Letters from Ginny

One of the most difficult things for Emily and Miles when it came to moving to the East Coast for Emily’s surgery was leaving their beloved dog Ginny behind.  After much debate, they realized that they might not be able to give Ginny the attention that she needed during Emily’s recovery and, with Ginny being a California pup, she would find the climate quuuuuite a bit chillier than what she was accustomed to.  Luckily, dear friends Stephanie and Roger were up for fostering a new furry friend so off Ginny went to sleep-away camp at their apartment.  While Ginny has had a wonderful time with her new besties Steph and Rog, she desperately misses her Mom and Pop.  In anticipation of their return to Los Angeles this week, Ginny has compiled a photo journal to show them all of the fun things that she has been up to while they were away kicking lung cancer…

The first night that you left was a little rough. I kept looking outside for you guys, but you never came back to get me…

Don’t worry though; I made myself comfortable pretty quickly

Soon enough I was attending Superbowl parties with the whole crew – how cool is that?!

Soon enough I was attending Superbowl parties with the whole crew – how cool is that?!

Steph took me on sunny afternoon strolls in the tall grass which were THE BEST!!

Wine & movie night? Don’t mind if I do!

I promise that I’ve been good, but every once in awhile I had to go in to timeout…

These guys are okay, too. We even got matching shirts for you Mom!!

These guys are okay, too. We even got matching shirts for you Mom!!

Like I said, I made myself pretty comfortable here…

It didn't take too long to figure out who I needed to sit by during meals...

It didn’t take too long to figure out who I needed to sit by during meals…

OMG they even took me to Girl’s Weekend in the desert – SO FUN!!

Ginny 10a

I even made an awesome new friend of my own!

We went back for Easter Weekend in the desert.  Puppy Easter egg hunt was the best!  I was super competitive just like you Dad...and might have had to spend a few minutes in timeout.

We went back to the Desert for Easter Weekend. Puppy Easter egg hunt was the best! I was super competitive just like you Dad…and might have had to spend a few minutes in timeout.

Steph and Roger have so many cool places to nap at their apartment!

Steph and Roger have so many cool places to nap at their apartment!

They also got me a new toy (AWESOME!), I am always super ready to play!

They also got me a new toy (AWESOME!!), I am always super ready to play!

Did I mention how good I am at making new friends?

Did I mention how good I am at making new friends?

Every night I eat dinner under a picture of NYC which makes it seem like you’re not too far away after all.

Every night I eat dinner under a picture of NYC which makes it seem like you’re not too far away after all.

I can’t remember - have I told you how much I love napping??

I can’t remember – have I told you how much I love napping??

For some reason these fools like to take pictures of me, but I’ve decided that I’ve had enough sleep-away camp. Come back and save me from these people pleeeeease!

Love, Your Ginny

Mini Family Reunion in LA

Over the past weekend Emily and Miles were able to spend some quality time with Emily’s grandparents, Larry and Peggy, as well as her aunt, Robin, and cousins, Courtney and Shawna.  Emily’s grandparents are originally from Southern California which is where Emily’s mom and aunts grew up.  Larry and Peggy live in Northern California now and took a little road trip back down south to visit some of their favorite grand-kiddos and attend Larry’s 60th (!!) high school reunion.

The family brought Emily In-N-Out burgers for lunch (her favorite!) since she was still quarantined in the apartment at that time (fortunately, she has since been released back out in to the ‘wild’ though).  The family had a great time talking, laughing, and catching up.  If you look closely in the photo below you can see that Emily is wearing a beautiful opal earring and necklace set.  Many years ago Larry gave the jewelry to Peggy.  The family heirlooms have since been passed on to Emily.

Peggy and Larry with granddaughter Emily, Los Angeles 2012

Peggy and Larry with daughters Cindy (left), Melanie (back), and Emily’s mom Shelley (middle), Los Angeles 1963

R & R in San Diego

In preparation for her second round of chemotherapy, Emily, Miles, and a few friends spent the weekend relaxing and having fun in sunny San Diego.  Emily had regained her strength following the first chemo treatment on July 23rd so Best Buddy Josh Zazulia planned two fun-filled days (complete with Itinerary) to recharge her spirits.  Josh cashed in some of his hard-earned hotel points to get everyone a room at the swanky US Grant Hotel.  When the hotel manager heard that Emily’s fight against lung cancer was the purpose behind the weekend stay, he promptly upgraded the room to the penthouse Presidential Suite.  The suite was amazing – complete with two levels, exceptionally sparkly crystal chandeliers, panoramic views of the city, and one bed for eleven people.  No problem though – there was plenty of floor space so Josh dutifully ordered five roll-away cots (all at one hour intervals in hopes that the hotel would not catch on).

The gang spent time at the beach, walked around the Gaslamp District, ate good food, partook in competitive board gaming, and laughed an obscene amount.  The trip served as a reminder of all the incredible things that we have to be grateful for.  Tomorrow, Emily heads to City of Hope for her next round of chemotherapy relaxed, in good spirits, and just slightly tanner than she was before.

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