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The Dance

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I came across a card today which was tucked away in a drawer. It was from my Dad on Valentine’s Day many years ago. He never forgot my Mom or my sister, brother and I on that special day each year.

Finding that card today reminded me how special the relationship is between a daughter and her Dad. He is her first hero and her first Valentine.

We can see how our granddaughter’s melt our son’s and their Pop Pop’s hearts. You can say, “They are wrapped around their fingers.” (However, I must admit our grandson’s have me wrapped around their fingers!)

Our son and many Dad’s across the Country will be taking their daughters to Father-Daughter dances this weekend. I know our granddaughter’s are so excited to be going to the dance tonight with their “Daddy.” They have their pretty dresses picked out and are ready to go. They will be making memories that they will keep in their hearts forever.

They didn’t have those dances in school when I was growing up. But it seems like such a beautiful thing to do and gives Dad’s and their daughters a special memory. It also gives Mom’s and their son’s a special time to share:-)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all Mom’s and Dad’s, son’s and daughter’s husband’s and wives, and lovers all over the world. Enjoy the dance, it will be a memory that will live on forever.

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My husband and I have been season ticket holders for Rutgers University Football and Basketball for more than twenty years now.

In all these years we have witnessed many wins and losses. We have seen many changes in coaching staff. We have seen good seasons and not such good seasons.

We took our sons to games. We’ve taken our grandchildren to games. It has always been a great atmosphere for them to be a part of. Tonight my husband and I along with our cousins witnessed one of the best games we’ve ever seen at a Rutgers men’s basketball game! They beat Wisconsin who are ranked number four in the country.

The atmosphere was wonderful. There were several hundred Wisconsin fans there which made it even more exciting. We all cheered and screamed for our teams as the clock ran down, and the score was close enough that it could go either way. Somehow we held on!

The team played as a team. They pulled strength from each other to get the job done. They showed so much heart tonight. They should be very proud. Their coaches should be very proud. I know the fans are proud.

You have to believe. Good things will come if you do!

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Things That Make Me Smile

We went to the park today for a picnic with our son Mike, his wife Kim and our grandchildren Garrett and Zoey. It was a beautiful day here and a perfect way to spend Memorial Day.

The kids had a great time playing on the swings and going down the slide. A lot of people had the same idea because the park was quite crowded. Luckily we were able to find a picnic table so we could sit down and enjoy our sandwiches that Kim was generous enough to make for all of us.

Not long after we began eating our sandwiches, the Ice Cream truck pulled up. Garrett and Zoey both started asking for ice cream. Pop Pop took them over to the truck and two happy children came running back to the table.

We played awhile longer and then decided to pack up. It was nap time for Zoey.

We had told Garrett that Nana & Pop Pop would be heading out to Ohio soon to visit our Ohio family. While we were walking to the car Garrett asked me if we were leaving for Ohio today? I said, “No, not today.” He said, “Nana, when you go to Ohio, can you take a picture of Uncle Brian and Aunt Jenny and send me their picture in a text?” He said he wanted his three cousins pictures texted too! I said,”Garrett, you can text now?” He said, “Yes I can!” I looked over at his Mom and she just rolled her eyes and smiled. You see, Garrett is just four years old! I don’t think he can read or write yet but knowing Garrett he probably can text. I smiled and said, “Okay!” That was just the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Oliver & Olivia

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Today is our grand babies Ollie Bear & Livy Sue’s second birthday. It’s times like this that makes the distance between New Jersey and Ohio really stink! We can’t just get together whenever we’d like. I know for some families they may think that’s a good thing…but not us! We actually enjoy spending time together! We try to get together as much as possible.

After our son Brian and his wife Jen had our grand daughter Emma, we didn’t think they were going to have any more children. Emma was nine when they surprised us with the news that they were expecting. When they had their twenty week ultrasound they called us to tell us the sex of their little one! Brian said, “We’re having another girl.” In the background Emma yelled out, “And a boy!” I said, “Okay, which is it!” They all yelled out, “It’s both!”

They were born prematurely which is not unusual for twins. Olivia was so tiny compared to her brother. However, they seem to have a bond that is adorable to watch.

It was such an exciting time. Both our daughter-in-laws were expecting at the same time with their second pregnancies and due within a couple months of each other. It’s a time I will never forget.

These babies are the light of our lives. We are having such fun with all of them. Making memories with this bunch of kids is so much fun😊

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Happy 4th Birthday Garrett!

Four years ago we welcomed this little guy into our lives. He is the second oldest of our five grandchildren.

From the moment we saw him we knew he was going to be something special. He was trying to roll over in his bassinet a few hours after he was born.

At two and a half he taught his Pop Pop and I how to use our new iPhones! Of course he knew exactly which App’s to download to our phones. The App’s that would benefit him while we were cooped up in the house on those cold nasty days.

He is a wiz at all the Lego games for the Wii. If we can’t keep up with him, he simply drops us out. He loves to sit next to me on the couch and watch the gamers play the Lego games on You Tube. He gently takes my arm and puts it around him so he can sit as close to me as possible. He knows how to melt my heart.

This little boy is so full of love and life. He can be so silly and loves to make us laugh. He puts a smile on my face each time I see him. He loves his little sister and is excited about his baby brother who will join their family this summer.

It’s funny how different each one of our grandchildren are. They all have something about them that make them so special and oh so easy to love.

Happy Birthday sweet boy.

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Zoey’s 2nd Birthday!

The meaning of the name Zoey is: Life.

Our beautiful granddaughter Zoey celebrated her 2nd birthday yesterday. Her name suits her. She is full of life.

Her giggles make you smile. When she wraps her little fingers around your hand it melts your heart. She is beginning to use her words more and more each day. It is so much fun watching her try to imitate her big brother.

She will get anything she wants from her Dad and Pop Pop in the coming years. That tilt of her head and little grin will serve her well.

As I watch her grow it makes me appreciate how precious and beautiful life is. We are truly blessed to have this little girl in our lives. Happy Birthday Zoey!

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My New Sofa

Last week we had a new sofa delivered. After months of waiting it finally arrived.

My friend and fellow blogger Lily, @lookinginwardwithlily,convinced me I should write about my old sofa. At first I thought that was silly but then I decided she may be right.

Although furniture, houses, cars, etc. don’t have feelings, they hold a lot of memories for us. I remember how sad I was when we sold our old Chevy Astro van because we had so many good times with our boys with that van. Camping trips, vacations, shopping trips, sporting events. The list goes on.

I remember all the relatives and friends who have made themselves comfortable on that old sofa. I remember all the laughs and tears that have been shed on that sofa. I remember sitting on that sofa with my husband talking about our future and about how blessed we are in our lives.

I thought about how our granddaughter Emma always enjoyed standing on the sofa to play with the knick knacks I have on the shelf behind it when she was a toddler. Her brother, sister and cousins do the same thing.

Our grandson Garrett and Granddaughter Zoey spent many hours on that sofa playing with our iPhones and iPads. And course it was always the perfect spot for them (and their Pop Pop) to take their afternoon naps together.

Yes, that old sofa holds a lot of memories for us. I hope the new sofa will give us a new set of memories.

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