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For today’s Throwback Thursday, I am going back quite far.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure how far as I only had a tiny photo with no date on it. I apologize for the “fuzziness” but like I said- it really is a small photo! I tried to enlarge the best I know how. It is of my Nanny and Gramps.

They look amazing, don’t they?

nan & gramps- TT

 

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I am only going back two weeks! Is that far enough? It has been a zoo around here and I am now just getting to some of my photos! Two weeks ago- my baby graduated Pre-School. It was a fun morning and I am thankful to my family for showing up and making her feel so important ūüôā She was very excited to have all of us there.

It’s still sinking in that she will not be with me everyday come September. She has been at my side for the past 4 years. I am going to take this hard. She is ready. She is excited. I am not. I can’t stand the thought of not having her by my side. It’s going to be a hard one for me. My eyes are welling up as I¬†write this. As much as you want them to grow up happy, making friends, learning independence, being challenged- how do you let them go? You have to place so much trust in the “new circle” of people that they will be with everyday¬†and you really don’t even know them- the teachers, the bus drivers, even the friends parents. I know every parent has went through this but she is my first. I have not went through this and it scares me. I know we will adjust in time but right now, it’s the great unknown…

Here are a couple of pics from September 2013- her first day of Pre-School ūüôā

zoe preschool grad- 2013 TT-2 zoe preschool grad- 2013 TT

 

 

And here is a collage from two weeks ago as she graduated Pre- School ‚̧

zoe preschool grad

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Being it is “Graduation” time for a lot of students I thought I would post my Grad photos from Grade 8, Highschool and College. Oh My! Happy Graduation to all those students out there… Congrats! Way to go! ūüôā

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Pic 1- Grade 8-  I'm in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself! Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides <3 Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!

Pic 1- Grade 8- I’m in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself!
Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides
Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!

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I have no idea when this photo was taken! It is of my mom, my two brothers and I. Staying in the theme of Dad’s, I wanted to post this. My Dad has always been a huge provider to our family and he still is to this day. He helps us whenever we need it and for that, we are all very grateful and very thankful. So Dad, from all of us… THANK YOU! xoxo

 

mom and us

 

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Yesterday, my baby girl had her year end class trip for pre-school. We went bowling and to the park for a picnic lunch. It was alot of fun and we all had a good time. Before we left the bowling alley we got a class picture- the first of many!

That leads me to my Throwback Thursday. I don’t have a pre-school or kindergarden class photo but I do have a Grade 1 photo.

class pic-grade 1

It’s not hard to tell in all my class photos where I am. I was always the smallest in my class ¬†(look at my feet just off the chair) and in every class photo I was front row center (with the exception of this one and my¬†Grad one where I¬†was one¬†off of the center.

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UPDATE: Oh Lord! See how frazzled I am! I just realized tonight that I posted this Throwback Thursday on a Friday. Good Lord, I think I am losing my mind. “FUN” Friday will return next week. Sorry for the confusion.

I’m back! I apologize for not posting so much the last week or two! It has been nutso¬†around here. We had some holidays, too many appointments and the kids have been driving me absolute bonkers! I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather or what but wow! I feel like I’m gonna rip my hair out… I hope it changes soon… they are tiring me out!

I’m not going back too far for this one but it is adorable. Last September,¬†we attended a fundraiser event and they had a school bus there that the kids could get on and sit in the seats. Zo√ę was ecstatic to try it out… she didn’t want to get off.

Jump ahead 8 months and we just wrapped up a few “kindy” classes for her. She got to tour and play in her soon-to-be classroom, meet her classmates etc. and the last one she got to ride on the school bus around the block. Imagine her delight! Her face shows it all… pure joy¬†and excitement. Kids are the best. It doesn’t take a lot to please them and the happiness¬†in her face is so refreshing to me. Let’s hope it remains when she realizes I can’t go on the bus with her as well as go to school with her. I have been prepping her but we’ll see…

Bus Collage

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I’ve been dreaming of the beach. You know- the hot sun, the sand beneath your toes, a humid breeze, the smell of suntan lotion, the swaying palm trees…. and the¬†DELICIOUS drinks that are served whenever you want. I’m going back to November 2009. I went on a girl’s trip to Aruba and enjoyed many many many of these delicious drinks! If anyone can please please please tell me what kind they are and how to make one-I would be forever grateful. I would like to be sipping on one or two of these whenever our summer arrives.

