Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We Love a Party

The New Year got off to a bit of a bumpy start for Georgia, but she's back on track after missing the first week of school and a swim meet. She got her wisdom teeth taken out right before Christmas, and we were prepared for her to be down for a few days, but she sailed through the procedure and recovery like it was nothing! But then she suddenly fell ill the night before school started back up, and it took a visit to the pediatrician, one to Dell Children's, and two complete lab work-ups and more to tell us, "We don't know what it is, but we know what it isn't." She was extremely fatigued, nauseous, pale, and had no appetite, so there was some concern when it held on for three days, and that prompted all of the investigation. As a default, we're calling it "a bug," but it took her a full week to recover her energy and appetite. She hated missing school and swimming, but she took baby steps last week, and is now almost back to full speed. And we're all breathing easier ... : )

Right before all of that, though, she did have a fabulous 18th birthday! It's crazy to think that she is now "an adult," but like most moms, I will always see her as my baby. We started the special day with the traditional birthday scavenger hunt, and the big prize this year was tickets to see Lorde, one of her favorites, this spring. Later, she invited her gaggle to play 18 holes of putt putt golf, and they all braved the cool weather and the crowds for a great afternoon. We finished up the day with dinner and a light show and dreams of what the next year will bring for her - and where she'll be! College applications are finished, so now we wait ...

The "green light" was a hint for Lorde's song of the same name. 
We're so witty!

Putt putt at Peter Pan. Say that five times fast.

 The Force is with these Ann Richards girls, for sure!

 Sweet, sweet friends who have supported and celebrated Georgia for the past seven years.

 The Texas-sized light show at Mozart's is always a holiday hit.

 EVERYBODY wears the hat on their birthday!

The next day was New Year's Eve, of course, and as you know, that day has multiple meanings for us. This year, we had a party to celebrate 2018 and our 20th wedding anniversary, but it's also Georgia's diagnosis day, and getting to mark one more year past December 31, 2009 is the greatest cause for celebration. We had fun with friends, family, and fireworks, and look forward to many special moments in the coming year.

Thank you for another year of love and support!

Saturday, December 30, 2017


18 years today, and we're still tickled and amazed and grateful. 
Happiest Birthday, my young adult baby girl. The world is your oyster - go get it.

Monday, December 25, 2017

THE Month of Georgia

This particular Month of Georgia has been the busiest one ever, and boy, do we have BIG news! Georgia got a message from Trinity University, the first school she applied to, and ...

 She got IN!!!

 And she got a $25,000/yr scholarship! 
That's when the tears came.

The scholarship qualifies her to compete for a FULL ride scholarship in March, and she is SO excited to have her first acceptance in the bag. She has three applications due in the next month, and then we wait. Of course, we are proud of her and her hard work, and we know that she will end up in the perfect school. It's just hard to believe that we're here already! 

Like most people in these parts, we were pleasantly surprised to have a snow day earlier in the month, and the girls made sure to get some snowball-throwing in before it melted. Georgia might have to get used to colder weather next year, and if so, we will make sure she has more than a bathrobe to keep her warm.

She finished up the semester with her highest grades ever (no pumping the brakes for this senior!) and the most successful swim meet the Starfish have had. She also attended a planning meeting for the Dell Children's Patient Advisory Council, and she got to hear firsthand how much everyone appreciates her work on the Council logo.

Former patient, current advisor, perpetual champion!

The annual caroling party got everyone in the Christmas spirit and ready for the real deal.

They each got the other Studio Ghibli gifts!

Her favorite: a vintage Pentax camera.

It's been a whirlwind, with the two biggest days in the M of G to come. We hope you all are enjoying the holidays with your families, and we wish everyone a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Buckle Up

Six months to graduation. 30 days to her 18th birthday ... 
Let the Month of Georgia begin!!!

She's fundraising until the end of the year, too, so if you'd like to kick off the Month of Georgia by honoring her 18th birthday or her 8th year past diagnosis, click HERE to donate. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Attitude of Gratitude

We are especially stocked up on gratitude this Thanksgiving as Georgia continues her quest for world domination and all-around awesomeness. Consider just these latest achievements:

Georgia and the Starfish are still burning up the lanes in swim meets, including most recently at the Aggieland Invitational in College Station, where every girl on the team set a Personal Record in at least one event!

In her very first Youth and Government event, the bill she wrote and presented ("An act penalizing the use of pesticides harmful to Texas bees and other pollinating populations ...") unanimously passed committee and the Senate - and was named THE Outstanding Bill for the District 2 conference. And once again, the Ann Richards Stars swept every category of the awards and have their first-ever nominee for Governor at the state conference!

And THEN, at the national Journalism Education Association conference in Dallas last weekend, she received an Honorable Mention for her editorial cartoon (photo to come!), and the rest of the JFam (journalism family ; )) ran the table on those awards as well!

Georgia still has cards for sale to support the Ann Richards School journalism program, so let us know if you'd like some original Thank You notes! $5 for 4 assorted cards, featuring pictures from her adventures this summer at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

And in between all of these events and obligations, she's earning her highest grades ever and loving every minute of her classes and spending time with her Senior sisters. Her time at Ann Richards has been so wonderful, and we're all looking forward (wistfully, I might add) to more special moments and events to come.

One very special moment came yesterday in the form of Georgia's annual survivorship appointment. All reports were perfect, as we expected, but what we didn't expect was the excellent news that she can continue to be seen at the clinic until she is 22! As grateful as we are for her to be turning 18 next month(!!!), the thought of aging out of our familiar care routine - and leaving our dear care team! - was a lot to swallow, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that we can stay this course for a while longer.

Finally, as we all give thanks tomorrow, we hope you'll consider giving back on #GivingTuesday, November 28th. As always, we appreciate your support of Georgia and the Peachy Keens on behalf of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, so if you'd like to make a year-end gift in honor of the bravest girl in the land, click HERE.

We wish all of our Friends of Georgia a very Happy Thanksgiving!