Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nostalgic Bits & Happy Memories


Hey friends, I just wanted to pop in to say "Hi!" on this hot & happy 5th of July. And I also really wanted to share these fab pics with you all.
Last night we went to our little town's fireworks and as incongruous as it may sound...it was a nice "quiet" evening. "Quiet" in the sense that we kept it low key. Just me, Aaron, my little bro Walt, and his girlfriend Val. We actually deliberately drove a few blocks east so that we'd be farther away from the fireworks...thus avoiding all the crowds, traffic, etc...

We sat in the sand with about a dozen other families who had the same idea. And when I said "quiet" I also meant it literally. Because of the distance, the fireworks were relatively quiet. We could sit and chat while watching the beautifully bright explosions in the sky. Our town is right on the bay that separates New Jersey and New York. Across the water we see miles and miles of NJ and NY coastline...on the 4th of July there isn't a prettier sight to be seen. Imagine seeing dozens and dozens of fireworks displays...the big ones...the town and city ones...all along the horizon...including the spectacular Macy's Fireworks in NYC.

One thing we noticed is the improvement in quality of amateur fireworks...the kinds that people light off in their backyards. A little ways down the beach from us a family was lighting off their own display...and these "civilians" were giving the pro's a run for their money. Our favorite moment was at the very end of the night when this family launched a couple sky lanterns. Instantly there were oooohs and ahhhhs all around. Seeing them drift up into the night sky was so magical. We are definitely getting some and making some...just to launch on any ol' night we please! 

Now, I have to apologize for not having photos to go with the above tale. The evening was so low key that I failed to even bring out the camera. But as you can see, I do have some pics to share.
Aaron's Grandmother, (Mom Mom), passed back in April and for the past couple of months Aar's parents have been consolidating her house and it's contents to put up for sale. The process can be emotional...every object having a memory attached to it. This weekend Mom Mom's condo complex is holding a community wide flea market. Aaron went down and helped his parents sort out and put price tags on a ton of stuff. Of course he came home with a handful of things that he just needed to hold onto.


We love this photo from their wedding day. Aaron looks a whole lot like his Pop Pop...you just have to look past the shaved head, glasses, and beard. And that's a little hand-me-down harmonica from Pop Pop...Aaron wishes he knew how to play it. 



As they were pricing kitchen stuff, Aaron grabbed the sugar bowl right away and said "we're gonna use this for our glitter!"...and sure enough, we've already put it to use. 



We've always loved old framed certificates and we sometimes purchase them at junk shops...it's so cool to have one that belonged to Pop Pop. (there was a stack of them...Aar selected the smallest)
And lastly, the wedding cake topper. We have a nice collection of these...and again, to get our hands on another one with a personal attachment makes it all the more special. At one time, it must've been stored in close proximity to something vanilla scented...but when you hold it up to your nose it's nice to pretend that it still holds the essence of the wedding cake it once sat upon.  

Ok, thanks for letting me share this bit of nostalgia with you. The week is flying by...that's what happens when you have a holiday on a Wednesday. I'll be back with Friday Favorites before you know it!
xo, Jenny

p.s.

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18 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny! So glad that you enjoyed a nice, quiet 4th! We saw the fireworks in NYC on tv and they were spectacular! I love the little items that Aaron brought home from his grandmother's. How sweet and sentimental they are! I bet he can learn to play that harmonica too! Take care and have a great weekend! Hugs, Leena

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  2. I have harmonicas like that! Though, I'd bet mine are slightly newer than the one in the picture. :)

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  3. i love finding old treasures. did I read you collect wedding cake toppers? interesting but also very neat! happy weekend!!

    xx

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  4. What lovely items! It's so nice to have such wonderful mementos of family.

    Becky
    Xx

    Http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  5. sweet treasures with family ties. what could be better? I love things that Aaron chose to keep. perfect sentimental little things!
    we seem to like to get right into the thick of things when it comes to seeing the fireworks..but we have it pretty much down to a science. easy to get in.. hard to get out. so we just hang out with friends and relax while everyone else rushes to get stuck in traffic. after about half an hour traffic starts to trickle out and thats when we head to our cars. and before you know it were out and on our way home. We actually can see the fireworks from home if we go to the corner, we are only a mile away from them and we could easily walk up town.. but were lazy! lol
    have a nice weekend!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  6. It sounds like the perfect 4th of July celebration! And what lovely treasures you've inherited. It's never too late to learn how to play that old harmonica!

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  7. That's funny, my Dad has a harmonica a lot like that. It's really old too & in the same type of box. It was my Great Great Grandfathers. My daughter wants to play with it, but I'm afraid she'll ruin it somehow.

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  8. I always love your posts. Funny, "quiet" is not usually a word I hear/read associated with July 4th! Sounds like a pleasant time, though. =)

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  9. @pink*cherub*moon Thanks bunches! Yeah Macy's does it RIGHT! :)
    We are so happy to have these special mementos from Aaron's grandparents, and they fit in so well with our collections! :) Enjoy your weekend! And thank you so much for popping in!
    xo

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  10. @Stesha Yes! We have a happy little collection of vintage wedding toppers...some from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, as well as my parents'! :) What do you collect?! If you've blogged anything leave a link! :)
    xo

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  11. @Becky Thanks bunches! yes..it's a sweet little group of things. We're so happy to have them!

    Thanks bunches for visiting! And for your sweet words!
    xo

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  12. @Vivian Thanks! yeah...he picked some great things! :)

    I'm happy to hear that you guys had a nice 4th. We've been thinking about you guys a lot. Sending you all lots of love! Happy Summer!
    xo

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  13. @Vickie Ranger 911 It really was a nice night! We aren't against the BIG crazy crowds and boardwalks...but this year this just felt right to us. I'm sure next year will be back to BIG and crazy! :) Thanks for popping in!!

    xo

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  14. @Kelsea I know! But it really was....we had the nicest spot on the beach! Far yet close! Seeing all of the colors light up the sky over the water was so fun! :)

    Thanks for popping in!! Always love seeing you here!
    Happy Weekend!
    xo

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  15. Will take that family nostalgia any day and glad Aaron rescued some treasures. Especially loved the sugar bowl...glitter is a wonderful use for it!

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  16. What lovely family treasures! Love the photo of their wedding day! So sweet! Have a lovely weekend! xo Heather

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  17. I had to do the same when my grandparents died, it was tough for my mum especially. I adore the things I got to keep. I love the harmonica, looks like a special one to keep! :) Have a lovely weekend pretty lady! :) x

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