He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kung Fu, Dinner, and a Power Outage

This pretty much sums up the weekend. The boys had a great time enjoying the outdoors on Saturday. Bud and Bebe were visiting and I am not sure who wore each other out more. The boys were all exhausted by the time bed time rolled around. Mommy and Daddy were as equally exhausted.

By the time Sunday rolled around I decided that we needed to get out of the house. Having a child with cancer pretty much limits what you can do. Sometimes I feel as though we are on house arrest. We do our best to make the most of it but these four walls can drive you insane after spending weeks on end looking at them. Besides, I know that his winter we will be stuck in even more. So, I suggested that we go so Kung Fu Panda. The thought was that since the movie had been out since the beginning of June, there wouldn't be a lot of people going to see it. We'd go, eat popcorn, laugh a little, and escape the heat of the day for a while.

The plan actually worked. Okay, so about 2/3 of the way through the movie Joshua started screaming that he wanted to "go home," and Adam was becoming squirmy but we did make it to the end. There was popcorn and sodas and a limited number of people. No one asked to go to the potty during the movie and we made it in and out in record time. Actually, it started to pour down raining just as we were getting out of the movie so we did have to get out in record time but all the same it was a fun family adventure. Of course the boys have picked up a few kung fu moves and have decided to practice on each other. Still don't know if kung fu was the right movie to see.

Then, we got home and the most wonderful dinner delivered to our door by our friends Keith and Kathy. It was so nice not to have to think about what to make and just sit down and enjoy. Thanks guys for feeding our gang!

During dinner though we were surprised by an unexpected power outage. Now by this time the storm has beeb passed by four about three hours. The sky is sunny and bright. The house is dark. Good thing dinner was already cooked and we only had to heat up garlic bread on the grill. I would have been completly upset if my already prepared, smelling delicious dinner was half cooked and we lost power. But, we had a nice dinner and then decided we needed a walk. One because what else is there to do when the power is out and two, because we probably gained five pounds from dinner. The boys get to ride in the stoller and Jeff and I get a workout.

So the power didn't return until about 11 pm. By this time we've all gone to bed. Joshua spent the good part of the night crying and complaining that we wouldn't turn the tv on. All three boys enjoyed playing with the flash lights. Noah was convinced that we were going camping. Jeff and I had to give Joshua his nightly shot whild Noah held the flashlight for us. We joked about how much we rely on electricity and what people did before.

It's funny but for once we had a "normal" weekend. There were no fevers (thank God) and we were able to enjoy some time together. My hope is that this next round of chemo goes better then I am expecting. I hope that we are able to enjoy some more weekends like this one. Oh, with a little less kung Fu and a little more power though.