Thursday, October 31, 2013

5 Generations

My Gram Bette came to stay with us last week.   She and I have such a special relationship.  I am not sure if it is from living with her when I was little or what, but I am so thankful for the relationship I have with her.  It is really so good for my soul.  She always makes me feel unconditionally loved, and what more could I ask for?  I hope that when my turn as a Grandmother comes, I can take and channel her love to those after me. 

While she was in town, we met up with some long lost family members. It was my Gram's cousin that no one in the whole family had seen since my Grandmother was 10!  It was a great reunion and felt like some puzzles pieces clicking into place.  It just felt "right".  While preparing to meet those family members, my Grandmother had brought along some photos from her family to remind her cousin of faces, and follow ups. 

This is a 5 Generations picture, with myself as the little one being held by my mom on the right.  In a day where it is hard to come by 4 generation pictures, this 5 generation is a gem! 

I am so thankful for my time in growing up in New York.  That family is where my roots are, and have always been.  I would give anything for us to be able to live there now to give my boys the same type of family bonds we just don't have out here.  Those are some special ladies in that photo.  Can't wait to find more family treasures like it!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

After 8 Years

When the boys were 5 months old, the weather was finally perfect enough for Don and I to have our first real family outing. While we were out, the boys needed to be fed and the bottles were in the car and rather than all of us making the trip back to the car, Don left me with the boys. I was TERRIFIED. I was so scared they were going all 3 start to get hungry, cry and cause a scene. I took them out of their gigantic stroller to distract them and laid them on the grass. They never cried, they just laid back chilling out. It was such a relief, and a huge bonding moment with them. Last week, we went back to the same fair and I HAD to take this pic of them again.