Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

This is why

Let's get the obvious out of the way.  I have not posted in forever and the readers are probably gone and moved on.  That's ok.  Below are a few pics over the last couple months.  I have tons.  I will keep adding them over the next few weeks.  One thing I did want to mention is the charitable efforts by one of our family friends, Jack Sullivan.  Jack is a young man raising money for St. Baldricks in honor of Matthew.  I continue to be amazed and speechless when it comes to gestures like this.  And there have been many.  Some I have mentioned...most I haven't.  Thanks, Jack.  This is a big deal.  Use the link below to help him out.

The above picture reminds me when I ask myself 'Why?'.  

Skiing in Galena

Lock and Load!

Claire horseback riding on Bailey

Pele, in Matthew form

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Downers Grove Lemonade Stand 2.0

Caroline Vazquez and Grace Marino, the Team Matthew all-stars who last summer held an unforgettable lemonade stand are doing it again.  Proceeds benefit the leukemia research foundation.  The stand runs Thurs, Fri, and Sat (Aug 11, 12, and 13th)  12pm - 5pm.  611 Davis St. Downers GroveIL 60515.  The links to two sites below have some extra dets.

Matthew was not able to attend last year's lemonade stand but he is certainly looking forward to going this year.

Monday, August 01, 2011

foot hurts (from kicking so much ass!!)

Not sure where to begin.  I had hoped to deliver a blog post well before now but I was awaiting a bipartisan resolution to issues regarding my personal debt ceiling.  Sure hope there are some folks out there still listening.  For those of you that are...I am happy to report that everything is going well on all fronts.  Despite the weather this summer, which has been complete garbage, I have to say that this has been the greatest summer ever.  Matthew is, as the title of this blog suggests, kicking ass.  All of his tests have revealed no sign of cancer.  He is also off of his Cyclosporine, which is the nastiest of all his medicines.   We have, in the true spirit of living every day to its fullest, been taking full advantage of each day.  Not even sure where to begin.  We had an awesome 4th of July at our friend's lake house, took a road trip down to st louis to see my sister and BIL, Matthew has started pre-school and potty-training, and Claire has learned how to ride a two wheeler.  Below are some pics that hopefully tell the story better than I can.

everything but the kitchen sink

Preschool.  lets do this.

It's like he knows that one day, it will be his.

potty training is going well after some initial confusion

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Matthew 3.0

Statistics: "Matthew, you have just over a 50% chance of seeing your third birthday."

Matthew:  "Statistics,  you have a 100% chance of being punched in the me!"

Matthew had a great birthday yesterday.  For kicks, I went back and looked at pics from his 2nd bday.

The dude is def looking and feeling better.  He continues to remind us to make the most of every single day. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

pro bowl caliber

This morning Claire and I participated in the NCO fun run.  Despite some chilly temps, we had a blast.  Claire has an interesting running style, characterized by short bursts of blazing speed followed by long 'recovery periods'. Jay Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears was there running the race with his cousin who lives in the area.  No, Kristin Cavallari was not there :(

After the race, we kicked it over to our neighborhood easter egg hunt.