Friday, February 19, 2010 - This was the story they did for the Waterloo - Cedar Falls Courier here in town. "Oliver's Story"
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Lou Henry Elementary Movie Night
My mom works at Lou Henry Elementary here in town and for their movie night the Student Ambassadors had refreshments available for the movie and asked for a donation to help Oliver. I am AMAZED at the kindness and thoughtfulness of others. It makes me want to be a better person. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's soooooo true. I want other people to feel the way that I've felt, the gratitude that I've been able to feel towards people who have helped us out. I don't know half the people who donated, they just did, and they didn't need to be thanked for it. But, I want to say THANK YOU!!!! Thank you to all the students who helped, the teachers and people who made and brought the food and for all the people who came and donated! It really means a lot to know that so many people care about Ollie!
Sign made by the kids at Lou Henry Elementary.
The kids helping with food and drinks.
Jayden Jolley, a friend from church and student ambassador who helped out.
Oliver, Uncle Chad and Grandma Young
Oliver and Alison
(This little girl wanted to help Oliver so she made baked goods to sell during a teacher meeting held at her church and raised $150! She never had even met Oliver. So sweet!
One of my mom's co-workers made this especially for Oliver. :O)
Mom, Mr. Ortman - Principal at Lou Henry, Me
He has gone above and beyond with helping Oliver and my mom! The staff at that school is AMAZING! I can't thank them enough!
Some of the kids and their families that came out for the family movie night!
My mom shaved her head with Oliver and then got his name carved into her newly sprouting hair! It's interesting to see that the letters "L-I-V-E" are the only letters that could fit in the frame. What we are all praying for............ the fact that he will LIVE through this.
Several of the schools in the Waterloo Community School District participated in the Penny Wars to earn "P.O.P. money" ("Pennies for Oliver Palmer"). The schools have gone above and beyond to help us out, especially Edison (where Oliver attends school) and Lou Henry (where my mom teaches). One elementary school had a donation from only one little girl who brought $16. How sweet is she!?! THANK YOU to ALL of the schools that helped us out by donating pennies in this penny drive!!!
February 11, 2010 - Mr. Galloway's 3rd Grade Valentine's Party - Edison Elementary
Today was Oliver's final radiation treatment down in Iowa City and we rescheduled his appointment for earlier in the morning so we could get back to Waterloo in time for his class Valentine's Day party at school. We hadn't told his teacher that we were coming so the class was surprised when we all came walking in! I've always loved helping out with my kids class parties and this year was no different!
The kids handing out their valentines.
Helping Ollie deliver his valentines to his classmates.
Oliver chatting with Takoda, one of his best friends.
Oliver and Grandma Young (my mom)
Ollie and all of his valentine goodies!
February 14, 2010 - Family Valentine's Day Dinner
Every Valentine's Day, starting when Oliver was 2 years old, we have a family Valentine's Dinner by candlelight! We started this tradition because we hated fighting the crowds in the restaurants. I came up with the idea of having a fancy dinner at our own house with the people we love the most, our own little family. Eden was almost 1 and 1/2 and Oliver was nearly 3 years old. We make fettucini alfredo or spaghetti, have garlic bread or breadsticks, salad and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. We even drink sparkling cider out of fancy wine glasses. The kids help decorate the table with linens, flower petals and candles. We also added some soft instrumental music in the background as well! We've loved this tradition ever since. The kids look forward to it every year!!!
The gang's all here!
Grandma & Uncle Chad
Stacy and Ed
Oliver - age 8
Eden - age 7
Jaren - age 2 1/2
Ollie being a goof! He was making us all laugh doing some hilarious 'Pistachio Disguisey' quotes from the movie, "The Master of Disguise" starring Dana Carvey! I'll have to find the video and post it!
Eden and Ollie
Finn was hanging out in his swing next to the table. I didn't realize that he wasn't in any pictures. Oooooops! We love you, too, Finny!!! Hope you all had a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY and took the time to tell your family and friends how much you love them!!!
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - Today was Oliver's final radiation treatment down in Iowa City. In about a month he will have a follow up MRI to see if the tumor has shrunk at all.
This is how I spent many visits down in Iowa City... watching the guys on their iPods. After we found out about Oliver's condition, Ed went out and bought an iPod touch for Oliver to play with during the long car rides and in the waiting rooms. VERY good Christmas gift I must say!
Oliver with his mask and bite block.
Ollie all finished! He never had to be put under sedation once! He did so great!!!
Oliver with his certificate of completion.
Oliver and one of his gifts from the MRI techs and nurses.
Oliver with some of his favorite nurses/techs...
Dolly and Oliver
Oliver getting Mike back after he surprised him with silly string!!!!
Oliver and Mike
The aftermath... I'm glad I didn't have to clean that up!
Stacy, Oliver, Ed
Oliver flinging a gummy bug at the wall... ewwww....
He did such a good job throughout all of his treatments! The staff down at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics were all FANTASTIC!!! So many people asked why we would travel for 3 hours a day for a 10 minute treatment and it's because they were all so great and did so much for the kids!!!