Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother's Day Memories....

Hey Y'all!

I survived the Mother's Day reunion! I got back Monday night late..and as usual, so many other plates are spinning, it's hard to keep them all up there.

Would you believe we had 2 parents, 6 siblings and 3 spouses, and 7 kids 9 and under? There were 18 of us all together,and what a zoo it was! But I love zoos....so this was so worth it.

Every minute was spent either eating, cleaning up from eating,or preparing what next meal would be served. Isn't that how it always goes with huge amounts of people?

It was wonderful watching my siblings with their kids. I'd met one niece and one nephew, but the other 5 were new arrivals since the last time I had visited.

I'll give you an idea of this....there were 2 5 year olds and one 3 year old, and all of them (girls) had to be the BOSS all at the same time. Get my drift?

Saturday we found a yard sale and I found a little china tea set...tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl, 4 plates, 4 cups...4 knives and 4 forks, all little girl sized, for $6.00!! Too cute....So from there the idea sprang...give the girls a TEA PARTY! We found some cheap swanky bead necklaces for the girls, and some fun hats, and we were on our way...

And the bossy girls became docile! And polite! And then after a while my nephew, age 9, joined in, and was saying please and thank you. Too cute.

We took long walks up mountain roads....every day. Most days twice. I love it up there. The air is so crystal clear. Lilacs were in bloom and my mom's garden was coming alive with spring.

I took a lot of pics of cabins I liked...I'd love to have a log cabin some day in the mountains...

and I took pics of my mom's place,not log,but still a cabin....love the smell of the pines and the sound of the wind blowing through them.

I wish I had taken more pictures. Some family had left by the time I took these. My brother Michael and his wife Nicole had gone back down to Boise where they live. My sister Mary and her hubby Kelly and two kids had left to go back to Salt Lake because Mary had to work an evening shift on Mother's Day.

But I got these!! Forever Hugs!!

Me and my mom. We are 20 years apart. My sister Mary and I are also 20 years apart.

My handsome brother Rick! Rick was born when I was 15. Since I was married at 19, I was gone most of his growing up. I felt more like his Aunt than his sister..but we reconnected, and he is a wonderful young man.

My gorgeous and talented sister Joy. She is a JOY to my life!

My brother David who entertained us with his tales of farm life and soothed us with beautiful guitar melodies around the camp fire.

There is more to post,but it's getting late....and guess who has to leave for Perry, Georgia in the morning? It's a 7 hour drive...yep. She's on the road again!


  1. Bonnie,
    Thanks for the pics...the very first one just sent chills up my spine and made me cry! So glad you had a great weekend....
    have a great week

  2. Oh, Bonnie it looks like a lovely Mother's Day weekend!! And I am sure the others took photos too?
    Is your Mum wearing headphones in the first photo??? I loved the idea of the littlies playing tea parties and being polite to each other, very funny!!
    Great photos, thank you for sharing them.
    PS The lilac smells were wonderful - maybe mine will flower this year? Ony 5 months wait to find out!

  3. Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful weekend with us. Your Mom is beautiful, looks like she's your sister. What a fun idea with the girls. I have 9 grandsons and 1 grandaughter, and a tea party doesn't sound doable with the boys LOL.

  4. Thanks for sharing your wonderful and happy family photos!

  5. The trouble with girls is that they are too precocious by half when they are that age. Good job they had Aunt Bonnie to sort them out.

    Safe journey.

  6. Such lovely pictures of your family.

    Keep in touch....life is short....time flies.

  7. Oh, Bonnie, thank you for including us in your family. What marvelous pictures. Isn't it great that tea parties don't go out of style with little girls...and the idea that they suddenly put on their manners. Priceless!

  8. Anonymous8:15 AM EDT

    I'm glad you were able to reconnect and spend time with your family. Did you and mom get time to stitch together?

  9. What a lovely day and how nice to see you see you with your siblings. Such similarities.

  10. Love your photos. It is quite obvious you all had a grand time.

    It is very DOABLE with gr-sons. My 5th grader & 2nd grader absolutely have a FIT if they aren't included in my gr-dau & my tea parties. They have worn silly hats, love helping & thoroughly enjoy the tea & tea cookies. They have even helped bake the tea cookies a couple of times. Not on your life would they miss being a part of our 'fun tea' together.

    Pop over for a cup of tea with me ...
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Bonnie, what a wonderful Mother's Day you had. I'm sure you're all looking forward for the next opportunity to get together again. Family is great and the time together is so precious.

  12. I'm happy for you, I know this was a time of reconnecting and affirming these blessings in your life. The little girls are just precious.

  13. It looks like you had a lovely time, so glad you did. What beautiful country. The tea party looks like so much fun, too! And your mom has a green house! Will she adopt me?lol
    Saw you visited Sio in GA on your way to your next gig! You are having a great start to your summer!

  14. Oh that picture of you and your Mom hugging.....terrific! You need to hang that somewhere where you can see it everyday. My Mom is gone now and I really miss her unconditional love. Did she love her sewing machine you took for her?

    So glad you had that time to share with your family!

  15. Wasn't the weather great over the weekend! So beautiful!
    Nice to have family that cares hmmm? Looks like you had a great time! That's what family is all about!
    You need to take a vacation from your vacation from the looks of it!
    Glad to have you somewhat back!

  16. Gosh Bonnie, I love the picture of you with your Mum, you are so much like her!

  17. so glad you made it and what a lovely family you have...shame you didn't get more pictures. How great to get a mothers hug.

  18. What a lovely way to spend Mothers Day, its good to see family.


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