Monday, May 9, 2011

relay for life, mother's day, and lots of family time

Mother's Day weekend kicked off with good times with my mom!  We did Relay for Life Friday night and enjoyed the mother/daughter company (even the couple of times we argued.  We never stay mad at each longer than five seconds.)  Sooo many thanks to the wonderful family and friends who helped me reach (actually exceed) my fundraising goal!  I debated whether I'd raise funds -- especially since it fell just the week after the tornado -- but something told me to send out that email, anyway.  A few family and friends donated, and in a matter of just a few hours, I'd met the American Cancer Society's suggested fundraising goal!  You guys are absolutely amazing.  Thank you.

Then this little one got a visit from grandparents and aunts!  My dad, stepmom, and sisters live a few hours away, but had been planning to come see the little one for a few weeks.  The weekend finally came, and we couldn't have been more thrilled to see them.

Morgan calls my daddy "Big Daddy," and I'm sure she said Big Daddy a million times Saturday.

Yep, Dad's up in the of the monkey bars (or whatever this thing is). 

Getting some help from Aunt Rika. 

Getting help from Aunt Lauren. 

She saw other little kids (well, big kids) walking on this wall, and she wanted to do it, too.

Sis, Stepmom Antritia, Sis, and Me

Counting the trains.

We had a wondeful day with my dad, stepmom, and sisters.  My dad's clearly in love because not once did he ask to take a pic with my sisters and me.  That's NEVER happened - ha!

Then to wrap up an already amazing weekend, we spent Mother's Day at my Grandma's.

Little Kinsley (the newest great grandbaby) was there, and I was so happy to see her! 

I held her a lot...and SOMEONE was jealous. 

My Aunt Vonne and her two. I remember loving on Xavolon when he was Morgan's age, and now he's about to be a high school senior -- crazy.  And the little one in the front is the youngest grandchild.   My brother's the oldest (about a 20-year age difference).
My Aunt NeeNee and one of her boys.

As serious as he looks in this pic, he was being SO silly!

He used to make me laugh 'til my stomach would hurt, and that hasn't changed.  Can you believe I used to boss him around?  We were born two weeks apart, and had always been super close.  I said something to him Sunday, and he told me, "Hey, I'm grown now.  You don't boss me around anymore."

And then there's my brother.  He's probably the only grandkid in the family who didn't let me boss him around all the time.  When we were little, he used to be SO mean to me and beat me up all the time!  As an adult, he's one of the sweetest people I know.  How does that happen?

Grandma with her youngest great-grand.

My mom is so funny when she tries to copy the things I do (check the pose).  Hers is too cheerleader-ey!  Ha!  (And she didn't want to take pics because she had on her after-church clothes with her church jewelry still on.  I wouldn't have been able to sleep tonight if I didn't make that clear - ha)!

And this sweet pic was one of the last I took.
Funniest quote from Mother's Day:

Grandma:  "Gerri, I've just got to say this:  That dress is ugly."

I could have DIED!  She is so funny and blunt and it gets worse (or better, I say) as she ages.  I was still chuckling every once in a while long after she'd said it.

She said something to the effect that my dress looked old-timey, and I couldn't help but come back with "Well, Grandma, do YOU want it?"  Ha!  {You did get that, right?}

I thought what she said was so funny because I actually hate the dress, too!  Since I've been eating like crazy and have gone way too long without taking my thyroid meds correctly (nothing new), I'm carrying around a few extra.  I don't have much that fits, and I refuse to buy new clothes until I get back at a decent weight.

Leave it up to Grandma to say what everyone else is thinking.  Good times, good times! :-)

Morgan got to spend time with even more family since she spent the night with my sister-and mother-in-law Friday night while we were at Relay for Life.  And then she got to see my father-in-law Sunday evening as they were passing through our way.  Poor Danny missed out on all the fun this weekend since he worked a football camp.

We had a lovely weekend filled with quality family* time. We're incredibly blessed.

Have a great week, everyone!

* My Aunt Elida was also at my grandma's for Mother's Day, but it seems I didn't get a picture of her.  I sure do hate that. :-(

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