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Home once again!

After a quick trip to Orlando we are home and settled once again!  As we were pulling out on Saturday with a baby girl recovering from a fever and the rest of us completely exhausted after two long weeks I wondered why we were squeezing it all in.  It is true ... we all do too much!  What I craved more than anything was the same four days holed up in my house finishing up loose ends from the move and lazy days with my kids and their pjs.  I was not one bit excited about driving 7 hours to Florida. 

And then we left late and my anxiety grew.  We would arrive in the dark and my parents would be disappointed.   The kids would be grouchy and they were already on my last nerve.  Or maybe it was me on my last nerve and they were just the icing on the cake. 

And then we arrived ... and I saw my children with my 90 year old Nana.  They were thrilled to see her and she was overjoyed to have us there.  And every single ounce of anxiety and where will it all fit at home melted away.  My Nana does that to me.  She is the most adorable and loving woman I have ever known.  She is the reason I love to give to others.  My Nana is the heart of my family.  And I must admit its a complicated family.  She starts each day humming beautiful music and smiles all day long.  She is known for writing beautiful letters and stuffing folded money in your pocket when she hugs you.  It doesn't get any better.

So we spent three days talking, laughing, shopping, eating and enjoying the beautiful weather.  Sunday we spent the afternoon at Downtown Disney.  The kids had their faces painted and we lunched at the Rainforest Cafe.  Monday we made a trip to the outlets where I loaded up on Vineyard Vines, Tory Burch, Lacoste and JCrew.  Tuesday we spent the day at the Magic Kingdom.  We arrived at 9 and left at 8 pm just after the Electric parade.  It was a glorious day and she walked all of us into the ground.  Wednesday we packed up and made the trip home.  It was worth every single minute and it went way too fast!

I love, love, love my Nana.  I will be heartbroken when I can no longer pick up the phone and call her and hear her say "Hi Doll" when she realizes its me.  She tells me I am tall and beautiful at just the time I am feeling icky from head to toe.  She has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  I know she will not live forever but I can not bear the thought that one day she will be gone.  My goal is to teach my children all she taught me.  And in that she will live forever!!!



  1. I love this POST!! It is what your children recieved from being with your NANA to know that family is your treasure not material things.. What a beautiful lady...

  2. Glad y'all had fun! that was such a great post about your Nana.

  3. I LOVE this post!!!!
    Every one deserves to have a Nana like yours, I sure did :)



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