Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lordy, Lordy, She Just Hit 40!

Forty months off treatment - as of yesterday, August 29th! That means Georgia is two-thirds of the way to that all-important FIVE year mark, where we can officially shout from the rooftops that she is cancer-free! Yesterday also marks one year since she "broke even" - when she was finally off treatment as many days as she was on. That was a very special day, and we were honored to share our joy through the St. Baldrick's blog.

In the days in between, Georgia has continued to grow and thrive in every way, and as we head into September and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are reminded even more of how blessed and lucky we are. We are grateful to have our girl here, healthy and happy, and we will do all we can to ensure that other families can celebrate 40 months - and 40 years and beyond - with their children off treatment. We are fundraising through the end of the year and have at least one more event coming up. We also hosted a neighborhood blood drive yesterday and have some special media opportunities this month as well. It's a busy time with school switching into gear, swim practice starting, and our many construction projects wrapping up (fingers crossed!), but we are enjoying every minute. And we thank you, Friends of Georgia, for traveling this long journey with us - we love you all!

Camp closing

 Done with first week of school pictures!

 Radiating JOY since 1999.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Sky's The Limit

Wow. We are so happy and proud to say that we now have two shining Stars in the Ann Richards Constellation! Today, Ivy started 6th grade, and Georgia started 10th grade, and they both emerged at the end of the day with big smiles on their faces. It's such a wonderful school, full of opportunities, and these two are going to take advantage of all of them. It's going to be a great year!

And off they go, ready to change the world!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Despite the heat, the word from camp is FUN! Both girls are having a ball, as you can see here:

Georgia 2011, Ivy 2015 - both stayed in Look Out their first year

Tribe drawing on the first night: another Kiowa!

Obligatory fish picture

Loving arts and crafts

Everloyal Kiowas!

Go Big Blue!

Our little rockhound

A quick shot together - yes!

Camp closing is Thursday, so we're looking forward to hearing all of the tales and seeing some more pictures of these last few days. It's such a wonderful way to end the summer and a great experience for them both. My favorite thing from all of their letters is from Ivy: Everything is fresh and green here, and I love waking up to the sound of the birds singing! Happy campers, indeed!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dancing Queen

The first week of camp is off to a great - albeit very HOT - start! Georgia and Ivy both are having a wonderful time, making new friends, and trying new things. Georgia is in the second-oldest cabin, so they have some extra responsibilities (and fun!), and she is soaking it all up. Ivy's had moments of being homesick, which is to be expected her first year at camp, so we're very glad her sis is there to look after her. And they're both writing lots of letters and posing for pictures, which makes us happy, too - especially seeing our girl dancing again! More pictures to come!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Making Waves

Greetings from the deep end! Pool construction continues to go ... swimmingly. Ha! And now, all eyes are on that camp on the Guadalupe River that we love so much - Camp Mystic! Both Georgia and Ivy will be heading there on Saturday, and they couldn't be more excited. The first order of business will be the all-important tribe drawing ceremony, where we find out if Ivy will be a True Tonk or an Ever Loyal Kiowa, like Georgia. It's like the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts, but neither tribe is made up of evil wizards. As far as we know ...

Both girls would LOVE to get some letters, so if you want to say hi from August 8-20, the address is the same for both, just switch the name and cabin:

Georgia Moore (Ivy Moore)
Camp Mystic
Rough House (Look Out)
2689 Highway 39
Hunt, Texas 78024-3412

This morning, we took a kayak trip on Lady Bird Lake for the first time. It was pretty quiet, before the crowds, and we pulled up at Red Bud Isle for a bit. It was a good two hours of paddling, and Georgia said that her "swimmer muscles" really came in handy. I can't tell you how much it fills our hearts to see her active, healthy, and strong. And always with her smiling sidekick. A great way to start our day and begin to say goodbye to summer.