Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Camp Stephie

We are in the middle of the busiest part of our summer, so this update is a little overdue...

Two weeks ago, we spent a wonderful long weekend along the Patuxent River at the home of our good friends, Stephanie and Claude. Tony had a Monday appointment at the ALS clinic at Johns Hopkins, and Camp Stephie is only about two hours away. We drove up on Friday, and it was Louise's first trip in her big girl car seat! She loved it!

I'm not sure who was more excited to see the river, Cora or Jake!

Friday night there was a horrible thunderstorm at home in Lexington, and our house (and most of the rest of the county) lost power. Renata, my mom, my dad, and Phyllis all deserve a huge thank you for all the work they did, including cleaning up our yard, and cleaning out the fridge!

Meanwhile, at Camp Stephie... we were sympathetic to our family at home, but we were quite happy to enjoy the plentiful benefits of electricity! We toured the fairy houses at AnnMarie Gardens, enjoyed steaming some crabs, and spent some quality time by the river. We also got to see a lot of the Stevens clan on Sunday afternoon. Tony and Claude had a thrilling trip to a local tattoo parlor. Tony scored some new ink... a small tribute to our lovely girls.

The Monday trip to Johns Hopkins turned into a long one. We went up early for a good lunch, got to the hospital on time, and went through the gambit of health professionals during Tony's appointment. We knew that Tony has lost strength in his shoulders and hands, but they said other parts of his body are still strong. Most importantly, his breathing is very good.

We stayed over in Maryland one day longer than we had planned while waiting for the power to come back on at home. Wednesday, the 4th of July, we headed home. It was wonderful to come home to a house that was undamaged after so many other people were not as lucky.

Thanks again Stephanie and Claude!

1 comment:

  1. It was so great to be able to spend time with all of you. Love, Steph