Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day

I hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day and a wonderful long weekend!

This weekend was a long one filled with tears and a lot of laughter. We tried to spend some time with just our little family because we really never do. It seems like anytime we spend together is always with our extended families. Don't get me wrong, it is wonderful, but sometimes you just need to concentrate on your own family. Know what I mean? So, we did yardwork,went out for pizza, and took Liza to the beach!

For as long as I can remember, my dad would drag me out of bed early Memorial Day morning to head to the bridge at the bottom of our street. Every year, the military would come and do a salute to our local soldier that was killed in WW2. For some reason, they stopped coming and that really pissed my grandfather off! Being true to his character, he decided to continue the tradition himself. Now that he is gone, my aunt and the rest of our family will follow in his footsteps.

My family (and my brother's dog!) 
We took Liza to our town's parade. It was so hot, but she did a fantastic job! The lemonade might have helped :)

She drank it for about twenty minutes straight! It was pretty cute. Actually, right now she is trying to lick the computer screen saying, "I like lemonade mommy!" Hehe :)

After the parade, we headed over to my grandparents' house, where we were having a ceremony and burying their ashes. Of course, we marched through the woods. Just as my grandparents instructed us to do.

Only family and a handful of my grandparents best friends were there (We missed you, Trevor!). It was simple and sweet. Some tears and some giggles.

It wouldn't have been complete without a whiskey toast. The kids had juice and some of us had white wine because my grandmother wouldn't have liked the whiskey we had!

Then we marched back down to the house to eat and have a little fun with our family at my favorite place in the whole world.

How was your weekend?

XOXO Sarah


  1. that's a very wonderful weekend - sad but happy, full of emotion. L is killing me with her cuteness, btw. Killing me!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend, and what a tribute to your grandparents'.

    Seriously all I think of when I see these pictures of L is "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!" lol! ;)

  3. What an amazing tribute for your grandparents. And, I absolutely LOVE that you are carrying on the tradition of honoring the fallen WWII soldier, made my heart smile!

  4. What a great weekend! We planted flags with my kids (2 Cub Scouts) at the RI Veterans Cemetery. Then we did yard work, the boys' baseball game, grilled, and my kids ran through the sprinklers. We couldn't have been more American on Memorial Day! :)

  5. What a nice celebration of Memorial Day! Thanks for sharing. It's nice the family wants to keep some traditions going.

  6. What a nice celebration. I love family traditions. We used to go to the bridge in my hometown with my Poppa. I really miss those Memorial Days back home.

  7. Whenever I feel guilty for saying no to doing something with the rest of my family, Phil reminds me that WE are our family. It's nice getting together with everyone, but I definitely like focusing on just us sometimes.

    I love meaningful family traditions. Sounds like a wonderful way to keep those memories alive. We went camping so we weren't able to go, but my mom always visits the family cemeteries to plant flowers at the graves.