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! : ) 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

They're Playing Her Song

Countless times, we've said how proud we are to volunteer with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and how grateful we are that the organization really walks the walk in supporting the latest and greatest childhood cancer research. Georgia is living, thriving proof of how critical that research is, so it's a privilege to do whatever we can to help other kids and their families enjoy the blessings and the luck that we have. And by partnering with St. Baldrick's, we are confident that we can make that happen.

So just when we think we can't love our St. Baldrick's peeps any more than we already do, they go and do something as incredibly special as this ...

Georgia is fundraising through the end of the year, so if you haven't had a chance to support her shave or cheer for her Official Cancer-Freedom, you can donate HERE. Who knows - maybe we'll make YOU a video!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Best Day

Seventeen years ago, Georgia Lee Moore came bounding into this world to the sounds of Willie Nelson's version of "Georgia On My Mind." The crowd in the delivery room sighed in unison as the Lone Star State's favorite son welcomed its newest daughter, and we've been keeping her on our minds and in our hearts ever since.

Ten years and one day later, she was diagnosed with cancer, and we adopted that phrase as our mantra to keep Georgia and all kids fighting cancer on everyone's mind. We learned a lot, we gave thanks for Georgia's daily victories, and we made it our mission to help other families who landed in CancerWorld just as inexplicably as we did.

Seven years and four months later, Georgia is Officially Cancer-Free. Today, we have the privilege of celebrating her - a happy, healthy girl with a strong body, a giant heart, a bright smile, and even brighter mind. She is a survivor and a ray of hope for other kids in the fight. She beat cancer and is poised to take on the world. She is a champion!

Go get it, baby girl - we love you so much.

Friday, April 28, 2017

One Day More

We're channeling one of Poppa's favorite musicals tonight as we prepare for the BIG DAY tomorrow! One more day! One day more! or One day MOORE! : )

We started this party weekend off right tonight with a reception for Ivy's award-winning poem, "Pearl Whiskers," which is about the albino catfish she caught at camp this summer. A college art student then created a piece inspired by the poem, and Ivy got a cool poster of it, along with some other prizes. GG came to town for all of the festivities, and today happens to also be her 99th birthday! We do that a lot around here - double- and triple-up our celebrations! 

Tomorrow, of course, is THE DAY, and as tired as I should be from the past month of non-stop action, I may hardly sleep tonight! We've got a great party, the blood drive, and a special dinner to round out the day, and we'll be giving thanks at every turn. In order to move forward, it helps to look back, so we'll leave you with these final three moments to remember - from the last April 29th we celebrated in style. Thank you, Friends of Georgia! See you tomorrow!!!

Georgia, Champion of the World


APRIL 29TH in Pictures 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

3-2-1 ...

THREE days until April 29th! Incredible! It's such an accomplishment - and a privilege - for Georgia to get to this point, and of course, we are so excited and grateful! This month has been a flurry of activity, for Georgia and Ivy both, but we're getting our second wind looking toward the weekend.

We went to the clinic yesterday to deliver some MaxLove goodies, and although Dr. Neff wasn't there, we did get to catch up with Nurse Dina. We have spent so much time there, it always feels kind of like coming "home," but it's so good to have moved on! Georgia has at least one more survivorship appointment and then it might be a long time before we go back to that building, so we took a good look around and said hi to everyone while we were there. We can never say thank you enough for all that they have done for Georgia!

Two other really cool things happened this week - one is that, after 8 years of fundraising, the 46 Mommas have raised over $2 MILLION for childhood cancer research! I am so proud to have been a part of the team for the last six years, and I can't wait to see everyone at our Austin shave this summer! It's an amazing, FIERCE group of women, and we are getting it done for all of the kids! Don't Mess with Mommas!

The other cool thing is this wonderful interview Georgia did with Inside Edition! The best part about all of this is every bit of it was her idea. She decided to shave, she agreed to share her story, and she continues to take more and more ownership of her experience every day. Watching her grow stronger in every way is a beautiful thing! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bald Belle of the Ball

Prom Night! Last night, Georgia and her gaggle attended the Junior-Senior Prom, and from the looks of the pictures, they had a blast! Unfortunately, I missed all of the festivities because I was hosting our dear Parkside Community School's 25th Anniversary party - all the things are in April this year! Trevor took over the pre-prom getting ready and chauffeur duties, and I got some of the details this morning. More to come after Georgia finishes a full day of shooting her film project! Again - literally, All. The. Things!

The pictures I've seen so far show that Georgia did exactly what she intended to do after shaving her head a week ago - Rock the Bald! Her dress sparkled nearly as much as her smile, and I love that she got to have such a special night with such special friends. But next year, I am NOT missing the prom!

Look at our girl shine:

I'd say she had a good time, right? And there are more good times to be had - specifically, this Saturday, APRIL 29TH! We're looking forward to the party, the blood drive, and most of all, Georgia's Official Cancer-Freedom! We hope you can join us!