Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kids Say The Darndest Things

So it was Father's Day, perhaps I should have been prepared. After all, it wasn't Mother's Day, I should have known the shoe was going to fall...
I was sitting in the living room with my oh so sweet grandson, my first grandbaby, Trey. We were enjoying the remainder of an afternoon well spent with family. And his beautiful soft chocolate eyes are traveling around the room when his gaze stops and rests on a picture of me taken some 23+ years ago. It's the day I brought Elise home from the hospital and all her brothers are gathered around Steve, Elise and I.

Trey looks at the picture and says, "Who is that in this picture?" I say, "You mean holding the baby? It's me!" 
Trey looks at me, angelic, perceptive, observant child he is and says, "You look exactly the same now as you did then!" Oh, be still my sings, I feel lighter than air. For half a second.

The shoe falls. 

My darling, beautiful angelic, okay~ I did say perceptive...young grandson then says, "Except older."

Reality check! 
As the saying goes...'Out of the mouths of babes'!

Still wouldn't trade the day or the moment! At least he didn't add on the fact that I also now look heavier.

 I love you Trey! Always, always, always and forever!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Year of Firsts...

      Happy Anniversary Laura and Daniel! Happy FIRST Anniversary! 

Although your real Anniversary was on June 20th, I hope you will forgive me for posting Father's Day first.
And hasn't the year flown by? It seems like yesterday we were going to Bridal Luncheons and Rehearsal Dinners...
And then it was the big day...a wedding to be remembered! Laura, you were a beautiful bride and it brought tears to my eyes when I saw the joy on Daniel's face as he watched you walk down the aisle! 
And then we went on to the reception and it was your, 'First Dance' as husband and wife!
And then you were off on your honeymoon...and the start of your lives together. It was fun watching you move into your apartment together. Laura is such a wonderful homemaker and chef! Daniel, I think you may learn to eat your veggies yet!
It is a joy to see you two together. You complement each other in the very best of ways. I love that Daniel told me Laura keeps him feeling peaceful and happy. What a wonderful feeling to have when you are with your loved one.

And now you two have purchased your 'First House'!
I know you have been busy with your 'first home owner renovations'. It is backbreaking and sometimes soul shaking work.
But with each whack of the hammer...
  and tug on the crowbar; 
each day the painter is there installing sheet rock you are getting closer to  your dreams!
I hear the new kitchen cabinets and counters are being installed this week! Wow! You two really do make things happen!

And some extra 'experienced' hands are coming your way soon!

So be proud of all you have done in this very special first year...I can't wait to see what you do in the second! It's sure to be fantastic!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

"When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world that we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family, we step into a Fairy Tale." ~ G. K. Chesterton
I know I don't agree with the part of this quote about stepping into a world which could do without us, for there is no one in my 'fairy tale' I could do without or want them to do without. I do know when I stepped into my family with Steve we started to create our own Fairy Tale. He is my King and makes my world shiny and bright. He is the only man I would ever want to have created this family with. 

As a Father he brings a constant and thoughtful love to his family. Not that he can't be a character...just observe his children and you will see he has  passed along his ways of creating fun! We have a lot of fun and laughter in this household, and he is the origin of most of the fun.

Happy Father's Day are the best of the best and taught our children how to stay on the path to find their own Fairy Tale and be the 'best of the best'.

I love you,

Now this day can't go unnoticed for another very special gentleman. I miss having my own Daddy around for Father's Day. I know for those who are in my situation Mother's Day and Father's Day are bittersweet. Love you Daddy!

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”
― Tim Russert

And Happy Father's Day to my two sons with children of their own...enjoy the ride! But remember this...

And Daniel and Laura...Happy Anniversary, Your First! 
Your Anniversary Posting is at the Printers until after Father's Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Uncle Surfer Dude

I'm not sure how these 'only' children end up married to my siblings, but bless their hearts they do. And stay. Married to a spouse with a large riotous, often opinionated rarely subtle family. God Bless.

My youngest sister, Aimee, met the man of her dreams in Florida while attending college. Wayne is an honest to goodness, probably until the waves quit rolling, Surfer Dude. He grew up in New York, on Long Island in an original Levit House in Levittown and surfed for years on the Atlantic  Coast. He was an only child and when he finally met the entire clan I think it was culture shock. But the man gets millions of points for not only ignoring the rowdiness of the clan, but hosting fun and rowdy parties for us whenever family is in town. This is Wayne, quietly manning the grill for the crowd...perhaps seeking a moment of solitude?
 Wayne has been our IT, or very own personal 'Genius' for as long as I can remember. Now he is 'it' for sure, but I am talking computer IT in this instance. When PC's became the rage and we all needed help, Wayne was our man to call. I think his biggest nightmare came true when my Mother got her computer. He was on constant call to make it work. Even when the problem was connected to her access system and not software related, Wayne got the call. And responded. Ah, the good son...! Wayne and Aimee and their kids did the lion's share of taking care of my parents when they needed help in New Orleans. Even before they were in Assisted Living, they were on call and ever helpful and kind. I will never be able to thank them enough for that.

