Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday Fun

Decorating the tree

Ivy, the Nutcracker Mouse

A visit from GG

Letters to Santa

Christmas morning tea party

We hope yours was very merry, too! We're looking forward to a brand new year and some big birthday fun in the next few days, so stay tuned! Thanks, y'all!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Give Life

For our final gift idea this year, we want to encourage you to give the ultimate gift of good health:

Give Life

First, donate blood. We have been overwhelmed by your willingness to roll up your sleeves in honor of Georgia, and thanks to you, the Blood Center of Central Texas has another 150+ units of blood at the ready - and counting! We hope blood donation will become a regular event for all of our generous donors as there is always a need for blood and blood products throughout the year. Right now, if you donate at any of the Austin-area blood banks by January 4th, you'll receive a pint of delicious Amy's Ice Cream! And if you live outside the area, we encourage you to visit your local blood bank and donate!

Next, register as a bone marrow donor. The National Marrow Donation Program is constantly searching for donors to match patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other diseases in need of a life-saving transplant. The NMDP website is full of information for potential donors, including facts and myths about the registration and donation process, so take a look and please consider registering. All it takes to join is a cheek swab from you, and you could Be the Match that makes the difference!

Finally, register as an organ donor. This national site is a great place to learn more about donation and transplantation, and if you're in Texas, you can register online at the Glenda Dawson Donate Life - Texas Registry. Our dear little Liam is currently awaiting his new heart in Houston, thanks to another family who chose to give this incredible gift of life. We're sending special love and prayers to him and his family, and all the other patients and families facing serious illnesses this holiday.

Thank you thank you thank you for the many "gifts" you've given our family this year, and we hope you're able to celebrate with the ones you love.

This tree is from the American Childhood Cancer Organization's Annual Tree Lighting Event in Washington D.C.. Each gold ribbon on the 23-foot tree represents a childhood cancer survivor - including one for Georgia Lee! To learn more, visit ACCO's site here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bon Voyage

Well, almost! It's not quite time yet, but Saturday, we went to Georgia's Make-a-Wish trip Departure Party! Everyone was so lovely, and we all enjoyed meeting some of the generous folks who either work or volunteer with the organization or who "adopted" Georgia's wish and helped raise funds to make it come true. It takes a lot of helping hands and open hearts to grant these wishes, and yet, we were able to celebrate with two other families going to Disneyworld, so imagine the time and energy that went into making that happen! Which made us think of another gift idea ...

Give Wishes

Whether you offer your time, talents, or treasures, the Make-a-Wish Foundation gladly accepts and greatly appreciates any kind of "help" you can give. An easy way to support the Central Texas chapter with a $5 donation is by texting WISHKIDS to 90999. Or go here to the national site to see the many ways you can make a child's one heartfelt wish come true!

Thank you, Kathryn and Scott, for a GREAT party!

CAKE! And how 'bout those contacts? Looking good!

Thank you, Barfield Family and Casis Elementary!

Thank you, Fowler Family, Good Shepherd, and their "Secret Santa!"

Thank you, Make-a-Wish Foundation!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Give Courage

Once again, Georgia sailed through her day surgery without incident. While she was in the procedure room, we were in the waiting room, and the pianist in the lobby of the hospital actually played "Georgia on My Mind." It was perfect and kept us focused on our warrior girl.

Watching her undergo these day surgeries so many times, so easily, you might forget how brave Georgia is and how much courage all kids in treatment have to muster up every day. To symbolize that courage, and to have a tangible reminder of their incredible journeys, many children, like Georgia, participate in an amazing arts-in-medicine program called Beads of Courage. Originally started for oncology patients, the program now reaches children battling cardiac conditions, burn injuries, and other serious illnesses and offers them beads for things like every needle poke, procedure, or night in the hospital. Georgia got three awesome beads for hair loss, and we made two of them into earrings for St. Baldrick's!

Recently, CBS News profiled the program:

Awesome, right? So how about this gift idea ...

