Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Last Go Rounds

It's been a busy few weeks, starting with Georgia's last term as a camper at Camp Mystic and ending with the beginning of her last year at Ann Richards. Already?! It appears so. It also appears that she is thoroughly enjoying every moment. And as bittersweet as it all is, so are we. 

Over the next two months, she'll be focused on college applications, a dual-credit science class, and her new position on the Teen Council for The Contemporary Austin, a fantastic local art museum. She'll be discussing and learning about art with other teens and planning events to encourage more teens to visit the museum. She actually gets paid a bit for her work, so she's calling it her first job - our little-ish working artist!

All good things are coming Georgia's way, and she deserves every one. She has worked so hard, grown so much, and made us prouder than proud. On the eve of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and in light of what many of our family and friends are enduring in Southeast Texas right now, we are beyond grateful. 

First first day/Last first day

In six years, the only time she got a top bunk!

Modeling the shirts she designed for Field Day - Go Kiowas!

Showing off her deck tennis skills ...

and her cooking skills ...

and her balancing skills, I guess?


Laughing during her Vespers presentation, having just swallowed a bug!

Last campfire.

Sweet friends.

More tribe art by the artist herself.

One more logo design - it was so close to the real deal, the t-shirt shop wouldn't print it! The inspiration is a song that the Aides perform in the dining hall using their serving trays as props, so she at least got to paint it on the board that will stay in the Aides' cabin for years to come. 


And then she got home, and this happened:

First first day/Last first day at Ann Richards - with a Clementine photobomb.

Senior and 8th Grader!

Sister Power, indeed.

Senior flashmob. I cried.

It's going to be such a great year.

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.