Halloween came and went so quickly. The pumpkin cookies will have to wait for Thanksgiving and the decorations, well, maybe next year, I’m just going to have to find them first. Elizabeth was pretty much set on being a witch for Halloween. That was, until we walked into the Spirit Halloween store and she spotted Dorothy’s TOTALLY TERRIFIC “Toto in a basket” for sale. “WOW! That’s what I want to be for Halloween!” She insisted and somehow talked her dad and I into buying her that Dorothy costume. A week goes by and it’s now Halloween day and Elizabeth is once again playing the role as vampire. Receiving yet another blood transfusion and platelets this time, as well. I was so worried she would get a fever and end up admitted, but somehow she continues to show crazy amounts of strength. And yet another VICTORY for Team Elizabeth! Elizabeth all of a sudden has a brilliant idea. She wants to be a “green bad witch” again. “But, we didn’t buy the witch costume.” I told her, “You wanted the Dorothy costume, remember?” Elizabeth had a plan and it’s a good thing because… Ummmm, it’s Monday and again we are stuck hooked to this pole at PCH clinic and I clearly cannot get to a costume store before trick or treat. What is a Mommy to do? How am I going to fix this because that’s what a mommy does? She makes things better and clearly I did not come prepared with my glue gun and all the essentials to make a witches costume. Luckily, daddies fix things, too. Those daddies are the BEST! Elizabeth’s Daddy immediately dashed to the costume store and picked up a cutie witch costume. And it’s a good thing because Elizabeth would have kicked me out of my own bed, which she now calls “her own” and I would have been sleeping out in the basket with Toto. So Elizabeth’s costume ended up being something so incredibly magical and so fantastically fantastical all in one. Why? She put it together herself. I think she had a plan all along and it was true Elle Brooklyn Style. Elizabeth’s Final Costume…The Green Wicked Witch that stole Toto and Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers with Hair. We rushed home from clinic. Grandma was luckily there to help make our little witch green. WE were off and spent the evening with the most amazing family ever. The Wonderful Wise Family! Kathy and Chip did everything I wish I could have done to prepare for the night myself. They are a beautiful family with amazing amounts of beauty. I can’t even begin to say it enough. They are incredibly beautiful people! Kathy and I first met when her son, Nathan and my son, Bryce were 6 months old. We have been friends ever since and I know this is a friendship that will last a lifetime. Kathy was there in the hospital with us when Elizabeth was diagnosed. I think she beat the ambulance to the hospital when we thought Elizabeth was having a stroke? Kathy and Chip were there to coordinate, organize, pick up and move our home when we moved in the midst of all of this. I am still wondering how it all happened? And Kathy is the one who is constantly picking up my spirit when I feel not so spirited. I LOVE that family! So the moment had finally come! Time to trick or treat, Elizabeth chucked Toto across Chip and Kathy’s living room. “What are you doing?” I said. “I’m making room for all the candy!” Well okay then, let’s go. Elizabeth hopped in the little red wagon and we were off. Daddy pulled her in the wagon to trick or treat because her legs are too weak and tire out very easily. Adults handing out candy kept giving her a hard time saying, “Wow, I wish someone would pull me around in the wagon to trick or treat. What a life!” I felt like saying “Wow, I seriously doubt you would really want to trade places with my daughter? Yeah, what a great life to have to fight childhood cancer at the age of 5 years old.” But, I didn’t because they clearly did not know E had cancer. She looked so freaking adorable with that Dorothy wig on. She glowed on Halloween and it was not from the green glow in the dark paint. It could have been the blood and platelets she received earlier that day but I like to think it was because she was so super duper happy and had such a magical magnificent night! The next day, I let the kids have a ditch day from school. Yep, the perfectionist mom I used to be would have said, “But, Bryce, Kate you both have perfect attendance and I don’t think we should mess that up.” We spent the day having tons of fun at home! The kids all planned, practiced and performed a show for Brooke and I at lunchtime. Somehow, I managed to unpack several more boxes from the move. The kids used them as props for their show. It was an exceptional performance they put on with homemade costumes made out of toilet paper! My kiddos are awesomeness. I love them so freakin’ much! They are why I will never give up on this fight against childhood cancer. As the day came to a close, we got ready for bed and the entire family sat in the bathroom as I gave Elizabeth her final chemo shot. We celebrated Elizabeth’s second phase of her treatment as another VICTORY in Blair history. We danced around the bathroom to Boom Boom Pow. Monday she will probably be hooked to another stupid pole again because of stupid childhood cancer, but we will be that much closer to another STUPENDOUS VICTORY.
Cheers to stupendous victories,
Heidi, Brooke, Bryce, Kate and Elizabeth