Sunday, November 27, 2011


Had family thanksgiving weekend and everyone just hit the road. It was a wonderful weekend.
The iPhone comes in handy for all the silly shots. Foo Foo came from San Diego with Rebbecca and their friend Rookie. We are always laughing.
sisters laughing about something.
I begged my husband and children for a family photo. They refused the weed shot I wanted but at least I got one.
Turkey was served. This is the second one Garrett has now fried, so in his opinion he is an expert.
Our family tradition is to color the mash potatoes. Delaney picked yellow for the color this year.
Delaney, Addy and me, Yes we are saying cheese.

But the funniest thing was my grand puppy Pepper. She has a bad habit of of jumping up at the table like she's a person, wanting a bite. Garrett gets so mad at me cause I laugh at her and try to take her picture and he forbade me to post the picture below.

But how could I not, she just wanting a little turkey. So so so funny. So Garrett, I am sorry, but I can't help it and promise to try and be a sterner Grammy. Oh so thankful

Friday, November 25, 2011

NYC Travel Journal/December daily inspired

I love following Ali Edwards and have most all of her digital product. Her style is a lot like mine and I love her December Daily project but with work so hectic around the holidays I never quite think I can get it down. I am keeping up with project life thou. For my upcoming NYC trip I made a travel journal that is Ali Edwards December Daily inspired. In fact I made three of them. Here are some of the pages. I did decide not to decorate the cover till I get back as traveling I have found can rough it up a bit. I hope Heather and Dede, who I am going to NYC with like theirs as well.

Oh New York City at Christmas time. Its the best. Magical.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today was the first thanksgiving at Garrett's house and Richard and I taught him how to prepare all his favorite foods from the corn bread stuffing he so loves to deep fried turkey. It was a wonderful afternoon and Garrett did a Great Job. They also all humored me smiled for a photo using my self timer. A great day with family.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Funny how births and death seem to get families together. Yesterday was the day we laid Nana to rest. I took a pic, right or wrong but wanted to continue to document everyday life. Project life makes me think about the little things. Even though is was freezing cold, I think Nana would have loved her service. Rebecca wrote a lovely poem and a few songs summed up what everyone was feeling.
I snapped a couple of photos but my camera mostly layer idle, maybe a little depressed as Nana Always took pics. But thankful for all the family I have. I hope they know how much I love them.
My great niece Hanna was sweet and joyful, reminding me a lot of Rachie when she was the same age.
Rachie is just as sweet today as she was wen she was a baby.

So today I know Nana is in a better place and is reunited with those who went before her. We will miss you Nana and your family though separated by distance misses you and will always remember you with found memories.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Remembering Nana

Nana, Richards mother, our children's Nana. She passed away Thursday and for once I know what "she's in a better place" means. She has battled dementia for a few years now and was not the Nana we knew and loved. When I think of Nana the first thing that comes to my mind is the pea soup green blankie below that my so carried around for many many years.
He wouldn't go anywhere without it and his Nana is the one who gave it to him or as she would tell you, he picked out. What was special about it was that the pictures that are on it, my husband painted with liquid embroidery as a child, during times that he had to entertain himself when his brother Michael was in the hospital. Nana had made it into a baby quilt and it's the one Garrett picked. I know Garrett may kill me, but he slept with that blanket, or should I say pieces of the blanket well past adolescence. It gave him comfort. The smell, the feel. It's what Nana did for Garrett when he was a baby a toddler until the age of 5 when baseball took over.

When I was trying to find pictures of Nana with Garrett and Rachel I realized how close Garrett was with Nana the first five years of his life. I have a million pics of Garrett during this time, but very few with Nana in them as she was the one taking them. Changing his clothes and taking more and more pictures.
Here is Nana with her mom, Grandma Nickel, Diana and Rebecca at my wedding. She was beautiful that day.
I found the picture above when Nana was 5 with her Mom and Dad and her brother Jimmy.
Both the pic above and below are from our wedding. Really love how she looked that day.
Awh Nana and her Garrett below on his second birthday. I was pregnant and in school during this time. Garrett was Nana's constant companion.

Below is Nana and Garrett in Balch Park. They would take the grand kids camping in balch park. This trip, they forgot Garrett's Alf doll and blankie both. Lets just say it was a little rough for a few days without it. That never happened again.

I would go on and on. Rachel spend many days and nights with her Nana too but she was more of a mama's girl. I have boxes and boxes of pictures to go through and many memories to jot down along with them.

So another day will go by and we will think of another memory to tuck away. Richard doesn't talk much about his childhood. What I do know of it is that his childhood, his family, his memories changed with the death of his brother Michael when he was nine. But with Nana's passing, I think he feels that she is finally happy, reuniting with Michael, something she has longed for 49 years.

So tonight I will be remember the mother, the Nana she was. I will always cherish the love she gave to my children, a love only a grandmother can show.