I could just sit out there all day.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

MRI Results and Sparkling Stars

Kyla had her MRS scan yesterday in San Francisco and the area of concern last scan is fading away. She is feeling much more positive and we are all so thankful and happy for her. They will be keeping a close watch on this area still so she will be going back in a month for another. Thank you all for the prayers and support and a special thank you to Steve and Cindy for the donation of the airline tickets.

Emmy stayed with Dave and Vonda and we had a great time. She loves the glow in the dark stars in Jill's bedroom so Gram and Em had to make a trip to buy some for her bedroom. After sticking them up on the wall we lay in the dark last night and said our prayers and watched the "sparkly stars" as Emmy calls them until she fell asleep.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Off to San Francisco, Weird Mountain Sheep and Visit with Cousins

Kyla and Jed are flying to San Francisco today for her appointments tomorrow. Our prayers are for a good scan.

Dave's cousin Nate and his wife Leah arrived Friday evening. Dave, Kyla, Jed, Emma and I went to have pizza with them at Grandad Max and GG's. On Saturday Mark brought everyone out to the Funny Farm for a visit . We had a nice time catching up on everyone and looking at pictures of the new granddaughter. How time flies!

Brian and his friend Amy, made it back safe and sound from the Grand Canyon trip with lots of great pictures. He had a great time and only managed to come home with a bad cold. He is still telling us of his adventures like seeing Mountain Sheep (the picture below looks suspiciously like a stuffed animal on a store shelf).



Monday Kyla, Jed, Emma and Brian went to Alton Baker Park to play badminton with Charo and her cousin, Isabel, who is visiting from Spain. They had a good time and plan on going to see the animals at our house before going home.

The garden is producing tons of tomatoes and cucumbers and one giant flower got in the strawberries somehow. But it is really pretty, whatever it is! Emmy is coming to stay with us and we will have a great time feeding Oreo, Buster and Brutus along with all the chickens. More later!

Monday, August 12, 2002

Hair Cut, Scandinavian Festival, Hot Weather, Slow Floors

Kyla decided she has had enough of those hats. She had Jed cut her hair so that it is pretty much all one length now and it is very cute! I will put some pictures up soon. Kelli and cousin Eric watched "Big Brother" both Thursday and Friday nights with Kyla and Jed then Saturday morning Jed, Kyla and Emma went to the Scandinavian Festival. Emma came home with a Viking Hat that she just had to have after seeing the "big Viking" walking around at the festival. Wait until you see the picture of her in it. After the festival they came and had spaghetti dinner with us and to look at the progression of the maple floors.

Floors! Our kitchen, dining room and family room are all torn up, in a great mess with sawdust everywhere for the second week now. So the floors are a little slow but the work is beautiful. We are excited to see the final product. There are many stories about this that I won't put here on the site.....just too much!

The calves are doing a little too great. I finished giving the series of penicillin shots to Buster. He developed stress related pneumonia but is now doing much better. It is quite a trial trying to feed them all three at once. We have to try to keep Brutus occupied so Oreo can eat. He is so mean.....butts him out of the way. I will be so glad when this part of the calf raising is over.

The days are hot right now so we are just trying to keep everything watered in the garden....we are now getting great looking cucumbers! Tomatoes are just beginning to ripen.

Brian should now be in the Grand Canyon. He has taken some great pictures and we will post some when he returns in a couple of days......that is where our digital camera is!

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Close to Home and the Next MRI Date

Kyla and Emma went with Kelli to have her senior pictures taken on July 31st. Emma was one of Kelli's props. We get the proofs back soon. They then all went to dinner at the Olive Garden....pay day is wonderful!

Kyla has been staying pretty close to home because they are potty training Emma. So far she is doing great....just a few minor accidents. She has been able to get out a little. On Friday, the 2nd Aunt Barb brought Joe and they all went to see the baby calves and chicks and had a picnic in the trees.

Brian left to go to the Grand Canyon for two weeks with a friend. He plans on taking many hikes and stops along the way. He will be taking lots of pictures so look for some of those coming up later. Sunday we went to cousin Greysons's birthday party and Emma had a lot of fun playing with all the little kids there. Then on Monday and Tuesday Kyla and Emma had lunch with Jed and Emma came to visit Gram in her office and got to draw on the chalkboard. The latest news is that Kyla finally has a date for her next MRI.....August 21st. So now we are sending many prayers that it will be good news.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

Anniversary, Old Friends, Wood Floors, Olympics and Baby Calves

Happy Anniversary to Kyla and Jed---four years. They celebrated Thursday by having dinner at Shoji's and Emmy stayed with Gram and Grandad for the night.

The maple flooring for the family room, kitchen, dining room was delivered Friday and Brian helped to unload most of it before taking off to Bend for the "Home Boy Olympics". From what I can tell....at least what he divulges to his mom, is that he and a bunch of other guys have gotten together for the past 3 years and team up in two's to compete in various "sport" activities. Those include golfing, pool playing, horse shoes, running, beer guzzling, etc. All I know is he came home with a hat that says "Home Boy Olympics" on the front and "Ugly" on the back. The other guys said that they knew Brian would look the best in his because he wears his hats backwards most of the time.

Saturday I had lunch and a long visit with a childhood friend, Jody Lewis, at Marie Calenders then made it home just as another Baker friend arrived , Susan Rich with her daughter Allison. Jed and Emma joined us for a swim for a couple of hours and then we BBQ'd chicken and had a good visit.

