Sunday, December 05, 2010

Looking at just a few pictures, my how lucky we were to have you with us! Missing you everyday, but celebrating you the best we can today!
Thank you everyone for the support today. We are proud to call you all friends those from long ago, those new and those we are still waiting to meet. This day is much easier knowing that we are loved and Bo lives on through everyone of you.
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Only Addi could get him to put his phone up, she brags about that to this day!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

More snow during the Parade today...Addi said, "Our Secret Mommy- Daddy is doing that so we know he is with us." Like said, living life to the fullest today...
Love to all
Christi and Addi
Hello to All - Is it crazy that we wake up to snow on December 4th...I mean to you non-southerns you are thinking big deal, but around here, we rarely get that cold and to see flurries is crazy...unless you forget the whole weather thing, I believe that it is Bo's way of showing us he is still watching. I remember telling Addi last year that it was her Daddy's way to make sure she knew he will always be with us...then of course she took it literally and wanted it to snow everytime she talked to Daddy, (then we talked about precipitation and such at a 4 year old's level)
Addi and I greatly appreciate everyone's love and support. We approach today and tomorrow with mixed emotions. My realistic mind (that keeps the tears at bay) know that tomorrow isn't any different than any other day. Addi and I miss Bo everyday. Tomorrow is just the day we start counting our life as year 2 without him present on earth. Without hearing his laughter, his hugs and "Hey Buddy" for me "Hey Babe", oh how we hated that we gave each other that "pet" name. But I do believe the more you remember and talk about someone they never die. Addi and I talk about Bo still everyday. It is hard not too when she does so many crazy things like him. Her clumsy gene I could do without... December 5th will be the day to remember and be a little sad, today we live it up!
December 4th is my day that Bo gave me. Bo always promised me 24 more hours if I stopped crying when he was first diagnosed and I know December 4th is that day. Especially if you talked to the doctors a year ago. Oh how we had a great day. Many friends came to visit, we put up our tree, we laughed, he spent that precious time with Addi. December 4 is my 24 hours and Addi and I will not waste anytime with tears, we are packing it with fun. Santa, Parties and Parades here we come. We are choosing to honor Bo and will forever keep the 4th as our day to live it up. Our day where we stopped crying to cash in with our extra time together. So if you are remembering Bo and the Johnson family, extended and all, live it up today, love your family and remember life is precious.
Live it up and Remember
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Friday, December 03, 2010

Just Dance...and Remember.

I keep telling you all she is just like her Daddy....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hello to All - Just a quick post to let you know that we survived Thanksgiving, but not without some war wounds, literally. Addi and I got to go back to the emergency room again Saturday night. She slipped off a chair (trying to get a bowl for ice cream) and banged her chin on the way down needing 5 stitches. I know, seriously, yes seriously. On the positive side things happen in 3 right? So we are doing right? On another note, I should have the award for Mother of the Year in the bag...please no other mothers need apply. Ugh
If I ever wondered who she was taking after accident prone wise...I know now, Bo. I never broke anything or needed stitches...a couple scratches and a stick to the head are my major scars.
Thank you all for the kind words this week. It will be a long week and it is hard to imagine it has been a year already without Bo. On one hand it feels like forever, then on another just yesterday. It wasn't lost on me that I took Addi to the same place, same day as I took Bo in for the final time...he was there with us I know, but I would rather not go back.
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Her modeling career (haha) is still in full force, the stitches are under her chin where you can barely tell she has a band aid on them right now....
PSS - Whoever posted the quotes from Jimmy V, thank you. If ever two people spoke the same thing, it was Jimmy V and Bo...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hello to All - Well the holiday season is upon us and needless to say Addi and I approach this with mixed emotions. Most of the time we are wrapped up in the holiday spirit, I am and I do not hesitate this Thanksgiving when asked what I am grateful for, hands down, Addi. There is nothing more wonderful than her. I know I am biased, but God truly has always given the people to me that I need in my life. Addi is my everything. Now I know some people worry that I "too" involved with her. But I figure whatever it takes to keep moving and moving forward. So many times Bo and I pushed ourselves forward by telling each other that Addi deserves the best from us, so that is what we do. It doesn't hurt that on those days when I am missing Bo the most, I have bits and pieces of him in her. She emotes him like no other. Granted I might be looking for it, but she smiles his smile, she thinks she is funny like him, her laugh is his laugh and she "sells" it all day long.
Even tonight, when I was having a moment remembering last year and where we were, I was washing my face missing Bo and in walks Addi. Just in her underwear and winks at me as she goes into the bathroom, how do you not laugh out loud. Half Bo, half me, 100% Addi. She was teaching me how to do a front roll tonight...she said, Mom just picture yourself round and it is simple (now I think I heard that on some tv show) but coming from her and yes still just in her underwear, hilarious.
So this Thanksgiving I choose to think Bo would (probably be mad that we still miss him with every breath we take) but would want laughter, he would want craziness, he would want us to love on another. So it I don't say it enough Addi and I are Thankful for you all, those still reading, those still checking on us, those helping us keep Addi's Cure alive, those still praying, those still fighting cancer and those along with us choosing laughter with a few tears. As you watch the Jimmy V Classic coming up remember what Jimmy V said, "Never give up, Never Give up." (and as Bo finished, Go Heels!)
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hello to All - We are officially cast free! I have to tell you I have never been so proud of Addi. We went to the doctor on Friday and she was so brave. Getting the actual cast off didn't seem to be a big deal, she was so excited. Well that was until the took the cast off and the padding then saw 2 pins sticking out of her arm. That caused for a little tearing up and being afraid. I have to admit I was taken back also. I had convinced myself they were small like pencil lead, not! More like thin screws, ugh. I tried to hide my shock and focus on Addi. On top of seeing the screws it became clear why Addi complained that her cast hurt whenever she pumped it, she had soars where the screw hooks were bumping her arms...The doctor told us she couldn't do any more damage to her arm, he failed to mention that bumping the cast against her skin could cause sores.
So after the cast came off, we had to get x-rays before the screws could come out. She we wrapped the arm up, so Addi or myself couldn't see the pins. During the x-ray you could tell Addi was nervous, she didn't talk much and just wanted to hold my hand. The x-rays came back that things were healing great. The doctor was great and immediately talked to Addi and myself if she was a little nervous about getting the pins out. I was obviously talking to the doctor too much and in true "Bo" form Addi looked at the doctor when she asked, do you have any questions, "I just want the pins out." In other words, shut up Mom and let's get this over. I had to chuckle a little afterwards, flashes of her Dad.
Needless to say, those pins don't just slide out the doctor has to twist back and forth while pulling. You ask what was Addi doing, I could hear every other kids screaming down the hall, she just sat there focused while pin one came out and then pin two. Not one tear...I was in shock and I think the doctor was also. I mean this is the kid that looked on the verge when she saw the pins. The doctor asked her to go to the next room with her to show another little boy how to be brave also. She told Addi she was so impressed. I did ask Addi what was she thinking when the doctor took the pins out and she just told me, "I was trying to be brave Mommy." Oh world watch out for this little girl...
Needless to say, Mom took her to Build a Bear and we got Clarice the Reindeer and some ice cream before dinner. (Just like her Daddy would do...)
I finally have a couple pictures of the cast (thanks to Addi's teacher from school) I will refrain from posting the picture of the pins due to graphic nature. If you want to see them I can email them personally...haha
All our Love
Christi and Addi

