Sunday snapshots is my way of sharing some moments from my weekend. I live for the weekends. This is my way of remembering to put the cell phone down and take photos using my big girl camera. I shoot with a Nikon D50.
This past weekend and the first weekend of June were filled with lots of family time. I am so lucky to have acquired such a big family between my own family and my hubby's family. And they all love and accept me for me. We are just a bunch of extraordinary people living ordinary lives. It is with my family that some of my happiest memories come from.
Yesterday, we gathered at my Grandparents' house for what we called "The Last Potesta Pizza." My grandparents house has been in the family for nearly 50 years. It is where my Aunt grew up from baby to adult. Now that my grandparents both reside in nursing homes (together, I may add...so cute!), their house is being sold. So we all got together (a few of us missing sadly) and hung out in the front yard, played catch, went to the park across the street that we always played at as kids, ate pizza and told stories. When it got dark, we sat in the house and looked through hundreds of old photos my Grandma had, and separated them for each member of the family to have some.
This was such a bittersweet gathering. We each have so many memories in this house. For me, my favorite memories to recall are: spending every Christmas Eve here, taking a million and a half photos on those stairs to the left (those poor stairs, with all of us piling on there, I don't know HOW THEY SURVIVED!), yelling "aaaaawwww!!!" at the top of our lungs when one of us did something that got us in trouble, and the many photos we took with our Moms and Grandma yelling "NO BUNNY EARS!" There are tons of laughs, lots of love, and a little heartache in the bones of this house. I hope that the next family creates as many memories as we did in this little house.
The first weekend of June, I participated with my hubby's family, in the Take Steps Walk for Crohn's and Colitis diseases. Like I said earlier, when I married Alex, I acquired such a big family on top of the huge and amazing family I already had. I feel like I have always been a part of their family and they always include me on family functions. Alex's Uncle Tom passed away in January from Crohn's Disease. He was such a great guy and I'm so happy to have known him as long as I did.
On the day we walked, there were threatening rain clouds most of the day, but the rain held out just until the very end when we finished the walk. Then the sun was out and it was pouring. We all agreed that it was Tom and thanked him for holding the rain out for us. There were hundreds and hundreds of people at this walk and it was amazing to see all the people affected by these diseases. Lots of people created funny t-shirts for the event. It was only a two mile walk, but I spent most of the time running back and forth snapping photos. I really enjoyed spending this time with my extended family and being a part of this.
And before I end this, to all my friends and family in the states, I wish you a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! It may just be an excuse to buy more greeting cards, but it is also another excuse to get together and celebrate LIFE!