Sunday morning three baby calves were delivered and I mean babies! Two of them are 6 weeks old and the other is only 2 weeks old. That means we are bottle feeding twice a day for quite a while. They are really cute.....naming was pretty easy. Oreo is the baby....he is black and white. Buster is the middle sized one and Brutus is the largest, named for how aggressive he is.....he tries to eat his and all the others milk. Farmer wannabe Dave has to get up an hour early every morning to help feed because there is just one too many for me to do by herself. Well it looks like we are tied down for a while now!

Monday, July 22, 2002

MRI and Dr. Appointment

Kyla had an MRI this morning in San Francisco and then an appointment with Dr. Chang. The small spot of enhancement they were watching has increased in size somewhat. Dr. Chang said it can be a number of things. It could be tumor regrowth (we are praying that this is not the case), necrosis (dead tissue) from the medication doing its job (this is what I, MOM, choose to think it is) or it could be because Kyla finished taking the last of her Decadron (steroids for swelling in the brain) a week ago. Of course it wasn't what Kyla wanted to hear this soon.....she and we all wanted to hear that the scan is clean. But she is so strong....an inspiration to us all. We love you Kyla!! So she goes back to San Francisco in four weeks for another scan.

People are amazing! Another patient of Dr. Chang's and her husband donated airline tickets to Kyla and Jed for this trip. So they flew to San Francisco on Sunday and were home Monday afternoon. Much nicer than that 10 hour trip each way.

Emma stayed with Gram and Grandad and as usual we had a grand time swimming, feeding the chickens and reading Curious George about 1000 times.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

New Little Niece

My sister, Kristi and husband, Pat had little Lexie Kay today by emergency cesarean. She is very tiny........only weighs 2lbs. 15 oz. She is two months early but is doing pretty good considering. She is breathing on her own and hopefully will keep getting stronger. She does have Dandy Walker Syndrome which they won't know the long term effects for a while. We are all praying for her and for Kristi and Pat. Congratulations and our love and prayers are continuing.

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Birthday, Sky Diving, Adoption and an Egg

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JILL AND SHALON!!!! Shalon is the kids' cousin and shares a birthday with Jill. And what a birthday Jill had. Wade's gift was to sky dive so that is how Jill spent most of the day. She came home with some great pictures (see more pictures on the photo album page) and a video. Charo came to dinner and we had Jill's pick.....fresh crab dinner. YUM!

Jill and her instructor

Betty and chicks

Dave made a quick run to Cottage Grove to pick up some baby chicks. He came home with eight and that night we snuck them under Betty (well as much as you can sneak them under a chicken as she is pecking you for taking away her eggs). Well she was a little cranky about it and pecked them a bit but we left them there for the night. So the next day we opened the door and she hopped out and went under the chicken coop and stayed there hiding all day leaving the chicks alone. We figured that it wasn't going to work so we separated her from them and put her on the other side of the fence with Zoey and Patty. Well the next morning Betty was right back on the other side (must have flown over some way) and being ever so protective of those chicks. I think she is confused......four eggs turn into eight babies.....or she thinks she is a great double yolk layer. Sunday we found our first egg! So now Zoey is laying an egg every day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Patiently Waiting



Betty is patiently sitting on those four eggs she came with. The due date is today....but no little chicks....not even a cheep or peck on the shell. We think we will have to trick her into adopting some baby chicks we buy....more on how that turns out later.

Kyla, Jed, Emma and Brian go to dinner with Charo, our friend from Spain, at Chapala's while Kelli has some friends over after work to swim along with Jill and Wade. Brian had to give a funeral to his plastic shark floater as it developed a small hole. Our hearts go out to you Brian!

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Swimming and Baby Skunk

Last Sunday Brian and Dave drain the in-ground hot tub to prepare to fill it in. Because it is ridiculously expensive to heat, we hope to brick over the top and put a small round table and chairs under the gazebo. We then started the solar panel for the pool and got the pool ready for summer swimming. Monday Brian and Kelli try out the pool......feels great in this 95� weather. Tuesday evening Kyla, Jed and Emmy come out to cool off in the pool with Brian.

We are graced later with a baby skunk in the flowers close to the diving board. I guess there is a reason the the skunk in "Bambi" was called "Flower"!

Saturday, July 6, 2002

Sewing, Painted Fingernails, Cherry Pie and Woody

Kyla, Jed and Emma come to our house to finish sewing Joanna's pillow together. Kyla did a great job cross stitching it, Jed did the sewing and Emma helped stuff....a family affair! Of course what would the day be like if Emma didn't color and Daddy didn't paint her finger and toe nails? Then home-made cherry pie and a kiss for Woody!





Thursday, July 4, 2002

Fourth of July


Kyla, Jed, Emma and Kelli spent the morning of the 4th at the Harrisburg parade with Joanna and Anne Marie. Emma collected quite a bunch of candy....I think maybe we were kind of jypped as kids. In the parades we experienced the small amount of candy that was thrown out was fought after by about 10 kids in each place. The afternoon and evening found us celebrating at Grandma and Grandad's house (a.k.a. our old home). We had hamburgers, hotdogs, good salads and yummy desserts. We watched the fireworks which several of the neighbors always have. It is pretty darn good....someone spends a lot of money on those fireworks! Emma spent the day playing with Braedyn and Greyson and got to light her very own sparklers. Of course Kyla had to do the sparkler dance which in the past has burnt the linoleum in their kitchen. We also picked cherries to make a pie. Kyla has made jam with hers and also made a cherry crisp. That tree was loaded this year!

