Monday, June 12, 2017

Sonrisas in the Sun

 Senior and 8th Grader!

Summer is off to a super start! After finishing up school at Ann Richards on June 1st, Georgia and Ivy helped me close out the school year at their beloved Parkside on June 2nd. Georgia took the SAT the next day, and we celebrated at the movies with Wonder Woman! Go see it!!!

This past week, Georgia started her two college classes - Government and Economics. She's taking them online, and when she finishes, she'll get both high school and college credit. One week in, and she's already halfway through Econ! Her goal is to finish both classes by the end of June, and at the rate she's going, that seems very doable. Look at our "college girl" go!

On Saturday, Georgia took the ACT - so she's finished with that part of the college application process! - and afterwards, she and I went to help out at the Make-A-Wish "Over the Edge" event. Brave souls volunteer to rappel down the W Hotel and raise money to fund wishes for Central Texas kids. This year, they raised over $600K! We had a great time watching - from safely on the ground! - and Georgia even met a fellow Wish Kid, Ellie, who went Over the Edge herself. Such a cool event!

Georgia and Ellie, her dad, and a friend

This week, Georgia and Ivy are off to Galveston with Lolly and Poppa. They're staying in a beautiful beach house right on the water and have plans to do nothing but be beach bums all week! We'll join them this weekend for Father's Day. Before they left today, though, the orthodontist called and was able to give Ivy a nice summer surprise ... guess who has a new braces-free smile?!

Say cheese!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Absolutely LAST Call for Bald Georgia T-Shirts!

Don't forget! If you haven't purchased your t-shirt with Georgia's original design, we're running a FINAL sale until Wednesday, May 31st at 11 pm CST! You can see lots of examples of how awesome these shirts are, and now's your chance to look good while doing good! You'll be helping to support Georgia's shave for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and childhood cancer research, so click HERE to see five styles in two colors, and order yours NOW! Thank you!

We've had a great, long weekend, dotted by some heavy rain, so we've been watching movies, doing puzzles, and for Georgia, studying for the SAT. She's taking it again this weekend, taking the ACT again next weekend, and then - summertime! Which means two college classes, but also SCAD and camp and swimming! She's unofficially a SENIOR this week, if you can believe it. We are grateful and looking forward to all good things to come. Happy Memorial Day - and May 29TH - to everyone!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Awards Season

Along with all of the milestones we've been celebrating the past few weeks, now that the school year is coming to an end, we're also in the thick of "awards season." Georgia's just been recognized with journalism and academic awards, and then the biggest news, she was awarded a scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design! So our budding artist will spend a week this summer at SCAD!

We've got a cool road trip planned to get her out to Georgia, and it will be a nice break from the two college(!) courses she's taking this summer. She's officially a senior in a couple of weeks ...

State UIL Awards for Journalism!
2nd place for her MLK Day photo essay, and Honorable Mentions in Entertainment 
for her Star Wars review and in Sports for her swim essay!

ARS Academic Excellence!

Georgia also spent the past week as an intern at a local PR firm. The entire junior class interviewed with a variety of businesses and organizations, and they all went to work in their pathways of media technology, engineering, or biomedical science. Georgia loved the job and the environment, and they must have loved having her because they gave her the key to the place on the first day! It was such a great experience for all of the girls and just may influence their future career plans. Just another reason we're so grateful that Georgia and Ivy both get to attend such an amazing school!

And a friendly reminder - Bald Georgia shirts are available once again until MAY 31st!
Support a young artist and her work by looking good for a good cause! Thank you!
Order your shirts HERE

Friday, May 12, 2017

Art Smart

Just because we can never say it enough - Thank You! We so appreciate everyone's support and donations and wanted to share this St. Baldrick's card that features Georgia's art. Y'all are the best!

Speaking of art, tomorrow is the WEST Studio Tour, where Austin artists share their work in spaces around town. The tour includes a stop at Ann Richards, and, at her art teacher's suggestion, Georgia will be showing some very special work - her Bald Georgia t-shirts! We relaunched the campaign, and shirts will be available for order until MAY 31st. She's hoping to raise awareness of St. Baldrick's outside our circles, but if you missed your chance to order a shirt, by all means, please do! Six styles in two colors - get yours today!

Have a great weekend, y'all - and Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Saying Cheese and Thank You

The big celebration last weekend was so fun - just exactly what Georgia wanted. Sharing good food with good friends and family and giving thanks for all of the love and support we've all received over the last seven-plus years. And we had another successful blood drive on top of it all! Here are a few pictures, and now we're on to planning the next one in 2022! : )