Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Easter

I know I'm a little late, but I've grounded myself from blogging until I was done with Math class! Easter was really fun, we started the morning with Cory's family over to our house. We had a yummy brunch and good time visiting with everyone. We missed having Aunt Linda, Papa and Grandma and Amber, but we were thinking of them Ü

Jayden had a hard time understanding why a bunny was coming to our house the week before, but that morning he didn't care who brought him all that fun stuff, he was just glad to have it! Grandma Dee-ny (Diane) spoiled him of course with a fun laundry basket full of toys, candy and more.

We took a nice nap and headed over in the afternoon to Grandma Jo's for a BBQ. Jayden loves being with his cousins and Grandma Jo put together about a million eggs with candies to hide all over their golf course size yard! Jayden and Harrison squealed as they ran to find all the eggs. It kept them busy for at least 4 minutes! It was nice to spend time with my family, we don't do it very often because Pa Harley can only stand a certain amount of time with all his grandkids at his house! He had a somewhat quiet house of 3 girls to raise, so 7 grandboys and 3 grandgirls can be quite a handful!

Overall it was a great day, and truth be told I'm finding myself cherishing these even more with Jayden because they're his last holidays being the 'only' child. Soon enough he'll have to share the attention, gifts and love with little Casey. Hope everyone had a great Easter and thanks for the patience of my late posts!

Montana

Two weeks ago, Cory's brother Josh got married. The three of us got in the tahoe for the 1000+ mile (round trip) to Great Falls, MT. We left on a Friday morning and got home late Sunday night. It was such a great, and well needed trip for our family.

For those of you who don't know, Cory's parents were divorced when he was really young. Doug relocated to MT, remarried and had Josh. On Christmas night 1981 Doug was killed in a tragic snowmobile accident and left 3 kids without a father. Shanna, Cory and Josh. Cory was barely 3 and Josh was 6 months old. Cory hasn't had much contact with Josh until last year he came down to visit. They remained in touch through e-mail and Cory went for a visit in the Fall.

Cory hadn't been to see Doug's grave since he was 11 or so until this last fall and it had been just as long for Shanna. I have to admit, seeing Doug's grave was very emotional for me. I can't even begin to understand what it must be like for Cory and Shanna. I felt like I was meeting Doug for the first time, even though I've felt his presence all time and especially with Jayden. It was so surreal to see his name on the stone, to see Jayden's middle (Douglas) name and Casey's (Lake) soon to be there. It also made me feel very blessed to have my father in my life and I realize how often I take him for granted. My heart ached for Cory as we sat there with Doug and I wondered if he'd be proud of the choice Cory made in his wife and the life we have together. Cory and I talked about how life changes and how things might have been if Doug hadn't passed away. Maybe Cory would've ended up in MT and we'd never met, never had Jayden or Casey or found the love we have in each other. I'd like to think we'd still found a way to be together. Regardless, I left the cemetery humbled and thankful for all that I have.

Visiting with Cory's uncles and grandfather, you could feel the love. Doug's presence was strong there as his youngest child was wed. All of the uncles were drawn to Jayden and it was neat to see Josh's family react to Cory. Cory has always been told he's a twin to what Doug looked like right before he past (Cory is just one year older than Doug was when he past away). It almost took people's breath away. Cory was able to talk to those who were with his Dad when the accident happened and hear the story first hand. I feel like it was a bit of closure for him.

Cory's family has always been so welcoming to me and I've felt a connection with all of them from the start. I'm so glad we went, it was time well spent and something my husband needed. We were glad to support Josh and Shannon and their beautiful wedding. As you can see in the pictures, Jayden asked me to 'dance' at the reception. He put his head on my shoulder and we slow danced. It was too cute! Cory's grandpa Bill twirled me around the dance floor in what I think was the two step, not bad for being pregnant in high heels Ü

Sorry for the long post, a lot to say and still didn't even touch half of the weekend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

eAsTeR eGgS

Tonight after work, Jayden & I stopped by Laurie's to see them before they went up to Laramie for a couple of days to see James. We picked a great night because they were coloring Easter eggs!

This is actually the first year Jayden has done this (I know..horrible mom!) He had such a great time and did really great! It was a little difficult to explain why we dunk eggs in color and hide them and why is a bunny coming to our house?

It was nice to spend some time with Jayden after an early, hectic morning. It was also nice to visit with Laurie while Harrison and Jayden screamed throughout the house Ü Thanks for letting us crash the party Laurie, we had a good time! Simple things like that are easy to take for granted, I'm glad I took the opportunity to spend some time tonight.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

HaPpY BiRtHdAy To Me!!!

Today I celebrated my 28th birthday! It was a great day, full of family & friends. I received fun phone calls and messages all day. Jill decorated my desk at work, my boss gave me some fun gifts and Morgan got me a cute cake.

I had lunch at Applebee's with my parents and sisters. Laurie got me a really cute maternity shirt & jewelry. My mom gave me a cute card and fun gifts to keep me happy! Then I went back to work and ate another meal of yummy dutch oven meat and potatoes (hey, I'm eating for two you know!) Tonight Cory's mom & sister's came over for pizza. They got me some really cute maternity shirts and some fun onsies for Casey.

Jayden made me a really cute card and when I picked him up from daycare he yelled 'Happy Birthday Mommie!!!' followed by a big hug. It doesn't get any better than that Ü The festivities haven't ended yet, Saturday night we plan to go to PF Changs and the Tavernacle Piano Bar (Don't worry - No drinks for me ;) Then next Tuesday some of my girl friends are taking me to dinner.

Another year down, another exciting year to come. However, I'm on the countdown to the big 3 0!! Thanks to everyone who called me, left a message, sent an e-mail, gave a gift or a text. Thank you so much, I'm so lucky to have the friends & family that I do...not a day goes by that I don't count my blessings!
 
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