The kid is 8

It's that time of the year where I ask MK her "birthday" questions. She looks forward to them as much as I do. I like to see how her answer change from year to year.  You can read her 7 year old questions here and all the other years are linked on the bottom of this post.

What is your favorite color?  Black
what is your favorite toy? xbox 360
What is your favorite fruit? bananas
what is your favorite TV show? Disney show
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Lunchables
What is your favorite games? Mind Craft
What is your favorite thing to wear? school uniforms
what is your favorite snack? Gummies
what is your favorite animal? fox
what is your favorite song? FireBall
favorite book? Harry Potter series
 best friend? Hailee
eat for breakfast? Reese's Puffs cereal
thing to do outside?  play with my friends
favorite drink? chocolate milk
favorite holiday?  I don't have a favorite holiday as long as i get to spend time with family.
take to bed with with you? Madyson Bear and Ice Cold
what do you want to be when you grow upA Vet and a waitress
where is your favorite place to go? school
What is something Mommy always says? how many times have i repeated myself. 
What is something Daddy always says? I miss you too
What's your favorite thing about second grade? that i get to learn new things with a new teacher and i made new friends
Anything else you want people to know?  As an 8 year old i want to take on responsibilities more independently with less help. i want to do learn to do different things. i want to try to find my own way of doing things. I'm a big fat brain and I love school.

Other things that happened this year--
- we got a dog, Shadow!
- MK is still a dancing fool and takes 5 different kinds of dance.
- despite not making the competition team at dance, she still supports her friends that did.
- she's crazy smart
- she missed her first day of school in her entire life, last week because she was sick
- she likes Beanie Boos and Shopkins
- she is a techie like her Daddy. She likes playing video games and playing on her phone or the computer.
- she often gets in trouble for ready when she is supposed to be doing other task.
- she is still the slowest person I know and does things in her time

Here is MK's year in review in pictures.

she danced... a lot!
She made her own tutus for her Halloween costumes
she found a new friend that has become a best friend
she had a lot of new adventures during vacation in NC
she hung out with old friends on Uncle Jay's boat
hiking in NC
horseback riding in NC
hiked to Stone Mountain
she hosted a holiday Ornament party
she hung out with cousins
she became Luna Lovegood
she went to her first concert
and her first overnight camping trip
she played some soccer but took a season off too
she danced as a mouse in the Nutcracker
and danced some more at home with Anna
she was Student of the Month for CARING!
we went to American Girl Store and M&M Store during Spring Break
and we got a dog!

Life and Death

I always seem to blog this time of year. I've been wanting to do a DIY post about MK's birthday invitations, but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe next week.

Sometimes Maddy's birthday is a sad day, today it was a good day. Until an hour or so ago when I read my friend Stephanie lost her battle with cancer. F Caner! you suck!! She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer last year. She had to have double mastectomy surgery and several lymph nodes removed that were cancerous. Since that time the cancer has gone to her lungs, brain, bones and liver. She has gone through several chemo and radiation treatments. Her ribs were broken and she had fluid in her lungs. She went to the hospital less than a week ago and was in ICU. From what I've read on Facebook, she was surrounded by family and friends.

We met Stephanie through Wes' work almost 10 years ago. Actually, he was suppose to start right after Maddy was born and they held the job for him while we figure out what was going on with Maddy. Wes met Steph right after he started and they connected right away. I first met Steph on the side of the road as we were traveling to Universal Studios for my sister's graduation trip. We hung out that time we were in Orlando but really became friends through playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero against each other or together. I can't hear Heart-shaped Box without thinking about her.

We didn't hang out often, but it was always a fun time when we did. I'm so glad we stopped to see you and hang out for a bit when we were home over Thanksgiving.

So many thoughts but no words.

Bye Friend (cause we didn't really use names, we just called each other friend).