Sunday, November 07, 2010

May you rest in Peace Uncle Mark - Heaven just got one amazing smile and man...
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Friday, November 05, 2010

Hello to All - It is so hard to believe that 11 months ago today Bo left us. At times I think back and it feels like yesterday. The emotions are so raw and I worry that maybe I am not processing, but then I know that I am. The loss is just that real and painful, for both of us. Then there are days like today I wonder where and what in the world have we been doing for 11 months...that is a long time. I think of all the changes Addi did her first year and think wow that was a long time. For her 2 month until Christmas is forever, 11 months and we are managing without him. I do know that this holiday season will probably be harder than last, the last one I think we were in shock and well I was determined not to let Addi but the time of year in association with his loss. We would celebrate and we will laugh, no one (other than myself) enjoyed this time of year than Bo. Wow 11 months...
With that being said October was an incredible month for Addi's Cure. Touch a Truck, 2 Golf Tournaments and we supported Lungstrong a race for Lung Cancer. But Addi took Addi's Cure literally, as in she needs some curing...a swallowed penny, broken arm and stomach bug...oh yeah did I forget to mention that one. Addi got sick on Halloween with the stomach virus and couldn't go trick or treating. She cried whenever the doorbell rang, which I thought when the light was off you left a house along (teenagers). She did bounce right back and was raring to go Monday (too late to trick or treat) but enough time to take of me who thought why don't I get that too! I didn't bounce back quite so fast needless to say, good diet plan...but I think I would rather keep those extra 5 pounds.
Well November will be what it will be at least we get the cast off...and I do hope to post of picture of it...oops!
I did want to send a request out for some prayers, first for our friend Jerrold. A fellow lung cancer and transplant warrior. May he get the right doctors to help him with his bump in the road.
And now for my dear Uncle Mark. He was diagnosed with lung cancer a month ago yesterday and due to some results has realized his body is failing him in his battle and is going home to rest and find peace. Uncle Mark is a man that has overcome more than any one person should in their entire lives, but never and I mean never did I see him without a smile on his face. He, whether he liked it or not was my date to many and I mean many cousin weddings...Seriously I have a 100 cousins on my mom's side, but he was there for probably every one of them supporting us and I am ashamed that we were not more attentive to when he might have needed us. You always knew Mark would be at your wedding smiling, laughing and dancing throughout the evening. Shoot he was there for any family event. He shows us how to cherish a family and I can only hope the family in Kansas reiterates how much him being there meant to every one of us and it wasn't unnoticed. I am proud of the man his is and honored that he is my Uncle. I can only hope he understands that our bodies can only do what they can do. Our heart and spirit always will fight and carry on it is just those mortal bodies... As I mentioned he proved that he is the strongest physically, mentally and spiritually that any one person could be. I do know that my Bo will be there to greet him with a Carolina hug, but selfishly, I hope he will remind my Bo I love him, miss him, and thank him for our time together. I hope they both know that.
Take care and Love to All - Especially You my Uncle Mark
Christi and Addi
PS - Please pray for my family, this has all happened so quickly that processing always seems to follow a little later. Understanding why this is happening isn't something we always get to learn, but trusting and knowing there is something greater gives much comfort. This is probably good time to remember the serenity prayer...
PSS - Please also pray these doctor find a cure, a treatment, a something for lung cancer. Today a huge step was published that CT Scans do help detect lung cancer, now for insurance companies to cover this and determine who the deem appropriate for the screening...small step, but at least they are in the right direction...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hello to All! It is crazy to think that October is almost over, wow it flew by! Addi and I had a crazy time this month with Touch a Truck, a Compliance Meeting for me, Addi's birthday extravaganza, another Lungstrong 5k, A Memorial Golf Tournament for Bo in Hendersonville a visit from my parents from Kansas, then another Memorial Golf Tournament in Houston by some competitors (crazy as it sounds) throw in a penny swallowed and a broken arm we have been busy.
I have talked about Touch a Truck, Compliance Meeting and the Birthday (also the penny and arm) so now about the Hendersonville Golf Tournament. I cannot express how wonderful it is to hear such amazing stories about Bo's childhood. He spoke so fondly of growing up in Hendersonville. He was such the "Eddie Haskel" of the town. He loved basketball and that he was "an incredible shooting" machine...I am not quite sure of the ratio that went in to the shots taken...hmmm A huge thank you to Lee Bradley the best friend he found riding on his bike one day. There are money others as well that were extremely generous and i will personally post some names later. But also the wonderful "shot girls" that made Addi feel so welcome a special.
Addi and I then flew to Houston for the NAFA conference that Bo was so proud of this past week. Bo dreamed of open dialogue, companies working together and enough business for everyone with people doing the right thing. It is amazing how many "good" businesses and people there are out there. A huge thank you to Steve K., Carolyn L., Dennis B. and Eric T. Bo was honored to call you friends and more importantly play golf with you. Also thanks to Theresa M for hosting Addi and myself all day. Some people are just meant to be good friends. To all the men that made Addi there own, Thank You. Most days Addi and I carry through with smiles on our faces, but never has my daughter not want to leave a place because she felt so much love from some Daddies. Dominic, Eric, Kevin and Tashawna (Addi always through you in the mix), thank you for being so sweet to her. Bo loved his job and every time I attend these meetings I understand why. He loved doing the right thing helping people invest there money, but the people he worked and collaborated with make it icing on the cake. I do not know another business filled with such phenomenal, fun loving people. Simply put, How in the world does a 5 year old girl never want to leave a NAFA conference? I mean she is Bo's daughter, but I think the love and attention had a lot to do with it.
Sorry such a long post but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that 9 years ago today I walked into an interview that changed my life. Interviewing with Bo Johnson was over 3 hours long, a first date one would say, but a forever imprint in my heart. Thank you for not hiring me and choosing to love me instead. We were never perfect, but you loved me perfectly. Thank you for taking me on your ride with you, making the incredible friends I have now that carry me and our daughter though. They help us carry Addi's Cure into the future.
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hello to all - those of you following the Addi drama lately. She had her surgery Sunday, Monday we were both exhausted from a long night and took the day easy. Addi stayed on her pain meds pretty consistent and had a few visitors that seemed to perk her up. For some reason she was "afraid" to go back to school that someone would tease her. Her wonderful teacher Ms. Melissa stopped by to talk with her and bring her presents from her friends at school. She told her she would see her in 3 weeks...haha so like her father just setting the time line.
I talked her into "visiting" her friends at school on Tuesday and within 5 mins of walking in the door and seeing her classroom, she was ready to stay. Her friends were wonderful and one sweet little boy event announced, "we would never make fun of you Addi. We love you!" Sign him up for an extra Halloween candy. So I left went to work and picked her up like usual. When i was talking to the teacher about the day. I talked for 2 mins and she is on the second tree branch climbing to the top. I stopped that quickly, glad to see the break is making her more cautious.
Well today we had her 5 year check up. She is tall and skinny. The Morgan side for at least one thing so far. We did get an xray to make sure the penny came out. Thank God something went right, and it didn't show up on the xray. Except when we told Addi it came out and Mommy must have missed it in her pooh...she immediately started crying. (huh you say) "Mommy that was my favorite penny! I guess you can't win all the time. Don't worry I quickly showed her it somehow ended up in my purse and all it well in the world of Addi. Mommy might have a few gray hairs, but that makes me distinctive, right?
Love to All - in the world of Addi
Christi and Addi

