|me, my sister, my nieces and JJ|
So the road trip was to Oklahoma. It started out for a bad reason but ended up wonderful. My Father got really sick and things weren't looking to good. He was having extreme trouble breathing and already has COPD. So I was a little scared but it turned out he just had a nasty bug and seems to be doing fine now. On the upside, it might have scared him FINALLY into quitting smoking. That's a good thing! I need to check to see if he's still off the cigarette's, but he was doing really well and I'm hoping he continues to do so. I had his wife smack him for me while he was in the hospital..........I'm not afraid to ask her to do it again lol. In my defense I also asked her to hug him first so he'd know it was a smack delivered with love. That's fair right?
Anyway, by the time we got up there he was already out of the hospital so we made our rounds while there. I got to see my youngest sister again and this time, I FINALLY got to meet my nieces! Let me tell you, I was already a proud Aunt. I adore the 6 nephews and 2 nieces that I have here and I was dying to get to meet the other 2 and while it sucks that it took so long, I'm glad I finally did. They are absolutely beautiful, funny, smart, quirky and smart-assed as they can be, but not in a bad way. I loved every second I got to spend with them! I also found out that I am going to be an Aunt again! I'm hoping for a boy, but another niece would be great too.
I got to spend time as well with Mr. Fred and my favorite Rowena in the whole world. It's kind of funny really because Rowena is my sister's Mom and Mr. Fred is my sister's step-dad, so *I* really have no relation to them........but that doesn't matter to me. They are still family. Good people are just good people.......and it's important to keep them! So I have and I love them very much. As much as I love Rowena, I am especially grateful for Mr. Fred on my nieces behalf. He dearly, absolutely loves those girls completely because he chooses to! It kind of reminds me of my Papa Joe and Gramma Lyndall. Don't get me wrong, my Dad loves them too, but he's SUPPOSED to! I am not putting anyone down here or saying one is better than the other, just saying I appreciate that the girls have so many people who love them.
|My Beautiful Gramma, My Sistah, My JJ and My Nieces, oh and me too lol|
So anyway, then we went to see my Gramma at the nursing home and I can honestly say I was dreading it. It was so painful the last time that I didn't know how I would handle it. We went as a group so i figured if nothing else, I had support. I was elated.......literally almost walking on clouds to see that she was doing so much better. She knew who we were, she told some of the old stories she used to tell and even made a few jokes. It was an absolutely beautiful day and I thank God for it. I know he made it possible.
Finally, we got to my Dad's and it was great! I haven't seen him in a VERY long time and it was way past time I did. We both need to work harder on that. It was a nice visit, reminiscing about the part of my childhood he got to be a part of and I learned some great information about my Papa Joe. I also brought home his medals and campaign bars from World War 2 which means the world to me. I still can't have them much farther than an arms length away from me and it's been 2 weeks! Everyone is urging me to put them in a case or something, but for whatever reason, I need to be able to touch them and keep them close by. So for now I am.
|Papa's Campaign ribbons n such|
|I don't remember what this one is called but I know he was a darn good shot from the stories I've heard.|
|His "Good Conduct" medal....this was back when people cared to do right|
|the front of his "Good Conduct" medal. I can't tell you how proud I am to know my Papa earned this.|
|Papa's Purple Heart from Battle Of the Bulge. I'm a little irritated that someone dared to hurt my Papa, but i bet he hurt them back . <hehe>|
My stepbrother piqued my curiosity and got me to try Tea from Teavana.......deadly for my wallet, but much healthier than coffee and the other stuff i drink like soda's and such. I highly recommend Winter Berry Spice! Yum!
My Step-Mom Janie went through tons of pictures and found some precious ones of my Papa Joe and Gramma as well as me as a child. I love looking back to a time when I knew that I was safe, loved and absolutely cared for. Janie also handed down to me a ring from her and my Dad. One that was one of the first he gave to her so it has special meaning. It's actually really pretty and the only gold jewelry I own lol. In general, I don't like gold, but this one is a tangible link to people I love and love me in return so I wear it proudly.
|Gramma & Papa when they were younger|
|Gramma & Papa At a Sweetheart Dance they hosted|
|Me and my first love! I Sure miss him!|
|These are the happiest days of my childhood|
So all in all, the trip went well, just short. Hopefully we will see each other again soon and we have tentative plans to make it happen. So I am really looking forward to that. Especially since not only will I see them but also other members of the family that I haven't seen since I was about 5!
So between all that and other not so fun stuff going on, things have been a little busy. Life is good though and I'm determined to keep it that way!