Prayers For Gwennie

We have been incredibly blessed that, even with having Cystic Fibrosis, Gwen hasn’t been hospitalized one time in her entire life.  Sadly, that is coming to an end. After this Tuesday, Sept. 29th, we will no longer be able to say that 😦
Gwen is being hospitalized after battling a never ending fight against a cough she has had for about 3 months now. They’re going to do a biopsy of her esophagus to figure out if she has an issue with acid reflux, and are going down into her lungs to find out if there is something growing in there that hasn’t been showing up on her sputum cultures.
Please pray for us, she is really just scared right now of the unknown because she’s never stayed in a hospital before, and having another kid at home is going to make this very hard for me!
    Cassie

December Has Been A Crazy, Crazy Month….

Though not for the reasons that you’re probably thinking!
Honestly, I hardly stress about the holiday’s, unless I’m doing crazy DIY projects for gifts 😉

 

While in the past we have gone all out on Christmas gifts for the girls, this year we decided we wanted to change things. Christmas isn’t about the presents in this house, and I want to teach that to my children.
They’re getting two gifts from us, some items in their stockings, and a couple things from “Santa”.
Anyway, I’ve been so busy because beginning this month I started watching my nephew five days a week, then the second week I started watching a friends baby (6 weeks old when I started!! <3)
alternating between two and three days a week,
Cory’s birthday was on the 16th and I’ve been browsing the web for homeschooling info like crazy  because I want to homeschool the
girls this next school year!

 

My parents are moving out, we added Elf on the Shelf into all this crazy last week, Gwen has been on Cayston for her psuedomonas for 27 days now, so Mon-Thur I’ve been going to her school so she can take it (only one day left and we get a break! woohoo!).
She also had a well-check appointment on Monday just so we could get a referral to see her specialty care doctor on Tuesday!

(A little not about that: Her PFT’s went up from her last appointment! I was so happy to see that! I can’t wait to get the results back from her sputum culture.)
So yeah, I’m looking forward to the school break starting Monday and just being able to spend some time with my girls and rearranging the house since I’ll have two extra rooms!


    Cassie

Gwennie’s 7th Birthday – A Tea Party!

I was so excited when Gwen told me she wanted to have a tea party for her birthday!
I let her invite 4 little girls, so there would be 6 total… I prefer our birthday parties this way 😉
Here’s the girls all ready for the party!
Gwen’s shirt came from Jilly’s Mom Made That on Etsy, and I found the skirt at Goodwill 🙂
Gwen waiting at the window for the girls to arrive 🙂
Gwennie getting her birthday spankins from her Aunt Mattie!
After all the girls arrived, Aunt Mattie helped them decorate floppy hats with flowers
Then they sat down for tea!
I made this bird banner to hang over where Gwen is sitting.
The tutorial for it is HERE. I also made a wreath from the tutorial HERE,
but I didn’t get a picture of it and I already took all the cups off so
I can use the wreath for something else :\
Here’s the table setting. The tea cups and pots and stuff all came from thrift stores,
and some of the stuff came from IKEA which you can see HERE.
I got the roses from HEB the day before 🙂
A lady that works with my mom also makes cakes on the side, so she made Gwen’s birthday 🙂
I made the 3 tiered stand from the two tray I got from IKEA, the top plate and the bottom pillar I got at Goodwill, and the top pillar was just here with some stuff my mom had and I painted it.
I glued them all together with E6000 glue.
I served the girls peach and blackberry tea, and I made heart shaped chicken salad sandwiches,
fruit cups, and THESE Pretzel Crisp treats that I found on Pinterest. They were so yummy!
After tea, Gwen opened her presents and then we had cake!
After cake, we made their party favors by planting
flowers into teacups that I glued to their saucers!
Aaaaaand then I took a nap! Ha! JK, I had lots of cleaning up to do 😉
The girls said this was the best birthday party yet…
mission accomplished! 😀
    Cassie
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First Day of School, 1st & 3rd Grade!

My girls started school on Monday… this week has been rough!
Because of Gwen’s treatments we have to do every morning and evening, we have to get up at 5am.
They have actually been doing very well with their new schedule… I haven’t haha
They love their teachers (so far) and are so happy to be back in school!
Here are some photos from their first day 🙂
We made first day of school gifts for their teachers.
I’ll post tomorrow about where I got the tutorial from, and how I did mine.
Breakfast!
(Please ignore the table cloth, they were doing art projects on it the day before 😉 )
With their cute signs I printed from HERE 🙂
 
Family picture before we head out
In their new classrooms 🙂
 
Their new backpacks are from the Pottery Barn Mackenzie collection.
We had the owl ones last year and they held up so well!
The blue one is currently out of stock, but here’s the pink one.
 
And I bought their bows to match from these Etsy sellers 🙂
Bows For Baby 8 – She was super awesome and overnighted two bows to me when I realized (the Friday before school started) that the ones I had ordered wouldn’t get here in time.
Pixie Pretties – Very quick shipping, and her bows are adorable!
    Cassie

Gwennie Was In A Commercial!

Our daughter, Gwen, has Cystic Fibrosis, and last month her doctor called me and said that she is being featured in a commercial for her clinic, and she wanted to know if I’d be interested in having Gwen play the main role!
 She did AMAZING! We had so much fun, she didn’t want it to be over!I’m so glad she got to have this experience, we are truly blessed. Bonus: They gave us her three outfits that she wore! 

Here are some pictures from our little adventure 🙂

 
Hair and wardrobe
All dressed up for the first scene.
 
Her cute little outfit for the first scene with her doctor.
 
Hair for the next scene, ballet!
 
I love this cute little face so much ❤
 
Ballet scene
 
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Wardrobe for the last scene.
 
Coloring scene. She thought it was so funny that she had to pretend color lol
 
🙂
 
Her reward for doing such a great job!
 
She didn’t have any speaking parts… until they called us two weeks later and said she did such a great job, they decided they wanted to use her voice for the voice over!
 
Here are her lines
 
“That’s doctor Willey-Courand, she helped write the pulmonary care guidelines for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, and she’s always here for me”
 
I wrote it on a piece of paper before I left for the weekend so she could practice it (we were going to the studio on Tuesday), and while I was gone she wrote it on more papers and placed them all over the house! 
She nailed it so quickly, I’m so proud of her!

 

Here’s some photos from our experience in the studio.

 

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Cambria and Gwen
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Getting real comfortable! Haha

🙂 She’d do it again in a heartbeat
    Cassie

Meet the Brunnemanns

Hi there, I’m Cassie,
Not technically a Brunnemann, but I am engaged and soon to be married to one (Feb 28th!) 😉
   
Here is my finace, Cory and I on Halloween last year
And here are our girls!
Gwen (on the left) is 6, Cambria is 8 🙂
I’ve created this blog to post my projects, family events and, well, probably a whole bunch of things about my girls.
I have quite a busy schedule right now.
Cory works full-time in our garage as a record producer, we’re planning a wedding, constantly taking on new projects in our home, and have one daughter in swimming and the other in gymnastics, AND the first day of school is just around the corner!
I’m not gonna lie, I have attempted to keep an active blog many times throughout the last 10 years,  but I’m hopeful that this one will be a success 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
                Cassie