Thursday, April 16, 2015

Breast Cancer Round Two

Sometimes I wish I could see into the future,
to know what waits for me around every corner.
But God in His infinite wisdom knows I have to learn to live by faith,
trusting that come what may, He will care for me and my family.

One year ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer metastatic to my liver.
The chemo treatments were harsh and there was a lot of pain and narcotics and bed rest.

But I beat it!!!

The cancer miraculously shrunk and disappeared.
I continued medications that were supposed to keep the cancer at bay,
since stage 4 cancer is never cured, only controlled.

And then in December I began to feel that the cancer in my breast was growing again.
The oncologist had me scanned and said it was smaller than the year before.
But I wondered, is it smaller than after I finished chemo?

Another scan 2 months later confirmed my suspicions,
the cancer had returned to my breast.
I started chemo again 5 days later.

This time the chemo would be milder she said.
But I was afraid.
I have a job now that I love.
Would I be able to do it every day?
Would my hair fall out again?
Would I have to go on narcotics for the pain 
and go through the terrible process of weaning myself off?

This chemo was every week, instead of every 3 weeks.
My husband had a hard time taking that much work off so I got friends to go.
I had a great time getting to know more about these wonderful women 
as they were stuck beside me for several hours in the chemo chair!

The weeks went by and the pain was minimal.
I didn't need the narcotics!
I could drive!
I could go to my job at my kids' school every day!
It has been such a blessing to be there,
to have somewhere to go to get my mind off cancer
and be surrounded by the love of those wonderful children, staff and parents!

I found the hardest part this time was my physical appearance.
Last year I shaved off my hair with no problem, but I was so sad to lose it again.
My face has broken out into a hundred pimples from the treatments,
and I feel like wearing a bag over my head and hiding in bed.
Again my job has saved me from staying home and feeling sorry for myself
and I am so grateful.

The chemo has done its job and the cancer has shrunk again!
I was so blessed that it did not return to my liver.
And this time we are taking it out!
Surgery is scheduled in a few weeks.
Single mastectomy with reconstruction, with the other breast to follow soon.
The surgeon feels that my body has been through so much this past year.
She doesn't want to risk infection by doing a double mastectomy.
I respect her cautious decision, but don't look forward to being lopsided for swimsuit season!

I can't say yet that I am grateful for cancer.
But my world is so much bigger than it was before!
My faith has grown.
My perspective has broadened.
And I have come to know so many amazing people 
that would not have been in my path without this cancer journey.

I had the opportunity to speak in church on Easter.
I spoke about hope and faith and trusting in the path God has for each one of us.
Faith is a choice.
Happiness is a choice.
They become habits as we choose them over and over again.
The hard things in our life can overtake us or be just a small part depending on what we choose.

My life is bigger than cancer.
I am grateful for the beautiful life I lead.
I am still the luckiest girl ever!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Farrell's Tater Creator!

So I was super excited about The Great Tater Creator at Farrell's!

Everyone got their own Tater Creator sheet to pick their favorite fries and toppings!
There's even a cheat sheet on the other side with some recommended combos.

It was great for the kids too, who definitely don't have the same tastes in food 
as their parents, or even each other!

These plates of fries disappeared quickly!
We had so much fun passing them all around to try each other's picks.

My favorite turned out to be the Don't Fry For Me Argentina plate
from the cheat sheet on the back!
Look at all those delicious toppings!

Here's a list of all the taters and toppings!

    - Fries
    - Potato Tots
    - Sweet Potato Fries
    - Waffle Fries

    - Brown Gravy
    - Buffalo Sauce
    - Cheese Sauce
    - Farrell’s Chili
    - Farrell’s Sauce
    - Tangy Balsamic
Regular Toppers:
    - American Cheese
    - Anaheim Chilis
    - Bacon Crumbles
    - Black Olives
    - Bleu Cheese
    - Cheddar Cheese
    - Chopped Onions
    - Crushed Garlic
    - Fresh Basil
    - Grilled Onions
    - Jalapeños
    - Parmesan Cheese
    - Pico de Gallo
    - Scallions
    - Sour Cream

    - Fried Egg
    - Ground Beef
    - Guacamole
    - Sautéed Mushrooms with Truffle Oil

    - BBQ Sauce
    - Bleu Cheese Dressing
    - Chipotle Sauce
    - Farrell’s Sauce
    - Honey Mustard
    - Ranch

The Tater Creator is great alongside your favorite Farrell's burger
or on its own as a tasty appetizer option!

