Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Here are some fun pictures of the Kennedy's at age 6 or so.
First there is Courtney--

This is her least favorite haircut, but she has the greatest smile, and how can you resist those dimples and wonderful brown eyes.
Then there is me--

How can you not love that shirt. I wish I still had one like it. The butterfly collar tops it off. I also think that I forgot to comb my hair that morning. Must have gotten distracted by the print on my shirt.

Then there is Charlie--

He has the confident smile knowing that he is way cooler than both of his parents when they were younger...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Man it has been a long time since we have posted anywhere. Life moves fast, and it takes a lot out of us just to keep up. Most of this post is a duplicate from our Caring Bridge site. Sorry...

One thing that is really funny, Charlie couldn't sleep last night because I told him that we would make blue waffles on Saturday. He was so excited!!! It's the little things in life that are the best.

Charlie is doing really good. We have had a couple clinic visits since our last post. His blood counts have been increasing, so they have been increasing his chemo doses. Courtney had to work, so it was just Charlie and Daddy trip this time. It was a big step for Courtney; it was the very first appointment that she has missed. Charlie mentioned several times that he missed his mommy. On our way down the hallway to the exit he was pretending to be Spiderman. He was slinging his webs from side to side as he walked down the hall. It was kind of surreal knowing the brutal medicine that he was just given, yet he still has the exuberance of a 6 year old.

We had his first school concert a couple nights ago. It was pretty funny seeing him up there singing songs with his class. He sang ‘On the Road Again’, ‘She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain’, ‘Wheels on the Bus’, and ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’. When he wasn’t singing, he was up there talking to his neighbor and, of course, picking his nose. It was really sweet to see how much his classmates care about him. Before the concert, he was crying because he wasn’t sure he wanted to go up and sing, but his whole class rallied around him.

Charlie is an Honored Patient for the Pennies for Patient program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is on a poster and there is a little bio about him. This was sent to a bunch of schools around the northwest to help raise money for the L&L Society. The other day we got a bunch of letters from 2nd grade students from the Tri Cities area. It was really cool of them. Charlie’s favorite was a picture that one of the kids drew of a battle scene from Star Wars.

We also had Christmas since our last post. We had our first Christmas at our new home, and the first one at home since our heavy treatments. It was an awesome day. Charlie got lots of legos, which we played with all day. It snowed the night before, so we had a white Christmas. Santa answered Charlie's letter by getting him everything on the list. Good thing the list was reasonable this year. There are tons of details that I am forgetting, but that is what I get for waiting so long to post.

I have also been thinking about organizing a blood drive, in Charlie’s honor. I would need to have 25 people commit to donating for them to come out. Many more details need to be figured out, but if you are interested send us an email or leave a comment. bricourt@comcast.net

More pictures will be posted soon.