A few weekends ago we had the very talented Katy Gitto meet us back out for a family shoot--one very special family shoot. Justin's grandma, Nanny, would be turning 99 in December & we thought it was about time to update our "big" family picture. We pulled this photo shoot together in about a weeks time--and anyone that knows me, I like to plan & having to pull outfits together for the four of us so quickly was not something I was excited for but if we wanted to take advantage of the warmer weather, I had to push through!
We were ALL hoping that with the warmer weather Nanny would be open to going down to the garden & possibly walking down to the lake. You see, every day is different with Nanny. You aren't sure if you are going to catch her on a good day--where she will sit & talk with you, listen & joke with the boys & if the day is really good take the elevator down 3 floors and sit on a swing for a little while. On the bad days, we spend more time trying to get her settled than anything else. She often says "I'll just go back to my room." Its sad, heartbreaking--she is almost 99, but when those good days happen, they are AMAZING.
When picture day came. We had one AMAZINGLY good day. Nanny seemed excited to get her picture taken. She allowed me to move her walker away from her & this woman does not like her walker out of hands reach---I learned that the hard way. She walked outside with us. She waited a few minutes for Katy to arrive & she made her way to the chair we sat up for her. She sat there and smiled, laughed and even put Justin in his place. It was such a great morning & we are all so thrilled to have captured these pictures with Nanny.
So to my family---be ready, were doing the same thing within the next few months. I am hiring someone in the SWMO area to come and take our family pictures & you WILL be there. There is no reason to put something like this off. Take the time, hire someone, & capture those memories.
I mean, look at her & the family she created--98+ years in the making.