Come try it before it's gone!

For your local Farrell's info, go to!

Irvine Park Railroad's Easter Eggstravaganza!

Have you been to the Irvine Park Railroad??
It's one of our favorite places to go to celebrate holidays or any day!

It's time to head to the park and meet the Easter Bunny!
Now through April 4th for $10 you can ride the train to take your picture
with the most famous bunny in the world!

While you're at the park take advantage of all the great activities they have planned!
One of my kids' favorites is the cookie decorating station!
Who wouldn't love a cookie with as much frosting and sprinkles as you want??

The kids can also get their faces painted, ride in the hay wagon, 
jump in the bounce house, and play carnival games!
And kids ages 2-12 can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt!
The fun starts every day at 10AM!

Parents can purchase Easter baskets at the park 
and take advantage of all the wonderful photo opps throughout the park 
for a picture perfect Easter celebration!

See you at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza!

Become a fan of Irvine Park Railroad on Facebook, 
follow us on Instagram (Irvine Park Railroad), view pictures on Flickr
and follow our tweets on Twitter (IrvineParkRR).

While at Irvine Regional Park, be sure and visit the parks other activities 
including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, 
pony rides and the Orange County Zoo.

The park entrance fee - charged by the County of Orange - 
is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends.

Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 AM. 
The cost for train tickets is $5.00 per person; children younger than 12 months ride free. 
Irvine Park Railroad is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Farrell's celebrates St. Patrick's Day!

Farrell's is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all through the month of March
with a brand new burger and ice cream sundae!

The Blarney Burger is a tasty tower 
with a Farrell’s fresh (never frozen) 1/2 lb. all-beef burger
 topped with Farrell's made-from-scratch Guinness® cheese sauce, 
crispy Tater Tots®, succulent corned beef, 
and a house-made horseradish mustard and cabbage slaw.

 On the side? 
What else, but Farrell’s take on Irish nachos: 
french fries covered in Farrell's finger-licking 
Guinness cheese sauce, bacon and green onions.

Kelsey and Daddy gobbled the Blarney Burger right up!
I loved the slices of corned beef!

The Pot O' Gold sundae was a huge sundae 
made of 3 scoops of mint chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream, 
swirled with hot fudge, and topped with a mountain of green whipped cream, 
rainbow sprinkles, a chocolate mint cookie and a cherry!

Come experience the Luck of the Irish at Farrell's this month!
You won't leave hungry, just happy!

Blarney Burger and Irish Nachos is $13.99 and the Pot O’ Cold is $8.99.

Find your closest Farrell's at!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival and GIVEAWAY!!

Spring is my favorite time of year and I'm so excited to celebrate
With family-friendly food and entertainment, 
Knott's Berry Farm is the place to be this Spring!

My favorite part of the festival is always the food,
and having a celebration built around my favorite berry is amazing!
In the 1930s Walter Knott harvested the boysenberry, 
a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, 
and named the new berry after its originator Rudolph Boysen. 
Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. 

This year Knott's will debut its new  Berry Market™ Boysenberry BBQ Sauce!
You can enjoy it at the festival and take some home too!

And there's even more fun to be had as kids get the opportunity to make their own berry tarts,
and guests participate in pie eating, a pie walk, and Grandpa’s Boysenberry PJs Contest!

The Easter Beagle will be on hand along with all his friends in Camp Snoopy,
where they have a special stage show and lots more fun for little ones!

Knott's is extending their hours for the Boysenberry Festival,
so you can play in the park from 10 AM - 10 PM!
At night the fun continues with Jammin' in the Dark
as DJ Howley plays tunes for a berry fun dance party!

With Spring Break coming up, Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is the place to celebrate!
Bring your family for a fun-filled day of boysenberry fun in the sun,
or buy a season pass and enjoy all the seasons at Knott's 
for just $84, or six easy payments of $14!

And now for the best part...
I've got 2 tickets for you to attend Knott's Berry Farm's Boysenberry Festival!!
Tickets can only be used through the Boysenberry Festival season, March 28th - April 12th, 2015.

Hope to see you there!

*This post brought to you by Gigasavvy. Photos courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm!


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