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Grands ’13

It’s a fresh New Year, and here is a fresh new page just for you. Our lives are slowly regaining some balance, and we are enjoying those things that make us happy – on purpose. I refuse to let negativity and despair rule my days, and instead plan to fill them with the sunshine that is made of smiles and love. How about you? Do you have smiles on your faces and look forward to the New Year! Our 2013 promises to be full of celebrations and milestones and we are so looking forward to it. We accomplished much last year which makes me look forward to good things in 2013. We think of you often and talk about the things you’re missing – we’re missing with you – and what we would be doing together in a normal world. I hold those hopes close to my heart and wonder when they’ll come to be, and how it will work. We have some pretty cool adventures planned for this year. Trips to new places, remodeling the house, hiking in the mountains, scuba diving in exotic places, welcoming new people into our family, and plenty of projects too. 2013 is going to be a good year Here’s to good health, much happiness, and an abundance of adventure! You know how to contact us. πŸ˜‰

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  1. January 26, 2013 7:42 pm

    My dearest little Triston, How did you celebrate your birthday this year? And what makes you smile and happy; how do you spend your days? We celebrated you on your birthday as well, with wishes and smiles and love and hugs we hold just for you. I hope your day was full of fun and friends. I added a gift to my box of gifts for you, and hope that when you finally get the chance to open them, you will get a chuckle out of everything there. We love you and miss you, and look forward to the moment when you and your Dad get to embrace and pick up where you left off with all the love you have for each other. We are always here, and always thinking of you. Until we see you again…hugs and kisses! We love you to the moon and back!!

  2. February 26, 2013 7:04 am

    Good morning Grands! How is your year beginning as we roll through February? Ours has certainly been a whirlwind. We’ve had crazy weather to keep us on our toes as one day it’s beautiful and we’re out in shorts and flip flops, and then the next thing you know it’s chilly or raining. I see you have had a bunch of snow and just plain yucky weather – I sure don’t miss the winters there! I’ll take a mild Florida winter over slushy, cold and dreary. I hope you at least are taking advantage of that mountaintop to get out there and snowboard or ski. Which is your preference? Mine was cross country skiing, but your dad was an awesome snowboarder though. Grandpa is into downhill skiing, and of course uncle Cory is all about snowboarding too. The board used most these days is a surf board! Erin, remember how dang natural you were with the surfboard? We were very impressed! Not surprised since we thought you were part mermaid from the earliest days you were at the beach rolling around in the surf.

    I can’t wait to tell you all about our exciting vacation to San Francisco to see Uncle Cory! Right now I am off to work, but my next post will bring you up to date on that adventure. I hope your winter is full of snowy fun and cozy indoor activities. We are out and about due to the mildness of weather here, and will most likely do our hermit time over the hottest part of summer! Love you one and all! Grammie

  3. March 19, 2013 10:19 pm

    My dear Grands,
    I am reminded today of the fleeting thing our lives are and wonder how often you would even think about the fact that we, who love and miss you everyday, are coming into the winter of our lives. I think of this as spring is coming from around the corner. What do I mean by this? I wonder if you realize all that you are missing and have any realization that your windows of opportunity are not going to be open forever. This is not for any reason other than life is finite on this earth. If the average life span is 74, then you have already moved into bonus time you have with your great grandparents. Don’t delay. They are here today — but for how long? Oh yes, they do love and miss you, despite what you have been told. Based on this average, you have only a short decade before you could reasonably lose your grandparents — and you know in your hearts there are no other people who truly love you with the grand love we do. Do you think a decade is long? Think about the fact that you can remember the first time you came to our house when it was new – when we saw the alligators at the pond, played on the new playground, went swimming in the new community pool, played on the tennis courts here, and celebrated birthdays and holidays like the Easter egg hunt, Halloweens, Christmases, and Thanksgivings. It’s a shorter time than you think. And then there is your Dad. The ONE person in your life you can never replace — what will you miss out on if you don’t do something different right now? Anthonee, you’re the oldest, and the most thoughtful young man we know. Are you brave as well? Erin, our bold and beautiful one. Can you reach that place where we are in your heart? Triston, the most driven and courageous, funny one in our lives. Can you inspire those siblings of yours to break free? I think so — for all of you. Stretch. Grow. Love. Spring is upon us. A time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Do you have what it takes to make your life beautiful and full? We think so, but it’s yours to do. We are here when you do. I hope your spring time is coming up roses!! Love, Grammie