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hello to all - Just when I wonder if I should keep typing due to lack of things to say, Addi takes it upon herself to keep me on my toes. We October 13th was Addi's 5th birthday! Both of us missed Bo dearly, but we did our best to celebrate. Mommy made it Addipoolza in Lake Norman. We had dinner with family and friends on Wed (her actual bday) then Friday some friends from her new school got together to play at Lazy 5. I think she would have her party there every year. She is slowly getting to know her new classmates and this party helped get to know the few even better.
Saturday morning we both got up and did Cornelius's Lungstrong Run in Bo's Honor. Needless to say I haven't been running much or pushing a stroller while doing it, so I didn't get the best time, but we did it. Addi got out and ran the last little bit with me and crossed the finish line together, hand-in-hand. There was another run in Boone where Bo was mentioned and his story told on Sunday. I hated that we couldn't make it, I heard it was a wonderful event at App.
Sunday had her party with her "old school" and a few new friends. We all went down for lunch in Charlotte at Brixx pizza then on to a play, Aladdin, at the Children's Theater. Well that was the plan. While waiting for the theater to open, Addi fell from some uneven blocks outside and she fell just right, where we had to leave HER BDAY PARTY to go back to the ER in Charlotte. Turns out she fractured right at her elbow. Surgery later that night to put 2 pins and a full arm cast on her. CMC hospital was wonderful and helped her celebrate her birthday with presents in all. I do have to admit it was hard enough not having Bo at the Party, but the ER with surgery, he was missed. At one point when Addi was on morphine, she told me that Bo was holding her hand, I believe her. Because first, I need to believe he was with us, second her hand (the broken one) was extended out like someone was holding it and third, she would never lie to me, right?
We did spend the night there, more so because it was so late when surgery and recovery was finished. We are home now resting, well trying to, trying to convince her no one at school will tease her and she needs to go back. Did I mention that we can now officially she gets the "I break my bones gene" from Bo. Dear lord help me through the next 10 years...
Love to All
Christi and 5 year old broken elbow Addi
Let's see how that name changes...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hello to All...
Well it is now 9:46 at night and Addi has finally caved into the fact that her 5th Birthday is over. Little does show know or realize her party is this weekend and the fun will continue...God help me. I think I am about to call it a night, but I did promise to fill in with the "excitement" of our lives. Let's see where to begin, we had Touch a Truck and the event was amazing, I am still working on the numbers and collecting items for silent auction, so hopefully I will have that at the end of the month. Then I had to go to a "compliance" meeting for work and Addi was able to stay with some good friends the Bailey's. She seemed to do well, hopefully her energy didn't tire them all out.
Oh I forgot to mention the fun of the emergency room. I have decided I do mind hospitals, I HATE emergency rooms. Well my darling daughter decided to "wash" a penny off, and you guessed it, in her mouth. Sounds funny until I realized it was stuck in her esophagus. She was crying that it hurt in her chest, so off to Urgent Care we went. Did I mention that we had friends over, so a crew of us went there. After 2 xrays we determined it was stuck and a trip to the ER was needed. The doctor did recommend trying some bread (we had already tried water and crackers) to get it to pass. Well the clock started ticking as well. I guess you can only have something stuck for a max of 3 hours we were already down to 2. By the time we got there Addi had stopped complaining about the pain and I was in hopes it had passed. Well another 3 hours later finally another xray to show the penny moving along. So for the next couple of days before Touch a Truck and my trip, you guessed it, I went through poop. I found nothing, so I am hoping next week when we go in for 5 year old shots, we can get another xray and have the "lucky" penny gone!
So that is where we stand. Doctor and dentist next week after a weekend of cake and sweets...should be interesting.
Love to All
Christi and her now 5 year old ADDI

Friday, October 08, 2010

I know I need to update about life...but please read below about another way to support Lung Cancer...I will post next about how wonderful and successful Touch a Truck last weekend!

On Saturday, October 16, I will participate in the Lung Strong 15K/5K. This event is on behalf of LUNGevity Foundation's commitment to halve by 2020 the number of people who die of lung cancer. LUNGevity works with world-renowned lung cancer experts to identify and fund promising and innovative research into the early detection and treatment of lung cancer. LUNGevity promises to invest every contribution in the most effective, impactful way in order to improve lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those affected by lung cancer.Here's how you can help:Donate: You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email. You may also send your donation to:
Lung Strong 15K/5Kc/o LUNGevity Foundation435 N. LaSalle StreetSuite 310Chicago, IL 60654
Register for the event: Go to and click on the blue "Register" button. You may register to walk as an individual or as a member of a team; you may also start your own team.Let's fund hope together. Thank you.Warm regards,
Your NameLUNGevity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
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Love to All
Christi and Addi

Friday, October 01, 2010

Hello All - Oh I can't wait to tell you about my week and what my dear sweet daughter has done, but that must wait until Sunday! Because this weekend is all about LKN Touch a Truck! I am so excited and honored to carry on Bo's legacy and mission of educating and raising funds for Lung Cancer! I feel even more pressure to do this to show him and the world that we both meant it when we took this goal on to raise funds and awareness.
I am blessed to have incredible friends new and old to help me accomplish this mission. They give up part of themselves, their time and expertise to help me with this mission and especially this year I am so grateful. They are all pretty much keepers!
If you are out and about and want to join please come Sunday from 11-2 at KENTON PLACE this year. All the details in on We would love the support and I cannot tell you how much great stuff we have...bounce houses, pony ride, firetrucks (and yes that is plural) silent auction and so much more. Over 35 vehicles are coming with our heroes in tow (police officers, fire man, ambulance drivers, you name that hero and they are there)
Thanks again for all your support and love
Christi and Addi

