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Nashville Ballet Nutcracker 2012 Youth Cast Press Pictures

As the Nashville Ballet’s 2012 production of the Nashville Nutcracker draws near, Kariss is getting even more excited to be part of the cast…but never more so than this past weekend when press pictures and costume fittings were held! I’ll share more about the costume fittings in another post, but I wanted to take you behind the scenes of the …

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Nashville Ballet Nutcracker 2012 Youth Cast Auditions – Kariss Made it!

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I know I told many of you that Kariss was taking part in the Nashville Ballet Nutcracker 2012 youth cast 2012 auditions…but what I forgot to update you on was the fact that she made it! Yes, my 8 year old daughter who just started taking ballet for the first time this fall (with the exception of the Rec Center class …

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Homemade Girls Pirate Costume Idea with Bandana

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Looking for a homemade girls pirate costume idea? Look at what Grandma sewed for Kariss, complete with matching pirate bandana: The idea was inspired by a girls’ pirate costume we saw at the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World…but the ones we saw were too small. So my mom decided to re-create her own …

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Our new Sponsored Compassion Kids!

If you recall from last month, we wanted to celebrate Kariss’ 8th birthday in a very unique way…by sponsoring two children from Compassion International (you can read all the details of what lead us to this decision on the Compassion Blog). Well we finally received our child sponsorship information and got to “meet” our kids for the first time thanks …

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Rick Cone Sr. Visitation & Funeral Service: August 2012

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Even though the kids and I just arrived in Florida (and we’re still so grateful for all your prayers yesterday!), everyone’s been asking for details on the visitation and funeral service for Ricky’s dad, Rick Cone Sr. that will be taking place this week. I want to be as clear and factual as possible for those of you purely seeking …

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In Memory of Dad Cone: August 26, 2012

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It’s ironic that I posted an update on Dad Cone for the first time tonight in over a month and now, here I am, just hours later with another update. But this one will be my last. Richard Allen Cone, Sr. passed away tonight at 8:14pm. Yes, my husband’s father died tonight in Hospice care. Thankfully, Ricky has been in …

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Dad Cone Update: August 26, 2012

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It’s been a month and a half since I’ve updated you on Ricky’s dad. Most of you know I stopped sharing regularly on here because I came under some scrutiny for sharing a story that’s not my own. But when it comes to something that affects our family in such a way as it has this summer, I believe this …

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Teen Car Crash into House is my nephew: UPDATE

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This is truly unbelievable – if you heard on the news about a teen driver who went unconscious and had his car crash into a house in Virginia…that is my nephew! HE IS OK and no one was killed (amazingly), but all involved could use your prayers! UPDATE: Nick is doing amazingly well considering the circumstances! It’s been determined that Nick …

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American Girl Chicago River Cruise & Cafe Review

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During our recent “Luxury for Less” Chicago Road Trip, we were treated to quite the Chicago family experience: an American Girl Dinner at American Girl Place Chicago, followed by the ultimate American Girl themed “Chicago’s First Lady” River Cruise! I’ll share more about our experience at American Girl Place Chicago in the coming days, but I didn’t want to wait …

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