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It’s A Boy!

We finally heard the news this week, after 20 weeks of anticipation, our family tree will be adding another grandson.

We are thrilled with the news. This will give us our sixth grandchild. Three boys and three girls.

Having had two sons, I was ecstatic when I learned we were having our granddaughters. I finally was able to shop for little girls; however, I love our two grandsons with all my heart and enjoy shopping for them too. I look forward to welcoming this new little guy into the family.

I want to thank our two sons for bringing us our two beautiful daughter-in-laws and for giving us six beautiful grandchildren. They all bring us so much joy, love and happiness.

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Funny moments

Today our grandson Garrett wanted to spend his time with us playing Harry Potter on the Wii.

He asked me to play with him. Although I am a beginner, I am learning to move around better on each board. I must admit that I am not nearly as good as 3 year old Garrett!

Several times when Garrett is not listening to instruction, I have seen his Mom get down on his level and say, “Garrett, look at me, look at my eyes!” And she proceeds to tell him what she wants him to do.

Today it was different. I was having trouble following him on one of the boards. I said, “Are we on the next level yet?” He sat down on the floor next to me and very seriously said, “Nana, look at my eyes and nose! We are not on the next level yet!”

Got my laugh for the day😂

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Snow Day

Why do we get so anxious as adults when we here the forecast for snow? Our reasons for being anxious are legitimate. Childcare must be arranged, food shopping has to be done, emergency plans have to be made. We wonder if there will be work or school. Will we leave work early or will school have early dismissal? It’s a lot of stress on us as parents.

When we were kids it was all so simple. We would be so excited as the first flakes fell. We would huddle around the radio in the morning waiting for the local AM radio station to announce our school closing. We didn’t get automated phone calls or text messages back then.

As soon as we got the news we would head out to play. We would help Mom and Dad shovel the driveway. Mom would sometimes take us to the park. The township had a little pool of water they would freeze for us to skate on. They were happy times.

I get pleasure now from hearing the excitement in our grandchildren’s voices. The older ones are excited that they have no school. They look forward to building a snow man and going snow board riding.

The little ones look at the snow full of wonder. It’s something new for them to experience.

I hope that whatever they do, it will give them memories that will last them a lifetime.

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First Date

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I had my “First Date” with my grandson Garrett today. We went to the movies to see “Frozen.”

We had talked about doing this last week. We set the time and the date and he didn’t forget. His Pop Pop asked him if he and Garrett’s little sister Zoey could come along, but Garrett said, “No, I’m going with Nana. Zoey is too young to see Frozen!”

We got to the movie and sat through all the previews as we ate our popcorn and gummie bears. He was very excited when he saw the preview for the Lego movie that is coming out next month. He is very interested in playing Lego Batman on his mini-Ipad which he got for Christmas. He is very good at it which is amazing to all of us since he is so young.

Once the movie started he came over and curled up on my lap. I could hear him giggle during different parts of the movie. At one point he laughed and repeated what one of the characters in the movie had said out loud. The people behind us started laughing at his outburst.

These moments we get to spend with our grandchildren are so precious. The time goes by so quickly and before we know it they will be grown. This moment today will forever be “Frozen” in my memory. Hopefully he will remember it as well. I look forward to more dates with him and all my grandchildren. Maybe the next time Pop Pop will get to come along 🙂

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Happy New Year!

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I’ve always thought of New Years Eve as more of a sad time rather than a happy time.

If we had a special event during the year such as a wedding, moving into a new home or the birth of a child, I hated to see that year come to a close.

Becoming a grandparent has changed those feelings for me. Each year brings a new adventure. Watching our children and grandchildren experience new things is a joy to watch.

This new year will bring us a our sixth grandchild. Our oldest granddaughter will be turning ten years old and is becoming such a beautiful young lady and big sister. Our oldest grandson will be turning four and gets smarter everyday! The three youngest will be turning two. I look forward to hearing the funny conversations we will be having with them once they learn to “Use their words.”

The new year reminds us that nothing stays the same. We need to enjoy each day we are given and make the most of them. We need to cherish the memories we are making today.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and may all your memories be happy ones!

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Our Greatest Gifts

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Shortly after our youngest son got married ten years ago, he called one day. He lives out-of-state and since he is a police officer, when he calls it makes me a little nervous.

This particular day when he called we chatted about the usual things, such as the weather and what he had been doing. At the end of the conversation he said, “Mom, I think you better sit down.” I was panicked, I thought for sure something bad had happened to him. I sat on the side of my bed with my heart in my throat. Then he said, “Jen and I are expecting a baby!” I started jumping around like a crazy person and tears were rolling down my eyes. I yelled to my husband the good news. Then my son said, “You’re not upset?” Why on earth would I be upset I asked. He said, “We’ve only been married a few months.” I said, “What difference does that make?” He said, “We don’t have a lot of money, we just got married.” I said, “If you wait until you have enough money, you may wait your whole life. It will all work out.”