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Appointment with Kokkino and Singing Like Shirley Temple

Kyla met with Dr. Kokkino today to assess how she was doing neurologically. Everything checked out and he is supposed to fax the results to Dr. Chang in San Francisco. She also got her new bike today (a belated mothers day present). They now have a seat for Emma to ride in so watch out for the Nagels!

Sunday, June 23, 2002

Fixing Fence and Mark Graduates

Saturday Dave spent the morning reinforcing the chicken coop and then we met Jed and Kyla in town and headed to Vancouver for our nephew, Mark's, graduation from high school. We had a great day and Emmy had fun playing with her cousins and Spike, Karen and Tony's dog.

Sunday was spent cleaning house and planting more flowers around the pool. Kyla and Jed came and Kyla thinned her carrots and beets. Everything is growing so great right now. We had dinner and a relaxed evening. Dave and Vonda see a mama skunk and her fours little babies in the driveway. Cute but stinky!

Friday, June 21, 2002

Betty, Eggs and Run-Around-Sue

Joanna and Craig have Vonda and Dave over to pick up Betty, the hen that is laying on four eggs. We are "borrowing" her so that we can watch the eggs hatch and hope that we will have four new little chicks sometime around the second week in July. Betty is a sweet chicken. No wonder Joanna likes her. We had a great salad and bread with Craig and Joanna on their deck and a nice visit.

But the great mis-adventures of the Evans household continue. When we got home, we went to put Betty in the coop and Run-Around-Sue was missing. Zoey (the mama with the two chicks), Petey and Patsy were still there safe and sound. Couldn't figure out what happened. The only thing that we can think of is that something like a raccoon must have climbed the fence and squeezed in at the top. Run-Around-Sue was no where to be seen......Sorry Joanna!

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Home

Kyla and Jed arrive home in the afternoon and come bearing goodies. Emmy was pleased with her new teddy bear which Kyla and Jed watched be made at the Brown Bear Factory in San Francisco. They toured the Jelly Belly Factory and got her a new shirt along with a couple of cool paper hats. They tried to see a few different things while there this time. They drove around and saw all four Mel's Diner locations. The brochure said "see the original Mels", however, it did not say that the original was in Los Angeles so they decided that was a bit far to drive. They went through Cannery Row and Ghirardelli Square and brought back yummy chocolate covered caramels and a big bag of Jelly Belly's.

Jelly Belly Hat Models

We are just glad to have them home safe and well.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

A Sigh of Relief

Kyla met with Dr. Chang today and called with obvious releif in her voice to say that the scans looked great. Of course it is still soon but for now Dr. Chang said she thought everything was working like it should. Everything else in her checkup went well and the side effects from the steroids are the regular things and Dr. Chang reassured her that her knees hurting were part of that. She is being weaned off the steroids slowly so she still has about one more month. Then it will take a little bit for all of the side effects to go away. They are headed back as far as Redding and will stay there for the night.

Monday, June 17, 2002

Newspaper Article Features Kyla

Woke up to see Kyla and Emma's picture on the front page of the Register Guard. The story was pretty good....just a few discrepancies but nothing serious and when isn't there a discrepancy in reporting? Reading it makes the reality of the situation come back all over again. Kyla's wish is that maybe someone else going through not only her type of cancer but others as well can be helped by sharing what she is going through.  She has an MRI today in San Francisco but won't know anything until tomorrow.

Emmy, grandma and Brian have fun feeding the chickens bread,lettuce and strawberries. Each day they are becoming a little calmer and getting used to their surroundings. Brian lets Emma help him water the raised bed gardens and she wasn't too happy when he made her come in the house because it began to rain. Jill went to Seaside with Dez for a few days so Kelli took care of Charlie for Kyla and Jed at night and Brian took care of him during the day (for those of you who don't know, Charlie is Kyla and Jed's beagle, aka first child, Emma's brother).

Charlie....how can you resist those big sad eyes?

Sunday, June 16, 2002

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all of you terrific dads. I cooked Jed (the only dad there....Dave, you snooze, you lose!) a fathers day breakfast of sausage, eggs and french toast. So WE all enjoyed eating what should have been Dave's breakfast. It was a nice day and Kyla and Jed left to start on their journey back to San Francisco for a scan and an appointment with Dr. Chang. Emma gets to stay with Grandma and Grandad for a few days. Dave did finally arrive home from his fishing trip but not until late afternoon and with a pretty good sunburn. He seemed to enjoy the trip even if they didn't get to bring home much fish.

Saturday, June 15, 2002

Jed's REAL Birthday and The Great Chicken Pick-up!

