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When we arrived home from our honeymoon, our house had confetti all over…

…and we STILL don’t know who did it! It’s been over five years and we don’t really hold out hope of discovering the culprit! If it was you and you’re reading this, go ahead- let us know! You have done well to keep it under wraps for all of these years!

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So who was it?! Time to fess up!

Have any of you done something like this? Been the victim of such a thing? I admit that I did plenty of tp-ing in my youth, but none recently! Are YOU a prankster? (btw, I totally do NOT recommend ever putting shaving cream on a window and allowing the sun to bake it on…)

A baffled woman,


Hubby and I while in Rarotonga on our honeymoon...completely unaware of the havoc being reeked at our new home!
Hubby and I while in Rarotonga on our honeymoon…completely unaware of the havoc being reeked at our new home!

My Grandma- my kindred spirit.

Anyone who has ever read or seen Anne of Green Gables will understand the term kindred spirit, and perhaps wonder at the term being used in relation to my grandma. If you knew us, you’d understand.

Our husbands get it. They see our similarities and love for adventure, yodeling, Bing Crosby, and live shows. They see our fun-loving, zany sides and our sincere and crazy love for them.

My grandma is hilarious and fun to be around, and she turns 80 today. You would never guess that by looking at her, though! She is so beautiful and adventuresome and happy that she looks AT LEAST a decade younger!


My beautiful grandma and my Great uncle grandpa when we were exploring Milford Sounds on their last trip to NZ.
My beautiful grandma and my Great uncle grandpa when we were exploring Milford Sounds on their last trip to NZ.

She was married to my handsome grandpa for over 50 years, and they were amazing together. We loved spending time with them and they always made the effort to come visit us. They have always lived in a big farm house in Michigan, but they didn’t let that stop them from visiting us when we lived in Florida, and later they made 10 trips to New Zealand to spend the North American winters down under, basking in the sun and warmth (that we are currently enjoying- sorry!!)

Several years ago, I had the privilege of flying back to Michigan with my mom to help grandma take care of grandpa in his last weeks of life. It was a sobering, precious time that I treasure. Grandpa was so special to all of us grand kids. My fondest memories of him from my youngest days come from when the cousins would stay the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Grandpa would always tell us a wildly hilarious story of his youth and then pray with us and kiss us goodnight. It was precious, and I felt so loved. You can see why I am thankful to have had those last weeks with him.

Grandma survived his passing with the peace of God that passes all understanding, and God provided her with another wonderful man a few years later. God has a real sense of humour, because she married my awesome, widowed Great Uncle (he was her brother in law by marriage) and they are so delightfully in love! I may or may not have greatly encouraged that marriage as I have always has a special love for that particular Great Uncle, and I have photos of him and I when I was just a little girl.

My grandma is the only, and I mean it when I say ONLY person who has ever asked for me to “yodel some more!” haha. She gets a real kick out of it while everyone else cringes…she’s awesome! 😉

I love my grandma, and I am so thankful for her!

Do you have any awesome memories of your grandma? Is she on Facebook as well? My grandma is so onto it with these things! I love it!

I’d love to hear your stories about your grandma and your memories together!

One spoiled girl,


Beautiful South Island lake views!
Beautiful South Island lake views with my parents and Grandma and Grandpa D.