On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Make-a-wish day SEVEN

Day 7
 Our last day

 It has been hard for me to blog about our last day of Erin's wish because we were so sad to come home.  We spent the morning in the village enjoying every last minute of our time together there.

We met up with Diego (too bad Dora wasn't there - our children worship her)

We did some last minute surfing. 

And we couldn't miss out on another trip to the swimming pool.

After we packed up our suitcases we browsed through some of our favorite Village things.  Caleb loved the Amberville Train Station and remote control boats.

We did a quick trip through the Dino Putt miniature golf course.  This mini golf course is seriously the best one I've ever seen.  It was completely interactive and had a huge amount of creativity. 

Check out these dinosaurs at the Dino Putt.

...and these dinosaurs. 
I love how they catch the kids off guard.  It was such a surprise, we all jumped the first time.

We found an employee in the office to let us into the new Give Kids the World Museum, it wasn't quite finished, but we really wanted to see it.  We were the only people in there.  There were displays on each of the buildings in the village and stories about how the building came to be.  I think I cried at each display as I read each story.  The stories talked about families with a child with cancer who wanted to give back to the village in some way.  In almost every story the child died from their cancer and the buildings were built as memorials for that child.

It was inspirational to read about the strength the families had while loosing their child.  It was also so scary for me because I just don't know how I could handle loosing Erin.  I really have a hard time reading any story about children with cancer nowadays, even if they survive.  It is just too real.

We all cried as we left the Give Kids the World Village.  The kids were bawling and saying that they wanted to live there forever.  John and I were crying because the time we had there was priceless and we will never be able to recreate the amazing time we had together with our family.  Our hearts were full.  Erin's whole wish trip was truly incredible.  I cannot thank enough those involved in making Erin's wish come true.

We were all so tired and Caleb developed some kind of sickness/fever at the airport (Erin ended up getting it the next day).  We searched all over the airport for children's Tylenol, but they didn't have any, all we could find was extra strength Advil gel caps.  I called a nurse at our pediatrician's office and she said we couldn't give it to him.  Oh well, he fell asleep before we boarded the plane and then he didn't wake until we were flying over Utah.  Some of the people around us were asking if we had drugged him.  It was nice to not have the wrestle all the kids during the flight, but it was too bad he wasn't feeling well.

The girls had fun playing my little ponies on the flight, but once in air they both conked out.  We were so worn out from all of our fun, but it was well worth it.

Like I said before, it has been hard to express the thankfulness we feel for this most amazing trip for our family.  Erin's heart was full of happiness and joy every day.  All three kids were so kind and loving and enjoyable all throughout our trip.  There were few fights or tantrums, we just had lots of fun and made a ton of memories.

Erin talks about her wish trip to meet the princesses nearly everyday STILL.  It was a huge gift for her.  Even though she is young, I think she'll remember it for her whole life.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Erin's wish come true; our wish granters, Make-a-wish, Sky View High School, and the many others.  Thank you so much!

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