Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winterfest in Portland

This weekend we headed down to Portland for our annual Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa.  We arrived around 6 and feasted on traditional Thanksgiving goodies.   Grandma makes the best stuffing EVER!   Ted's family was there...so there were 18 of us.  It was the first holiday in their new home...it was beautiful and plenty of room.

After Ted's family left...we watched some Hallmark movies.  Love being able to stay up late and watch those.  

Saturday morning we were lazy around the house.  Andy and I did go out and buy a wreath to put on Kate's grave...it's always surreal doing that...we would so much rather be buying toys and games for our little 8 year old.

After a yummy leftover lunch...we headed to the courthouse for carriage rides and a look at all the decorated trees in the Courthouse.    We ran into the FROZEN gang having a meet and great!

Back to the house and Ted and Seth went to watch the High School Boys Scrimmage in Basketball.   Cathy and I went shopping at some primitive stores.  Then...Andy and I went to Kate's grave to hang her wreath.

Back for some card games and a quick dinner before heading to the light parade.   Just as we were walking out the door...Grant and Seth got into a fight...it made Grant upset...and he threw up.  LOVELY!   He has been fighting a nasty cold/cough for a week now...and I think he got so worked up that all that mucus caused a problem. 

So...since he seemed to be feeling fine...we headed down just in time to watch the parade...there were some cute floats..but it seemed shorter than normal.

It was a fun relaxing weekend...always seems to be the last before the craziness of the holidays really get here!





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This time...it's for real!

I realized something tonight.   I was preparing for a Kate's Kart presentation...it's a special one where I actually have more time and get to share some of my faith journey and I went back and was looking for some pictures and details from Kate's hospital journey.   I didn't start blogging till a month before she turned 1....I couldn't remember some details from that 1st year...It made me sad.   Looking back on the blog...I found some info I needed. Had I only been blogging that 1st year....I would have those specifics.

It got me thinking...if those "special" memories are fading so quickly....certainly the memories of everyday life now will be gone way too fast.   There are too many things happening....too many moments I don't want to forget.   Plus...I spent some time looking back at those last weeks with Kate...the tears flowed...they don't that often anymore...but tonight they did.   I cherish the ability to go back...and remember.   These days with my boys...they are going too fast.
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So...a pledge to continue...I need this diary....this journal. Facebook is good...but I cherished the details I was able to read.   Plus...since we experienced a burglary 2 weeks ago, I learned that anything backed up online is a blessing...cause cameras can get taken.

I will try to go back and get some of the big things from the last few months...but will concentrate on moving forward.

Today...was dress like a super hero day at Seth's school. All proceeds cost 1.00...and they come to Kate's Kart.  We obviously had to have a lesson on supporting our family charity...and after a lot of begging and pleading, and a little bribery...we finally got him convinced to dress up.     And I think he turned out just adorable.


And regarding Grant...he cracks us up:
Quote of the day:   To his best friend Talan, on the way home from school;    "If we were in a dance band, we'd have a lot of girlfriends."