Archives for June 2013

The Golden Birthday

Today, we celebrate Madison’s “Golden Birthday”, she turns “11” on June 11th.

We have talked about this day for a while, along with the fact that she is leaving elementary school to go to the middle school in the fall. A lot of “changes” in our lives, most significantly in Madison’s.

Madison Lynne came into this world with big beautiful eyes, looking at us so quiet and sweet as though we may have just interrupted a nice little nap. (She was delivered emergency c-section) She was calm and perfect in every way. Eleven years later, at 11:59 a.m. we will make her “Golden Day” official!!!!

She is still calm, sweet and perfect in every way.  Madison is quick to love, shy but friendly, kind and gentle in nature. She loves horses, to write, to draw and has a new found love for softball. She is up for a game in the backyard any chance she can.

Madison, as you grow, Dad & Mom hope for you that….

You continue to love your family, friends and your animal-friends in the very unconditional way that you do right now…

That you never doubt how amazing you are, when you smile, when you draw, when you write, when you are helping Mackenzie, when you giggle…

You never, ever lose your passion for drawing or writing…

That you will always listen to your heart and never let fear stop you from doing anything…

And most of all, how much we love you, every minute of every day…

Happy “Golden” Birthday Madison!

Horse Drawing, March 2, 2013

Horse Drawing, March 2, 2013


Kindergarten Graduation

Mackenzie was officially promoted to 1st grade today…sniff, sniff, sniff…

Her teacher had a small graduation celebration in her classroom this afternoon. It started with the playing of “Pomp & Circumstance” and as the kids started to file in to the classroom with their little caps on I had a lump in my throat the size of an apple. Their program was sweet & adorable as they sang to us the “Kindergarten Class” and the “Special Family Song”.  I think back to the first day of school, and how they all have grown so much since then.

Kindergarten Graduation

Kindergarten Graduation

Madison made Mackenzie a bouquet of paper flowers and presented them to her following the program, a kind and loving gesture by big sis!

Both Mackenzie’s teacher, Mrs. Brandeberry, and student teacher, Ms. Hazen, have praised her more than once throughout the year. To hear again today how much they enjoyed Mackenzie melted my heart and makes me proud to know that I have such a kind hearted, smart, and friendly little girl.

It has been an incredibly sentimental week as I have tried to prepare myself for the kindergarten graduation celebration, and that tomorrow will be Madison’s last day at Edgerton Elementary… Middle School… WOW! I can’t even wrap my brain around that yet… sniff, sniff, sniff…

At this point, all I think I can do is continue to be incredibly PROUD of the two beautiful and amazing young girls who bless my life everyday!

Vicki Lynne Mile Clean Up

It is time for the quarterly clean up of the mile in Memory of Vicki Lynne.

Vicki 1984

Vicki 1984

As you may know, our family has joined with two others to keep three miles of highway clean in north Tucson in memory of our loved ones. We break into groups, if you show up to do Vicki’s mile, you will actually be cleaning up her mile.

The date has been set for 7:00 am on Sunday, June 30th. 

My sister, Carie, has taken over the primary responsibility for the mile in honor of Vicki as our parents are now here in Montana. She has the support and help of our brother, Brian as well. We ask that if you can attend that you meet at Anthony & Crystal Cillittos house at 7:00 am. You can shuttle over to the mile sites from there.

Crystal will go over the rules with you before you start. Remember to bring gloves, a garbage picker upper (if you have one), hat, water etc. Safety vests will be provided. No children under 12 allowed. (State rules…sorry) wear good shoes, no sandals or shorts.*NOTE: It is snake season and likely that we may encounter one on the highway. Please be sure to wear long pants and boots/hiking shoes if possible!

Anthony’s address: 15431 N. Coronado Forest Dr. in Catalina.

The clean up normally takes about 1- 1 1/2 hours depending on the number of people who show up to volunteer.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions you may have.

Our family is so incredibly grateful for those who can help us give back to our community.

Thank you for your continued love and support!!!