A Memorial Day Weekend Surprise & Recap

Our Memorial Day weekend was full of smiles, laughs, and a lot of memory-making. In fact, I feel guilty to have experienced such happy emotions on a day that is set aside to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country. My heart can’t help but ache for those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, for my heart, though in a different way, grieves right alongside them. Before I go any further, I just want to say that I sincerely appreciate all of the men and women who fight, have fought, and have given their lives in order for us to be here. Your service and bravery will never go unnoticed.

Our weekend started out with a wonderful surprise on Saturday evening. My sister, Beth, invited us to her house for a little picnic that night, with strict orders not to arrive until 6:00. Normally I wouldn’t question something like a start-time of 6:00, but the day before she told us to come a bit earlier. To make a long story very short, the time had to be changed because she had to drive to the airport to pick up our baby sister who flew in from Hawaii a week early to surprise us!

We walked into her house that evening, and I hurriedly began getting situated with the boys, when I heard a small voice yell, “Surprise!” At first, I honestly didn’t know who it was until she stepped out into the kitchen where she wasn’t hidden in the shadow of the hallway. Many happy tears and hugs later, we were able to all get over the shock and took some time for a few photos!


She’s gorgeous, isn’t she? I’m totally jealous of her natural beauty. I can assure you that she is beautiful both inside and out! It’s been 5 months since she’s seen Luca, her Godson. He sure has changed since the last time she was able to hold him! These two immediately clicked with each other and it was adorable to watch unfold.


Sunday evening, we attended a graduation party in which Jonah swam by himself (with floaties of course) for the first time. I was so proud of his fearlessness. Would you believe that in a matter of 5 minutes he was jumping off the side of the pool, completely submerging himself in water? The best part was the huge smile on his face the entire time. We definitely have a water baby on our hands, and I can’t wait to take him swimming this summer! Beth’s new house has a pool, so guess where we’ll be every day?

Today, we attended the Memorial Day service in our hometown. It was a beautiful tribute to those we owe our freedom.



It is so important for us to expose the boys to patriotism, no matter how young they may be. Although they don’t understand exactly why we chose to sit in the hot sun and sit still for half an hour, someday they will. As parents, we lead by example. I hope that in the years to come the boys grow to appreciate all that our service men and women do for us and our freedoms.

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day with your families. Always remember the reason for this truly powerful day. We are only here because of those that fought for us.

What did you do this weekend?

41 thoughts on “A Memorial Day Weekend Surprise & Recap

    1. Thank you SO much Robin! I’m really trying to improve my photography this year and work on getting it is clean and sharp as possible 🙂 I’m so happy you stopped by, and hope you’ll come back soon!

  1. I worked for a couple of hours at a clients on Monday but I mostly stayed home and tried to relax. Ni, I will never forget why Memorial Day is celebrated and hope no one else does either.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy you stopped by 🙂 We are just about ready to enter the potty training stage – and I’m dreading it a little bit! Our 2 year old son will go on the potty around 2-3 times a day, but only in the afternoon and evening. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work on it more consistently this summer while I’m home!

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful Memorial Day! Your kids are adorable and I’m so thankful for parents like you who expose them to patriotism from the start. 🙂

  3. How exciting that you got to see your sister! We had a lunchtime cookout with my parents and then just relaxed the rest of the day. You’re right. It is so important for our kids to understand the reason behind Memorial Day!

    1. I was SO beyond excited – especially because I wasn’t expecting it at ALL! I’m so glad you enjoyed your day. It’s exciting knowing that summer is just around the corner. Thanks for stopping by today!

  4. Happy Memorial Day! Cheers to days like this huh? Seems like you had an exciting day. Nice photos by the way. Great job.

  5. Your pictures are STUNNING! But you also have some beautiful model’s to boot too! I’m glad you were able to see your sister , and that was a surprise in itself! I know you will be talking about that for years to come 🙂

  6. What a fantastic surprise!! (and beautiful photos!). I’m glad you got to spend time with your sister on Memorial Day!

  7. Your baby sister is a knock-out just like you and your son is so adorable. I don’t think you should feel guilty about have such fun on such a day, those all sacrificed their lives and those who still do went/are fighting for exactly that.

    1. Awww, aren’t you just the sweetest! 🙂 You make a great point about feeling guilty. I’m just thankful to have opportunities to make all of these wonderful memories! 🙂

  8. That was a really nice surprise and she is really stunning. I think aside from remembering the heroism of the veterans, it’s also great to find time for surprises like this.

  9. Awwwwww glad y’all had a fantastic Memorial Day!!! For once mine was fantastic as well!!! Weather here in Ny was actually decent so bbq’s all weekend!!!

  10. What a wonderful surprise for you and your family to see your baby sister, and then another surprise that your baby loves the water so much, and that’s so good for him too. Your Post made me smile that’s for sure. Glad you had such a great weekend.

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