Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Our friends Matt and Erica had a little get together this afternoon with some friends and their kiddos. Reid and I didnt have a baby to bring this year, but it was sure fun to watch everyone else! Since I don't have a child to dress up I must live vicariously through my friends! ;)





Major chaos trying go get a group pic.








There's the littlest hostess, Saylor the Lobster!









Harper the Bumblebee!







Erica's good friend Amy has these two precious little boys - James and Press. The little boys were ducks and their daddy was the goose! Their costume theme was a take off the game, "Duck, Duck, Goose!" So creative!

Thanks Smiths for letting us be a part of your fun party! We love getting to watch all these sweet babies grow up!!!

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Sometimes at Night...

Nighttime is hard for me. I love Fall and Winter, but I am definitely on of "those" that dreads daylight savings. I won't admit to seasonal depression, but it's sad when it gets dark before Oprah ends (I know I'm being dramatic).

Really, I can't blame it on a time of year - it's anytime it starts to get dark outside. There's a little pang inside of me that triggers. I could never figure out what was wrong with me. I finally asked at counseling one day if it was normal to be sad when it starts to get dark outside. Cynthia's response was, "Yes."

For me, nighttime means another day is over, the world quiets down, and I don't have to be so strong for everyone. I lay in bed and think about what my mom is doing at the nursing home. On nights I'm in Dallas and I don't get to see her I pray that she is sleeping peacefully. Sometimes I look at the last picture I have of her on my phone before she went into the hospital and wonder what life would be like if she didn't have Alzheimer's. I wonder if my brother, sister, and I carry the APOE4 gene. I wonder if it's true that we probably won't show signs of dementia until we are in our 70s or 80s if we do carry that gene. I wonder if there will be a cure by the time I am her age. But more than anything I wonder, "Why Mom?"








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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blessed Assurance

I got to attend a little concert with Mom at PV that was put on by some of the choir members of Calvary Baptist Church. She loves music and loved listening to the hymns that they sang. The song "Blessed Assurance" has always been one of my mom's favorite hymns and the choir director asked that the audience sing along. My mom can't sing anymore because she doesn't know words, but I know she remembered the tune. As she sat next to me on the sofa and tapped her foot to the beat, I held her hand and sang the words to her. As I sang, I prayed that she would be "watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love."



















Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
(Blessed Assurance)




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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nights with Mom

Just a little bit of Dad's finger in the way...


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My Beautiful Mama






She is just so beautiful. All the nurses and aids just go on and on about how beautiful my Mama is. It still makes her blush.





She loves having her neck and shoulders rubbed. It is her favorite. Look at that relaxed expression!





She didn't care too much about her ice cream tonight. In this picture Dad was trying to coax her to take another bite. She kept saying we could eat it. Ha!

She was in good spirits today. I am so thankful for that. Pray that the bruising on her face will heal quickly. It looks so painful and has grown darker over the last five days.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

So Stinkin' Cute





Yes, that would be an American Apparel deep V tee AND a Pi Phi shirt. In the past three years so many wonderful new things have happened for Arkansas Alpha, but I think my favorite might be their new tees. I mean seriously how much cuter than a crew neck is this? And the sleeve, which you can't see, has Pi Beta Phi's Greek letters. I told the girls they were so much cooler than when we were actives. It feels so good to go back to visit and see that the chapter is even stronger than when we left it - and yes, I'm using a t-shirt as my favorite example for now.


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

One Reason I Love Fayetteville in the Fall

If you have an iPhone you need to get the App called "Shake It." I took these pictures and then made them look like this just by shaking my phone. ;) Happy Fall, ya'll!


















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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ring ching




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Thursday, October 22, 2009

A snuggling day

Mom has been pretty sad today. When my dad and I got to the nursing home just after lunch we found out she hadn't eaten much for lunch or breakfast. Dad and I had a bone to pick with the administrators at PV about a few issues. The main one being that my mom fell during an outing "activity" put on by the nursing home. On Tuesday a nurse called my dad to ask if my mom could go on an outing in the van with some of the other residents. My dad was reluctant to let her go, but he was assured that she wouldn't be walking anywhere unassisted. Well, she was left unattended when the were unloading patients from the van and she fell over the curb. Thankfully, her worst injuries were cuts and bruises, but it was inexcusable. So, today my dad and I had a nice little chat to let them know exactly what we expect from now on. People cried and were written up. I'm going to say it was a good meeting.

Anyway, what it doesn't do is take away the fact that Mom's left side of her face looks like she had a wisdom tooth removed. My guess is it hurts to chew food, too. We quickly solved that with a large Chocolate Elvis from Planet Smoothie as an afternoon snack, not to mention three scoops of ice cream after dinner.

She hasn't been able to tell us why she is crying. I wish sometimes I could peak inside her mind and see what she is thinking. I've snuggled with her in bed a lot today and that seems to make her feel better. Im sure Mom would agree there is nothing better than a Mama snuggling her baby - even if her baby is all grown up.







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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 22, 2005


It's actually not a date I have memorized. I didn't even realize it was four years ago tomorrow until I looked at the picture in my room at my parents house. I'm wasn't sure what posessed me to do what I did at the time. I called local alumni for support, emailed Regional Directors for help, and in the end I was granted approval by not only Grand Council but my chapter, Arkansas Alpha.

I realize now why I wanted it sobadly. It was something in the "now." I knew she might not see me do a lot of things throughout my life, but she had seen me be a Pi Phi. So, on October 22, 2005, as President I would initiate her with a ritual that is even more dear to me now.

This weekend is the Centennial Anniversary Reunion for Arkansas Alpha. I wish she were going with me, but I'll be wearing her pin over my heart all weekend.













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Mama and her Georgie-Boo

Look who mom she found get off the elevator?








"I think he's gotten bigger!"





Going to eat her ice cream with her Gingie, Georgie, and Dad.





She needed a kiss on the cheek before she would sit, of course!





Mom is happy with her favorite baby and George is happy to be with his Mama.





Ice cream eating is a very serious time. She eats the pralines and cream like a chipmunk - she stores all the pralines in her left cheek until we catch her and make her chew them up! Such a sneaky Mom!


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Saturday, October 3, 2009

And so it begins!

I'm always amazed by how different men and women are. This truth was only magnified as Reid and I prepared to leave for this two week vacation. I've been packed since Monday. Reid started packing at 10pm last night. Lovely.Thankfully, when the car picked us up this morning, only three hours after we had gone to bed, we both had everything we needed and were more than ready to get out of town!

Now, we are sitting in a lounge waiting on our flight.



The sky was gorgeous this morning!







Hopefully this is the last time Reid will be doing this for the next two weeks!



Ready for Italy and Spain!!!!! See you in two weeks!


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