Now among many of Wayne's great talents,  he is a fantastic photographer.  We waste his talent on family pictures but appreciate it never the less. Aimee sent me a photograph of his that is just beautiful...
So although due to the crashing of the computer...(I'm sure he's thanking his lucky stars he's not living nearby and I can take this to the Genius at the Mac Store), this is a late birthday tribute to Uncle Surfer Dude, our own family computer Genius, professional photographer and hero to his family of women!
                                              Uncle Wayne
    A Belated...rather very belated May 29th belated, birthday with love                   

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I think most every family growing up has those special friends that are more like relatives than friends. Ours did. When we were younger, we often spent vacations, holidays and the occasional Saturday or Sunday with some of our parents' best friends and by default their friends' kids. Since we were were lakefront residents, Mardi Gras parades were often watched using one of their houses as the 'base camp'! The Charbonnets, Cranes and Gaudrys lived uptown where the parades would roll! Very often the Gaudry household was the welcoming place for a fais do do.

Charbonnet, Crane and Gaudry are names as familiar and special to my childhood as any 'official' relatives' would be. I know my kids have their own set of 'unrelated family' names that would play equally  a special place in their hearts.

A few nights ago I received from my brother a forwarded e-mail from one of the sons of a very dear and beloved, non-related 'Aunt'. Aunt Margaret Gaudry was one of the most loving, kind and fun-loving ladies I was blessed to have in my life. She was a childhood friend of my Dad's, and it was always touching to see the affection they had for one another. When my parents had to evacuate to North Carolina after Katarina, Aunt Margaret often called and wrote letters to keep them in touch with 'home'.

 The e-mail brought the sad news of her death in  December of 2008. With the passing of my own parents, and with most of us no longer living in New Orleans, we had lost touch with those dear families, and no one knew of her passing.

Happily, the e-mail sparked back and forth e-mails from some of her other sons and evoked  wonderful memories of growing up with the 'Gaudry Boys'! As we were a family of five girls, (Bill, bless his heart was late to the party, as the last in the line), and they were a family of five boys it was always exciting when we got to hang out with those wild and wooly creatures...boys! They did exotic things...while we were in a beach cottage...they went beach camping!  They could actually build the bonfires after we girls gathered the driftwood! Guess we weren't so far away from the 'Hunters' and 'Gatherers', back then. They played cards like real card sharks, but we quickly caught on!
 Aunt Margaret's visits were always special and fun! We shared all of our girly stuff with her and she made us feel special because of her interest in all of our feminine toys. We had Dolls, and Doll Houses! As a mother of four boys I can relate to her excitement in being able to abandon all things 'testosterone related' on occasion! Aunt Margaret is the woman who told me that God blesses mothers with lots of boys by giving them wonderful daughters-in-law as a reward. This sage tidbit was passed along to me after the birth of my youngest son. She was right!

One very happy piece of news in one of the e-mails contained information that two of the very special ladies in our parents 'krewe' are still very much alive. I know Aunt Margaret would be proud to know 'Doc' invites them over to dinner.

Aunt Margaret...we love you, and I hope you knew how you packaged up in your own special way heartstrings we still have tied to you and yours...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Young Love...

Happy Anniversary to my sister Patsy and her wonderful husband Allan! Today they celebrate their thirty-eighth year of wedded bliss!
I know this is an after the wedding photograph...but soon enough after you can get the idea. I have to admit I lost lots of my pictures for postings during the Mac crash. I am slowly getting pictures scanned back in. I am using what I have been able to add in via cd, or what I can find in old emails. 
I do have pictures of a wedding shower held in the bride's honor...

And I was thrilled to find a photograph from their Rehearsal Dinner on a cd given to me by my brother!
Patsy and I were married six months apart from one another. I was married in December and the next June she and Allan tied the knot! And our parents still loved us. Guess turn about is fair play in my case. My two younger sons were married four months apart! Oh, and yes, I still love them.

I need a current picture of this happy couple and their offspring! All together. In one picture. At the same time. So if any of my nieces or nephews are reading this I would love some group shots of you and your siblings together and with your Mom and Dad. Ask your Mom for my email address if you don't have it! Thanks in advance. I love you forever!

The only group picture I have of Patsy and Allan's grown children is in a group shot. Some of their kids are easier to find than others. It's a where's Waldo sort of picture, but those in the know will be able to find them.
I do have a really sweet picture of the marriage celebrants posing with their grandchildren and daughter-in-law. Love and hard work reaps sweet rewards in a marriage....
First comes love then comes marriage..., then comes, if you're very very blessed and have raised children who are so inclined...

Loves, Loves, Loves....

