October 1-15th 2014 ...Part 1

October is always a fun month because starts out with Ingram 's birthday! And of course if it's Ingram's birthday, it's also Beau's birthday which makes it even more fun!!! So here are the birthday boys...Ingram is 6 years old and Beau is 3 years old!  Happy Birthday to them!!

Birthday Boys!!

Let The Spoiling Begin At School!

Special Delivery At Lunch!  His Request...Chick Fil A...I Knowing, Shocking Right??

Then Hitting "Golfballs"  With Daddy!

Trying To Take Over The Cart From Daddy!

Yep, We Even Squeezed In Dinner And Presents Before Both Girls Headed To Soccer!

The Fab Four Reunited Friday Night For Ingram's Birthday Dinner At Where Else...Chick Fil A!

Then came the weekend and we ended up with two tickets to the Ole Miss game so this happened! We'll just call this a special birthday trip with Daddy!  They had so much fun at the game and even got to meet a very special celebrity on accident...Katy Perry!  Ingram was walking around in the hallway (wearing his Ole Miss jersey) and Katy said "Go Rebs!!" to him and he said "What???" with the craziest facial expression of all.  So then of course, she comes back to him and squats down and repeats it and so do he.  Then she explains why she said it and asked him who he was cheering for; so he asks Daddy who says Ole Miss and then Ingram says "Oh okay" and proceeds to show Katy Perry how he can hop on one foot because that's way more impressive than being a superstar singer.  And no, there were no pictures taken because Ingram had no clue who she was and was just talking to her like he talks to everyone.  It was no big deal....until his sisters found out!!!

My Main Men!

He Hung In There As Long As He Could!

The other best thing about October is Fall Break!  The girls got a whole week off from school and Ingram had 3 days off; Daddy took the whole week off which was totally fantastic!!!  We were supposed to go to the beach, but ended up staying in town and having all sorts of fun and doing all sorts of work at home.  And a fun week at home is just what we needed, especially leading up to scans!  We stayed up way too late every night and had way too much fun!

Daddy's First Time At ECS Lunch!

Ingram's First Spelling Test...Not Too Shabby When We Forgot To Study!

He Had No Problem With This Word...Or The Fine Motor Skills It Took To Make It!

Madison And Lindsey Taking A Day Of Their Break To Show Some Love To Ingram's Class!

Reading To The Wiggle Worms!

Lindsey Organizing EVERYTHING!

The Whole Crew After PE When The Girls First Arrived For Reading And Craft Time!

And Yes, That Was A Heavy Book He Bopped Her On The Head With!

Ingram's New Fish From School...Green Rocket!
Green Rocket Was Part Of The Little Vets Class Ingram Took After School.

It's Open House Night And We Couldn't Get These Boys Away From The Lego's!

Ingram hasn't had his "regular" check up with his Pediatric Cardiologist since the April 3rd 2012.  Every since Craig's heart diagnosis back in 2007, the kids have all had yearly heart checkups until they were cleared which meant the holes in their hearts were closed.  Both of the girls were cleared several years ago, but Ingram's last appointment was on the same day his original CT was scheduled.  He hadn't been cleared yet, so I figured we'd have his checkup then too since it's in the same building.  Obviously since that day, our lives changed forever and I hadn't even thought about his yearly checks that I had missed.  Well, they called for his checkup the other day and I said we'd come, but I told Craig I would need him to go with me because I didn't think I could go into that building without falling apart.  When it came time to go, Ingram and Craig left by themselves because Ingram picked only Daddy to go with him and I nervously waited at home.  After many texts from Craig about the forms to fill out, allergies to what medicines, list of regular medicines, and more, he finally sent this picture of Ingram taking the Moose's blood pressure and I calmed down a bit.  Then next text I got (it seems like hours later) was "Perfect Heart" and I of course started crying then immediately sent a whole set of questions to ask making sure they knew about "this and that" and then the phone rang and it was Craig repeating his whole conversation with our Doctor regarding EVERYTHING from the past 2 and a half years including the how chemo could damage hearts (a risk we knew) but that his heart looked perfect.  Oh the tears came flowing down!  You have no idea how good it felt to get that report, especially a report I'd been worrying about every since they called days before knowing that chemo can damage hearts and knowing that there his hadn't been cleared yet.

