Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
What is your favorite color?
*Robert was admitted to the hospital yesterday. He has C-diff again! They think that he wasn't on antibiotics long enough last time for that TKO to really work! Knocked it good and unconscious, but then it came to and started harassing Robert again! His fever has been gone since late last night and he has stopped throwing up. He is on a liquid diet to give his digestive tract and colon a break! So far he isn't that hungry and hasn't missed his food! They are putting him on antibiotics for a month this time to be sure C-diff goes down, and stays down! He is feeling better and rested a lot today!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Ken was born in California, but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Linda was born on an Air Force base in Utah and grew up in Garland, UT.
Ken attended Clark High School here in Las Vegas. Linda attended Bear River High School in Garland. They both graduated from Southern Utah State College in Cedar City, Utah. Ken graduated from Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, CA.
They met at a dance in Cedar City while they were attending college there. They dated before Ken went on his mission, and were engaged for nine months before getting married on May 29, 1982.
They are the parents to six amazing, beautiful children: Robert 24, Amanda 22, Alycia 18, Ryan 15, Angelica 13, and Richmond 12. They have resided with their family in Las Vegas since Ken graduated from law school. He has his own successful law firm here in Las Vegas. Linda enjoys being a homemaker and taking care of her family.
I just couldn't resist putting in this shot to show off all of the fun and personality they have!
Linda says "I enjoy reading, walking, teaching primary, my family--watching my children participate in their various activities, swimming, surfing (when she can get up on the board), the beach, Disneyland, camping, hiking, the outdoors, water skiing and boogie boarding!" She is quite the adventurous and fun-loving mother!
Ken enjoys his family, watching his children participate in their different activities, racquetball, baseball, attending UNLV basketball and football games, surfing, Disneyland, the beach, camping and swimming.
As you can see these two people are a great pair! Through their similar interests, they have created some great vacations and family memories that will last their children a lifetime. Robert is so lucky to have such wonderful and caring parents who obviously raised him well!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Once upon a time in an early morning Seminary class across the street from Las Vegas High School there was girl, her name was Ashley Squires, and she was a freshman. There was also a boy, his name was Robert Ashworth, and he was a sophomore. They each noticed each other. Ashley stole glances at the cute boy in the back of the classroom, especially when he was sleeping. Robert noticed the cute girl with her blond hair and bright smile. All year Ashley would laugh at the hot Robert's class clown comments, and Robert thought that Ashley was pretty. Yet they never spoke, not once.
They were in the same ward and both attended church on Sunday, but they were in different Sunday school classes. Occasionally they saw each other at Mutual (church youth group) on Wednesday nights, but baseball kept Robert from going often and Ashley didn't always attend, either. And they still never spoke.
Now I would never describe either of them as particularly shy. They are both bubbly, fun and a total party to hang out with. That said, being as good looking as they both are, they didn't have to pursue the opposite sex much. Ashley always had a boyfriend with a line of interested boys behind him, and Robert would get annoyed sometimes at the quantity of girls who asked him for his phone number. So neither of them ever pursued the other. I suppose that was a good thing! Timing can be everything when it comes to love, you know!
They both grew up over the next four years, and Robert left for his mission in the Bahamas and Florida. Ashley eventually moved to Arizona to work for our Aunt Tammy Whiting who owns a Montessori school in Mesa. So how do these two love birds end up together? You'll have to return tomorrow for the first installment of the Love Story (that showcases Ashley's scrap-booking talents!). Don't you just love a story with good cliff hangers at the end of each chapter?
*Robert and Ashley met with Dr. Gollard yesterday. Robert will be returning to the hospital here in town in about two weeks. He needs to do another consolidation, chemo round before he receives a bone marrow transplant. I have had a few people ask me what consolidation is. This is my understanding--each time Robert receives chemo it kills almost all of his white blood cells. For ease of explanation lets say he has 3% left each time, when they do consolidation chemo they hope that the first 3% of white blood cells will be obliterated and the 3% left at the end of this consolidation will be good white blood cells. Ashley is still the head honcho for the "Fatten Up Robert" campaign, and it is going pretty well; he is gaining slowly but surely! His favorite food today were muffins from Mimi's Cafe!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
What are your favorite colors?
If you could live anywhere for the rest of your life where would it be?
Her favorite TV shows are
What is your favorite possession?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your worst habit?
What is your favorite dinner/food?
What is your favorite dessert/sweet?
What is something you are really good at?
Something no one knows about you?
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
To briefly introduce myself, I am yet another sister of Ashley's, the one just younger than her. My name is Elyssa Jean Squires, and I am currently studying English at BYU-Idaho.
