Friday, October 18, 2013
I haven't posted in months and months due to lack of time and issues with my iphone that I no longer have - I'm an android girl. So just for anyone that is maybe periodically checking, please check Instagram because that's where I'm at. I'm under nickielcarter and would love to see any friends on there :) Hope everyone is doing good! I'll try to get something updated soon!
Friday, May 3, 2013
|Yes, that's my girl - front and center. She was fabulous!|
She got flowers from her dance teacher, Miss Sara.
|Her recital just happened to be the night of Grandpa Ned's funeral. It was a hard day and I really don't know how my parents managed to come to her recital after such a trying day.|
Grandpa and Grandma Carter were there also to see our girl shake it.
|Good brothers being supportive.|
Getting ready to go.
My cute little munchkin!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I love watching basketball & more importantly I love watching my boys play basketball. They had a great season and learned a lot. Braxton was on a team with one of his good friends. He still has issues losing and not getting enough ball time - someday he will understand the concept of TEAM. Dylan played in the Springville League this year. He's played Mapleton up until now and we thought it might be a good idea if he got to know some other kids from Springville so that the transition from Mapleton Jr, High to Springville High will be good. They only won a few games but he has improved a ton and was playing most of the time. Braxton says he just wants to play basketball and nothing else. Good job boys!!
One of his many baskets
And another one
He was a fast runner
And fought to get that ball
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Little farmer boy.
During WWII Ned was in the Marines.
Not too long ago, walking around the farm with his pitchfork.
My last good-bye. I needed a picture of his hand.
I'm not sure how to write this without crying and at the same time do it justice. Here goes :)
This man is my Grandpa Ned. He passed away at home, peacefully on January 9th. He was 87 years old and he was ready to go. Ned was born and raised a farmer. He worked hard every single day of his life. About 3 years ago he had a stroke that took its toll on his little body and made walking a difficult and painful thing. He would curse his legs daily which was sometimes funny and a lot of the time heart breaking. I've never known a more independent, stubborn man. I spent a lot of my childhood out on the farm with my grandparents. Not so much actually farming - cows and I didn't get along well. But I would say we slept there at least one weekend a month and spent many other days there. It was usually my 2 older brothers & I and 2 other cousins that were always with Grandma & Grandpa. I have so many memories of wonderful times there.
For the past 3 years I've tried to spend as much time with my grandparents as possible. Sometimes life got crazy and I wouldn't see them for a few days but it was never more than that. Mondays were usually Burger King days. Tuesdays were either Sonic or Great Steak. Wednesdays were, without a doubt Joe Banditos. Every single Wednesday we'd go with Aunt Marilyn and whoever else could come. The waiters all know us by name and have our order started as we walk in. Ned loved their chips and salsa. He would just concentrate on eating that. Thursdays were Burger King again, we had a lot of Burger King. Fridays were Chuck-a-Rama days. The weekends were a toss between Burger King again and another round at Chuck-a-Rama. They eat out a lot! I, on the other hand, was usually just along to be chauffeur - I can't eat out that much & Grandma's driving is....questionable :) But every time I would walk through that door Ned would say, "Well hello there girl". Like he hadn't seen me in months, like for that moment I was the one that brought a smile to his face. If Grandma was still in bed we'd sit and talk. At the time it was just getting glimpses into his past and getting advice for my future but now....now, those talks were everything. He always told me he loved me. He always asked how my little family was doing. He made me laugh with his funny little anticdote's, he continually thought people were trying to steal from him. He recently told me that "Someone stole my shovel right out of the ditch". We would always reassure him that no one was stealing from him and everything was ok. On December 9th he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for severe pain. He came home the next day and we got some home health care to come in and help. I have a good friend that owns a company called iCare. I can't say enough or give enough praise to these people. One week later he was going down hill fast and we had iCare bring hospice in. They were so loving and kind with grandpa. I can't ever thank them enough for the respect they showed and the sincere love they had for both of my grandparents. We knew we had only days left. My aunt flew in and we all stood vigil by his bedside. But no one was there more than grandma. What an example of love, kindness, and commitment. She took such good care of him. I got to have a moment alone with him the