This was such a fun week culminating in Kitt and Garet’s (and Ryan’s if you ask her) 5th birthday! We were so excited to have Granny, Poppy, and Uncle Michael in town for our party. They got here Thursday night and came to the Book Character Parade at school on Friday and also our little class party at school. Friday night we all went to dinner celebrating Aunt Kristen passing a really big test. On Saturday, we went to our party at Hippo Hopp and had a great time. Mommy made us some fun cakes and cookies to celebrate. Saturday night we went for dinner at Mr. Rob’s and Sunday we had another fun family day, including brunch and a trip to the Botanical Gardens. We got some really fun presents but more importantly had such a wonderful time with our friends and family. We could not ask for anything more! Mommy had one reflection about our birthday on Facebook: “The day is almost over and I have not wished my sweet girls a happy birthday (on Facebook). I do not take this day for granted (or any of the days leading up today) when I think back on how far they have come. Born at 29 weeks, weighing just 2 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, these girls have defied odds, fought hard and overcome many obstacles. They never realized the odds were stacked against them in those early days and months–they just fought. They continue to be those stubborn, strong-willed fighters that keep me laughing and loving every day. None of our days are perfect and every day has its own challenges, but these girls make all the days worth it. Happy Birthday, Kitt and Garet!”
One more note from Mommy: I know many of you will be disappointed to read this but tonight’s post is the last blog entry. It has been an amazing five years of sharing our lives with all of you (and really, all of the world). You have read about the big and little things in our lives like gaining weight, drinking bottles, first steps, first foods, first days of school, surgeries, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, trips all over Atlanta and beyond, visits with those we love, to name a few. You have laughed with us and cried with us. You have prayed with us, grieved with us and celebrated with us and for that I am grateful. My plan when I started this blog was to use it as means of communication while Kitt and Garet were in the NICU. When they were discharged, I couldn’t seem to stop. It become a place for me to share my joys and struggles as a new mom and was my link to the outside world in so many ways. Now that Kitt and Garet are five, I am switching platforms for documenting their lives. Of course, we will still do amazingly fun things (and also the mundane) and of course, I will still take pictures but rather than sharing them for the whole world to see, I am going to upload them into an online album and print it annually. This will allow me to create individual “scrapbooks” for each child and will allow me to keep our lives private instead of sharing so many details on the World Wide Web. Most of you will see some pictures on Facebook but I will be happy to send links to the online album as pictures are posted if you let me know you want to see them. Thank you for being a part of our journey this far; thank you for reading our posts every week and for commenting as you felt appropriate. We love you all and know we would not be where we are today without all of you–our village!
Boo Hiss! I will miss keeping up with ya’ll on your blog. I guess this means I’ll just have to come over more. Get ready! Okay. Love to ya’ll, Karol
Happy birthday, Kitt and Garet! What an absolutely wonderful weekend and birthday celebration this has been for everyone. It’s hard to believe that 5 years have passed since Kitt and Garet have come into our lives and filled our hearts with so much joy, love and happiness. And that love and joy was expanded to include Ryan just over 2 years ago. I love you all more than you can ever imagine. This week’s blog is bitter sweet because, as always, it is filled with your weekly adventures and photos but it also marks the end of your Mommy’s weekly blogging. I will miss the weekly updates but will always keep track of your progress in other ways. And, Mommy sign me up for the online photo albums! Bye for now girls. Love you lots and always! …Poppy
Kitt, Garet and Ryan,
This blog brought tears to my eyes as your weekly blog has been an integral part of my life for five years. One day as you look back on these memories, you will realize what an awesome mom you have as she never failed to write even when she was bone tired. This was a great weekend with so much family in town to celebrate. At least we will be back for Halloween so we will see you soon. Love you to the moon and stars and back! Granny