Saying Goodbye to a Great Man: Grampa Passes at Age 90

This last week was spent saying my goodbyes to my Grampa Roger W. Eastman, he passed away at age 90 just about a month shy of turning 91 years of age. This is a man who was in WWII, was on a school board, part of the VT farming bureau and so much more. This man did so many things and what I learned at his funeral was that he was a man who loved food. One tidbit of information shared at his funeral was that he was a man who loved food to the point that he would choose […]

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{Personal Story of the Past} I was That Little Girl #divorce #parents #abuse

Divorce or separation hits everyone differently. This goes with death and birth. Each human being, whether grown adult or child, responds to life’s challenges quite differently. Being unique is what sets us apart from each other, yet also makes us work together very well. The story I wish to share today is from my memory banks of many moons ago. A young girl, around age 12, was found with two parents being divorced. While this young girl could totally see that her parents were better off apart due to a multitude of reasons, she still missed her Dad terribly. This […]

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A Wonderful Birthday Celebration of Gram Turning 70 Years Young

Saturday the family on my Mom’s side met up at my Grandmother’s home in NH where we were set to surprise her on her special day, the day she turned 70 years young! Who arrived were my Gram’s mother & father in law, Gram’s husband, my Mom & her husband, my 2 aunts and their husbands as well as 2 cousins and 1 cousin’s girlfriend plus my three kids and me. It was a wonderful day full of laughter, smiles and a grand ole time. It was wonderful to capture my Gram’s smile on her face as she laughed while […]

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My Grampa is Getting Older

My Grampa on my Dad’s side is 90 or close to it, maybe even in his early 90’s, honestly I am not quite sure his age but I am quite sure that he is at an age where he should be sitting back, relaxing and enjoying these last years of his life. While I will be super sad when my Grampa does pass because I love him dearly, he has lived a super long life and done so much. My Grampa is the one who taught me how to play solitaire and even took out the little kids section of […]

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Saturday March 9 Giveaway Linky #linky #giveaways #contest

Every Saturday you can list your giveaways below, today is March 9, 2013 and I welcome you to Happily Blended. Feel free to check out my other blog posts and giveaways listed on site if you wish, use the category drop down menu on the right hand side to find what topic you wish to read about today! Don’t want to read? Here just to link up your contest? Maybe you are here to enter a contest? Well use the form below… When listing your giveaway please include the following – Blog Name, Giveaway Item (end date) List your Giveaways […]

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The Joys of Sharing my Daughter

My daughter is much like I was as a young child, easy to be around and most anyone will take her. The boys, they only get taken by their Dad because after all him and I raised ’em so we know how to deal with them. They are a joy too, but my family is just used to girls and the family that may know how to take the boys are either too far away or simply not up for an overnight with high energy boys. The daughter though, is only super high energy when around her brothers. Alone, she […]

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Dr Laura On YouTube Topic About Father Who is Now Loving Grandpa

I love this topic because I think it’s something that comes all too often for many of us. It seems sometimes parents are better at being grandparents than they were at being parents. Once we have children our kids are number one and we are no longer first on the plate, this is okay and actually wonderful. I am thankful for the words my father said to me when my daughter was born …. my father said something to me along the lines of “I may not have been able to figure out the father deal but I know how […]

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Keeping Long Distance Family Updated

I used to be pen pals with my great grandmother who I call Grena but over time we stopped writing and I don’t recall if I “owe” her a letter of if she “owes” me one. Surely she is getting up in age and may not be able to write as often as she used to, which gave me an idea. What if I created a weekly or monthly newsletter for my family members who live further away? I rarely see my family it seems their busy lives take them over and well my children clearly take up so much […]

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What Is with Hiding Age?

A woman who jokes about turning 30 every year and then a woman who seriously refuses to let anyone know her real age. What is wrong with these scenarios? Probably nothing really but I just don’t understand them is all. Of course joking about being 30 again, I get it, I laugh whenever my Mom tries to tell me she is younger than what I calculated her out to be. My Grandmother probably feels great because every year I swear she is 65 again and my father? Well he just shakes his head when he realizes what me turning 30 […]

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Enjoying Grampa’s in Vermont

The boys and I headed to visit my Dad last week and while I went to upload some pics to share with you in this post I happened to find another pic of the two boys from March 2010, so a little over a year ago while we were out and about visiting Dad at the farm in Vermont. It’s funny how you don’t think about how much your children have grown when you see them every day. Here is a picture of the two boys last week at the farm… They have grown so much, you see in this […]

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