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hello to All - I know shocking that it isn't another month gone by, but I couldn't type today without remembering someone special in our lives that is missing. Bo's Papa, Addi's Great Papa, passed away a year ago today. Talk about a man that lived an incredible life. He was the epitome of what you call a man, papa, great papa, friend, hero. I can truly say he is who Bo wanted to be like in so many ways, except for the dancing part. Papa loved to dance and he was smooth on the dance floor. Bo loved to dance, smooth was another story, but I still loved him so, well both of them.
Bo shared many stories with me about Papa's childhood, Bo's childhood and the games he played. Papa never fell for them, "Rosie" was a sucker like us all and fell for Bo's tricks. It was a sad day, when at 93 Papa was diagnosed with colon cancer. Being the strong man that he proved to us by surviving his surgery and recovering, to have complications afterwards. I truly believe he proved he was strong and that he loved us all to fight to be with us, but he chose to be with beloved Rosie. From what Bo said, they had a marriage and a love worth going to. Bo always wanted to be like them in their banter, their unconditional love and respect and grandchildren. I am proud we had 2 out of the 3 and the "grandchildren" later. (Much later little Addi)
With all our love (to Papa and Rosie)
Christi and Addi
I can only imagine the trouble the two guys are getting into...I can see them now rocking a front porch somewhere.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Hello to All! Again sorry for not posting for those of you out there...Addi and I took our last month of summer to have some family fun. We first headed to Charleston for some family fun! A huge thank you to Papa and Grams for providing us the opportunity to rest, relax and play for one week together. I cherish the ability to give Addi my undivided attention. Adjusting to our new life is a ever changing process. I never feel like am there enough for Addi, or work, or get anything done at home, friends thank God they understand and are still there for me. At the beach we swam, went crabbing, swam, found seashells, swam and did then ate way too much!
After the beach we have been back home getting ready for school. Addi has one more year of pre-school, TK and is so excited for her new classmates and learning from Ms Melissa and Ms. Stephanie. A little nervous and it hasn't sunk in she won't be seeing her dear friends that have been her rock last year. Hopefully we can still get together...she will forever miss Dixon...her husband. Too funny!
We are now onto Labor Day weekend. Yesterday was my birthday and obviously a huge part of me is still missing. Bo was always the one that told me to live (even before he was sick) He spoiled me rotten. Well I have some of the greatest people in my life that did that for me last night. I have typically taken to staying home on those "big" occasions of missing Bo. They were determined to not let that happen last night. Our small dinner out became a group bowling and keeping me out way past my bedtime! The day was beautiful and the night fun, it is hard not to think I get some spoiling from Bo even when he isn't here on earth with us. I cannot forget to mention that the night before Addi took me out to Chucky Cheese...and we got my ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.
Babe it has been the longest 9 months of my life. Addi and I carry on, try to laugh as much as possible. She is amazing and I am blessed to have of these days I will get some more pictures up! She is my tan Coppertone baby!
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - A huge congrats to a life long friend Brendon that had his 2nd daughter yesterday. I am honored to share my day with the Allen's!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hello to All - What a hot does wonders for Addi's tan, but wow! I will post pictures soon of my Coppertone girl or as Grandpa calls her, Blondie! She has been swimming, going to camps, playing with Jessica and making a few visits to the office. It is hard to believe summer is almost over. School begins soon enough. I wasn't thinking when I was talking with my mom the other day, this weekend it tax free weekend in NC! Yes you heard it right, not taxes on clothes, school supplies and a lot of added stuff. (Ami this is the weekend you should visit!)
Another month has come and gone, 8 months since my Babe let me. Addi has started saying some of the craziest,
"You know my Daddy was the Greatest."
"Why is that?"
"Because he gave me ice cream before dinner."
"I can tell your fortune, Mommy?"
"Your fortune today is...You will buy me a toy!" More and more like her Daddy every day.
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Happy Birthday Aunt Caroline
PSS - Happy Birthday "Older" Lady Erin - for a month and a day
PSSS - Happy Birthday Bonnie and Charlie - I think Bo loved you second best!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello to All - I hope this hot summer it treating you well. It isn't doing much for my bragging rights about being cooler than Kansas. I always give my family a hard time why NC is where I call home now. The mountains, the ocean, the cooler weather...well 2 out of 3 isn't bad. I new one to add to the list is Addi's cute accent. She is so country and so her father. Some things I just cannot make up. Addi could sell ice to Eskimos. Hence why she is so rotten, she convinces me to do some of the craziest things. Just like her in Target $100 less she reminds me, "Well I am my father's daughter." Seriously is she four! I guess I have mumbled that one too many times under my breath.
Addi and I have been enjoying July. I have been at work too much and I think the change is stressing Addi out a little, so we spend the weekends here and we are getting into trouble and crashing friends houses when the house is too quite. It is amazing that we are 8 months out and I still find myself crying once a day. (Well maybe not once a day, but on days like today, it feels like once a day) Most of the time remembering something funny, but other times, just memories everywhere. Good things and I wouldn't change them for the world, but crazy memories.
A year ago today we were surprising my Mom and Dad with their anniversary and Great Papa was another year older. Oh life is precious and I am so blessed with my little girl and family and friends, but life is fleeting. We are already talking about shopping for school supplies, Addi will have one more year of pre-school and then kindergarten. I think I will be excited and proud of her if it hadn't been such a milestone Bo wanted to live to. With that I know he will be there next year with us, but will make the day a greater accomplishment for Addi, but leave a larger hole for us.
Now that you all think I am absolutely nuts tonight, I promise you we are good. Just having a night. And I wrote once that on those nights I would turn to those out there to vent to. Better an unknown voice than someone of the phone thinking that they need to run me to a psych ward. I hope everyone is well and we will see you all soon.
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Monday, July 05, 2010

Hello to All - I have come to realize that I am camera dependant on other people. I have to much to wrap my mind around and get places for the life of me to remember a camera. So for anyone that took pictures last night, I would love a link to see!
With that being said, Addi and I had a good 4th of July. We didn't really have any plans and some friends called us in the morning to go boating, so boating did. Addi like to float on her back (life jacket on) and declare this is the life. I think the trend is spreading amongst her friends. From there we went to another friends house for a cook out and to watch the fireworks. Thanks Grahams, also for the sleepover last night. As Addi and I were laying on the back of the boat waiting for darkness to come we saw the first star come out. We typically wish on that one, but last night when I asked Addi what she was wishing for she simply told me that "her heart was telling her that was her Daddy." Gosh I hope so...
Needless to say Addi was so exhausted she didn't make it through the fireworks and she fell asleep (holding my beer - in my defense I was covering her ears because the "booms" were so loud.) So for those of you that took pictures, it was completely innocent.
We then slept over at the Grahams and got donuts, hit the pool today and started digging the house out of our mess that somehow I create over and over again. One of these days I will get a grasp on everything. Right now I am just enjoying time with Addi and figure little by little the rest will get done. Right?
I hope everyone had a safe 4th!
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Hard to believe 7 months have come and gone...I realize that when you lose someone so significant in your life that the hole aches the same. Life happens to help you through, but the ache is always there.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hello to All! Sorry for the long delay and posting, but Addi and I have been on the move this month. After celebrating with Mr. and Mrs. Clint Morgan in Colorado, Addi and traveled to Kansas where I left her and was able to attend FIG's company trip to Banff. If felt like home to see so many of the agents that have helped support Bo and I through out journey and not just sickness, but also our dating, marriage and having Addi. So many of the agents we consider dear friends that we have desperately missed seeing and catching up with. I have had to much time to reflect on things and truly be appreciative on relationships, that I am greatly for being able to tell those that we love that we love them and meet new friends. I had an incredible time (although Addi was in Kansas with my family, I am not quite sure she missed me, but that is a good thing) One thing that is so true with FIG is the core of the company is the same from the home office to the agents, everyone wants to do what is right for each other. It is an amazing group of people to be part of. Being by Bo's side with the company had made an extremely deep impact upon me, not just caring about the people, but also knowing how much Bo loved everyone and how he loved his job. Never did he think he worked a day in his life. It was another time to miss him more, but also celebrate him and the legacy he leaves behind. I am so grateful for those that shared stories of him and also how he affected their lives. When someone passes you fear that they will be forgotten, because to you they are in every breath you take. So anyone still out there know that Addi and I love the stories, the laughter and even a few tears.
With that being said Addi on a side note told me she is afraid she is going to forget her Daddy. Oh how I wish she knew that I will never let that happen. But also, how in the world is a 4 year old already worried about that. I truly believe she is so wise beyond her years, an old soul. I guess that is why Bo and I surrounded ourselves with a village of people to never let her forget.
Back on track, Addi and then spent a little time with my family. Never enough time in Kansas. Rarely do I get to go back and just hang out, but we did for a couple days and it was bliss to see her run around on a farm never hesitating with the dirt, animals or people. Kansas is something in her heart and for that I am grateful.
From Kansas we flew to Atlanta...(I told you we were traveling) Addi was a flower girl again for "Cousin Merritt" as we call her. Merritt was an incredible bride and I am so excited for her and the adventure of marriage. She found a good one in Patrick. I don't know him well ,but he can get that many grown me to give a speech and pronounce their love for him, he must have done something right. This time Addi freaked a little more coming down the aisle, something liked she walked halfway and when she saw me, she ran into my arms. I loved it, it got a chuckle from the crowd, and it was making good teasing for later...hehe.
From there we headed home on Father's Day. Oh Father's Day...I think this one was certainly a heavy heart. Addi insisted on buying Bo a card to mail to heaven. She is so thoughtful, after traveling home with Aunt Tracia, Addi and I spent the day together. We came home, I paid bills in Bo's honor (the guy loved to do that, the only person I know that like to give money out) We then went to the pool had dinner and just hung out. It was good to be home. We have a stone angel for our yard that we got for Father's Day. I am in hopes this will be a special spot and something Addi can always have where ever she goes to talk with her Daddy. Addi totally got it, "she hopes that when she talks to that angel she will find her Daddy and it will be like talking to Daddy." Wise, so wise.
Well now we are home, we missed celebrating a dear friend, "Dan Rourke", life. He was a mentor to Bo that if you remember took me under his wing that passed January for a company meeting. Him and I spent a good deal of time talking and laughing. Dan was an incredible man that lead an incredible life with incredible family and friends. I hate that I couldn't be there, but I think the best thing for Addi and myself was to take a weekend at home. We are tired and want to just hang today.
I will write more often, because this one was WAY to long...sorry for that. And Sorry for the typos, to tired to proof read, I guess I should have done that first!
Love to all
Christi and Addi

