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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sorry, I can't keep my mouth shut any more!

So I don't generally write on this blog to share my beliefs about anything but I am really upset.
This is something that is really close to my heart not because we personally have been affected by childhood cancer, (and I pray we never are) but because I have a child. I can imagine it would hit pretty close to every parent's heart. 

Right now there is a petition to the president to turn the white house gold for the month of September. This is to raise awareness about childhood cancer. You have to have 25,000 signatures in one month in order for the white house to even look at the petition. It seems like a lot of signatures, but I just read that all petitions going forward will have to have 100,000 signatures to be viewed. Right now they are at just under 14,000 signatures. There are still so many more to go before February 6.

Do you want to know the part that really makes me mad? A star wars petition raised enough signatures to make it to the white house, but this petition is having a hard time getting enough signatures. I signed this petition and it took less than 5 minutes. 

Maya Thompson is the creator of this petition and I have been following her blog for a while about a sweet boy who lost his life to cancer just before his 4th birthday.Here's his story.   His mother promised him she would make a difference in the world of cancer. She is doing amazing things to raise money to fund a neuroblastoma center. She has been on the Katie Couric show, Taylor Swift co-wrote a song about her and her son, Ronan, and she is doing everything in her power to make a change in the cancer world for children.  Here is their website:

Maya's son, Ronan

Here are some pretty crazy facts that made me want to sign immediately:

Childhood Cancer Facts
  • There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%.
  • The American Cancer spends less than 70 cents of each 100 dollars raised on childhood cancer.
  • Cancer kills more children than any other disease, more than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Pediatric AIDS combined.
  • Sadly, over 2,300 children with cancer die each year.
  • Every school day 46 children are diagnosed.
  • 1 in 330 children will have the disease by age 20.
  • Cancers in very young children are highly aggressive and behave unlike malignant diseases at other times in life.
  • 80% of children have metastasized cancer at the time of their diagnosis. At diagnosis, only 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread or metastasized.
  • Detecting childhood cancers at an early stage, when the disease would react more favorably to treatment, is extremely difficult.
  • Cancer symptoms in children – fever, swollen glands, anemia, bruises and infection – are often suspected to be, and at the early stages are treated as, other childhood illnesses.
  • Even with insurance coverage, a family will have out-of pocket expenses of about $40,000 per year, not including travel.
  • Treatment can continue for several years, depending on the type of cancer and the type of therapy given.
Recently I saw an article on the Today show website, they were saying deaths from cancer are going down!! What great news, men are dying less from cancer, women are dying less from cancer, but you know the one group that went up, children. How sad!!!

If each of us signed and passed the word on to only a few people we could make all the difference in the world. In case you want to sign here is the link:

On a lighter note, only 25 more days until we move back to the good ole' U.S.A! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great new year and you're all sticking to your resolutions. I never got around to making any, but I suppose it isn't too late!!

This year we stayed in the Netherlands for New Years, we had been told by many people it is so amazing and you will love it!  Well they were right!  I loved it!!  There is only one time of year where it is legal to shoot off fireworks here and that is for New Years eve.  People get so excited there are bottle rockets going off every night leading up to the new year. 

We went over to our friends Jessica and Keith's house for the night.  We had a little dinner and then took the boys outside to see some fireworks.  Because of course it was so early they were few and far between but they boys loved searching for them, and as soon as they would see one they would ask for "more, more!" 

We put the boys to bed and played some games on the Ipad, (who knew you don't even need board games any more :) ) The closer it got to midnight the louder and louder it got around town.  You could just feel the excitement of everyone ready to celebrate and start a new year! 

There was no ball to watch drop on the TV but a fun celebration in Amsterdam was there instead with singing and dancing!  And when the new year rang in, the fireworks went nuts! We all headed outside with our champagne and watched (in the rain) as they lit up the sky!  Every where you looked, it felt like the finale of the 4th of July fireworks.  It was really unbelievable!

