Welcome to Summer

This time last year, I was in the middle of chemo as our kids celebrated the end of their school year.  I’m grateful that this year I’ve been able to be right in the middle of the craziness.

I think this year I’m more tired :)

Swim team practice in MayThe kids froze through their first swim team practices.
A week later, we are all sweltering.

Indoor Rock ClimbingWe checked out an indoor rock climbing facility intown – very cool!

Geocaching!We spent last weekend (and the weekend before that!) geocaching.

The Tortoise and the HareSam played “the coolest animal in the woods”
in his class play, The Tortoise and the Hare.

Weekly drama class at Red Door PlayhouseAnd a fire-fighting dog at the Red Door Playhouse.

Brownies to JuniorsSara “bridged” from Brownie Girl Scouts to Juniors.

1st grade class portraitsI helped Sam’s class celebrate their truly wonderful teacher.

May 13 - Underwater Portrait, 3rd gradeAnd Sara’s class make underwater portraits.  They are all ready for the pool!

3rd Grade Candy AwardsI went to Sara’s end-of-year party (where she was recognized for being the class peacekeeper),
but sent Joey to her Math Carnival the next day.  I don’t do math.

Cyst on ultrasoundAnd I was stabbed a few times by the folks at Emory.  This is an ultrasound image of one of 3 cysts.  The darkness in the bottom half is my tissue expander (also liquid).  Pathology results in 3-5 days, but I am not worried.  And I had no problems teaching a fun kids’ Zumba class afterward.

The best news of the week?  My cousin powered through a dangerous surgery Monday in his fight against melanoma.  He and his family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

I’m looking forward to greeting our 3rd and 1st grade graduates at the bus, and teaching my first post-treatment, hour-long Zumba class tonight – with grown-ups!



  1. Christine says:

    Been busy with end-of-year business of my own and haven’t visited you here in a little while. I’m so glad I got all of the news at once! You’re in such a different place this year as compared to last year at this time. Thank God.

    Let’s get our families together a time or two this summer!

    Love to you all–

  2. Thanks for sharing this post! Always thinking of you guys! (Our fav photo is Sam as ‘the coolest animal in the woods’ – he has swagger! :) Happy Memorial day!

  3. Melissa says:

    Nicole you are so awesome!! This strength this family shows through adversity, amazes me! Love you all!

  4. Dear Nicole,
    Really appreciate Cindy and Jerry being here for the whole family. They are the best!


  5. cathy ritter says:

    You are one amazing woman. you inspire me to get healthy. thank you for sharing your personal experiences.

  6. YOU inspire me and I LOVE YOU !! Can’t wait to see you and the kids and Joey next week. Mom

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