I ate a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's....

Everything but The... highly recommend it.

But now I feel fat and disgusting.

Not sure what's going on with me lately.  I ate a huge breakfast, a decent lunch, B&J after lunch, and a big dinner.  Last night I had a package of coconut M&Ms while making dinner.  I'm not pregnant or pmsing, but can NOT stop stuffing my face with horrible food. 

Maybe it's time to restart weight watchers?  I'm not over weight, and I cook healthy meals, it's just the snacking I can't seem to control.

Anyone out there in the blog world have advice?

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Thankful Thursday

I'm so thankful for my friends.  Because of them we've reached our goal for Running for Lillian!  In fact, last I checked we were over the $5,000 goal.  It's all because of them.  Whether it was through donation, spreading the word, posting our RFL link and picture on their blog, putting it in their Facebook status, encouraging us to do it in the first place, they showed us so much support and it makes my heart swell. 

If it's taught me one thing, other than kindness, compassion, and love, it's taught me to pay it forward.  There are so many ways to help out when someone needs it and every little bit helps.  It truly helps.  It's the small things that make a big impact and turn into big things. Don't ever think just because what you can offer is small it's not worth it.  Even a pat on the back, a hug, a short message, a letter of encouragement can change a person's day and possibly change a life.


I'm so thankful for my amazing family.  Even though we have our moments, we ALWAYS forgive each other.  We don't hold grudges, and we are there for each other no matter what.  I love that about my family.  I'm not saying I forget when someone has hurt me, but we talk about it, deal with it, and move on.

My family doesn't know about this blog (at least I don't think they do) because I like to leave the option open to speak freely without being shy or worry them with my thoughts.  But if they do stumble upon this blog, or happen to read it without my knowledge, here's a little shout out of love to them :).  And just because I love you doesn't mean I don't sometimes think you're all a little crazy.  But I'm even thankful for your crazy.

(After writing this post I realized that 1 year ago today I received the most devastating news of my life.  You were there for me through all of that and showed me what it was like to love unconditionally.  Thank you for teaching me to step and take life as it comes)

This picture is probably 6 years old. (In order: My aunt, sister, me, grandma, mom)

I'm thankful for the fall and for apples.  Because Lillian's love of apples and the inability to actually eat one keeps her busy for hours.  And it's just so darn cute.

I'm thankful I have time to write this post.  We've been busy this week with the usual therapy/nap/eat/play schedule.  But this week has been really peaceful.  I'm starting to think about PWS less (at least in some forms) and more about how normal my child really is. Usually the term normal makes me cringe in disgust for the word, but that's how I'm feeling.  Normal.  And it feels good. 

Lillian has started throwing little fits when we take something from her.  She's developing independence that keeps me on my toes.  She's getting into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G and she's mimicking some things we do, like laugh (she loves to get a room full of people laughing) and bang on things.  No words yet, but I'm not stressing it.  She wants to pull up on things and desperately tries to.  It's just a matter of weeks... she's close!

What are you thankful for?  If you have a Thankful Thursday blog post, feel free to leave a link to your blog in my comments section.

PS. The 30 Day Blog Challenge is open until the end of the year.  Check it out and link up if you want to join.


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Slow Down!

You know those people that always have to have something to do?  They thrive on having a busy schedule, a never ending to-do list, and a daily planner that looks like the flight schedule at JFK (delays and all)? 

I'm one of those people.

I try to soak up and enjoy every detail of this crazy schedule to justify constantly being busy.  Even though most everything on said schedule isn't completely necessary, it's always staring me in the face saying "I'm next!" "Don't forget me!" "Look over here, another item to add to the list!"

I think God knew (duh!) what he was doing when he put Lillian in our lives.  She needs a schedule. A very structured schedule.  She needs someone who can keep up with her schedule, and frankly, someone that enjoys the craziness.  Otherwise, anyone else would go... crazy!

I also realize how ironic it is that someone like me was given someone like Lillian to love.  She is sloooooow. She may have a busy schedule, but she also takes her time.  Every time. It's nothing new to say she's a tad bit slower than others her age with milestones.  I hesitate to say "delayed" because frankly I don't think she's delayed, I just think she's slow.  And you know what?  IT'S GREAT

Nothing slips by us. We get to soak up E-V-E-R-Y single thing she does because she takes her time doing it.  She learns every step and masters it before even thinking about starting the next.

I could really learn something from her in the area of patience.

This past weekend we took some time to enjoy the weather.  When Lillian was just a wee babe we took her to her first public place - a winery.  (Don't judge, it's one of the most beautiful places in town).  It was so much fun having this second experience with her there.  So different than the first time.  So happy and worry free.

(Except for her crazy oral fixation... lol)
"Lillian! Don't lick the dog!"

Enjoying her first apple slice

Among the mums

 Throwback to last year's among the mums

With Dad on the rock

Throwback to last year with Dad on the rock

Now back to our regularly crazy busy scheduled activities....


New Product New Name!

Since Bloomingdales decided to play the big bad guy and scare me out of the name Lil' Bloomies, I've now started using Facebook to promote my new line Lily & Rose. 

You can "like" Lily & Rose at www.facebook.com/LilyandRose and check out the adorable new fall items!

I'm thinking Lillian will wear this one for Thanksgiving

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This week

Yesterday Lillian had her 12 month appointment and we got to see her favorite pediatrician.  We absolutely love Dr. Franklin and all of her staff.  Honestly I wish we could see her more than we do.  Unfortunately she had to get some vaccinations and after her appointment she was running a fever :(.

Then today, oh man today... she had her g-tube taken out.  I say "taken" loosely here because YANKED out describes it better.  Poor little nugget.

She's napping now, but I'll admit I'm a little scared to see how much it has leaked since she's napping on her belly.

Aside from being tortured having back to back doctors appointments this week, we've been enjoying the fall.  Especially the cooler weather.

I love my Keurig.  I love it even more since this little discovery.  It's like drinking fall.
I can't get enough of these boots.  You can find them here.

Stripes, hearts, flowers, skinny jeans, hat?!

A rare moment of interest in the little human.

A little around 40 seconds you can hear her adorable voice.  Ignore mine :).

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Changed the blog.  It was a little too "busy" before and this is much more my style.  Hopefully it loads faster without so many images as well!

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shhh... you didn't see this

I haven't sent these out to family, but I couldn't resist posting them here.  There are a ton more, but these are some of my favorites!

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