Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat

It's been a little while since I posted a Marley picture. This was taken last week. Marley has long passed up Sam in size. Sam maintains the prize for volume!

Thursday night was Trick or Treat for our area. Sam dressed as Hannah Montana.

Here she is with Christian and Emily.

The gathering of the candy is where her fun lies. She doesn't really like to eat candy (just Hershey bars and Hershey kisses), but that didn't stop her from getting her bucket full.

It was a long night with a lot of walking.

Friday, October 30, 2009

So this is it

The one year anniversary. Not sure how I am going to make it through the day. I think this picture of Sam is a pretty good representation of how I am feeling (of course she is not holding a glass of wine...)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Time flies

This time last year, we had checked into the hospice room at Children's. The whole family was gathered. Waiting for what we knew was the unevitable. Friday will mark one year that he's been gone.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I went to my first youth football game in 2 years today. It was a nice experience, not as hard as I had thought it would be. It was their last home game and since they dedicated the season to Cameron, I thought going was the right thing to do. They announced his name with the players. The team had his "#2" stickers on their helmets and my niece who is a cheerleader has a #2 patch on her skirt. The kids were all very sweet. It is nice to know that Cam has not been forgotten. In 5 days it will be one year.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Our friend Matthew did not get good news today. Please keep him & his family in your prayers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Swine flu?

Just picked Sam up from school. Temp was 101.7 & she says she feels "tired and slow." She is snuggled in her favorite quilt on the couch sipping some OJ & watching Hannah Montana. Waiting on a call back from the ped. Ugh!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Flower Girl

Yesterday was our friend Angie's wedding. Samantha was lucky enough to be the flower girl. She was thrilled to get her hair curled and to finally get to wear the pretty dress. It was a beautiful day for a wedding.

Sam did get a little bored waiting for the other's to get ready.

Walking down the aisle. Despite the rotten grin, she got a little shy and wanted to walk with the matron of honor.

She cut loose at the reception and danced the night away.

At some point she kicked off her shoes because "the big girls did." We nearly had to drag her off the dance floor to go home. She was asleep before we got out of town.

Thanks to Angie for allowing Samantha to have this opportunity. Angie and Sam have an unfortunate special bond - both have lost big brothers to cancer. It was good for Samantha to see that you can lose your brother, but still get to grow up, get married and have fun.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Last night Sam & I went shopping. We headed to Kohl's with our coupon and intent to get a new outfit for school pictures and a new winter coat that she needed this morning for ice skating. On the way to the store, Sam started talking about Cameron. She kept saying how much she misses him, how she wishes he was still here so we could buy him a new winter coat too. Then she wondered if he was cold, if he could run & play now and if he gets to see grandma. Broke my heart to hear her suffering.

We've had a very busy Saturday. Today started with Samantha's first ice skating lesson of the season. She was very excited to go - she woke up a little after 7 am asking if it was time to leave yet. She then had 4 clothing changes because her pants were too itchy, too tight, too loose. Finally, she decided on something.

After skating, we headed to Walmart to buy her Halloween costume. Shockingly, she wants to be Hannah Montana! The trick now will be keeping her from losing the pieces before trick or treat.

Next was cousin Emily's birthday party at the skating rink.

After the party, we headed to the Fall Festival at the church. We started with Sam's first hayride.

Then pumpkin painting.

Finally, the bounce house.

We're home now and she is playing with Marley. Tonight we're planning an encore of Monsters vs. Aliens & some popcorn.