This is a link to the video that a sweet friend made of Edie at her marathon. I am so greatful to Racheal for capturing this special time for Edie to keep forever. Thank you Racheal!
To see video go HERE
This was Edie's last year to participate in TBC Kids Marathon as a student of TBC. I remember the exact day of the first marathon she should have been participating in. We started the morning with a visit to Dr. Cortopassi with a terrible ear infection, and cold. I had so hoped we could make it but instead we came home. We sat in the highchair eating lunch while we watched all of Edie's new friends being pushed by their parents in strollers to the finish line. But the second year we made up for it! Edie strutted down to the finish line using her walker and coming in 1st place! We cheered and cried for a moment that we had dreamed about, literally. Scott and I can honestly say this was one of the proudest moments of our lives. Watching her run among the crowd smiling and waving as she passed was a magical time. And 2011 was just as special. This year Edie speed walked all by her self - no assistance, not even from me :( She started the race with gloves and a sock monkey hat, stopped in the middle pulling them all off and then took off again to the finish line. She received her medal and then took off again going back to the starting line! All she wanted to do was run!!
Edie's grandparents, Aunt Mindy and Uncle Chuck and our sweet neighbors came out to share the morning with Edie and cheer her on. I can not tell you how great it feels to live in a neighborhood filled with so many wonderful families who care about us. And for DeAnna, Maxwell, Abbott, Michelle, Madison, Mason, Jennifer and Cooper who got up and came out to see Edie run in her race so early on a Saturday morning it meant more to me than they will ever know. The support and the love that these families give to Edie is unbelievable. They even made Edie a sign complete with their little hand prints. So sweet!
We will miss this race and these times with our family and friends - but as always, we look forward to what the future has in store :)
So you already know I have many reasons for not blogging lately and if you did not already know.....well..... I do. We have had lot's of excitement, changes, happenings, etc. in our household lately. Which is really nothing out of the norm. I promise I do enjoy blogging and I love keeping everyone up to date on Edie but sometimes life just gets too busy, days become so much shorter and I am just so tired by the end of the day. Any hoo as I have promised many, many times before I once again promise to do better and I will spend the next few days catching you up.
If you have not already heard I finally resigned from Summer Classics after 8+ years. Yes it was bitter-sweet and there are still days that I wonder how things are going and miss my SC family, but I know it was the best for me and for my family that I get off the road. Traveling had really taken a toll on me over the past few years and I was beginning to feel that it was really having starting to have a negative effect on my relationship with Edie. Therefore, we (Scott and I) finally decided it was time and ever since Edie and I have gone from a relationship of "sisters fighting" to mommy and daughter "loving" and it is wonderful! I am able to read Edie a bed time book and say our prayers together each and every night. I see her every day and it is a dream come true for me! So 2011 has proven thus far to be the best year ever!!
So enough about me....now back to All About Edie! Towards the end of 2010 we made our yearly trip to the cardiologist. While Edie still has a small leak in her valve Dr. Johnson is still hopeful it will be something that will not require surgery. So that is the results we will live from and towards until our next visit which will be in December 2011. Shortly after we visited Dr. Cortopasi for her 3 year check up and again we had all good reports. We finally wrapped up her blood work for her thyroid test and everything checked out fine. Which means Edie is growing and thriving as she should and all is well. Happy times in the Shunnarah household :)
Edie at her yearly "happy heart" check up.
Edie playing with her new baby and refurbished highchair she got as a birthday gift from Nannie and Pawpaw. Ms. Jackie gave the highchair to Nannie for Edie and Pawpaw painted and fixed some broken pieces and Nannie made a new cushion for it. It is perfect for Edie and her babies. She LOVES playing mommy: to include many, many diaper changes. Apparently her babies are very "stinky".
Edie sporting a birthday gift from The Cobb's Nest. One of my good friends DeAnna Cobb started The Cobb's Nest where she offers super cute appliques and monograms for all seasons and she has recently started sewing matching pants for boys and girls too! I think this outfit is so cute and SO Edie!