Idaho.

Oct 3, 2013

I wish I could say that we traveled to Idaho last week for a happy reason but unfortunately our travels were necessary because of a loss in our family.  My step-father Paul lost his lifelong battle with Diabetes and a good bit of our family rushed out to the other side of the country to be with my Momma.  She’s tough, don’t get me wrong.  But when you lose someone close to you, especially when he’s only a young 53 years old, you need to be surrounded with love and family.  And we did just that.

I’ve said it before but the one thing about a tragedy is that it’s not 100% tragic.  It always has this way of bringing people together.  And although a ton of tears may be shed…a lot of memories, stories and laughter are shared with the people you are closest to.  So maybe my siblings, aunties and Momma weren’t put together over that 5-day stretch for the happiest of reasons but we spent a lot of the time being happy and celebrating Paul and the hold he had on all of us.

Idaho is such a gorgeous state that we didn’t mind the time spent there.  It could have been a lot warmer though.  Holy cow was the weatherman wrong!  We were all expecting 70-ish degree weather and it was giving us cold, wind and rain in the 50’s.  Good thing I packed a sweatshirt for Louis and me so we could get some playground time in with the Aunties, Sierra and Delilah. 

Not pictured is Bennett.  And that’s because he wasn’t able to make the trip with us.  I know that he was super upset that he couldn’t come and be with my Mom but he had a wedding to photograph that weekend and there was absolutely no way we would leave a bride & groom in the lurch just before their big day.  It just wasn’t going to happen.  So Louis and I make the cross-country trek by ourselves and everything went as smoothly as it could have.

No one was complaining that Sierra and I brought our little ones with us.  Getting extra snuggle time in with Delilah was a blessing…she’s such a sweet baby.  I think Bug owes me though…we are finally out of diapers with Louis and somehow I was tricked into changing a soiled diaper.  Hmm…how does that work, exactly?

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record here but Louis LOVES his Delilah.  Loves her to death.  He likes to try and tickle her, helped Sierra feed her, made sure to be extra quiet when she was taking her naps and even snuggled up to her a few times.  I’m hoping to cultivate this into a neat relationship further down the line.

It’s safe to say that Nana loved having her grandbabies with her, too.

I’m not sure if it’s because of his love for Delilah or the fact that Louis has a strong father figure in his life (showing him that men can care for babies too)…but he found a Christmas Miss Piggy stuffed animal at Aunt Gayle’s house and decided that it was his baby.  Sometimes his baby slipped out of his hands and fell to the floor but the majority of the time, he cared for it like he’d seen Aunt Bug care for Delilah.  He even had Sierra get him a new shirt for Baby and asked her for a bottle to feed Baby with.  It was adorbs.

It was Sierra’s BIG 25th birthday the last night that we were all together.  Naturally, there was cake and a birthday song.  We pretended that the carrot cake was a healthy option…and still I got the one that was probably titled ‘death by chocolate’.  GIVEMEMORECAKE! 

Remember me mentioning that tragedy brings people together?  Case in point: I haven’t seen my brother in over two years (since Sierra & Nick’s wedding).  The three of us got to spend some actual time together and our kiddos were thrown in the mix as well.  It was great.

And bonus?  We finally had a chance to meet Paul’s niece Christina in person.  She’s adorable and sweet and I can see why Paul always spoke so highly of her.

Paul would have been upset to have missed the gathering last week.  But he’s the reason why we were all there, being supportive, and bringing his family and ours together at the same time.  We would have preferred Paul’s actual presence but his warm and quirky ways will live on through all of us.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Designer. 
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
DIY-er. 
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.

MILDLY WILD. MOSTLY WANDERFUL.

LATEST FREEBIES

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

We Can Sew It! :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

It's no secret right now that there is a massive shortage of PPE in every hospital and care facility everywhere.  It's also well known that the CDC is now calling for everyday people to wear masks when they go into public -- to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in...

“Hey Baby” Yoda-Inspired Design :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

I know, I know.  It seems like all I've been able to do lately is create Baby Yoda inspired items.  Do you really blame me?  He's just the cutest thing that's happened in the Star Wars universe....basically ever. Today is Valentine's Day and since our...

Yoda One for Me :: FREE Yoda-Inspired Zipper Pouch Pattern + Tutorial!

My name is Katy and I have a love for Star Wars that goes beyond what a person should have.  Like....I LOVE Star Wars.  Even the Prequels, people!!!  And whenever I'm like, "what should I make that would be cute and fun?" I almost always want to make something related...

Stranger Things “Squad Goals” :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

We have a new Stranger Things OBSESSED fan in our household.  It's adorable how much Louis is taken with the Stranger Things stories.  After much debate as our parental team, we allowed him to watch the series with us.  Wether or not your child is old...

Hammer Time with CoordiKnit Nonsense Fabrics :: FREE Shark Cut File!

FREEBIE ALERT!  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you'll find a link to the design that I printed on Louis' brand new tee.  And I will not apologize for getting "U Can't Touch This" in your head. CoordiKnit Nonsense Fabrics sent me this super cute...

RECENT POSTS

One Pattern, A Dozen Ways | A Recap of the Lumberjack Shirt

As I'm working on finishing up Louis' winter jacket for this year, I couldn't help but take a trip down memory lane of all of the jackets I've made him.  And they all happen to be from one single pattern: the Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates. Seriously, sewing...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

1st Day of 4th Grade

And just like that, someone allowed Louis to turn another year older, and start another year of school.  We have an official 4th grader in our house!  WHAT IS HAPPENING??? And although 2020 is the least typical year ever, I'm really excited to see what he does during...

X Marks the Spot with the XFactor Dress by P4P

I showed you my XFactor Crop (ala Peg Bundy style) late last week, but now it's time to bring out the sweeter side of sewing.  Because darn if I didn't feel just adorable in the dress version that I'd made for myself! The X Factor Crop & Dress is an adorable...