1. My grandfather recently passed away.
I'm sad he's gone from this earth, but happy he's now healthy and spending eternity with Jesus.
(That's him with my Memaw and my mom.)
Things I'll always remember about him:
-He was deaf, but read lips like nobody's business.
I always thought that was so cool.
I'm pretty sure Alice knows more sign language than he did.
He never needed to learn it.
-He was a smoker when I was a child.
My sister and I hated it and would always hide his cigarettes.
-I love the memory of Grandpa coming to visit.
In the midst of total chaos, he'd fall asleep in a chair.
One of the advantages of being deaf? :)
-He created beautiful oil paintings.
-He was one of the first people I knew using online chatting.
His name was TnTooter.
He was a huge UT fan and probably never associated Tooter with passing gas, like I always did.
-When I was young, he and my Memaw lived in a home with a HUGE yard.
It had creek in the back and an orchard on the side.
I drove by there not long ago and was surprised at how it had shrunk in size.
Funny how growing up does that.
-He had the best laugh.
-He was concerned about me moving to Colorado.
I remember him asking me if we needed oxygen masks when we got off the plane
and if grass even grows at that altitude. :)
-He had an afro.
I'm not even kidding.
It was amazing.
-He loved me a lot.
And I always knew it.
I'm really looking forward to seeing him again someday!
I hope he's hanging out with my Dadums, too.
I think he is.
I can totally picture them laughing together.
2. I think Alice is going to be a good big sister one day.
(This is not an announcement.)
3. She's been super independent lately,
often saying, "Alice do it." or "I do it."
Or, if it's something she doesn't want to do,
"Mama do it."
Yesterday she insisted she could open a clementine.
When she got stuck, she looked at me and asked,
We compromised with a fork.
She eventually got the orange out and gobbled it up.
4. I miss this sweet smile:
(photo taken yesterday)
She isn't feeling well today.
Low-grade fever, generally cranky and clingy.
I hope it's just teething, though this is the first time she's really acted this way.
She slept until 9:30am, napped for 4.5 hrs, and then asked to go to bed at 6:45pm.
5. I saw a picture a friend posted on Facebook of the pancake smiley face she made for her kids.
I thought I'd do the same this morning.
She only ate the orange.
Hard to know if it's because she wasn't feeling well,
or because the french toast lady freaked her out.
Over and out!