Monday, October 25, 2010

Our Girl

Just some more pictures of our girl!
Marlie has become interested in the leg warmers I used to put on her with her cloth diapers. She came across her UGA pair and wanted to wear them so I helped her build another outfit around leg warmers!


This weekend I took apart her Anywhere Chair (from Pottery Barn Kids) to wash it, and she was clever enough to use it anyway. She shaped it into this formation so that she could still relax on her chair.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

St Jude Patient of the Month - October 2010

In less than a month and a half I will run my first marathon - the St Jude Memphis Marathon! This race benefits St Jude Children's Research Hospital. I have committed to being a "Hero" which means I am trying to raise additional funds for the hospital. Please consider making a contribution that will make a difference in the life of a child like Darcy!
www.mystjudeheroes.org/cristin



Darcy
6 years old

Diagnosis:
Darcy was found to suffer from an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid (ATRT) brain tumor in February 2009.

Darcy's Story:
Darcy and her siblings were outdoorsy kids who loved riding horses. At just 4 years old, Darcy was an accomplished rider and roper and had already earned a championship belt buckle for her skills. But life took a turn in late 2008 when Darcy fell and hit her head at school. She started suffering from terrible headaches and began vomiting within moments of opening her eyes each morning. Soon after, Darcy's parents were devastated when tests revealed she suffered from a deadly brain tumor known as ATRT.
"It felt like a freight train," Darcy's mom said of learning the news. "I was trembling and shaking. Your life as you know it ends."
Darcy underwent a 10-hour surgery to remove the deadly tumor, and her parents started to research the best options for her continuing care. That search led them to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and they obtained a referral.

At St. Jude:
Darcy received four courses of chemotherapy and 31 radiation treatments. Despite her often grueling treatment, Darcy thrived at St. Jude. She loved participating in all the activities at the hospital, especially arts and crafts. To see her flourish meant the world to her parents.
Darcy's family is appreciative of everything St. Jude provides for families, from housing to grocery cards. That they will never receive a bill from St. Jude means they can focus on what's important: Darcy. This has inspired them to help support St. Jude. "I'll keep giving," her mother said. "It makes a difference, even $20."
Darcy has finished treatment and is now home with her family. "My hope for Darcy is to keep having birthdays," her mother said. "We're so proud of St. Jude and what they've done for her."
Now that she is home, Darcy is back in school and she loves playing with her siblings. Darcy is also back to riding horses. She started slow on an old, gentle horse, but now she rides a fast one again.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christian Way Farm

We usually only have about 1 day a week that is totally free. Last Thursday was that one day and I was watching my neighbor's daughter (who is Marlie's age & her buddy). I decided that it would be the perfect time to visit one of the pumpkin patches in the area. I wasn't sure which one we would go to, but ultimately decided on Christian Way Farm because of the values they share at their farm. As their name suggests, they try to incorporate Christian lessons into their farm tours. The kids had a blast and I was happy with our experience also.

Listening to the story of how a pumpkin is grown. They also explained how we can have yucky stuff in our heart like the pumpkin has on the inside. However, we can get rid of that stuff so that there is room for Jesus to come and live in our heart. The storyteller had a variety of pumpkin carvings to illustrate her lesson.


Grinding corn to feed to the animals


Ready for the hayride!


Walking through the corn maze. We had a hard time finding our way out, so like a true soldier's family we decided to adapt and overcome! We made our own exit out of the maze!


This was the kids' favorite! A few "tractors" were connected and pulled by a real tractor.


Looking through the window of the hay castle


Right after this picture was taken, I was reminded why I am not the mother of 2 small children!
In this picture Marlie is up on the highest level. At the same time, her friend, K, was on the first level (which is still around 10 feet up). M realized that she would not be able to get down easily and was basically stuck up there. Right when I was about to climb up to get her, K looked at me and grabbed her rear end. I asked K what was wrong and she told me that she needed to go potty (#2!). After considering my options, I knew that M would just stay up there until I could get her down. I decided to help K down first and take care of her. Once I got her down, we had to RUN across the farm to the potties. Luckily my friend was already in there with her daughter. I handed K off and went back to get M. Again, I had to climb up the hay castle to rescue a child! We ended up having to throw away some underwear, but everyone ended up safe!


