Falling Creek

Thursday, August 18, 2016



We shipped Wip to camp. I thought that it was going to be one of the hardest weeks of my life. I mean five days without talking/seeing/hanging with my little dude? I set myself up for the worst. We dropped him off on Sunday morning and as we were walking I asked him if he was nervous, he said "no", I asked him if he was "scared" and he said "no", finally I asked him if he was happy to be there and he looked up at me with that toothy wide smile and said "yes".

Getting up to the camp took about 8 hours from Winter Park and we stayed at a Hampton Inn near Asheville the night before we dropped him off (Tupelo Honey is a must try if you are in the area).







I was not sure how D was going to react to this experience. The morning that we were taking him to camp, D was just being awful. Mean. Bad. I pulled him aside and asked him what his problem was to which he got huge tears in his eyes and said "I'm sad that I am not going to see Wip for a long, long time". Well cue my tears. I had him write Wip a letter and promised him that he would open it when he got to camp. I had a little chuckle because I wrote him a note everyday and the only notes that were sitting by his bunk bed when we picked him up was a the note from D and the note from his Mimi.



This was such an amazing experience for Wip. He told me that the first night he got homesick and he even cried a little bit. I asked him if anyone talked to him or tried to help him and he told me that John (his counselor) made him feel better. Then...he made a friend. A buddy. Someone he could tell his jokes and ask which animal he wanted to be. It was a game changer. Sam, Wip's other counselor, sent us a letter (known as the "mama note") that made the week a touch easier:
We also found this note that Wip wrote to his friend (they both were on top bunks:)
Wip: Do you want to be friends?
DL: Yes
We also found this note:
If you can read what this says then I hope you are laughing just a little bit...there is a new movie coming out called Sing where Wip learned about this statement/song. If you have no idea what this means...maybe this will help. 

I can't even say enough about the entire Falling Creek community and the fantastic job they do with putting on this Junior Week. So many activities, encouragement, new friendships, new challenges, and absolutely zero electronics. No iPads, no movies, no screens. Each night the staff would post pictures from the day...you can only imagine my glazed over eyes when over 800 pictures would be posted from the day and there I would sit, staring at my screen, scrolling to get a glimpse at pictures of Wip. Then, I found it. The one picture that not only put my mind and heart at ease that my son was doing just fine, but I also reached more likes than I have ever had on insta...it is pretty perfect:

While there were not a ton of daily Wip pictures posted, I got just what I needed. Each day, you could see just how much fun these boys were having and the amazing memories they were making.














Turns out Wip being gone was much harder on Patrick than it was on me. He came home everyday from work talking about how quite the house was and how much he missed his conversations. It was nice having a little one on one time with D, but lets just say I am glad it was only a week. Wip just makes everyday a little brighter.

My Ol' Kentucky Home

Saturday, August 13, 2016


We took a trip to Kentucky in July to meet a special little addition to our family. My niece Abigail "Abby" Rigsby Parsons. She is a great baby and the boys (especially baby whisperer Duncan) are excited to have another little girl in the family. It was an action packed couple of days with the Bryer Festival, kid-free dinner at Merrick Inn, and lots of nonstop play with the cousins.



After a few days in the L-E-X we headed down the road to Louisville. Thankfully, our dear friends were in town from Seattle which meant a celebrating a fantastic friends birthday and a pretty awesome reunion for Wip and his lifelong buddy Preston. We also got to hang with the ol' playgroup crew, got to catch up with the book club crew, and stayed up talking until 1am with dear friends that I miss like crazy.













Kentucky will always be home for me. Visiting Kentucky is challenging because you want to see/do/be/ everything and that is just not possible. I am so lucky that we got to spend a little time in my ol' Kentucky home.

Smurfette for President

Saturday, July 30, 2016

When I was a little girl, the above poster hung in my room. Even after I replaced it with Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, it had a message that always stuck with me. No matter where you fall in your political views, there is no denying that history was made on Thursday when the first female accepted the nomination for president. 

I am proud to support Hillary Clinton and she will have my vote in November. I am not pretending to know all of the facts about her email scandal, the Benghazi attack, or the criticized issues surrounding The Clinton Foundation. I understand she is a person with faults.

I admit that I got caught up in the media representation and it was a long road before I could declare #imwithher. After watching her speak on Thursday it hit me that this a woman who has devoted her entire life to public SERVICE. While there will never be one person that I will agree with 100% on every issue, I can't think of anyone (male or female) more qualified to lead our great country.  


Forf of July

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I came home from our Forth of July weekend in Sea Island (a tradition I love) with the understanding that this was possibly the last time that Duncan will be calling it the "forf" of July. My baby is growing up. Here are some highlights from our time at the beach...

Our week started like this...

And pretty much stayed with the two of them together all week (adorbs)

Snowcone Time

Sharing with Baby Francie (of course)

Group Shot with the Cousins





FCL

Looking cute

Looking silly 

Ready for Daddy to come home (he was at a conference in Cali)

Stars and Stripes and Donuts!

Taking a little trail ride with Jack Frost


Swim time with Daddy

yum 

Shuffle Board anyone? 

Beach Club

We love Kate!

Waiting for the parade to start...


Selfie Time




Sup

Impossible group shot

Just waiting for someone to put candy down his shirt

We are family

Whoa...you are tall

Her happy place



Smile for a Mile

heeeeeey

Cute 

Silly 

Mother and Son...love this pic

Duncan: What about we blow this popsicle stand? Francie: Word




Happy Birthday America!!!!