Sunday, December 29, 2013
The generation before us did not break the cycle of
drug and alcohol abuse. Our generation did not do it either.
My children's generation started the break up but I have a good
feeling that the next generation,
Bean and My great nieces and nephews,
will be the one to do it.
Hence, my story of today.
My godchild/ great niece Cameron
called me yesterday. Ever since she was a little bitty thing
she liked boys and I told her boys were Trouble capital T.
Then I told her if she had to have a boyfriend he had to have
a real name. We went back and forth with names
"Nannie, what about Drake, can I have a boyfriend named Drake?"
"Drake??? Cami that is a duck, no you can't have a boyfriend
"Nannie how about Tanner, can I have a boyfriend named Tanner?"
"Cami, really?? Tanner?? that is like someone who has a tan
and goes out in the sun to become Tanner, no that won't work"
For some reason it was a running joke between us for
many years. Then she had the "Nerve" to become a teenager
and go to the dance with a boy she liked and vice versa.
"Nannie, his name is Jestin and I don't care what you say,
I like him"
"Jest in Case.... Cami that won't work"
her response, "Nannie, too bad he is my boyfriend"
Now to the breaking the cycle bit.
Cami's dad, Miki, is a recovering addict, he spent many
years suffering and found sobriety almost three years ago.
Since has found the love of his life and has had a baby boy
with her. My own baby boy, who although did not use
for many years, is about to celebrate 10 years sober.
Brings me to their offspring, Bean and Cami.
Cami called yesterday and says,
"Nannie, I have some good news to tell you"
I jokingly answer, "You broke up with your boyfriend"
"Nannie! you are psychic!"
She proceeds to tell me that he, at 12, decided to get drunk.
When she tried to tell him it was bad stuff and she would
not go out with someone who drank or used drugs
he would not listen. Continued to try and say it was
not bad and was actually fun. She broke up with him right there.
She explained that she will not go out with a boy
who drinks or used drugs. We speak for some time.
I talk to her about her younger years, all the pain
those darn drugs brought her and she should not settle for
anything less than what she wants....
She agrees and we have to hang up because our connection is bad.
I continue to think of this strong little girl.
I pray she never abuses nor uses drugs,
I pray that her generation, which includes my Bean
is the one that breaks the cycle of addiction as well
as enabling. You go, girl, Cami!
So proud of ya!
Saturday, December 28, 2013
story of sister veronica's tale of getting pregnant on her
honeymoon. She was married in December and her first
baby, Tiffany was born in September,
Exactly 9 months after her and J's wedding.
Even though she insisted many times that she was
not active until her wedding night, none of us really
believed her. Even her offspring, Tiffy and I laughed
growing up at the thought of what she told.
We believed it just could not happen the first night
of your married life. She always told the same story however,
"That's my story and I'm sticking to it"
is Veronica's famous words for everything, it is fitting
in this story.
So, like I said, I never really believed it until now.
Arthur and Amanda were married late November.
I shared that night at the reception how I teased them
that now they could make babies.
Arthur laughed and said,
"I am working on that tonight"
Amanda said as she petted Arthur's chest,
" I am doing that, My Husband"
I will never forget the pride in her voice when she said that.
Hence, here we are late December and on Christmas
day they tell us, yes, they are expecting a baby in August.
I have no doubts this child was not conceived before the
wedding and now, I believe.
I believe that my dear sister, Veronica really was one
of those who got pregnant on their honeymoon.
Congrats to Arthur and Amanda and the grandparents.
Especially my sister, C who is the last of us Collins kiddo's to
become grandparents. She has so much love coming her way,
her sugar babies will be so spoiled as it should be.
A rousse baby due in August!!!
Veronica.... sorry all these years I laughed at the thought
of your story you stuck to that you got pregnant on
your honeymoon..... I am now a believer!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Christmas 2013 nearly done.
My Dear friend, Shirley gave myself and Bean her entire
collection of Liberty Falls houses, over 70 pieces!
They were in her attic and after she saw that we were collecting
she asked if I wanted those in her attic.
What?!!?? For sure!
She refused to take any money for them,
saying she would get her reward by watching Bean and I loving
it instead of living in her attic.
However, there is no way I can repay her for this.
We played with it for hours and now I am thinking of
a permanent home for them but somewhere that we can
play with them.
Thanks dear friend! Cannot tell you how proud I am
to have this!
Sunday evening we did our Riera Christmas.
I always want my gifts to be something well thought out.
This year HOBL gave both the kiddies and myself trips.
He and Baby Boy leaving tomorrow for a guided hunting trip,
Gypsy baby and I, leaving January 16 for Disney and
Harry Potter Land. Thanks HOBL.
I was left with what gift could I give my dear
daughter-in-law that would be meaningful.
A gift certificate for a 4-D ultrasound brought her to tears.
