Blogtember, The Final Day: Two Best Friends That Anyone Can Have

Today’s topic: Share a photo of something old. Maybe something that has personal history for you, that was passed down to you, and that has special meaning to you. Tell us about it and why it’s special.

Today is the very last day of Jenni’s Blogtember challenge and I’m so happy to have been a part of a great month-long of topics. It’s been so fun and has exposed me to numerous other blogs that are entertaining and a great read! Plus it really helped me with content since I’ve been super crazy busy with work!

Tomorrow I start a new 13 month challenge! It’ll be exciting so hold on to your pants! More info to come!

But today’s topic is to share a photo of something old. And I’m sharing an old photo of my grandma and I. (I’m not sharing it because my grandma is old…calm down!)

gram + i (circa 1984)

gram + i (circa 1984)

This woman. Where do I even begin? This is the woman that raised me and over the course of my life, moved from being my grandmother to being a mother, a friend, a confidante, a Hawk, a disciplinarian, and all of the things under a moon a person who raises you can be. When my dad moved in with his parents after his divorce from my mom, this was the person who I spent 97% of my time with. She woke me up for school (sometimes screaming at me because I DID NOT want to get up), she made me breakfast (and that’s where I know a lot more country songs than I should because she listened to Chicago’s US 99 all.the.damn.time.), she took me on her errands, and she took me clothes and school shopping. She was the person who was home when I arrived home from school every day. She was a homemaker, and she ran our house.

We always say in our family that she gives out “tough love.” And, it’s so very true. She loves all of us (my dad, uncle and me) fiercely. And she has the endearing nickname of “The Hawk” in our family because she knows EVERYTHING. Seriously, you cannot sneak anything past this woman. And if you DO make it past her – you feel a retched guilt.

She never had a daughter and she always wanted one. So, when I moved in with my dad, I became her daughter. I still think she loves me more than my dad and uncle! Ha! 🙂 She is and always has been an amazing woman. She has some of the BEST stories about her younger years and I could listen to her talk for days about the things she and my grandpa used to do, where they used to go, about her job developing pictures in a photo shop, or how my grandparents went rollerskating all of the time when they were in their 20s. She’s old school. She hates technology, but she’s smart as a whip and I love her ever so much for that.

I don’t get to spend as much time with her as I’d like to, and sometimes that really breaks my heart. She’s one of a very few people on this earth that loves me no matter what. She raised me, and although she and I butted heads more than a few times in my life (hey! I was a bratty kid), she was always, always, always there for me, no matter what.


Happy Birthday, My Love

A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the love of my life, Jocelyn (you know her as JP on the blog).


I love you so much and hope you have an amazing and wonderful day because you deserve it!

Celebrating Little Man’s 4th Birthday

My nephew Caiden turned four yesterday and over the weekend we met up with his parents and some friends for a trip to the Shedd Aquarium downtown Chicago.

opening his birthday present

opening his birthday present

Caiden loves fish, so it was definitely a trip he was excited about and gave us the chance to get some sweet nephew time in, in celebration of him. I can’t believe he’s already four! I remember when he was born and just being a baby barely walking.  Now he’s grown into a real person with his own personality and it’s really kinda of awesome/special to see him transforming as he grows up.

looking for fish with his aunt JP

looking for fish with his aunt JP

We had a great time navigating all the “areas” of fish species at the aquarium, and saw a huge reef turtle chopping on some yummy snacks in the main Caribbean tank. I just wish time would slow down a little bit because before I know it we’ll be celebrating his 14th birthday!

Caiden with his favorite aunts!

Caiden with his favorite aunts!


Catching Up With Family

A few weekends ago was my little sister’s birthday. She turned 24, which makes me feel oooooold. I’m six years older than her, so it was another reminder that I ring in the big 3-0 this year. I feel like time is whipping on by and I remember when my sister was a baby. Seriously, it feels like yesterday that she was running around in her diaper, eating the dog treats I tricked her into, and whipping down our mother’s driveway in her roller-blades.

JP and I decided to visit with my sister for her bday and head out to NW Indiana to take her to lunch and catch up. We met her at a Mexican restaurant and tagging along with her was my always adorable 3 year old nephew, Caiden. Cu-tie.


It was great catching up with her and spending some time with my nephew. We also brought him his Easter basket, which he seemed to enjoy. We scored some adorable bunny face glasses from the dollar store which roused a ton of giggles at the table. I love the short time we get to spend with each other because I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like to since we live over an hour a part. Caiden is getting so big and is such a handsome little guy, that I just want to shower him with auntie kisses all the time! Adorbs.

Peter Cottontail - or Caiden

Peter Cottontail – or Caiden

On actual Easter Sunday, JP was kind enough to make me ham, which I have been craving. We just picked up a sliced ham from Target which had a really tasty glaze on it. She also made some delicious mashed potatoes with creamed corn (yum) and we chowed down watching basketball and then worked on wedding invitations later that night. Simple weekends are the best! How was your Easter holiday?