Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Memorial day, 5/26 was the second anniversary of my grandpa's death.

We went to the cemetery and put flowers on the family graves.

It was a sad day.

They say that time eases the loss of a loved one, but there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and miss him so much.

What I would do for one more day with him, one more hug. I have so much to tell him.

Everyone asks me if it was hard growing up with out my dad around. But I never felt like I did not have a dad because I always had my grandpa or my "pal" as I so fondly referred to him.

Almost all of my childhood memories are of him spending time with me.

He was the one to buy me my first Nancy Drew books that lead to my love of mystery books to this day.

He would come to all my school events, and I was always so proud because he was dressed so nice and would talk to the teachers. Everyone always liked him.

He is responsible for my love of shopping and eating at fine restaurants.

He taught me to always be honest and work hard for what I wanted in life.

But the best lesson he taught me is never to "settle." Always strive for more.

That is why I applied for the promotion that changed my life at the age of 27. That led to Marriott training even when I cried and cried because I did not want to be away alone in a strange city for 6 weeks.

But, in that strange city I met Brett, who had very nice shined shoes... my grandpa always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes!

He was the person that was like my grandpa in so many ways, and the person I waited my whole life to be with. I was so glad that I waited for him and never "settled" for less.

He taught me so much about life that I hope I am passing down to Maxwell.

So, even though my grandpa is gone, I hope he is in heaven looking down on us and can see how important he was in making me the person I am today.

Grandpa, we miss you.

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday night the girls (Marsha and Wendy) and their kids, minus Blake, came down for our annual garage sale.
We had so much fun hanging out together.

The garage sale was a huge success !!

Wendy, my mom, and I got rid of so much stuff (of course, I took all the money I made and went shopping for more "stuff "!)

Brett, being the greatest dad and husband, entertained the kids for us so we could all hang out. He set up our new 8 person tent in the back yard and he and the kids were going to sleep out.

They had a marshmallow fight and set off fireworks.

He even prepared for the campout by printing a scary story off the internet to read to the kids. Well, it was so scary that Maxwell had to come inside and sleep with me!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Daughtry Coming Close

I am so excited !
I just checked the Daughtry website, and he is coming to the Clearfiled County Fair. ( Yes, I am surprised about that too. ) on August 2nd.
I got us tickets right away.
That is the night before we leave for the beach. BUT, I DON'T CARE !!
I am so excited !!! ( If you could not already tell.)
Here is his website if you want to check it out...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother's Day 2008

I had such a great Mother's day this year!

Brett and Maxwell got me the sweatshirt I wanted so bad with the name of my favorite rocker on it... Daughtry (see picture.) It is now my favorite article of clothing.

They also got me a mother's day scratch off ticket. I won $100.00!!!

I shared my winnings with everyone that day and we went to the Lamplighter for breakfast and then we went to my favorite place... Ross Park Mall!!
My mom went with us too.

It was a wonderful day with my family. I am so lucky !

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Maxwell the Fisherman

Maxwell has a new love... fishing!

We went fishing three times last week and Maxwell started watching fishing shows on TV.
We caught 6 fish last week. Maxwell names them and tries to keep them alive in a bucket.

It is so much fun to spend family time together in such a relaxing atmosphere. Keystone Lake is so nice. I even want to go camping there some weekend!

Here he is with his favorite fishing partner... Gung!

(Yes, that is really me with a fishing pole in my hand!)

Maxwell and Daddy

Thursday, May 8, 2008

New Sittler Picture

Sittler is getting to be quite a large puppy. Here is a new picture of him. He is going to be 8 months old soon.