Give Beads

You can actually donate glass or polymer clay beads or make a general donation to help bring Beads of Courage to every child who is battling a life-threatening illness. We are very passionate about this program and have seen first-hand the incredible boost these kids get from carefully selecting their beads and wearing them with pride. Georgia is on her third string and loves being able to record and share each step of her journey, each act of courage, one bead at a time.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sweet Sixteen

Wednesday is Georgia's 16th LP-ITC, so to mark the occasion, may we suggest this sweet gift:

Give Cookies

Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded by a mom inspired by her son's fight against Neuroblastoma. By purchasing their gourmet cookies - or hosting your own bake sale! - you're helping fund research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. And if you're trying not to overdo it this holiday eating season, how about one of these cool t-shirts instead?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give Hope

Georgia is feeling great and looking forward to some holiday school performances and to Ivy's debut as a mouse in The Nutcracker! She also hit another milestone this week - she got contacts! She's taken to them like a natural and hasn't had a bit of trouble. It's something she's been thinking about for over a year, but she's promised me she won't completely forgo her stylish spectacles - "the look" Mommy has become quite attached to over the past six years! : ) Pictures to follow!

And so, another post, another gift idea:

Give Hope

This year, you have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts. The dollars you have donated will go towards patient services, research, and the quest for the ultimate gift - a CURE! We happily encourage you to continue this mission of hope by making a donation or purchasing items offered by the organizations listed in the sidebar or the cause of your choice. These groups really depend on us to help fund their life-saving work, and there are many ways you can support them and find a wonderful gift for someone on your list as well.

For example, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign has a long list of retail partners donating a portion of sales to fight childhood cancer. You can find everything from gift cards to clothing and candy - all of which benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. LIVESTRONG has holiday cards available on Shutterfly, and several organizations have online gift shops with calendars, t-shirts, and other items that enable you to "give back" and promote the cause at the same time.

Our CureSearch donation page will be up until December 11th and our St. Baldrick's page (the Let's Conquer button in the sidebar) until the 31st. And our dear Dianna, who just ran the White Rock Marathon this weekend (her 10th event this year!), is still fundraising for Team in Training, in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so you can click on her picture in the sidebar if you'd like to donate. Finally, we can't stress enough the importance of local patient services, so please consider supporting the groups in your communities that are making this journey more bearable for patients and their families.

Thank you to all of these organizations - and thank YOU for supporting them and US this year. A great woman said this recently, and I think it's very fitting for this post, for this day:

I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. - Elizabeth Edwards

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tis the Season

Well, the decorations are all up, and we just opened the first box on the Advent calendars, so it looks like December has begun! And in keeping with the spirit of the holidays, Georgia decided to dedicate a portion of this month's posts to "gifts" we can all give to further the fight against cancer and/or to support survivors and their families. Consider it "Georgia's Favorite Things 2010" - just without all the housewives screaming, and sorry, nobody gets a car. : ) So, here goes ...

Give Books

I think we've established that our girl is a reader - a super reader, a bookworm, a literature enthusiast. She's read everything in our house, the local library branch, and whatever her Kindle can spit out at least twice (I may or may not be exaggerating), so to list all of those titles would take forever. But fear not, Georgia has compiled a short-ish list of some of her favorites from the past year, perfect for the reader in your life - even you!

Single titles:

1. Huckleberry Finn
2. The Giver - Lois Lowry
3. The Phantom Toll Booth - Norton Juster
4. Summer of the Monkeys - Wilson Rawls
5. Mandy - Julie Andrews Edwards
6. The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatley Snyder
7. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
9. Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
10. The Candy Shop War - Brandon Mull

And for the series:

1. Any and all Nancy Drew mysteries
2. Any and all Roald Dahl books
3. Harry Potter
4. Percy Jackson
5. The Chronicles of Narnia
6. Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckley
7. Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
8. The Doll People - Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
9. The Gideon Trilogy - Linda Buckley Archer
10. The Name of this Book is Secret (Secret Series) - Pseudonymous Bosch

Now that you've got your shopping list, head over to (or the Schaumberg, Illinois Borders store if you're in the neighborhood), and a portion of your sale will benefit SuperSibs! One of our favorite organizations! But hurry - December 2nd and 3rd only!

And if you're still in the market for books, Take Your Child to a Bookstore on December 4th, a day to celebrate these treasures in our communities! Happy reading, y'all!