I got up early and finished mowing and weed eating before going to meet Joanna and Craig to pick up Run-Around Sue, Zoey her two baby chicks. As usual nothing is simple. Joanna and I planned on meeting at the intersection of Coburg Road and McKenzie View Drive to make the switch at 9:45 a.m. Joanna and Craig are, of course, there early and waiting as I peel up in my new Toyota Camry at precisely 9:45 a.m. Trunks are opened, the boxes cackling and cheeping were exchanged with great skill. Of course Joanna was so organized, she brought samples of the different feed and such that she was using so the transition would be easier. I, raised on a farm with many animals, siblings and chickens, always thought that you just went out and threw some scraps to em and that was good! But of course as a kid, I didn't really care how they were raised....just liked plucking the feathers during butchering and gathering eggs. Left the rest up to Mom and Dad. Well along comes some guy speeding up and told us in a VERY RUDE way that this corner was private property up to the highway...didn't even hardly slow down and kept on driving with his trunk flapping in the wind. I haven't seen Joanna this mad ever before and I still laugh when I think of it. She was so mad about his rudeness she wanted to leave a little gift (I won't mention what). However, she was a good gal and left peacefully. I was so tickled by her I couldn't even get mad. But gosh, you would think our meeting was a drug exchange or something!

When I arrived at the house with the chickens, Kyla, Jed and Emma were there to pick up Jed's bike to have some work done on it for his birthday. So we all got to experience the release of the chickens. Jed reached in and tried to pet Run-Around-Sue and she left him with a little red spot where she squawked and pecked him. Nice birthday present! After putting their feed and water out, we let them out in the chicken coop and they are adjusting well.

Run-Around Sue

Later that evening, we had birthday dinner of lasagna, asparagus, salad and strawberry shortcake for Jed. He got lots of gift certificates....we all know how he loves to bargain shop! Actually he couldn't think of what he wanted this year. We won't even go into the shoe shopping trip for him I tried to do....another story

Friday, June 14, 2002

Birthday Lunch, Shirley Temple and Dave Goes Fishing

Jed, Kyla and Emmy have lunch to celebrate Jed's birthday with co-workers from the graduate school. I think Jed might be milking the birthday......after all it isn't until tomorrow. I guess an early start is better than a late one. Emma decided to give her Shirley Temple routine in the aisle of Dairy Queen singing "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and dancing. I think that T-shirt Kyla and Jed bought her fits perfectly....a Dairy Queen emblem with the words "Drama Queen".


Dave, his brothers and Dad all leave today to go Sturgeon fishing for Fathers Day and a last outing for our nephew, Mark before he graduates from high school. Bet Mark had a bundle of fun with all those old geezers out on a boat all day. Not really guys.......you're young geezers.


But it seems as though they got a little skunked on the fishing trip. Oh well....it's the bonding that counts, right?

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Register Guard Interview and Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDMA FUZI AND RALPH! Double birthdays today....we seem to have a lot of those in this family.

Kyla was interviewed by the Register Guard newspaper today regarding her medical treatment at UCSF. So look for a story in the future.

We are getting ready for Fathers Day, Jed's birthday and some new baby chicks and a couple of hens this weekend. Joanna and Craig Molitor sweetly donated the chickens. Of course one of the hens has no tail or wing feathers after being mauled by a dog, so we will see how many eggs she can lay. It seems she can't stay upright because she tries to fly and topples upside down. She has no wing feathers to help her get upright so she apparently looks like a cartoon character, dead with legs straight up in the air. Poor thing! But with all the ladybugs we have for her to eat, she should be ok in no time.

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Fund Raiser and Dr. Appointment

The fund raiser held by the Psychology Department on Friday was an outstanding success. There were so many wonderful goods and services provided and so many great people who bid and donated to the cause. The entertainment by our own "et al" and "et cetera" (Rebecca Brand, Sherrie Brunell, Jennifer Simonds, Kristi Klein and Lesa Ellis) was wonderful and the poems by Holly Arrow and Sara Hodges were great. President Dave Frohnmeyer, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joe Stone, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Gary Seitz, Head Women's Basketball coach, Bev Smith and owner of Ritta's Burrito's, Ritta Dreier, were the guest celebrity auctioneers and put on a great show as did the Institute Director, Bertram Malle, Bill Harbaugh from Economics and several of the graduate students. Our heartfelt thank you to everyone for all of the cash contributions, item donations, hard work and organization involved. Words really can't express how we feel...I know that I am still overwhelmed by all of this. A special thank you to Becky Goodrich and Marjorie Taylor, who spent many hours organizing this event. One of the great items auctioned off was this quilt of the brains by Marjorie Taylor. The Lewis Imaging Center purchased it.....what talent! The grand total was around $7,000. WOW!
Marjorie's impressive needlework

Saturday was spent moving all the furniture out of my office and getting that room ready for Brian to move into. Since being laid off at Sony, he has decided to go back to school and work toward his degree in Romance Languages.....maybe to interpret in the future. Dave and Brian worked on building a fence around Kyla's raised beds to keep those pesky deer, turkeys and cats out. It is looking pretty good and all the vegetables are popping up. Kyla and Jed came out with Emmy and had dinner with us that evening.

Today Kyla, Jed and Emmy had lunch with all the folks at the graduate school and then a doctor appointment with Dr. Kokkino. He ran all the tests that were needed by Dr. Chang in San Francisco and is supposed to send the results to her. Kyla was pretty tired in the afternoon and also after the Friday night fundraiser. When she becomes fatigued, she has more trouble with word recall but we hope it will get better in time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KRISTI! WE LOVE YOU.

