Giving Thanks

I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving already.

Where has the year gone?

I think this one zoomed by faster than the rest.

This is my second Thanksgiving with my little grand girl – Averey Elizabeth.

Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving 2013

An itty bitty baby a year ago.

And this year, she has changed so much. She is a mover and shaker. Loves to play, laugh, clap, squeal, and RUN.

This is her and Bridget at the park last weekend. The baby is running, and Bridget is trying to keep up.

The best part of my outing is when Bridget plops down next to me and says out of breath, “I am tired!”

I guess being an eight-year-old and chasing after a busy toddler is too much for her.

What’s funny is I have photos of her “running” all crazy. And you know? It wasn’t that long ago…

Little Bridget
Little Bridget

I am so thankful I have been in her life since she was a toddler.

I am thankful to share the love of Averey with her.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography
I am pretty sure they will be friends for a long, long time.

I’ve had an entire year plus a few months of being a Grandmother. I wish I could explain what joy that brings me, but it isn’t something you can explain. It is just something you feel in your heart.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

I am grateful for this experience. It is a treasure and a gift.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

And yes, it is going by way too fast. I don’t want her to grow up, and yet, I can’t stop time. I’m not sure I would want to either. I am enjoying the great changes she is making.

So, I will cherish every moment. Every run. Every laugh. Every squeal.

And I am thankful.

So very, very thankful.

I thank you all for being here. I wish you many blessings and memories on this Thanksgiving Day.

If you don’t celebrate, that is okay. You can still be thankful.

Just take a quick lesson from a very cute fifteen-month-old.

For the Love of All Things Cake

It happened. My Grand baby turned ONE. My heart both soars and breaks at the same time.
© 2014 Angelia's Photography
The first year is truly a miracle. The accomplishments, the growth, and the sheer magnitude of it all. She got her first tooth a month earlier. She can stand and cruise pretty good, but not quite walking yet. She is eating regular food. She can say a few words very clearly (and usually loudly). Laughs at her own jokes, and is obsessed with modem/stereo lights.
© 2014 Angelia's Photography

She LOVES Minnie Mouse.

That still amazes me even though the same thing happened with her mother (who loved Pooh Bear). How can someone so small can know exactly what they are crazy about? Do you know what else she is crazy about?


Pure sugar and icing cake.

This girl loves it.

DSC_2832cvrtcopy copyWM
And of course she would.
DSC_2841cvrtcopy copyWM
She even dropped her chip for it.

The party turned out fantastic. Lots of friends and family came to celebrate this precious mile stone.

My husband and I started renovating our house mid-July. All the carpet removed from the main rooms and tile installed. We worked regular jobs in the day and spent nights on our house. Every summer show we normally watch is still sitting in the DVR. I’m not sure if that means we watch too much summer TV or if house reno is a lot tougher than it looks on TV. Probably…a little of both. Thank God for Jason’s step-dad and his friend Bob that did the floors for us.

We were able to get the kitchen wall paper removed. Then those walls textured and painted (as well as the living room). All the kitchen cabinets and doors painted. Most of the trim painted and put back on (even added trim to a window). And almost all the tools, compressors, paint cans and left-over trim on the back patio moved into the garage in time for the party.

It was a whirl-wind.

It was crazy.

It was so worth it.

There were lots of adorably cute girl babies.

Lots of burgers, and hot-diggity dogs.

Way too much food and cake.

And just a fabulous birthday all the way around.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography
Of course it was.

I wouldn’t have it any other way for my big and so so little grand girl. She is a treasure and a gift.

We did take a break the day before for a family dinner on my birthday. Yes, I had a birthday too.

But as it goes, she is still the best present I could ask for, and celebrating her first birthday made my 43rd just as memorable.

Like icing on our favorite cake.

Mmmmmm, cake.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

I’m that Grandma

You know the one…

Always carries a “brag” book (my iPhone).

Always snapping photos of their darling grandchild.

Always proud to share every moment of achievement (whether you ask or not).

Always beaming from ear to ear about how cute she is.

Yes, I’m that Grandma.

More puffed up than I ever thought possible.

More honored than I ever dreamed.

Hey, I am part of the reason this child is here…there is something astonishing about seeing a new generation in your life.

So…I’m that Grandma.

And do you know? That is just fine with me.

Happy Seven Months to Grammy’s sweetie pie!