Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Special Memories and Making New Ones

A VACATION!!!  Unheard of in these parts but it actually happened!!  A few years ago, we bought my parents' week at a time share in New Hampshire.  It held special memories for us as we'd been spending  a weekend there with them on and off since our son was just shy of a year old.  Our daughter honeymooned there, not the best time of year for that, and last year her family spent the week there with hubby and I coming for the weekend.  A place with many, many memories.
This is precious grandbabygirl when she is just over a month old.  We were just beginning the year of diagnostic testing.  Hubby and I weren't on this trip, but Great Grands and the babyMomma's second momma (aunt) and uncle and their married son and his wife.

The grandbabygirl and her parents retreated for a few days after receiving her diagnosis of I-Cell disease.  A trip up the auto road to the summit of Mt. Washington!!  Sunny and blue sky soon to be swallowed up by clouds at the summit.Last year.  Lots of water pounding through Diana's Baths and all of us being entertained by the dancing BabyMomma while Dad took the picture.

She was such a goof ball.  Throwing herself sideways to keep tabs on me.

 This year just hubby and I went....for an ENTIRE WEEK!  It was bittersweet, so many memories of my folks and although they are still here, traveling is quite difficult.  The condo was just brim full with their presence, though.  Mom loved the tiny kitchen, making big Sunday dinners for the weekend crowd.  For years she valiantly tried to spot clean the rugs, treating the place as if it were her home even though during ski season it takes a beating.  All the puzzles made at the small table in the living room!  And memories of sweet grandbabygirl.

We weren't sure we would be able to muster any smiles, hiking through Diana's Baths and Cathedral Ledge as if it were our duty.  We had just figured out how to use the timing feature on our camera and that produced lots of smiles for the most part, as I would nearly knock hubby down trying to get into the shot in time!!  That was a great distraction and helped smooth out the lumps in our throats.  We also did a Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods - 9 zip lines, three suspension bridges and two rappels!!!  That certainly did a lot towards creating new memories.
And we found this paver in the village.  Although only hubby has Irish roots, our hearts are definitely full.  


  1. I'm glad you were able to make new memories at this place. The old memories will always be there,but I trust that in time they will become less painful and only the happy ones will surface.

  2. Bittersweet indeed. Indeed each time I look at my eldest sons boyhood slide pictures, now converted to digital, I don't know whether to laugh or cry so I do both..... He was 27 and died from the effect of bi polar disease. Each day he was with us I count the precious memories.

  3. Making memories is one of my favorite hobbies. You have collected some beauty-full ones right here in the post! What treasures.

  4. Thanks for this Jodi...and for keeping up with your blog. For some reason I have not been able to find the words to do so for quite some the pic of Amber looking sideways for you. Now about that lump in the throat....♥

  5. It is important to recognize happy moments when they are happening.
    Blessings to you.