Saturday, September 11, 2010


MishMash... That's where I am right now.

I thought about calling this post Potpourri. But that's too pretty. No... not right. I'm a little more messy right now.

I don't think I can coherently put together a post so I'm just going to tell you what's been going on in my head and my life for the past week. I feel like I've been MIA in the DOC. But... Life called and I had to answer! Maybe I should have just let the machine pick up!

Where do I even start?!?

Sweetpea started school last Tuesday! Here she is with one of her bestest friends and the son of one of MY bestest friends! Aren't they cute?

She is LOVING school! And I am loving that I am not stressing like I was last year! It's so nice to know that she is safe and her teachers know what to do! AWESOME!!

Our life has played out to the CAMP ROCK 2 soundtrack this week. Of course, we had a movie night last Friday and watched the premiere. And we've watched it since then. And not just once. Oh, no. We watch it ALL.THE.TIME. And then - because that just isn't enough, we listen to the soundtrack in the car! Good thing I actually LIKE the movie and the songs! So much so that I have a few posts planned that go with the songs and their lyrics. You've been warned.

Sweetpea does not sit and stare at the tv for hours, though. Don't worry. While the movie is on, she's putting on her OWN show and dancing along. Check this out...

So if anyone from Disney is interested in doing a show about little girl with diabetes... we've got your star right here!

Sweetpea started ballet this week, too!

Yes, that is really how she poses. All I did was tell her to smile and she struck a pose!

Ballet went well and she really enjoyed herself. Her pump was pretty unnoticeable on her outfit - not that she cared in the slightest. And she had fun even though I had to interrupt class TWICE to give her Smarties for a low. Dang D.

My school year is off to a great start and I'm finally getting to place where I don't need to stay at school until 6:00 every night and then bring a bag of work home. Sweetpea never wants to leave, though. She relishes playing teacher and telling "her kids" what to do!

We are gearing up for our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes! Our letters have been sent out and our video was made. We're doing pretty well with the fundraising aspect. Not as good as last year - but when you raise $12,000 the first year - it's a hard act to follow. Our goal this year is $10,000. We'll see if we get there! We have a ways to go.

People are signing up for our walk team! Our goal is 50 walkers and right now we're 16 short. Our team is called "Princess Sweetpea's Dream Team". We are going with a Cinderella theme. We used the song "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes" for our video and the lyrics are on the back of our shirts.

My amazing friend Steve designed our shirts. He is an amazing illustrator! Check it out!

These awesome shirts are FREE to anyone who walks with us! We are also selling them for $10.

I am doing a DIMES FOR DIABETES campaign to benefit JDRF and our walk team at my school starting on Monday. My dear friend (and mother of the boy above) works at another school in our district and she's heading up a DIMES FOR DIABETES campaign at her school! What a great friend!! In addition to collecting money, we are having a Mc Teacher night at one of the local McDonald's! A few of us will work at McDonalds from 5-8 pm and we will get 15% of the proceeds from that evening to donate to our team! I'm also trying to set up a night at Chick-fil-A but am having a hard time connecting with the marketing director. I'm hoping that we not only raise some bucks for JDRF but that we also raise awareness and educate people on what diabetes really IS.

And then.... well, there's this new position I accepted with JDRF. More to come on that later!

AND I've been talking to some pretty wonderful vendors so I've got some exciting things planned to GIVE AWAY soon! YAY! I just love that there are so many D companies that will gladly share their wonderful products with us and participate in give aways! You're gonna LOVE what we've got planned!

Allergies. Hay Fever. Every fall I get the crud. I think it has something to do with the fact that I work in an un-airconditioned school. And it's HOT when school starts. So the windows are open. A million fans have been brought in and are blowing the hot air around. And with it comes the allergies. Nothing really helps. I end up with a sinus infection and get a shot. I need to go make that appointment because I think I've reached that point.

Endo visit on Wednesday.
Wedding on Sunday.
Birthday parties.
Homecoming Parade.
Fish fry at school to support our school levy.

And, as always, diabetes. It goes with us everywhere. It's always there in the back of my mind. Sometimes in the front of my mind. Demanding attention. Forcing me to get up 5 TIMES the other night and then go to work the next day. I HATE nights like that. Does D not realize that I need to be alert to teach a class of five year old?!?! No - D doesn't care. It doesn't care what it's doing to Sweetpea. Or us.

We just keep going. Moving forward. One step at a time. Trying to get it all done. Trying to make a difference. Trying to lead a "normal" life.

As I've heard from some reality tv show... It might be a CrAzY life - but it's OUR life.

So true. And even though it's super crazy right now, I wouldn't trade it for the world!



  1. Whew I'm tired from just reading about your week. Hope you enjoy the JDRF position. It's a great place to work.

  2. Holy have been busy. Hope everything continues to go well!

  3. That video is priceless! She doesn't stop moving! So cute!

    She and my five-year-old Max could make quite a team. Max wants to be a member of Big Time Rush when he grows up. He walks around the house, singing and dancing all the time.

  4. You are juggling a lot girl!!! AND I thought I was busy... Good luck with the walk. I am jealous that you get to meet The Crazy Pancreas! I am glad that you are settling into your school year well...and that Sweet Pea is enjoying pre-school.


  5. She reminds me of Leighanna when she was little. She use to watch the Shrek in the swamp karaoke dance party(or something like that) OVER.AND OVER. AND OVER!!!! I had a video... I need to find it :)

  6. Wow, I thought my life was a bit crazy right now! But I am also loving it and everything that comes a long with it. My youngest LOVES to dance! She also dances to everything she hears on TV. She loves to sing too. Good luck with all your JDRF fundraisers!

  7. Whew! You are busy girl! I'm tired just thinking of all the things I wanted to comment about :) LOVE the video! We seriously need to get sweetpea and my 5 yr old together for a dance party...They'd be 2 "peas" in a pod! Can't wait to hear more about your position with JDRF...YOU ROCK!! Oh yeah, and WHAT?HOW?WHEN? You are meeting the Crazy Pancreas???

  8. See, I knew I'd forget something...LOVE Sweetpea's first day of school outfit:)

  9. Holy cats! I think I need a nap after reading that..Take care friend! Sweetpea is adorable btw..but i am sure you already know that :)

  10. Ummm....I missed this the first time around...and WHEW!!!!! Now it's time for bed!

    So proud of you and keep up the GREAT work!


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