We will miss you Grandma!

Today my family lost its center. My grandmother passed away at the age of 97. We were extremely fortunate to have had her a part of our lives for so long. She touched us all and played a major role in all our lives. To my grandmother family always came first and it just won’t be the same without her. I remember as a child wishing my grandma would live until I was 40. In my young mind 40 seemed like an age where I would feel like an adult and be able to deal with such loss. Little did I know that at 42 I am still not a grown up and at any age loss is never easy to deal with. She lived a wonderful life and in her honor today I am reposting what I wrote for her birthday 3 years ago.

An undated picture of my grandmother, she must be 2 or 3 in this photo

My Grandma was too cute!

I love my Grandma, she is the best. She is an extraordinary woman. 94 year’s old it is just amazing. I am exhausted at 39 I can’t imagine 94!

Grandma Catherine

Grandma Catherine

It is hard to appreciate just how much the world has changed since she was born. Women didn’t even have the right to vote. Our world today barely resembles the one she grew up in. Her world was one without ipads, computers, telephones, cell phones,  internet, or television sets. All of the things we deem necessities and consistently use on a daily basis simply did not exist. Admit it you shuddered a little of the thought of no tv and no cell phone. Come on I am not the only one addicted to my cell phone.

The amount of technology and the rapid pace that the world has advanced must seem mind boggling to a person who has lived through it all.

Life has radically changed since 1918. Forget inventions and technology think about the history she has lived through.  Two World Wars, The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, The Space Race, the Moon Landing, the Kennedy Assassination, the Civil Rights Movement, The Cold War, The Korean War and Vietnam,  and countless other historic events. Better than any history book is an afternoon with Grandma.

The key to her longevity is flexibility. Although, she didn’t always agree with the direction the world was going in she always took it in stride. A lesson we could all benefit from.

My whole life my grandmother was an integral part of my life. She visited every week and took us shopping, walked us to school on the first day every year. Every important event of my life my grandmother was always there giving her love and support. There were countless sleep overs at her house and many walks to the local convenience store to get comic books.

And of course it goes without saying I am her absolute favorite of the 8 great-grandchildren!

Today she lives with my mother and my children benefit from seeing her everyday. It teaches my children that it is important to respect and care for their elders. A good lesson I hope they remember.

When I get home from work it always gives me a smile to see Grandma watching Power Rangers and Dora with my 4 year old. They are so lucky that they have a great-grandmother who is with it and who they enjoy spending time with.

They are so fortunate that she has been by their sides, just as she was for me, at all of the important events in their young lives. I am sure one day they will look back on their childhoods and be so grateful for the time they had with her.

The luckiest little girls to have a grandma and great-grandma

The luckiest little girls to have a grandma and great-grandma

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#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week 9


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#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week 8


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#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week 7


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Are you a Spring Break Activities Director?

Do your eyes begin to twitch when school vacations roll around?                                            Do you begin to pull your hair out because you have no idea what you are going to do with your kids for all those days!spring-break-sign

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Keep Your Family Organized with the Post-It Note Weekly Calendar

As the air gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom things kick into high gear in my house. As much as I long all winter for the warm weather I do sometimes miss the quieter slower times during the winter.

Spring activities bloom like the flowers and we are suddenly being pulled in a thousand different directions. When this happens occasionally things get missed. I am not proud to admit but we have missed a few events here and there and even once missed a  Parent/Teacher conference. Nothing new here we are just too busy, like every other family.

Calendars definitely help keep you organized, and I am a big fan of the School District calendar hanging on the fridge. I am such a techie person you might think I would love an electronic calendar but I just can’t seem to make them work. I like a real calendar that I can write on and hang in the kitchen.

The basic problem with a regular wall calendar is that it is just too small. With three kids it’s almost like I need a calendar for each of them. The solution I have found is the Post-It Notes Weekly Calendar. This has been the key to organizing our family.images-47

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Capture all the fun with Disney’s Memory Maker

On any vacation I typically take 100’s of pictures. The problem is that I am the picture taker and I am never in any of the pictures. Not that I love what I look like in pictures, but it would be nice to show I was actually on the vacation. When the kids were little I was literally in zero pictures. As they got older I often employed them as photographers. This is hit or miss especially because of their angle-Just a hint no one looks good when shot from the ground up.

One of the many things I love about Disney are all the Disney PhotoPass photographers dispersed throughout the parks. I am completely obsessed with having family photos taken by every PhotoPass photographer we pass. Everybody knows if I see a photographer we are taking a family picture.

There are so many photo ops while vacationing at Disney.

My favorite photo is the quintessential Magic Kingdom Main Street picture with the Castle in the background.

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