Taking Care Of Business!
Lindsey had a cross country race Saturday so we'd all been at Shelby Farms during the week and on Saturday for her to run her mile.  Lindsey ran super fast and placed 2nd in the West Tennessee Regional Elementary Cross Country Race with a time of 6:40.  She even qualified for the State Elementary Cross Country Meet in Knoxville!!  It was amazing to see all the Elementary and Middle School kids out there running and having so much fun that I think it even made Madison want to run faster when she ran her two miles for soccer that weekend.

I'd Say 2nd Place And A 6:40 Mile Is Not Too Shabby For Her Ever Cross Country Race Against over 200 Girls!!

Since we're always running, Ingram decided that he wanted to run the "marathon" (don't freak out, he calls anything running or biking for SJ a marathon).  We told him he would need to run a mile first and so he said okay and changed into running clothes 2 minutes later.  And then this happened...

"Stretching Like Daddy!"

Big And Little, But Missing The Middle!

And They're Off For A Sunday Afternoon Jog!

And He's Done!  First Time Running And He Runs It In 12:30!

And then came Monday!  The girls are back in school, but this time Ingram is the one out of school!  He was loving getting to sleep late (which of course he didn't) and loved even more having a play day with is buddy Nolan!

Sporting The Pink Socks At Skyzone For Mrs. Taylor!

Bouncing Like Crazy All Over The Place!

Dodge Ball Champion!!

Lunch At Zaxby's!  We Were Just Glad These Two Can't Read Yet Because We Would
Have To Answer Some Questions About The Sign On The Left For Sure!

Practicing The "Tornado Position" For All The Storms Coming Our Way!

Taking A Nap On A Moon Bounce....NOT!!!!

And Finished Off With Sword Fighting!

After All That Fun, He Came Home And Asked Madison If She'd Run With Him And So Off
They Went, Running In The Rain!  They Ran Faster And Didn't Stop At All This Time!

Since Ingram is in Kindergarten, he's been working on lots and lots of stuff.  One of the hardest things for him is "language" stuff.  Math comes far too easy for him and even with is testing form SJ, we are seeing these different "processing" centers acting totally different just as they said might happen.  It took Ingram a few weeks to learn his first set of number and color sight words, but this list of 22 words was proving even more difficult for him to learn.  After working for what seems like a month or longer, Ingram was so excited to finally read all 22 sight words on this list and get to sign the Club 22 poster!  Of course, just like us, St. Jude is never far from his mind!  Subconsciously I think I was hoping that he would do this before his scan the same next day just in case anything showed up.

Yeah Baby...Club 22!  We Worked So Hard During Fall Break On His Words That
All Five Of Us Should Have Signed That Poster!

We've been preparing mentally and emotional for Ingram's scans for the next day for about a month, but the fighting, arguing, and bickering that comes along with Scanziety had reached a new limit and we'd had enough of it.  Having a whole week off of everything was wonderful and just what we needed, but at the same time, we were in the house for a whole week with this stupid scan day looming and now it was here and we were beyond ready to get the day over.   

Right around the time the kids were getting out of school, it started getting a extra nutty around the house with the kids and  crazy bickering with us from all the stress for Ingram scan the very next day.  Seriously it was more than we could handle...and then we get a phone call from the Tim Tebow Foundation!  Oh my goodness...it's totally out of the blue and crazy and awesome and ...

Ingram's Baseball Birthday Bash and Homerun Derby

Ingram says "GET YOUR HOMERUN ON!"  Ingram is soooooooo excited he's about to burst!!!  Come on out to the fields for this super fun day and do two of Ingram's favorite things... hit baseballs and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

September 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and until 2012 we didn't know how important it is.  There is a lot we could say about this month, but basically it all boils down to this statement...more knowledge=more funding=more research=more cures and that is what we need, that is what we hope for, and that is why we tell everyone we can about the amazing work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  We've had many ups and downs this month, but this month, for Ingram, wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for everything that's been done so far for childhood cancer research.  So here are some of Ingram's highlights for September!

