What a great weekend I and the family had! It sorta started on Friday when I flew home from Houston on a morning flight, and got in around 1:30PM. After getting my luggage, I sprinted home to spend 15 minutes with Michelle, grab my camera gear, pick up Alex from school, and head downtown to do photography for a wedding! That was a fun experience, and a great couple tying the knot. After that, I sprinted back home, spent about 20 minutes with the family, and then headed to the Hillis house for a combined Grace FT/OT meeting. We had some amazing food, and spent some good time making sure the two teams were in sync with a vision and goal for Grace. It was a nice evening!
Saturday began very early, because we had to be at the Applebee’s at the Foothills Mall to do The Blender CHIC Fundraising breakfast. The deal was that Applebee’s would do all the cooking, and the kids would do the serving. Tickets had been sold, and everybody was stoked. But this is what we saw when we arrived.
Apparently whomever closed the evening before, set the alarm but forgot to lock the door! And when Chris arrived, and found literally nobody around, he went inside to investigate (very briefly). The alarm went off, and a bit later the sheriff’s arrived. They did some investigating but found nobody. And by now, it was well after 8, and not a single person from Applebee’s showed up to run the breakfast.
So, in true Grace community fashion, we quickly formulated a plan to move the breakfast to Grace. Several people headed to Walmart for supplies, and the rest of us headed to Grace to get things prepared. In no time flat, we had all hands on deck making pancakes and sausage (that was my assignment). We truly rocked the day!
It was hard work in the kitchen, pumping out all those pancakes, but it was a lot of fun!
And of course I had to do some quality control on the product!
All in all, I think the people who came had a great time. Not sure how much money was raised, but was an amazing example of the Grace community and spirit! You’d be amazed at how many people dropped what they were doing to show up and help!
After the breakfast was over, I felt the need to be outside! I’d spent a lot of time in the office in Houston (and got a lot done, so it was worth it!), but I needed to be on a trail. So, Alex and I headed out to Catalina State Park and hit the trail to Romero Pools. This is roughly a 5.4 mile round trip hike, with lots of elevation gain (over 1000′), and some pretty strenuous hiking, especially for a person undergoing chemo! But not for somebody like Alex, who literally ran up the trail, while I struggled most of the way.
The views were absolutely gorgeous on this fine Spring day! This particular section is like a huge saguaro garden.
After a couple hours of hiking (I was really holding Alex back), we finally made it to Romero Pools. It was super nice!
We took a load off our feet, spent some time hydrating, eating, and cooling our feet in the super cold water (and by that I mean freezing cold).
The water was running in some pretty nice falls!
After we were somewhat rested, we hit the trail to head back home. Along the way I saw this little guy…it’s like he was trying to hold up the huge boulder all by himself!
When we finally made it back, we were exhausted, but in that good way you get after having done something special. Our dogs were barking (“our feet hurt”) big time, and it felt like we almost couldn’t make it to the car, but we did! Once we got home, I absolutely had to take a nap, and Alex had some friends over. Later in the evening, we hit the UA vs. ASU Hockey game! It was Alex’s first, and he and his friends (along with Michelle and I) had a great time! But, we did loose, 2-0, in the last few minutes of the game.
Sunday brought a good message at church, a nice Fleming-Tuck lunch at Chipotle, and The Blender in the evening. The night was beautiful, and prompted some selfies that I managed to photo bomb!
We had breakfast for dinner, much to Brian’s chagrin, because he was out of town. But it sure was tasty (at least the sausage was, which I was in charge of again). God also blessed us with an amazing sunset!
You just don’t see colors like that anywhere else in this amazing country!
That about sums it up! We’re all pretty exhausted, but for good reasons. I have chemo tomorrow, which I’m not much looking forward to, but it brings me one step closer to being done. I hope you all have a great week and I’ll leave you with this parting shot of Alex and I having a super fun hike!