Monday, November 29, 2010

One Month to Go!

On December 29th, we'll be on our way to Florida for Georgia's Make-a-Wish trip! We've been making plans and reservations, but we know there will be some surprises in store for her as well, and we're all looking forward to a wonderful time.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of medically-eligible children across the country, began in 1980 with the granting of a 7-year-old leukemia patient's wish to be a police officer. Today, the Foundation invites children to make their one true wish to Be Something, Have Something, Go Somewhere, or Meet Someone, and, through generous contributions and special fundraising events, grants a child's wish every 40 minutes. Click here to find out how you can support this special organization.

Because Georgia chose to go to Disneyworld, we'll be staying at a most incredible place called Give Kids the World. This resort, and all-around fantasyland, opened in 1989, thanks to an inspiring hotelier with a mission to provide memorable, magical, and cost-free experiences to medically-eligible children and their families. Guests stay in specially-equipped villas and cottages and are treated to things like Christmas every Thursday and ice cream for breakfast, as well as tickets to Central Florida's best theme parks. Just fun, fun, fun! Through partnerships with Make-a-Wish and other organizations, Give Kids the World has hosted more than 100,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Many moons ago, I worked for a restaurant that was fundraising to help build a villa at the GKTW Village, and now, we may actually be staying in it! If you'd like to help welcome more kids to GKTW, click here - they even have opportunities for "voluntourism," where you spend time during your Florida vacation volunteering at the Village - pretty cool!

After all that Georgia and Ivy both have been through this last year, I can't imagine a more perfect place to celebrate Georgia's birthday, the one-year anniversary of her diagnosis, and our 13th wedding anniversary. So, to Mickey and friends, we'll see ya REAL soon!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give Thanks

We have so much to be thankful for, including the love and support we've received from all of you. Happy Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Monday, November 22, 2010

100th Post!

Somehow, we've written 100 posts for this here blog - which one is your favorite? It's hard to choose, but I think the one where we celebrated Georgia's remission has to be the best! : ) Until we post that she's off treatment, that is! Y'all just keep reading, and we'll keep writing.

Georgia's LP-ITC on Thursday went very well, and her counts were so good, she doesn't have to go back for four weeks. For another LP-ITC, of course, but still - progress! This time, her "note" to Dr. Neff was 15 hash marks drawn on her back for each of her previous day surgeries (which doesn't include her first Bone Marrow Aspiration, so, technically 16 procedures since December 31st), and she wore those marks like badges of honor. When it was over, she was ready for a popsicle and to GO HOME. I'm happy to say, she didn't have any back pain, headaches, or nausea, so she pretty much bounced back in an instant. Is she awesome or what?

Friday, we saw the new Harry Potter movie - which we loved! - and Saturday, we were given tickets to the UT game. The weather was perfect, the seats were great, and the Horns won, so it was a wonderful afternoon:

And out on the Pacific coast this weekend, my dear friend, Jeannie, and her team of Jug Band All Stars, fought the elements and walked in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in San Diego - oh, and raised over $50,000 for breast cancer research! They had some additional inspiration, too:

Thanks, girls - you rock! And so does our girl! Here's to the next 100 posts!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One Down, Five (or Six) to Go

Georgia has completed the first 85-day cycle of maintenance! Now we start the second cycle tomorrow with her 15th day surgery, IV medicine, and the ever-popular steroids! She's been tolerating everything very well so far, with only the occasional headache and some minor gait issues. Her stamina level isn't back to "where it was," but that's to be expected, and it really hasn't slowed her down that much. Part of the LIVESTRONG mantra is "attitude is everything," and after watching Georgia greet each day with a smile, I can tell you that it's absolutely true!

We've got some plans for the weekend - we have to celebrate the end of Cycle 1, doncha you know - and hopefully, our girl will feel up to it all. For now, we really appreciate all of your well-wishes, prayers, and support, and we hope you'll continue to keep Georgia, and all the other survivors out there, on your mind. Thanks, y'all!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Super Sister

Ivy is participating in a wonderful program for siblings of kids in treatment called Super Sibs. She eagerly anticipates her monthly letters and emails of encouragement, plus the occasional package containing special treats like a Super Sib pillowcase. She takes great pride in her trophy and bead necklace and decided to incorporate them into her annual birthday picture this year.

