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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Big Wedding of 2016

So I feel old.  Really old.  I have a nephew that is married.  Aunts who have nephews who are married are old, right? 

This was a big summer for our family.  My nephew got married to a great girl and they've bought a house and are settling in.  As well, my sister and her husband celebrated 25 years of marriage.  And to top it off, someone in the family turned 50!!!  shh, not saying who!

Here are the highlights of the wedding festivities, leading up to the actual wedding and the ceremony.  More photos of the celebration party to come in the next post.

Heading off to the rehearsal.... M looking calm and collected.  Me, not so much!

Pretending to look emotional I think??

The morning of the wedding.  Once again, M looking calm!!

Getting her hair done for the first time, she did amazing sitting through it all

A couple of very cute flower girls waiting for the bride....

My handsome nephew and his dad

My other handsome nephew and his mom!

It's almost time.....!!!!

Someone got a little stage fright at the last minute....

Having a little fun with the magic wand after the ceremony

Told you he was handsome!!!  And ladies, he's single!!!

Love this shot of the bride

Waiting for her turn with the photographer.  The young ones got a little impatient after a long wait

More to come!

Funny, very Funny....

At the K-man's 4th birthday party, Grace met up with a little girl, K's cousin from his dad's side.  The girls have met before but now that they were a little older, they were much better able to interact and be friends.  So, Grace took it upon herself to be "best friends" and both girls thought it was just hilarious to run away from me and my camera!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Father's Day 2016

 Father's Day was hot, much like this entire summer has been (and I love it!!!) .  We did what we could to keep the kids cool, including running through the sprinkler!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blues and Jazz 2016

I know I am just so behind on posting!  It's seems to be getting harder and harder to find the time these days.  Grace no longer naps (sort of) and so the precious little time I get after getting her to sleep just isn't enough to keep up with life and a blog! I will keep going as best as I can, I just may be a little behind all of the time!
A while back Grace and I headed out to enjoy our town's blues and jazz festival.  She kept calling it the Blue Jay festival! lol  It's run by a friend of mine and every year we've been Grace has had a blast.  She loves music as much as  I do and so we make a good team for the weekend's festivities. 
I also make it a "free for all" weekend.  Pretty much whatever she wants, she gets.  She wants ice tea to drink?  I say OK.  Bubbles?  New necklace?  Sure!  She wants a hot dog and ice cream for lunch?  I say OK.  French fries?  Juice?  Corn on the cob?  Another ice cream?  OK, OK, and OK!  I consider it a wise move on my part because while she is munching away on her French fries or admiring her new necklace, she is entertained and happy.  I'm able to enjoy the music without distraction and that makes me happy.  I see it as a win - win!!!

How does one fall asleep in the middle of such loud music???  I have no idea but she does, every year!

Cartwheels on the grass.  Grace met up with a couple of friends from her dance class and the three of them danced around and did cartwheels.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Someone should have told me that Mother's Day gets better and better as your kid gets older!  Grace was so cute this year trying to keep secrets and hide her present.  When we woke up Sunday morning, she insisted I stay in bed and pretend to sleep.  She snuck out of the bedroom to search for her golden bag (school communication bag), which had her present tucked away in it. She had hidden it in her room on Friday when she came home from school ( I of course knew exactly where it was, in her laundry basket!)  So, she came back into the bedroom with a smile a mile wide!  She was so proud of herself!  She sang her Mother's Day song for me and we snuggled together while I opened my gift. 


Grace and I enjoyed making a great pancake breakfast together and just hung out, skipping church for once to enjoy each other's company.  We then headed out to my parents' for lunch.  It was a pretty cold day but we made the best of it, taking a few family pictures and of course playing soccer in heels!!!

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  And sometimes that means joining in on the soccer game wearing your princess high heels!

The two young ones have such a good time hanging out together at Grandma and Grandpa's.  Oh to be a kid again, completely entertained by a stick and water!

Here's Grandma's Mother's Day card, filled with quotes from Grace about Grandma.  This may be the first time Grandma has been described as a princess and having hair like cotton candy but how sweet!  I love the one about chicken noodle soup.  "Grandma makes good chicken noodle soup.  The kind with no vegetables!"

A little bit of living room gymnastics before heading home

My girl, my joy, my life.  I say it again and again..... I can no longer remember my life before her nor imagine my life without her.  We've become one.