  4. March 31, 2013 5:19 pm

    Ah, spring break, Easter weekend, and sunshine. How are you enjoying yours? Ours is a quiet one – for today. Grandpa and I went to the beach for a stroll and watched the kids hunt for Easter Eggs and sea shells. Afterwards we headed over to our favorite little spot for some coconut shrimp. The week was so Full of some really different activities as I spent four days attending Jacksonville Fashion Week. I know you boys won’t think it was special, but you get it Erin, right? It was a full week of looking at the fashion world and emerging designers and their works, culminating in two great runway shows full of spring and summer goodies! There was plenty of music and beautiful people to make your head spin! They were all so nice and approachable. I actually bought a great pair of shoes, and a birthday gift for Elizabeth. She’s so excited to be getting something from Fashion Week. Next year would be so much more fun if we went as a group!

    The weather is perfect here in the spring, and we’re enjoying every minute of it. My little tiny garden is begging for attention so I keep trying to spend some time there — could use some company out there…I think of you all the time, and can see you doing things with us all the time. I still buy things in threes, just like your three beach towels, three floor pillows, three guest towels, three of everything! So, back to the weather. The doors are open and breezes are blowing through the house just nicely. We are getting lots of bike rides in. Your Dad has some amazing routes and we’ve decided to join them on some of their treks this spring – before it gets too hot. We finally have bike racks! The other new thing for us this spring is that Grandpa and I are taking up golf! We all have clubs, so we are meeting in the afternoons at the driving range, and then we’ll go golfing early on the weekends. It’s such a nice leisurely spring. We are enjoying it quite nicely! I hope you are trying some new things and getting out to enjoy spring as well. One of the things I miss doing from there is hiking in woods. Do you get out to do much of that? Of course, your Dad will remind me that he dreaded every time we said we were going hiking! πŸ™‚ Well, with spring comes rejuvenation and renewal. I am working on that – being renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated! How about you?! Love, Grammie – oh, and Happy Easter.

  5. May 23, 2013 9:45 pm

    Ah, My Dear Grands. I hope you don’t think the absence of commentary is anything but a pause in commentary. In truth, I think of you every single day from the moment I wake. I relate everything we do to what it would be if we were doing it together, or how it was when we did. The pain of your absence sometimes snowballs and leaves me overwhelmed and causes all of us to take a step back to regain our composure so we can continue to carry on with the trajectory that is our lives. We are a resilient family, and so we will not be pulled down by trauma and pain, nor will we discontinue our pursuits of success and happiness.I certainly hope those tendencies flow through your veins as well as I know it is in your DNA because your Dad is the most amazingly resilient and passionate person. We are so proud of him! Therefore we are proud of what you can be as well!

    Erin, your birthday was milestone! It is a bittersweet moment for us as we are acutely aware of its importance in your life as well its absence from ours. We love you, and we recognize your inability to see this clearly for what it really is. Some day you will have the opportunity to objectively evaluate and balance your life and relationships. I wish for you the courage to recover all that you have lost without compromise. I have confidence you can. πŸ™‚ If you are unsure…I can help. We love you and miss you immensely. Love, Grammie and Grampa.

    Happy Birthday Erin!

  6. July 5, 2013 10:32 pm

    Good day there you guys. I’ve been keeping up with you in my letters journal to you, but thought I’d pop in here to say hello since you don’t get to see those letters. We’re well into summer and I wonder what yours looks like. Ours is going so well! We’ve been decorating the lanai little by little – as I decide what’s next – so it feels like a little resort when we’re back there. You would love hanging out there – the pool is perfect as always. We just had the deck refinished which makes it a little slicker than usual. The little boys next door slip and slide a lot more since then! But they giggle and recover quickly.

    The weather has not been as horribly bad as usual, but that’s probably because when I’m outside I’m usually enjoying the water somewhere. You know, after becoming scuba certified, it seems when I’m in the pool with my goggles, all I think of is diving and have to remember not to take a breath under water! Can’t wait to go diving again. It should be soon. My friends are interested in planning another flight down to Bimini and I’m always up for that! Grampa is ambivalent due to the one engine plane, but perhaps we’ll take the twin engine. Things are always more fun when we are together!