As hard as Georgia has worked throughout her treatment, Ivy has held her hand and supported her every step of the way, and we are so very proud of her. Thank you, Super Sibs, for recognizing and celebrating these amazing children and their own unique journeys.

To learn more about this important program, which was recently awarded Community Impact project funding from LIVESTRONG, please visit their site here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make Change, Beat Cancer

Announcing the kick-off of the 2010-11 school year's Pennies for Patients campaign! Over the past 14 years, through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School and Youth Program, kids from across the country have raised over $100 million to further LLS's mission to find a cure for blood cancers. Yes, 100 MILLION DOLLARS - one penny at a time. Schools participate in three-week long fundraising drives, collecting change and earning incentives like pizza parties, while doing their part to help kids like Georgia beat leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. If you'd like to bring Pennies for Patients to your school, contact your local LLS chapter here, or email us!

And you might recognize the poster girl for the Austin chapter's campaign ...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

What Georgia Did This Weekend

Made a tote bag at The Stitch Lab

Worked her brain

Laughed her buns off at Megamind

And what did you do?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy November!

We've been so busy celebrating Halloween, followed by Trevor's birthday on Monday, this week has just flown by. Not to mention this year! And while we were eating candy and cake, our dear Dianna was running the Marine Corps Marathon (her first!) in Washington, D.C.! She worked so hard, we're very excited for her - and Will was there to cheer her on to the finish line.

While she's been training with Team in Training, she didn't fundraise for this event, BUT she IS still fundraising for the Dallas Whiterock Marathon in December! Click on her picture in the sidebar if you want to help her support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's incredible efforts in research and patient services. Thank you, Dianna and Will, for running with Georgia on your mind!

We're back to the clinic tomorrow and then looking forward to a three-day weekend. Gotta get those Thanksgiving decorations up, don't you know?!

Also, stay tuned for some very special announcements - coming soon!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

It seems that we've been celebrating for at least the last two weeks! First, the Starlight party, then last weekend, the much-beloved Parkside Fall Festival. Georgia's class was in charge of the Haunted House, so she decided to kick her gypsy fortune teller up a notch with some Dia de los Muertos makeup - spooky!

Everybody loves a sack race!

This week, we had Ghosts of the Past at school - everyone comes dressed as a notable figure in history and does a short presentation of that person's contributions to society. I always learn something - did you know Julia Child invented shark repellent? I didn't! Georgia went as noted contemporary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, and Ivy went as Marguerite Henry, the author of several wonderful children's books, including Misty of Chincoteauge and other horsey tales.

Friday, Georgia went trick-or-treating at the clinic, and among the many elaborately-costumed staff members, she really enjoyed Dr. Wells's "CHiPs" get-up.

Nice hair, Doc

Last night, we hosted our neighborhood block party, with an outdoor screening of Halloween cartoons and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" - a walk-up movie! It was so nice to see our fun neighbors! We're looking forward to seeing everyone again tonight for trick-or-treating. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Challenge Day

Saturday was a long, crazy day – but a really fun day, too. Before the sun rose, we were down on the 1st Street Bridge, decorating our pedicabs for the LIVESTRONG Challenge 5K. Georgia and Ivy each had their own chariots and noisemakers to cheer on over 3,000 runners and walkers. It drizzled on us here and there, but we were having too much fun to care. On the downhills, Georgia raised her hands and screamed like she was on a roller coaster - it was a great way to start the morning! Thanks to Steve, our awesome driver, and everyone who participated in or supported the Challenge, which raised over 3 million dollars for the weekend’s events! We’re looking forward to riding along next year, and after that, maybe Georgia can run it sometime as a SURVIVOR!

Decorating our pedicabs

Georgia and our awesome driver, Steve

Ready to hit the road!

Ivy and Daddy take the lead!

A yellow rose for a Texas girl

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blood, Bikes, and Bones

How did another week go by already?! Georgia's appointment this morning went well, except we'll be sticking with this every-two-weeks schedule a little while longer. Her counts were great, but for the remainder of this first cycle of maintenance, at least, Dr. Neff wants to see her more often than once a month, and we do what the man says, right? Plus, Georgia is always so glad to see the nurses and staff anyway, so she won't have to go too long without some good hugs!

