Monday, May 26, 2014

Brandin and Chelsea visit grandma.

We had a visit from Brandin and Chelsea this past weekend and it was very nice. It was actually the whole family, Brandin, finance Stephanie, baby Lincoln, Chelsea, Rob and Theo. The kids have sure grown since Christmas. Mostly they just wanted to come by to pay their respects and to check in on how grandma was doing. It meant a lot to grandma to see everyone. It was an emotional visit, but it was quite touching to hear them thank grandma and papa for helping them throughout their lives. Now with children of their own, it's quite a development for grandma to see. Here are some pictures from the visit.






The most touching moment was when Brandin gave Grandma some money, he was trying to pay back a debt he owed from money borrowed in the past. Grandma said that it was the first time in the history that any any of the children paid money back. It meant a lot.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Farewell Papa.

Looking back at all the pictures and memories we can't but realize how much Papa meant to us. Papa was a kind-hearted soul that touched everyone he met. He had a certain charm that made him instantly endearing. Perhaps it was his warm smile, his jovial attitude or light-hearted demeanour, whatever it was, he was a likeable man that loved his family, especially his wife Nan. It's hard to believe that they've been together for 61 years. It's not often you see two people so connected, sweethearts since they were 16 years old.

I'm not sure many people know this, but he was a walking medical miracle. A man who was on a crazy cocktail of prescriptions, from aspirin to blood thinners. A man who has had innumerable medical procedures and operations with too many close calls to mention.  He certainly wasn't the poster-boy for good health, but you'd never know that from meeting him. I can personally attest that his mere presence has made my life richer. Malcolm and Melody had the fortune of growing up and living with a grandfather that loved them and cared about everything they did. He always had time for them, no matter how silly, no matter how trivial their request and actions were. We would all like to think that the past 7 years living together under one roof also enriched his life, made life more interesting and worthwhile from his side too.

This past Friday we lost a very important person, but a person who no longer has to live through the pain and discomfort of fighting illness. Many people, including doctors wouldn't have ever thought that he'd live past 80, well next February would have marked Papa Mel's 84th birthday, so there.

We will always love you Papa and you will never be forgotten. You were a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Most of all we're proud of you for being a fighter all those years. Thank you for everything you did, most of all thank you for being you. We miss you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day and hospital visits.

All in all 2014 has been a tough year for the family, especially when it comes to health. With Papa and Uncle Glen in the hospital our days are filled with a lot of ups and downs. We really have to hang on to the bits of good news that pepper our lives. Most recently, uncle Glen's scope showed the total eradication of the tumor, now that's substantial. The radiation and chemo has done its job; however, now it's all about the recovery. As for Papa, we did hear some good news albeit small. He's fighting a new infection and the antibiotics after two days have had a significant impact. The doctor was worried about how he would respond, especially in light of all his other issues. We just have to keep his spirits up, today marks his fourth month in the hospital. I know that some days he feels like he'll never get home, we're all still hopeful. Here are some shots I took with some black and white Kodak Tri-x film.




Mother's Day

I wish I could say that Mother's Day is a day where we all have warm and fuzzy feelings. This is the second year in a row where the kids weren't necessarily on their best behaviour. The family had plans to go out for breakfast and this year even Gomo and Carol came along. Grandma decided to go and visit Papa at the hospital, as part of her usual morning. Tracey, Roger and the kids did have a surprise for her when she came back. They got her a zero gravity chair for outside. Now she's able to sit outside in the good weather and enjoy some rays. She admitted today that she even dozed off for a while, testament to the comfort of the chair no less.






Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Life goes on...

Sad news, Papa is still in the hospital. Now he's just shy of four months. It's hard to imagine that he's been out of the house for that long. Grandma still goes up to visit him everyday, most days are good, but in truth the family is really just playing this long waiting game with no end in sight. The recent bout with pneumonia seems under control, but now there's word of another infection. We need him to get stronger, eat more and eventually move around so he can regain some of that strength.

In other news the kids are well, they still fight like cats and dogs, but from the sound of things that's pretty normal. Most days Roger and Tracey have to referee and keep them separated in order to have some peace and quiet in the house.

Now that it's May the school year is winding down. Malcolm is doing well in most subjects, especially his writing and reading. Roger and Tracey have been trying to work on improving his math, but most days are a struggle to get the extra work in. I think through their efforts there has been some improvement, albeit incremental.

 We're coming up on Mother's Day this Sunday. I'm not sure what's planned, but again with Papa in the hospital things have been difficult. Here are some pictures from Malcolm's baseball games and some film shots Roger has taken during March and April. He loves that Mamiya RZ67 camera. untitled-3.jpg untitled-4.jpg untitled-10.jpg untitled-3.jpg untitled-14.jpg untitled-1.jpg untitled-5.jpg untitled-8.jpg untitled-3.jpg untitled-9.jpg untitled-12.jpg untitled-20.jpg untitled-21.jpg untitled-1.jpg untitled-3.jpg