Thursday, June 6, 2002

Stitches Come Out

Tuesday evening Kyla and Jed left for San Francisco for an appointment with her surgeon, Dr. Kunwar, on Wednesday. The nurse removed her sutures and Dr. Kunwar examined her. He said she is doing very well and that all the symptoms she is feeling are quite normal. She can feel kind of a sloshiness (I don't know if this is the best term to use) in her head from the treatment and frustration at problems with word retrieval. This should get better in time and was a relief to Kyla that what she is feeling is normal. She had kind of a bad day the day they left but came back feeling much better. I don't know how she has managed to keep as positive as she has all this time....I know I would have felt frustrated quite a bit sooner than she is.

They did manage to go have a little fun while there. Of course they had dinner at Villa Romano, that great Italian restaurant on Irving Street. Kyla had a craving for their fresh clam Fettuccine. They decided since there was so much food left over they would be kind and find a homeless person to give it to....however, not so easy to just stop in the streets of San Francisco where the panhandlers are. So it kind of leaked on the back seat of the car instead. But no problem.....a little spot shot didn't take care of. They also went to Alcatraz Island and took the audio tour. Kyla is a history buff so she found that very interesting.

Emmy stayed here and Aunt Jill watched her during the day and her nights were spent with Gram and in her words, "kinda old" Grandad. I don't know where she learns these things! She and I watered the flowers and vegetables, picked daisies, gobbled at turkeys and just had a great (but busy) time.

Last weekend Jed, Kyla and Brian planted a bunch of different varieties of tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, peas, pole beans radishes and cucumbers. Things are taking off growing well now. Brian spent one day making a couple of corner frames for the fence we are putting up around the raised beds to keep the deer out. We saw seven does the other evening grazing outside our living room windows and then two bucks the next morning. So it won't be long before they try to eat up all the plants. We have already had them munch the strawberries and walk through the beds leaving kind of a mess. Hopefully we will have that taken care of this weekend.

This Friday, the Psychology Department at the UO is holding a silent auction fundraiser for Kyla and Jed. We really appreciate all the kind and supportive people we are surrounded by. Thank you to everyone who is donating items and to all of you who have put in the time and energy to organize this. I will try to report on it later. Assessment and Taxation where Dave works organized a fundraiser at Papa's Pizza during the time we were away in San Francisco for Kyla's surgery. A huge thank you to all those special people for the time and effort spent on that and for all the people who purchased the pizza that night. We were sorry to have missed the event but do appreciate all the support and kindness.

Monday, June 3, 2002

Happy Birthday Justin!!!

Congratulations on not just your birthday but you and Travis are now officially graduates of Baker Senior High School! Yay!

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

San Francisco and Surgery Update

So sorry the updates had to wait while we were gone. We had a little bit of a problem having time and a place to hook up to do that so I will try to summarize.

First, Kyla is back home and doing well. She is of course healing from the surgery but all in all is feeling good. The doctors and nurses at UCSF are great....hospital food though.....just like you would expect.

Kyla and Jed left on Mothers Day for San Francisco and stayed at the Hill Point Inn which is right around the corner from the hospital. Because of the parking problems in San Francisco, it was very handy to just walk and never move your car if you were lucky enough to get a spot in front of the Inn...but be careful to turn your wheels the right way on those hills...we managed to get two parking tickets because our wheels were either straight or turned the wrong way. However, which way is the wrong way was questionable. Every other car had their wheels turned a different direction...but interestingly enough the only two cars that were ticketed were of course Oregon cars (guess whose). Hmmmmmm...those Oregon tourists! However, the people at the Hillpoint Inn were very kind and gave us their two-room suite for a much reduced rate than it usually goes for. Still very expensive but worth the convenience for Kyla and Jed.

Monday was spent at various doctor appointments to get ready for the biopsy on Tuesday, lunch at Hard Rock Cafe and dinner at Bubba Gumps. Since Kyla is a huge fan of Forrest Gump (I think she has watched the movie at least once a week since it came out), she had to experience that.
"Bubba was my best good friend"

Dave and I arrive around 9:30 that evening and were welcomed by a sudden rocking and swaying of the room enjoying an earthquake. Made everyone think about running like Forrest and standing under the door frame...which also later brought a funny story from the proprietor of the Hill Point Inn from his days of being a restaurant manager. I guess during one of the bad earthquakes in California a few years ago, he was in the restaurant working when the quake hit. Two very large Mexican ladies (dishwashers) ran and squeezed under the only door frame. So because he and the bus boy couldn't get out they dove in the middle of these two women and were wedged there safely until the quake ended. Nice vision!

Kyla and Jed had to be at the hospital at 6:00 am on Tuesday morning for the 7:30 surgery. However, the surgery didn't actually start until 9:15 because of all the preparation. The biopsy and placement of the first catheter went well and she was out by 11:45. We talked with Dr. Kumwar and he said that all looked good, she was in recovery and that we could see her in about 45 minutes. Well we waited and waited and nothing. So around 3:00 she was finally brought to her room....a very long 45 minutes. We found out later that she woke up with NO pain medication because the doctor forgot to leave orders for it. Kyla said it was the worst pain in the world. It took quite a while for the nurse to contact the doctor to get the order for morphine which then made her conk out again so recovery took quite a bit longer than it should have. Kyla did well after that and so on Wednesday they began the infusion of the IL-13 drug at 2:30 pm. She was monitored closely (every two hours) for her vitals and this went on until around 2:30 on Friday. She handled that infusion very well....not even a headache and was released on Saturday morning for three days.

