Rest in Peace Uncle L

Rest in Peace Uncle L

My Uncle Larry was laid to rest. He was a Vietnam veteran, so we had a military style funeral for him. The funeral ceremony was at St. Phillips Catholic Church, where my Uncle was baptized as an infant, attended grade school, and where I was married. The same priest, who married Drew and I presided the funeral. I read the first reading, Becky read the second reading, and my cousin Lambing read the petitions. It was good to see the family all come together.

After the ceremony, a patriotic and veteran motorcycle gang called the Patriot Guard escorted us to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Once we arrived at the cemetery, we were greeted by armed military soldiers. They saluted us and escorted us into the space where the they were going to fold the flag, and do the 21 guns, and a solider played   taps on the trumpet.

V1DFhX60Rh6KwNiT0ujIswBecky held it together and accepted the flag from the solider in honor of her father.    She is at peace and so is my Uncle Larry.

 

 

Father’s Day 2019

This morning, I was running late to pick up my dad for Father’s Day lunch. I was slow moving. I picked up my dad and took him to lunch. He wanted to go to Applebees. We talked about work, school, and my internship. We talked about Father’s Day and my Uncle’s Funeral, which is taking place tomorrow. I was glad to take him out for Father’s Day, but I was so tired from last night.

After lunch, I went back to my parents and passed out on the couch and my dad fell asleep in the chair. My mom came home with my cousin Becky, who flew in from Indiana. After her plane landed, they stopped and got lunch. Becky’s dad is my Uncle Larry, who passed away.  I was glad I got to see her. I stayed for a while and visited, then I went home. Drew was still at his parents spending time with his dad and mom for Father’s Day.

While I waited for Drew to come home, I started watching the movie The Aftermath. When Drew came home, I paused the movie. We talked about Father’s Day, and his dad cooked me a steak. I heated up the steak and the little sweet potato and ate it up. I was so hungry.

After dinner, we snuggled and watched some more of the movie. I turned it off and decided to finish it another day. I was tired and needed to go to sleep. We had to be up early to get ready for the funeral.

Commitments

This morning, I had a such a rough night last night, but I needed to get to RMU for the transfer student event. My ear didn’t hurt as bad. The antibiotic was working. I didn’t tell John and Maureen that I was sick. I wanted to follow through with this event. The transfer students are important to me. I was one of them.

When I arrived to RMU, I parked outside student life, and went to Romo’s and got a bagel and some hot tea. I got back in the car and drove to Wheatley Center. I ate my bagel on the way. I got out of my car and pulled the suitcase of my trunk, that contained handouts and take-a-aways from the Office of Student Leadership and Activities Department. I shut the trunk door and walked into the Wheatley Center.

So the Wheatley Center, just opened at the end of my last semester at RMU. I never really spent time there. When you first enter, there is this giant area with an open welcoming space. There were tables set up for different departments on campus. I set up next to the UPMC my health network, there was so much irony in this. I put the handouts on the table and made it look pretty. I took a picture and sent it to Maureen. She thanked me for being there today.

Throughout the event, I kept blowing my nose, and drinking water. Next to me, was Residence Life. Anna a girl from my Master’s program was at the table. She and I talked for a bit. Anna, Diana, and myself just finished a group project together and we got an A on the presentation, an A- on the paper, and an overall A in the class. We talked about our grade and Max’s comments. I was proud of our group.

Ugh I hate being sick. The nurse at the table next to me on my right said that I should go to Walmart, and show my ID at the pharmacy and ask for Sudafed. It is the behind the counter stuff, so it is pretty powerful. I took her up on her suggestion.

After the event was over, it was around 11:30am. I got the table packed up and put all the handouts in my suitcase and I was the first one out the door. I drove to Walmart and picked up the Sudafed and a few other things. I felt well enough to perhaps go to the wedding reception that evening for Ashley and Andrew.

When I got home, I rested for awhile and then we got ready to go to the reception. Now I probably shouldn’t have went, but I was feeling like I could make it. I put on a brown dress with some beige pink heels.

When we got to the Marriott, we walked inside and started talking to some of Drew’s cousins. It was good to see them. We only seem to see them at events like weddings, funerals, bridal showers, and baby showers.

