Sunday, December 16, 2012

Purple, Platters, and Piggies

I still need to make up for not posting my Epilepsy Awareness post.  To be honest, I started typing it up and put some pictures in the post and it made me kind of depressed.  Sometimes it's hard to look back at where Kylie has been, and how much she's gone through.  I know it could have been far, far worse than what it was, but nonetheless it was a journey no child or family should go through. 
We did paint Kylie's toes purple for Epilepsy...she loves to have her nails done!
I follow a crafty blog, and the blog host was having a giveaway of these ruffle scarves.  They had three different colors they were giving away.  What do you know...we won the mom/daughter matching set of lilac scarves!  They came in the mail on the 2nd of November, so we got to wear them!
Kylie's school has an event every year called the Tiny Tim Gala...they have a dinner and silent auction, as well as a live auction to raise money for her school and the NICU at the hospital.  It was on Kylie's birthday, and since we felt this may be her last year at the school, we needed to go.  Kylie went to grandma' she is all ready to go inside and see Grandma Nancy!
Grandma Nancy took this pick before we headed to the event.  We've got our purple on for Kylie!
I know they look kinda black, but I had painted my toes purple too!
Here is a pic someone took of us at the event.  We were stalking the table of the items that the kids at Kylie's school had made.  Each class decorates some pottery using their hand prints, footprints, etc.  They are just adorable and quite a keepsake if you can get the highest bid!
We won the platter for Kylie's class!  A sunflower made out of all of their handprints and fingerprints too!
Kylie wanted her picture taken all by herself before we put her to bed.  She loves her Strawberry Shortcake Jammies!
She decided to wear my shoes too :)

Haha, and then she wanted one with me too...this is a first!

My sister send Kylie a box of presents for her birthday.  She warned us that there was lots of confetti...and she was right!  It was actually coming out of the box when it arrived.  So we decided it would be best to open in the garage.  Good thing, just look! Kylie thought it was funny :)

This is such a fun game and great for so many different areas in kiddos it!

For the first to ever, we had a night away with no Kylie. She spent the night at grandma Nancy's.  She was a superstar and did great, and talked grandma into making her pancakes in the morning :)

It has been warmer than usual this time of year, so we were outside playing and Kylie decided we need to play some hopscotch. 

The more we played the better she got at hopping on one foot from one squared to the next...she loves it too!

All smiley about something.  Love that she is wearing the necklace I made at VBS this year...she also wore it to school that  day too!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Catching up with Tinkerbell

Okay, so I am getting behind again, but here's a try at catching up.  Kylie told me she wanted to be Tinkerbell for Halloween, so I started searching for patterns and tutorials online, and this is what I came up with...
Of course, our little Tinkerbell just couldn't be a true Tinker fairy without some shoes, so I made those too...Yay, now I can say I made some shoes...or slippers :)
Just the prettiest little Tinker you ever did see!
Here she is with the Tinkerbell pumpkin I made for her....she loved it!
 Kylie's one school sells pumpkins and we have bought our pumpkins there every year, even before we had our little princess.  Here is a pic I snapped of the photo that was posted outside her classroom after all the kids picked out their pumpkins.  Look there, she had a great big smile too!  (On the far right)

Kylie's class had a little Halloween party too, and here was a cute pic I snapped of all the kids praying before they got their snacks to eat.

All the kids lined up to sing a cute little Halloween song...she did great and smiled too! She sure is getting so big and doing so many new and great things. 

Here is Kylie at her other school and all the kids were smiles for a group picture...look at that grin on our Tinker!

Doing some trick or treating at school

Kylie with one of her friends from school

So I had to pick Kylie up from school early to trick or treat at Matt's work, and no other kids were there yet, because we got there before it started.  Needed to get that nap in so we would have a good night trick or treating :)

Love this little moment!

Me and my Tinkerbell :)

Kylie had school pictures, and we finally got them back.  I always worry how she will do, because this has always been a tough area for her....just having all the attention focused on her for a photo can be too much.  Her school gives us the option to purchase the CD and we can print as we please.  I love that they do this, because they do a handful of pics because they know how tough it can be for some kiddos.    Here is the first pic.  Ughh, just broke my heart to see her anxious body language...poor girl.

