April 30, 2021 - Goodbye April, Hello May!
April flew by in a flash. It was a busy month for the Krankings, albeit very boring on the health front. Can I get a "Heck yeah!". We'll take boring on the health front every day.
April has always been a special month. It is the month of birthday's, such as my Mom and Mason's (not to forget many other friends and family as well). We had visits from my brother and from dear friends. It is also the month of our wedding anniversary, and this year was a milestone. We hit 25 years of wedded bliss. I am thankful to have Jamie as a partner. When we vowed "in sickness and in health", we meant it!
COVID created unique challenges in our celebrations, but I think we managed just fine. My brother visited for Mason's birthday earlier in the month. We had cake and lots of presents - of course we did! Master Mason couldn't do without presents (yes, note the lovingly ironic sarcasm). I like to say that our child is spoiled, but he is not rotten. My mother used to use a similar moniker for me, but she always combined the two.
Instead of a party for Mason, we opted to hire the Kona Ice Snow Cone truck to visit the neighborhood when Mason's school bus dropped off the kids. It was hit!! Mason and the kids loved it. And bonus for me, I didn't have a gaggle of 11 year old boys running rampant in my house.
After Mason's birthday, our dear friends from Atlanta came for a long weekend. The weather was perfect and we managed to spend many hours in the sun with way too much fun!
For our anniversary, we managed to get away for a sweet romantic dinner with just the two of us. It was perfect, as the very next day (as in last Saturday) we headed to Orlando. Yes, Orlando. It is the Happiest Place on Earth, after all.
This was a promise to Mason that we made when we broke his heart with the news of leaving 30A. Our biggest selling point to him was that our new house would only be 2 hours from Universal and Disney. Well, that is true, but then COVID hit. We weren't going anywhere near that place.
All I can say is that as soon as we were vaccinated, Mason's first question was something like, "So, does that mean we can go to Universal?" It may seem crazy to go at this time, but life is too short. I've witnessed it. I'm living it. And, I wanted to see the joy in my son's eyes as he performed his magic in Hogsmeade and the thrill on his face as he rode the Hulk roller coaster. So, we did it. We spent 4 days...4 days walking over 25,000 steps per day in Orlando. It wore me out, but in a good way. I had not walked that much in over 2 years. It was good. And for the most part, social distancing was practiced by the crowds. Universal and Disney really do a good job managing the crowds. The capacity is much less, the lines keep groups 6 feet apart, and when you "enter" the real line for the ride you find yourself walking straight through. Net net, we had minimal waiting time.
So, as April is coming to an end, May will bring it's own flavor of excitement. I get to experience another Mother's Day, which I am very blessed and thankful. May is also the month of my birthday and the 2 year anniversary of breast cancer. There will be more said on that in the upcoming weeks, I assure you.
I also have my Brain MRI on May 6th. That is probably the topic most top of mind. Scanxiety is growing, but it will be over with by next week. My PET Scan is not until early June, so then there is that. As always, we continue to pray for clean scans and stability with my health. So far so good.