click here to open post Jun 11, 2012 | posted in Personal | 28 comments

This is my mom.

Her name is Annie.

But we call her “Grammie” (and my kid’s friends call her “Auntie Grammie”. . . because it’s awesome. . . and because I make them).

She’s brave. She’s generous. She’s kind. She’s FULLLLLL of joy and light and perfect empathy and unconditional love. In complete sincerity, she’s unlike anyone you’ve ever known. These aren’t simply sweet birthday words from a loving daughter. Truly, ask anyone who knows her. She’s exceptional. Completely and totally so.

We love you, Grammie!

Love,

Alllllllll of us

PS. Lincoln: “I love Grammie, because she’s really nice, and she lets us visit her, and she lets us be her grandkids.”  Cardon: “I love Grammie, because she’s nice, and ’cause she loves me.” Raleigh: “I love Grammie because she’s AMAZINGLY nice and she helps us with EVERYTHING.”

The end.

(Oh Hawaii. Oh. Oh. Oh.)

**Bottom image in this post: Hukilau Beach. Laie, HI. Soooooo great for the kiddies.

**I get emails ALL.THE.TIME requesting vacation information for Hawaii travel. It’s impossible for me to answer all of these requests (particularly because I don’t know your personal groove). That said, I’m going to add a blog category: “Vacation Oahu,” and as I chronicle the next 6 weeks for our family, I’ll do my best to include pertinent vacation information for those who may be interested. I sure do love y’all! xx! N

I am exhausted to the very marrow in my bones.

But we made it!!! Proof (of the cell phone variety):

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It was raining like nuts-o-ville, but my kids could NOT BE STOPPED.

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Here’s what a trip to Costco looks like when you’re prepping for 6.5 weeks of travel.
(The dog food is for my very pregnant BFF, Rach. Well, for her dog that is.)

More coming soon.

Mwa and ALOOOOHA!

Nat

PS funny story. I fell asleep while posting this (from my phone). Like gone from this world, dead asleep. I woke up 7 hours later with my iPhone tucked under my face. Told you I was tired.

A quick (ish) chronicle of the cousin portion of our trip to sunny (ish) San Diego. (Not pictured: Uncle Matty! What?! How?! Shame on me! Also not pictured: our grown ups only party night at the Beach Boys/Foster the People Concert!)

Sorry for the hiatus. (No I’m not.)

We took a Memorial Day trip to California, ate waaaaaaay to much delicious food (ask my thighs) and saw sooooooo many people we love. It was perfect. We got home the day before yesterday, and now we’re getting prepped for our trip to Hawaii (leaving Monday).

WOOSH. (That was the sound of the wind rushing past as we zooooom by. Full speed ahead.)

I’m hoping to get back to blogging (real blogging) soon, but in the mean time, I suggest you take a day or two off. I don’t care who you are, and I don’t give a spit about the circumstances. Take the day off. You need it.

Put your phone away. Get outside. And live. The world won’t stop spinning without you.

N

PS. My darling baby Lincoln graduated from Kindergarten yesterday. My youngest is now a first grader. Oy.