Remembering & creating

April 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm (family)

Last Saturday we got together with my husband’s family to celebrate the life of his brother Jeremy, as I mentioned in this earlier post.  It’s become a tradition that on his birthday we all get together, stay busy, have fun, & try to help the cousins learn more about the Uncle they didn’t get to meet along the way.  Since his birthday fell on Easter Weekend this year, I incorporated our “event clues” into an Egg Hunt.   

 

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 The clue in Egg #1 was some crackers … which to the boys mean we’re going to feed the ducks!!  There is a great pond, always full of ducks, at the cemetery.  The boys love to feed them & of course the ducks love to be fed!!  

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 We also did something that’s become a new tradition & released balloons – 24 this year for the age Jeremy would be turning.  This year I got 21 green balloons, 2 blue balloons in honor of his 2 nephews & 1 pink balloon in honor of his new niece. 

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The clue in Egg #2 was a golf ball.  We had planned to play miniature golf but it was SOOOO windy & pretty cool that we decided to stay indoors & bowl instead.  I hadn’t been bowling in YEARS & Evan hadn’t ever been so it was alot of fun.  Jeremy enjoyed bowling alot so it ended up being perfect!!  But something not perfect – my score!!!  After all frames (of which I did in fact roll the ball each time), I scored a *choke*choke* 25.  As in twenty-five.  Is that even possible?!?  Apparently it was.  Now remember, I did have a bad back & my goal was for everyone to have fun … so with that in mind, everyone did better than me!!  Even Evan!

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The final Egg had some cherries inside.  You can’t celebrate someone without some yummy treats, so we ended up back at our house for some banana splits – complete with all the toppings!!  I also had some fun gifts left for everyone!  I had been searching & searching for a puzzle maker that would make a 2-picture collage … and at a reasonable price!!  I finally found one at Up In Pieces.  I was so pleased with how it turned out!  It came in an adorable little tin to hold the pieces & they did a great job with the layout!  Each of the boys got a custom puzzle with a picture of them fishing & a picture of their Uncle J-Bird fishing just like them when he was a little boy! 

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For the adults – my Mother & Father In-Law, Sister-In-Law, & Husband … I gave each of them a picture “From Jeremy’s Nephews & Niece”.  They are laying on a blanket that my sister-in-law made for each of the boys after they were born.  The side you see in this picture is part of an old comforter that Jeremy loved alot as a kid.  The reverse side is a patchwork of some of his old shirts.  It’s of course our favorite blanket!!  

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Overall it was a nice day … we reflected & remembered and we also created some new fun, sweet memories!

We love you Jeremy!!!

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6 Comments

  1. Becky said,

    Oh, Mandi. How sweet.

  2. staci said,

    What a great day! Great memories. I’m a little embarassed by the bowling score, though. You’re the sister of the Lee University Intramural Bowling Champion!

  3. AmyG said,

    It looks like it was a beautiful day!! I’m sure that Jeremy was celebrating with you!

  4. KAT said,

    Mandi, how creative and thoughtful all of those things are! What a blessing you are to your family and to all of us!

  5. Mandy said,

    Awe, Mandi! Pepper’s family is so lucky to have you! You really do make Jeremy’s birthday a special day for everyone and I know they appreciate it!! AND I just cried my eyes out!!

    p.s. who knew Staci was such a good bowler!!!!

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