Communiqués from Cowtown

Goodbye Hedonism, Hello Diaper Genie….

We’re Still Around July 2, 2009

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In Memory of My Cousin Angie April 16, 2009

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Angie (left) and her older sister, Kim

Angie (left) and her older sister, Kim

If you’re not related to me, I expect there is a slight chance you have not heard much about a disease called cystic fibrosis–a genetic condition that creates enormous problems for those who suffer from it, most notably in terms of lung function and health. At this point, despite some treatments that extend and promote general quality of life, there is no cure. Sadly, because of a lack of a cure most of those affected by the disease pass away before they reach 30. 

I lost my cousin, Angela this past year to this awful disease. She had a fighting, feisty spirit and made everyone laugh, even when she was having a difficult time as her lung function decreased. Her sister Kim, who is older than she is (almost exactly my age) is living with the disease and at the time I am writing this, is waiting for a lung transplant. 

The girls have another sister, Michelle, who is not affected by CF directly. This has been a difficult time for her parents as well. When I think about it, I see how we are all–everyone who knows the Badertscher family–affected by the disease. It has made us all painfully aware of the fragility of life and at this point, more importantly, the critical nature of clinical research to help find a cure.

I am collecting funds to place as a direct donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Angela Badertscher’s name. To read more about the event behind this drive and to read about Kim and Angie and the awful disease that requires more research and effort to cure, click this link where there are some great pictures of Kim and Angie and a full description of their battles:   http://www-new.onu.edu/system/files/2009_Run_for_the_Roses_Registration_and_Information.pdf

The run for the roses is going on the first weekend in May and I plan on taking part. Since we live so far away from many of our friends and family members, I decided that the best way to collect donations would be to do something on this site where folks can securely donate using the following method. I have used it on several of my websites and have never had problems. If you’re not comfortable with that kind of thing (ahem…mom) let me know.

UPDATE – Donation window is closed. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and helped raise $250.

Thank you all.

 

The Paper Dress March 1, 2009

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On Sunday morning before we left for home, Bee was playing in tissue paper from her Grandma Sue’s brithday present, wrapping it around her waist like a little skirt. Always one with an eye for style, Grandma Sue immediately got the idea and within a few moments, fashioned The Bee the most marvelous paper wedding dress–complete with a little flower top for her veil. Bee walked around the house like a little princess and stopped to stare at herself several times and was delighted with her makeover. I really could not stop taking pictures and couldn’t choose which ones to put up here so I just put them all here for now. 

The fitting

The fitting

The finishing touches

Putting on the finishing touches

Feeling pretty

Feeling pretty

 

Something to complete the outfit

Something to complete the outfit

 

Ready to flaunt it

Ready to flaunt it

Ruling from on high at the top of the stairs

Ruling from on high at the top of the stairs

 

Growing weary of looking beautiful

Growing weary of looking beautiful

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reflection

 

Visiting Cowtown for the Weekend February 28, 2009

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It’s been a busy week and I am only just getting around to going through and posting pictures from last weekend. We went to Cowtown to Grandma Sue’s with the intention of seeing Bee’s cousin’s Connor and August. Unfortunately, Connor had strep throat and had to stay home but Bee got some quality time with August and the two had a great time. Aunt Danielle stopped out at the house and hung out with us for the evening, which was great. Here are just a few pictures of playtime… 

 

Cousing August and her sleepy dad playing with the horses

Cousin August and her sleepy dad playing with the horses

Horse Time

Aunt Danielle! They had such a good time...

Aunt Danielle! They had such a good time...

Bench

busy playing

blocks

Danie and Bee

 

Mini Me February 23, 2009

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January… January 27, 2009

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Who needs furniture when you've got a perfectly comfortable, partially-collapsed box with little metal things sticking into your back?

Who needs furniture when you've got a perfectly comfortable, partially-collapsed box with little metal things sticking into your back?

The Giving Tree and her favorite new boots

The Giving Tree and her favorite new boots

Relaxing by the fire with some patty cake.

Relaxing by the fire with some patty cake.

Again with the boots...

Again with the boots...

A giant green thing that has something to do with fish.

Shedd Aquarium in downtown Chicago: A giant green thing that has something to do with fish.

Tenuously nvestigating the coral display

Tenuously nvestigating the coral display

Mesmerized by the stingrays and sharks

Mesmerized by the stingrays and sharks

Making friends on the glass floor where she is "standing on" fish. A favorite...

Making friends on the glass floor where she is "standing on" fish. Glad to know my kid isn't the one who walks around with her butt hanging out.

Staring down the grumpy sea turtle

Staring down the grumpy sea turtle

A toast to the queen

A toast to the queen

Gearing up for daycare to battle The Biter (who bit her and the other kids several times)...

Gearing up for daycare to battle The Biter (who bit her and the other kids several times)...

 

More Pictures from the Holidays… January 2, 2009

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These are mostly the same events as seen in my previous post below and whatnot, but I ran out of room on my camera rather quickly and the ones on my first holiday post were taken with my Berry. The ones right here below are of higher quality and there are some great ones. It’s hard to believe the holidays are over now and that it’s already 2009; where did the time go?

All ready for the Christmas party with Jessica (with Ming Ming in tow)

All ready for the Christmas party with Jessica (with Ming Ming in tow)

Hanging out with Grandma and gearing up for presents

Hanging out with Grandma and gearing up for presents

Christmas morning and her grandparents with a full stocking

Christmas morning at her grandparents with a full stocking

One of her favorite gifts from Grandma; and one that has already seen some use (see below)

One of her favorite gifts from Grandma; and one that has already seen some use (see below)

Another Christmas is underway as we went to Grandma Sue's for Christmas Eve

Another Christmas is underway as we went to Grandma Sue's for Christmas Eve

Bee and Louie had a great time playing (can you believe these two are only a few months apart?)

Bee and Louie had a great time playing (can you believe these two are only a few months apart?)

In her seat at the bar at Grandma Sue's

In her seat at the bar at Grandma Sue's

Bee and her other grandparents at around midnight. Since we were driving to North Carolina at night, we kept her up as long as possible. She's barely making it here...

Bee and her other grandparents at around midnight. Since we were driving to North Carolina at night, we kept her up as long as possible. She's barely making it here...

One great reason to time your travels so you hit the mountains right at dawn

One great reason to time your travels so you hit the mountains right at dawn

Bee met her great grandparents on Christmas Day

Bee met her great grandparents on Christmas Day

Playing ball in the hall with her greatgrandmother (talk about spry!)

Playing ball in the hall with her greatgrandmother (talk about spry!)

My babies swimmin'

My babies swimmin'