Saturday, June 28, 2014

Baby Clara

Two weeks ago some neighbor friends and I got together to host a baby shower for one of our neighbors, Natalia. She's still fairly new to our street and I don't know her that well, but it was fun hosting a shower for her. She's expecting her first, a girl in August and her name will be Clara!

My friend Dee made this magazine-worthy mantle display

Favors, sign-in, and onesie to autograph

Sweet cake

The grub

The hostesses

Sharon and Natalia, whom by the way hasn't needed ANY maternity clothes. It's ok to hate her ;-)

She got a lot of cute things for baby Clara!

Can't wait to meet the new baby on the block!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Disclaimer-the following contains a spoiler from the book/movie "The Fault In Our Stars." They're both incredible. I highly recommend reading the book first. The following is also emotional memories I've never shared before.

I just went to see "The Fault In Our Stars" tonight and bawled my eyes out. I don't believe it was because of the fictional characters in the movie, though. I believe they just reminded me of events and people in my life that made me cry. I thought of Casey a lot during the movie. She died in the ICU just like the character in the movie (sorry for the spoiler). When I was 10 years old I read a book about a girl in high school who lost her best friend in a car accident. One random night the narrator of the book suddenly woke up from a deep sleep, thought it was strange but went back to sleep. The next morning she found out her best friend had died at that moment the night before. So I always thought if something happened to someone close to me, I would just know and feel it on my own, like the character in that book. All the times Casey was sick growing up, even more so than usual, all the times she was in the hospital for extended periods of time, I knew she would be fine. Other people didn't think so, but I didn't listen to them. I knew she would come home and it wasn't her time. And I was right. I watched her mom cry and I heard my parents try to prepare me for the worst, but I held my ground and she came home. Until she didn't. When she went into shock the day after Christmas, 2007 she wasn't coming back home. Her parents contacted me on New Years Day 2008 when they realized how bad it was and we immediately went to see her in the ICU. And I knew this was it. I knew I would just know when the time had come for her. I woke up in the middle of the night Jan 4 and had this weird feeling. I just knew. The next morning, Jan 5, 2008 we went to see Casey in the ICU again. It's still so strange to me that even though my cell phone was in the car with me the entire time, I didn't get a single one of Casey's parents' numerous phone calls. I think I wasn't meant to get them. I wasn't meant to hear over the phone from her parents in their devastated moment that they were going to let her go and that I shouldn't come. Because I was meant to go there and I was meant to say goodbye and Casey was meant to hold my newborn baby Rylie one last time. Casey had suffered another heart attack the night before and there was nothing more the Dr's could do. It was time she was freed from the pain. And it's a pain a lot of us still carry with us. "Pain is meant to be felt" is a quote from the movie tonight. On my drive home tonight, I saw the prettiest big moon in the sky. Another book I read as a kid, or maybe it was a movie or TV show, I'm not sure. There were 2 characters who were far apart and missed each other. One said "look at the moon. And I'll look at the moon. And we're both looking at the same moon. So we're together." I wonder if Casey has the same moon in heaven. I like to think she does. And so we're together.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Remy's Summer School

Remy started her little Summer class Thursday!

She's only going on Thursdays this Summer, but she was excited to be back in her school!

Course pictures beforehand were another story.

She's moved up to a new class, new teachers, and none of her friends were there.

So she was a little unsure at drop off but I'm so proud of my big girl-no tears!! She did really well and was conked out big time at pick up. Rylie and I couldn't get her to wake up! Her teachers said she started talking after lunch and they took these pictures during her day.

Guess she has a new boyfriend?

Oh that little face. How can she ever get in trouble with a face like that?!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Swimming Kick-Off Party, VBS #1, Dressup

Last Saturday I took Rylie to our community Summer kick-off party for our 1st swim!

Lazy days of Summer are upon us!

The cow was there and they had a dance party too

We had to stop in the foam pit before leaving

So much fun!!

We had some yummy catfish Sunday and these girls now beg to sit by each other in restaurants. They kept being sweet and giving hugs. Glad I caught this photo of them.

Rylie did her 1st VBS this week at our church.

She had a great time and 3 of her Girl Scout buddies in her troop were in her class too!

We've had a lot of fun playing with Mommy while sister did Bible school. This is her go-to dressup outfit everyday-2 tutus, heels, headband, gloves.

Cutie pie!

She is definitely Rylie's sister!

Rylie wanted to dress up too and they took turns "doing concerts" for me.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last Day of Kindergarten!!

I can't believe how fast this year flew by! Seems like yesterday I was crying and hyperventilating about Rylie starting Kindergarten. Now it's already over.

Rylie and her teacher on the first day and last day of school. Rylie grew taller this year, you can see by her shirt. I didn't realize Rylie's eyes were closed in the 2nd photo until I uploaded it just now. It was bright that day!!

We gave her teacher a gift basket of all things BLUE, since Rylie will have a blue Summer without her teacher. And all the items are "Summer survival" things like swim towel, sunblock, chocolates, nuts, travel water cup, lip balm, paradise scented body wash and lotion from Bath & Body, beach scented candle from Bath & Body, and giftcards to Bahama Bucks that just opened here for some good snow cones!

I also surprised both girls after picking up Rylie with some fun things to celebrate Summer kick off!! Frozen tshirts, new plates for lunches at home, "Last Day Blues" book, water goggles, water pail, hair clips, and Frozen blanket (for slumber parties in the living room).

They were so excited when we got home, they both had to change into their Frozen shirts asap!! And Rylie LOVES her new pink lunch tray. I wouldn't let her be a "buyer" at all this year, although she desperately wanted to experience going through the line, putting in her code number, and carrying her lunch on a tray. It fascinated her for some reason. So now she can be a "buyer" all Summer with her tray!

Our local library had a Summer kick off event that afternoon. The first kids to arrive could make their own book bag, so I let Rylie do that. Remy played with some puzzles.

Rylie's bag front and back all finished! And we signed up and got started on the reading program again! This year she can read the books all by herself!

That night our church had a free concert so Rylie and I had a girls night. We got our picture with the band first.

The group is Loftland and we love their music!

Started the smoke machine! She's ready to dance!

Me and my big girl (she told everyone there she's in 1st grade now!)

We were really close up front!

Swaying her arms, gettin into it :)

The band was really good!

Then the firemen showed up because the smoke set off the alarm inside. HILARIOUS story-the night before the concert the guys were staying at a lady from the church's house. She showed them how to set the alarm and went to bed. One of the guys went out to their truck, came back in, and thought he'd turned the alarm off. Then the alarm started going off and the phone rang. The alarm company called and asked if they were the owner and the guy answered and said "No, we're visitors. We're just here for  1 night." So the alarm company hung up and the guys though they were good, then the police showed up banging on the door yelling to open it. The band guys were like "No, we can't" because it was double-key lock. So they all were almost arrested the night before. Then they have the fire truck show up at the concert. Basically they made quite an impression on our small little town!