Friday, April 29, 2011

A Baby, A Princess, And A Wedding

Growing up I always heard how I NEVER slept as a baby. My Mom and Grandmother reminded me of this when both of my boys were born. I know they secretly giggled behind my back knowing paybacks were being carried out.

My Mom would also tell me (jokingly) that she was probably the only American watching Princess Anne get married because she was up with me. On November 14, 1973, I was six weeks old, and at 4am my Mom was up with me watching a very rare royal wedding - live. Princess Anne married Mark Phillips, a commoner, and the two of us sat in our living room in Albany, Georgia watching.

Today another royal wedding took place. I don't have a baby to sit with me and watch. My boys (husband included) could care less about weddings, royals, or ceremony. I wasn't sure if I was even going to watch myself. Then, late last night I decided to DVR the wedding. After getting Jacob off to school I sat and watched. I watched with amazement. The amount of people lining the streets. The hats. Oh, the hats. The ever so beautiful Prince Harry. (He's my favorite!) I was totally sucked in to this modern day fairy tale wedding.

I was so glad I recorded this event. Eventhough I didn't watch it "live" I feel like I was still part of something. I don't remember the wedding of Princess Anne, but I know my Mom will always remember her tired self watching. I think that is why I felt like I needed to watch. It isn't the fascination of becoming a royal or a princess. It is knowing that my Mom's sacrifice of sleep allowed her to be part of a royal wedding. I just wanted to be part of this one too.

Monday, April 25, 2011


This is by far my most favorite picture of the boys. It speaks volumes on their personalities.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Soldiers Smile

Today we flew home from our Spring Break trip to Florida. We had a wonderful time basking in the sun and visiting with the O'Donnells. We were sad to leave but ready to go home.

On our flight from Tampa to Charlotte Tod sat next to a soldier. Jacob didn't notice him sit down until mid flight when Tod pointed him out. The soldier was sleeping. Jacob decided to draw him a picture. It only took about 5 minutes for him to draw a little picture. He drew a soldier standing in a field of flowers and trees and he drew mountains in the background. The soldier was still sleeping so we waited. After we landed and the aisles filled up I asked Jacob if he wanted to give him the picture he drew. He shook his head and said that he wanted me to do it.

I handed the soldier the little picture and said, "My son drew you a picture." The very stoic solider had the most beautiful smile and said to Jacob, "Thank you, Buddy! It's beautiful!" He looked at the picture for a few seconds then tucked it neatly in his chest pocket.

Jacob was so proud that he took the picture with him. This is a moment that I will never forget.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Florida Bound

I still love Spring Break! Just the thoughts of spring break bring back such fun memories. Tomorrow we will head to Florida!!! Tod's parents are waiting for us to invade their beautiful Florida home! We are looking forward to no alarm clocks, no work, no school, and lots of fun!! Ahhh....Spring Break!!!