I would say I scored on that one!
Bean was not sure about those tears, she is learning
about feelings but tears are still confusing to her.
When she cries it is never a good things so I guess
when seeing others cry she can't get what "Happy Tears" are.
IT was then Bean's turn.
A scooter and few other gifts from Pappy and Mumsie
with the scooter being what she really wanted.
Yet, she pulls out the cheapest bath toy, one
I bought last year the day after Christmas for four dollars
and that is the one that gets the most excitement.
Never fails, right?
So glad Jodie and Chance decided to stay for our
little Christmas, pictures by Jodie.
Was happy to see she left me some of them two.
Nannie and Meg also scored with Lego's and this
Pizza set for the Bean.
We all had never had felt Pizza before but that night,
each had their fill.
My best gift of all was that one from my sweet Tedi-Girl.
She knows her Nannie well.
Knows there is no gift I love more than one from the heart.
A love letter and requesting me to be her confirmation sponser.
OH, BE STILL MY HEART!
How I love this gal....
I spent Monday taking down my Christmas,
determined to get through Christmas Eve doing something
different than I normally do.
A few years after my Daddy died, Mommy found
herself alone on a Christmas morning.
As soon as she dressed she came over to my house and
with tears in her eyes, she said,
"I never again want to find myself alone on Christmas morning"
Since then I always made sure she didn't.
The last few years while living at the Manor,
I would attend church with her at the Manor,
she and I would go ride and look at lights
then I would take her to my home, her apartment with
me sleeping with her, or take her to one of the sisters.
Needless to say, all my thoughts yesterday was of her.
Yet, last night HOBL and I picked up
these two beauties and ate at LaBerge steak house
called 18 Steaks.
It is where my gypsy baby works. Tonight she was off.
what a fancy place, loved seeing her interact with those she works with.
Dining at its finest.
Then there is these gals.
Spending the evening with two so in love.
Never thought there could be another so much like
my gypsy. To see her so happy is what a mommy
wishes for her babies.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL...
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Our Riera Christmas is done.
It was a success. I am glad it was, all my Kiddies
were happy and they were also very kind to me.
Gypsy baby insists that I will love the gift she had
to order for me which will be ready today.
My offspring know I expect a love letter each holiday.
The only one that I got was one that was not from
a child I gave birth to but who is just as important,
my dear godchild, Tedigirl.
I don't want to share the whole love letter here
as it is so personal, between she and I and yet,
she has made me cry and asked me to be
her Confirmation sponser.
Of course a large, resounding YES!
My lil pookie, having some rough days with growing up
issues and I am so very touched that I am in her "village"
able to help her along with her Mommy and Daddy.
Now my Christmas things are down,
HOBL and I, doing a fall cleaning.
So many before me has had the first Christmas
without a person they loved. Like I with my Mommy.
Some have also said I have to get over the loss.
I know that, I will yet we all must do it each in our own way.
The way I handle it is allowing me the sad feelings of
my loss so that I can let it go.
When seeing someone sad, realize it is not always a bad
thing even if it looks like the person is suffering more.
I miss my Momma. I can't deny that.
I was so happy to take down the Christmas trees.
I cried as I took down my silver one.
I know my Mommy would have been with us.
She would have loved to watch us all enjoy our presents.
I just miss her so.
The year 2014 is coming.
I am making changes, big changes.
Going to have a big, big resolution list...
It will be one with many challenges,,,,
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I have dropped a few little comments about the new Riera baby
due in May but it is now very safe to say, all is
well with this pregnancy, Well well with the baby
not so much for poor KD who has been sick with
morning sickness every day, through the whole day.
She is such a trooper, doesn't complain,
just runs to the bathroom, does her business and comes
out to take care of Bean as if nothing happened.
Back to the baby.
For blogging purposes, I will call the new one
Sugar Plum until we know boy or girl.
It is fitting for the time of year, isn't it?
Bean is sooo excited, calls it her baby.
Loves the term "Big Sister" and
practices with her babies daily.
These pictures are her carrying the very first ultrasound
pictures of Sugar Plum.
How am I feeling about Sugar Plum.
I am so excited, so happy for them.
Miscarriages are always so hard and yet,
the fact that KD decides to continue on the grow their
family has be admiring her all the more.
The fact that she is so sick and yet, the want of
another baby has her willing to go through it all
and still see the excitement of each milestone Sugar Plum makes.
This week Sugar Plum kicked, both BB and KD so excited
about this. The new house is going up fast,
I know they are wanting to be settled into the house
before Sugar Plum's due date in late May.
I think they will make it.
So, yes, I am going to be a Mumsie once again.
Can't wait to hold Sugar Plum but more so,
I cannot wait to experience Bean and Sugar Plum's
relationship. She will be the best big sister!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Islands of Adventure, Harry Potter,
here we come.