Finally the ballroom was open and we could go inside, the photographer took a picture of Drew and I in front of a board that had the seating chart listed. We were at table 3. We were at the same table as his cousins, his brother, and sister-in-law. We haven’t seen them since Christmas Day. It was good to hear how Waffles is doing now that he is home safe.

There was an antipasto station, and an iced tea, and sangria station. Dinner was served around 7pm. They had chicken, ravioli, salad, sliced meat, vegetables. Dinner was so good. Dancing started around 8:30pm or 9pm. I danced with the bride to the Cupid Shuffle, and then Drew and I danced together. I also danced with Aunt Paula. I was doing so well. I thought I was getting better.

We left around 10pm or 11pm and went to my inlaws where Tommy and Megan were staying the night. I wanted to see Waffles. I was so happy to see him. I almost teared up. Waffles went missing a month or two ago in Erie. He was found 3 days later and has been home since. Those three days were so rough on Drew and I. When I saw Waffles, I hugged him and kissed his nose. I let him knock me down and tackle me. I have to admit I was fighting back tears. I also made sure to show Butters some love, but he just wants you to throw the ball.
IMG_1433.jpeg I cropped myself out of this picture, because it was a terrible picture of me, but there he is Waffles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also snapped this picture of Butters and Waffles. We are so happy that he is home safe back with is brother, Butters.

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Easter

This morning we got up and had coffee and got ready to go to his parents. My parents were meeting us over there. I was so excited to have our family together for Easter. We didn’t go to church, perhaps next year.

When we arrived at his parents’, I stayed back to help, and Drew went to go pick up his great aunt Tootsie. I had two more cups of coffee, but I was still so sleepy. The weather was kind of dreary too. It wasn’t as nice as yesterday.

Aunt Tootsie and Drew arrived before my parents, and we ate dinner about 2:30pm. There was ham, kielbasa, baked pineapple, potatoes, green bean casserole (we made it and brought it over), stuffed cabbage, and deviled eggs. There was so much food.

After dinner, we sang Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law. She is 59. She doesn’t look 59 at all. It was nice to have everyone together around the table.

Christmas with My Parents

Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standing and indoorThe day after Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents. We opened gifts. I got my Dad a gift card to the movies. My mom got some pieces to her Winterberry collection. I was anxious to see what we got from my parents. I think I already knew what I was getting, but Drew knew for sure we were getting the Nintendo Switch. I had asked for it for Christmas. Drew and I can’t stop playing it when we go to Best Buy.

It was our turn to open gifts, Drew got some beer glasses for his man cave. The glasses have his name on it. My parents gifted us with a Nintendo Switch, the Mariokart game, and a Paris calendar for our kitchen. We both received a little bit of money from them as well. I was so thankful and so happy. We couldn’t wait to go home and play Mariokart.

When I was younger, my dad and I used to play Super Nintendo. I am not a gamer, but I remember playing that console for hours. The graphics have come such a long way since the 90s. It looks so real now.

As the day went on, I started to feel a little sick in my stomach, but I was going to pull through it was Christmas. I wasn’t as bad as Drew, but there was something going around, plus we were eating all this different food.

At dinner, Drew and I prepped the food, and served my parents. It was nice and relaxing to finally be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents.

 

Thanksgiving 2018

This morning, I got up early, showered, and got ready to go to my parents. I was going to meet Drew over there at around 2:30pm. I wanted to help my mom get ready and prepare dinner. Andrew’s family was coming over to my parents and I know she was going to be really busy. This was also an opportunity for my mom and me to have some quality time.
When I arrived at my parents, I got snuggle my dogs for a bit and then made the green bean casserole as part of my contribution for Thanksgiving dinner. I was so ready to eat. I couldn’t wait for Turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, etc. When Andrew arrived, he hung out with my dad and watched football. Eventually, Andrew’s mom, dad, and Aunt Tootsie arrived at my parents. It was nice to everyone in the house and over my parents.
After dinner, we ate dessert, relaxed and then got ready to go to his grandma’s. Andrew’s grandma is in a rehab center, and we were going to bring her some leftovers. She was doing so much better. She is a fighter.
When we walked into her room, she was watching the Wizard of Oz. I loved that movie as a child and still do. Grandma was so happy to see us. I gave her a big hug and we visited with her while she ate some leftovers. It was so good to see her and just like that Thanksgiving was over.