Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesdays With My Mom

This is out of chronological order this week, but you can see why I had to slip it in here. I LOVE this picture. : )
Sweet Sara came with me on this day last week. After we went to the Neurologist, we ran a HAPPY errand. One of our favorite Boutiques!!!! For those of you who deal with Alzheimer's, you know the drill of how they test your parent each time in the exact same way and then give them a score at the end. My mom's score actually went up one point from her last visit. : )

We didn't stay long because my mom was pretty tired that day. But it was still great fun!
Then, guess who paid us a surprise visit? My brother and his cute wife, Cindy. They were in town picking up their son from the airport.
It almost kills my mom to rip into a beautifully wrapped gift. Steve asked if she would like him to help. When she said, "yes", he did a GREAT job assisting her. We all cracked up. : )

Holding the package so she can pull out the surprise.
A beautiful picture of my Grandfather. My mom is a VERY proud Texan, thus the star. GREAT job, you two!

And speaking of my sweet brother...these next two pictures are of us at a Motel one Summer.

Do you remember this Polar Bear ornament from my 'Cloche Party' post? I bought one for Steve and one for me, to remind us of this great childhood memory. : )

It's actually a Mary Engelbreit ornament made from her drawing, below.

AND, to all who read this...

photo by Ariel Skelley

Merry Christmas!


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What great memories and a wonderful visit with your Mom! So glad she was doing a bit better.

Love the cloches you made too. They are fabulous.

So nice to hear from you!

Merry Christmas & Stay Cozy,

Anonymous said...

What a precious gift from your brother to Mom. I can't believe the ME ornament matches your childhood memory so well - I love that! I wish all of you a Merry & Bright Christmas.

GrandmaBev said...

Glad to hear Mom was doing a little better. Christmas does have so many fun memories. Loved the picture by the tree. Glad your brother could be there and help tear the paper. Have a Super Christmas.

❦TattingChic said...

OMGosh!!! That polar bear memory/ornament/cloche the whole thing is just so precious!!! That is so sweet that you got one for you and your brother. It's even sweeter that you have the photos of your brother and you on the polar bear! That is just the tops!

Merry Christmas and thank you for coming by to say hello! I do appreciate it.

Scrap for Joy said...

I love the picture of the 5 of you Mary Lou! You were the cutest bunch! I'm sure your sweet Mom will treasure that photo-your brother is as thoughtful as you! Will your Mom be at your home for Christmas Day? Who doesn't love's so neat (does anyone say "neat" anymore?) that those ornaments matched your memory so perfectly. Interesting motel when you think about it....a polar bear at the pool...hmmmm. I will answer the question about those angels in my post today...I hope to squeek out one more to finsh out my tour. Take good care and Merry Christmas....enjoy your gang!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

The pics with the polar bear at the pool are so fun!!! I'm glad you had a good day with your mother and brother.
Merry christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear your mom is a little better...makes you feel better, too!

The cloches are wonderful. *Breaking out into song*..."Memories light the corners...." Yeah, so much for that!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Busy Bee Suz said...

A beautiful post...your happy errand looked delightful.
Merry Christmas to your family.

Lorraine said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

What a great post. The gift to your Mom was so sweet. I loved seeing your old photos and the globe ornament inside the cloche is just beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Anne said...

This post made me smile all the way through! God bless, Texas! :0)

And the polar bear pictures?!?!? And the ornament?? Almost made me cry- that's just the sweetest thing!

Hope yall have a very Merry Christmas!

Jessabells said...

That was such a sweet gift your brother gave to your mother. Thanks for sharing your memories. They are so sweet. Have a Merry Christmas. God Bless.

Jacqueline said...

I can't even tell you how much you help me with your "mom" post. You know I've lost my mom to the same illness and you warm my heart as you build these memories. I'm an only child and seeing the love of your brother for his mom and you is something I've always wanted...a big brother. I'm going down a boo hoo lane this morning but it is not's just you touching my heart in a very special way...Merry Christmas...I am with you in prayer and support for the journey.

Liz said...

Hehe. I like that giant polar bear--so random! :)

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for the camera tip. I need all the help I can get! I just love all of your "vintage" pictures. I guess that makes us vintage. How did that happen? I love to see pics of your mom. I miss mine a lot this time of year. You come from a long line of beautiful people. Your grandpa was so handsome! Love the polar bear pics. And the ME ornament..Perfect. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Mimi

Celestial Charms said...

Love this particular Wednesday with Mom post. Your brother really did make her day with the beautiful photo present. Love all the vintage photos, especially the first one. Such sweet memories. The polar bear ornament is fabulous, especially with all its meaning. I hope you and your family have "the best Christmas ever!" my kids always say.

Annabelle said...

Mary Lou, your Mom's score going up was a nice early Christmas gift! I love the picture of her & her Dad. I hope you & your family have a really Merry Christmas! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A beautiful post! Merry Christmas to your sweet family! ♥♥♥

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What a sweet gift that your Mother received! So glad she's doing a bit better!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!


ByTheSea said...

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family. What wonderful memories you will have with that awesome ME ornament. Hugs to you all.

Diva Kreszl said...

Hope you and your Mom had a wonderful Christmas! Blessings to you and yours this coming year!!!

Amy said...

Hi Mary Lou.......I enjoyed this post about your mom. Last night when we opened our gifts, my mom had trouble remembering how to open them. My hubby was sitting next to her so he helped. God bless you for taking such good care of your mom.

Love and Merry Christmas,

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

I have missed you my friend, but I am back in the blogosphere and hope you'll come by and stay and visit so we can catch up again!!
♥ Teresa

RACHELLE said...

glad to hear her score went up!
I Love good news! Great pictures! The gift from your big brother was Amazing! What a family!

Really enjoyed the boutique pic's!



Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Love the jaunty angle of Your Grandpa's hat! What a sweet picture, your mom holding her dad's photo.
Hope your Christmas was Very Merry!
Glad to hear that your mom's score was higher too. Keep your chin up!
Enjoy your day.

My name is PJ. said...

Hi ML, I missed this when you first posted because of scheduling conflicts. It's adorable in every way. Love, love, love the photos and am so glad Wilma's score went up a point! That's a Christmas blessing!

Hope you day was warm and wonderful!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

You have tugged at my heart with this post. What a beautiful idea to frame your dad's portrait and offer it to your mother. I am lucky that both of my parents are very healthy and only in their early '70s, so I can only imagine all that you experience. However, I can see the joy on your mom's face as she reveals the gift. On another note....the motel photos are hilarious! They make me think of the ones we have of my sister and me at the Kansas City Zoo.

Have a wonderful 2010!


Darlene said...

YAY for your Mom. That was the perfect present that your brother gave to your Mom....she just looks so happy.

That boutique looks gorgeous. I just love all the bling of Christmastime. Also the Mary Engelbreit ornament is WONDERFUL!

We are still socked in with snow. It melts a little then re-freezes and makes the roads very slippery in the morning and at night.

MiMi said...

What great memories! I love how you have the memory, have the picture and have the story and a new picture to go with it! So sweet.

Connie said...

Love the trees from the shop...where is that?