    How was your 4th of July holiday? Ours was fab! We have extra days off, so the whole weekend seems like a week. We went down town and took in all the festivities, crossed our fingers through the rain, danced outdoors to a great salsa band, and sat up on a rooftop to watch two barges do simultaneous blasts on either side of the Main Street bridge. That’s the blue one – you remember…I hope yours a blast too! You’d have a better time here, but then, who’s arguing? Your Dad took off to south Florida to spend the 4th with some friends. He’s so much fun to be around. I wish that for you most of all – enjoying your Dad as you should. Uncle Cory should now be exhausted as he was in charge of some huge party plans for the place he runs in SF. He was pretty excited about the weekend. We’re so proud of both of them.

    What big plans do you have for your summer? Camps, trips, summer school, sports? I can see Triston in summer camp playing soccer and taking swimming lessons; Erin doing some baby-siting for some extra money and signing up for some cool activities to do on the weekends; and Anthonee starting a summer job and planning his time off to go camping and kayaking. Well, those are the things I would be doing! We try to do something adventurous on a regular basis. Of course, this weekend we are heading to spend the day with your great grandparents. Great Grandpa has been sick – doing much better – but we want to go see him now that he’s feeling better. Grampa has a wonderful meal planned for them, so off we go on a mini road trip!

    Last weekend we spent in St. Augustine and had such a great time! We went to the wedding of our friends’ daughter which was a black tie event. Grampa looked amazing! As did everyone else, of course. We spent the following day wandering through the antique stores picking out little treasures here and there. I brought home a beautiful little covered dish made of jasper. It’s sage green and lovely. I loved when we used to all go there to do your Christmas shopping, and to go to the state park for the beach and alligator farm. When we drove past the carousel this last time, we talked about the first time we took you for a ride there – it was actually 15 years ago! My how time flies. I’m hoping it flies between when we last time and next time we are together! You know how to reach us. πŸ˜‰ Hope the rest of your summer is as fun as the first part — there are sooo many adventures left!

  7. August 19, 2013 9:52 pm

    Well, here we are in the height of both hot, hot weather and hurricane season and off to school everyone goes. Everyone around here is so excited about the new year, new adventures, goals, and friends. How about you three? It was fun for me to go and “fill the backpacks” this year too. I bought three that you would have each loved – filled them with all the school supplies both girls and boys – teens too – would enjoy on their first days of school and dropped them off in your honor at the Clothes Closet for needy kids in town. But summer just isn’t over for us…

    We have just decided to do one last summery adventure in the form of a scuba trip to Ft. Lauderdale and I can hardly wait! Every day I take a dip in the pool and imagine while wearing my goggles and swimming laps that I am heading out for a dive. Even without the scuba trips, summer has been such a pleasure. We took full advantage of sprucing up the lanai by making it where we hang out in our swim suits and sunglasses. Of course, that will last through most of autumn – so nice!

    On a scary note, Grampa and I had a bit of a scare. During his physical the doctor discovered a pretty serious blockage in his heart and he underwent a procedure to fix it. It was all pretty routine to the medical world, but it shook our foundation a bit as it served to remind us that life is short and we are only here temporarily. Grampa is better than ever! We take our health much more seriously now. I love this man so much – and certainly wish you weren’t being shortchanged in your relationship with him. He is so dang cool!!

    Tonight I stopped to sign up for the fall half marathon training, and of course, this means I needed new running shoes as well. Done. Prior to September 10th when the training begins, I will be training for the training. πŸ˜‰ The goal is to run the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Half Marathon! This is a race your Dad has run a number of times. This fall he is doing the Pumpkin Run — if I’m ready for that 10 miler, I may join him –HA! What I mean is I will be IN the same race as him. We will start together, and once he finishes, he’ll come jogging back to accompany me and Krysta to the finish line because he’s fast.

    Ah, all the promise the new school year brings. What are you planning? What classes are you taking? Did you start school yet? Do you like your teachers Triston, and what sports are you doing? Will you be on the honor roll? And for you Anthonee and Erin, what colleges are you looking at? Did you do well on your SATs?! How exciting!! We always wonder, we always wish, and we continue to wait…

  8. September 16, 2013 10:04 pm

    Whoohoo!! September is underway and our adventures are keeping us smiling. The best of all adventures for you must be learning who your teachers are, and what your classes look and feel like. Did you get started out on the right foot? Did you get an A under your belts yet? I realize it can be difficult at times, but we have such confidence in each of you. You have always been so very talented, smart, creative, and optimistic, that I can’t imagine you not doing well. If you are struggling – we’re here for you and cheering you on!