Monday, June 07, 2010

Hello to All - I hope everyone is enjoying their start of summer. We still have one more week of school for the little kids in NC, then summer fun. I got to spend last weekend with my family celebrating my little brother getting married. I guess little should probably switch to younger, he is like 6'2" and 28, but whatever it is all relative. He is grown and so handsome it is hard to believe. I still find it hard he lives in Colorado and can rent a car, but now well he is now married to an amazing wife, Brittany. We had the best time and it helped to pass the 6 month mark of missing Bo. Oh how we miss him. It is amazing how your heart still hurts...but it more bearable when those "big" dates have something wonderful to celebrate. A heartfelt thanks to the Turco's for thinking of me on one of the most important days of their families lives. I cannot express how thoughtful you were to include Bo in people to be remembered on their special day. The prayers and love help. It doesn't hurt to watch two people embark on one of the greatest days of their lives. You can't help to think about your own wedding day. I love my Bo, but "Bless his heart," he had a rough day thanks to going out after the rehearsal dinner. But I guess Eric had it a little worse, in your honor Eric I somehow gave myself a black eye. (Picking up a crayon off the floor and hitting my eye on the chair.
Clint and Brittany congrats and thank you again for helping me get through the day with celebrating a wonderful day with you all and your family
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello to All -
I have a feeling this year will be a year of many firsts where I find myself looking back and realizing what we went through 4 years ago. Memorial Day weekend has also been the anniversary for everything. Bo had a biopsy done the Friday before the weekend (I should apologize to everyone that came to our party and was wondering what in the world was the matter with us.) Then we found out he had cancer on a Tuesday, on June 1st. It was then confirmed by Duke on June 6th, mind you it was 6-6-06 (Another day the world was suppose to end. For us it was the worst day of our lives so we decided it could only get better from there). Well today is also the day he received his second call (the It's a Go!) for his lung transplant. I have tried to forget about the first transplant because, well we all know how well that went. So then again on June 1st he was transplanted a second time and my Bo came back to me. I will always carry with me that he loved Addi and I so much he truly came back alive to be with us. Granted our time together afterwards was shorter than we wanted, I am grateful for it. We spent 5 months in the hospital together everyday grateful. Like a dummy I put today on my calendar, like I would ever forget...Crazy what life can throw at you in 4 years.
Thank you for everything to all our family and friends I hope your day is wonderful.
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hello to All - Sorry for the delay in the post, lately Addi and I have been loving the outdoors as much as possible. I feel sorry for our street we live on. Addi is determined to ride her bike, but she insists I go with her. Well as she gets better and better the faster she goes, Mommy can no longer walk, now I am running chasing her. She is yelling run faster Mommy and I am yelling stop now have the visual.
Addi and I made it through and had a great Mother Daughter Mother's Day. A friend Leslie gave us the idea of planting together on Mother's Day. So we attempted to plant a garden, I use the word garden loosely. I let Addi pick the plants out, jalapenos, cilantro, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a few others. She was so excited Sunday morning that it was Mother's Day to give me my presents she made with the help of Jessica, a camp, and a card picked out. You would have thought it was Christmas, how could one be sad. There was a moment when she realized there is probably a Daddy's day, but I assured her we would do something special for Daddy.
Speaking of Daddy, a quick store to take how you want, but the other day Addi woke up (after sleeping in an extra hour) This typically make for an extra energy day, but Addi calmly walked into the room curled up on my lap and quietly said, "Daddy woke me up. He said Sweetie, its time to wake up." She seemed at peace, so either dreaming and reality, it gave her peace and I am grateful for those moments.
I also have big news, the book written by a friend Kim Reynold's, The Evening Oak, is available for pre-order now. Use this link and get yours today, the more ordered the sooner the better...Congrats to Kim
This is a great read for adults and young adults, so for any of you teachers out there let your students know!
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Hello to All -
Nature verses Nurture...clearly it is a little of both. For those of you that know the story of Grandson's Day, well Addi just pulled a "Kids Day" on me. Long story short, Bo (as a kid) convinced his grandmother Rosemary that it was Grandson's day and she took him to the mall and bought him a present and everything. Well, yesterday I was trying to explain to Addi Mother's Day and she has it all planned out for me. (Don't anyone worry, she has it under control) Something about Taco Bell (which we never eat at) and doing something at the house. Anyway, then our conversation continues as such,
"Mom, what day is today."
"Monday, honey, why? (This is normally when we talk about when she can sleep in my bed)
"Mom, I think Monday's should be kids day. I will go to my room you go get me something special and then I will come down and be surprised.'
"Addi, I think everyday is kids day."
"No, we need something special for me." Long pause for me...
"Well, what will tomorrow be?" I tried to divert...
"Tuesday, The Buddies Day."
Needless to say, I did not fall for that one. But she did have Jessica convince we loved Taco Bell...poor Jessica
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Hello to All -
Well Mother's Day came a weekend early for me. Addi and I had the best Mom and Daughter day today, we are both exhausted (Addi even at one time asked me to go home to take a nap, now that is unheard of for her!)
We were lazy this morning crawled in bed and watched cartoons, nothing like a little Max and Ruby to get the morning going. Then it was off to Davidson Day. The town of Davidson, on a smaller scale, reminds me so much of Lawrence. Small community supporting their college. We spent all morning and early afternoon riding rides, finding friends, crashing lunches (Thanks Shawn and Kristen) and getting our face painted. It is amazing that sometimes when you feel so far from home, you realize you really do have roots where you are. So many people love and care for Addi, it makes my heart swell. She loves everyone of her friends and very much like her Daddy runs up to everyone with open arms, never a stranger (Sorry Henry!)
Then off to get some necessary shopping (and a few things not on the list - PS this is where Addi got tired)
Now we are working on some projects, watching Tinkerbell and just snuggling. Gotta love a weekend with no real commitments!
Love to All
PS - Happy 30th to my little and ugh younger sister. Yes that makes me older than 30...I might be in denial...age in all relative, right?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hello to All -
Well 6 years ago today I married my prince, literally if you asked my Grandma. She figured I was destined when I told her I was living on Princeton Ave. She was always a wise woman. Well no snow today, but tornadoes are heading our way. Mind you I live in NC now, not Kansas. My how things have changed...A lot of people put the incredible expectation on their wedding day. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing more important than standing before God and promising to love someone forever, no matter what come your way. I am truly blessed to have been loved and to love someone up until then. So many people are not as lucky. I have also come to realize that like the movies (Ghost) for example Patrick Swazey says you get to take your love with you, well I don't know about that part, but here on earth you get to keep loving and I believe you are forever loved.
Back to the wedding day thing, for Bo and I, well, other than the "Standing before God"part it really was a formality. Bo knew before I did, God help me he was so impulsive, but it worked for him. He knew for early on we would be together forever. He was my decisiveness, I was his flexibility. He was my voice, I was he sounding board. He was my "spoil me rotten", I was our "we need to save a little more". He was simply, "My Great Love." He was so crazy, we met in late October and by Thanksgiving he was telling me we were getting married. If anyone knows me, knows I didn't even call my boyfriend for 2 years, he was forever the "Interviewer". How lucky were we....the best part, Addi.
I explained to her this morning why Mommy was a little sad and she quickly told me she had a present for me. She went to the alarm clock/CD player and played "Our Song" "Someone Like You", by Van Morrison. In 9 years that CD has sat in there and woke us up, I figure why change it. We danced to it at our wedding. After playing it, she looked at me with big eyes and asked, "Did that make you feel better," Of course it did. Loving her, Loving him and remember who loves us, helps us everyday.
I hope everyone gets to experience eternal love. Addi and I hope to love again, but we know already no one can love as much as Bo did. Thanks for always being my sounding/reading board.
All our love,
Christi and Addi
PS - A little shout out to ET for enduring a black eye from Bo the night before our wedding. Needless to say, things got a little out of hand after the rehearsal dinner!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Just a quick side post for anyone interested in donating to this wonderful cause...They have been a huge support for myself and Addi during our transition of living life remembering Daddy. It is a safe place for her to feel "accepted and normal". Other kids here are missing their Daddy or Mommy also...
The Kindermourn 2010 Duck Race takes place this Sunday, April 18 2-5 at the National Whitewater Center. On top of supporting a wonderful cause, you will have an opportunity to win a multitude of prizes including $5,000 in cash! If you can attend there is no admission charge. There is a zip line for adults and big kids along with jump houses, face painting, music and entertainment for children. There event culminates with thousands upon thousands of ducks coming down the channel "racing" to the finish line which is always every one's favorite part.
Please support this terrific organization
Look for Addi's Cure
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Hello to All - I wonder if the 5th will ever come and go and not take my breath away. With that being said, still missing you babe...everyday a little more. Funny how it is so much like loving someone, a little more everyday.
Easter was quiet. Surprisingly a hard holiday. Hard to Explain, joyous to All, but Hard. Saturday we had brunch with Grams and Papa and hunted for eggs at the Yacht Club. Addi snuck her way into some friends family photos, poor Grace was drug all over the place "posing" with Addi. Then Sunday we woke up to a bunny filled basket, church, Dunkin Donuts (Iced Carmel Latte for me!) and then Easter Egg hunting...which is by far Addi's third favorite thing to do aside from Christmas and her Birthday. We re-hid them over and over again. Thank you to the Beasley's for helping us take some pictures!
Addi and I took the day and night on by storm on the 5th. We are on spring break this week and I have some amazing friends helping me take care of Addi, while I work on getting up to speed a work. (My incredible co-worker Elizabeth is expecting May the office I will come. I can't wait to hold her little girl)
Did I mention that we are in a heat wave of 90 degrees (I am not complaining), but in a dusting of pollen. And for those of you in the Midwest, I am not kidding when I say a is like a light snow, almost gritty in your teeth. Ugh, but I guess things could always be worse, right.
Addi/Tonya is keeping me forever entertained. Last night to the amusement of my neighbors, Addi has been working on riding her bike and well that leaves me chasing her down the road. She is getting better and better, loves to go fast and laughs her head off when I have to run to catch up. I foresee a new workout routine for us...I will post a video soon of her and her riding escapades. I am greatly looking forward to the "big" crash that will eventually occur, God help us all.
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Tonya would like the world to know that she is from China and they do not have Rack Rooms Shoe stores store with just shoes...amazing (Where she comes up with these things, I will never know)
PSS - Congrats to Brett and Lindsey...they are expecting and the due date is October 13...Addi's B-day, but Lindsey is hoping for 10.10.10...pretty cool (easy for Bret to remember!) He is a LSU fan and needs all the help he can get! Haha

