Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Last weekend I went to Seattle for the memorial service for my beautiful Great Aunt Lenora. It was so wonderful to see all my extended family, and (as much as I love my kids) enjoy some time alone. I seriously didn't know what to do with myself on that airplane! No diapers, or pacifiers, or toys or anything. It was pretty weird actually. There was a mother with two young kids on the flight... and her baby had a really horrible time, he just screamed for most of it. How I felt for that mother!! I have a compassion now for mothers that I don't think I used to have. Not that I was judgemental before... I just didn't understand the way I do now. But I have to say, I was pretty glad it wasn't my kid this time. ;)

The service was held at this Methodist church where my great-grandfather was once a preacher, so it was special to have the service held at a location that was so significant to my family. And it was such a beautiful service. There were some wonderful tributes, my mom sang, "The Lord's Prayer", my brothers sang a duet, and my mom and I also sang a duet. I felt so honored to contribute to such a sweet service in celebration of such a lovely and faithful woman.

One of the greatest highlights of my trip was that I met my beautiful neice for the first time!!! She's only a few months old, and I was so thrilled to meet her!!

So here she is... my neice Belldandy:

Haha!! ;) My older brother Joey has wanted a pet pig for as long as I can remember, so this Christmas, his girlfriend Tessa got one for him. She is the CUTEST, but she's probably as high maintenance as a newborn... or maybe a toddler, since she throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way. She's constantly making noises, she eats everything (including Ben's homework once), and she is SO smart! They've taught her all sorts of hilarious tricks. And I think from the messes, to the potty-training, and the talking back, they're getting a glimpse of what life will be like as a parent! Here a few more pictures of sweet Belldandy...

Isn't she adorable??!! Ahhh!! I just love her!!!

My little brother Ben, and I. Ben makes me laugh like no other... except my hubby.
Some of my family at at Chinooks in Seattle before the service.
From the left: My big brother Joey, his girlfriend Tessa, me, Dad, Boppa, Mom, Uncle Jay, Aunt Emily, Uncle Chris, Virginia, Ed, Megan, Peter, and Gabriel. And I love every one of them!!

So the first day of my trip, I felt so free, and thrilled to finally get a break. But by the second day, I really started missing my hubby and kids, and couldn't wait to get back home. So when I walked in the door, I got tackled my my sweeties, and then Celeste gave me this note. I am one lucky mommy.


Jill said...

Tyler had a pet pig when he was growing up. Her name was WINNIE. ha ha. Glad you had a nice trip and that you're home safely. :)

Julie Jardine said...

Oh, you are the best mom! Aren't you glad to have such wonderful kids. And being away, just makes the "heart grow fonder..."
But that must have been something to be on the plane with no kids. Could you have helped the other mom? Or were you not in a position to do so?
I love the pig! That is so fun! But I was also excited to see a picture of the "girl friend!" She looks super cute! Go Joey!
I'm glad you had fun! What a treat it is to be with family! And you have such an awesome family! I'm so proud to be part of it now! What great pictures! But whenever I see them, I wish you all lived closer!


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