They continued on for another couple of hours but we didn't mind, they boys were sleeping peacefully through the loud booms and shaking house and we were just enjoying the company!! It was a new years I won't forget and to top it off the boys slept in super late the next morning :)

Happy New Years Everyone!

Fausch Family Christmas Staycation

Josh is lucky enough to always have a the week between Christmas and New Years off and this year it worked out he had 11 days off in a row.  I'm not sure the last time that has ever happened! We really traveled a lot this year (not complaining at all) so we decided we would stay home and do some fun things that are close to us. We only have a short time left here, meaning 38 days as of today(not that I'm counting), and we wanted to take advantage of all the fun kid things there are to do.

We went to the Spoorwegmuseum, for those of you who don't speak dutch, that is the train museum.  It was really great.  Tons of trains for Jackson to climb up on, and the museum was really open and of course kid friendly.  Jackson doesn't actually know who Thomas the Train is yet, but he still loves him.  I'm not sure what 2-3 year old boy doesn't!  So he rode on a little Thomas, we rode the carousel (a couple of times), we watched the people skating on the indoor skating rink, listened to Christmas carollers and we had a tasty little lunch with a fried apple with vanilla sauce for a snack!  Jackson really had a blast there and we felt right at home having Christmas music playing around us the whole time.  We really recommend it for all our Dutch friends :)

A couple of the days we went to indoor playgrounds, these are necessary unique to the Netherlands but we really don't have many around where we live.  Maybe Chuck E Cheese but I don't know if people even go there anymore... We have been to the indoor playgrounds before and Jackson always has a blast!  He gets to be the crazy man he is without me always running after him saying careful, don't jump on that etc, etc.

Jackson and I had already been to the indoor water park here in Eindhoven but he loves it so much we thought we should go with Josh too!  My boys both have a love for water!  Jackson kept wanting to go deeper and deeper!  I tell you, he has no fear!  We played in the wave pool, he went down some slides, jumped off the edges and played for hours in the kiddie pool.  What a way to wear him out :)

The rest of the days we spent at home having some quality family time.  It was so great to be able to spend these days together.  It is not often when you don't have somewhere to be or errands to run.  We really enjoyed our time together! 

We'll be home for Christmas.... Next Year!

Josh and I were really nervous and sad to be away from our families for Christmas.  It was the first (and hopefully last) time in either of our lives that we have not been able to be home.  Every day leading up to Christmas we were both feeling sorry for ourselves.  We kept saying, "well we could just fly home, but do we really want to do that? We'll be home just 6 weeks later!" A lot of our friends here were going back to the States which didn't make it any easier.  If ever there is a time to feel homesick, it is around the holidays!

When Christmas finally rolled around we ended up having such a great day.  We got to Skype with almost every single person in our family which was so nice.  We got to see everyone without ever leaving our family room.  I have always said when I had kids I want them to spend their Christmas morning at home!  Well I got my wish :)

We really had a great day, we opened 1 present each on Christmas Eve, pajamas for everyone, and then spent a majority of the day opening gifts on Christmas day.  We took our time and enjoyed ourselves, for once not having to worry about rushing of to the next thing.  We had a great time and Jackson was so excited for each of his gifts. 

Not many of us celebrate Boxing Day, most of us have seen it on our calendar, but never even know what it is.  Well it is the day after Christmas and long story short, back in the day it was a time for the servants of the wealthy people to celebrate Christmas because of course they were needed to help serve the wealthy families during the actual holiday.  They were generally sent home with a "Box" of goodies, or leftovers to take to their families. Many countries celebrate it and have an additional day off of work to be home with their families. So this year we got to celebrate boxing day with some friends this year which was great!  To the families we were with it is tradition to have your leftovers on boxing day.  Doesn't sound so great? It was!  It was quite the little feast we had!  Ham, and turkey and sausages, potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, and the list goes on and on finally to end with Christmas Fruit cake.  Not the discusting US fruit cake but home made english fruit cake and home made ice cream!  mmmm!  Yum it was like the Thanksgiving we didn't get to have this year!

So all in all, it turned out to be not so bad, however I'm so happy we will be home for the Holidays next year!