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Alright - Everyone needs to see a little bit of Tonya (possessed in this video)...but this is Tonya a little crazy, but in her defense she isn't normally this crazy...I love her and her laugh...
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hello to All! Yes, I have been quietly crying my tears about the Jayhawks, but I guess that is the nature of the beast, right? Addi and I enjoyed a week back in Kansas with the family. We had a great time, planned to much and wish we could of just sat around some more and rested, but I think that is why we come home right. Her and Cousin Ryan are truly two peas in a pod. They fell in love and out of love with each other over and over again, but at night never went to bed angry...the drama those girls will have. Also sorry to those I didn't meet up with, time just flew by...
Now we are back in NC celebrating another new Cousin, Morgan Mullan. She arrived last night and we already raced to the hospital to meet her and Addi was just in awe. Oh the things Addi wants to teach her. Congrats Caroline and Mike. I cannot help but think what mixed emotions Bo would have...he would (and always was) so proud of your both, but would have a hard time believing his little sister has a baby now.
For those of you also wondering, yes Tonya went to Kansas with us, she was invisible most of the time. When my family wasn't asking teasing her to come out. She did come right back as soon as we walked into the school doors. Tonya is from China, she didn't see the great wall, her mama never took her and she is very sad about this. Addi/Tonya is now obsessed with shrinking...she thinks she is getting smaller and Mommy is a giant. You really have to love and appreciate this age...
Love to All
Christi and Addi
oh yeah, new favorite word, booty followed up by bootilicous - I tried to tell her Beyonce beat her too that word...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hello to All - Thank you for all the kinds emails and posts that Addi might just be creative and not odd...with that being said. If you could only have been a fly on the wall at McDonalds the other morning. She was trying to explain to a friend she just met why she was Tonya and that we left Addi at home in bed resting. He was very concerned that she was sick and her mommy was at McDonalds leaving her home alone. I am only waiting on the call from children's services...
I am finalizing the numbers for Addi's Cure, "Beating the Odds," I hope to get that total by the end of the day. Also if anyone is in the Hendersonville area May 1st - 2nd at Crooked Creek a golf tournament for Addi's Cure. Calcutta and steak dinner Saturday night at the Hendersonville Elks Lodge. Please contact Lee Bradley - 828-290-3354.
Also a reminder those of you that shop online, please link up to and choose Addi's Cure or any non-profit, so many stores give a percentage back. It is an easy way to raise money.

