Tuesday, April 19, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 30

30 Day Challenge - Day 30 - A Picture of Someone you Miss

If you could see me right now you would see me patting myself on the back, literally. I cannot believe that I have completed this 30 day challenge, without missing a single day! Go me!

So, for today's post, I am posting about my Grandma Sonntag, pictured above with me and Chelsea circa 2001.

There are other people whom I miss, but she comes to mind immediately.

I will always be thankful that just a few weeks before she passed away I randomly stopped by to see her. She lived on the east side of town and I had just completed a presentation at one of the Long Realty offices on that side. I hadn't seen her for awhile and I knew no one at my office would care if I were a few minutes later than expected so I called her and popped in. We had a lovely, relaxing visit and some much-need time to catch up. I also think she was happy that we had that time. Right Mom?

I will always regret that I missed her last Mother's Day, because I was sick (aka hung-over), but I don't think she minded too much. Right Mom?

She was an amazing grandma who loved us and spoiled us in every way. But she was never taken for granted. I have hundreds of memories of our times with Grandma, way too many to list in this post, but I will tell you that:
  • she and my mom talked every night until the day she passed away, Chelsea and I also talk to our mom almost every night too no matter who makes fun of us!
  • we used to love driving with her in her white honda accord (which later became Chelsea's, then became mine, and then I crashed it) because she would do the clutch and let us do the shifter
  • when we would drive with her we would cheer when we went through a green light and boo when we got stopped at red
  • she (quite literally) counted cheerios to make sure Chelsea and I always had equal amounts of everything
  • the soft-drink TAB probably stayed in business because of her
  • we spent countless hours at her house for our weekly Sunday dinner and play-time outside
  • she let my friends and I borrow her gold honda accord to go to Vegas with her handicap plate so we could park close to the casinos
  • she traveled often to really interesting places, and always sent us postcards
  • she always had ice cream in the house and was only happy if you ate 1 or 2 (or 3) bowls (gosh I wish Stevie had gotten to know her better, she was his type of lady!)
  • when she discovered that you liked something, she showed you with it
I could go on and on but I think that's enough for now and for this challenge!

Good night!


Natalie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandma. I'll be honest, I got a little teary reading this. She sounds like a cool lady. I loved the part about borrowing her car to go to Vegas.

Is there some reason anybody would make fun of somebody for talking to their mom every day? How about 2-3 times per day? Isn't that just normal?

Chelsea said...

Aww this is beautiful sister. It made me smile and cry at the same time. Love her so much. Miss her so much.
Great job on the challenge. How has it been 30 days already?

Your Mom said...

I miss my mom so much. Thanks for a wonderful and heartwarming post...I have to say that she would be bursting of pride in how you and your sister have turned out...and she would be spoiling those great-grandkids she never met probably more than she spoiled you guys! THank you for touching my heart.

Erin = ) said...

And a pat on the back from me, too! Way to stick through the challenge =) I feel like I kind of know Grandma after your post - and I think we would have been great friends...especially with that ice cream ; )

Candice said...

Yes, congrats, it's been so fun reading your blogs and learning a little more about your awesome life! And I especially loved this one - I think it was a great way to end an awesome challenge!

butterflymama said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge!
I on the otherhand completely failed :(
Go Kendra! :)