Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Erica and Gavin brought their new baby to Grandpa’s house yesterday. After getting the "heads up" on their visit - Nate, Aiden and I jumped on the chance to meet Luke for the first time since his arrival on May 3rd.

Aiden gets very excited to see Erica, Gavin and Grandpa…in large part because they used to spend their days together and Aiden still remembers.

On the way to Grandpa’s house Aiden asked “Going to see Grandpa?” Yes, we are. “Give Grandpa hug.” That would be nice.

Not sure where ‘giving hugs’ came from, Aiden usually doesn’t say things like that…even though he is very articulate for his age.

At one point toward the end of the evening, Grandpa was coming back from the bathroom and as he rounded the corner - he looked into the kitchen and paused at the sight of some of his grandsons sitting at the kitchen table. He stood there for a minute…just watching. As I stood next to him I could literally feel the pride beaming from him.

He watched Nathan holding his newest legacy while the two giggling toddlers stared at each other and well... giggled.

Nathan noticing Grandpa watching them asked if he’d like to come sit at the table…his response was "yeah...sure, sure" and even though Grandpa has Alzheimer’s and uses a walker, he just about raced over to the table and navigated his way into a chair.

In that moment, I forgot that Grandpa is in his 80s and has lived with Alzheimer’s for the last couple of years.

Aiden and Gavin were so excited Grandpa was joining them at the table. They even offered him some of their chips.

Grandpa really enjoyed hanging out with the boys, I could see the glimmer in his eyes - it's just not noticeable in the pictures taken by my phone... but I assure you it was there.

I never want to forget having the opportunity to indulge in the greatness of generations.

Aiden and Gavin have an unconditional love for Grandpa and that is so incredibly wonderful!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day cool...

Mother's day much less eventful than last year. No trips to the ER and no surgeries, I'd say that a pretty good day.

My dad almost forgot about attempting to cut his hand off, although not actually intentional - certainly unforgettable.

Nate went fishing, I spent the day being a mom - I guess that's why they call it "Mother's day" don't actually get the day off for this.

Aiden loved saying "Happy Mother's Day!" and said it several times. He even woke up Gramma with this greeting, it made her day.

It was at least sunny out, compared to raining and cold the day before.

We left the cabin in the late afternoon to meet family for dinner on the way home, Aiden took another power nap while we were stuck in traffic which turned out great since he didn't get to bed until very late!

All-in-all a great day to be a mom :)

My kid is soooo cool! As you can see...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Brennan's Birthday - Hard Lesson

So we’re trying to teach Aiden about OTHER people’s birthdays and not every birthday is his. It’s been tough.

So at Brennan’s birthday this was a big lesson for him and a hard one at times (i.e. gift opening, cake time, etc.)

Aiden thought he should help Brennan blow out his birthday candles, he ran in blew one out quickly and then ran away.

Ugh, two year olds!