We've been quite busy here lately, and over the weekend my dad and step mom came for a visit too, from BC, Canada. Saturday we were lucky to have typical North West weather, and it alternated between pouring and sprinkling all day long. But we braved the weather, and headed to Northwest Trek for the day. We love going there, its so much fun to see the animals. Plus, I wanted to break out my camera and get some great pictures. And I did :)
Yesterday morning when I went downstairs, I was greeted with a delicious breakfast from James, as well as a pile of presents from him and the kids. I was spoiled, really. The kids got me some OPI nail polish I was wanting, some Lemon Butter cuticle cream, a wonderful wall hanging with the word "Family" on it, and a necklace tree I have been eyeing at Target. There were two more presents, and I opened the first one to see a case...a hard case for a GPS, with a memory card inside it. I look at James and said "Thank you!", but was wondering why the heck he got me a case and a memory card, because I didn't need anything like that. Oh, but there was more....the next box included this:
Yes, this wonderful, amazing, totally awesome man got me a new point and shoot. Yeah, I know I have a nice DSLR already, but I needed a new point and shoot, and wanted something I could take with me to San Diego in August. I had asked for one for my birthday though. I could not believe he got me something so expensive for Mother's day! And I love it. I love love LOVE it!!!
Since yesterday was my day, he said, I wanted us all to go somewhere to use my new camera. We headed to Ocean Shores and spent all afternoon at the beach flying kites, eating a picnic, playing in the sand and water, and taking pictures. We had a wonderful day, and came home exhausted and covered in sand.
Before I end this blog post though, I wanted to give thanks to the person that made it all possible. Barry. Without him I would not have a mother's day. I would not have four beautiful children. I would just be Joanna. I would not be a mommy, mama, and mom. Even though he is gone and no longer with us, he left me with 4 gifts that I get to enjoy and love for the rest of my life. And for that I can't thank him enough, because he lives on through them in their smiles, their nuances, their laughter, their memories of him.
Thank you for making me a mommy Barry, I love love love you and miss you so much.