Learning to ride a bike without training wheels isn't easy for anyone, and it's very possible that I've "baby-ed" Ingram a little in this regard thinking that his fine/gross motor skills and balancing is a little off due to all his brain/body's been through fighting cancer.  I've worked with him for months it seems but we needed Daddy to come in and help out because my back feels like it'll break if I bend like that again.  The first time Daddy helped, Ingram crashed and burned and wouldn't get back on the bike because Daddy let him get hurt. BUT he eventually got back on his bike with lots and lots of encouragement.

"But Daddy, I Just Don't Want You To Drop Me Again!"
"Ingram, I Promise I Won't Let You Get Hurt Today!"

After Daddy Earned Ingram's "Teach Me To Ride A Bike Without Letting Me
Get Hurt" Trust...This Awesomeness Happened!

We're still in Color Week at Kindergarten and the Ingram also begged me to come eat lunch with him "because other moms have been to lunch with their kid."  Insert "Mom Guilt" here and the next day, lunch was spectacular and Ingram was super excited and loving on me the whole time!  I sure miss spending my days at home with my sweet boy!

What? You Don't Eat Ice Cream With Your French Fries??
(Black Day- Iron Man Shirt!)

We Have Learned That Bunny Ears Are A Constant In Kindergarten!

What In The World Are We Supposed To Do With That Hair???
(Red Day- Washington Nationals GBL Jersey!)

And Now We Can Put Tooth #2 In The Books!  He Was Quite Sad That His Tooth Fairy Reward Wasn't As
Near As Nice As The Original Tooth!  We Tried To Explain That Tooth #1 Was Very Special!

Little man has been so excited about starting another new soccer season especially since the girls have been playing for a month already.  Ingram put on his uniform all by himself and was so proud of himself until I decided to come and check on him.

Blue Man Hiding Before His First Soccer Game Of The Season!

One Day.  Three Kids.  Five Games.  Two Parks.  Loads Of Fun!

Until The First Huge Crash Of Thunder Followed By Lightning Right As We Were
About To Take Ingram's Pre-Game Picture!  His Game Was Cancelled And The Girls'
Games Were Delayed For About 2 Hours.

Ingram Has Learned The Art Of Balloon Art!  Ingram, A Monster Truck, And A Tiger!
I Know, Shocking That We Figured It Out!

No, This Isn't A Sad Ingram As We Thought...It's The Hulk About To Beat Down Someone!

And A Tractor

And A Dog On A Go Cart...Ingram Had A Huge Imagination And A Plethora Of Sharpies!

As I said earlier, more funds equals more research equals more cures.  Katie Kalsi, a very well known custom handbag maker joined with us in the fight against childhood cancer.  Together, we came up with a custom speciality strap that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through Team Ingram and we couldn't been more excited!  For more information and to purchase your own purse/strap, go to www.katiekalsi.com and search Charity Collection.

The Strap Is Also Sold By Itself Under Speciality Straps If You Just Want To Buy It  Solo.

More Fundraising...Chili's "Donate Profits" Night!!  Madison Taking A Selfie With Our Friend And Fighter Bailey!

Lindsey And Avery Sporting Their CONQUER/St. Jude Shirts And Awesome Peppers!

Ingram With His Bailey!

Finally...A Game!

Go Dynamos!

He Was Soooo Excited That Mr. David And Mrs. Laurie Could Go To His Game!
We had our Team Ingram Kick Off Party this weekend also and the weather was just fabulous! We had kids out front playing soccer, football, baseball, racing and swinging all at the same time and no one even got hurt; if you had seen the yard, you would know how big of a deal that was!  The kids also swam while all the adults sat around and talked...shocking I know!  We were all talking so much that I totally forgot to take pictures of everyone goofing off so this is all we have.  Take our word for it, we're super excited about the whole St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend And Team Ingram!!

Ingram, Nolan, And Aiden At The Ready For The Race!

