Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Some things can never change

Dear Duane,
We did it, we continued on with our family tradition! Spring break arrived, fighting commenced, couch potato's sprouted, sleeping in once again reigned supreme, Guidry playtime occurred and hotel heaven happened. I contemplated whether or not to embark on this last one task without you, but Duane, some things can never change. Katie brought a little remembrance of you along so you wouldn't feel that left out. We did miss you horribly, especially when I had to run home at 11:00 to get the sleeping bag that Ben forgot(I didn't even get a ticket! Are you jealous?)



How could we give up hotel pizza, Mazzio's with a little root beer, yum! Do you remember that first year that we had hotel pizza, we had just come back from the zoo and surprised the kids with a night at the Springhill Suites, man that New Yorker was divine. I can see your face now, huge smile, downing that slice of heaven. Such a silly little tradition, but it was ours and we will always think of you while we down our slices of heaven.


Don't you love the smiles on their faces? These moments strengthen me Duane, through all the hard times, and lately we've had a lot of those moments, little smiles like Gracie's give me just that extra boost to keep going.


Can you believe how excited our monkeys can get when you explain that since we are on the first floor, no one is beneath us and that they can dance and jump as much as they want? What a bunch of nut heads, it was like a night club, but without the booze, scandalously dressed women and looser dogs.



Emma decided to boogie down too! She perfected the fine art of eating calzones and dancing at the same time, without choking and barfing. As a matter of fact I think she was even serenading us with her lovely rendition of Life is a Highway.



We played a few games, fought a few fights(did you know Duane that Home Improvement had ugly people on it?), watched a little American Idol, snuggled a few babies to sleep and enjoyed the evening at the hotel. It's quiet now, the kids are all asleep, now and then Emma stirs, I miss you painfully right now but I know that for our children, fun traditions must continue. I love you dearly because, some things can never change.

Love,
Beautiful

15 comments:

Julie said...

Great post!

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

I needed a good cry this morning and couldn't think of a reason to just let myself, until I came over here. THank you for sharing your heart!

so glad you guys rocked! the house and how fun!!! a Guidry play time.. I want one of those!!!!

and guess what Becky? my word verification is: DAD IS

I know he just read this blog :)

Real Life Roberts said...

I love that you continued your hotel tradition! I definitely will have to take on this one for my own family.

Angela said...

I am so glad you continued this tradition b/c I am sure it was needed and cherished by all of you. These are the things they will remember and the things that will bring them joy when they think of their Dad. You are such an amazing Mom!

Lisa said...

Good job!

Marrdy said...

So glad you are able to still do the things that were special to you before you lost Duane. And I am so happy to see those cute smiling faces. Good job mom!

Bobbi Jo said...

Wow. I bet Duane was so happy that you continued a tradition with your family. I have no doubt that he was there with you. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sally said...

Beautiful post! That is such a great tradition. I bet all of your kids will do it with their own families some day.

Jeanette said...

I love this! What a great mom you are! You are doing amazing and we all love you guys very much! It looks like your little monkeys had a fantastic time! :) Keep it up!

Katrina said...

Becky, Becky, Becky. Whenever I'm feeling all "mom-ed" out, need a good weeping, or just to be reminded that this is all FOR my little monkeys, I just turn to your blog. Sigh.
You're amazing. What a great, fun tradition. Sorry Duane missed this one. Someday....

Janice said...

I am so glad that I stopped by your blog. I really felt the spirit in my heart while I was reading about your life. I needed to be reminded to not take my husband for granted. I need to have more fun times with him and enjoy being with him everyday.

I'm excited for you that you still took your children for your hotel trip. We have the same tradition but we do it during our summer breaks. We have done it for years now. It so fun!! Way to go!!

Thanks for sharing. I came over from BobbiJo.

Erin said...

For one Mazzio's Calzones ummm!!!! but now that i am over that thought! Wow!!! Glad you guys had fun!!! That is all you can do is just keep the traditions going!! well, i gotta get to bed!!! love ya woman!!!


Love and many hugs
Erin

Pepple Family said...

You are such an amazing mom Becky!! What a wonderful tradition to continue. I couldn't help but smile at Katie's pillow.

Jennifer P. said...

I keep forgetting to add THIS blog to my list, but pop in whenever I see it on my reference chart.

Those smiles are absolutely priceless! So happy you're continuing in your traditions. Your kids will love you forever for it!

Michy said...

I am a stranger that found your blog from a friend. You inspire me!! Thank you for all you share- from your life, challenges, good times, hard times and of course the yummy chocolate recipes. May you and your family continue to be blessed in all you do. Your blog has reminded me over and over of: the important things in life; making every day count; appreciating those around us; enjoying chocolate and my love for baking with it, sharing it and eating it; enjoying our children; building memories that will last forever and inspiring others by sharing our own lives. Thank you for lifting me, strengthening me and encouraging me to keep going and doing better- a stranger who loves to read your blog. . .
Michelle Cannon

Each day to live....

Finding the little things in the day that make me smile.



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