Hey, its Fred here…
The other day i was looking through our blog here, and wondered how many posts mentioned me.
I sometimes google myself, so i didnt see the harm in searching the blog for myself. Weird? Maybe.
Joana has always done such a great job of keeping this online journal, the moments she has captured here are priceless. As everyone that has followed this blog can see, our family has had many wonderful memories, ones that i will always cherish. I look forward to many more.
The posts are 99% about the kids, which is the way it should be. but it was nice to take a stroll down memory lane and see the many nice mentions she had about me and how she felt about me, and about how well i treated her and the kids and so forth. It was very gratifying to read, as I have always tried my best to provide my family with the best of everything, despite my weaknesses and imperfections.
Below are some that i found (links will open in new tab/window).
One of the nicest tributes anybody has ever had about me is in this post:
Here are the rest:
we were lucky enough to spend just over a week in beautiful southern california with grandma, vovo and vovo’ in mid august.
joana took one for the team and stayed home with jakey (who would have made the vacation a lot more complicated), while the rest of us hit the beach on almost a daily basis.
we first went to the sanders family beach, corona del mar, then we went to san clemente, balboa island, laguna beach, then back to san clemente, which ended up being everybody’s favorite.
it was a trip for the ages, everyone had a great time. thanks so much to grandma for letting us stay there, and for everything vovo and vovo’ did for us.
The kids had a fun filled 4th of July starting off with jet skis and swimming at the lake, ending with the fireworks show (Van’s favorite). Fred and I had to take shifts since jakey was sick so there aren’t any pics from the lake, but here are some pics of the night crew at the fireworks show…
Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely adore this girl? Every single frustrating challenge that comes with a 3 year old, melts away when she looks at me with those beautiful blue eyes and says, “Mom, I love you.”
Mia, please don’t grow up.
Wow, double digits. He was my baby for 6 years, I can’t believe how fast this kid is growing up. But here he is, my baby boy, ten years old.
I love to make birthday’s special, so we spent all day making sure he had the best day ever. He requested chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for breakfast, opened his present that dad picked out (a calculator watch that he loved), we went to his awards ceremony at school and surprised him for lunch, and ended the day with his birthday dinner choice at The Olive Garden. The next day we had his friend party at the lake and soaked up some sun (minus dad who was home working while baby jake slept).
Happy Birthday Vanner!!