day before. I told him how much I love him and recalled some fun memories. I held his hand and he smiled. My mom and aunt were there with Grandma when Grandpa went early that Wednesday morning. Death is a funny thing. I knew he was going and I knew it was time. I even knew he was wanting to and I know where he is. But I wasn't prepared for the heartbreak. Yes, he was old and yes it was time but those two things haven't made it a whole lot easier. Planning a funeral helped at first. The funeral turned out wonderful. I was able to go and cut his hair at the mortuary the day before. That one act was so very hard but I knew I needed to do it because I've cut his hair for a long time now. My mom and dad came too. I think it was good for me & mom to get the shock over before the viewing. Grandma wanted a tractor embroidered on the inside of the casket - who'd have thought :) My brother, Danny was Ned's right hand man. Danny found Ned's cattle brand and all of the boys got together and branded the casket. It was awesome. We put Ned in his nice farm clothes with a toothpick in his pocket because he always had one there. Family came from all over the country. Grandma's birthday was 3 days after he died. We were all there, something that hasn't happened in more than 15 years. She loved it and it was a great night together. My mom...there aren't words for her either. She has been there every day for everything.... doctor appointments, financial needs (helps when she works at the bank), grocery shopping, arranging for house maintenance, and just checking in every single day. I hope that my kids can show that much love when I need it. My cousin Brent and his family have been wonderful as well. They live right across the street from them which put our minds at ease. They are great people that were always there for whatever they needed right then.
So to wrap it all up - Grandpa is gone. I love him and miss him every day. I am so grateful to have had him in my life. I will always remember the big things and the little things. Like I've told my kids who were so sad, Grandpa is our angel now.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The kids love the tradition of sleeping in Dylan's room on Christmas Eve. I had to wake them up in the morning - go figure. It was 7 a.m. and I was too excited!!
Another fun tradition is new jammies.
Oh happy Christmas Day - he got a cool new club.
And a few new cool shirts.
Brax got his favorite movie.
She loves her Easy Bake Oven!
Dreams come true - he asked for the Terrain Twister and was giddy happy about getting it.
Yeah - roller skates. Nati got a pair a couple of years ago and....Dylan lost one of them. So mom and dad got her new ones and she was super excited.
Go, baby, go!!
The Terrain Twister on the move.
One happy family that feels so very blessed :)
We spent Christmas Eve with my parents. This year was a little hard for us because my moms' dad - Grandpa Larsen (Tractor) was going downhill fast and we were so concerned about him. I pulled it together for the kids so they didn't feel it was any different but in all honesty, it didn't feel like Christmas this year. We went through the motions and managed to make Christmas great for the kids.
La La Loopsy was a hit.
Clothes & money are just right for him.
Bad picture of his new shirt and legos.
A nice, quiet Christmas Eve.
It's that time of year again.
We have a guest that makes our home lots of "fun".
He comes December 1st and leaves on Christmas Eve.
The kids think he's hysterical.
Mom and Dad try to put up with him.
His name is Buddy!
This was a huge hit!
Merry Christmas Eve
This was..... lots of fun. Buddy tried to take the tree upstairs with a string of lights.
He turned all of the chairs over.
He started munching on the gingerbread house.
Santa's magic was lifted for a few minutes so that the kids could say goodbye. There were tears involved. Nati was super sad.
Brax told Buddy to hurry back.
Awww - fake tears are so special.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I love the fun traditions that we do as a family each year. Here are the highlights :)
Lee Family Christmas Party 2012
"BINGO" is always the best event of the night. Everyone gets into it and loves the fun prizes that mom has for them.
Nati's Christmas Cookie Exchange 2012
Natalie begged for some type of party to have with some friends.
We invited a few friends and their moms to join us for a cookie exchange, "Pin the Heart on the Grinch", and visiting. It was a fun party & my girl was satisfied.
Bunco Dinner 2012
Love being with these great friends every month. We have made it a tradition to go to dinner and exchange gift for our December Bunco. Super fun!
Braxton continues to decorate the gingerbread man while Nati does the tree and Dylan decorates the house. Love my silly little family!
Ornaments with Grandma Carter
Jason's mom takes all of the grandkids to the mall to get ornaments every year. The kids love it! We normally get the ornaments, ride the train, see Santa and eat lunch. This year we got ornaments, no train - super sad kids, you had to pay to see Santa - ridiculous, and had lunch followed by riding the carousel. It was fun but the kids were sad about the train and Santa.