Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mother's Day.....and my sweet Grandma

My Grandma and Grandpa with all the Great-Grandaughters wearing all my fun vintage hats.

This past Mother's Day I had the opportunity to host most of my extended family at my home for a Mother's Day BBQ. We are talking 60-70 people. (I actually didn't get a final count.) Now our family is so big that this is not a normal occurrence. Usually each family has their own little celebration, but this was a special year. We wanted to be together as a whole family to celebrate the life of my sweet grandmother. You see my grandma has cancer and we are not sure how much longer she will be with us. She is 86, has lived a wonderful life and is not doing any type of treatment to stop it.
My sweet Grandma and Grandpa.

At first this was so hard for me. I would tell my mom I can't believe she isn't doing anything. My wise mother would tell me at 86 there just are not a lot of great options and it is something we need to accept. I've never really had a relative that close to me die and for some reason I thought my grandma never would. She has always been really healthy, so this has been hard for me to come to terms with. I love her so much, I am the first grandchild and I do feel we share a very special bond because of that.

So this year we decided to get together to celebrate this woman we love so much. It was a time for reunions, (some of my cousins I haven't seen in months) announcements (one cousin is getting married), wonderful conversation, great food and lots of pictures with grandma and grandpa.

I am so grateful that all my sweet cousins and siblings made the effort to be with her that day. (All came except 3 (one is on a mission).  And they came far and wide and even from out of state.

As grandma was leaving I gave her a big hug and she whispered to me she wished this day would never end. I wanted to whisper back to her that I too wish it would never end. That I wish I could always have her around and part of my life, but I know that is not possible.

So I have decided to try and spend more time with her, so that I will always remember her sweetness and goodness and joy she has brought to me in my life. I've been lucky to have her as long as I have.

If your Grandma is still around, give her a big hug.
Grandma and Grandpa with all the Great-Grandsons.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Random Life

Oh how I wish I had more time to write down the things I want to on this blog. For me this blog is a journal of sorts. It helps me chronicle special events and some cool projects I do once in a while.  So here it is the middle of May and I have yet to do a post. So you are going to have to put up with what I call my "My Random Life" blog entry. Basically I download my i-phone photos and smash them into one entry to play catch up. So here goes:

First up is Fleaology, our first sale of the summer season. It was our biggest yet, with 34 vendors. So much fun and hundreds of happy shoppers. Don't you love our sign? Below is the line waiting to get in.

My friend Lisa and I threw our dear friend Marianne a TWIN's baby shower. It was called the perfect pair. I hosted it at my house and got to use my back deck that I have been working so hard on decorating. It was lovely. Pictures from the shower below.



Bronwyn with her drama group. They recently performed Throughly Modern Millie. Below she is posing with her friend Winnie who is also in our neighborhood.

Here is Dotter #3 with my sweet niece Ellie. They are the best of friends and Bella always loves it when Ellie visits from Idaho. They were down this weekend for Mother's Day. I hosted 70 people at my house, and I will do a blog post about that.

My dear friend Paula who went to a barn sale with me. Here she is assisting me with all my purchases. It's always good to have friends around!!
This is just a few things that have been going on in my life lately. I also have been auditioning for a show that I am directing this summer, and I start a ballet tonight. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes.....but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have it any other way.

What has kept you busy lately?

P.S. Did I tell you we got rid of T.V.? and I'm pretty sure I'm not even missing it?