Sunday, May 3, 2009

A BLACK AND WHITE DAY

Stevie has been here at Dartmouth with Ben and I for the last four days. We've had a lot of fun being together. Yesterday we went for a hike around the trails at Dartmouth. We had fun exploring and seeing places that were new to us. One of the first places we visited was this playground that was donated to the Children's Hospital by a former classmate of Stevie's. His name is Nicholas Palisi. He died at the young age of 7 from a cancerous brain tumor. This playground was Nicholas' MAKE-A-WISH. Sadly, he never got to be able to enjoy it before passing away. His parents wanted to make sure lots and lots of children get to enjoy it.
This is the full view of his playground.
We visited the HELI-PAD. This is the very helicopter that has flown Ben more than once.
Swinging on the swings at DAVID'S HOUSE
Inside of DAVID'S HOUSE. This is a place for families to stay while waiting for their children to heal. We don't typically use David's House while at Dartmouth because we can stay right in Ben's room. We did however use it daily when Ben was in the Intensive Care Nursery.
Stevie played on the playground for awhile. (not to be mistaken with Nicholas' playground set that he donated above)
The full view of DAVID'S HOUSE...it's beautiful.
Checking out the local ponds around the hospital grounds.
Hiding among the daffodils.
Taking a break, enjoying the flowers.
Seeing if there are any interesting creatures below.
Climbing a HUGE rock. She was SO proud of herself because just a few years back, she couldn't get on top without help. Today she did it all by herself.
Posing with "THE BLUE LADY".

13 comments:

Sargent Family said...

these look like senior pics:)

Cindi said...

She is SO beautiful...and I just love the shot of her in the daffodils...she has their same sunny disposition! Couldn't have planned that better!

Mostly Stacie's Space said...

:D Lovely.

The Smith Family said...

What a beautiful girl Stevie is. I lOVE the pictures of her in the flowers. I'm sure it is great to have someone with you. You and Steve look like two peas in a pod.

Wiggles said...

Hi Becky, Ben and Stevie. I'm so glad that you can have the kids come and stay with Ben and you at the hospital good for all. Too bad vacation is over so soon.

Jenny said...

ditto all that.
Too bad about the end of vacation...
when will Ben's stay-cation be over?

April said...

Those pictures are delightful! I could see more than one of those in her wedding video down the road.... Love them! I'm glad you could get out for a moment!

shirlgirl said...

Wonderful pictures--would love to have seen the one of Stevie in the daffodils in color. You could probably enter some of them in a contest. Loved seeing the playground and sad to her about Stevie's friend. What a wonderful way to remember Nicholas.

Amy said...

she is such a beautiful girl - reminds me so much of you!! I hope you guys can go home soon!

Heather O. said...

She gets prettier all the time.

Becky, I'm so sorry I haven't been keeping up on you and your family. Wow, you've been through so much in the past few months. We'll definitely add you to our prayers, and know that we could give you hugs from afar. I'm glad that Ben has you for a mother.

Heather O. said...

make that "and know that we wish we could give you hugs from afar." Sorry. Typing too fast....

Jo Jo said...

You need to get outside every day and walk! This was good for you.

KeriLyn and Matthew said...

I have fallen behind in reading blogs....time to get caught up....love all of these pictures!!! you are a great photographer.....glad you had a nice few days together. Also, your aquarium trip looks like fun!