Sorry I didn't post the winner of my PAYING it FORWARD in 2011 for February yesterday...we have yet another stomach bug (yes, seriously, 3rd one this month!) in the house and I was busy lysol-ing, cuddling, and chicken-soup-ing all day, haha. Anyway-CONGRATS to Julie Tucker Wolek-your nomination was chosen and I just need the deets of your friend! Thanks again to everyone and I'll be doing another one of these soon <3
Looking back on when I was a kid, I remember there was nothing like Gatorade, saltines and some serious TLC from Mom when I wasn't feeling well. Now that I'm a mom and doing the same thing, I realize why she was sick all the time, LOL!! Still, there is nothing more comforting than being held by mama when you're not feeling well, so that was pretty much my day yesterday :)
Yesterday also brought back a flood of memories of my Grandma (my mom's Mom). I woke up in the morning and saw lots of Facebook posts saying "Happy Fat Tuesday" and remembered as a kid, we never called it that. We'd say "Happy Pączki Day" (pronounced "punch-kee)! When I was a kid, my Grandma was already widowed and lived in Northern WI on the peninsula-between Green Bay and Lake Michigan they'd get SO much lake-effect snow that she couldn't stay the winters up there so she'd come live with us for a few months out of the year and go back after Easter. We sometimes even shared a room together and she would snore and snore and snore... LOL! Anyway, every "Paczki Day" we'd have the most delicious JELLY DONUTS-gram's favorite. Yesterday I got a little teary-eyed being reminded of that. I am so glad that I have such wonderful memories and that I stayed close with my Gram until the day she passed away...so many little life's decisions here and there that have been made and I always feel like she's right w/ me when I needed her....sigh.
Speaking of precious memories, I don't have a CARD to share but LOOK at what I got in the mail yesterday from my friend Trisha of Sincerely Soldered!!!!!!!
My Cousin/BFF Kim and I met Trisha in January while attending Suzanne Dean's Copic Class. She sat in front of us with her friend and was just the sweetest lady. I noticed a GORGEOUS pendant that Trisha was wearing that was made from a photo of her children and finally said "ok, I just have to ask where you got that!" Well, turns out, she MAKES them! Check out her Blog, Sassy and Southern, and her Facebook page and PLEASE tell her I sent you b/c I couldn't be HAPPIER w/ this beauty:
Can I tell you how hard choosing my two fave pics of the girls/boys was? I have so many beautiful photos of them facing the camera, I was racking my brain trying to decide when Trisha said she'd make me one. As I was flipping through pics, I came across these two-andrealized that these candid shots may not be my favorite "photos" of them (especially since you can't see their faces), but they are by far my favorite MEMORIES.
our favorite place.
That adorable hand holding.
Looking up to each other.
The way that Ava is almost waddling holding her sister's hand-she was still unsteady on her feet but knew she could trust her big sister to guide her.
Knowing that my two boys were giggling when I took this pic of them.
Yep, the choice was easy...although I have 1,000s of memories like this...wow, that makes me a very lucky girl, I'd say :) Love these kids....
LOVE this life.
Soooo many PRECIOUS. MEMORIES.
Thanks for letting me share it w/ you!