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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chemo and Email Message and Make a Wish

Well only 5 more sleeps and we start round 3 of Emma's Chemotherapy.  I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone.  I think it was because we had school holidays in between.

We had a lovely Easter however we did not get to go out as Emma was neutropenic (low white cell and neutrophil count) Basically this means that her immune system is not functioning normally and if there was any sickness around then she would have a high chance of catching it.

Tuesday night we went to a special evening thanks to Make a Wish foundation and the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers.  Hard Rock put on an awesome night for the Make a Wish families it was soo much fun.

Emma and I posing for the photographer

Emma (bottom left) with Gold COast surfer Nathan Hedges and other wish family children
Today I received an email message from an amazing young girl from Victoria.  I won't say too much yet as I will wait and tell you the whole story upon completion.  Lets just say that I think this girl is an angel sent to us from above.  Such an amazing young woman who any parent would be incredibly proud of. You know who you are.  xxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx
Take 5 magazine phoned us yesterday and they want to do a story on Emma and her ever growing sticker collection.  Apparently they saw the article in the Gold Coast Bulletin.  Can I just say again that I am so gobsmacked that we, an ordinary old  family from the Gold Coast are getting so much publicity.  We have never done anything special we just have a sick little girl.  We are incredibly blessed though as it could be a lot worse that it is.  Emma is so strong and will get through this even stronger.  She is going to be an amazing woman one day.  One who I will proudly say "see her, she's my little girl"

Anyway I have to go and get some work done.  Hope this finds you all happy and healthy.
Leanne xox

Monday, April 25, 2011

She Scraps

Hope everyone reading this has had a fantastic Easter.  We have had a wonderful time and the weather has been very kind to us these school holidays.  I am really looking forward to Wednesday though as it is back to school day.  Emma will only be there for the first week because the following Monday is a public holiday and then she is off for her chemo.  She has had so much time off school already this year.  Thank goodness she is quite smart and is not behind in anything.

I have had time to scrap this break which has been fun.  I made this frame for Emma's room but guess what - She doesn't like pink (if only i knew hehehe)  Guess it will have to go in my craft room.....  It is made using only Kaisercraft products.  love the frame it is a fantastic size.

I used one of my favourite quotes from the Dalai Lama

close up of the inking on the dress form and frame

I love how it all came together so easily, but I am over all the pretty pink things so am going to do something else. I am really in the mood to create at the moment so with that said I am getting off this computer and scrapping.

God Bless our fallen Soldiers - Anzac Day 2011


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sea World, Miley Cyrus and Bandana Day

What a busy week we have had or it feels like it anyway. 

Emma and I have been really sick with this blasted flu that is going around.  Neither of us are feeling 100% yet.  Hopefully we are now on the mend though. 

Emma has had a fun week as her cousin came and had a sleep over and they ended up turning her room into a bit tent.  There were sheets clipped up everywhere.  So cute and they were both so good. 

Daddy took her to Sea World yesterday, I couldn't go as I was in bed feeling miserable all day (oh woe is me) They had a fantastic time and never got home until 6pm.  The weather was perfect too which made it so much better.  Nothing worse than going to an amusement park on a crappy day.

We also surprised her with tickets to see Miley Cyrus in June.  She is so excited and just cannot wait.  Her initial wish through Make a Wish was to meet Miley but she then changed it to wanting to go to Disneyland.  I would much rather Disneyland as I have always wanted to check out Los Angeles.

Haven't done alot of scrapping this week due to the sickness but will attempt to do some on the weekend. 

Tonight Emma had a surprise visit from a friend who brought over a big basket filled with stickers, Blythe clothes and loads of lollipops and Easter eggs.  She was so happy.  As you can see below the clothes for her Blythe's are beautiful. 

Hopefully my Blythe will be arriving soon.  I just couldn't help myself and just had to buy one.  I will probably get in trouble but I really did need her (hehehehe)

I am not sure what I will call her although I do like the names Willow, Clover, Saffron or Sage.  Mmmm which one do I chose.  Who do you think she looks like? 
Have decided to call her Willow, suits her for some reason.

