This post is going to be one part light.... and one part heart-felt. Be warned.
I guess we'll begin with heart-felt because I'm not sure any of this will amount to much if I don't. My husband has the sweetest grandma. He lived with her during the first year of college and she was truly there for him during one of the roughest seasons of his life. He spent his free time playing pranks on her like turning all of her kitchen hardware inside the drawers and cupboards. I'm not sure that she saw the humor in that or not, but he loved messing with her and because of that, their relationship has been one for the record books. I loved her right from the start.
She was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and it's bad. They gave her a couple of months to live and she began Chemo this week. She also just celebrated her birthday so all of her kids and grandkids decided to have a BBQ in her honor. It was bittersweet for Adrain since it was a large gathering and there wasn't a ton of time for meaningful discussions. But it was so good to get to hug her and just be together celebrating, especially since she lives about four hours away.
This is my niece. We all went out to the most rickety old dock you've ever seen and my brother-in-law thought it was hysterical to jump and thump around on it, shaking the whole thing. I thought we were all going to be swimming to shore any minute. What is it, about guys? They think that sort of thing is the funniest thing in the world. He promised to rescue at least one of my children since neither one can swim and I was counting on Adrain to save one of them. Ha!
Anyway, you'd have thought we were at Disneyland they way my hoodlums were carrying on about fishing all the way there. This was their first time fishing together with Daddy (JJ went one other time) and I'm pretty sure they thought they were going to pull in sharks.
Very high levels of excitement here...
Finally everyone's hook was baited and cast and we waited.
... we waited with no bites... and then it was time for Great Grandma to open presents.
So there was no fish catching on this day but the kids talked about how fun it was all the way home so I guess it didn't really matter. This is my man's cute little Mama.
It was a little bit cloudy, and not all together warm but it didn't stop us from dipping our toes.
Seriously cute, right?
I love family gatherings, but I hate how quickly the time flies... and how hard it is to really connect with anyone when you want to say hi to everyone. (This is one of my goofy sis in laws and YES if you stick your tongue out at me, I will put it on my blog.)
And here are both of Adrain's sisters from the left, Char, Jeni, and Me. I like them because they are short. (Well I mean I like other things about them too... but it's good to be in petite company.)
Favorite photo of the day right here... We gathered all of the great grandbabies together for a photo and I love that there's a baby screaming on Great Grandma's lap. JJ looks so concerned too, doesn't he? Ava's up there babysitting her little cousin... she's so cute with little kids and loves helping out.
Somebody found a binky. Works every time!! LOL
My man's favorite photo of his Grandma. Isn't it sweet?
And as we were all gathered in one spot and taking a million photos of different groups of people with Adrain's Grandma, it was fun to capture a few candid shots. This sweet photo is Adrain's cousin's husband a her little boy.
Another cousin's spouse and sweet baby...
And while this was all going on, my little girl who doesn't enjoy a lot of crazyness was having a quiet moment on the end of a swimming dock.
It was a quiet ride back home, with Adrain deep in thought and kids tired from our hike the day before and all the driving and such. It's very sad to know someone you love won't be here forever. But such a good feeling knowing that we were able to come and celebrate with dear family. I know my man didn't get to say everything he wanted to say to his Grandma but he was able to sneak in a little serious conversation amidst all the chaos. And I witnessed one of the cutest things I've ever seen just before leaving- It was time for us to take big group photos, so Adrain offered his Grandma his arm and led her out by the lake. He walked nice and slow and she laughed and teased him. It was darling. I married such a gentleman.
Kind of all puts life into perspective a little bit doesn't it? It's the little moments, the sweetness and the relationships that matter most.