Sunday, March 22, 2009

Family

My Spring Break is now officially over. It had its highs and lows and I didn't get to blog for a few days because on Thursday we decided to take a last minute trip to the lake house and to visit M to the Izz-A's Granny Mac. It was more his idea than mine, as I had planned to meet up with what I like to call the 'neighborhood park posse' for a fun day of swinging and sliding with Kate and her friends. Well, that plan quickly got tossed aside and we packed and loaded up for the lake.

Most of the time I enjoy this particular mini-vacay but I knew the weather wasn't supposed to be all that great. Kate did however love riding in the boat. She wasn't a big fan of her life jacket though, so I tried to explain to her that the life-saving value that the jacket provided completely outweighed her complaints of its discomfort. She wasn't buying my sales pitch, so the boat ride was short and sweet.
These pics were taken after the boat ride, right before going back inside to listen to Granny tell me for the hundredth time that she cannot believe that I don't get up every morning to cook Matt a full course breakfast before he leaves for work. Talk about enjoyable...









After paying Matt's mom a visit, we headed back home to make it to a birthday party for my nephew, Chas.

Chas (What a cutie!)




My sisters

Yes, it was that funny.


Me, Grandma (my mom's mom), Sal Gal, and my cousin Garrett

My mom with Kate and Lillie

Kate with Great


Me with the other man in my life, my dad. I love him sooooo much.


Ali and her hubby, James

Although spending time with all of our family was fun, we ended up receiving some unexpected bad news. My dad's mother (my Granny) passed away this weekend. Although losing a grandparent is difficult, it's even harder for me seeing my dad deal with the loss of his mother. I've always had an extra soft spot when it comes to my dad and I can't stand the thought of him hurting. I am grateful for the fact that he was in town from South Carolina for the birthday party and got to spend time with her before her passing. Please keep him, my Papa, and the rest of my family in your prayers.



48 comments:

Katie Lake said...

I am so sorry for you loss!

Casey said...

Glad you enjoyed your week, but sorry to hear about your granny. :(

Love those little leggings on Kate too! What a cutie!

Tim said...

Praying for all of your family Hollie.

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Heather said...

Bless your heart!

I am praying for you and your family!

On a happier note, Kate looked absolutely precious in those curly Q bows!!

shortmama said...

Cute pics. Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers

Jon and Steph said...

So sorry to hear about the loss in your family. I know it's tough. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Looks like a fun weekend! Time with family is so precious!

A. K. said...

Great pictures. Looks like you had a blast!

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

I'm so sorry about your Grandmother! Keeping oyur family in my prayers!

P.S. Your daughter is ADORABLE!

Shannon said...

Sorry about your grandma. I hate to see my dad upset, too. I'll keep yall in my prayers.

sassytimes said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Love the pictures. Sorry about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Melissa said...

There is just something about a girl and her daddy! I talk to my dad at least once a week and sometimes it's just for a minute. The ringtone on my phone that I chose for him is a man whistling because that's what he always did when I was little. I totally get it about seeing your daddy hurt. It's the worst! I will pray for him and for you!!
Love the pictures girl! They are so fun!! Your little one is just precious!! AND you and your sisters look alike in different ways! I wish I had a sister!!

brown eyed girl said...

Kate is stinkin' cute!

I'm sorry for your loss - I'll keep you guys in my thoughts

Small Slice said...

I love all your family pics. Everyone looks so happy!

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother!

Lea Liz said...

I jusut can't ger over how cute lil miss kate is!!!!

I am the same way about my dad.... I am so sorry about your grandmother, your family is in my thoughts and prayers!!

Team Clancy said...

I will keep your afmily in my prayers! Those pictures of Kate are great! Especially the one of her looking at her feet with Granny looking on. I think that's a framer! Ona brighter note - can I tell you that you always have the greatest shirts! You always look so cute! Any favorite stores?

Dana said...

I'm sorry for your loss Hollie..I'll keep your family in my prayers.

On a sidenote; you are the only person I know that can pull off a tie-dyed shirt. Cute!

Windy said...

Sorry for your loss. I know you and your family will miss your Granny.

Love the pics, and BTW, does anyone get up and make a complete breakfast, every morning? I don't even work every day, and my crew gets simple stuff - we save big breakfast for the weekends:)

Lindsay said...

Sounds like a really nice weekend except for the bad news about your grandma. Sorry for your loss :(

Kate is such a cutie!