    Our scuba trip was so much fun!! We stayed at Noni and Uncle Boma’s condo in West Palm which was oh, so nice. Although we hardly spent much time there, it made the weekend all that nicer to sleep in a king size, comfy bed, sleeping in and having coffee at our leisure. Your Dad and I dove the next day — the first dive was to a ship wreck at about 90′ and full of coral, fish, and beautiful plants. Your Dad is such a pro! I had to do a repeat of my jump in because of water in my mask and frustration. Once underwater – everything is perfect. The second dive took us along the coral reef and so many cool fish and shells. Yes. We saw a shark. πŸ˜€ It was a nurse shark at about 5′ and it just nervously swam by us – under, really – minding it’s own business. Since we’re in his environment and just floating along, there’s no reaction other than wonder. Your Dad wears a go camera to record everything – and he got some Great shots. I cannot wait to get my fins wet again!

    I started my 1/2 marathon training and it is going very well! I ran the first “long” run at 5 miles ending the day feeling great! My biggest struggles are in getting my yoga video to work on my old laptop on Mondays! I’m pretty enthused about the next 11 weeks of training, and looking forward to seeing the progress I make both physically and in my performance on the road. The 1/2 marathon in on Thanksgiving in the morning. Afterwards, Grampa and I make turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce, along with some chips and a beer. So much less work than those wonderful dinners we had with you guys and 40 of our closest relatives. πŸ˜‰ We will get a little of that here in a few weeks as Stephanie and Soner are getting married. They just mailed out over 100 invitations! That should pack the house!

    They bought a cute, antique house in Springfield that they will renovate after we have their wedding reception there in November! I am making the wedding dress and having so much fun. It feels very satisfying to accomplish a project that big and important! It’s turning out beautiful, and Steph will be beautiful too!

    Well, I just completely skipped over September and October, didn’t I? This weekend is the bridal shower so Great Grandma and Great Grandpa will be at our house for the weekend. We love having them over. It’s still hot enough for swimming and we have the lanai furnished for lounging, so you know that’s where we will be most of the weekend. It will be nice and relaxing. I’ve loaded up the closet with swim suits for everyone. You’ve outgrown yours, but everyone else uses the ones we have in there. Hopefully it will stay nice and warm for swimming. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. What are yours these days?

    Since it’s getting late I must go and make sure the house is all picked up so I can wake up to a clean house and therefore enjoy my first cup of coffee and the newspaper with good ambiance.

  9. October 17, 2013 12:40 am

    It’s October!! My favorite month of the year for a number of reasons. I enjoy the excitement of fall as we close out the year and begin to settle in for some hibernation time and celebrations. All of the fairs occur this time of year, and the beaches become slower and more enjoyable as the sun relents a little and provides sunny skies and warm days. And – it’s my birthday!

    How are you spending your fall? With school well under way you should have your homecomings and homework keeping you busy. Are you going to the dances Erin? Anthonee, are you playing football or still in band? Oh my, I don’t know if you realize what a naturally talented musician you are! I still hold dear to my heart two instances of your talent, one when you pulled your clarinet out of the trunk at Disney and just began improvising the best jazz style music! Then when you stopped to tap a little bit on the bongos and ended up drawing an audience. What a talent you have. I hope you are still engaged with some instrument.

    I am in the wild midst of creating a wedding dress for Stephanie and having such a great time, albeit, mixed with a bit of chaos with the date approaching. I think often that this should be Erin’s moment – not the timing, but the activity. I always thought I’d be making this first special dress for you. It makes me smile thinking of that for a future moment, but right now it’s all about Stephanie. She is a gracious recipient, and so special to me as well. My first niece. I can hardly wait to see her walk down the aisle wearing it!! We have had it on and off of her in every stage of completion – and we’re almost there!

    We had the nicest birthday weekend with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa coming to visit, and then having dinner for those in town. It was so nice. Grampa was our chef and did not disappoint with duck breast in a grape sauce, risoto, and green beans. It was Fabulous! We celebrated all three birthdays. Anthonee, yours is next. Triston, yours is then right around the corner.

