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Finns "2 year cancer free" party was amazing. Again over 100 people stopped by to jump, swim, and give Finn a high five. He loves it more than a birthday. He feels on top of the world and very cool. Sensei Todd, his martial arts teacher, even drove up from Laguna Beach with his family! Nanny and Poppy were there and all our family and neighborhood friends. I printed about twenty 8X10 photos of Finn from before, during and after his cancer journey and put them on the wall. It was touching to see and remember those days....
We had a great time with Nanny and Poppy followed by a fun week with the boys cousins Claire and Kevin. Lots of beach days boogie boarding and looking for dolphins. Too much good food :-) We were lucky enough to get to spend a week in a "Crystal Cove Cottage" right on the sand with our wonderful family friends, the Flanagans. The boys played endlessly in the waves (we all did actually!) and tidepools and we had a ton of our favorite friends come visit (even our good friends from Germany!). After spending the day on the beach, we would visit Rubys Shake Shack for yummy dinner and then play games together until we fell asleep to the sound of the waves.... Heaven!
The last day at Crystal Cove was Finns 7th birthday. Ted and I snuck up to Rubys before the boys woke up and got eggs, bacon, french toast, etc and decorated the table area with birthday banners and a couple fun gifts. 🎁 Then we woke up the other 3 and together we woke up Finn singing Happy Birthday and you have never seen a bigger smile 😊👏 It was so fun. We swam one more time in the ocean, packed up the cabin, drove home and 2 hours later had a little get together at our neighborhood pool with some of Finns good buddies, pizza and balloons! It was a great day! 🎈🎉
We also got a super wonderful surprise last night that there is another baby cousin on the way and its a girl!!!!!! Uncle Christian and Ann Marie are expecting her to arrive in March 💕
Recently, our babysitter sent me a picture of Finn she saw at Subway (because they donate a lot to Make A Wish). So cute. She showed it to her boyfriend who said "that picture looks familiar". He sent a picture of a placque on the wall at his work.....it was a placque from Make A Wish to his work thanking them for sponsoring a wish and telling them all about Finn. They had sponsored his wish!!! What a small world. I will put the pictures on here 😊 It made me cry. I may just be emotional right now because we are heading back to Stanford soon...it always brings back memories.
We also received a cardboard stand up thing that is being put up in all the Macys about their "Believe" campaign. It has a whole page about Finn and how his school helped kick off the campaign last winter. He is so proud of it and carried it around for many days showing everyone and staring at it.
He has had a hard time lately. He gets really frustrated easily 😕 He has been using the drumsticks Glenn Symmonds sent him when he had cancer and has been beating out his frustrations. We had a long talk yesterday about how sometimes things are frustrating but you still have to do them... He wrote me a note last night that said, "From Finn, I love you Mommy. Sometimes I get angry but I calm myself down" Not spelled correctly tho 😊. He really is so kind and loving but has a hard time when he doesn't get his way. We'll just keep working on it!
Last week, when he was misbehaving, I let his brothers go to the pool with the babysitter and I made him come to work with me. Fe found him in the staff kitchen shaking up Dr. Koseffs Diet Cokes! 😬. Last night, we went to Rubios for dinner and while I was paying, he was around the corner pulling his shorts down to make his brothers laugh but right behind him was a family eating dinner. He flashed them twice! I just got our food to go and we left :-) If I wasn't his mom and responsible for him, I'd be laughing! Ugh.
I am more than thankful for all my wonderful boys and their individual personalities. I feel like the luckiest mommy in the world. I have the best husband who is supportive and loving and fun. My favorite times are family times. I wish things could always stay as they are right now! XOXO