Sunday, May 8, 2011

No Chemo, Loss of Great Grandchild, trip to Rancho Banderas

A lot has happened since my last post. Frank has been off chemo for about 6 weeks to give his body a chance to recover. Dr. T. is very cautious which is good as too much could be toxic to Frank. He got myeloma labs last week and will have a bone marrow biopsy tomorrow (under general anesthesia) and then next week we'll go find out the good/bad results and go from there. In the meantime we have been busy--can't let moss grow under our feet, as he would say!

Kandra brought her two cute little boys and stayed a week before Easter to give Gavin a chance to run around in the woods playing with cousins, etc. instead of indoors all the time in LV. Those boys are sure cuties. Check Kandra's blog for more info. on that!

Unexpectedly, Wendy and I went to Las Vegas just before Easter when we found out that it was determined that Summer's baby (our first great-grandchild) and 34 weeks in utero, had no heartbeat. We made it to the hospital that night and after a LONG labor, she delivered a precious little stillborn son named Eric Ryan, weighing 3#15 oz and 19" long. We planned a memorial service there in her ward with her bishop presiding and speaking. Lance also spoke, gave a very touching talk and there were several beautiful musical numbers. Tarik's family was there as well as Kandra and her family and Lance and his. When the paperwork was completed, Wendy, Summer and Tarik drove home with the little body and a graveside service was held in Lakeside and he was buried in the cemetery there.It was nice to get to know his family better and find out what special people they are. Tarik's family with Summer, Wendy and myself after the memorial service.

The next day Frank and I flew from Phoenix to Puerto Vallarta and then traveled to Rancho Banderas where we spent a week relaxing with several friends from Heber and had a great time relaxing on a beautiful beach with amazing sunsets, great waves for boogie boarding and yummy food.

View of the beautiful gardens at Rancho Banderas Resort

Frank and Ron Squire looking out from our balconyMore shots around the resort:

Sunsets at the resort were spectacular when it wasn't too cloudy or hazy to see them.

I'm getting buckled in ready to go parasailing! What an adventure!

Up, Up and away!

All and all, a wonderful vacation with special friends! Frank was ready to just stay there, said he feels better at sea level--who wouldn't!


Becky and the Boys said...

So sorry for the tragic events. Looks like a magical trip! I would love to go parasailing some day!

Skousen Seven said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to go with me to Las Vegas. I couldn't have done it without you:)
The resort is gorgeous! Glad you and dad had some major R&R time. I think the last time you went parasailing, you were pregnant with Kristal?! Looks like fun:)

bdrain said...

Good for you and parisailing! Looks like a beautiful resort.

KaNdRa and JaReD said...

That looks like so much fun! I want to go parisailing so bad after seeing that:) Glad you made it back safe and hopefully you guys can recover from all your travels...oh are going to Utah on Wednesday;)

Tina McKinnon said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your little one... that's a really hard one...

Your trip looks awesome! Glad you were able to go...