Love to All
Christi and Addi/Tonya

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alright, when do you worry? Just kidding...Addi has entered her imaginative stage (I think we have been there for a while, but she is getting more creative) She is now officially Tonya....I know, who is Tonya, why Tonya, and are you serious. Please do not refer to her as Addi because either a.) she will just flat out ignore you (Jessica our sitter had this happen to her) or b) she will correct you with the proper eye roll. (My name is Tonyaaaaaa)
The story goes as such, Addi is sick for 3 days, sleeping in her bed. All by herself and we are so proud of her. Tonya is now playing with Mommy. Tonya's family didn't want her anymore, so now she is with us. They were friends before, got split up, and now are friends again. Sisters actually...and the story keeps going on and on...Only I have the child that becomes the imaginary friend instead of just having one...
Love to All
Christi and Tonya

Friday, March 05, 2010

Hello to All - I can hardly believe yesterday had been 3 months without Bo. Oh how are hearts miss him. Even the stuff that drove us crazy. Lately there seems to be more reminders of him everywhere. Our Addi's Cure event, I went to get my life insurance license, and Addi has been missing him a little more lately. She is sweet, I just hope that I do not screw her up too much. Thanks girls for helping me get through my Friday night and 3 months without Bo.
With that being said, Addi and I (with Pam) had an adventure today watching our friend Kay ride her horse in an North Carolina Rodeo. I believe the proper term is "Roping". She was amazing and all her friends were so sweet to Addi. Addi definately has some of her Papa Cow in her, she loves animals. All she wanted to do was get in the saddle and go faster. She was sad that she wasn't competing...god help me I might need someone to buy her a horse! She loved everything about it, from getting dirty in the dirt, to riding, eating nachos and chasing cowboys to tickle them (that will stop at age 6, don't you worry) Thank you again Kay for inviting us, we had a great time.
Off to bed
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hello to All! Sorry for the delay in posting...We had another fabulous Addi's Cure event, Beating the Odds with a wonderful turn out. I am always how fun to can be to play Vegas style without really losing the money. We at least I think it is fun. One of these days I will tune my skills to venture to Vegas on my own and truly gamble. With that being said, I am still working on the totals, but hope to post soon. Thank you again for everyone that turned out and for loving Addi. She had a wonderful time running around and even trying to play some games, we at least roulette and craps. I think I am still recovering from the good time, or it could be that I am just lacking because I am sitting to get another license for work. Thank God Kay is putting up with me and all the talking I do a break and in the car. I do realize for some reason I am talking an ungodly amount. Sorry!
I did have to say Addi and I received the greatest present in the mail! Thank you to my wonderful friends in Kansas. I haven't been able to go home for a while, but they still remember me. We got some things and now I have to run to the grocery store so Addi and I can cook in "her" Cookbook. Thank you for being so thoughtful. Hopefully when Addi and I go to Kansas we can meet up with some of you, if not all. I am not quite sure some of the smaller ones are ready to Addi. She is a force of energy.
Well that is all for now. Wish me (and Kay) good luck on our test! We (I) might need it!
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hello to All! I hope everyone is doing well. First I want to say we are so excited for this weekends, Beating the Odds event. Unfortunately we have not sold as many tickets as we would liked to by now, but hopefully everyone knows they can get them at the door. This will probably be our last year doing this event, so I hope we can get a great turnout to celebrate Bo's life and legacy of Addi's Cure. The dress is casual and the dealers are wonderful, so please come on out!
Now that that is taken care of, a couple of funny Addi stories...
I caught Addi very interested in her nose the other day,
"Addi what is the matter with your nose. (Other than you finger up it)."
"Mommy I have Itchy-nose-itis"
Huh? And another...
"Mommy, I have a song in my head and the only way to get it out is to turn on Wow, Wow, Wubzy." Selling like her Daddy all the time, (and not buying it her Daddy)
Addi's favorite dance right now is "Shake you Booty" with the dancing with it...lovely
Sometimes you can't make these things up...
Love to All
Christi and The Comedian Addison (She changed her name, because her Mother (huh) calls her that (Just when she is in trouble or I need to get her attention)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hello to All - So I might have started something with Addi and the snow. If you remember it snowed right around Christmas and Addi and I decided that Daddy "wanted Addi and I to have a white (great) Christmas". Well guess what it snowed again right on time for Bo's Birthday. So again Addi felt like Daddy was right there with her. Remember I live in North Carolina where the weather is suppose to be nice and maybe snow once at 32 degrees, guess what SNOW for Valentines! Sorry everyone in NC if Bo has anything to do with this years winter. Addi loves it, snow ball fights are her favorite! So we survived Valentines together with a little snow.
We did have a Great Uncle on Bo's side pass away, Uncle Jim. The Johnson family is always in our prayers. His wife Lib has always reminded me of my incredible Grandma. Not just because the are both incredible, sweet, but when they hold your hands there is always a little squeeze. I can only hope to give that feeling off when I am older.
Enjoy the pictures and love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - If is snows on our Anniversary in April, I will have a serious talk with someone...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I thought you all would enjoy the laugh I did today. After I asked, "What in the world..." Addi's response, "I got spots." Really...

The observant people might notice two different outfits, yes she did it twice...

Friday, February 05, 2010

Please see the previous post for explanation of my "posing" daughter...seriously she has lost it! She loves those rain boots, good thing right now with all the rain. Another is a pictures of the card she "sent to heaven" for Daddy. Also one of my secret favorites of my "heart"...

Can you believe that is has been two months...some days it feels like already, other days are not so quick to pass. Addi and I are so lucky to have the friends and support that we do, it makes each and everyday a little easier. Well, so does keeping busy. So that is what we are doing. Now if we could only get the weather to work with appears to be that way all the was across the US (so I shouldn't complain.)
I am a little at a loss for words tonight, so maybe after a game of checkers with Addi and a good night sleep (not quite sure I can remember what that is...) I will have a little more to share.
Love to All
Christi and Addi
As I promised pictures from Bo's birthday, the card Addi "sent to heaven", Addi eating snow, and a favorite of Bo and Addi sleeping...and Addi posing in her rain boots

