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Sunday, December 30, 2007
familylife
Auntie Marianne graduating from nursing school

Before Christmas we lost my Aunt Marianne unexpectedly. She is the first of my mom's siblings to go.

My aunt was a unique person. She was a nurse, she loved to travel, she loved her family and friends.

I have quite a few memories of my aunt. We stayed with her on numerous visits to Cleveland from probably when I was in junior high (or maybe even earlier) though college. I used to get hand-me down clothes from her. When I was in high school, she got on my case about my messy room when we were emptying my closet so that my Uncle Al could lay new carpet. She took care of me the morning after my wedding when the excitement from the day before and the nerves of traveling got to me. We had a really great conversation that day, I wish I remembered more of it.

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I had the opportunity to stay with her a few weeks prior when I was in Cleveland for my Uncle Eddie's funeral. My aunt told me while we were waiting to go to the funeral, "you know Kel, God takes you in your most perfect moment." I guess it was her most perfect moment.

Rest in peace, Aunt Marianne.

Kelly • 09:44 AM • (0) Comments
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
familylife
Uncle Ed, January 18, 1930 - November 27, 2007 Uncle Ed

My Uncle Ed died yesterday. He was one of my favorite uncles (although they're all favorites for different reasons).

I have lots of memories of my Uncle Ed. He and my Aunt Bernie were the ones that visited us the most growing up. My uncle always knew where he was going and how to get there. He always treated everyone with great kindness and respect. He was very proud of his Slovak heritage and was one of the few people that would tell me how to say things in Slovak (I wish I had payed more attention). I can attribute my love of muenster cheese to him as well.

One of my favorite memories of Uncle Ed was when I was in grade school. Mom and Dad dropped us off in Cleveland and headed to Hawaii. We spent a week exploring Cleveland with my Uncle. Walking around parks and along the shores of Lake Erie with him. We were never in a hurry as we wandered and we had plenty of time to take in the scenery.

My Aunt and Uncle had been married for just over 53 years. They have three children and three grandchildren who mean the world to them. I know he's in a better place. But there's a bunch of us back here that will miss him greatly. I love you Uncle Ed.

Kelly • 07:44 PM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
familylife

Yesterday was Chris' birthday. (Happy Birthday Chris!)

Nothing too special. We tried Vintage 50 for dinner. And I let Chris beat me got beat by Chris in Wii tennis.

Kelly • 07:35 AM • (1) Comments
Saturday, February 03, 2007
familylife
Livey Conversation

I'm finally getting around to posting some pics from Mark and Kim's wedding. Here are a few of my favorites. The rest can be found on Flickr.

Friday night we took over the lobby for some wine and lively conversation. My parents brought the wine and my mom managed to borrow glasses from the hotel bar. I had initially brough my laptop down to try and get some work done, but that didn't happen.

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Kelly • 08:21 AM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
familyliferandom

What a couple of weeks we've had....

I've blogged about my computer issues. Did I tell you about the washing machine? Well, it's broke, they were supposed to come last Wednesday, but I had mistyped the number and They didn't come so Chris rescheduled them to come this Monday. Oh and lets not forget about the day the wires were down across 15, we had no power for 6 hours and it took Chris 1.5 hours to get home.

Now starting on Friday, I come downstairs, walk through the kitchen and walk through a puddle. The puddle is coming from the freezer. I open it and everything has a thick layer of ice on it. I get home from work on Friday, and I have a sick husband and no internet. Sick husband fixes internet for 2 hours until the next storm comes through. Poor sick husband.

Saturday, husband spends the day recovering, while I sit there wondering if I'm getting sick. I think it was the lack of sleep the night before 'cause I do eventually start feeling better, but I didn't make it out to mom's to do some laundry before I had stuff to do. I clean out the freezer and dry everything off before putting it back or throwing it out. Most things survived, the ice cream products did not.

Sunday started out ok (oh have I mentioned, we STILL don't have internet at this point?). After my Sunday plans got canceled, Chris fixed my bike and then we decided that it was time to hang pictures (hey we've only been here a year). Before that we decide we need to hose off the mat under Berkley's house. In the process of turning on the hose, Chris managed to do something to his ankle. So no pictures get hung, he's now out of commission.

So today was the day that the washing machine was supposed to get fixed and our tree was to be installed. I was supposed to work from home, but guess what? No internet. I call mom and dad to come over to be here for the tree and the washing machine and to possibly take my husband to the doctor while I go to work. I get to work. Husband calls, they can only see him early and mom and dad aren't there yet. I go home to get husband and mom and dad come watch the house and wait for people to show up.

Get back from the doctor (yay nothing is broken), and we call the washing machine repair people. Oh we're not scheduled until NEXT Monday?1?!?! What???? I don't even know how my husband managed to get Monday's messed up or what happened. We're not going to be here next Monday and there is now way we have enough clothes until then. My parents leave taking all our dirty clothes with them (gotta love my parents, but I feel so bad for having them do that). The tree people came, yay we have a new tree! And just now we finally have internet again.

And that's not the end of it

Last night I managed to burn my wrist cooking dinner AND I hurt my knee. So today Chris and I are both hobbling around.

Kelly • 11:13 AM • (1) Comments
Thursday, November 24, 2005
familylife

A Thanksgiving filled with firsts. First Thanksgiving in the new house. First time we've hosted Thanksgiving. First time using our new dining room table. First time using our good china and silverware.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The beautiful flowers from Mom and Dad Gifford
Kelly • 06:38 PM • (2) Comments