On July 8, my Grandma (Mimi to my kids) passed away. She was 101 years old and I really loved her. She was such a shining example of how I want to be when I am older. My grandfather died 13 years ago, so she learned to live on her own. She didn't like to accept help from people. She preferred to do things herself in order to stay active and self sufficient. Her motto became if she could do something herself, she didn't want help doing it. She lived independently until she died. Her only sadness was that her body was holding her back from doing things. She was mostly in a wheel chair and missed being able to move around the way she wanted. She was very strong in her faith, constantly trying to bring people back to the Church that had left it for various reasons. She was sharp and funny and I always loved talking to her. Nobody could ever believe that she was over 100 because her mind was fully in tact. She played bridge several times a week and even won a bridge tournament a few months before she died. She was always positive and happy. And she was encouraging. She always told me that she thought I was a good mother, which meant a lot to me. I felt close to her and cherish the fact that I saw her so much while I was growing up and that she was able to see all of my children and get to know them too. When we were in Jacksonville in March, we got to spend some time with her and celebrate her 101st birthday.
I am so thankful to have had her for so long in my life. Although I miss her and mourn her passing, I can only be thankful that she was in my life for 37 years. Not many people can say that about their grandparents!
Her funeral was in August in New Jersey so that her ashes could be put next to my Grandfather's ashes. Abbey was already scheduled to be in a play that Friday morning, so we decided to split up for the journey. I stayed with Abbey to watch her play and then we flew to New Jersey. Paul drove the other 3 kids to New Jersey. We were supposed to go to TN to visit Mama Kay and Papa after the funeral, so we needed to have our car there to make the trip down. So, we split up and I got to spend some girl time with Abbey.
Our time included some shopping, a movie, and some frozen yogurt!
She was in High School Musical with a bunch of friends and it was very cute. I always love watching her perform!
Then we headed to the airport.
And flew to NJ.
When we arrived at the airport, we met my Mom there as she had just flown in as well. Her brother had arranged for a car to pick us up and bring us to Spring Lake. Shenanigans in the car with this silly girl!
She was pretty excited that the driver had all kinds of candy she could have in the car!
Meanwhile, Paul had taken the other 3 kids driving from home to NJ. Since driving was much less exciting than flying, they decided to have some fun and stop in Hershey, PA. Apparently, this guy was keeping everyone up at the hotel thinking it was play time when it was really sleep time! He needs a crib (and his own space) to settle down for sleep.
Silly boy cousins!
The next day we left early to make our trip to TN. It was a very sad weekend, but so good to see some family I haven't seen in years and also spend time with my immediate family. We love and miss you Mimi!