in the south we have papaws

in the south we have papaws

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about my Granny and what a special lady she was to our family!

My family misses her every day, but we are blessed to still have my crazy, loving, one-of-a-kind Papaw around to keep us in check!

Today is his birthday and so I want to celebrate him!  That man has tough hands from years of work, stories for days that he will tell you as he re-acts them out, and a heart bigger than I will ever have.

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He is at the center of our family and still keeps us all in check.  He has shown us how to be a part of our church and community.  He supports all of us and is so proud of all of his grand children… don’t believe me.. just ask him!  He will tell you!

He is still so active, going to the YMCA, having breakfast out with friends, going to local ball games, playing golf with old buddies and visiting old friends and family at their homes and nursing homes.  He even got a new car recently that has “too much stuff” on it.. but he is learning and driving it around like the best of them!

He has a cell phone, which he will answer, but refuses to get a computer… sometimes I think that would be so nice… to remain disconnected!

I love this man, love his heart, , love his hugs where he squeezes and pinches my side, love his stores that he tells with so much excitement, love his face that has seen so much and continues to keep going!

He uses words that most don’t use anymore… Confound, Yonder, Down the Road a Piece, Kin-folk, etc…


Happy Birthday Papaw!

Love the face he gives me when I tell him to smile.


Lunch with Papaw



Old photo of “Super Dad!”    Just ignore me in this one…#badhaircutinthe80s


Lunch at our favorite local spot






papawLove you, Lawrence Edward, Captain, Papaw

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never grow up

never grow up

7 weeks ago, my 83 year old grandfather (Papaw) had a FULL knee replacement.  If you have met this man, you know that this did not keep him down!

He has more life and energy than most people half his age.  He spends his time playing golf with friends, going to the YMCA to do his aerobics, staying active at the church, spending time with family and visiting friends… especially those that are unable to leave their homes.

Last week he bought a new car…I can’t wait to go visit… I know I will have to “take it out for a drive!”

A few days ago my sister sent me this video of him doing lunges across the house.  She said this was his third trip through the house.  Maybe we should all take a lesson.  Rounds of squats, 83 years old, 7 weeks after a knee replacement.

Maybe we should all take a lesson from Peter Pan, NEVER GROW UP!



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a pep talk

a pep talk

Sometimes you just need a little pep talk.

I came across this video “A Pep Talk From Kid President To You” on Mashable’s “The 40 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2013” – a great list of videos to watch, well most of them.  You never really know what is going to take off and go viral on the web huh?  This was one of my favorite videos from the list and something I immediately wanted to share here on Sunny Slide Up. – Video by SoulPancake


This kid is the cutest.  And he really makes some valid points…


The world needs you. Stop being boring! 


If life was a game, aren’t we on the same team?


What if there really were two paths?  I want to be in the one that leads to awesome. 


What will you create to make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there!




Now, go seize the day!


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today, i am thankful – free printables

today, i am thankful – free printables

I love the holidays.  I love Christmas, the buzzing around to find gifts the food, the crisp air.  I was always the girl that couldn’t wait until the day after Halloween – this was the day I would allow myself to start listening to Christmas songs.  I would put my radio on the holiday station and wouldn’t change it until December 26.

Well… that all changed when I met The Mister.  His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  To him, this is one holiday where it isn’t about gifts, or buzzing around to get everything inline.  It is the one holiday that is dedicated to family, to coming together to eat amazing food we all prepare with love and just be… nothing else!  Just be thankful that we are all together.

With that said… I haven’t listened to many christmas carols.  I haven’t even bought many christmas gifts.  I am taking this month to enjoy this often overlooked holiday – Thanksgiving.

Now… you better believe as soon as the last bite of turkey has been eaten and we head out to do our Black Friday shopping, I will listen to Christmas music, I will come home and decorate my house and it will be full on CHRISTMAS…. but until then… I am Thankful!

Just for fun, I created a few 8×10 printouts.  You can use these for Thanksgiving or anytime of the year!


Click on the image to get the full download size.  If you have any questions, please email me!

thankful free printable

always something to be happy about free printable

i am thankful free printable

those who said no free printable

today I am thankful

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