The end of a fun morning!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stella & Dot's New Arrivals!

I just received a lot of new samples from Stella & Dot and am excited to share them!


Allie Pearl & Ribbon Necklace
The flower unclips to wear in the hair!


Lola Necklace
(flower unclips to wear in the hair!)


Gracie Headband & Barrettes


Teardrop Scroll Earrings
also available in gold


Coin Pearl Earrings


Garden Party Dot Earrings


Jolie Cocktail Ring



Baby Flower Post Earrings


Grace Pearl Earrings
also available in ivory & gold


Tiny Flower Necklace


Turquoise Sea Drop Earrings


Soiree Pave Bracelet


Clover Double Wrap Leather Bracelet


Clover Single Wrap Leather Bracelet


Nugget Wrap Bracelet


Signature Clover Bangle


Pave Ellipse Necklace


Alexa Fringe Necklace


Charlotte Statement Necklace


Stella & Dot has just come out with jewelry travel totes in 3 different sizes. I have the Medium in Teal and the roll in Navy (but I forgot to take a picture of it). They are awesome!
Medium Jewelry Travel Case





Here's a photo of all 3 sizes together.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Disney on Ice : Toy Story 3

The first weekend in October we were able to attend Disney on Ice : Toy Story 3 in Nashville. The arena was bought out and all the tickets were donated to families of deployed soldiers from Fort Campbell. Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney On Ice, partnered with MetLife, Cracker Barrel and Clarksville businessman Jack Turner to make this special performance a reality. I am so thankful for these businesses and people who allowed us to attend. Marlie & I both had a great time and she did a great job sitting through the whole show!
Ready for the show!


Cute Archangel girls!


Trace Adkins sang the National Anthem for us before the performance


Toys!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Popcorn!

Our microwave died on us so we have been living without one for a few weeks. I decided to make the best of it and show Marlie how to make popcorn the old school way. Marlie had so much fun watching the popcorn jump around in the pan. That afternoon was the silver lining in us having to buy another kitchen appliance!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Little Firefighters

Last week Marlie's class was visited by members of the fire department. One of the firemen read a book to the class and then they got to check out the fire engine. After learning about the truck, the kids sang a song they had been learning about fire fighters/trucks/hats.
M's class


Marlie dressed herself that day so I had to get a picture of her outfit. The clothes battle is not one I am willing to fight so as long as she's dressed appropriately for the weather, I'm fine with whatever she chooses.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Prayers for Aaron

Our neighbor and friend, Aaron, was seriously injured in Afghanistan on Saturday when he was shot by a sniper. Aaron & his wife, Eliza, are a few years younger than us and this was Aaron's first deployment so we have tried to share some of our Army life experience and wisdom with them. We were so upset to learn about his injury and would like to ask for prayers for Aaron & Eliza as he begins his recovery. Eliza has created a Caring Bridge page for Aaron so you can read more about his injury and recovery there. It is a private page so you will have to register with the site to read it.
https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronpalmer/createorsignin

Here's a picture I took of Aaron & Eliza at our battalion ball back in July. They are both such sweet, likeable people and we wish we could do more for them during this time.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Stella & Dot in Atlanta!

On the way back to Campbell from our visit in Georgia, I stopped in Atlanta for an afternoon of Stella & Dot training. It was a great afternoon and really helpful and motivating. The highlight was that we got a sneak peek at the new holiday pieces and jewelry totes.
These necklaces aren't new but I wanted a picture of them since they're the perfect combo for a UGA fan.


My fellow Ft Campbell stylist (on left) with Jessica Herrin (right), the CEO & Founder of Stella & Dot. She was featured as one of the Inc. 500's Superstar Entrepreneurs in their September 2010 issue. Stella & Dot is #67!


The new Clover Wrap Leather Bracelets and Nugget Wrap Bracelets
http://stelladot.com/sites/cristin/productcatalog?page=productlisting.category&categoryId=1201


These new "Tween" bracelets and earrings are coming soon!


New Pave Clover Necklace & Earrings and CZ Cross Necklace.
http://stelladot.com/sites/cristin/productcatalog?page=productlisting.category&categoryId=1201


These are my favorite new pieces! The Pave Ellipse Necklace & Pave Double Bar Necklace were both created for Stella & Dot by celebrity designer, Maya Brenner.