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Just a quick post and hopefully soon I will get some pics up from Bo's birthday!
Please mark your calendars, you can email me or for tickets....we are also still looking for silent auction items! Thanks
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello to All - Well I cannot sleep tonight. Today is Bo's birthday...count on him to make us push through a hard time of the year. Christmas, his Birthday, Valentines, our Anniversary...then we will be smooth sailing until October. Seriously...
With that being said I remember when Bo and I first started dating, we met in October and then that January he turned 30. For some reason that freaked him out. So on top of all the other issues I had with his impulsiveness, southerness and everything else I ended up falling for he was overwhelmed with the age of 30. It was funny and cute to see him stress over something so silly. It makes me smile right now.
So in Bo's honor I ask you to first perform one random act of kindness. Get someones coffee at Starbucks, help a mother push her shopping cart out of the grocery store when she is busy chasing her kids, leave a generous tip at lunch or dinner, do it for Bo (it is something he did and would do again). Second, Bo always believed that he was "Irish", so if in the Lake Norman area tomorrow after work (5:45) we will all be raising a pint at Galway Hooker. If you are not in the area, then find the first pub or Guinness and drink one for Bo. Third - Tell Your family you love them. Fourth - Wish my wonderful little brother, Clint, Happy Birthday - he shares it with my great guy.
Love to All and Happy Birthday Babe, We all Love You
Christi and Addi
PS - Addi came up with a great idea to send Daddy a balloon to heaven. So tomorrow outside Galway Hooker, Addi and some of her friends will be making notes to tie to balloons to send to heaven. Sometimes she is just a genius, she gets it from her mother. I guess all those times she lost a balloon to the sky and I told her, "Addi you are just sharing your balloon with God. Maybe he needs some in heaven (Never seemed to calm her down after losing it though) She was a least paying attention.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hello to All - I hope you all enjoyed that wonderful win last night against Missouri...I sure did. Addi "negotiated" with me to stay up and watch the Jayhawks last night (part of the time, it was 9:00 here) to help cheer them on...she is selling it already.
Well, I did my first trip without her last weekend. She did remarkably well, thank you Phil, Lena and the 3 P's for having her. I attended one of Bo's favorite work meetings with a company he worked with. Bo and I haven't been able to attend the last couple years because of his health concerns, the transplant concerns and such, but he was so excited to go this year because we could drive. We all know he loved work more than one probably should. I probably shouldn't say he worked, because he never felt like it was work when you love something that much. Crazy I know...we should all be so lucky to find something like that to do. But more importantly I think he enjoyed the friends he made. He truly enjoyed talking with everyone, he used to make me study to program so there would be no hesitation to name someone off hand, little did he remember, probably 90 percent of the people there have stayed at house. Bo was always a big proponent to bringing everyone into the office, new agents just learning or even the "competition" (even though he never felt like competition, he always figured there was enough business to go around) Don't get me wrong, he wanted everyone to know the way FIG did things and how great they could help the business, but if you had a good fit and hesitated to leave, then stay put there are good people in the business.
This past weekend proved that. I cannot count on my hands the number of hugs I received, words of encouragement, how many people said they still read the blog (this would be a good time to remind about my sarcastic sense of humor and remind myself to not be so candid - I do hope I get to meet everyone that reads this) So many made a point to give donations to honor our cause and remind me of great stories of when they met Bo or crazy things he did. This meeting was incredible also because of the company that put it on. Talk about taking one of world largest businesses and making our family feel so important and making our cause feel so worthy. Thank you! I cannot express how much everyones support makes that days easier and the fight stronger. I am excited to go to Duke (crazy I know) to give them the check for this past year. Every one's generosity is overwhelming...
With that being said, please mark your calendars for February 27th for "Beating the Odds" another casino night at Raceworld USA in Cornelius. Tickets are $50 and you can either get them from me, friends or email I would love to throw a great party for all and celebrate Bo's legacy.
Thanks again for the wonderful weekend
Christi and Addi

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hello to All - Well I made it 4 1/2 years without an ear run is over. With that being said, I had no clue or symptom. I still panic a little when she has something because of the bubble we tried to live in with Bo, so not to get him sick. But all is well, Addi is running along just fine. She actually spent the day shopping with some girl friends all day and I think she truly enjoyed it as much as we did. Picking out shoes to go with and making Ms. Leslie try and everything...Thanks ladies we had a great time. No nap afterwards, but we are finally slowing down.
Nothing to exciting to report. We are excited for all our upcoming events and hopefully a trip to Kansas soon for my little brother's wedding shower weekend, well his fiances. Much to do and celebrate. Wonderful things to keep us busy.
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello to All -
Like Father Like Daughter - Today I brought Addi into work with me and set her up in "Daddy's office to watch a movie while I "accomplished" a few things. I think it did the office good to see her in his office laughing and having a good time. With that being said there are many people and many times Bo would call them into his office to ask, "Will you go get me a Dt. Mountain Dew." So guess what happened today, "Mommy, will you go get me some water," It was one of those moments that brought tears to my eyes. She has no clue what she did, nor did she really care, I mean the movie was on. But, "when she grows up, that will be her office." Watch out world!
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - I was proud of the water choice, she is the Dt. Mountain Dew police!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hello to all - Nothing really new to report here. We made it through our first "slow" weekend, Friday night was pretty pitiful, but then Saturday so great friends invited us over, so we kept ourselves busy.
Addi picked up the sniffles a little but what little there was, came and left. She nicely let me know, "Mommy you can worry about me." I think maybe I worry a little too much some times.
Hopefully soon we will do something fun and get some new pictures out there.
Take care
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Thanks for leaving my Jayhawks alone, hopefully a lesson will be learned.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hello to all - Well we made it through yesterday. I was little surprise how hard it was yesterday, I thought it would be easier to get back to our routine, but in reality it made me realize the part of the day Bo played. I guess that is what I get for thinking. I missed seeing him at work, or home after I dropped Addi off from school, or getting him to ride with to pick her up. Don't worry I am that "looks like crazy lady talking to myself all day," but I like to keep him a part of everything and just keep talking right along. I can hear him in heaven saying "Goodness Christi, you do talk a lot." I just reply back with, "I am not saying every thought that passes through my head...take what you get." Funny how in NC some of you always thought Bo was the talker, I think we are in a good tie. Our daughter doesn't have a prayer...
What that being said, Addi had a great first day back at school. I think she was ready for normal and she got a new friend in class. I am proud to hear that she welcomed her right into class, just grabbed her hand and showed her around. Hopefully she gets that from both of us. Bo as a child found his best friend by knocking on doors until her found a little boy to play with. Isn't life crazy how one simple choice can change the rest of your life or someone else's life. Poor Lee will never be the same...
I did want to take the time now to say thank you too all you that take the time to send cards, I received one yesterday (It got a little lost in the mail) from Mrs. Sindelar's 1st grade class, what an amazing gesture and incredible donation. Sometimes the little signatures can have the biggest impact on ones heart. Bo would be so honored to have such little ones take the time to care about him and his family. Also thank you to those we may have only briefly crosses paths with, but you stop Addi and I to tell us you are thinking of us and praying for us. That means a lot and is incredible to know that there are many people we may not have met, hope to some day, but Bo touched with his life. Thank you
Love to All
Christi and Addi

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Hello to All - Crazy to think a month has gone by already. Crazier to think that Addi and I are just now starting our new normal. I think this month might be a little harder without the adrenaline of Bo's passing and the holidays to carry us through. Plus Bo's birthday at the end of the month will be a hard reminder, but I am sure we will find a way to do some good, everyone watch out. I guess one thing for certain is that time will keep moving, whether that is good or bad is for you to decide.
Addi starts back to school tomorrow, I know she is so excited to see her friends at preschool, bring on the playdates! With the weather being so cold, I guess I shouldn't complain we have Toy R Us at our house, everyday something new to play with...she is doing alright. It is crazy my 4 year old has so much wisdom. Everyday she still says she misses her Daddy, but also that she knows he will help make her dreams come true. We talk often and love to look at pictures. She is growing up too fast. On a funnier note, she has started with, "Mommy I have good news and bad news." "It probably doesn't help that I laugh at both...Neither have ever been bad, just a little distraught for a 4 year old. "Good news, I want to play with this toy, Bad news, I can't get it out of the box."
I guess bring on 2010, hard to write still I want to write 2009. Many thanks to everyone, (I am working on the rest of the thank you letters, so sorry for the delay)
Love to All
Christi and Addi
PS - Come on Heels! Bring on the Jayhawks