Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The 2008 SCID Picnic!

Sunday was a very exciting day for us as we were able to bring Parker to the annual SCID picnic. We missed last year as we were in Italy. Parker did attend the previous year, but with strict limitations as he was just a baby and had just gotten out of isolation at Sick Kids. It was such a great day and something that we were really looking forward to attending. It is always such a comfort to be surrounded by others who have shared a similar experience with their child(s) and to see doctors who dedicate their lives caring for these very special children. Parker was very lucky to have his Nonna, Nonno, Auntie Franni and cousin William join him as well. Although it was a chilly day, Parker still managed to go in the pool and down a slide or two. He was not too impressed with the slides though as you will notice in one picture where his feet are actually in the air at one point. However, being the trooper he is- he still managed to put on a smile after and swim with daddy a little longer.
I would also like to take this time to thank the Barry's Bay and Eganville community who had a fundraiser for Parker this past Sunday. We were sorry to have missed the event because of the SCID picnic. However, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped organize and support the event. We are extremely appreciative for all the support and generosity that we have received from others. My dad was raised in Barry's Bay and it is unbelievable to me how a community could still reach out and be so generous to a family that has not been living in the area for years. Here are a few pictures from our day on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Where has the time gone?

First of all, we apologize for not having an entry in so long. To be honest, we have been trying our best to act as "normal" as possible within our boundaries. Parker continues to do very well. He is really enjoying this summer with his family and having the opportunity to spend as much time as he can with his cousins. Thankfully, everyone has remained healthy which has enabled us to be a lot more flexible with Parker and not remain indoors like we did all winter. Parker's numbers remain the same which can be discouraging at times. However, we are thankful that he has remained healthy with the numbers he has and we are hopeful that they will still continue to increase with more time. Today's entry is simply some pictures so that everyone can see what the little monkey has been doing. His biggest highlight has been swimming in his Nonna and Nonno's pool. We are very lucky that they agreed to keep the pool as clean as possible and not have anyone swim in it if they are sick so that Parker could fully enjoy it. I must say that he is a complete natural in the water and has absolutely no fear of it which I guess can be good and bad. Parker is such a thrill seeker that he really has no fear of anything... We thank everyone for continuing to keep Parker in their thoughts and prayers and feel so blessed that so many people still continue to check our blog despite our long delay in writing. We hope that everyone is enjoying a relaxing and healthy summer with their family and friends.