By Margot | July 14, 2009
It’s Sam’s birthday today. He is officially nine. We are so proud of our Sam. He had a great laser tag party on Saturday night with all his buddies and played in his basketball game on Saturday morning. There is no quit in our boy. He dribbled well and passed well and was fouled while he was trying to shoot. He missed both free throws not having the strength to get them up to the basket and he was pretty bummed about that. As he was going to sleep on Saturday night he said, “Mom I missed both free throws.” I told him I used to miss free throws all the time. Both Neil and I couldn’t believe how well he did all things considered. Saturday afternoon we got his bike. We are in New York today. Sam wanted his birthday in New York City. The kids did great on the plane. Charlie slept for half of the way and Sam and Andy entertained themselves playing Madlibs. As you can imagine there was a lot of little boy humor going on as every word they filled in had some sort of bathroom humor. They almost cried laughing everytime they put “weiner” in for body part and then we read it later. Lord knows what the people behind us were thinking. Between that and Charlie saying “What the?” all the time I’m bringing up some real gentlemen. We flew into Philadelphia - Pensylvania is where Dracula lives according to Andrew- yesterday and drove up to Jersey City to Uncle Matt’s place. The boys are having a great time with Rosco the dog and generally wreaking havoc on Uncle Matt’s very nice apartment.
Update continued 10;20pmNY time: Sam had a great day today. All the boys did. We went to Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty where Sam and Andrew had the audio tour for kids and loved it – they were really interested. Sort of surprised both Neil and me. We took a picture of both boys in front of the statue and a sleeping Charlie on my shoulder. Will post pics when we get home as I don’t have the converter here. We also took a family pic in front of the sign at Ellis Island because I figured if you put some old time Dungarees on the boys, we could have just gotten off the boat from Cork County . We came home and went swimming at Uncle Matt’s and then drove to New York to meet John and Catherine and Oliver at their house. The boys had a blast with Oliver – we went to Central Park and played a little and then out to pizza and noodles and then back for a cake that Catherine and John bought for Sam. They also gave him a new camera that he is so excited about. He kept saying all the way home, “Get it ready for tomorrow!” and then when we got back he said, “where’s my camera, can you help me set it up now?” Thank you thank you John and Catherine, you made him so happy. The boys just went for a late night walk with Uncle Matt and Rosco and I guess then they are going to fall into bed. Sam said he had a great birthday. We are so happy that we brought everyone for this trip, though there is the usual amount of fighting -lots, they are having a great time together and it’s a vacation for Sam too.
Tomorrow will start the medical part of the trip which I have sort of been ignoring to myself. We meet with Dr. Chang in New York who used to be an oncologist at Sloan Kettering and now does Chinese medicine and some other treatments. He was referred to us by Scott Kenedy whose opinion we value highly. We have no idea what he’ll have to offer but certainly want to turn over as many rocks as possible. We meet with Dr. Maris on Wednesday. We don’t have an official read from San Diego yet on the scan because the radiology team compared it with the March scan instead of the MSKCC scan which we gave them so the read doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know. Dr. Modak called today though and said he’d look at it by the end of the day – we’d Fed exed it to him. So, since he read the latest one before this one, he’ll be the guy to tell us what’s what. He is and has been so nice to us.
We did get all of eight and we are so so thankful for that. Sam has grown so much this year and learned so much in school. Just watching him in the pool helping Charlie swim just takes my breath away at how much he’s grown. I’m happy though that he will still crawl on my lap for a hug every now and then. Nine will be long division and essay papers, it will be growing out of some little boy stuff probably, it will be more travels – which he loves - and lots of laughter. It will be lots of tennis which he has become so crazy about. It will be Charlie starting preschool and Andy in first grade on the big kid playground with him. It will be lots more cancer treatment but we will do our best to make it fun and do it together. God, please give us all of nine and then we will come back and ask for ten…….