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Monday, July 20, 2009

This Weekend.....

Was my nephew's christening, a day honestly I thought was never going to come. The hurdles and hoops we had to go through to get to this point were at times exhausting, and trying but in the end - what an amazing day.

Dannielle and Tommy, picked her two brothers to be the Godfathers: The H and Patrick; and Tommy's two sisters: Jenn and Melanie to be the Godmothers.

All were thrilled beyond belief (ahem.......even though one of them didn't act like it at first).

What a better gift to give your siblings than to ask them all to stand up for your son?? What an honor.

The day started off crazy, I had so many errands to run before getting to the church:
Picking up the food, picking up the cake, get the car washed, pick up cards and boxes for the gifts, drop everything off Melanie's where we were going to have a little get together after - then go home and get showered and ready before 12! It almost didn't happen, but by some small miracle it did, and we made it to Dannielle's with a few minutes to spare.

Heather and I - Outside the Church

LP, with his papa - The H (I swear, he's not really that short - LP is just REALLY tall! Plus ignore the hand gestures....such a smartass!! But ya gotta love him.

Our whole, small family was there - which was amazing - I don't think we've all been in the same room together, since well - honestly I can't remember when. Paul's brother lives in VA so we don't get to see him that much, maybe once or twice a year - so whenever we get to see him and his family, well - it just makes me happy.

Patrick with 2 out of his 5 grandkids!! So cute :)

Gram w/the babe, right before he started to cry - at which point she turned to the H and said "How do you make him stop??" HA!

The four of us, The H, Me and Dannielle and the little guy. The H ADORES his sister and her family (HA! I can say that now). Even though at times he can be impossible, there is nothing he wouldn't do for them - nothing. It's amazing to have someone in your corner, through good times and bad - who will always be rooting for you.

Heather, practicing for ummm....never - I mean someday. I can't beleive this girl will be graduating college next year!! We are so proud of her.

Ian with his Nana, perfectly content

Tommy's Dad, Ian and Tommy - the jokesters!

Aunt Melanie with Ian, her first niece or nephew (hmmm....we something in common Mel)

Tommy's family, what can I say - they are pretty awesome. You can tell why Tommy is the great man that he is today - because his family is pretty incredible.
I felt all day like my heart was going to explode, from being so happy - I couldn't stop smiling. This last year, really - profoundly has made me realize that family is the most important thing we all have in life, whether they are blood or self made family - really after a long day that's all we have, and it just may be all we need too. A good bottle of wine every now and then doesn't hurt either.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Grace in Small Things 6/365

1 - Grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup

2 - Back scratches

3 - Sleeping in, and working from home

4 - Tori & Dean (seriously, I can't get enough of these two!)

5 - Thursday night date night with my SIL & the babe

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sign # 24,635,00 he's just NOT that into you

When you tell your "man friend" that you want to see more of each other, IN PUBLIC places radther than late night booty calls and he responds with "Our relationship is special, I don't feel the need to parade you around out in public like a trophy" - this means not only is he "just not that into you" but chances are he's still with his wife & hello.......he's not gonna change.

When things are too quiet.....

Things are quiet and crazy all at the same time lately. I don't have much, but I thought I'd pass this along. One of my oldest girlfriends sent me this today - via an email;

11 Things Every Woman Should Know

1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.
2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.
3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.
4. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.
5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
6. Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
8. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.
9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.
10. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Grace in Small Things 6/365

1 - Corn Dogs, for those of you that are clueless or maybe not from the south - hot dogs on a stick. One word.....glorious.

2 - Baby sounds, preferrably when they are coming from my sweet nephew. Screaming, giggling, growling - the kid is a chatterbox. But it's the best sound I've ever heard.

3 - Coming home to find The H ice-ing'd (is that a word??) the 2 dozen cupcakes I had left to finish. What a guy.

4 - Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick

5 - 3 day workweeks - makes this thing called work "tolerable"

Week in Review

Got to meet this handsome boy and his equally gorgeous wife.....both might I add were just as sweet in real life as you would imagine.

Spent lots of time with some of my most favoritist people in the world.....

This week started off, sad and gloomy but I have to say ended on a high note. Hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July. Here's to a happy Monday!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Gram - Update

So a little bit of good news on the Gramma front. Her estrogen levels came back last week and she is a candidate for a new drug on the market called Tamoxifen. According to this site it's supposed to be a "lifesaver", reducing breast cancer recurrence by shielding breast cells from the harmful effects of the hormone estrogen. So fingers crossed. Gram seems really excited, even optimistic. I went to see her yesterday and she was her normal spunky self. Baking cupcakes for our local fair,to which she makes cakes for (to be raffled off) every year for the last 50 years. How did I not know this?? As The H and I were leaving she shoved $10 in my pocket and said "Here go get funnel cakes or something for yourselves", I tried not to take it - but that just made her mad. So the H and I dropped off her cupcakes and went for some delicious ice cream. For Gramma, and maybe to cure my PMS too but that's a different story.

Also, thank you Mel and Brookem for your kind words. They really meant a lot. I think you girls are pretty swell.

And last, Happy 4th of July everyone! We are heading to my beautiful SIL'S later today for a good old fashioned BBQ, which I cannot wait for. So whatever your doing hope you have a safe and happy one!!