Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We made CDs of Michael's favorite music to give to his classmates (no worries, family and friends, we made a ton of extras to give to all of you as well!). I did edit the list a bit as I thought some of his favorites might not be appropriate for all households (nothing terrible ... but not everyone lets their kids listen to Low or My Humps or Baby Got Back or Ice, Ice Baby). Maybe I will put together a volume 2 of his favorites that can include more of the edgier songs. In our house, the beat of the music was important. We like a funky beat that we can dance to...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The dedication of Michael's memorial garden was yesterday. The garden is beautiful ... and put together so lovingly by Michael's class and the school. The stepping stones spell out his name and were designed by Michael's class. The flowers were also planted by Michael's class.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Michael always said "mommy, can I ask/tell you something?" And if he forgot what he was going to say he would say "I love you mommy". Or "did you know that you are the best mommy in the whole world?" or "I wouldn't ever want another mommy". He told me once that sometimes he forgot what he was going to say. And so he said those things. Because those were always true.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
- The cemetery is a popular place to be on a Friday night.
- The sound of legos being sucked into the vacuum cleaner is music to my ears.
- Stepping over a storm trooper or two while showering is more fun than a clean shower floor.
- Grief is a very personal endeavor. Everyone grieves very differently. And that is OK.
- I look at my watch everyday at 2:42 pm. And everyday, regardless of the day of the week, I think that I should see Michael walking down the driveway. Home from school. Everyday, regardless of the day of the week, I am disappointed.
- The first time I do anything without Michael is always the hardest. And doesn't really get easier. I still cannot go to the grocery store. I have pulled into the parking lot 3 times now and have always had to leave before getting out of the car.
- Nights are hard for me. I miss Michael sneaking out of bed. I miss him grumbling about taking his aspirin and vitamin. I miss him trying to get out of taking a shower or brushing his teeth. I miss crawling into the bottom bunk and snuggling for a few minutes.
- The resilience of children astounds me.
- The highlight of my day was always seeing Michael. And now, the highlight of my day is seeing Michael. Only now, I visit him at a cemetery. Where he still has Star Wars figures and now a Spiderman surrounding him.
- Michael was right when he said "She is Amazing" when asked about his fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Branch. I will be forever grateful to her.
- Late night television is not full of great choices. I have not been to sleep before 3:00 am since that terrible, horrible day.
- I am in awe of how Michael touched other people's lives.
- The way Michael said Mommy was so special.
- Candy is not as much of a treat as it was when we would purchase it together.
- I have THE MOST amazing and supportive family and friends. Don't argue with me on this one. I will win EVERY TIME. Never have I ever felt such love from so many. Never will I ever have the right words to say how thankful I am for each of you. Never will I ever stop thanking you for your calls, e-mails, prayers, cards, thoughts, memories, etc.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I love this picture. It was taken the day before Michael's 8th birthday. We had surprised him with a trip to Epcot for his big day. We gave him clues along the way. He had no idea what was in store for him. This photo was taken at the hotel on the day we arrived. He was so excited and bouncing around the room, jumping on the bed. The photo captures the joy of the weekend that we had. Birthdays are a big deal in our house ... and his was the biggest.
Friday, May 01, 2009
- Tut Tut (part of the Time Warp Trio series) - Loved this series of books and read them quite fast.
- 1944: America Storms the Beaches - a book about World War 2. He started this book, but did not finish it.
- Discoveries - Tutankhamun: the life and death of a Pharoah - again to know more about King Tut. He did say that he didn't read it all "because he wanted to be surprised at the museum".
- Eyewitness books - Ancient China. Again to read up in preparation for the Terracotta Army exhibit.
- Star Wars: Last of the Jedi - Of course. He loved the Star Wars
- Animorphs: The Conspiracy - We renewed this book once. He had not yet read it.
- The Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem - He was a little scared to watch the movies, so he decided to read the books. After reading, he decided he was ready to watch. We were going to watch it over the Easter weekend. But never got the chance to.