Monday, February 25, 2008

5:18 AM 2/25/2008

Amidst all of this turmoil we still managed to have a pretty exceptional weekend. It all culminated last night at Graham's 4 year birthday party at Pump it Up, the inflatable wonderland. For those of you that have never heard of it, Pump it Up is a large indoor facility jam packed with blow up bouncy houses, slides, and obstacle courses. The kids spend a few hours completely wearing themselves out jumping and running until their hearts are content. It is the perfect marriage between fun and completely wearing your kiddos out. Sydney, Graham, and Ainsley all pushed the limits on what could be achieved, each earning new personal bests in mayhem. It was both fun and tiring to watch. I am completely amazed at their tremendous energy - all of them.

Today will mark kind of an unusual day. First, today is Graham's real 4th birthday. We will have to ensure that we find ample time and opportunity to make this day as perfect as we possibly can for him. Lynley and I will be escorting Sydney to the hospital for her little surgical procedure. She is scheduled to be under the knife (or corkscrew) at approximately 10:30 AM. Graham will be having a lunch party with cupcakes a little later in the morning. This will require some clever timing. Thankfully DeeDee has agreed to go to Graham's school to help them celebrate his birthday. If this is anything like the last procedure, I can only guess that this will take a while. We are hoping that she will be awake in recovery by about noon. The good news is that this should give her ample time to recover before the kiddos get home from school.

Tonight Graham has asked that his birthday be at the luxurious McDonalds. He has made this choice not because he likes the food but, rather, because there are toys in the kid's meals. He would have preferred Chick-Fill-A but, in his words, they just have books as prizes. So, the Dungan clan, dressed in our Sunday best will be heading to McDonalds for our gourmet dinner. What a wonderful time. Of course, it really is about what Graham wants isn't it. I just hope they don't run out of boy toys before we get there.

So, there you have it, not a particularly normal day. However, it should have all of the necessary elements - drama, comedy, and realism - all wrapped into one. Today, my hopes and prayers are two fold. First, for Graham, I hope he has the absolute best birthday ever and that we are able to focus on him during this trying time. Second, for Sydney, I pray that she has a safe bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, that she recovers well, and that none of the labs find any cancer cells in her marrow.

It will be a full day of purpose on many, many different levels.

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