    Well, the leaves are all changing – especially in the hills of Kentucky! What a beautiful site they are. I hope you take a moment to enjoy them and think of us when you do. GOod luck with your school work, sports, and friendships. Love, Grammie and Grampa

  10. October 30, 2013 11:18 pm

    I just finished my project of a lifetime – my first wedding dress. I always thought it would be for you, Erin…I hope you see it and love it and know that there is always time. Time to reconnect, heal, and love again. The dress is beautiful, Stephanie loves it, and I hope you are watching because it could be you next time – well, if I can tackle another one. Well, for you, I would. If…

  11. November 12, 2013 10:20 pm

    Can you believe it’s already November?? I can’t. And a busy one it has been. So, I just had to share a glimpse of our favorite kind of adventure! Aunt Cassie came to visit, and after all the wedding excitement died down we impulsively decided to make a Disney date. Her FIRST visit too! What made it even more magical for me is that while I was guiding her on her first tour of all the right spots, I described tidbits of all of our 10 years of visits and fun! I told her about you, Anthonee, finally visiting the Haunted House; Triston’s favorite Thunder Mountain roller coaster; our very first Tea Cup spin; Erin’s first encounter with her favorite princesses and Prince Charming at lunch that day! I told her about our costumes and parties at Magic Kingdom; how we stop at Cracker Barrel on the way; Erin’s craving that year for turkey legs; our stop at Downtown Disney for souvineers, and how Erin helped me wear Ghiradelli’s chocolate; and the importance of getting your Ears on your first visit! We have more than a decade of fun together in that place. Aunt Cassie is now planning her first Grammie visit with her grand daughter Ainsley, and will model it after all our adventures. How fun is that? You should go with us. You’ll make the best tour guides while reminiscing about our good moments. I hope you will. Love, Grammie and Grampa!!

  12. November 27, 2013 8:00 am

    Thanksgiving is here, and with it, another launch of holiday season festivities. I can imagine you are full of happy anticipation for the next month of fun and excitement. We are!! We went gift shopping this past weekend and had so much fun. I am spoiling some less fortunate kids this year with the best toys ever – my favorite part of Christmas giving. I’m ready to run the T-Day race in the morning, and then we will have our feast in the afternoon. We have some new favorite recipes to try out, but instead of turkey, Grampa and I are having duck. It’s one of his best dishes! The weekend promises to be beautiful weather so we will be putting up our Christmas lights and decorations. Our new tree will be done up in a coastal theme. I should have your ornaments completed soon, but since there are no hard deadlines, I’m not in a rush. They’ll join your gifts and previous ornaments in your box. I’m saving it until a day when we can go through it together. Hopefully it does not become too too full before you decide to come and see what you’ve been missing these past years.

    The first weekend in December is filled with celebrations – including your big 18th birthday Anthonee! We are all very curious about what path you will choose as you enter the years of your majority. What kind of man are you becoming? Are you grounded in integrity, love, and respect for others? Do you have a good work ethic and wonder about those you left behind? Will you be courageous and make the move to recover what you lost? We’re counting on these things because we beleive in you and we are confident your Dad instilled these things in you.

    For me, I’ve finally come to a point where I will no longer live in the sadness surrounded by grief. It will never go away, but I have decided to be happy and live surrounded with the good things I enjoy in life. When each of you do finally have the courage to rejoin us, we will pick up where we left off with all the fun things we enjoy together. In the meantime, I have lot’s to do to bring on our holiday magic. The colored lights are on in the pool, our lights will be up, and there will be presents under the tree. This weekend is a cookie baking weekend!! We’re considering a Christmas Eve party, and then your Dad is hosting Christmas dinner at his new house. Great Grandma is already planning what to bring, and is making a new dress! We are holding our Gray family party at Noni’s house this year, and we are so looking forward to seeing everyone again. As you can guess, all of your cousins are growing up and doing such cool things. New jobs, ROTC, girlfriends and boyfriends, football stars, cheerleading, prom queens, 4H winners, singers, musicians, wrestling state champs…so many accomplishments. You three are the ones not there each year, but we hope that can change. It’s up to you, of course. In the meantime – I hope your holidays are looking bright!! Love, Grammie

  13. December 4, 2013 9:15 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANTHONEE! Wow, it is so hard to beleive you are 18 years old! Grampa and I celebrate you and the amazing potential you have ahead of you! We are disappointed we are not celebrating with you, but you are at the forefront of our minds and in our hearts today especially. So, what are you doing to celebrate? And what are your dreams and plans? Considering you are so talented and smart, I hope it includes college and adventure. You have the world at your fingertips. While you are looking forward to wonderful things, be sure to include your reconnection with those who love you. We look forward to it. Happy Birthday and Much Love. Grammie and Grampa.

