We had day two of our Alpine Nature Hike yesterday, and had another lively group of women join us!
We found some amazing things, including one scrub oak with leaves as big as a fig tree!
We also enjoyed the sun coming out and casting a magical glow on Lambert Park!
The fall colors aren't as vibrant as last year, due to the lack of moisture in the summer, but they are still plenty beautiful!
I have loved these hikes so much. It would be fun to squeeze in a couple in the middle of the winter!
In the afternoon the book club reviewed, The Triple Package by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. It was a super interesting book based on the theory that some minorities do well in America based on three factors: A superiority complex, an inferiority complex and impulse control (drive). The book talked about Latter Day Saints and Jews, as well as many immigrant groups. It was nice to know Amy thinks we've got it!
Next month we'll read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, my favorite book from Literary Sojourn. I hope the ladies like it!
We had so much fun walking with the ladies on Wednesday! It was exciting to be able to do Alpine Nature Hike #6 and complete the series! It was all about fall leaves, and we had a great time picking them and identifying them!
In the afternoon Debby Dickens went with Crystal and me to Day Murray Music to pick out some choir music for Christmas. Crystal played and Debby and I sang! We thought we were doing great till someone slammed the recital room door shut on us! Philistine!
We capped off a good day by stopping at Baked Bear on the way to the airport! They build a wicked ice cream sandwich, and are conveniently located right off the freeway close to Costco in Lehi, in case you need a fix!
It was nice having Crystal here for a few days. She and Ed had fun talking about blood! (Mine in particular!) They know much more about my condition than I do! I'm glad I have good caretakers!
Crystal came to Utah this weekend, and we took her to see Grandma Saturday morning. We all stopped off in Payson for and Indian buffet lunch. Mabel and Clementine were sufficiently entertained to sit at their own table! They are growing up!
In the afternoon we went to Wilkerson Farms, which had a corn maize and plenty of entertainment.
Both Clementine and Mabel were brave enough to go down the slide by themselves!
Mabel liked the idea of the tea cups, but once they got going she thought better of it and decided not to go again!
Everyone had fun on the giant swing!
Everyone, except Grandma and Clementine. One was too little and the other too shaky!
We all enjoyed the delights of flavored cotton candy!
We got lost in the corn maize, and were proud when we finally got out! I was proud that I got 10,000 steps for the first time in 2 months!
It is fun to have kids to have an excuse to do fun things, like climb the pumpkin pyramid!
It was fun to see how much joy the girls got in checking out the pumpkins, both big and little!
Ed, Crystal and I went home exhausted! We can only have so much fun in one day!
Our California friends, the Fors, dropped by Thursday night to visit. It was fun to see them and catch up on what we missed. We filled them in on all the excitement in cancer-land. (My WBC is now down to 17k.)
They gave us a recap of the beautiful trip to Switzerland and Austria that we had to cancel in September. We were glad they were able to do it without us and give us a preview of things to come when we finally get my lymphoma under control!
We've been having rain off and on the past two weeks, and this morning it actually snowed on the mountain behind us. Our house was just low enough to remain in the rain belt!
And on another happy note, my brother, Jon stopped by to visit me during my infusion at Huntsman today. It made the time pass fast. I still feel good, and my WBC was down to 22k! Two more infusions to go!
Ed and I started the day yesterday back at Huntsman where I got 100 mg of a Rituximab infusion very slowly and without side effects (yet).
On a happy note, my WBC went down to 33k! That was just from the Ibrutinib pill I'm taking! On a sad note, I'm scheduled for another 100 mg of Ritiximab today and tomorrow and 200 on Thursday and 300 on Friday! I'm very dubious they could get 300 mg into my body on one day! We'll see!
In the afternoon we got to visit with Amanda and Hugo on Google Hangouts!
It was fun seeing him pull himself up to furniture and playing with his toys!
He also loved playing the piano with his mom!
He even likes playing with the cats!
If you have to be long distance grandparents, it is truly a blessing to be able to video chat with your grandkids!
We went with Brittany and John and the girls up American Fork Canyon this morning. The leaves were even more beautiful than they were several weeks ago!
We were listening to LDS general Conference as we drove and pulled over to the side of the road to hear every detail about the BIG announcement! The three hour Sunday block of meetings has been shortened to 2 hours, effective in January! President Nelson is quickly becoming our favorite prophet ever!
We bundled up warm for a cozy ride on the ski lift at Sundance. It was 37 degrees, but, thankfully, not raining, as had been forecast earlier!
Mabel and Clementine were a little nervous at first, but soon warmed up to the experience, and waved at passing riders!
We had lunch at the restaurant afterwards, to celebrate Brittany and John's 7th wedding Anniversary! They had their reception at Sundance, so it holds special memories for them!
Then we came home and watched afternoon Conference in the comfort of our family room! We didn't want to miss any more historic announcements!
We had a good time on Friday with the grandkids. Brittany told us a fun activity would be going to the store with them, just to look at Halloween items, and she was right! They are very easily entertained!
We also had a great time playing with them in the toy box at home!
Clementine loves sitting on the doll furniture, as well as doing whatever game Mabel dreams up for the two of them!
Brittany showed me how to do a Dutch braid, and gave me a fancy hairdo! I was hoping (in vain) that Ed would show some interest in learning how to do this for me!
John came over after work, and the Pinyon Rats got together to make music in the evening! It was so great! I have been feeling so good and dread going into my next round of chemo next week. I have to go in every day next week for a Rituximab infusion, which may put a damper on me having fun for a while!