Dave and I returned to Eugene on Friday to take care of some things and pick up Kelli and Emma for the return to SF for the main surgery. Brian and Jill drove to San Francisco on Friday and stayed the night with Jed at Hill Point Inn. Saturday Brian and Jill drove to the RV park in Pacifica to meet with Mike and Allison Durham who lent us their 5th wheel for that week. They got that all set up and then spent the rest of the day with Kyla and Jed having dinner on Pier 39 and just sight-seeing. A special THANK YOU and blessings to Mike and Allison....it was absolutely wonderful to have a place to go to especially for Emma, who loved the bunk bed and Veggie Tales (or Garden Tales as she calls them).

Brian returned home to Eugene on Sunday because he had a class on Monday. He took care of the cat for Dave and Vonda for those few days and reported back that the darn wild turkeys were eating his new little corn which was popping up. The deer are also munching our strawberries and a few other plants....grrr!!!...but Kyla's carrots and beets and growing fine. Dave and I start back to San Francisco with Kelli and Emma on Sunday and make it to Redding where we decide to spend the night since our little Emmy was pretty cranky from having to sit in her car seat for long periods of time and the fact that she was car sick for those last few miles made the decision a final one. Kyla, Jed and Jill did some sightseeing on Sunday...a visit to the Winchester Mansion (crazy lady) and the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.  Dave, I, Kelli and Emmy arrive Monday evening after driving through a freak hail storm and take Kyla for her last meal before surgery at a great Italian place on Irving Street. We stay at the RV park and prepare to be at the hospital in the morning for her surgery set to begin at 7:30 (which we found out translates to 9:15).

After 6 hours of waiting on Tuesday the surgeon finally emerges and talks with us. He removed the new growth and an older lower grade tumor that he found successfully and implanted 4 catheters into the tumor bed. He felt very hopeful and optimistic that everything looked good and that this treatment was one of the best out there at this time. Kyla was very groggy but woke up in ICU with pain medication this time (she was very nervous and apprehensive about this and she had every right to be. I think every nurse, doctor, intern and technician were instructed to be sure to have the order for pain medication). She didn't experience any right side motor problems which we were warned that she could have. The next day she was moved into her private room on the 8th floor which she came to know way better than she liked. After recovering for a few days and having some yummy delicious hospital food (which included weird things like coke for breakfast handwritten on her menu by some unknown person), the second round of the IL-13 infusion began. This time it was a larger dose and they again monitored her closely. Jed stayed with her in the room the whole time and Kyla experienced some problems with word loss but all in all is regaining that. She had to be tethered to the IV pole for four LONG boring days in that room with occasional walks around the corridor. Of course the highlight of each day was all the visits from the whole family....sandwiched in this little room (NOT). I am sure the nurses were glad to see us ALL go home when Kyla checked out. Actually I think she was a little overwhelmed when everyone was there at once so we took a day to go see the Winchester Mansion. We also snuck in some food from the Italian restaurant one night, Kelli and Brian brought her doughnuts from Krispy Kremes, we managed a milkshake from Hard Rock Cafe and Jed was always getting her something different from the cafeteria because the food was so bad.

Kyla handled the infusion great...no side effects. Monday we cleaned up the RV and packed up Kelli and Emma and start back to Eugene. Brian and Jill stay and meet with Mike and Allison who were picking up their fifth wheel and begin the long drive back about an hour after us. Emma was great during the drive and we had just passed Roseburg when we got a call on our cell phone that Brian and Jill were in an accident on the freeway. They were OK and no one was hurt (except Brian's truck) but we had to turn back and go to Grants Pass to pick up things and wait for Wade to come and take them home. So we didn't arrive back home until 1:30 in the morning which translates to Emmy not sleeping until 4:30 because her hours got all mixed up. But we are back and safe. Kyla checked out of the hospital on Tuesday morning and they drove all the way home in one day. She was soooo glad to be out of that room and home. So child, dog, a new Dorothy fish are all returned Wednesday evening.

A special thanks to Kamisha and Jeremy for taking care of the dog and fish and for watering all the plants (we understand that Charley was kind of special that week...we won't go into any sordid details and that Dorothy met her fate and had to be replaced again). Also to Barb and Rick for taking care of watering at our house and for feeding the lazy cat. Thank you to all the people who emailed and called...your love, concern and support mean to world to us. We love all of you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Fund Raiser, Confirmed Date and a Second Place Beautiful Baby Contest Winner

The fund raiser at Papa's Pizza yesterday was a giant success. Kelli organized the entire thing with help from Jill, Brian and her friends. We are so proud of you Kel!!! The whole family had pizza at Papa's on Main Street in Springfield and we were so touched by all the family, friends, co-workers, teachers and people we don't even know who were there and at the Papa's on Coburg Road who supported the cause. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH. Words truly can't express how we feel. It restores faith in the kindness and caring of people and makes us all slow down and appreciate what great people we are surrounded by. THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL AGAIN AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO PAPA'S PIZZA FOR THEIR SUPPORT. 

The surgeons office from UCSF called this morning and Kyla now has a firm date. She will need to be there on Monday, the 13th for some tests and the biopsy will be done on Tuesday. Kyla and Jed will leave for San Francisco on Sunday and Dave and I will leave on Monday. Jill and Kelli will be taking care of Emma while we are gone and then we will come home and take everyone to SF on the weekend of the 18th so we will be there for the surgery. We are assuming the surgery will take place on the 21st which is exactly a week later, but that will remain tentative until she goes through the biopsy. We have faith that things will go well and all the positive prayer and thoughts to Kyla and our family are felt. God bless each of you as we have been and we love you.

