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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Surgery Update

Emma's 3rd surgery went really well.  The Maxilliofacial Surgeons worked on her this time repairing her jaw and mouth.  The jaw had not seemed to heal since they cut it in half in September.  They believe that the jaw exercises that speech pathology had her doing was the reason.  No more jaw exercises much to Emmas happiness. They put a larger plate in the jaw and covered as much of it up with whatever skin they could find around the area.  They did not have a lot to work with as a lot of it had died from last time.  Lets hope that third time is lucky for the little munchkin and that they have got it right.

She is still going to need more surgery down the track but not for at least 6 months.  YAH Praise God.

Stuart and the children took off this morning and wouldn't tell me where they were going or what they were doing.  They arrived home about an hour later with an above ground vegie garden for me.  It is nicely set up out in the back yard.  Yah me I have been wanting to grow some of our own vegies for ages but just didn't have anywhere to do it.  Now I do.

Anyway not a lot else to tell.  Am busy sewing teachers presents at the moment so when I have completed them I will show you.

Take care and stay safe

Oh and a HUGE big thank you to all those that voted for me in the Aussie Scrap Source competition.  Unfortunately I did not win :-(

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sad face

Well  it doesn't look like I will be winning anything over at Aussie Scrap Source, major bummer as I really wanted to win the Becky Flecks sketches 2 book.  Haven't budgeted for it so unless by some miracle heaps of people vote the I guess I won't be getting it. (insert sad face here)

Emma is going back into surgery tomorrow as her jaw has not healed which means that there is an infection there.  They are going to open her up and replace the two plates to larger ones and then scrap down the bone to remove any bugs.  Ewww, sounds gross but at least this is only relatively small compared to her last surgery.  As soon as all of this is healed then the dental surgery team can work their magic on her new teeth.

Emma had her presentation night at Hillcrest Christian College and I am so proud to say that even though she has missed loads of school because of her cancer, she still managed to take out an academic achievement award for year 5.  How proud are her mummy and daddy...............  I would love to have had photos to show but the ones that I took were terrible..  Haven't got the hang of taking night time shots yet.

Have managed to get a few layouts done and you can see them below.

I loved doing this one of Jacob as I don't normally use bling or stitching on his pages but I am happy with the outcome

 Love this one with showing the changes in Emma over the past 5 years.  She has certainly grown up into such a strong young lady.

Anyway, have nothing more to share.  Have to go and pack a few things for hospital and will get back to you all on the weekend with updates on how she is.  If you are a friend on facebook then check in over there as I will post regular updates.

Hope this post finds you and your families all happy and healthy.  Take care and stay safe

PS won a prize over at Vintage Chic Cafe the other day.  Will be stalking the post man soon.  Also won a voucher to spend at Paper Poppy Kit Co which I spent pretty quickly.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Made the FINALS

YAH,  just found out that my layout made the finals in the Aussie Scrap Source scrapping challenge. 

I would be so appreciative if you could vote for me.

Just click HERE and then you click on my layout and click on the VOTE button below.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Leanne xxx

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MRI Results

We saw both of Emma's surgeons today to find out the results of her latest MRI......  The report came back saying and I quote "no visible evidence of residual tumour"  Is that not the BEST news EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
Stuart and I couldn't wipe the smile off our faces.  This does not mean however that the tumour is still not there.  If it is smaller than .5 of a cm then there is a chance that the MRI did not pick it up.  The next MRI will be the tell all.  If there was any left then in three months time it should have grown more and therefore be big enough to pick up.  At this stage though we are just over the moon with the current results.

She still has a long way to go as there are still worrying concerns with her jaw and teeth.  On Monday when we go up and see her oncologist we will also be seeing a Maxillofacial Surgeon to see what can be done.  She will need more surgery but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

We were all going to go out tonight for a celebratory dinner but forgot that Jacob has his presentation evening at school so we are instead heading out there.  We will celebrate tomorrow night.

Anyway just wanted to pop in and let you all know the big results we got today.

Hope you are all happy and healthy

Leanne :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Scrapping and Hospital

Emma and I are heading up to Brisbane again today.  She has her MRI and hearing tests today and then the speech pathologist and psychologist tomorrow.  I decided that we would stay there the night instead of traveling both days.  Emma is very excited about that as it means a night out with mummy.  We are going to go into the city after her appointments and have some dinner and then go to the movies.  Should be fun.

Had the cybercrop over at mad about scrappin Saturday night.  Loads of fun and I even won the bingo.......  That was a bit of a thrill lol.  There are loads of great challenges over there and they don't have to be in until the end of the week so go over have a look and then have a go. 

This was my challenge, use three different pieces of spotted papers, and here is my example

This layout was created for the first challenge where you had to use spotty embellishments.  I used the title letters etc.

 and then finally here is a photo of Emma and her friend Michelle enjoying a nice dip in the pool.  It was certainly the weather for swimming yesterday, so hot.

That is it for me.  I have to go pick Emma up from her nans place as she stayed there for the night. 
Hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and I will be back soon with more to share.

Leanne xxx

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Going dotty

Cybercrop happening over at Mad about Scrappin this weekend.  Theme is going dotty which is right up my alley at the moment what with everything that has been happening in my life lately.

Below is a little snippet of my challenge example

My beautiful friend Tabatha asked me to take some photos of her family for a fundraiser that is being held for her. You see, my friend has breast cancer. So unexpected and came as quite a surprise. Both Tab and Emma were diagnosed at the same time. Anyway here are some of the shots. Such a beautiful family

This is Gus the family dog, he is a total legend.....

 Well that is it from me tonight

Will catch you later

Leanne xxx

Monday, November 8, 2010

Photography lessons

Finally decided to get some help with my camera so have just had two lessons through a local camera store here on the Coast.  Luckily enough a couple of girlfriends were also doing the same course so that made it a little more enjoyable.  It was great to finally know what all the bells and whistles meant on the camera but now I have to learn how to use them correctly.  Am really looking forward to getting some amazing shots of my children and the things we do. 
Here are a couple of the shots that I took yesterday during our practical. Some were taken by Jodie or Donna.

The Love Family (Taken by Jodie)

My Landscape shot

My water shot

My flower shot

second flower shot

Surfers Paradise in the late afternoon

Surfers Paradise at night


Emma and Mummy ( taken by Donna)


Well there you have it, a few of the photos taken yesterday.  I LOVE the ones of Surfers.  Now I just need to keep practising and buy myself a new camera and I will be fine.

I can just imagine the amazing layouts that I am going to be able to do with all the photos I am going to be taking.

Will have more news on Emma next Thursday as she is having her CT scan and MRI on Monday the 15th.  Fingers crossed that the cancer is all gone.........
Thanks heaps for popping in.
Leanne xxx

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ok here is my next entry in the Aussie Scrap Source pagemaps challenge. If you could vote for me then I would really appreciate it and if not then just make sure you at least go and have a look at the awesome layouts and cards. (You vote by going HERE and clicking on the layout on the left hand side and then  pressing the vote button)

I really enjoyed putting this layout together and making the frame, flowers etc.  I think I am finally starting to get my mojo back.

Started part 1 of my photography lesson last night and learnt loads of little tricks to help me take better photos.  On Sunday from 12 noon until 6pm we will be out and about for part 2 of the lesson.  It is going to be fun taking photos for 6 hours.  Hopefully after 6 hours I should be able to take a decent photo and know heaps more about my camera.

Anyway have the in laws coming around for dinner tonight so had probably best get something cooked.....  Until next time take care and stay safe

Leanne xx