Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Girl

It's time for another serious post. Ruh roh. Such is life though.

Last week was like heaven with the Pizzazzerie post on Maddie's party. This week finds Bub the hub and I facing one of our greatest fears: our precious Avery bub is having very strange little episodes that look like...seizures. Ugh. Even writing that word makes my heart hurt.

For four years, we have been so thankful to feel like they were part of our past. I mean, that was the entire reason we went through with her radical brain surgeries. And we always knew that there were no guarantees....but we let ourselves get comfortable.

Comfortable not watching her every second of the day, looking for any signs of strange behavior. Comfortable not having to plan for, worry about, or dispense meds. Comfortable being able to focus on her recovery, instead of a treatment plan. Comfortable just being Avery's parents, not some kind of medical response team. I'm terrified that this is all over. WE are terrified.

Friday morning we are going to see Avery's neurologist to discuss a plan. It will most likely involve things that none of us wants to do....things I especially wish that I could have a conversation with Avery about, so they wouldn't be quite so scary for her. Or us. Technically I can, I'm just not sure how much she understands. It's so hard not to ever know what's running through her mind.

I would trade anything in the world for these awful things not to come back. She has come so far! It's just NOT FAIR. You'd think I had given up on that word at this point, but it still runs through my head pretty constantly...she doesn't deserve any of this.

Tonight Avery and I had our usual pre-bedtime snuggle on the couch. She's one of the greatest snugglers of all time...always has been. We watched an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that she can't get enough of right now, and laughed at the same parts together. Her giggle is truly the most precious sound. While we cuddled, she reached over and absentmindedly played with my necklace, just like I used to do with my mom. I gave her a million kisses and told her how much she is loved. She gave me the same glance and knowing smile that she usually does.

Although it's easy to assume sometimes that Avery doesn't understand the things going on around her, that is simply not true. She may not have the capacity to communicate like we do yet, but she is just as sensitive {if not more} as a typical child. She senses body language and moods, and reacts to tone quickly. She may be even more sensitive to these things since she lacks the ability to ask questions instead. I know she can tell when something is up, so we have always kept our brave faces on around her, even if we are intensely worried, as we have been recently. I think she does the same for us sometimes too, weird as it sounds.

I know that we'll get through this together, like we did before. It doesn't come with any less fear though. We can only hope for the best, and do everything in our power to make it so.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


It's hard to even put into words how exciting it was this morning to get an email from Courtney Whitmore at Pizzazzerie to tell me that she was featuring Madeline's First Birthday Party on her site today! I pretty much jumped off my couch and screamed. I mean, I did. Then I texted Bub the hub and my momma and used about a billion exclamation points.

I have been reading Pizzazzerie for a long time, they post the most fabulous parties! Courtney is such an inspiration-- she popularized and wrote an adorable book about Push-Up Pops, which you have probably seen at parties or perhaps Pinterest.

Check out the Bug Party feature on Pizzazzerie by clicking on the image below!!

This was my first time "styling" a party, so you can probably already guess that I took about a jillion photos-- thing is, I could definitely not afford to hire a professional photographer (like 99% of the parties posted to sites like Pizzazzerie) SO special thanks to my best good friends Natalie Jorgensen (+her fancy camera) and Allison Etchison for helping take photos too so this mom could enjoy the extra special party for my sweet baby girl!!! Now, for a few photos not included in the feature:
the party princess loved that bug cake...
party favors and decor...
pennants, custom sippies, kebabs and cookies (yum)
bug clips for the girls! and big sis plays with bugs :)
bug party guests...

 baby play!
sweet family love
 do you think she got enough presents?

yes, yes I believe she did...
and enjoyed them too!

whew!! that will be a party to remember! I am definitely not already planning Avery's upcoming January birthday. Definitely not....


Thursday, September 13, 2012


Another week whooshes by and I haven't found the time to write a proper blog post? Shocking, I know. Stay tuned though, SOOOO much to talk about :)


Friday, September 7, 2012

Lovely Fall Wreaths

I am SO over summer. Over the heat. Over the sweat. Completely over the ridiculous humidity. I don't care if it is 97 degrees outside, my mind has decided IT IS FALL. And in the spirit of my current craftiness, I wanted to share a bunch of beautiful fall DIYwreaths from around the web. Hopefully it will get you as excited as I am for this weather that I am willing to come.

appeals to my banner obsessment
love the rosettes!

ditto rosettes- this one gets double points for inventiveness!
heart the faux argyle
burlap + pumpkins = awesome
this one is not so much DIY as it is extremely expensive & from Williams-Sonoma,
but it gets me in the mood, so why not!
PhotoCredits: 1)Craft-o-maniac 2)Addicted2Decorating 3)tumblr
4) 5)TwoSharpSmiths 6)Etsy 7)Williams-Sonoma

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