Kyla dropped by to pick up some pictures of Emma from Bruce Berg and found out that she placed second in the Lane County Beautiful Baby contest. The winning photo will be displayed at Valley River Center beginning tomorrow. Of course this grandma always knew she was the best!.....

Sunday, May 5, 2002

Cinderella Fund Raiser for Mrs. Stone

Kelli, Kyla, Jed and Kelli's friend, Erica went to the fund raiser production of Cinderella for Mrs. Stone who is battling cancer. Mr. Stone is the football coach at Thurston and Mrs. Stone used to work in the career center a few years ago. They all really enjoyed the play and the house was packed.

Dave and I babysat Emmy while the Kyla and Jed were at the play or should I say we ran after Emmy all afternoon. She was a very good girl....even when she had twelve suckers in her hand at Walmart. She decided she doesn't like Grandad's "wheelies" in the cart either. So after Dave traumatized her for a while, we made it home and she had a nap. Jed made Kyla drive out to get her because he had something to do for a few minutes...like 45 minutes. When he arrives he brings a still warm-from-the-oven-frosting-melting-cake for Kyla to celebrate some new hair growth! Very clever Jed!

"Way To Grow" cake--note the black spikes

Saturday, May 4, 2002

Flower Shopping and Dinner

Aunt Barb took Kyla and I along with cousin, Kamisha shopping at the Little Red Farm to purchase flowers for Kyla's birthday while Dave stayed home and sprayed for weeds. Barb furnished planters, flowers, dirt and all. There was so much to choose from....hard to make up your mind. Kyla and Jed then planted the flowers and now her back patio looks so cute with the bird bath and all her flowers....just what she needs....a quiet place to retreat in the summer as she recuperates. I went home and had to plant all the strawberry plants and herbs that Barb gave me in the morning....they looked a little sad when they were put in, but are thriving now with the cool weather. The evening was spent at dinner with Brian and Kelli at the Olive Garden while Dave and I went to dinner with Mike and Linda.

Friday, May 3, 2002

A Gardening Theme Birthday

Happy Birthday to Kyla! 24 today.....Kyla began her day exciting........the razor guy and his wife show up to pick up the experimental razors that she was supposed to try. So Kyla's morning was spent answering questions about the effectiveness, etc. of the razors. But hey, anything for research!

The evening was spent at at our house for dinner and of course her choice for dessert was strawberry shortcake. Gram and Grandad came and Kyla received some nice gifts. She now has a new bird bath from us, a gift certificate for Grays Garden Center from Brian, some cool new plant holders from Jill, Kyla's all time favorite movie, Forest Gump, on DVD from Kelli and a new story wheel for her necklace from Jed. Gram and Grandad gave her some money to buy herself something of her choice and Gram gave her some special emerald earrings that she lent Kyla on her wedding day. Grandad, of course followed tradition and out came the big bag of peppermint patties.

Emma decided that the Cinderella movie was what she needed to watch and she made Uncle Brian watch it with her (pay back for all the football and basketball games we all have to suffer through). We could tell that secretly Brian loved Cinderella.

Thursday, May 2, 2002

Cinderella

Kyla and Emma delivered flowers to the graduate school yesterday for May Day. Kelli took Kyla and Emma to see Cinderella at Thurston High School this evening. Emmy loved watching and trying to participate in the play....trying to dance when the actors danced and clapping long after everyone else had stopped. Intermission came and because it was past her bed time, they took her home. So now Cinderella is the big thing in Emma's world....when are Kyla and Jed going to get a pet mouse (named Gus, Gus of course)? Maybe that is something Grandma and Grandad should look into for them......isn't life fabulous being a grandparent?

Monday, April 29, 2002

Update

Last Friday the nurse from Dr. Chang's office called and said to plan on the week of May 13th to come to San Francisco for the biopsy. So on Monday Kyla had another MRI and federal expressed it to Chang to make sure that nothing had changed since her last one the end of March. She will also have her blood work done here and a report faxed to Dr. Chang in the next week or so. The human subjects committee in SF are meeting on May 10th to approve the protocol for the next 3 patients (Kyla is one of them) so unless something unexpected happens.......she will go then. We will try to update if anything changes.

Kyla and Jed after much hard work finished filling the raised beds with garden soil so now they are ready to plant. Of course nothing is ever simple when Jed is all set to work.....first after trying to move the pickup and trailer closer to the beds, the pickup just spun out in the grass because of the weight, bald tires and wet grass. So they fill up the wheelbarrow with a huge mound of soil and Jed picks it up to push and the tire (which has become flat) falls off the rim. So he unhooks the trailer, hops in the pickup and off he goes to borrow Grandad and Gram's wheelbarrow and another shovel. But the project is finished for now....still have planting and walkways to finish......some day!

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Uncle Mike's Birthday Party

Kyla, Jed and Emma attend a family birthday party for Uncle Mike who is how old? (er we won't tell but you should have seen the smoke coming from that cake!). Delpha and Max fixed a great dinner and Emma had lots of fun playing with her cousins, Greyson and Braedyn....especially chasing down poor Braedyn trying to kiss him. As she tells it, "He likes me!"

A good evening with great family.

