Monday, July 23, 2012

Elaine and Handen

 So I got a facebook message the other day from my BFF Deann.  This is what it said: "So last night Handen, Judy and I watched Bridge to Terabithia, at the part where the friend passes away...he completely lost it!!! At first he wouldn't talk about it, Judy asked me what I thought was wrong, and I responded that he was probably remembering. SHe asked if he was remembering Elaine, I said I think so.....he lost it a little more! He actually ended up sleeping by me, he did start to talk to me (eventually) and he said "I remember her mom like it was yesterday..the stuff we did....she was my best friend" at which point my waterworks turned on fulll bore! He ended up crying himself to sleep! Anyways....I told him that you would be so touched that he does remember (even if at times he acts otherwise)."
 (Elaine is on the left - a puppy and Handen is in the stroller - cookie monster)
 Here are some pictures of them together.  My favorite are of Elaine force feeding Handen a sucker.  They did everything together.  They drew chalk lines together, and got into trouble with leap pads...  They would also fight over who got to pet baby Vi when she was outside in her johnny jump up.  They would push Vi around like it was a swing.  Handen is 6 months younger than Elaine.  He was too little to be allowed in the hospital.  After she died he hated me and Darin.  He refused to come to our apartment because we had taken his friend away.  It was so sad to see a little 2 1/2 year old mourn and try to understand.  For a long time, a couple years he would ask his mom to take him to the cemetery to leave stuff for her there.  Now he is almost 11.  He is a typical boy.  I figured that by now he had all but forgotten her.  He was so little.  I know we tease him a lot (out of love I swear!) and he has heard stories about her and seen pictures and home movies, but he does remember.  Poor kid has been traumatized like the rest of us, only we really didn't realize until now, eight and a half years later.  We all love and miss you Elaine!

Interesting Vanity Plates

Whilst traveling through New York State, I say several, lets say interesting, vanity license plates.  One that was on a sports car read "NOTWIMPY".  Yes, we know you are compensating!  Don't try to deny it.

Another read "IAMPRINCE".  Like of a country, or the musician?  It was at a Wal - Mart in Canandaigua. Totally where a prince shops.

The third completely random plate was on an SUV or minivan - I can't recall.  The plate read "JESUSVIP".  While I do concur with the's a little strange for a plate on a car.  A bumper sticker just doesn't cut it I guess.....

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I have not been great about blogging.  Blogger changed their format and it still weirds me out and I don't know where things are.  Grrr.  Vaughn is two.  Maybe sometime will will post pictures from his birthday.

It is the fourth of July.  I love this holiday.  I have very fun memories of singing patriotic songs at the top of my lungs, many times during my childhood.  Some of you remember, you were there.....  But besides the music, I thought it would be fun to write about movies that remind me of the fourth.  I remember posting something similar to this for Christmas.  It was quite fun and I enjoyed hearing other's ideas.

Disney's Pollyanna is a big one for me.  There is the fun carnival during the movie where you see a softer side of the cranky lady and she makes sure Pollyanna gets her doll, and I love the song/skit with Hayley mills singing America the beautiful.

Another childhood movie with great memories for me is the Sandlot.  Odd choice you may think, but the scene where they can play baseball during the night because the sky is lit with fireworks is amazing.  A simpler time.....I love it.  Plus when you are a child and you watch certain movies over and over and over, they are ingrained in your brain until they are part of you FOR - EV - VER!!!  It's a classic, you've got smores and all kinds of summer mischief.

Of course there is also the movie Independence Day... but that doesn't really make me feel that patriotic.  There are lots of great war movies, and the like.  Which remind you most of the Fourth of July and are nostalgic for you?