Gypsy baby and I have been given the best
Christmas gift from HOBL.
An all expense paid trip just me and the baby girl
to Disney, specifically to visit Harry Potter.
We are giddy with excitement and it is hard
to believe that it is like a month away
as in earlier years, to be able to afford trips
to Disney, had to book a year in advance.
HOBL decided since he and Baby Boy's
Christmas was a hunting trip in Texas,
that it was only fitting for the gals to take a trip.
I am hoping that it is a new yearly thing we will do.
So we are leaving on Jan. 16th to our wonderful
vacation. I cannot wait to have limitless time
with my gypsy baby. We love each others company
yet as she gets older, an adult now, it is so hard.
WE both making a New Years Resolution
that at least while she is living in Baton Rouge,
and I in Plaquemine that we will meet each
Tuesday for an early movie.
Besides my bestie, Laurie and her babies,
Gypsy is the one I love to critique movies with.
Well this was a rambling post....
Geeze I miss my baby girl!
Monday, December 16, 2013
I am an obsessed TLC watcher.
Aside from SAY YES TO THE DRESS
I love all the other shows. One of my favs.
is the Little Couple.
I was shocked and so sad to find out
when Katie the neighbor came to visit to find
out that Jen has cancer.
After finding out, I looked it up and sure enough,
Katie was right. Some things just don't seem even.
So much for one couple.
In the midst of realizing that to have children adoption would
have to be the way.
In the midst of getting sweet William and waiting for Zoey
to be ready to come home,
Jen finds she has cancer. It seems like her prognosis is good
but she has not shared what type of cancer it is she
is battling. She is such a trooper, having been through
so much in her life, still never a negative word from
her. Puts my life into perspective.
Prayers and love to the Little couple and their family.
I will be following them as they are planning
to share their battle with all of us.
Makes me love them even more.
(going to have to buy people mag. to read this)
Sunday, December 15, 2013
YESTERDAY WAS THE GUILBEAU CHRISTMAS PARTY
HOSTED AT KD'S PARENTS HOME.
THEY ALWAYS OPEN THEIR DOOR TO US RIERA'S
CONSIDER US FAMILY AS WE DO, THEM.
IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO WATCH THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN.
I AM SO HONORED THAT ALTHOUGH I AM NOT REALLY
LIZZIE'S GRANDMA, THAT SHE CALLS ME MUMSIE ALSO.
TO SEE THE LITTLE ONES TOGETHER, OH IT IS WHAT
THE SEASON IS ALL ABOUT.
I WATCHED KD'S OLDER COUSINS,
MARISOL AND VICTORIA, NOT ONLY IN THIS PICTURE
BUT THROUGHOUT THE GATHERING
TALKING, HOLDING HANDS AT TIMES,
PLAYING WITH THE OTHERS HAIR AND
JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW LUCKY THEY ARE
NOT ONLY TO HAVE A SISTER BUT TO BE
THIS CLOSE EVEN DURING THE TEEN YEARS
IS THE BEST GIFT OF ALL.
WHEN I SAW THEM I THOUGHT MAYBE BEAN
HAVING A SISTER WOULD BE AWESOME.
TO HAVE THE BOND OF A SISTER, NOTHING LIKE IT.
OUR DEAR CARTER WAS THERE, THREE YEARS OLD NOW
AND SUCH A CUTIE!
HE TOO CALLS ME MUMSIE. INHERITED GRANDKIDS
JUST BECAUSE BB MARRIED KD...
LUCKY I SAY.
ENJOY THE REST OF THE PICTURES FROM
ANOTHER SUCCESFFUL GUILBEAU CHRISTMAS GATHERING.
LIZZIE LOU! LAUGH EVERYTIME I LOOK AT THIS PICTURE
AS SHE WAS SUCH THE DIVA YESTERDAY.
ALL SHE WANTED, ALL SHE POUTED FOR
WAS HER "LIPSTICK"
I THOUGHT BEAN WAS OBSESSED WITH HER
RED CHAPSTICK BUT LIZZY HAS HER BEAT.
SHE COULD HAVE HAD EVERY PRESENT BEEN
A TUBE OF CHAPSTICK THIS YEAR AND SHE WOULD HAVE
BEEN PERFECTLY HAPPY WITH THAT.
POPPA DIDN'T GET TO WEAR HIS SANTA'S HELPER
SUIT FOR VERY LONG BEFORE CARTER HAD TO
TRY IT OUT. A FUTURE HELPER IN THE MAKING.
SOME OF THE GUILBEAU COUPLES....
LAST BUT NOT LEAST MAW VERLY AND PAW JOE
THE BEGINNERS OF THIS MOST WONDERFUL FAMILY.
THANKS FOR HAVING US CATHY AND FRANK
WE LOVED THE DAY.