Monday, May 9, 2011

10/ 52 weeks of happiness

We had a really good, semi-productive weekend.  The productive part doesn't happen all too often around here, so when we do make progress on things, it makes it all the better.

We woke up to unexpected thundershowers Saturday morning, and Gwendolyn's soccer game was cancelled. We went to breakfast, then came home and relaxed until later in the afternoon.  We worked a little on the garden and played ball in the backyard.  

Sunday I slept until almost 9 or so and Keary and the girls brought home breakfast.  We finished up the planting the garden and putting brick and rocks down along the sidewalk.  Hopefully the bricks will cut down on the amount of mud Waylon, Gwendolyn and Maggie get into. 

Gwendolyn was very excited to give me the cards she made and gift she picked out.  She made me three or four Mother's Day cards, all brightly colored and pictures of the family she had drawn.  And she picked me out some gardening gloves and bag with tools in it.  Keary said she had really wanted to get me a bike but he told her I needed to be there to help pick something like that out, so she chose gardening supplies.  I was very  impressed she managed to not tell me what she got me.  For three days I heard, "Momma, I have a surprise for you.  It is your Mudder's Days gift."

Keary also completely surprised me with a new laptop with photoshop and everything on it.  I thought it would be at least another year before I got a new computer.  He said he decided I had been actively working on improving my picture taking skills that he wanted to make sure I had all the tools to use.  Like I said, I was completely surprised and that never happens.

I also spent some time with my Grandy Sunday.  I sat with her while she talked and I tried to reassure her that everything was going to be okay.  It is hard to say if it helped, but she did calm down eventually and even was able to introduce me to some of the staff as her granddaughter.  She still always seems to be able to recognize me but sometimes says I am her daughter and other times knows I am her granddaughter.  She recognizes me though so I'll take what I can get.  

I also snapped a few pictures of her while I was there and she was calm.  She bruised one side of her face earlier in the week, so I chose to do more of a profile picture. 
 I even managed to get the picture loaded and edited and to my mom for part of her Mother's Day gift by the end of the day. I know that she appreciated it.  



29 comments:

  1. What sweet and thoughtful gifts! Sounds like a lovely day!

    Tamar

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  2. Oh wow, you captured quite the moment there...looking into the distance...I wonder what she sees, what she's thinking right then.

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  3. This is a beautiful portrait.

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  4. Beautiful photo, needs to be in a frame.

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  5. beautiful portrait - and congrats on the new computer & photoshop !! my hubby wouldn't even know where to begin to make that happen :)

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  6. I couldn't help but click on this thumbnail. I had an Oma who suffered from demential. It is so hard. I also have my 94 year old Nana still here with us, and she is sharp as a tack. I will have to try some profile shots. A wonderful sweet shot.
    Dana

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  7. What wonderful gifts :) your mom is beautiful... love the pic

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  8. So beautiful!! Great capture. Touching...

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  9. That's a wonderful photo of your grandma.

    And I love that your little daughter kept her Mother's Day secret!

    =)

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  10. That is a beautiful portait, one that I'm sure you will treasure.

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  11. What a great hubby... and by the looks of this photo I can see why he went for it. It is gorgeous.

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  12. What a great photo of your grandma. Sounds like a lovely day.

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  13. Ok, that does sounds amazing!! Love it! And that photo is priceless. Love the capture and the processing :)

    ~Tabitha

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  14. Wonderful photo and processing - love it!

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  15. lovely profile shot of your Granny, bet your mom was thrilled with the gift

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  16. This is absolutely gorgeous and what a thoughtful idea to give a print to your mom. My grandmother is much the same so I can relate. She's in a nursing home and some days her memory is good and others not so much. It's very hard to watch somebody decline in mental health. :( Big hugs!

    Thanks for participating in Fabulous Friday!

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  17. Congrats Danyelle! You were chosen as the winner of Fabulous Friday!

    http://mcdougallphotography.blogspot.com/2011/05/fabulous-friday-top-five-and-winner_16.html

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  18. Wow! This is just beautiful! I love the shadows, the fact she is looking out the window, the conversion! Just beautiful!! Seriously! What an awesome picture to have of your grandmother!! Thanks for linking up!

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  19. That is such a wonderful shot, and a memory you will be forever grateful you have. I wish I had more photos like this of my grandparents. The moments they are there you must embrace. I went through the same with my Grandma.

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  20. Such a beautiful photo. It is so hard to see those we hold so dear slip away. I know my granny just passed away last week, but oh to be able to reflect on the wonderful times I had with her. It is a true gift.

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