Friday, November 20, 2009

Time well spent

I recently got back from visiting my grandparents at their home in Hayesville, North Carolina. They've lived down there permanently since 1994 but have always spent their winters there since before I was born. Grandparents are truly amazing people. I know I'm very lucky because 3 of my 4 grandparents are still living and I'm 26 years old. I lost my grandfather (my mom's dad) in February 2008 and it was very hard losing my first grandparent. However, since his death, I feel like I've made more of an effort to stay in touch with my family.

My grandparents in North Carolina are my dad's parents. I am their ONLY grandchild. To answer your questions, yes, I'm spoiled rotten. But seriously, my grandparents have always gone out of their way to make sure I have everything I need, including a car, college education, clothes, etc. I feel like I used to take their gifts and support for granted, but I've worked hard to better appreciate these sorts of things. I hope they know how grateful I am.

As a young person, I never thought of my grandparents as "old" people. I always thought they were full of life, loving everyone (including me) and always gracious. Now that I'm older, I can start to see how "old" my grandparents really are, but in a very funny way! They are so particular about things! They are amazed about the things I can find them on the internet (like peanut butter pretzels and websites with information about people in our family). They have very strong opinions about politics and Bill O'Reilly (who my grandfather LOVES and DVRs everyday). They like their food a certain way and become irritated if something is out of routine.

But at age 83 and 80, I think they deserve to do things however they want. Not to mention all the lovely things they do like try to make me pancakes for breakfast, make sure my rental car is paid for and the gas to go in it, try to keep up with me even though the emphysema and Parkinson's is holding them back, and always make sure I want for nothing.

My mom's mom is a whole different kind of grandparent and person. This is a woman who grew up during the Depression and still spends like she has nothing. She makes the BEST pie crust I've ever had! She would never have a second thought about making a full dinner for the upcoming holiday. And while she never really spoiled us grandchildren (7 of us, me being the youngest) we were always sent birthday cards, invited to spend the night whenever we wanted, and always told how proud they were of us. My grandmother gave me my love of crockpotting and bean soup, she often took care of me when my parents were working, and always had Trident gum available.

Amazing people.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Celebrating our 1 year anniversary

Saturday we celebrated the big anniversary. It was also a day for celebrating someone else's love: our good friends Josh and Deanna. Jeff and Josh were good friends throughout school and even college roommates. Jeff was honored when Josh asked him to be a groomsman. Josh was in our wedding last year and Deanna came with Josh. So it was nice to turn around 1 year later and help the 2 of them celebrate their Big Day.

The newly married couple even surprised us at the reception by having the DJ announce our names and that we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. It was very sweet. We also got to have champagne and fresh (not still-frozen-after-one-year) wedding cake. We got to catch up with old friends and made a few new ones along the way.

You may notice that Deanna's dress is very vintage. She wore her "man of honor's" mother's dress from the early 1980's. It was nice to see a bride in something a little retro and classic. I think everyone was pleasantly surprised when they saw her walk down the aisle.

Here are a few shots from the day:

Friday, November 6, 2009

This Saturday marks the 1 year wedding anniversary for Jeff and I. I can't believe how quickly one year has passed. It's been a year of traveling, weddings, job hunting, happiness and much more. I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else. He's my rock, my strength, my equal and my balance. He spoils me yet challenges me. Happy anniversary baby!

I'll leave you with some pictures of our Big Day: