Tuesday, July 01, 2014

This cute girl!

It is summertime and that means lake living!
this girl and her grannie...they could stay at the "yake"
f-o-r-e-v-e-r! I don't even think she misses me lol

So I have to write down the new things she's doing
because next time I see her there will be even more new stuff!

Grannie and Annie made some room in their hectic lake schedule
to come into town and visit! 
let me tell you - this girl is taking it all in these days.

her new favorite words are copperate (cooperate) since
GrandDennis doesn't follow her instructions well - hahaha

I was on the phone with mom and annie was yelling her new
big words from the back of the van and I heard
"opportutti" hahahaha she means opportunity
and I know I'm bad but I love the wrong way she says things
it makes me laugh and she won't do them for very long.

she's getting so tall - 4 feet and has gained 10 pounds in 3 months
to think last year they wanted to put her on a feeding tube
she's outgrown her clothes lol

I am giving myself permission to add to this because I know there
are things I've already forgotten her mind is moving so fast
these days and mom and I are speechless and utterly grateful
to God for continuing to amaze and bless us with bringing back
this beautiful mind of hers!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Kindness Beats Blindness ~ does it ever!!

I had been on a "hunt" we'll say to find someone else with
a similar diagnosis as Annabelle since it is so rare. On
my journey I happen to hear about an older girl who had walked
the path we had hoped for Annabelle....She attended the
Florida School of the Blind after losing her vision at 12
to a retinal disease (damn you bad genes). I had the great
pleasure of meeting her mother and I'm so thankful because
I am actually more in the know than I thought 
(hahaha - y'all know that's atypical)

Fortunately, the blind community is very small and well
surrounded with love, support and fundraising!
Our local minor league team, The Charleston River Dogs, happens
to be one of those people...They do an annual fundraiser called
"Kindness Beats Blindness"
and all of the proceeds go to retinal research.
Someone from the team dropped off a donation letter and info.
yea, so I've lived here my ENTIRE life and
a) didn't know this fundraiser existed
b) had only been to 1 game before moving to Park Circle
(I've been to 2 this season)

well, what on earth? UM I'm definitely NOT missing out
on this as a parent, business and a girl who likes a party!

I put together this cute basket

and our super sweet friends who own
The Charleston Mattress donated this
YES - a queen size mattress, box spring and frame!

We get to the game and start looking at all the fun donations
ooohhhh...I like that...and that....and that
hahahahaha ~ what was I suppose to do?
It started raining so I had to keep myself busy!

WHAT?!?!?! it's an autographed home plate
and I got a cute boy who loves baseball
they gave us the 2 minute warning so I totally
hovered over it telling people i would outbid them
anyway and a lady came up - I said 
I'm getting this for my kid so back off
(I was half kidding)
she said her son plays on the team and
she was just looking at his signature..
ahhhh...so sweet and cute!

the rest were lucky breaks?
I got a Ralph Lauren shirt for $45??
it also happens to be Michael's size
I really bid on it for Mike 
gift certificate to DIG across the street from the store
frame gift certificate/ photo session 
fireball and swag ~ hair cut

HAHAHAHA ~ well, it's for the best cause!

I'd buy anything for this face!!

AND I ran into the mom and her gorgeous 22yo daughter
she was a joy and so very kind
AND I happened to run into their doctor and his wife
who they swear by and got his email

My phone died or I would have had more pictures
I didn't see one person swing a bat or catch a ball
BUT I did enjoy every second and every penny
of a great night for a great cause!!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

the little things

I just got this text from my mom

" we were singing I can see clearly now the rain has gone and Annie sang
I can see all popsicles in my way"

soooo that's too cute for words!!

yes, we have had a birthday and I will blog about that with pictures but I didn't want to forget this because it's the little things that are so cute but you lose them in your day.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Double Digit Birthday!!

HOW is she TEN?!?!?!

this girl

who brings such joy 

and lights up our life

 I should have just bought a bounce castle
she LOVES bouncing and it's good exercise 
for my out of shapeness!
Braxton - she has loved him since she
could walk...he is so good with her!

 queens of selfies! say cheese!

 this lady was born to be a grannie!
I should have known she would be just like nannie!
God knew what he was doing because without
grannie I would be useless..
 and these two ~ 2 peas in a pod
laurel and hardy
frick and frack

my second baby...she has always stolen my heart

and that cutie - Reeser!
it's not a party without the Wright girls!!

the moment everyone sings 
"happy birthday to you"
and you realize how much your baby is loved!
 let's not forget what it's all really about

the LOOT!!
she's such a superstar!

Nonnie's girl...

 we made it through the party....

Happy Birthday to the World's Cutest Priss Pot!
You bring joy to everyone who meets you!
you have such a loving heart
and I am blessed to be your mom!

Friday, January 03, 2014

our CRAZY, AMAZING, more than BLESSED year in pictures!!

I SWEAR this time I am going to start keeping up with this dang blog! I was reading again somewhere that there's a company that prints your blogs into books...is it cheating if I go back and post on the right dates so it will be in order?

we went to Scottsdale for Mike's meeting
Michael played fall ball

and the boys watched

we went to Mexico because I turned FORTY!

the middle one turned 12

Annabelle became a water baby

after she napped with Charlotte

had a super cute playdate

took more naps with Charlotte

was a princess for Halloween (and every other day)

she's too cute

we ate candy

Grannie had a birthday

I got engaged!!

the big one turned 14

we rented a cute little space

we were thankful

for her

and him

and him

and yes him too!

we opened a store

and it's filled with chevron

I think this sums it all up!!!

it maybe loud and crazy but it's ALL ours and we LOVE it!!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

saying "I'm sorry"

I have noticed lately that Annie says "I'm sorry" a lot most of the time
for things she shouldn't be sorry for. If she wants milk in the morning
and then asks for sprite she'll say "sorry mommy for asking you again"
two things come to my mind
1) I pretty sure she wishes she could do these things herself
so it cracks my heart a little bit for her
2) Do I make her feel like she needs to apologize?
I've been super conscience about being upbeat and positive
when she asks for things she needs...

Of course there are things she's going to need help with and I
try to stay as positive as possible (I do get tired)
BUT then there are times she does things like fighting me
to take her medicine ~ not listening and she says
"I'm sorry mommy"
but I don't think that she is because if you were truly sorry
you would stop fighting and adding frustrations to daily routines...

And then I had that "AHA" moment
it was around 4 o'clock in the afternoon and Annie and I were
resting which means I try to take a few minutes of silence
between the 4 loads of laundry, loading the dishwasher, starting dinner, refilling her script, making her take her medicines, playing and keeping up with Annie...
and then "IT" happened she wanted a snack, the dog was sitting on my head,
 Priss was talking NONSTOP and I finally said
"can I just get FIVE minutes of quiet please?"
I have just spent the last 6 hours doing crap I don't even like to do
so can I please please please just have a minute...

UGH - I of course immediately apologized and told her how much I love
her and mommy was just exhausted (i had been sick last night)
that I shouldn't be upset and some days it's just hard to do everything..

Yea - I'm pretty sure I've had THAT conversation with her a few times
in the last weeks...I tell her how sorry I am and I will be damned if 
I don't do it AGAIN... So I'm going to take her's as sincere as mine
and love her little heart and try to smile through it!

Just because you say sorry - it doesn't mean you aren't going to
do it again but it does mean that you realize you've done it
and that folks is sometimes more than enough for the day!!

So Annie - I am sorry - I try to be perfect but there are no perfect people
so I'm gonna forgive you every time you say sorry and hope you can do the same!!

I love you - my favorite person in the world!!!

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