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.


Missing In Action

Y’all, I’m so sorry I have been MIA for 3 weeks!!  Summer is such a busy season for us & it makes it so hard to keep up with this little blog thingy… ;)  adding our crazy work schedule to our weekend beachin’ and my most recent trip up to Ohio to visit my grandma, well, there goes 21 days of July!  Oh, and my cousin Kelly is visiting from Chicago! Whew, what a month!

So I have compiled a few pics I’ve taken recently.  Some are from our 4th of July in Vero Beach and the others were taken at an outdoor concert event in Hamilton, OH.  I still have a few more things I want to post from our trip to Thailand, but I figured I’d take a break from editing pics and just post what’s been going on lately… Hope everyone has a great week!

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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!



Cincinnati, Ohio

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Last Saturday we spent the day in downtown Cincinnati doing some shopping and checking out the Christmas festivities in Fountain Square.  Even though it was pretty chilly, the sun was shining bright and it was the most beautiful day!

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If you live in the Cincinnati area and have not yet tried the Incline Public House you have got to try this place!  Not only was the food unique and the drinks strong, this restaurant seriously has the most phenomenal views of the city!

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^^ Braised short rib grilled cheese w caramelized onions & Grippos crusted mac & cheese! Mmmmmm…^^

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Counting My Blessings

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My family’s Thanksgiving dinner took place in Ohio this year and burrrrrrrrr!!!  It was was COLD!  My mom’s side of the family all live up north, so I was thankful I was able to spend the holiday with them since I don’t get up there as much as I would like.  The food was all prepared by 2PM, and I’m pretty sure everyone in my family had at least 3 plates of food throughout the day/ evening.  I loved seeing all of my cousin’s babies, some of which are now toddlers and will soon be big kids!  And of course spending time with my 90 year old grandma is always a treat.

Even though we don’t always notice them, there are blessings to be thankful for at all times.  I constantly have to remind myself to not let the material things I want cast a shadow on the value of the things I already have.  Health has no value, family has no value, love has no value.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Special thanks go out to my Aunt Patty who graciously opened up her home for everyone and for preparing majority of the food.  She is such a great hostess!  There was not an empty cup or plate the entire day!

**If you are wondering where Husband was (since he is not pictured in this post), he actually spent Thanksgiving with his family in Florida and was greatly missed!  I don’t think we will ever spend Thanksgiving (or another holiday) apart… that’s what happens when you allow your husband to make a holiday decision based on a football game ;) NEVER AGAIN!**


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!