Aruba -2009

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Today’s post is not a sad day but a celebration of an AWESOME¬†Grandpa.¬†Ten years ago today, my Grandpa passed away. He was one of the funniest men I have ever known. He was always making jokes with everyone but he¬†especially knew how to kid around with the ladies.¬†My Nanny just laughed as she knew it was all in good fun. He always seemed to know how to put everyone at ease.

He and my Nanny were married for almost 57 years, had he made it to Christmas. Yes, their Anniversary was December 25th! As a kid, I lived a block away from my grandparents. I was down there a lot. I have so many good memories and I am very thankful for that.

Grandpa had some cool hobbies. He loved gardening and had flowers downstairs in the basement under lights at all times. He and Nan did ceramics at one point and I still have some pretty cool dollhouse miniatures made by them. He also loved to sculpt Bonsai trees- I thought this was the coolest hobby ever. He LOVED to drive! They were always going out for a “drive”- especially in the countryside. He loved Shirley Temple and Dolly Parton. The biggest hobby for Grandpa was his organ. He loved his music.¬†He was amazing! He played by ear. He could listen to something and immediately play it. Almost every time I went to visit, I could hear the music floating out the windows and filling the room with happiness.

When I decided to travel, I couldn’t stay at home. My grandparents offered me a place to stay before I left, so I moved in with them for 3 months. I feel so fortunate that I got to spend the time with them. It will always be treasured.

Grandpa had it rough… health wise. He was so strong though. When he was first diagnosed with cancer, they gave him about a 2 year timeline. We were lucky to have him with us an extra 20 years! Near the end, it took a huge toll on him and he ended up having other complications as well. It was so hard to see him that way.

I visited him a lot near the end and most of our visits were really good. He was alert and able to carry on a conversation.One of our last conversations has stayed with me and always will. As far back as I can remember he always told me¬†“you don’t need a boyfriend… they are always trouble”. I can still hear him telling me.¬†At the time he got sick, I had just met George and we had only been on a few dates. My daily visits usually had me talking about my “dates” with George. He wasn’t so talkative near the end but the one visit, after I told him about my date¬†he looked straight at me and said “what are you waiting for?” I was flabbergasted! I barely knew George and he had always been the one to tell me to “stay away from boys”. He passed away shortly after this but what came next… I am “positive”, he was the one to bring George and I together.

I have only told a handful of people about this. George was with me when I heard the news of Grandpa’s passing. Being we were so new (not even boyfriend-girlfriend status), I told him I would call him in a few days once we got through all the visitations and funeral. He insisted on meeting my parents to offer condolences. I wasn’t really ready for that but he thought it was only right. Not the best way for someone to meet the parents. It went as well as could be expected.

On the funeral day, my whole family was present. As I was standing at the front of the room talking with my sister-in-law I heard “Ummmmm, Tina”. I looked up and what happened next… I can’t explain. I like to think…no, I know¬†it was Grandpa giving me a sign from above. Have you every seen the movie Big Fish? This is¬†exactly what happened,¬†no joke. I still can’t believe it. It makes me teary every time I think about it.¬†When I looked up, George was standing in the middle of the room in a black suit with his hands in his pockets, looking right at me. I couldn’t hear anyone talking around me, there was no movement around me- it was completely silent. I was just looking at George. I will never forget that experience. After what felt like forever, I heard my sister-in-law say “Tina, go see him”. He met my entire family that day- brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles etc. So, even though Grandpa wasn’t there in person, I know he was there in spirit helping me along.

Two years later, I married George. We walked out of the church with Grandpa’s music filling my ears and my heart. I miss him but continue to love him and his qualities that made him the BEST Grandpa in the world.

PicMonkey Collage-Gramps-April 3,2014

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I’m not going back too far today- only 3 years. However, it feels like a lifetime ago! George and I had just had our first baby 4 months prior to these pics. This was our first roadtrip with her. I am a big Tim Burton fan and I was so¬†happy to be able to go to an exhibition in Toronto. It was amazing! When I look at these pics, I am astounded by how quickly time goes. 3 years is not a long time in my eyes but when I see how small Zo√ę was, I can’t believe it. She will be 4 this year and starting school and my other baby will be 2. The changes that occur in those few short years really are incredible. It kind of makes me sad in a way because I almost don’t even remember her being that small- how can that be?! When people say to “enjoy the baby years, it doesn’t last long”, they really are telling the truth.

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March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

 

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