Tomorrow is another special event we've all been looking forward to - the LIVESTRONG Challenge 5K. All kids in treatment are invited to ride in pedicabs among the walkers/runners to offer support and inspiration for the weekend's races. Even though we've got to be there very early in the morning, and there's a chance of rain, Georgia and Ivy could hardly get to sleep tonight. We'll see how that plays out at 6 AM ...

Tomorrow afternoon is the Parkside Fall Festival, and Georgia has her Dia de los Muertos/Fortune Teller costume all ready for her shift at the Haunted House. It's always such a fun event and gets us all in the Halloween spirit. Hopefully, we won't be actual zombies after the early morning bike ride!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

WOW! The Light the Night walk was so amazing! We didn't hear the final tally, but I believe they raised over $500,000! It was an incredibly beautiful night, for many reasons, and we are really looking forward to participating next year! And the next, and the next, and ...

Sunday afternoon, we were treated to a performance by The Flying Theatre Machine, courtesy of Starlight, and both Georgia and Ivy really enjoyed participating in the improv games. There were tricks and treats, and we had a great view of downtown from high atop the Hyatt.

Also, we can happily report that our dear Jenn finished the Denver Marathon! And she had Georgia on her mind, and on her back, the whole way!

Finally, thanks to Aunt Kate and the blood drive held at her office, we have 23 more units to add to Georgia's tally! Thanks to all the donors!

Have a great week, y'all, and thanks for thinking of our girl!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Light the Night

Big doings this weekend, y’all! First off, we’re so excited to be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk on Saturday night. This is a very special event that helps to further the LLS mission of funding research and providing patient services to all those affected by blood cancers. Walkers are given illuminated balloons (red for supporters, white for survivors, gold in memory of loved ones), and we’ll walk around Lake Park at the Mueller development, in the shadow of Dell Children’s. The weather should be beautiful, and there will be food, music, and activities for the kiddos. Last year, this event raised over $400,000 – which they’re hoping to top this year! – and as Light the Night is a national LLS campaign, the lovely Tina Fey is the national spokesperson:

On Sunday, our fearless friend, Jenn, is running the Denver Marathon (her first!) in honor of Georgia, so send some positive energy up to the Mile-High City as Jenn and her Team in Training buds run in support of LLS!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Special Request

The Delicious Mr. Liam

Attention Friends of Georgia: We need your help. We told you a while back about our little friend, Liam, who was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy at 2 months old. He's been working so hard to get better, but recently, he's had a few setbacks that make it seem more likely that he will need a heart transplant. We have gotten so much strength and support from all of you, and it has made, and continues to make, a huge difference in Georgia's recovery. Because of that, we would so appreciate it if you could take some of the love and light you've shown Georgia and send it to Liam and his family right now. I'm lucky enough to call his mama a good friend, and I know any prayers, positive thoughts, and good wishes for Liam's whole health and comfort for his family will be gratefully received. Thanks, y'all - and love love love and safe travels to Liam, Big Sis Lucy, and their wonderful parents.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Good News Bears

Friday's appointment at the clinic was pretty short and very sweet - Georgia's numbers look great, and soon, she'll be going in every four weeks instead of every two! And to top it off, The Sunshine Kids sponsored a great party with food, smoothies, Halloween treats and crafts, AND Build-a-Bears for everyone! Ivy happened to be with us this time, and she was beyond thrilled that she got to make a bear, too. There are so many groups and organizations that do such wonderful things for kids in treatment, and we really appreciate every one of them and the time and resources they devote to bringing some love and light to this journey, so thank you, Sunshine Kids!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cover Girl

Georgia and friends are Living STRONG!

Hot off the press! The Fall Issue of LIVESTRONG Quarterly! This morning, Georgia's classmates surprised her with a copy someone brought in - what a nice way to start the day. Click here to see a bigger, better view and/or to download a free digital copy of the whole issue. You can also order a hardcopy - I think we need one for the growing portfolio! : )

Monday, October 4, 2010

Vote for Rojo!