The local Kaisercraft store in Robina put on Bandanna Day for us on Saturday to make bandanna's for the children at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Brisbane.  I am pleased to say that we managed to make 57 bandannas.  Emma and her cousin Brittany made so many it was fantabulous.  Thank you Kaisercraft for doing this for us and thank you very much to those that turned up to help. If you missed out on this one then there will be another day sometime in May. Will let you know when I know.

 Miss Em sewing up a storm

 Brittany, Nina and Emma
Emma, again

Well that is it from me.  Still waiting to share a few layouts with you.  Love the ones that I did and loved the papers that I got to use.

More from me later
Take care and stay safe.
Leanne xxx

Monday, April 11, 2011

She made the big time

Emma was so excited as she was interviewed on Sunday for an article that appeared in today's local paper.  She told everyone that would listen that she was going to be famous...... She is such a crazy kid.
Article can be found HERE.

It was a great story and the photos were fantastic.  I had to buy quite a few papers as all the relatives want a copy...

I am outta here as I am still not well.  Came down with a nasty cold over the weekend and it is still knocking me around a bit.  Give me a couple of days and I will be as right as rain.

Love Leanne :-)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Home again

Yah we are home again.  Not going back until the 3rd of May.  We are hoping that this month is all smooth sailing for her and that she does not end up back in hospital.  She was given the option of having a little port put into her leg to give herself injections to help build the white cells back up but as you could imagine she turned them down.  If she gets through this month without any fevers or hospital stays then she doesn't have to have it but is she has any fever etc then she will be having regardless of if she wants it or not.

The steroids she is on makes her so temperamental and hungry all the time. I keep feeding her but I just cannot keep up with her.  Last night she said that all she wanted were Basil Prawns.  Yeah right where on earth was I going to find Basil Prawns where we were staying....  I promised her that I would take her out for dinner once she was feeling better.

Anyway I have to go as I have come down with a horrible cold and really feel like crap.  It was Emma that gave it to me but now I have to be really careful that I don't spread the germs back to her.  Cannot wait for this chemo to be all over and done with.

Gotta go
Leanne Love

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blythe wanted

We are on the look out for a sister for Faith and Hope. Have found a wholesaler in China but need to order minimum of five from him. Will keep looking I suppose.

I really want my own Blythe too 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chemo Round 2

Round 2 of chemo begins tomorrow.  Stuart is taking her up as she has an 8.30am appointment and will have to leave very early.  I will stay here and get Jacob off to school then head on up after that.

Emma and I will be staying at a place called Leonard Lodge and will go over to the hospital each morning for her chemo.  If all goes well we will come straight home after her treatment Saturday and if not then we will stay for the extra night.  I am guessing that she will be fine to travel as she will be pumped full of the anti nausea medication. 

Am praying that it is a relatively quite stay with no dramas.

Have been doing a little scrapping the past few days too, I really had the urge to scrap so scrap I did.  I managed to get 6 layouts, 2 beyond the page and 4 cards done since Friday.  I can only show you a couple of things as the rest are for Mad about Scrappin and cannot be shown yet.

Well there you have it, my scrapping.  As I said I have more but not just yet.

Found out this week that a beautiful friend and her equally beautiful family are leaving the Gold Coast for a few years to move up North.  I don't get to see her much but it is has always been nice to know that if I ever need her then she was not far away.  Now she is going to be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiles away.
We will miss you Mel but thankfully for Facebook and email you will always be contactable.

My niece came over Saturday to stay the night with Emma and on Sunday they were very quite which is not always a good thing.  Well the photos below will explain why the quiteness.  As you can see my niece has decorated Emmas head with Kaisercraft droplets and a few other things.  Very cute girls lol.  I couldn't help laughing when I saw this.  Emma thought is was hilarious.. Girls - what can you do with them hehehehe

 Check out the Zoolander pose on Miss Em, you go girl.

Well I have loads of packing to do for our little hospital visit so I should probably be doing that instead of playing on my computer.

I hope this finds you all happy and healthy.

Love Leanne :-)

Monday, April 4, 2011