We are on "vacation." It is a "vacation" and not a vacation because we are visiting family. As you all know, there is not the same sense of freedom when visiting as there is when truly vacating one's life!
As part of our trip we helped Bruce's mom celebrate her 60th birthday in great style. They rented a rustic typed inn (sleeping about 35) at a state park here and we and another 30 or so close friends all went out there for two nights. The kids all loved it and everyone seemed to have a good time. I am beat. I pitched in cooking dinner for about 40 one night and 25 the second. All in all it was very fun, but I am truly exhausted.
As for Bruce's mom she is doing as well as one can expect. She seems frail and is very thin now. She can't stand or even sit up for too long, it is extremely uncomfortable to sit because she has no natural padding anymore. Mentally she is still extremely sharp. She is in really good spirits and we are hoping she will get well/strong enough to start chemo again soon, but I am not really sure what is going to happen. She doesn't seem ready to give up on getting better, so I am sure she won't give up. Whatever happens I am sure we will appreciate our extended stay here and the time we are able to spend here with both Bruce's mom and dad.