Weekend Things

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I told y’all that I’m be taking some time offline, away from Facebook, blogging twitter, email, all of it. But the truth is, having the internet is the only thing keeping me from falling off the edge right now. It’s exactly the kind of distraction I need, something that keeps me moving and thinking about the only one thing that will bring down a torrential hail of tears.

Saturday was pretty normal. We woke up, cuddled with the kitties and discussed our weekend agenda.

emma grey baby

When we finally got the kids all dressed and ready we spent a few hours at the mall so they could meet the Easter Bunny and get a few keepsake pictures.

mall easter bunny 2013

That day they just happened to be lucky because the Easter Bunny was giving about coupons for 20% the entire purchase at Gymboree and Gymboree was having a storewide 30% off sale. Which means they finally got to go pick out their Easter dresses.

Not long after my parents came over for their usual weekend visit the girls were already dressed and ready to show them off.

Easter 2013


Rosette Colorblock Duppioni Dress Gymboree Easter Dress


Gymboree Flower Bow Dress for Easter


About five minutes later I took the last picture I’ll ever have of my dad.

dallas keith stigleman 2013


The rest of the evening went as usually, stuffed peppers for dinner, outside the girls were swinging with Papa and then bath and bed time.

Sunday morning I woke up shortly before I got a frantic call from my mother telling me my dad was very sick. By the time we got to the hospital the doctors delivered the news that he’d had a fatal stroke. Life pretty much stopped for all of us right then and there.


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  1. Sometimes the internet can be a wonderful savor. It was whenever I lost my Mom the year before last, if it weren’t for all of the support of my friends online I dont know what I would have done. I am so deeply sorry for your loss <3

  2. I love that photo you took of your Dad. It’s fantastic, and he looked like a super sweet guy. I wish I could take all your pain away. Hug the ones closest to you. Thinking of you. xxxx

  3. Hugs and love to you. I hope you can continue to find a way to cope and maybe find a way to share the love you have for dad with everyone else around you.

    (Your girls are beautiful in their Easter dresses!)

  4. I was the same as you are – the internet, Facebook and my blog are what got me through after my dad died. I buried myself in my work. There was still plenty of time for grieving, but it was definitely a much needed distraction.

    I’ve been thinking about you non-stop Cat. Hugs.

  5. Cat, I have no words.. I am thinking of you and your family..

  6. Carolyn G says:

    Hang in there Cat! (((hugs)))

  7. Big hugs to you Cat. I’ll be keeping your family in my thoughts.

  8. I know what you mean about your blog keeping you going. There was one point in my life where my blog kept me strong and feeling like I was worth something. I am so sorry to hear about your dad Cat. I am here if you ever need to talk. xoxo

  9. I spy some gorgeous gymboree on those gorgeous ladies.

  10. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Allow yourself anything you need right now to grieve and live each day.

  11. ellen says:

    Thinking of you and your family…

  12. Kim Porter says:

    So very sorry for the loss of your dad. That picture is certainly precious and from the smile on his face, it looks like you all were blessed with a beautiful day together.

  13. Tammy S says:

    I am so sorry about your father. Take the time you need. We will be here whenever you want to stop by and say hi. your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Victoria says:

    Thoughts are with you. These are lovely pictures.

  15. ((hugs)) – Kiddos look adorable as always!