Friday, January 16, 2015
We have a granddaughter! This past September the bf's daughter presented to the world this lovely baby girl - Evelyn. Pure love. He and I met after all of our children (four between us - two his, two mine) were grown, so I haven't really ever thought of myself as a "step-mother" and he feels the same way about mine. Partly because they are grown, and partly because his already have a perfectly good mother and mine a perfectly good father. But I do love his children, and he loves mine - we both feel like we really lucked out there, because all four of them are people we honestly like, as well as love. And they like us! And we love the four significant others as well. How did we get so lucky? Anyway. When his daughter found out she was pregnant she asked me to be the "bonus grandma", an idea I love.
We spent New Year's Eve in Brooklyn this year. His daughter and mine both moved into larger apartments this past year, so we got to stay with each of them for a few nights in each place. Got to spend a few days with my baby girl and her wonderful young man and their sweet, sweet Great Dane, Luna, and a few days with the bf's daughter, her wonderful young man and their beautiful, wonderful, funny and super-smart Evelyn. And we all got to spend some time together - his, mine, and ours. It was the very best way to end the best year ever and start what will surely be another fantastic year.
A few years ago the bf and I were discussing the "what ifs" of becoming grandparents, although at the time we were certain neither of his would have children, as neither was in a committed relationship and both in their mid to late 30's (so many changes in such a short amount of time!). And neither of mine were showing any interest in becoming parents, so the whole grand parent thing was up in the air (and we were fine with that - really). But we were discussing it anyway. I asked him what he would want to be called. He was like "What? You mean I get to pick?" and I said "Yeah, of course". He thought for a few seconds and then said "Batman". So far he IS Batman. We'll see if that lasts. He can't wait to teach Evelyn how to ride a bike. I will teach her to garden (and maybe a little yoga).
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I have so many reasons that 2014 was such a great year, all of which I hope to share here in the coming weeks. This is just one of them:
A happy Mom was I. Kendra the bride on the left and her sister and bridesmaid, Schyler, on the right. This picture never fails to make me feel happy and so very, very blessed. These are the loves of my life.
It was a beautiful wedding. I couldn't be happier, and they couldn't be either. I asked Kendra afterwards what was her favorite part and she said that she loved everything, but her favorite was at the end of the reception when the DJ called last dance (which was another little surprise for them - the DJ and I chose "Wagon Wheel" by The Old Crow Medicine Show, which is a BIG FAVORITE around these parts), everyone circled around them and danced and sang along while they danced in the middle. Everyone cried happy tears and Kendra said she felt "very loved by everyone there, and like they were a huge part of the happiest day of my life." Does it get better than that?