Friday, September 6, 2013

Quick update!

I know it's been....oh.....six months or so since I updated this blog....  Sorry about that!  We are still here!  It has been a crazy spring/summer.  My dad had a stroke, which in-turn made his dementia worse, and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy, and has started her chemo treatments.  Phew! Despite all of the health drama (prayers are always appreciated), we have all been doing really great.  God's timing is always perfect in everything, and it has been so fun to see how he has placed certain people and events in our lives leading up to this.  We are abundantly blessed.

Ruby started pre-k last week and absolutely loves it!  It helps that she had a built-in network of friends there already - the triplets have attended this school for a while and graciously offered to "introduce her to their people".  She now wakes up at about 2am every night asking if it's time to get ready for school..... she loves it so much.  I think it will be a great fit for her this year. 

Work is great, friends are amazing, and I'm lucky enough to be dating a wonderful (and pretty darn cute) guy.  We have plenty to smile about.

Here are a few random pictures from throughout the summer, in no particular order....

Zoo Camp - one of her favorite things to do

Ruby just being adorable

Silly selfies

Right before my mom's first chemo treatment.  All smiles!

Date night at the Modern

Road trip to New Mexico for Granny's 80th birthday party

Wine tasting in Napa

Some of my besties from college at my old roommate's wedding in Sonoma

After my first HALF MARATHON!!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A trip of a lifetime

Last year I got an email that I honestly almost deleted.........

"Congratulations, Jaedeanne, you are our grand prize winner!" the email began.  I was like most rational people and was immediately skeptical.  Well, after some additional communication, notarized forms, tax forms, and some additional paperwork, it was confirmed.  I had indeed won a prize from Embassy Suites. 

The prize enabled us to take the trip of a lifetime.  It was a dream of mine to be able to take Ruby to Disney World, but I never knew, as a single mom, if that dream would turn into a reality.  God is SO good, y'all.  Talk about answered prayers.

I took Ruby, me, my mom, and my Granny to Disney World for a week.  Four Generations in the Happiest Place on Earth.  We had such a fantastic time.  We made memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are just a few of the over 700 pictures that I took during the week.  Every time I look at these pictures, they make me smile.

Ruby and Merida singing a song from "Brave" together. 

Four generations at Epcot

Ruby and Princess Aurora at the Perfectly Princess Tea Party

Four Generations at Magic Kingdom
(yes, we are wearing matching t-shirts that I made, as well as Minnie Mouse ears.)
Ruby and I ran in the Royal Family 5K

I'd say that this was a successful vacation.