A Team Ingram Party Wouldn't Be The Same Without Mr. Aaron And Mrs. Erin!!

So I Asked The Question "Does Anyone Know Who Needs A Haircut??"
Totally Busted! But Can We Get It Done Before Picture Day Is The Big Question!

Later That Morning...Running Around At Missions With Mom
At School Trying To See Where He's Going!

The Dead Giveaway...Looking Through His Hair To See!

And then this happened after school...Ingram is taking an after school "class" called Little Vets where he is supposed to learn to take care of small pets like fish, hamsters, small dogs, and the like.  They also asked for parents to bring "small" pets to school at pick up time to let the kids learn about them.  Of course, Ingram told them Beau could come to school and come to school he did!  While Beau was being so sweet with all the kids, Ingram decided to unhook his leash without my knowledge.  Beau jumped up on this bench and all the kids were having so much fun petting Beau and of course Beau was loving it too and perfectly content to sit there and let them pet him...UNTIL he heard or saw something and decided to take off across the yard, up the side walk, in the one open door to the school, up the first hallway, across the front hallway, and down the back hallway into an open classroom.  The funniest part is that Beau was followed by about 20 screaming and laughing kids and me right along side them running and chasing Beau too!  Oh my goodness, Beau was exhausted after his adventure and slept the rest of the afternoon!

I Was Thinking How Great This Was Going Right About Now!

The Next Time Beau Went To Pick Up Ingram From School, EVERYONE Knew His Name..I Wonder Why??
And These Are The Things That Happen When Mommy Isn't Around!
Hand/Eye Coordination Is Always A Work In Progress!

Totally Worth The 30 Minutes That It Took To Hit The Bottle!

Hanging Around With Pops At The Farm!

Still Hanging And Having Lots Of Fun!

We've been to the Memphis Zoo a million times before, but this trip was special!  It was Ingram's first field trip as a Kindergartner and he has been looking forward to going ever since school began.  Everyone rode in cars to the zoo and then met at the front entrance for a group picture before we began our fun long day!

The Mandatory Class Picture With The Animals That Are Strictly Not For Climbing!

Seriously!!! This Is What He Wakes Up With Every Day...Regardless Of His Recent Haircut!

Oh The Water Was Soooooo Tempting!

But Ingram Managed To Stay Dry....

Until We Made It To The Misters!  Soaking Wet Head!!!

The Messed Up Collar.  The Bad Haircut.  The Missing Teeth. The Hair Going The Wrong Way.
BUT HERE IT IS!  Did You Hear That??  Here It Is.  So Grateful Ingram's Here And In Kindergarten.

In the Fall of 2012, Germantown Football League sponsored Ingram and raised $10,000 for St. Jude during their football season.  This year, we and three other kids were together for the GFL St. Jude Kick-off Night for Team Jayde!  Jayde, a 4th Grader from Dogwood, was recently diagnosed with Brain Cancer and going through treatment at SJ.  Her brother in also a 7th grade just like Madison and GFL is hoping to raise money for St. Jude again this year.  Ingram had so much fun seeing all of his football buddies and running around the fields like crazy and it was so nice to be able to thank the GFL family for all they did and continue to do for St. Jude.  Of course, it's great when you're talking at the microphone and suddenly get a "love pat" from Ingram in front over everyone.  I guess I know what that lady from Costco long ago felt when Ingram gave her a "love pat" out of the blue too!

Ingram Signing His Name On The Team Jayde Sign...

And Sitting On The Potty....

...Getting Pre-Birthday Spankings By Anna Stegall!

...And Being A Totally Normal Kid Running Around With His Friends!

Ingram's Pretty Excited About Turning 6 So He's Making His Own Birthday Sign!

Please continue to pray for all the families impacted by childhood cancer, especially those who have lost their sweet children.  Please pray specifically for Ingram and our family as he has his next MRI Thursday October 16th.  Instead of the girls going to school that day, they will be with us at SJ for the whole day.  Please pray for clear scans and a great family day spent at SJ even though it will be very stressful!  Also stay tuned for fundraising updates with a huge event...Ingram's Birthday Baseball Bash...coming soon!