We spent today traveling, but it was a lot of fun. We left DC early this morning, and flew to Seattle. We had a bit of a layover in Seattle, so we went to the World Famous Pike’s Place Fish Market. Austin got a charm from the Hard Rock Cafe, and we had fabulous smoothies from a farm stand.

Then it was back to the airport for our flight to Hawaii!! David and Austin charmed their seatmate on the plane (they were across the aisle from Richard and I).

We are looking forward to a relaxing week of beach fun. Both kids are in a really great mood and we are so thankful for this time together. 🙂

Vaccine #9


We’re on the road back to Virginia after another successful visit to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. David only had the vaccine this time – no MRI. He’s doing really well still, and we are off to a great start on our summer time with David and Austin.

Yesterday we had some fun checking out a few sights in Pittsburgh. We spent a few hours at the zoo and aquarium, and then went in search of the IMAX theater. We found it and got tickets to watch Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon. I am a little worried that this movie may be more of a history lesson than they have previously had about the space program. 😉

Seriously, it took some liberties with how the space program was developed, but it will be a popular movie with conspiracy theorists. As for David’s review? “They should have gotten rid of Megan Fox a long time ago.” I believe that was in reference to how beautiful the new girl is.

We are hoping to make it back to Fredericksburg in time for the SSBTRVA (Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research, Virginia) meeting tonight. They are hoping to have their first “big” event this fall, but there’s a lot of planning to do if that is going to happen.

We are gaining ground every day, and we really appreciate everyone who is helping us in the fight. If you are on Facebook, you can find the kids’ group and “like” them to help spread the word. The page is “Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research, Virginia”. (There are a few pages for the groups in Arizona. You can like them, too, if you want!)

Summer begins


We picked up David and Austin yesterday, so it really feels like summer now! The SSBTRVA kids had a car wash scheduled yesterday at PNC Bank so we started our summer visit off right. However, Mother Nature changed our plans pretty quickly when a thunderstorm rolled in. The PNC staff was great to the kids, though, and they all got an ice cream while we waited out the storm.

We packed up our gear and headed to our friends’ house for a surprise party for Austin. (It was QUITE a surprise since her birthday was over a month ago!) A lot of her friends are out of town for summer, but we still had about 10 kids there.

This morning we packed up and hit the road for Pittsburgh. This is Austin’s first time to get to go with us so we are excited to show her some of the city and the hospital that has come to be such a huge part of our lives.

Tomorrow will be a “fun” day just being tourists before David’s appointment on Monday morning. No MRI on this visit, so there probably won’t be too much to report, but I’ll fill you in on any good stuff that happens.

Hope all of you are off to a great summer, too! We are so appreciative of all the folks who have us in prayer. One of our friends always says “Living the dream” when someone asks him how he’s doing. I think that’s a pretty good answer because dreams always take unexpected twists and turns. It’s what you make of that semi-surreal experience that makes the difference. I never dreamed of these twists and turns, and I wouldn’t have wished for them, but I’m determined to make the best of them.