  14. December 16, 2013 10:13 pm

    My dear Grands, I sure hope you are having as much fun as we are this Christmas season. As we get closer to the 12 days of Christmas, we are busy planning, wrapping, decorating, and celebrating. We have our house so nicely decorated and lit up with Christmas lights (my favorite part!!). We are even putting out your electric train, Triston! I may add something to make a Christmas train this year. Your Dad turned his house into a gingerbread house of old fashioned lights – we can’t wait to see it on Christmas when we’ll have dinner there. They are so excited to host and we are all so excited to go. I love when we all cook together, and this is one of those occassions. We’ll go over early just to do this.

    This weekend is our Gray Family Christmas party. All the kids are looking forward to getting together – well, all your aunts and uncles too, but your cousins are especially chatting up what fun we will have! Everyone is so grown up — well, you know that, as you are too! We are still doing our cool stocking party, but this year it’s at Noni’s house so we’re staying all weekend. We have new Christmas pjs and plan on games and movies too! I wish it could last a week!! We have the coolest stocking stuffers this year – but they’re a surprise, so I won’t tell you what they are! You’re missing out…dang it. Only you can fix that…

    Great Grandma and Great Grandpa are staying over at our house for Christmas so we turned the guest room into a Christmas treat with a golden Christmas tree, the red, plaid bedding, and new Christmas palm tree stuff. We are having a Christmas Eve party – of course – with neighbors, friends, and family. It all wraps up with a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights. I remember all those years we did this together! We still have the crazy decorated house with music to go along with it. Remember?

    Christmas morning we’ll have our famous eggnog french toast with strawberries…you remember…and presents!!! I miss our early morning drives to hurry over and be with you to open gifts, but it is kind of nice to stay snuggled up in our warm beds with hot coffee. What are you dreaming of for Christmas? Ours would only be improved by having you with us. Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas — we are certainly having one ourselves. We will be thinking of you! Do the same, okay? Merry Christmas!! Love, Grammie and Grampa!

  15. January 1, 2014 10:24 pm

    My dear Grands, Anthonee, Erin, and Triston,
    Here we are with another Christmas apart under our belts. It does not get easier. I dream of you, think of you, and wonder every day what might have been. We love your Dad with all our hearts. We watch him do his thing so well every day and lament the fact that you are not a part of his daily life where you would share in his love and accomplishments. He is a wonderful man and father and you are missing out on so much — but you don’t have to.

    We have had such a warm and enjoyable Christmas season this year – on purpose. I chose to no longer live wrapped in my negative memories, but rather to celebrate life and recall only the nice things I enjoy about being your Grammie and having you in our lives. It laid the foundation for a most wonderful holiday actually.

    Grampa and I went to Noni’s for our family Christmas party and had so much fun catching up with all your cousins, aunts, uncles, and Great Grandma Gray. We stayed the whole weekend to visit, celebrate, and play games. You were missed, and I had the best conversations about our times past. It was nice. In case you missed it, there is a picture of your cousins online.

    So, then Grampa and I hosted a Christmas Eve party. It turned out so very fun and festive!! We played silly games, shared our Christmas stories, and enjoyed an electric evening. You would have had a great time!! Grampa made his grilled duck breast with a raspberry reduction — Mmmm, good! Everyone had a very merry time – kids and grown ups alike.

    Great Grandma and Great Grandpa stayed for Christmas so Christmas morning we had our famous brunch normally reserved for our Nutcracker date, and then opened presents!! Yeay for presents!!

    Your Dad hosted Christmas dinner, along with his significant other – yes of course he has one! He is such a loving and interesting person, it’s just normal. I think you’ll like her. So, we dressed up and packed up even more presents and off we went to his house. We were greeted by the best Christmas lights ever – perfectly installed, and oh so festive. They transformed his adorable house into a gingerbread house with Christmas tree sporting all his ornaments showing through the windows. Dinner was awesome, and we had the warmest, nicest Christmas ever. I never wanted to leave.

    The week wound down with Great Grandma and I in the studio fitting some patterns and making new tee shirts, and Great Grandpa and Grampa hanging ot doing guy things. It could only have been a better Christmas if you were in it. My heart aches for you in these moments especially.

    We hope your Christmas was a nice one, and know you have a little place in the back of your hearts and memories where we are with you. We look forward to when you reach out to us. We are here – same as always. And now, on to yet another page for the next year of our separation. Merry Christmas to each of you Anthonee Lee, Erin Sunshine, and Triston Andrew. Love, Grammie and Grampa.

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