Friday, February 19, 2010

Thankful...

For all of your understanding and compassion and kindness and for taking the time to soothe the rawness of our grief with the comfort of your words. Nolan took the news well about baby Eli. His school brought in the school counselor who undoubtedly answered a lot of questions and assuaged some of the lingering sadness.

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Without being conscious of what I was doing I realize I took pictures this past week based on some quality in the photo that meant something to me. This is pretty much our week in review.

"My girls" came back for a couple of days this week and Grandma Mary Ann came to love on them while I went to school to facilitate Colton's Jr. Great Books discussion. I was pretty much in awe of how quickly the girls warmed up to my mom, but I have always been in awe of my mom's ability to enter their world and draw them to her.




We tactfully avoided the sign on the other side of the hot tub that read "capacity 3." Why stop at 3 when you can fit 13 hockey players in one hot tub before it starts to overflow?





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I'm not certain who was in the pool, and I didn't think there was anything particularly interesting in the photo. Except, the sun was streaming through the windows and if I scrunched my eyes up really tight, I think I smelled summer.
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This is Olivia... We played tag in the hotel and she kicked my butt. But she let me rest in between and said we should get pretend drinks. I asked her what kind and she said "a latte." We can so be friends Olivia, we obviously speak the same language. Is that swimsuit not the cutest thing?


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Rick said you should never take a photo with a pole in the way. I agree. But then I never got a better shot and how else can I tell you that we got to play at the Little-Ralph in Thief River Falls on Valentine's Day?

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For some reason our Squirt team has been blessed by playing in the trifecta of hockey arenas this year. State-of-the-art, does not begin to describe this amazing arena.

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Okay, whats not to love? But wait, theres more. As if her ridiculously cute face weren't enough, if you spun her around and saw the curls springing out all over the back of her head you'd see why she is utterly irresistible.

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When a father of three boys long out of carseats... stops to help carry a mom's girly pink carseat? Pretty much melted me right there.
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13 comments:

  1. Love the pic of Grandma Mary Ann! And all those boys in the hot tub is awesome!
    Wonderful pictures Vicky
    xoxo

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  2. Beautiful pictures Vicky. I always enjoy your posts as you share your week with us...not just in words but with pictures too. It was a joy to see a picture of one of "your" girls again. Your mom looked like she was having so much fun!

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  3. Wow Vicky, I love all your photos. I'm glad everyone had fun last weekend.

    You are one busy mom...be sure to take a deep breath ok?

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  4. Oh Vicky I am sorry to return to your blog and hear such sad news. Even as a mother I can't even comprehend the amount of pain a mother must feel to lose a child.

    Your week in review looks like it had some fun points despite the current events. You boys are so blessed to have to opportunity of playing at stadiums like this.

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  5. I love the hot tub picture. That is awesome! The kids must have had a blast.

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  6. your words and photos just speak family and love so well ...

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  7. You capture so many wonderful moments in your pictures! That hot tub must have been a relief for those tired guys! Love the picture of you and Olivia. You both made a pretty pair :)

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  8. Thanks for hanging out with my Olivia. She was quite trooper all weekend, considering she had to sit through three games that she could have cared less about.
    I have been talking with Tami about the baby. Ugh. What a horrible deal.

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  9. Vicky...as others have so aptly said, your photos speak volumes...and I love each of them.
    I was sooo excited to see and read that you got to see your 'girls' again!! (And your Mom looks absoltuely like she's in heaven in that photo....how beautiful!)
    The 'photo of the day' is the hot tub one! GREAT shot!! What fun.
    Thank you, my friend...for a wonderful blog.
    I'm always happy to be here.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  10. great pics! Nice memories of guys bonding. Nice memories of Mom.
    Keep up the good Work Vic. :)

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  11. Thanks for all the wonderful glimpses of your day. That is a lot of hockey players in the tub!

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  12. Loved the picture of your Mom with the young one. They look adorable together :) The picture with Olivia is so cute too :)

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  13. The hot tub pic is too funny! They look like they were having a blast!

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