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.


Thanksgiving in Chicago

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This Thanksgiving was spent in chilly, windy Chicago, Illinois.  There are lots of members from my side of the family that reside here and we were lucky enough to spend the holiday at my cousin, Jon, and his wife, Gina’s, gorgeous home!  My mom flew up to Ohio, picked up Grandma and drove over to join us.  When we arrived there was just enough snow on the ground to get a little feel of winter, which was such a treat!

Thanksgiving is such a special time to remember the most important things in life which for me are spending time and making memories with my family.  It’s those irreplaceable moments that I will forever hold dear.  There was an abundance of turkey & sides, Baby D & I were so full we could barely move.  Special thanks go out to Gina who did most of the fabulous cooking (and graciously opened her home to us), and to my Aunt Robin for baking the most delicious deserts!

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Nancy Turns Ninety!

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My sweet Grandma celebrated her 90th birthday this weekend!  WOW!

Technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow… but we decided to get together as a family and throw her a big party and spend Easter weekend together.  We invited all of her friends to join in on the festivities, had tons of food & drinks & laughter…  It was a great day!

Can you imagine turning 90?  At this moment in my life, I’m not sure I ever want to be 90.  Fortunately my grandmother is still in decently good health and can still get around all right… I feel so lucky to still have her!  Not only is she still around, her mind and memory are spot on!  We talked about her favorite birthday which was when she turned 24.  She said that the reason it was her favorite was because my grandpa gave her a special locket with a picture of them and 2 of their friends (who also got married, eventually) in it. My grandma loves jewelry (like all women) so it doesn’t surprise me that she would hold that birthday memory so close to her heart.  She equally loves Mickey Mouse… :)

I wonder what parts of my life I will reflect on most when I’m at that age.  What good have a done in the world?  What legacy am I leaving?  What will my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren remember about me most?  I’ve only hit a third of the milestones she has… and I’m only basing that on the fact that I’m almost 30…

But really, I think my grandma is an incredible woman.  She married and loved my grandpa for 57 years before he passed, she raised 3 daughters with only 1 bathroom (impressive), she has 8 grandchildren, and now 4 great grandchildren!  Amazing!  She grew up in the depression, she is very good at saving money and living on a budget, she gives good advice on life, she has seen a lot of decades fly by… if only I could spend a whole summer with her like I did when I was a kid… I would help her write her life story.

Grandma, I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you.  You always make me laugh, you always make sure I’m eating more than my stomach can hold, you always help me remember what’s important in life, and I appreciate you for that.  I love when you tell me that my husband reminds you of grandpa… soft spoken, selfless, humble, generous & easy on the eyes ;)… That makes me so happy.

You tell me I’m a lucky lady, and I know you are being sincere because you’re a lucky lady too!  Happy 90th Birthday!


A post dedicated to Kelly Jo Harrison

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There are so many reasons I adore this portrait.

Maybe it’s the fact that I know chicken noodle soup was the lunch of choice that day (and every other day during the summer), or maybe it’s our ultra-chic hair-do’s (thanks mom’s!), or maybe it’s because we were in the middle of having a giggle attack about absolutely nothing!

Kelly, I love all of the memories we share!  And even though we are rolling into our Flirty 30’s together, I know that we still share special moments just like we did when we were kids! ;)

I Love you, Happy Birthday!