Cast a vote (or many votes) for Georgia's pal, Will, for Best Minor League Baseball Promotion - Celebrity Appearance. "Rojo" appeared at a Round Rock Express game in support of Cancer for College, and if you'll recall, he was wearing a Georgia bracelet at the time - too cool! Click here to vote, again and again, before the polls close Wednesday! Thanks!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ivy!

The best and bravest sister on the planet!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Three Months!

Look what Georgia got in the mail from the Make-a-Wish Foundation:

It's taken a place of honor on the icebox, and she's ready to start checking off the days!

And speaking of countdowns, our fearless friend, Jenn, is 17 days away from running the Denver Marathon (her first!) in honor of Georgia! She's trying to raise $25 a day until race day, so if you'd consider helping her reach her goal, we'd really appreciate it! Click on her picture in the sidebar to get to her donation page and help support Team in Training's efforts on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks, you wonderfully generous people!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

By The Numbers

Every phase of treatment has a “road map” that lays out the schedule of medicines and procedures for that phase, and we now know that even maintenance has one for each of its 85-day cycles. Yesterday, Georgia had her second day surgery for this first cycle (her 14th day surgery overall, for those of you keeping score at home), and we found out that she will have two for each of the first four cycles (on Days 1 and 29), instead of one every three months like we originally thought. Always learning! Again, the two-year countdown to the Big Finish actually begins the first day of the Interim Maintenance phase of treatment, which for Georgia was April 29th. So once she finished the last phase of primary treatment, Delayed Intensification, on August 29th, we were already about four months into that two-year countdown. Make sense? I know. Most importantly, as maintenance is broken up into a series of (roughly) three-month cycles, Georgia’s got about 6 or 7 cycles to go before she is OFF treatment, somewhere around April 29, 2012.

And now that we’ve got all that straight ...

Saturday, October 2nd, is LIVESTRONG Day - the anniversary of Lance Armstrong's cancer diagnosis and a global day of action. Events are taking place around the world to celebrate survivorship and to commit to working towards a world without cancer. Click here to find an event near you, and if you can't attend, at least wear yellow and show your support for the 28 million cancer survivors worldwide. And while you're at it, throw on a little orange or purple, too, and let folks know you're Keepin' Georgia on Your Mind! Thanks, y'all!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday "No Report" Report

Well, we thought Georgia had an appointment today for IV medicine, but it turns out, she's due for another day surgery. Whaa - whaa ... (you know that noise, right?) We found out that because she was a Rapid Early Responder (remember that?), she has to have a few more day surgeries than a Slow Early Responder. Seems like it should be the other way around, but if that's what the protocol says, we're happy to do as we're told. So we had to reschedule her appointment to include day surgery on Monday, then we fire up the steroids again for five days, and carry on as we have been. Georgia's feeling great, but she's experiencing some side effects from her medicines, all of which we're keeping tabs on and discussing with her bud, Dr. Neff. It's just part of the ALL Package Deal with Bonus Side Effects, but she is managing everything beautifully.

So, for now, we're holding steady, enjoying the rain, and looking forward to the first weekend of fall. Maybe it will get below 90! : ) Have a good one, y'all!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Luz del Alma

Light of the soul. That's exactly what Ms. Kyla captured in these pictures, I think. She is an amazing photographer - so creative, patient, and kind - and she graciously offered to record this special moment for our family. Please visit her website to enjoy her beautiful work and to schedule your own portrait session - you will love the whole experience. Thank you, thank you, Kyla.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Party Pics

I took so many pictures at the Ice Cream Social, it would take into next week to get them all loaded here - so here's just a quick survey of the scene. Trust me when I say, everyone enjoyed themselves, we served up 100 bowls of ice cream, and we're already planning the next party for when Georgia goes off treatment!

The Amy's-mobile

Georgia and her bud, Ava, and Matt the Ice Cream Wizard

We had a tent and a giant fan in the backyard -
and it was still hot. Thanks, Texas weather.

This guy is everywhere.

Parkside Pals

There are a few more pictures on Georgia's Facebook group page, so head on over there and join. And if you're visiting this page or that one, make sure to leave a comment - even just "Hi!" Georgia loves to hear from you and to know that you've got her on your mind! Thanks, y'all!