Friday, March 6, 2009

Kadzis Family "Extreme Makeover" Home

Lovely and deserving friends from Tallahassee were nominated and chosen to receive an Extreme Makeover on their 3 bedroom, 1 bath home that housed 2 parents and 6 children. 5 of these children were adopted from China through CCAI, the adoption agency we used to adopt our 4 daughters. (this is the finished product - AWESOME, huh?!)

Husband and father George Kadzis bravely battled cancer until the day before the show producers knocked on their door. George remained hospitalized throughout the community remodeling initiative and lost his battle with cancer 2 days after the home was completed. We know that Barbara, her 3 grown sons, Christopher, Aileen, Melody, Julia, Martin, Phoenix and Celeste will cherish precious George's memory and treasure their new home together as a family. And George's presence will remain with them in all they do. The show should air on the ABC television network in late April 2009.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mr. Michael - MaryAudrey's Special Foot Doctor!

Mr. Michael always gives MaryAudrey a new tape measure to play with. She loves him, especially the handmade and custom fit bootie that allows MaryAudrey the chance to wear shoes to run, play and dress - just like all little girls her age!
A student teacher for her coursework, observed MaryAudrey. We are delighted to help so that other children with disabilities will have the same chances through prosthetics.

Mr. Michael & MaryAudrey = LOVE!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing our child a normal foot and shoes!
Specialty Brace & Limb - Mr. Micheal & Jewitt Orthopedics ROCK!


Emily - notice the missing left gap! MaryAudrey on Emily's lap.

Charlotte's first lost tooth - 1 week after turning 6 years old!

Maddie - fired up after having the dentist pull the dead tooth that stuck out of her mouth!

More of Charlotte . $10 from the Tooth Fairy!

"See - I am COOL!"

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Marble Slab Creamery At The Winter Park Village - NOT SO MUCH!

I ordered a custom ice cream cake fit for a gaggle of rockstars. The cake was a special order of birthday cake flavored ice cream mixed with muti-colored & flavored sprinkles and gummie bears. Topped with hot pink and lime green icing and Charlotte's special Happy Birthday message. Seems like all the details were perfectly arranged for a yummy-licious girlie ice cream cake, right? WRONG. Imagine a parade of 5&6 year old rockstars down the sidewalks at Winter Park Village from the Justice For Girls store where the birthday party was held, to the Marble Slab Creamery. OK, the non-English speaking owner hands me the cake which was nice until I was denied plates and/or a knife to cut the cake? Are you kidding me? So, my husband asks the owner if we could use the clear plastic banana boat holders for the cake, and you guessed it, the answer was the universal sign language for no - a firm head shaking. Soooo, in the moment, we ordered custom ice cream cones for each child and parent. $80 later, we left with full bellies and smiles on everyones' faces, except mine. I have contacted the corporate headquarters to file a complaint. I have also sent a letter to the Editor at the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Big sisters Emily & Madeline join in for the fun.

Charlotte sits at the head of the table with an ice cream cone as big as her face!

Rockin' Rockstar Photo Gallery

Ciera's Too Cool To Smile

Jazzlyn & Helen Grace Strike A Pose

Helen Grace 's Red Hair Bow - Pre Rockstar

MaryAudrey says, "Mom, can't you see I'm busy?'

Rockstar Dance Instructions

Charlotte & Giggle Girls Gettin' Down!

MaryAudrey is considering a career as a Make-Up Artist. Check out her LOVELY cheeks!

Rockstars In The Making...

Rockin' Rockstars At Charlotte Whatley's 6 Year Old Birthday Party

MaryAudrey RUNS down the catwalk

Charlotte was BORN a rockstar!
Jazzlyn wins the BIG HAIR contest for sure!

Helen Grace attempts the rockstar pose WITHOUT her big red hairbow Grandma MIMI placed in her hair for the party!

Move over Cindy Crawford - here comes Nikita..

Charlotte Whatley's 6 Year Old "Rockstar" Birthday Party

Helen Grace
Charlotte & Ciera

Group Photo Including Jazzlyn