PS I found another picture after the completion of this posting I wanted to include. I'm guessing  my readers' will know why...
                                                          I love you, Patsy!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Timothy Richard

My Timmy, you have given me joy from day one. Even before you were born I was so excited to know you were on the way.
Christmas seemed like such a long time to wait for June. And then, before I knew it you were ready to arrive!
I knew you were going to be another boy, not that anyone told me so. We didn't do those fancy schmancy things back then. But June 9 came and you were here. (Much to your Uncle Bill's surprise, I really didn't wait for his birthday to pass, it just worked out that way). Two parents could not have been more excited. And more blessed. Once you have had the first baby you know how precious and precarious every birth and child is....
Daddy raced from Houma to get home in time for your birth. He was coming in the back door to get me as I was heading out the front door with Papa Daddy. Gramma was getting a tad tense watching me go into labor with you right before her eyes! You were not going to be waiting around for anyone. And when we got to the hospital you were born within the hour! And wide awake and alert...ready to conquer the world already! I was so thrilled to see a cotton top fuzz ball of a baby. I think I was ready to explode with happiness and joy!
Daddy was so happy when he got his chance to feed you your water bottles. 'Timmy time' for each of us was a delight. 
And then it was time to bring you home, at four weeks you were a very happy and content baby...and still wide awake and smiling. You always seemed to have two speeds: on...full throttle and off, sound asleep.
At three and 3/4 months you were all about snuggling...what a cutie! Why I do believe I see a little of Miss Lily in this picture!
At three and a half months you were a cute blonde fuzz ball with a smile that won everyone's heart!

Your older brother was so thrilled to have a playmate. We hit the jackpot when we put the two of you in the same room. You two were soon to become fast friends!
You loved to climb out of your bed and snuggle in with Steve when you were old enough!
And then it was time for your Christening. July 27, 1977. Aunt Lee was your Godmother and Uncle Gene was your Godfather. Father Screen baptized you in the gown your Grandfather wore as an infant. Grams didn't realize all of my children would be Christened in that gown, but she sure was proud when you wore it.
And then you were going to be three and all you wanted was a carousel birthday party. You loved the idea of it, but when it was time for you to actually ride the carousel, you wouldn't get on unless I rode it with you. So I sat on the concrete tube around the center pole while you and your friends rode around and around...and around and around. I thought I was going to be ill before you were ready to climb off!
And I made you a carousel cake and we had a circus theme loved that party and I loved how happy you were.
Time to make a wish!
 We had lots of fun in the back yard...Scott had arrived by this time and he was crawling but you stopped long enough for me to get this happy smile. I can't get enough of your happy smile. Lily does that to me both have very contagious smiles! I think Lily even crinkles her nose like you!
Moving along, I know you want to finish up here, but indulge me on your's your kindergarten graduation with the certificate to prove it!
Daniel had come along and you were always ready to make him smile...
Some things never change...
You had lots of fun at the Egret Street house. New Orleans was a happy place to be. Daddy was always fun to cuddle and play with...
Sometimes a quick tackle was in order...lookout Daddy!
And you always were a man who loved his wheels...
That was a fun Christmas...I think it was an underoo Christmas...Mom loved her share of hugs and loving too..
Never one to slow were always about moving...On your marks...get set...GO!
And then it was the summer we were moving to the land of plenty...and promises for a wonderful future. I wonder if that bubble gum was from your birthday cake. You liked the Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes with bubble gum inside!
When you moved to your new state you left behind lots of cousins. While Daddy and I were finding a house for us to live in, you stayed with Sam, Anne and Sarah. I think that is when you started on a real trend...
Hmmm, Tim again in High and your gang! I think you all were supposed to be a Dunkin Dougnut commercial during Homecoming week. This was some sort of spirit thing, all I know is several of my dresses and some of my jewelry made it in this picture! I wonder how the congregation of one of the pool sharks would enjoy this picture of him way back when? You all were lots of fun, but I think you were not the most attractive of women here!

But I got ahead of grammer school you won the award in fifth grade for Most Likely to Succeed...I knew she had that right on the money!
And along with the move to our new home we had a new arrival...a baby sister! Lily can thank Aunt Elise for giving you practice on babies!
Even though we lived elsewhere we went back to New Orleans for visits...and Mom and Dad always tried our best to keep the LSU blood alive in your veins!
High School came and with it wrestling...I always hated how you all wore yourselves out and starved to make weight...
But it made you fast on  your feet for football and baseball! What's a Mother to do?

It was getting time for you to graduate from High School...where would you go to college, Tim? That was a big decision...for a very short time...
 O! M! G! one time with that hat on your head and you knew it was too traumatic! Not going to happen...And finally high school graduation day came.
 You were so ready to be off and going to NCSU! And Coach O'Cain and the Wolfpack taught your entire family a different way to watch football. We were always checking the sidelines to see where the famous Assistant Tim was. Perhaps if the coach had listened to you he would still be coaching at NCSU?
And you graduated from that fine institution and moved on to start your career. Life was good for the single man. Then one day on a car ride back from visiting family in New Orleans you told me you had met someone, someone you thought was going to be very special in your life. And she was and is and always will be. It was the beginning of Tim and Lisa...
You were a beautiful bride and was a lovely wedding!
You have a wonderful way of making everyone around you smile. You give Daddy and I so much to be thankful and happy for. Love comes shining out from you.
And you and Lisa have given us the most precious gift...our very first granddaughter. Lily, the most beautiful flower child! You are such a fantastic father. You can see it in Lily's eyes when she lights up and gives you her most special smile!
So Scott and I agree, it's high five all around 
and Happy Birthday to our one in a million guy, you make me dance with joy and love!
Love you forever...Mom