Being gone last weekend I realized I missed blogging about the beginning of Summer...the lightest day of the year! However, I couldn't miss the signs around here. When I saw this go up I knew we were in the thick of it:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Last week we headed off for Chicago to visit family and have some party time! Craig and his family were coming in from Oregon to go to a baptism of Amy's nephew. A few months ago we had decided to make it a "kill many birds with one stone" type of visit. Phil and his girls and Jack (son) and his family decided they would come too, since it's been over 2 years since they last saw Craig. Craig had suggested that we also could celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Our anniversary isn't until August, but hey, I'm game for celebrating early! My sister got all excited because she wanted to put together an "event" as I call them. Pretty decorations, tons of food, family and also tons of work for her. I was hesitant about that part. I just wanted simple, low key. But I'm not one to rain on anyone's parade so I let her have her way with us! She's amazing. Besides all the planning and doing and cooking and freezing food ahead, she and my brother Greg and her son Bill redid my Mom's kitchen....which looks awesome! Craig had put together a sweet DVD for us of pictures from 40 years of our married life. It turned out great! Everyone loved it and the music he chose. As I watched the movie and then all the events of this past week and weekend, I couldn't help but notice that our lives are caught in the one second of a camera click. In that one second you could see the joy, the fun, the sometimes sadness, the silliness, the family trips, the gatherings, the ones who are no longer with us, and the ones who have gone from newborn to all grown up with newborns of their own. There were a lot of one second happenings going on this weekend. The weather that had been picture perfect since Memorial Day decided it was time for storms. We fought time and weather as we put tents up for a "just in case" moment for Saturday's party which started at 5pm. It was a beautiful Friday and a lovely Saturday...until 6pm when the rain, tornado and flooding occurred! Anyone who knows me knows Mother Nature loves to pull this on any outdoor event I want to have. Dang her! We gathered all the kiddos and families and took group pictures right up until the rains hit. We pulled all the food indoors and all the 50 or so family members squished into Mom's little house. The house with the amazing growing walls that encompassed us growing up. All 6 kiddos and Grandparents who lived with us at times. All in a home with 3 bedrooms and one bath until a fire destroyed the upper floor and then when it was redone another bath and bedroom were added. No extra family room, formal dining, media room, or finished basement...in fact, that house has no basement. No huge kitchen with an island that you could skateboard on. But somehow we managed to live and laugh and love as the saying goes. Everyone was always welcome and nobody ever left or, I should say, leaves my Mom's home hungry! The walls seem to expand and gather us and hug us and make us happy to be there. We're not a perfect family by any means. Everyone has their struggles and the imperfections that make us individuals of interest. I'm going to share a few of my "one second" moments. I'm so grateful for all that was done for Jack and I and all the family that arrived and wished us well. These forty years have gone fast. It truly seems like only a second ago that my kids were little, my Mom had dark hair, I was thinner, Jack's hair was bushier, my Dad was still living, and my dreams about my future were just forming. Click...one second. Picture perfect.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Today at work one of my co-workers said to me that she bet I posted on my blog about Father's Day. I shook my head no and said this was the first year I hadn't put anything on the blog. In fact, it's been a while since I posted...well, a week anyway! I'm behind on visits to other blogs as well. I really enjoy reading posts that are put up about the Dads in everyone's lives. Maybe you aren't a dad yourself but hopefully you had a Dad who was an inspiration, a guide, a loving parent. Not everyone has or had that. I was one of the lucky ones because my Dad was Superman! At least he was to me! He passed away in 1976 and I think of him everyday. I've written about him on many occasions. He's missed many things in our lives these past 38yrs, but I really have a feeling he's not that far away and truly does know what's happening here! He was the life of any party we ever had and he could make any day a special day. Each of my siblings has a different memory of Dad. My older brothers were with him the most when it came to "guy" things. You know, fishing and car repair and other manly stuff! My Sister and I have our memories of a loving Dad whom (or is it who?) I can't ever remember getting a spanking from! (My Sister was the one who deserved a spanking but I don't think he ever spanked her either!...can't claim the same for my brothers!..they were stinkers!) I guess my delayed message today is a belated Happy Father's Day to everyone...those here and those who have passed. I want to thank my awesome hubby who is a good Dad to our kiddos....all grown up and Dad's of their own. (except Jordan who does take care of Eddy!)
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The weekend has flown by as usual. I realized I was a bit behind in blogging so I took a tour of the Pines to see how things are progressing. Spring will officially be over in a few weeks and I know Summer will go as quickly. So have a seat: