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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hill Ridge Farms

We recently went to Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville for a fun family outing.  It was our first time going and we really enjoyed it!  Brayden's favorite thing was the train...he did not want to get off and cried when our turn was over.  We also got to play in the haystacks, go down an 80 ft slide, see lots of farm animals, and go on a hayride.  We ended the day at the pumpkin patch, where we each picked out a pumpkin to take home.  We had a great time and we will definitely go again next year.  Here are a few pictures:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gone But Not Forgotten

This is a few weeks late, but I wanted to pay tribute to Greg's grandfather who passed away on October 1st after a very sudden and brief illness.  In the twelve years Greg and I have been together, I've grown to love Greg's grandparents as if they were my own.  Grampa Sharkey was such a sweet and easy going man who was always smiling and in a good mood.  We didn't get to see him very often since we are in NC and Greg's family is in NY, but we enjoyed our visits with him very much.  The picture above was taken the last time we saw him this past July and the picture below was taken in July 2009 of him with Brayden, the youngest of his 8 great grandchildren.
We have some wonderful memories of times spent with Grampa Sharkey that will always be treasured.  It's hard to believe he is not with us anymore...we will miss him so much!    Less than a week before he passed away, there was a large family dinner party to celebrate Greg's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.  Greg & I couldn't go, but Greg did speak to him by phone.  We are so happy that most of the family was together at such a joyous occasion with Grampa Sharkey one last time.  The poem below was read at his funeral:
God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not meant to be,
So he put his arms around you
and whispered "Come to Me".
With tearful eyes we watched you,
as we saw you pass away.
Although we loved you deeply,
we could not make you stay.
Your Golden Heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brayden is 2!

Brayden is 2 years old today!  Where has the time gone?

 October 13, 2008
October 13, 2009
 October 13, 2010

We have done lots of celebrating for his birthday.  On Sunday, we had a birthday party at the park with all of his friends.  It was a beautiful day, although it felt more like summer than fall!  Brayden really enoyed the party, especially the cake that Grammy made for him.  He definitely has a sweet tooth!  He wasn't as into opening presents as I had thought he would be....he would want to play with whatever toy he opened and not move on to the next present!  Here are a few pictures from the party: 

We also celebrated his birthday at school on Tuesday.  He got to eat more cake and snacks with his MMO pals.
We are going to celebrate once again tonight with cake and presents.  It's hard to believe that my baby boy is 2 years old already.  It really has flown by quick!

Happy Birthday Brayden...We Love You!!