Saturday, August 27, 2011

Countdown to the OBX!

Right now we're sitting at home waiting to see what hurricane Irene plans on doing. Hopefully our house in North Carolina Outer Banks will be there when we arrive next week! Here are some photos from the last time we were there in 2009.

This will be our first year in the OBX since Jim received his new windbags. I'm so excited for:
  • No lugging of O2
  • No sounds of treatments being done
  • Not waiting for Jim to do treatments (normal ~6 hours out of the day)
  • Jim not getting tired (he will probably tire me out this year)
  • Walks on the beach (sounds cliche but Jim wasn't able to do a heck of a lot of walking)
  • Climbing sand dunes
  • Climbing the lighthouse
For those of you that do not know, Jim's donor was in North Carolina when we received the call for transplant. We've always loved NC but we now have an even greater love for it. I know being in NC this year will be even more special than ever before! Thank you to Jim's donor and his family for the selfless gift you gave! xoxo

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Baby You're a Firework!

Thankfully, there is nothing exciting going on as far as Jim's health goes! We've been busy living life. We enjoyed several concerts at Musikfest. I spent several nights with high school friends including some Team Sheldon peeps and my buddy Kirsten who lives in Miami. We enjoyed a party with great friends this weekend, the landscaping is done and the siding is almost done on the house... next step is a deck!

We had a nasty storm last weekend that got my art room in the basement soaked! I am concerned that there may be mold now. I'm thinking about planting my butt at Home Depot or Lowe's and wait for one of the home improvement dudes to show up and help out. Helllloooo HGTV...I'm here, I'm here!!! *waiving hands in the air, jumping up and down and smiling real big*

There still are things that happen (15 mos post tx) that I have "WOW"
moment with. A few days ago we heard fireworks behind our house. I let the dogs out and realized that the fireworks were very close but we had some large trees in the way. 15 mos ago I would have walked down the block to see them better, by myself... Not now, I called Jim out and we went for a walk
together to get a better view. All I could think was how amazing life has been since he has had his transplant. Yes, the first year was crazy with some
major roller coaster rides but it was all
worth it!

We have 3 baby bunnies that I have been watching grow for the past month. They finally have started exploring outside of their nest.

Jim is being honored at a CF event called "The Finest Top 20 Under 40". Check out his bio and fundraising page on the right hand side of the site. He needs to raise at least $1,500 which leads me to the event that we are having.

Details are still being worked on but we are having a Bike Run on October 23rd. I am hopeful that we will be able to raise funds along with awareness!

2 more weeks until we are on vacation in North Carolina! Can't wait to get away and enjoy NC like it should be enjoyed (no treatments or machines to be hauled in and out of the car)!

Picture #1: Shannon (part of Team Sheldon) and I

#2: Shannon and Holly (Team Sheldon)

#3: Me and Kirsten (distant support buddy and Maroon 5 lover)

As always, none of these days would have been so much fun without the help of Jim's donor and donor family! Life really is good!