Bennett Meets Great Grandma Kellum!!

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I wish I could have bottled this moment up and save it forever.  Talk about sweetness!! Bennett was absolutely smitten with his Great Grandma Kellum!!  They sat around and chatted about anything and everything together :).  She could not get over how big he has gotten in just two short months.  She shared cute stories with him about Husband & I, and pushed him in his stroller up and down her street.  It was a short trip, but the best trip!

Memories like this are worth the struggle of traveling with an infant.  Since this was Bennett’s first time on an airplane, I tried my best to be as prepared as possible.  I read lots and lots of mommy blogs, researched best travel techniques, bought travel gear… but nothing can really prepare you for the unknown of what your baby will actually do.  On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate Bennett’s first flight (round trip) a 7.5.  Wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great.  No blowouts or full-on meltdowns, but we did have some ear aches which caused some loud and sudden screams, and he did have to be held up on my shoulder in what was possibly the most uncomfortable position I have ever had to sit in… for an hour… straight…. no breaks… yep!  Got my arm workout for the week.  Ha ha ha!  But I’m so happy that he was able to meet his Great Grandma and enjoy some time in Ohio where I spent many summers of my childhood.  You can’t get these moments back.

We were sitting on my grandma’s porch one night and she said, “Let’s take a photo of the four generations”.  My mom and I looked at each other, none of us looked particularly great since we pretty much just lounged around the whole time with Bennett.  No makeup or pretty hair… Grandma saw that we were hesitant, then she said, “Tomorrow is not promised to any of us”. Truer words have never been spoken, and they hit me like a ton of bricks.

So here is our blurry, cell phone taken, “four generations” photo:

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I will cherish this picture forever.


Grandma Came to Visit!

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My Grandma Kellum, from Hamilton, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), came all the way to Florida to see me.  I was so happy to get to spend almost a whole week with her.  She is 91 years old and feisty as ever but her memory is sharp as a tack!  Since her and my mom were in town at the same time, I figured we should have a belated Mother’s Day lunch which is where these top few pictures were taken.

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On Wednesday night we took her to see the Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson show which was a whole new experience for her.  With the crazy acrobatics, dancing, and singing it was out of this world awesome! She loved it!

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Then toward the end of the week we took grandma to the beach for a couple of days and this is basically all she did the whole time:

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^^The dog, in the picture above, is Scotty and that is Grandma’s pride and joy.  She sure does love that dog! ^^

I guess the love of dogs runs in the family ;).

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On our final night together we got all fancy and went to a nice dinner at The Melody Inn.  Whenever we do anything a little more formal my Grandma always likes to say we were “real uptown”.  Which I’m taking to mean that we are classy broads, which I’ll admit  we were for the evening… we were SO uptown,  I even got Grandma to try escargot for the first time in her life!

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^^ She wasn’t impressed… ha ha ha! ^^

Overall I would say it was a successful trip for Grandma.  She did get ill toward the end of the trip and was in the hospital (back in Ohio)  for the last week, but yesterday she got transferred to a rehab facility and is starting to feel a little better.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

I love you Grandma!  Thanks for coming to visit me and I will see you again very soon!