Within my major, I had the opportunity to take a creative writing class. Needless to say, with six siblings, five of those being girls, I was provided with plenty of real-life inspiration for my stories.
The following is an excerpt from an essay I wrote about my sisters and what I learned from them. I hope you enjoy it, and see that it expresses to you the true faith and hope that Robert and Ashley both hold.
It was Ashley who taught me about fashion.
She taught me how to apply mascara, tweeze my eyebrows, and use bobby pins. She went with me when I bought make up for the first time, and picked out colors of eyeliner and foundation that looked good on me. Countless tiffs were started as a result of a shirt of hers gone missing, or my “borrowing” her shoes. Still, she guided me through the awkwardness that is puberty. From her example, I learned how to use such contraptions as eyelash curlers, straighteners, and shaving razors. She was a walking teen magazine, always ready with tips on anything style. Even when I rolled my eyes and wished I didn’t always have to hear her opinion on my outfit or hair, I always knew that she cared when she took time to notice.
Then, of course, there were the boys. For whatever reason, Ashley had been endowed with something I had not: a knack for attracting the opposite sex. She acquired her first boyfriend at fourteen, when I was only ten. Throughout the varied and numerous boys that followed, I observed closely, wishing to learn all I could.
When I was twelve, we sat on the carpeted stairs of our house, and I asked her about kissing. Was it hard? Gross? Nice? Mostly, how did you do it? The light poured though the west windows and reflected off the rich wood floors, illuminating her amused smile that would have shone even without it. With patience, she demonstrated on her hand, and had me try it out. She explained it all, laid out the mysteries of kissing. I listened intently, hanging on every word: the teacher and the pupil.
Years later, my parents, my younger sister and I walked into a hospital room. A man lay there on the bed, and Ashley sat beside him holding his hand. Her husband of a year and four months at this time, Robert had just been diagnosed with acute mylogenous leukemia. It was November, Thanksgiving time, and there they were, in the hospital. Ashley cradled his hand, careful of the IV tube, and looked at him, hair gone, pale, with dark circles under his eyes. He looked so different, not a shadow, but something approaching one.
To her, though, it was apparent that he was the most beautiful thing in the world. One could see this because that beauty was reflected in her face; she looked so lovely, glowing almost, her warmth a contrast to the cold white and steel of her surroundings.
They smiled, talked, laughed with each other. She leaned over and they kissed lightly. Their affection was so heavy, so dense, that it made everything else light. Sorrows, fears, doubts; they all floated up to the ceiling, up and away into the heavens, displaced by the love that would not allow them to stay. She looked at him, past the fear, weariness, and pain, and loved him all the more for it.
Later, on the drive home, I hunched in the back seat of the car and watched the orange streetlights pass. Tears burned down my face, half from pain, and half from awe. It wasn’t fair. They were so young, so in love. I wished with all of me that I could wipe it away as easily as I did my tears, erase all that was hard and painful. It just wasn’t right. But, as I wept, hands trembling, the image of their hands clasped tightly flashed through my mind, and I felt—no—I knew that it would be alright.
That night, Ashley and Robert taught me what I will never forget: what true beauty and true love is.
Monday, March 9, 2009
So I've been thinking a lot this past week, about a lot of things. I was feeling a little stressed, weighed down and really busy. Then a week ago I heard the news about Robert and everything changed. Why? Because my perspective changed. Suddenly the things that had seemed hard and heavy in my life didn't look like such a big deal anymore, because my husband wasn't in the hospital fighting for life! One of my favorite talks from conference this past October was Pres. Monson's talk titled Finding Joy in the Journey. My favorite quote from that talk is:
*Robert is doing well today. He is still having some pain, but don't you worry--he was sent home with a prescription for that. His last test in the hospital showed that the C-diff was gone, but he is still an antibiotic for that too (RobDob and his doctors show now mercy for villians like C-diff, even when you get the TKO--just keep kicking the guy while he's down and make sure he stays down!) Robert is loving his solid foods. While on a liquid diet for 48 hours in the hospital he was heard to say, "no one should be made to eat only jello and popsicles!" His favorite food of the day was waffles dipped in syrup (Robdob dips all his breakfast foods, so they don't get soggy!) He is happy to be home and is resting up and taking it easy!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tonight I have the distinct pleasure of introducing the one and only Squires Brother. Brandon is the third child in our family, and was an incredibly good sport (typically) about having six sisters. He always wanted a brother though, and we are so excited that his first child is going to be a little boy. He will show up in May and I have never seen a more enamored father to be. I can only imagine what it will be like once the peanut is actually in his arms. (He is headed for trouble. But the really good kind.) Brandon married Chelsa Gentry December 7, 2002. He is hilarious, big hearted, thoughtful, and one kickin' lawyer. Enough from me though, in his own words...
