My babies!

My babies!
Catch up on our families daily adventures, learn more about our dreams and experience life with diabetes through our eyes! Grab a cup of something warm and read on to learn more about my Random Thoughts....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spirit Spark of the week!

Tonight Stiles had their last regular season football game. This also means it is Kaci's last time to perform at a half time game this year- oh, it really is bitter sweet. How is it that she is one step closer to bring an 8th grader--- ACK!?

They finished off the season with a BANG!!- by performing a Halloween routine. I love the outfits they got to wear tonight; Halloween shirt, booty shorts, striped knee socks and Halloween hair pieces! They looked precious!

She was chosen as Spirit Spark of  the Week! I am so proud of her!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support her and the Golden Sparks tonight!

 Just 3 more days until Halloween!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Say Boo to Diabetes....2014!

Walk day is finally here and what a great day it was!! This was our 6th annual "Say Boo to Diabetes Walk" ... and I might even stick out my neck and say- this was the best walk day ever!! 

Of course, we missed Grandma Dee and PaPa- but we know that they were together enjoying a quick trip to New Orleans- eating at Cafe Du Monde, Emeril's, &Mothers, touring churches, gambling and attending the Packers and Saints football game! We know that their hearts were with us this morning! 

There were a few other family and friends that we thought were going to join us- but at the last minute had a change in plans. We understand- but hope that they might consider walking with us next year in our 7th annual! It really is the support of family and friends that makes the day so special.

To everyone who donated to Kaci's Ford Race Car, bought candy bars, Jamberries or 31 products...THANK YOU!

To everyone who bought a t-shirt or added money to our meter....THANK YOU

Our team total this year was $3, 902.82! 

That is the most we have ever raised!! 
That puts our total dollar amount raised for JDRF over the last 6 years at just over $16,000.00!

We entered our t-shirt into the t-shirt contest as soon as we arrived. It sure would be cool to get a phone call saying we got the most votes! Stay tuned.....Go #6!

For those of you who did join us-- Well, THANK YOU does not seem like a big enough thing to say! It is hard to describe to you how much it means to me (Clint, Bailey and Kaci too) to have you there supporting us. Although we have meet so many people, and had so many wonderful experiences that we would have never had if it weren't for Type 1 Diabetes- I must also tell you that some days it feels like a "club" I wish we were never a part of. 

There were many times today when I fought back tears and got that awful lump in my throat- watching somebody sit down to drink a juice box, listening to Vicki cheer on the microphone calling out team names, or just standing in the middle of it all and looking around at all of the people. Sometimes Diabetes can make you feel alone- but today we could truly see we are one of many.

This was the first year that JDRF had team tents for each team that raised $1000.00 or more! I must say- I think it was an awesome idea. We really enjoyed having it for the day. It provided shade and a great meet up spot for everyone. We didn't think of it until afterwards- but Kaci is working on having everyone who attended the walk write their name on her team sign so we can always remember!

The weather was nice! A little warm for October- but not drizzly and humid like last year. My phone said it was 73, but I'm not so sure about that- except maybe in the shade. A little sweat never hurt anyone and the breeze that came every once in a while made it bearable.

Of course, we always love the Boo Buddy signs! This year each team had to raise $500 or more to earn their own sign along the walk trail. Of course- Kaci is the shining star of the day- but she never minds sharing the spotlight with Bailey. Kaci worked very hard on making the J-D-R-F letters that they are holding. This just might be one of my favorite "Boo Buddy" signs yet

I have said it once and I will say it again...

"We will never lose hope that a cure will be found."

Thank you for believing that with us 
and helping to support us until it happens!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Just because....

He is adorable!

Spooky Spark Dance Clinic!

We are up bright and early this morning! Kaci is helping out with the  "Spooky Spark Dance Clinic" as a part of a fundraiser for her dance team. Doesn't she look adorable? It mush be nice to be so cute!

 She is super excited to be able to paint faces today! The clinic is for children ages Kindergarten to 6th grade. I hope they have a great turn out and that everyone has lots of fun!

Keep Calm * It's Almost Halloween!

 One of our favorite Halloween traditions is decorating a Halloween gingerbread house!
Look at all those cool decorations and all that yummy icing!
This year- Alicyn got to join in on the fun since her and Kaci were having a sleepover!
They all did such a great job! 
I wanted to make one myself this year---
but good thing I didn't.
 Mine would not have looked half as good as any of theirs!
They must have worked for at least an hour making them just right!
Love my babies!
Here is one of my favorite sides of Kaci's. 
She made the back of the house a huge spider web. 
So creative and cute!
 I love Bailey's ghost and the googly eyes on the side of his house.
Here are all 3 of the Halloween houses complete. 
From right to left-
Alicyn-- Bailey-- Kaci

Friday, October 24, 2014

The finished product!

Kaci took some time tonight to finish up our "Teal Pumpkin!"
 Here it is ....with all the final touches.....
 It looks great! It is ready to display on our porch Halloween night to let everyone know that we are part of the "Teal Pumpkin Project" this year. For now- I like having it displayed on the fireplace next to the pumpkins Kaci and Bailey painted at the Fall Festival!

 It's getting close everybody! Happy "almost" Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I do it for the Spark! Let me know if I can help you!