Hehe, well the title says it all. I'm still alive, I'm still here! Sorry I've been so absent - I was on vacation for a week and then I have been in the catch up mode since then. Well, I'm still not caught up on everything, but a girl needs a break every now and then.
So, as some of you might remember, my Nanny (my mom's mother) passed away this past March. It was very sad and hard to take in as we all thought she'd live forever. Well, the main reason for the vacation was to visit Kelowna and attend a memorial for her. Now, my family had a memorial for her after she died. My family in Wales then had a memorial for her when her ashes were buried with her parents there. This was her third memorial and we were all sitting around laughing about the fact that, only Nanny would have three memorials. Just like her, to want us to remember and honour her this many times. Haha.
Let me tell you my favourite memory of her (there are many).
This was after Wade and I moved to Edmonton from Kelowna. We had returned to Kelowna for my cousin's wedding. One night the whole family as well as many family friends were up for dinner. Nanny was sitting with my Great-Grandma K (who also passed away this past spring, in April, just 21 days after Nanny) and Auntie Margret (family friend). (Grandma K is my dad's grandma, btw.) I sat down next to Nanny and offered her a sip of my drink. I was drinking Bacardi Breezers - Pina Colada. (Nanny always insisted that she never drinks, but she'll steal sips from everyone's glass.)
She protested that she doesn't drink but took the bottle and took a sip.
And then another, and said oooh that's nice.
And then she passed it to Grandma K. Grandma K had a sip and agreed it was nice, but not her style of drink; she liked wine.
Well, Nanny took it back from her, and passed my drink on to Auntie Margret to try. Well, wouldn't you know it but Auntie Margret loved it. Said it reminded her of the trip that she and Nanny and their husbands took to Hawaii in the 70s.
They started passing my drink back and forth. I watched, a little shocked (missing my drink, you know) until they turned to me and said, well, don't you have another one for us?!?
Well, my mom and I had to go out then and there to buy two more cases for these two ladies, and wouldn't you know it? there were none left at the end of the night! Haha, so much for not drinking!!
Anyways, the memorial was nice, sad, draining and emotional. I'll tell you more about the trip another day.
Thanks for letting me share this.