There were a couple more to follow the first one, and then we got this one...yay, we got a smile!


This is the best one of all, and we love that she smiled for two pics!  Now we know we need to work on that proper body posture (less anxious) and she will be posing for all her pics! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Berry Special Party!

A few months ago or so Kylie announced that she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  So I got to work on it right away...just to make sure I would get things done in time. 

I tried to keep it all the things I was doing a secret from her, but some how she figured out the code or picked up on some of the clues for some of it.  It's quite all right with me, because she loved every bit of her party today. 

One of the best parts was seeing her look at her party room for the first time.  She was just filled with pure joy, and I love that we were able to help create that happy heart of hers!

Seeing her smile, and how excited she was to have so many of her friends there was just a beautiful sight...that smile of hers can light up the room and really grab a piece of your heart...or all of it :)

I took more pics before the party than during it, because well a room of a dozen 4 year olds gets a little  So here goes with some pics:

I had an apron for each of the kids and I used the same fabric that I made Kylie's dress with to make the letters for their names!

I wished I had time to make a "Pie Shop" sign for this little area.  Matt made the oven out of an old end table and the kids go to bake the pies they made and they totally loved it too!

A closer look for ya!  I had the fuzzy colored pompoms in a basket for berries, and then made the pie crusts out of felt, and away they baked!

Can't for the get the labels so they all knew which pie they made!

My friend Patti from church let me use her old interior decorating board to make this "Pin the Strawberry" game.

And we can't forget the Strawberry Toss!
All lined up for a picture...aren't they so cute!

And silence once they all sat down to eat their cupcakes :)
Yep, she totally just shoved the rest of her cupcake in her
I didn't take any shots of her opening present, but I have some video footage thanks to our friend TJ...she loved everything and opening presents was even more exciting to watch her do!  Can't wait to see her at Christmas!

She is riding off on her new bike from Grandma Nancy!

This was so cute...we were cleaning things up once we got home and here she is wearing her new rain boots, carrying all sorts of presents around with her too.  Love this little lady!

There was just something so special about today seeing everyone there for Kylie and her running around and having such a great time with her friends.  Our girl is doing so incredibly well, even amidst the times I worry about how things are going.  She has come such a long way, and just leaps and bounds from where she was even a few months ago.  I know I need to just step back and see the whole picture and not just a small piece of it. 

My heart is over flowing with joy right now, as I look and see how God has truly blessed us with this amazing girl!  I was witness to it at her party this evening, and again at church tonight.  Matt does the games for the kids that are middle school through high school seniors, and Kylie always joins him.  I went tonight and seeing her there and chatting with high school kids and just feeling so at home was overwhelming me with pure joy and love for everyone that touches her life...and life she touches.

Oh before I continue I want to back up real quick.  After we cleaned up from the party and got home, we decided to grab something for dinner since Matt and Kylie needed to head to church in less than an hour.  Kylie said she wanted to eat at Hen House...a local grocery store, who happens to have some delicious Chinese food!  Anyhow, we often see a nice guy there that always says hello whenever we eat there or just when he sees us.  He saw her all dressed up, so I mentioned we just had her party and he told her happy birthday.  Well, while we were eating he came over and gave her a present!  He got her some play jewelry in the store and just that gesture alone for the sake of a child, our child nonetheless. We went to show him how she looked with all her jewels on, but we couldn't find him.  So we had him paged and told the manager how kind he always is to us, and told her about the gift he gave her.  Love so much, that so many people that have come to see Kylie, and not even know her fully are touched by her alone.  I just know this girl is destined for so many wonderful things, and I believe many of them have already begun!

I had arrived at the church about 45 minutes or so after Matt and Kylie, and he told me how all 60 kids and the adults that were there sang happy birthday to her.  That just made my heart even heavier with all this joy filled emotion for our girl!  Totally loving this abundance of love for Kylie.  I can't tell you enough how much it means to have so many people care for Kylie and celebrate her with us. 

Matt snapped this when we got home, because we totally did not take pics of all of us at her year maybe!


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