Blessed With An Angel

My heart and soul

My sweet little baby girl made my heart melt with absolute love and absolute sorrow tonight.  

First you need the back story... we spent last weekend at my parents house and while Abby and her cousin, Aiden, were watching a movie together in the dark, I was walking down the hardwood stairs. Since it was dark I couldn't see where I was going and I thought I was at the bottom well before I was... and I fell down about six steps, hurting both ankles.  I landed on the ground, screamed in pain, and started crying. My husband, dad, mom, Abby and Aiden all came running... when Abby and Aiden heard me crying and saw me on the floor they both started crying hysterically. I sent my dad to comfort them while my husband helped me over to the couch and after icing my ankle and hobbling around for a couple days, I'm 90% better.  

Fast forward to tonight, four entire days later.

Abby and I are laying in bed together saying prayers and singing goodnight songs.  She is quiet for a few moments and just looking at me.  She reaches over and rubs my shoulder very gently and says to me, "You fall down at Grandmom's house?" I said "Yes, I fell down the stairs, but I'm ok now."  

She thinks about that for a minute and says to me, "I was so sad.  Aiden was sad too."  I said, "I know that you were scared when mommy fell down, but I'm all better now. You don't have to worry."

She just keeps staring at me with those big beautiful blue eyes and a serious expression on her face. "Abby was so sad, Mom. You got boo-boos." I said to her, "I know, baby, but boo-boos heal and mommy is all better now." 

My angel looked at me and said "Ok Mom. Don't get no more boo-boos. I was sad."  Then she popped in her binky, grabbed her stuffed bunny, snuggled up against me and fell asleep.

I'll try my best, baby girl... because making you sad is the LAST thing I ever want to do.


Easter 2011

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Easter! We sure did. We spent the weekend at my parents house in the mountains and it was a blast. We were lucky enough to have some nice weather and took advantage of it.  My mom made some amazing food and we had a feast for brunch on Sunday morning. We were also lucky enough to get home early enough on Sunday to make it over to my in-laws to celebrate with them as well. Needless to say, Sunday was a full day of great eating, great family, and great memories.

I had off Friday, so Abby and I took a trip to the mall to meet the Easter Bunny! She ran right up to him, gave him a high five, and said "Hey! You tie match my dress!" She wasn't interested in sitting on his lap, but she did agree to stand next to him for the picture.

Handmade Easter dress from my friend Christina over at Too Too Cute Tutus.

Most of the Easter Feast that my mommy prepared... yum!

The dads were on kid-duty and everyone was having a blast

Abby and Aiden helping Grandmom cook on Sunday morning

Sitting at the kids table waiting for some delicious food

Abs enjoying the swings

Random pictures

I've taken a lot of cute pictures lately and have been slacking on the blog posting. Part of the reason I write this blog is so that when I print it all out in book form it can serve as a sort of baby book for my daughter... so I'll be updating here with some recent pictures. :)

 Washing hands after attempting the potty
Pretty girl <3
 My girls showing some "sisterly" affection
 Abs and her baby w/ their matching PJs
 Abby's babysitting service :)
Making rice crispy treats w/ her own recipe... 1/2 lucky charms!


Opposites Attract

I have always considered myself a "glass half full" type of person. I try and see the best in every situation and put a good spin on almost anything.  I focus on what I already have... not what I'm missing.  My husband, however, is a "glass half empty" type of person.  He is always pointing out the "what if" in a situation and preparing for the worst so that he can be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen. We balance each other.

Recently, I was amused to see these viewpoints apply to us in the literal sense as well. When my husband has half a tank of gas in his car he thinks "I better fill up... my tank is half empty." He hates having a half empty tank. Meanwhile, when I see that I have a half tank of gas, I'm excited about it! I think, "Whoo hoo! My tank is still half full! I have plenty of gas to do what I need to do."

Little things like this amuse me. :)


Grandmom Jolly

We laid a great woman to rest this past weekend... my grandmother, Doris Jolly, passed away on Thursday morning.  The funeral/viewing/ceremony was absolutely gorgeous. It was a really nice day. Emotional, of course, but everything was beautiful. I said my little tribute and made it through without tears (I'll thank my years of being on the speech/debate team in HS for my comfort with public speaking) and my Grandfather told me that he loved it and it made him really cry for one of the first times since Thursday.

There was a lot of traveling, a lot of family, beautiful memories heard about my grandmother, lots of AMAZING food, pitchers of beer and happy family reminiscing... just what my grandmother would have wanted.

I'm going to post my tribute here so that I don't lose it... documents on my computer tend to dissapear through the years and I know I'll always be able to find this blog. :)

"Hi, I’m Dot’s granddaughter, Nicole.  I would like to start with a passage from Philippians that reminds me of the strength of my grandmother’s character.

 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

At my wedding last August the photographer took a “Generations picture” of my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter. Four generations of women in one picture.  It’s one of my favorite pictures from the wedding, because seeing us all together reminds me where I came from.

My grandmother was a strong, opinionated, loving, giving, independent, funny, intelligent woman… and I would like to say that she passed down a little of those traits to all of us.  Grandmom always went out of her way to make everything just a little more special.  Whether it was a holiday get together, a sleepover at their house, or a random visit where she came holding a little brown lunch bag full of goodies…. if Grandmom was there, good things were happening.

Although she’s in heaven now, she’ll still be with us every day in the traits she has passed down through the generations.  I’m blessed to have known her and so grateful for the inspirational woman that she was.

I would like to close with a prayer.

Holy God, we praise your  name
For all who have finished this life loving and trusting you
For the example of their lives,
The life and grace you gave them,
And the peace in which they rest.
We praise you today for your servant Doris
And for all that you did through her.
Meet us in our sadness
And fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving,
For the sake of the One who loves us all.


RIP Grandmom