My Grandpa passed away today. You know that at 81 years old the time is near but it doesn't stop the sadness when it happens. I miss him already.
These three pictures are from when he was out this summer. I am sure they are already on the blog, but they are what I want to share. Rick asked me what my best memory is of him. There are so many.
I mostly loved how he loved my kids. He loved to just sit and watch them be kids. On his last visit here, we went to Aunt Carrie's and just had the kids play. He would chuckle at the antics of the crazy Clint, or stare at Abby and say how beautiful she is. He loved to watch Katie and came out last year to watch her play soccer. He was a proud Great Grandpa.
I have fond memories of my own. Grandpa taking me to the ranch to do the haying and there was a tree with mistletoe in it. Each time we passed under the tree he gave me a kiss. Another of my favorites was watching Grams and Grandpa dance. They had some smooth moves!!!
Rick asked him once about his past and he told us stories of his Navy days, as well as some crazy fishing stories.
My mind reels tonight with memories. I didn't get to say goodbye in person, but he knew I loved him, he knew we all loved him. We will all continue to make him proud through our lives, and he will always hold such an important place in our hearts. Now is the time our family will come together and grieve, remember, and love.
Thank you Grandpa for all you have done for me. My life is richer because you are in it. Watch over us now. We will all be with you again someday so make sure to make that house up in heaven plenty big!!! I love you!!!
Seven years ago Rick and I were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little girl. She was late. Very late! But that just made us more eager to meet her. We didn't know what to name her but when she was born she looked to me like a Kathryn.
What a beautiful baby she was. No hair, big eyes, and a wonderful smile. She was the center of our lives. She grew so very fast!
She was (and still is) always looking for ways to make us laugh. She loves to be surrounded by happiness. She was our only child for 4 years.
Then her little brother (or little bother) came along and she was overjoyed. She is such a great big sister. She helps out, gives lots of love, and puts up with Clint, who at 2 is a handful!
Then she had another sister on her hands and she hasn't ever regretted us having Abby. I see so many siblings who display jealousy and that has never been a part of Katie's makeup. She just welcomes each new sibling with love and affection. She loves her little sister so much, but I bet she hopes we don't have to deal with her like we do her little brother!!
She is my pretty, pretty, princess!
Happy 7th Birthday Katie Girl!!! You are growing up so fast, and Daddy and I are so excited to be with you each and every moment!!
Whew finally I have time to breathe!! It came at the cost of Clint getting sick and me staying home from work with him. But I'll take it. I realized I never put up the first day of school photos. Katie is a first grader now, and she LOVES it!!! She is so tired in this picture because she couldn't sleep in anticipation for the first day of school. She woke up at 5:30 ready to go. I asked her why she was so excited, and she replied that she was excited to see her friends, but even more she was excited to sit at a real desk, not a table like in kindergarten. My little girl is growing up so fast. I find myself sad to not have her be my little baby, but more than sad I am excited to have her grow up and be the amazing woman I know she will be!!!
Can you identify these babies. They are all about the same age in these pictures, and while they all look different in their individual ways, they are all related. Lets see who can get this right. The above picture is baby #1
This is baby #2
And finally we have baby #3. I bet most of you will get the answers correct but some of you may not.
Parents often worry what will happen when a new child enters the family. Will the others be excited, or envious??? I wasn't worried about Katie, after all she's been through this before. But Clint being two could go either way. I worried that he'd be especially clingy, and not like it when I held Abby. But I was pleasantly surprised that he wasn't. At first he just wanted to sit with us. If I was nursing Abby he wanted to be right in the chair with us having a bottle of milk. At bedtime the first week he wanted me to sit with him while he fell asleep. Again not a problem. But after the first week he just kinda went with the flow. He loves his Abby, and wants to hold her any chance he gets. He loves to touch her fingers and toes, and oh how he laughs when she sneezes. He pushes her in her swing and when we say whoa Clint not so fast he slows right down. If she cries, he says "shh, it's ok Abby, you'll be ok." He is one awesome big brother.
Katie has turned into the little mom of the group. She loves to put Clint to bed, reading him a story, and making sure he's tucked in. She is teaching Clint new words, cleaning up after herself, and helping me with things I need. Although she has to do all this between swim lessons and soccer. She loves to hold Abby while I take care of Clint, or do a quick chore, or take a picture.
Yup I know I am so lucky. Things could have been much worse. I could have three screaming children all day making life crazy. But instead I have a wonderful six year old helper, a crazy funny two year old, and an infant who has found a place in our hearts forever!!!
Our little Abby was born last Tuesday, June 5th. She was almost two weeks late, and when she arrived we were shocked to find out she was our smallest baby! She weighed in at 7 lbs 3 ozs and 19 inches long. She has long brown hair and very dark eyes.
This is mostly how she looks, as she sleeps all the time. The first week was rough on sleep but we seemed to have fallen into a pattern of her sleeping 3 hours at a stretch at night, which helps immensely!
Clint is a very good big brother. He likes to kiss Abby on her head, and if I am feeding her he likes to sit right next to me. He has become slightly clingy, which we expected, but slowly he's getting over that.
Katie has gone above and beyond her big sister duties. Holding Abby for me when I need to help Clint, or playing with Clint and distracting him while I help Abby.
With the first week over, and life settling into some sort of pattern, I can finally sit back in awe and wonder at the wonderful family Rick and I have created!!! Welcome to the world Abby we are so happy you are here!