I didn't realize it has been a month since I have posted!-- It just goes to show you how busy summertime really is. Between weddings and traveling- this summer is flying by! This weekend I was able to spend time with family at the lake. I had a great time and it was nice to get away. I was telling a family member how grateful I was to have a new tradition to replace Mom's tradition for this holiday. One of the toughest things about losing your Mom is having to create new traditions to replace the old ones you realize you probably took for granted.
The Fourth of July was one of Mom's favorite holidays next to Christmas. As often as she could, she would invite family and friends over to grill out and watch fireworks. She loved getting everyone together and was the best hostest- always making sure everyone had their drinks and plates and was buzzing around laughing and joking with everyone. She loved taking pictures and was her happiest when she was surrounded by family and friends. It was also one of the times every year that we went to visit. Believe it or not before she got sick I only saw her two-three times a year.
A few years ago- she bought my son a slip n slide and had it out when we arrived. Since my son didn't know what to do- it was only natural that my Mom show him how its done! Me, Mom and Shelbi spent the whole day on that slip and slide. I am sure it was a pretty funny sight to see a 32 yr old and a 40 something year old running back and forth- belly busting and cracking up the whole time! The next day Mom and I could barely move we were so sore but both agreed it was worth it. :) We videod the whole thing and even though it is hard to watch without tearing up- it makes me laugh so hard. She was so much fun!
I am totally a kid at heart- I am the first one to vote to watch fireworks and I know exactly where I got it from. Mom loved fireworks- and as I was watching them this year I thought to myself- "Mom, you have the best seat in the house- I hope you love it as much as I do" and I snapped some photos.
This one- I was told by my friend Jenney- has an angel in the bottom right corner, and I smiled because I believe she is right :)