Monday, August 22, 2011

Going Home

Greetings Gals!!

Forgive me for leaving you in the laundry room for so long. 
I was out of town last week and didn't get a chance to do a post before leaving.

Last week I travelled to my home state ~ Michigan.
It was beyond wonderful to spend the entire week with my sister.  While she is working hard at her recovery and it is a SLOW process, there were still so many things we could do together and I cherished each and every one of them.

For starters we went to a matinee of this movie.
Have you seen it?
If not, you might want to.  Soooo gooood!!
I read the book and loved it and the movie was every bit as good as the book. 

We went to a nearby state park and enjoyed the butterfly garden.

While at the state park we reminisced about the many times our boys had been there for field trips and cub scout camps.

We met the newest addition to their family, Champ.
He is a very handsome cat who loves to sit on the nearest lap.

I learned that my sister enjoys playing Yahtzee and that she is a force to be reckoned with.  During our first game she scored 3 Yahtzees.  We played many games of Yahtzee and Solitaire while I was there.  We reminisced about how it was like when we were kids and would play solitaire outside for hours.  We did a lot of reminiscing.  Later in the week my brother from California flew in and joined us in the reminiscing.  While our time together was short, we savored every moment.

And, of course, a trip to my home state and a week of reminiscing with my siblings wouldn't be complete without a trip to our old house.  The modest house that our parents brought each of us home to when we were babies in the 50s.    So much has changed since we lived in that house.  There have been highs and lows, good times and hard times.  Our days spent in that house were the carefree days of our youth.  Back then we could have never imagined where life would lead us in the future. 

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." ~ Anthony Brandt



  1. I'm so glad you got this time together! Sharing memories, catching up. Seeing The Help. I want to read the book before I see the movie.

  2. How fun to have a get a way like those butterflies! I cannot wait to see the movie, The Help..I have heard that is is so good! :D

  3. What a great time you had! So nice when everyone can get together like that. I am now reading the book and plan to see the movie with my daughter! I have only heard good things about the movie!

  4. Ohhh, saw the movie...LOVED it! I also spent time recently with my siblings. So much fun!

  5. What a nice trip, spending time with your siblings and visiting your old homestead, making new memories. I'm glad to hear your sister is making progress.
    The butterfly garden must have been lovely!

    I'm going to see The Help tomorrow!


  6. Hello,
    I visited your blog today. I thought it was so pretty, colorful, and full of life! I especially loved the pictures of the red roses, and if you go to our blog, you will see why. I noticed that you have been married for 30 years. We just had our 31st anniversary last week. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your creative ideas. Your blog is very peaceful to me. Hope to hear from you, and have a beautiful week. Oh, I haven't seen the movie "The Help," but my sister said it was very good.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  7. How wonderful to go back home...I'm from MI too! I just saw the movie today..laughed, was wonderful!

  8. I love how you started this post.....'sorry for leaving us in the laundry room''re so cute!

    Your visit with your sister sounds like such fun. It's good to hear that she's improving.......

    I read the book, the help......and loved fact, I'll read it again. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

  9. Hi Kim...such a nice time away...spending time with your sister and having so much fun together remembering so many well as making more memories. So nice that your brother was able to be there too. Thank you for sharing! Hugs ♥ Teri

  10. Kim
    I'm so glad that your sister is doing better and you both had a good time together.
    I am heading to Iowa for a family reunion Friday and will get to spend time with my sisters-can't wait!

  11. Kim, it sounds as if it was an amazing trip. Thank you for telling us about it. And to have your brother fly in and be with you both is just too wonderful. I'm so glad that you and your sister had such a good week. Off to read about a laundry room...

  12. Glad you could spend time with your beautiful sister...hope she is doing great and is in my prayers...enjoy the upcoming Fall season!!! We can already feel it here...(did you notice;) xox

  13. It's so fun to go down memory lane and to see loved ones again. The house you group up in is a dream home. So cute! I want to see that movie. I just bought the book and can't wait to get started. Kathi

  14. I am so happy that you and Norma got to spend some time together : ) and how nice that your brother got to be with you all too.
    Your old house looks very nice and so well kept up!
    I have The Help sitting in my living room and plan to read it after I finish what I'm reading now.
    Glad you had a safe and happy trip!!

  15. What a warm post! It sounds wonderful! I need to go see The Help! I liked the book very much. Welcome home!

  16. Oh Kim, it's so nice to hear that you had such a great time with your sister! We want to see that movie, too! Have a nice week! Twyla

  17. So glad you got to spend that time with your sister!
    Just had company leave today to go back to MI.
    Saw the movie and loved it!

  18. I'm so glad you had a good week with your sister in MI!! I saw "The Help" this weekend too. (I read the book several months ago.) Butterfly gardens and kitty cats that sit on you lap... sounds just about perfect to me!

  19. My daughter and friends would agree with you on your opinion of the movie "The Help". I look forward to seeing it. I think it is so special for you to have some rare family time, and enjoyed seeing that you did so many special things together. Spending time with family and remembering together is one of the highlights of my life too. Welcome back!

  20. It's good to read that you had an enjoyable time with your sister and brother. Your childhood home looks most attractive.

  21. Oh that's ok Kim, I like your laundry room. I am so happy to hear about your great visit with your sibs. I really like Yahtzee too. Haven't seen the movie; I'll put that on my agenda.
    Hugs, Deb


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