Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Later in the summer, I got together with some of my mom friends in VA Beach for a few days. We all have kids who were born within a month of each other. Everyone lives in different states but we make it a point to all get together one weekend each summer. This year we are planning on going to San Antonio. I'm excited because I've never been to Texas before.
Around Thanksgiving time, my friend Lisa (from my mom group mentioned above) and her family came to visit and stayed with me for about a week. They have 4 kids. I have 2 kids and a 2-bedroom house. So 9 people in a 2 bedroom house = COZY!! We had a lot of fun. The kids all played well together and so did the grown ups.
In December, just before Christmas, my parents got a call that my grandma (my dad's mom) was not doing well and probably only had a few days left. We had plans to go to Virginia to spend Christmas with my sister and her husband but started packing up early in the event we needed to go to Michigan first, where my extended family all lives. On Sunday morning, December 18th, as I was leaving church I received a call from my mom that my grandma had passed away. That afternoon we loaded up the car and drove to Michigan. It didn't really seem real until we got there. The hardest part was walking into the viewing room at the funeral home and seeing my grandma. She looked so different. It was hard to see her. And hard to see my dad see her. I haven't been to many viewings. I really don't like them much. Most people stood near the casket to see her for the last time, just taking it all in. I stood back farther. I hadn't cried until then. After the initial shock wore off, it was just surreal. It was just hard to believe that she was gone. Most of the family was there at that point.
After some time had passed, we sat down in a circle with the pastor who was performing the ceremony the next day. He had only met my grandma once so he asked the family to tell him about her. What happened then was so neat. It brings joy and warmth to my heart just thinking about it. One by one, everyone started sharing stories about grandma. I remembered how every year my grandma used to make chocolate covered everything and send them down to us for Christmas. My favorites were these chocolate-covered cheese crackers she used to make. My cousin, Brian talked about how one time he went over to grandma and grandpa's house after they had gotten their first TV with a remote control. They weren't really sure how it all worked so Brian thought he would have a little fun with them. He told grandpa that sometimes if you moved a certain way, it would make the TV turn off or on. Grandpa didn't believe him so he thought he would test it out. Little did he know that Brian secretly held the remote. What was even funnier was when Brian left to go home and took the remote outside with him. He watched grandma and grandpa through the window still trying to figure it out. Grandpa would raise his hand this way or that and off went the TV. It was a lot of fun listening to the family as we all recalled memories. My dad asked the pastor to read a poem called The Dash at the ceremony. It made me think of grandma this week when I heard someone read it again on the radio.
After a side trip to Michigan, we continued on to Virginia to spend Christmas with my sister and her husband. We had a really nice time. My oldest son is just learning how to read and one of the highlights of Christmas this year was when he read the Christmas story on Christmas morning all by himself. Very special.
The week after Christmas, I went snow tubing for the first time. Since most places have had an unseasonable warm winter this season, many tubing locations were closed due to warm weather. We were able to find one place, though that was still open, albeit with fake snow. It was still a lot of fun. We also spent a day touring around the nation's capital, visiting friends, and having family game nights.That just about brings it back to the present. A couple of months ago I won four tickets to Disney in a radio contest and decided to save them for a fun birthday weekend. We had been to all the Disney parks except for the Animal Kingdom so I decided to take the kiddos there. It was probably my least favorite of the parks, but we still had a good time. Today on my actual birthday, we finished the weekend off at Legoland. Very fun. The boys love rides more than things to see so an amusement park geared just towards children was right up their alley. Even though it was my birthday, it made my day enjoyable just to have fun with them and see them having so much fun.
Year 35 was a very nice year, all in all. Looking forward to see what year 36 holds. I didn't blog as much in year 35 as I did in year 34. I love writing and hope to get to do more of it in year 36 if the Lord so leads. He is the potter. I am the clay.