It did work out of course. They have a beautiful daughter and have since added twins to the mix a year and a half ago.

We just learned several weeks ago that our oldest son and his wife are now expecting their third child. It just never gets old. Knowing that you are going to be welcoming another baby into the family is one of God’s greatest blessings.

Overall this is the fifth time we’ve been given the news of a new baby joining our family and it is as exciting this time as it was the first.

My husband and I have been so blessed. We may not be rich in fortune, but we are rich in having a loving family.

This Christmas our greatest gifts won’t be the boxes under the tree, but the family that sits around the tree. That is truly our greatest gift.

Merry Christmas!

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“I Love You”

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Three simple words that can melt your heart, “I love you.”

This time of year we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays that we often forget why we do all this in the first place. Of course we do it to celebrate the birth of Jesus and our love for him, but also to show our family and friends how much we love and care about them.

The other night I talked to my oldest granddaughter on the phone. We laughed and shared stories. Before we hung up she said, “Nana, I love you.” I didn’t have to buy her anything.

Last night I had dinner at my son and daughter-in-laws home. My little grandson asked me to sit beside him at the table. While sitting there he leaned his head on my shoulder and said, “I love you Nana!” Again, I didn’t have to buy him anything.

I think the greatest gift we can give anyone is our time. Especially children and our elderly parents. It means more than any gift we can buy, and the memories it creates last forever.

So, don’t wear yourself out this holiday season. Spend more time with your family and friends than you do at the mall. The gift you get back will be heartwarming.

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Time to be Thankful

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Earlier this year one of our granddaughters had to have open heart surgery. Her pediatrician discovered a heart murmur and sent her to a cardiologist to make sure it was nothing serious.

As it turned out, after several tests, the cardiologist discovered some defective valves which needed immediate repair. Olivia was only 11 months old at the time. It was a scary time for our family, but thankfully the skilled surgeon was able to make the repairs successfully. Our little granddaughter is doing great today.

As I watched her run around playing today with her brother and sister, I thought about how thankful I was for her pediatrician and cardiologist.

I know that many of you have similar stories like that in your life. I hope you were able to pause for a moment today to be thankful for your many blessings.

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Making Memories

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This coming week my Dad would have celebrated his 85th birthday. Unfortunately we lost him in 1993. However, Thanksgiving was always his favorite holiday. He always enjoyed cooking and making the holiday special for family and friends. He and my Mom hosted Thanksgiving for many years. My kids and their cousins always looked forward to going over Nani Rose’s and Pop Pop Joe’s to celebrate. I remember the laughter as we all sat around the huge table setup for the entire family. The food that came out of the kitchen seemed never-ending. I remember the jokes and the giggles.

Now that mine and my brother and sisters children are grown and have families of their own, it is harder for us to all celebrate together. We will be headed out to Ohio to celebrate with our son and his family. Our son that lives in New Jersey will be celebrating Thanksgiving with his in-laws this year. My Mom and brother and sister and their families will be getting together at my brothers house.

It reminded me that whether we are together or apart, we will be making memories. Our grandkids and kids will remember this holiday for the rest of their lives. We will remember where we were and who they celebrated with. We will remember loved ones that are no with longer us.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family. I hope that you will take a moment to remember your past Thanksgivings and who you celebrated them with. Make the most of these memories for they will always be cherished forever.

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Stormy Weather

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It was a dreary day here in New Jersey today, but I had no idea that in the Midwest they were experiencing such devastating storms.

When my husband and I got home from doing some errands, we turned on the news only to see breaking news reports on what was happening in the states throughout the Midwest. Several people had already lost their lives and many were injured in Illinois and the surrounding area. The storms were heading towards Ohio where our son and his family live.

We called them immediately to see if they were in any danger. They were bunkered down in the basement. The tornado sirens had just gone off. However, they weren’t expected to have a tornado, just very heavy winds and rain. Their lights had flickered on and off several times. They were prepared with candles and flashlights just in case the lights went out.

The two youngest of our three grandchildren that live there thought it was fun. They were laughing and playing having no idea what could be happening outside. Their parents were playing with them and trying to make light of the situation. Our son works nights as a police officer, but thankfully tonight he was off and able to be with his family.

I remember how scary it was last year when we experienced hurricane Sandy. Although we were all nervous, we tried to keep things as normal as possible for our grandchildren here while we lived for a time with no power or water.

My heart goes out to the families here who have loved ones in the Philippines. It’s so hard to see what they are experiencing and not being close enough to help and provide support.

A few minutes ago our son and daughter-in-law sent us the “All Clear” message we were hoping for. I pray that the families here receive that same message soon from their loved ones in the Philippines.