Candice said...

So sorry for the loss of your grandma, Holly. I'll definitely have you and your family in my prayers.

Kate looks adorable in that little outfit with the bows!

Megan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss!
Those pictures are amazing!

Legallyblondemel said...

Sending good thoughts to you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

On a lighter note, I'm also sorry this other grandmother likes encouraging the Stepford breakfast-wife thing (as if!). Life just wouldn't be the same without meddling family, though, would it?

Precious photos, as always.

hGb said...

your little one looks precious as always! I will be praying for you and your family in this hard time.

Rebecca Jo said...

Love the picture of Kate with your granny (is that right?) - she's looking over that table with such a smile & look of taking in kate's youth & observation!!!

I also love the picture of you laughing with your sisters... I can hear the laughter through it!

And so sorry to hear of your families loss.... when my dad lost his mother, seeing him cry just about tore me up... you hate to see the strong men in your life broken - dont you?

Shannon said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My grandmother (father's mother) passed away this weekend as well, I am past my due date and cannot travel and it pains me to not be there for my Dad. Your dad and family are in my prayers.

~Andrea~ said...

Sorry for your loss...we will keep your father and your family in our prayers!

Carolyn said...

Oh I am so sorry for your familys loss, I will be praying for you all.

Your nephew is adorable and I love the picture of you girls laughing...that's too cute.

blueviolet said...

It looks like you had the most wonderful time but I am so sorry about your grandma.

Chic Runner said...

Love the pictures as usual! :) Super cute family and of course I will be praying for you and your dad during this time.

mandy rose said...

Thinking about ya girl! It's a good thing Kate's such a cutie...I'm sure she'll bring a smile to your face when nothing else will!

jamielynn said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!
BTW: I love that picture of you and your sisters laughing.. Even Kate is laughing.. I love it...
It shows y'alls bond and stuff it's real sweet :]
I wish I had pictures like that with my siblings.
God Bless!

Lindsey said...

What a good lookin' family! So sorry for your loss though, your family is in my prayers.

The Panke's said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. The only comfort I can give you that you will have memories of her forever.

Kate is so cute. Olivia too hated the life jacket last summer I'm hoping for a change of heart this summer, but I doubt it.

Britni and Justin said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I will be praying!!

Emily said...

sooo sorry to hear about your papa.. I will keep you and your dad and your family in my prayers... thanks for sharing the pictures with us.. you always look soo beautiful!

MiMi said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Granny. I know what a void I experienced in my own life when my maternal grandmother passed away. I am so thankful that your Dad got to spend some time with her. I will definitely remember your Dad, his father and your entire family in my prayers.

Thank you for sharing all the pictures from your mini-vacay. You have the most beautiful family --you and all of your sisters are so pretty and I must say that Kate is continuing that family tradition!

You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Cindy said...

Great pictures. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Brittany Ann said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you all!

Q. and La. said...

I'm sorry... we will pray! Your pics are beautiful though!

Abbi said...

oh girl....poor you....granny has gotten much worse!!! sometimes we don't do enough for them taylor boys of hers!!..lol!!!
kate looks adorable!!!
i'm sorry about your granny!! loosing a grandparent is so hard, it's hard, but harder to watch your parents! especially watching a daddy!!
love u

jlhonse said...

I will say my prayers for you and your family, I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

GirlB300 said...

Hollie, I am so sorry about the loss of your grandmother. We'll be praying for your family.

LOVE the picture of Kate & Matt on the boat!

Girl - Buy that man some Toaster scramblers, they have the bread, eggs, meat & cheese all in one. See you Wed.

Heather said...

Praying for your dad and for you. So sorry. The color blue looks great on Kate BTW! My grandmother once gave me the third degree about not getting up to cook Shoney's breakfast bar every morning too. It must be a southern thing.

Katy said...

Hollie, I'm sorry for your loss. So glad to hear that your dad got to be with her before she passed away.
Lovely family photos, you look like you have a very nice family.

Lane said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Will keep your family in our prayers.

I LOVE the pictures your camera takes! What kind do you have?

morewineplease said...

so sorry to hear about your grandma!
You do have a beautiful family!

petrii said...

Hollie,
I'm a little behind on my blog reading. I'm so sorry to hear this.

Dawn

writing4612 said...

Love these pictures! Kate is a beautiful little girl.