Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Komen Race For The Cure Coming Up!!

To my closest and dearest friends and family,

I am asking (and not above begging) each of you to please join me in the fight against breast cancer by pledging your support in the Race for the Cure that will be happening in Brentwood, TN in just under 40 days.

As all of you know, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer 20 months ago and am currently considered cancer-free. I still have 3.5 years to go until I am considered "cured" by the doctors, but with amazing foundations such as the Komen Foundation, a cure may very well be just around the corner and it wouldn't even be a matter of having to wait 5 years to hear that word. When you are in the midst of a life-threatening illness, 5 years seems like FOREVER to wait to hear the word CURED. I am determined to hear those words, not just for me and my family, but in memory of my best friend Kate who lost her battle with breast cancer 5 months ago. She left me her pair of pink boxing gloves with instructions to NEVER give up fighting. So that it what I am doing! This is for her too!

Your tax-deductible contribution will fund local outreach, awareness and treatment programs for the medically under-served in our community. And... up to twenty-five percent of your donation will support national cutting-edge breast cancer research (which is near and dear to my heart as I was in 2 clinical trials).

Visit my personal fundraising page and consider making a tax-deductible donation to support my participation! My goal this year is to raise $1000. I know we can do this together with your help. Please feel free to forward this information/blogsite to anyone you know who may be interested in contributing. I will keep everyone up to date on the progress we are making and will be sure to post lots of pictures of Team Blevins as we walk our 2nd annual Race for the Cure.

Kelly, David, Chloe and Brody Blevins (TEAM BLEVINS!!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Birthday Pictures

Well, Brody has had a very eventful 7 days! He turned 2, had 2 birthday parties - one with just the 4 of us and then a bigger one with friends, and today he had his 2 year old well check up. Lots of twos, huh?

So, here are the stats and then tons of pictures. I have decided to quit physically scrapbooking since this is my record of my kids lives so there will start being many more pictures as they will one day have these blogs that I am having printed into hard back books. And, with life as busy as mine is, there is not 1 spare moment to scrapbook the "old fashioned way."

OK - Length 35.5 inches - 80th percentile
Weight - 25 pounds - 10th percentile
Developmentally - WELL ABOVE most his age - especially his communication/speech. Of course, I love to talk, his sister loves to talk, and for that matter so does his daddy, and lots of extended family so he got it honest! He is also my fearless little daredevil. He is ALL boy...there is no fear in his life right now. He jumps off of things, climbs up onto things that should not be climbed on, hops down the stairs, goes down humongus slides, jumps into the pool whether we are there or not to catch him, etc...He is just all boy. But I must say that this little boy is most definitly for sure a mommy's boy. I could eat him up most days. He is just that sweet.
NOW - on to pictures..

August 18th, 2010

Checking out the 'big ruck" driving by

Family Celebration

Loving himself some gigantic cupcake

Sit and Spin from Chloe

Dinosaurs from Grammy and Op Op

Chloe pouting because it wasn't HER birthday

puzzle from Grammy and Op Op - Brody LOVES puzzles!

Big train and boat floor mat to play with until Santa can bring the train table

Toy Story pop up tent and tunnel

Sitting and Spinning with a little help from daddy. Brody doesn't weigh enough to do it on his own yet

Mommy and the birthday boy - if you go down to the last blog post you can see a similar pic of me and Brody on his first birthday. Amazing how much we've both changed

Birthday Party Cake


Up Close - he had a specialized "kindermusik" type party.
 So we deemed it Toddler Rock and Roll

The set-up

class beginning

Brody was a bit cranky at first - cutting 2 year molars - but got really happy once the Tylenol kicked in

Hanging with daddy

Braxton - my friend Erin's youngest who slept through MOST of the party.

Little drummer boy

Loving the parachute

looks like I'm shoving him under the parachute, huh?

Bubble Marching

Singing Happy Birthday

Blowing out the candle

Yummy cake

opening gifts at home

toy story baseball bat and ball from his sweet friend from school - Addy

And there were many more pictures I emailed to family through Picasa. If you did not recieve them but want them, please let me know.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Week Ahead

Generally, I use this blog only for family writings and all things kiddie related and keep all cancer stuff in my other blog http://www.kellysjournal2009.blogspot.com/ However, I think this is worth putting on both blogs. This week, beginning today, we celebrate lots of LIFE. I'll explain...

Today, August 17th, 2010 marks my 1 year anniversary of being done with chemo. Yes, last year, I was getting my 16th and final round of chemo. Here's a few pics to show where I was and where I am now.

July 16th - chemo birthday party

August 18th, Brody's 1st birthday party

October 10th - Race for the Cure in Brentwood

July 4th - St Louis zoo with my favorite baby boy ever!

July 4th - leaving the Arch with my favorite little girl

Now tomorrow we will celebrate Brody's 2nd birthday. Cannot believe my baby is 2. These have been the fastest and sometimes slowest 2 years of my life, but one thing is for sure...he has brought so much joy to my life through the suffering I have been through. Here are some pics to show his growth along this past year...(sniff sniff)

November 2009

April 2010

May 2010

Recent. Can you believe what a big boy he has grown into these past 12 months??!

And finally, David and I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary this Saturday, August 21st. In six years we have survived learning how to live together, moving to a new state, building a home, have 2 children, and cancer. It's amazing the grace that God has poured over us and how he has protected our marriage. 70% of couples will divorce when cancer enters the picture...a very sad, but true statistic.

So, happy week to Team Blevins!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Random Pictures

Pretty sunflower garden by our house. It's my favorite thing to drive by every summer.

Watching a movie together before going to bed. Brody LOVES hanging with big sister!
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Tee Ball Party

OK - this is NOT a T-Ball party picture, but Brody's favorite shoes to
wear EVERYWHERE now are his froggy rainboots which he lovingly
refers to as his "ribbits." I think it's hysterical!

Chloe posing at the party for me.

Coach Brian giving Chloe her trophy!! I'm one proud mama!

And she is one proud and happy Little Giant!
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