Thursday, April 08, 2010

Marlon is 10 and Easter is fun!

Marlon's Birthday Lunch. Precious picture.

So sorry we haven't updated in a bit. My space bar broke on my keyboard and I've been waiting for a replacement. It is taking a while, so I transferred the pics to our tiny netbook and now I'm back in business. :)

Sunil's health continues to decline. His neck is giving him soooo much pain that we have to keep him on a steady regimen of Oxycontin and Oxycodone. The doctors told us to expect a decline, but I just can't believe it, even as I see it. Sunil says "I'm trying to get better" and that breaks my heart. I hope he doesn't feel like he is failing in his effort to heal. It's not his fault that the bastard tumor is taking his body away from him. I just pray every day that God would not take his right hand. I pray everyday that Sunil could be the miracle we all pray for. He is finally able to rest without pain today after a pretty bad night of waking in agony. We have enough Oxy in his system now to help his neck pain recede. His tumor is growing in his spine and causing the pain. Grrrrrr, with some tears, is all I have to say about that.

Marlon's Birthday Parties
We are still managing to have joy amongst the pain and anger. Marlon turned 10 on the 29th and came over for a Birthday lunch. She also had a Birthday party with her friends at her apartment the Friday before her Birthday. Amanda shared some pics with us, so I will share the controlled-chaos with ya'll.
New Tamborine (Above) and Chocolate Fondu (Below)
Birthday TWISTER!

We made her favorite food of Skirt Steak and Mashed Potatoes with Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. I unknowingly bought trick candles that wouldn't blow out! It turned out to be an hilarious surprise!

Easter Thursday! ?
On Thursday we arranged for the Easter Bunny to come early to celebrate while Marlon, Amanda and Sunil's parents were in town. I made a honey-glaze spiral ham, with mashed potatoes and the classic Green Bean Casserole. I hate the damn casserole but everyone LOVES it, especially Sunil, so I sacrificed and made it anyway :) We all had our own Easter baskets to find and 26 Easter Eggs to hunt down. It was super fun.
Easter Candy Lipstick

Friday, while Sunil's parents were still here, I took the day off and biked uptown to our old 'hood on 207th street to hang with Angela. We did a bit of biking around Inwood Park. Then we ended up at a cute cafe at 215th street eating good food and drinking a ton of Reisling. Which made it hard for me to bike home! :) But I did it. Although it was more physical activity than I've done since October when I quit being a fitness instructor. I woke up that night with LEG ACHES! Sunil and I were both a wreck. Although he had the good drugs and I had Ibuprofen :(
Mandi and Angela ready to ride!!

Orphan's Easter AKA "Orster"
Then on Sunday, Sunil and I hosted "Orphan's Easter!" Our friend Angela was going to have it, but since Sunil isn't very mobile these days, the party came to us!!! Anita (Sunil's Cousin) and her boyfriend Shane came and cooked lots of nummy Indian veggie dished. I heated up the leftover ham, we made roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Donald and Paulie brought and steamed Lobsters!!(Sunil wanted Lobster), Christine and Walter brought an amazing berry crisp with ice cream, Sara brought amazing Vegan cupcakes, and Angela's friend Heather brought the crudités! We had a ton of good conversation. Oh, and we had a pack of freakin' dogs here! Donald and Paulie brought Pinecone and Voltron. Sara brought her pooch Abeza and then there was Trixie, who turned out to be a fantastic hostess to her doggie friends. I hid about 50 Easter Eggs for the grown-ups to have some fun. It turned out to be pretty competitive. As you can see from the pics below. We also dyed some Easter Eggs. It seems grown-ups that don't have kids don't get to do the fun stuff anymore, so I think this was a big hit!

Donald, Walter and Paul showing off their finds!

Decorating eggs! from left: Donald, Sara, Walter, Angela, Abeza, Heather (hidden in Christine's hair) and Christine.
Trixie's Newest Thing
Trixie's Newest thing is to go in Marlon's room where the cats nap and bark and prance and carry-on to get the cat's attention. As if to say, "why won't you play with me?"

That is us. You are all caught up. I must go finish our taxes now. Time is a tickin'

Love you all and please continue to pray and send us cookies! :) Wait, did I say send us cookies, what I meant to say is, well wishes, continue to pray and send us well wishes... ;)


Allison said...

All you had to do was ask!

JoAnn Venhuizen said...

i love you both. and am buying a ticket this weekend....see ya may 6th!

Smocking with Gwen said...

Dear Mandi....Wishing and praying from Angela's Aunt Gwen and Uncle Dave...those southern people down in Hot-lanta! The good thing is that we love to create prayer chains. Loved seeing Angela hanging with "family"....all our best!