Saturday, March 31, 2012

class feis

Sarah was able to participate in another class feis since we ended up staying in Germany a little longer than planned.  She had a fun day with all her dance friends, and her dad was able to make it to see her perform in the freestyle competition - which her team won first place for.  Hannah, Sophie, Sarah, and Leisha (pictured below) dressed up as preppy girls/nerds and danced to Glee's "loser like me"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

five for the road

In a little courtyard we stopped to sit in the sun and let the boys run around.  We set the camera up on a rock and captured a picture of all of us.  Rob even took his mask off for the photo..... we all held our breathe! Check out Rob's Caring Bridge site for updates on his condition. 

Rob is able to walk around on his own, but he tires easily and also his breathing gets difficult because of all the damage to his lungs, so when we go out for walks he usually rides in a wheelchair.  Micah had a good time riding along on Dad's lap. 
after our walk we came to sit in the lobby of Rob's building.  We hung out and played games and Rob shared a few of the cool apps he's been finding for his iPad - including this cool guitar app that the boys (who also play guitar) were just thrilled with. (he's actually showing it to them on Sarah's Touch.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

life standing still

March 7th, the kids came to spend the afternoon with Rob.  We had a good visit and Rob was feeling better.
March 9th - Rob's first time outside in a MONTH - We went out for coffee at a little cafe on the university campus, about a block from his building.
  When I came home from the hospital I was surprised to see my house cleaned and decorated with presents and a cake waiting for me on the table.
Rob outside for another walk wearing the VERY COOL R2D2 hat that our good friend Heather made for him. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

physical therapy and doggie haircuts

March 1st - Rob begins physical therapy.  They put this contraption on the end of his bed and it becomes a recumbent bicycle.  She wanted Rob to do 10 minutes, but after 10 Rob asked, "Can I keep going?"  It just felt so good to be physical again!  She aslo had this big rubberband type thing that she tied to the post behind his bed and had him work out his arms.  He could definitly feel the weakness, but was happy to be making strides toward GETTING OUT OF BED!  This is also a good sign - we think - that the Dr's must think the tumor is shrinking.  They wouldn't allow Rob to get his heart rate up at all because of the dangerous location and blockage caused by the tumor. 
  (below - Rob's after workout cookie that Sarah made.  She made about 4 dz. cookies for me to take to the staff, but set a few aside for Daddy)
Rob usually shaves Phantom, so with him unable to I needed to seek out an alternative.  After I posted a message on facebook about looking for a groomer - the breeder who sold us Phantom, here in Germany, responded that she would love to help us out.  This "before" picture is of Phantom and HIS MOM, Viva!
Phantom, back at home, all shaved and handsome!  Sorry about the quality of the photos, it's just been easier to use Noah's little Kodak camera rather than to lug around my big Cannon!