Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eight is Great

Well, Georgia had a fantastic time in Georgia! She made new friends, tried a new medium, and really enjoyed exploring a new city. SCAD is a pretty impressive school, and the whole experience was wonderful. Except for the flight troubles on the way home ... thank you, Romy, for escorting our girl home so she didn't have to navigate late planes and missed connections alone!

SCAD friends at work ...

and play! Tybee Island beach bums.

Georgia returned home just in time for the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, and what a time we had! It was so cool to host Mommas from around the country and to share our beloved city with them. The shave was a big fundraising success, but it was also - as always - a lot of fun. We had some first time shavees and two Knights of the Bald Table were inducted for seven years of service. The Oasis is a beautiful venue, and if you've never been there, the view is not to be missed! The Mommas have raised over $2 million since 2010, and I am so honored and proud to be a part of this amazing team! They even surprised me with a cake - it was an awesome birthday party, for sure!

Before, with all of my best girls

After, with my favorite barbers 

Shave #8 is in the books!

 Special Sisterhood

Rhode Island friends and fellow SuperSibs

The Peachy Keens were out in full force

We took donations to Dell Children's the next day and toured the Healing Garden

Don't Mess with Mommas, y'all!

And in case I haven't made it clear enough here (ahem), here's a piece I wrote for St. Baldrick's that explains why the Mommas and I do what we do. Thanks again for your donations and support and for continuing to keep our girl on your mind and in your heart.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Love and Georgia

On July 7th, we lost my parents' best friends of 52 years - and my second parents - in a car accident. Johnny and Beverly helped raise my brother and me, and they were part of every important moment in our lives, and many, many of the everyday moments, too. They were by our side the day Georgia was diagnosed, and they were incredible supporters of our advocacy and fundraising efforts. We were able to start the Georgia and the Peachy Keens Hero Fund due in large part to their generosity, and I loved sharing with them the good work their donations were funding. Their loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts and in our family, but we love them and know they will always be a part of our lives and a part of our mission to end childhood cancer.

One thing I know Johnny and Beverly are so proud of is Georgia's success in school and her future plans. The college search has kicked in to high gear. In the last two weeks, she toured Trinity University in San Antonio and Southwestern University in Georgetown, and she's currently ensconced at the Savannah College of Art of Design in Savannah, Georgia. We had to reschedule our roadtrip and will visit Tulane in the fall, but we did spend a nice weekend together in Savannah, and she checked in to the dorm yesterday. Savannah is beautiful, and SCAD is very inspiring and impressive. She'll be taking classes in Acrylic Painting and Building Preservation this week and getting a real feel for the school. It was hard to leave her after the week we'd had, but I'm so excited for her and grateful for this wonderful opportunity - for which she earned a scholarship based on her portfolio. A working artist already!

Yeah, she liked it a little. : )

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pink 2.0

Throughout Georgia's journey, we've always tried to find and focus on the positive in every step. For example, remember that color poll we created in the first weeks after her diagnosis? The winner was PINK, and the result was this:

Georgia was SO excited to surprise everyone at the clinic the next day, and then she was ready to let go of the rest of her hair, telling us to "shave it off already!" Instead of being traumatized by the experience, she took control and actually had some fun with it - and she never looked back.

So seven years later, after once again going bald on her own terms, Georgia also decided to go PINK one more time! And here's that result:

PINK 2.0!

 The process was just a wee bit more involved this time around. She started with the Draco Malfoy:

Then these gold feathers:

 Then this superhero look: 

And voila!

Georgia LOVES it, if only for a month (not exactly in line with the school dress code : )), and we love that she's able to bookend the last seven years in such a bright(!) and positive way. Pretty in pink, indeed.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy Days

Bathing beauties!

After spending a relaxing week at the beach, Georgia and Ivy came home and hit the ground running. More summer reading, annual closet purges, and various appointments, and they've been busy little bees! But they've had time for more fun, too, of course ...

Ron Swanson is back!

Georgia had a perfect well-check exam, and she passed her swim physical with flying colors! She's leading some summer swim clinics for the team - she's the captain this year, you know! - and is feeling SO good. We are grateful, as always, and looking forward to all that this special school year will bring. 

 And so it begins!

Last trip to the uniform store ...

Our road trip to Savannah is just two weeks away, followed by the 8th annual 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, which happens to fall on my birthday ... If you haven't made a donation to life-saving childhood cancer research this year, that would be the best present of all! Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you're having a great summer!

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! : )