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Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! We hope to share with you our journey of raising a child with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. If this is your first time here, please start by reading Caitlyn's Story. It will share the beginning of her life with you. Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook – August 29th 2011

For today – August 29th 2011

Outside my window...  it’s very noisy!!!  The neighbors dogs won’t stop barking (it started at 6 this morning and it just won’t stop!!) and the dive bombing birds are squawking up a storm!!  Jinx is hiding in the house to avoid them.

I am thinking… and wondering about who will be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars – can’t wait to find out tonight while watching Bachelor Pad.

I am thankful for... the fact that my east coast friends are safe yet again after mother nature wracked havoc this weekend. 

In the kitchen… there are some dishes that are calling my name as well as the floor which needs swiffering – that’ll happen once I’m done with this post.

I am wearing... shorts and a tank top

I am creating... a video with pictures from the LPA Fundraiser – too many pictures to put into a blog post.

I am going to…  starting thinking about the other blogs posts that I need to catch up on – still behind but not as bad as I was a few weeks ago.

I am wondering… when it’s going to start cooling down – I’m ready for cooler weather – supposed to be about 100* today.

I am reading... nothing yet, finished last weeks book and haven’t decided which book to pick up

I am hoping... that none of my east coast friends suffered too much damage from Hurricane Irene.

I am hearing... Hanna playing with the cars and my soap on the tv – I can at least listen to it while typing.

Around the house… Hanna is so happy with her new big girl bed!!  She has always liked playing in her room now she LOVES it!!  We moved a few things around in there and she now also has the play kitchen – she spent most of yesterday afternoon and now this morning, playing in there. 

A few plans for the rest of the week…  watching the two kids tomorrow after school – my mom is also coming over to visit before she and my dad head out on Wednesday for their next adventure (thankfully planned for this week and not while Hurricane Irene was hitting the east coast).  They are flying into Knoxville TN and visit with the Schmidts, whom Caty and I visited while we were in TN for the LPA National Convention last summer.  From there they will be heading to Hilton Head South Carolina and spending 2 weeks there.  Friday afternoon Scott, the girls are I are heading out of town with some friends to Arnold for the weekend.  Our friends are members at the Broll Mountain Vineyards  in Murphy’s.  The winery is having an event for members and we were invited to attend as well.  Dinner and free wine all night long!!  Then on Saturday there will be an all day long community party.  On our dive home on Sunday we’re going to stop at Snowshoe Brewing Company for lunch – sounds like a perfect weekend to me!!

A picture that I am sharing...


Friday, August 26, 2011

Cabin Trip 2011

We spent a long weekend in July at my family’s cabin in Pinecrest.  The girls and I rode up with my parents on Wednesday and we met my brother, sister-in-law and niece there.  Scott joined us on Friday. 

The girls were so happy to be together again


Hanna still loves digging in the dirt


You can’t really see it in this picture but just above Caty’s head there is a pink plastic fish.  My brother, Todd, had taken Riley’s fishing pole and cast it to it was up over a branch.  He’s lower the fish so they’d chase it, then pull it back up.  They loved it and giggled like crazy


Off for a walk – Caty and Riley


Hanna and Nana

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The girls at the lake


On our way home


Hanna found the dirt again the next morning

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Time for the lake


Hanna found a ladybug that she carried around for while

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Caty getting to drive the boat


Beautiful Pinecrest Lake


Caty and myself


Nana and her girls

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Papa and his girls


Caty doing a little shore fishing


Hanna and Nana


Nana, Papa and the girls


Family picture


More lake time


Silly Hanna


Hanna and myself on the boat


Hanna and Nana


Caty driving the boat again


More fishing


Hanna loved it!!

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Hanna also got to drive the boat


Me and Caty


Joined by Michelle and Cheri (Furner) – both of our families have been coming up to Pinecrest our whole lives but it wasn’t until 2-3 years ago that we realized it.  Cheri and I were in the same class in high school and Michelle and Todd as well.  This summer was the first time we all ended up being in Pinecrest at the same time.  They, along with their families, came and joined us for drinks.  Fun times!!


All the kids together


Family picture time – I haven’t announced anything but look at my sister-in-law’s tiny little baby bump.  They will be welcoming girl #2 in early November.  Girls all around for our family!


Such a great couple of days at the cabin.  We always love coming up here and look forward to next summers trip.

Flashback Friday – August 26th 2011

August 26th of 2010 – so glad that cast was only on for 3 weeks!!


August 26th of 2009 -

Hanna – so many smiles


Caty helping with yard work


August 26th of 2008 - Multi-tasking – talking and swinging


August 26th of 2007

Sliding with Daddy


Sliding with Mommy


August 26th 2006

BIG smiles!!!




Checking out Pinecrest Lake


August 26th of 2005

Just chillin…