Monday, October 5, 2009

Unexpected Road Trip!

For those of you that know me I am a PLANNER. If we are going on a trip I plan for months, if we are going to the grocery store I am a list maker, and at work I have to do lists everywhere. I can't stand to not be prepared and organized with things going on in life. So when Jeremy calls me on Saturday and says Dave has 4 tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs game tomorrow at noon, my first thought was uuuuuhhhhh NO Way I mean the house is a mess, laundry is not done, Jeremy had been not feeling well all week. Stop for a minute and put yourself in my shoes, I live with 3 boys and they all LOVE sports, so everyone was hanging on my last word. I paused for a moment and thought remember what we promised we were going to do, live day to day and moment by moment. I would be breaking that promise if I said no way. So I told Jeremy we would see him in about 4 hours and be ready to head out. Did I mention that at that moment we were at a swimming birthday party and about to get in the water! Of course there was no leaving a birthday party, so the boys had a blast swimming at the Jones center and then we raced home. The nice thing was 1 outfit for everybody and some toothbrushes and we were good to go. I was still worried because Jeremy had a very rough week with his chemo, but I knew he really wanted to go even if just for the boys, so I trudged on picking up toys, taking out trashing, finishing up last minute things around the house. Jeremy ended up getting off early and we pulled out about 6pm on Saturday evening. We got to KC about 9:30 and checked in our room. The boys of course were so excited to stay in a hotel, Jeremy not so excited about being cooped into a hotel room with 2 boys running wild!

We got up on Sunday morning had breakfast at the hotel and then went in search for a Wal Mart. As Jeremy said, "when in Rome doe as the Romans do!", so off to find some Kansas City Chiefs gear for the kiddos. They each got a sweatshirt hoodie(which they were happy about because it was chilly) and a hat. Off to find Arrowhead Stadium and once there join the massive crowds of tailgaters. So glad we got there early because there was LOTS to see and Ian would say LOTS of people wearing pajamas! Not sure why but a bring trend at the game is to wear KC Chief pajama pants and of course Ian noticed it right off.

Well unfortunately the Chiefs lost, but we had a great time! Carter wanted some chicken as soon as we got there, so we had chicken, fries, and as you will see from the pictures lots of popcorn! This was our first NFL game and they are WILD! The atmosphere is unbelievable, music, dancing, crazy people, it was a little bit of everything!
Before we went on this surprise getaway Jeremy had a really rough week with his chemo. His face again was extremely red and he felt horrible. By Saturday he was beginning to feel some better, but Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were rough. I was afraid we were going to end up back at doctor for meds and fluids, but he was a trooper and made it through. So when this offer came along we realized that God was putting a great opportunity in lives to get away and we needed it terribly. As soon as we pulled out of the driveway and pulled onto the bypass I think we both felt so relaxed and that point realized how much we needed a getaway even if it was just for one night.
As I type this Jeremy is back getting his PET scan and CT scan. We will get the results at his appointment on Wednesday. Please continue to pray that we will get good results on this scan. We are both incredibly nervous, but ready to get some results and see how well this chemo is working. Please continue to pray for Jeremy and our family this week as Jeremy has these tests done and waits for the results.
After the game we went to one of our favorite places for dinner. Joe's Crab Shack! It was so yummy and they have a big playground which the kids love. Carter again had chicken :) and Ian had shrimp. It was a yummy meal and we had a lot of fun! However we knew once dinner was over the party was over and we had the excursion home ahead of us!

Now I told you we got popcorn at the ballgame and Carter ate on that popcorn ALL day! Actually I think he is still eating on it today! For 10 dollars you got 2 drinks and that big bucket full of popcorn! Definitely got our moneys worth! He ate on it through half the game and then we stopped to get a snack along the way and he didn't want any candy he wanted the popcorn!
*A Big thank you to Dave for thinking of our family and giving us the tickets to the football game, they really couldn't have come at a better time for us.
*Thank you to the Lester family for the dinner you provided us last week when Jeremy was going through chemo. It was a rough week and couldn't have come at a better time.
*Thank you to Pa and Ma for the yummy peach cobbler and all the goodies you brought us from the grocery store.
*Thank you to Dad and Jannie for keeping the boys so that I could be with Jeremy for his PET scan.
*A BIG thank you to Sharon for always telling me to go and helping me to know that I do not have to be 2 places at once because work comes 2nd and my family comes first.


Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great weekend, Jill! And you got to see Eli Manning play! I'm jealous :)

You'll be in my prayers this week!

Reba said...

What a fun time! I am SOOO glad you had a getaway. They are SOOOO important. And Joe's. Jeremy doesn't look like hs is feeling bad in the pics, so I think the getaway agreed with all of you. Will be praying for the test results.


Kayley said...

Hi Jill-

I found your blog through Kelly at KellysKorner. I've been following your journey since the beginning, and I just want you to know that I'm praying for you and your family. Your boys are too cute, and I hope for nothing but the best at tomorrow appointment!


donnacr said...

glad your unexpected trip was so much fun and relaxing ( well as relaxing as it can be with 2 kids in tow ! ) . Sometimes a gift comes from the least expected places ! Housework can wait , memories in the making can't !