Lunch With Aunt Judy and Uncle Don


Aunt Judy and Uncle Don took Kyla, Jed, Emma, Brian and cousins Wayne and Kate to lunch at Marie Calendars. Kyla really enjoyed seeing some of her family from Baker. She and Brian plan on a trip this summer to Baker after she recuperates from surgery to visit.

Emma took Kate around wearing her out. Thank you to Judy, Don, Wayne and Kate for brightening up Kyla's day.

Chef Wade BBQ's with Assistance (in theory) from Future Queen of England, Jill

Chef Wade on the job

Wade BBQ'd dinner for the whole family while Queen Jill lay on the couch as her slaves, Kelli and Erica, fanned her with a giant palm leaf and fed her grapes. Wade passes the test......great chicken and sausages! Kyla and Jed brought a yummy macaroni salad and rice crispy treats. Brian brought a pumpkin pie and rolls (we know you slaved over that pie, Brian....especially the label with Safeway on it). Wade's brother, Matt and his wife, Jo, were there along with Erica, Kelli's friend. Actually to Jill's credit, she helped pay for the food and she marinated the chicken. We are just teasing you Jill!

Emma wore Matt out playing ball. Matt is soon to become a daddy so he is getting a good taste of what life will become (see the pictures on the photo album page.) The dinner was a hit and now we expect more! Thank you Wade and Jill!

Friday, April 26, 2002

Joe Reports on Afternoon with Emma David

Sheri and I had a great afternoon with Emma recently. After taking her mother to lunch at El Torrero's the three of us went up the McKenzie River to stop at Leaburg Lake to feed the ducks. Since all we could find were geese we fed them lots of cracked corn that we had purchased at the Walterville Feed Store. It was lots of fun and Sheri and I learned how fast a 2 year old can move when there is water to get into! We then went over and visited the ODF&W fish hatchery and fed some "big fish" that Emma said her Grampa would like to catch!

We return home to take care of nap time......and after Joe had his nap (nobody else did!) it was time to return home. Several days later I have recovered from sore muscles and crossed eyes from trying to keep up with a 2 year old. It was a lot of fun for Sheri and Joe both!

Thank you Emma!

PS..... Did you know when you spell check for Grampa it gives you a choice of 'Grump' and 'Grumpier'!

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Note on a Napkin and a new Dorothy

Dave and I got home a little late after going to Costco to pick up some things for Kyla and Jed. A strange little note written on a napkin on the counter said "We came....picked up some fish....gobbled at the turkeys......we left". Made us smile...thanks Jed!

Emma now has "Dorothy #4", her birthday goldfish. For some reason the first 3 didn't make it or "Dorothy is asleep" as Emma thinks. Kris and Mitch came on Sunday evening to pick up the crib from Kyla and Jed and their daughter, another Emma, went upstairs to Emmy's room with Emmy and came back down and reported that Dorothy was not moving very much but she fed her anyway. Don't know if Dorothy ate much that night, but it was nice of Emma to feed her. So now the new Dorothy is supposed to be a much hardier fish......we hope.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Building Raised Beds/Tentative Surgery Date

This weekend Kyla finally got her raised beds built. After Dave and Jed went on a wild goose chase to locate the trailer they arrived back at the house around 5:00. Brian, Jed, Dave and Emma began the work.

Emmy helping daddy


So a few were put together Saturday evening. Sunday was spent buying new drill bits because bits were getting broke off in the wood, none of the three cordless drills were powerful enough to keep going before running out of power and the electric drill kept bogging down. But they did get finished putting them together and they look great!. Now comes the finish work. Next weekend we hope to haul the soil and make the walkways between the beds. Then the planting!

Almost finished beds

The nurse from San Francisco called and basically let us know that the protocol had expired and was still in the renewal process and they hoped to have it all ready to go again by the week of May 13th. So the tentative plan is to go that week but it isn't firm at this point. Very frustrating for everyone. Hopefully we will hear soon.

Kyla is feeling good and trying to enjoy the sunshine. Keep up the positive messages....they really mean a lot to her.

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Hair Cut and Joe and Sheri Take On Emma

Wednesday night found me buzzing Jed's hair. I tried to warn him that I am NOT a beautician but he insists. So out come the clippers and after a few minor gouges, his hair is done! Kyla, Jed and Emma stay for spaghetti and Jed secretly cries in a corner about his hair. I guess maybe this haircut doesn't qualify for the sexy messy look.

Today Joe and Sheri Rose decide to spend a fun relaxing afternoon with Emma. First they arrive at 11:30 to take Kyla and Emma to lunch at Torero's. You would think that would begin to get them worried about how much chasing they might have to do, but the blinders were on! They take her to feed the ducks. I am not sure who came away more tired...Joe, Sheri or the ducks. After of course plying Emma with M&M's and I am sure, ice cream, Sheri spent most of her time chasing after Emmy taking things out of her hands as fast as she could pick them up. Then up the stairs and down they came with straw hats on and a couple of calls to Grandad at work to say "Howdy, Howdy". Actually I think Joe needed a rest so he had to get on the phone with Dave. I heard that a couple of times Sheri's eyes started to close and Joe, in a panic, kept shaking her to make sure she didn't leave him to run a losing race with a 2 year old. So after a nice "relaxing" afternoon of songs, running and I am sure "I can do it myself" from Emma, Sheri brought her home. Joe had to take a nap so he stayed home. I think that maybe they want two or three kids of their own now.

BUT Emma loved it and had so much fun.

Thanks Joe and Sheri.