Yesterday I tried to sum up 2013 in my blog. A rough year, but there were still a lot of happy moments so today, I am going to share some photos of “The Best of 2013” because despite all the sadness we experienced, there were still a lot of really good moments.
We celebrated Father’s Day and all the great dads in our lives!
Although I was not a big fan of them, the cicada out break this spring was pretty interesting.
The new porch construction was a great addition to the house!
Celebrating dad’s 68th birthday with the family was a great day.
DJ getting his driver’s permit
A quick overnight to Atlantic City with a few of my coworkers.
Visiting my college roommates
Drew graduating from elementary school.
Grammy turning 98
Mud Runs like The Dirty Girl and The Muck Fest!
Drew and baseball, baseball, baseball! Playing, watching and being a batboy for The Newark Bears.
and truly there were so many, many more. Including joining the coaching group I am in where I have made some amazing friends this year, spending tons of time with extended family…I could truly go on and on. Sadly, those terrible moments of 2013 have overshadowed the good ones, but when we looked back upon this year, it was really nice to find so many happy memories amongst the sad ones. I am looking forward to making more happy ones in 2014!
Happy New Year!
This morning, my day began with me attending a funeral for a friend’s father. He had ten children! It was so evident at this service just how much he was loved by each and every one of them. The church was filled with family and friends. Hearing his loved ones talk about what a wonderful man he was truly was heartwarming. There were tears and there was laughter for a man who surely touched the lives of many.
My day ended with us celebrating my own father. Today is his 68th birthday. To celebrate, my brothers and sister and our families took him to dinner and celebrated him. It was a fun night for all of us but it was also bittersweet knowing how much mom and Francine would have loved to be there with us. Of course we know they were there in spirit, watching over us and helping dad blow out his candles but there was definitely a void, not having them sitting there with us as we sang “Happy Birthday.” Mom always sang the loudest – even if it wasn’t always in tune!!
Drew told me that this morning, he went to visit my dad and since he knew my mom wasn’t able to sing her “special version” of the song, he did it in her memory. I am sure my dad appreciated it.