If you had to live somewhere for the rest of your life, where would it be? Manhattan
Which is a better pet? Dog or cat? Not even close . . .Dogs for sure. Someone coined the term "catty" for obvious reasons.
What is your favorite TV show? 30ROCK
What is your passion? At my wife's request, I shan't be sharing my biggest passion on this blog. I do, however, have a passion for Constitutional issues, public policy, and politics.
What is your favorite holiday? 4th of July
What's your favorite dinner/food? Favorite dinner/food used to be 1/2 price sushi happy hour at "Dragonfly, an Asian Joint." The place was a smorgasbord of culinary ridiculousness, but the owner transformed it into part of the wildly popular Spanish tapas restaurant, "Firefly," next door when he realized he could make a few extra bucks. Now I sit at home Saturday nights and eat packing foam.
Favorite book? Non-Fiction The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn; latest interesting read: Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
"If I knew then what I know now". . . Nothing. If we could go back in time and talk to our younger selves, our younger selves would be too dumb to listen anyway.
When have you been the happiest? I'd say that, up to this point, I've been the happiest when traveling; I predict that this will soon change to being the happiest when hanging out with my baby boy, and wife.
* Robert was able to come home today. I know that he is tired, but mostly just ecstatic to be at his own house.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
We love you all.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Ashley I love you times infinity.
*Robert is still in the hospital. He is feeling better today than yesterday. He has been having some discomfort in his lower abdomen/groin, and they ran some tests today to find out why. The test results from one test already came back showing that he has colitis (inflammation of the intestinal wall), which is quite typical for chemo patients. He is running a low grade fever off and on. They are anticipating him being in the hospital till Sunday. He has been sleeping a lot the past 48 hours. We haven't received any more information from Dr. Gollard yet. Please keep the prayers coming! Thank you!
What Ashley did tell me is that Dr. G wants Robert to recover from this treatment and gain some weight back before they do another round of chemotherapy or proceed with the bone marrow transplant. He also recommended that they talk to the doctors at a transplant center to get some second opinions on who to use for a donor this time, etc.
After getting the biopsy back, they now know that all of Robert's bone marrow is his own. This means that Robert's marrow cleaned all of Amanda's marrow out and took over again. We are not sure what this all means yet as far as the transplant goes--that will depend on what the transplant specialists think they should do. Dr. Gollard was going to stop by the hospital today, and Ashley is hoping to clarify some things with him, so we will post again later. We love you all.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
*Robert is feeling good today. He tires easily and rests often. He enjoyed pancakes and french bread pizza--courtesy of his sidekick, Ashpants! He is eating more and his appetite is slowly improving. He had a good day at home!
**Sometimes when I write posts I make things up without realizing it! :) When Ashley reads the posts she calls and corrects me. She filled me on the true origins of the slogan. I really love that this is Ashley and Robert's slogan or motto. It is so fitting of them and who they are! I think AML should adopt it!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
They are just so excited to be home in their own space and to fatten Robert up with some good home cookin'! Robert is feeling well and truly enjoying the comforts of his bed and couch! We are pretty sure that no one would ever purchase a hospital mattress if they were sold in the store, it's definitely not a pillow top!
We are all looking forward to getting more information after they meet with Dr. Gollard on Thursday. We'll definitely keep you posted! Sorry their are no pics with this post, we hope to make it up to you really soon!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Right after she moved a nurse came in to check on Robert. While she was in there Robert started to mumble in his sleep. His nurse asked if he was alright, and Ashley explained that he talks in his sleep. Finally after the nurse had left and Ash was settling back in Robert turned towards her and said "snuggle, snuggle, snuggle." After checking to make sure he wasn't actually awake Ashley had a good laugh and went to bed. I have been laughing about it ever since I heard. Robert certainly still loves to have Ashley near.
Robert got a kick out of this story the next morning when Ashley shared it with him, and he has been requesting her affection by simply saying, "snuggle, snuggle snuggle" ever since!
* Robert was discharged from the hospital today because his numbers have so greatly improved. He and Ashley are delighted to be home, and most excited to sleep in their own bed. They have an appointment with Dr. Gollard on Thursday and will discuss Robert's treatment plan. They should also get the biopsy results on that day. It is so nice to have them home. Thank you for all of your prayers.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
My family and my boyfriend Brett make me laugh.