Beary, Beary Happy

My 90-year-old grandmother is somewhat famous in my circle of friends. Though she was born in Cape Verde, she has lived in San Francisco since she was a small child and knows all the best [second hand] places to shop. Which brings us to the gifts.

My grandma sends gifts that make people gather 'round her shipping boxes (that are wrapped with 837 layers of packing tape) and eagerly dive into all 76 individually wrapped presents inside. I fondly remember one Christmas when I was in college. Grandma sent not one, not two, but five plastic-canvas, yarn-stitched checkbook covers for me and my friends. Five of them! (Who used checks in college? You know it was all about the credit cards.)

Now my children beg to break into "Big Grandma's" packages when they arrive. This past Christmas her box included 25 individually wrapped die cast cars for Javi and a yellow bear hat for Bella. My goal now is to take a photo of each person in our family wearing it. How could I not?

Ashley (wearing Javi's hoodie)

Bella's grandma (my mama) who she loves like no other

Bella says the hat makes her "beary, beary happy." Javi and my Mountain Man don't believe her. All in good time. All in good time.

***This post is part of Wordful Wednesday, Wayback When-esday, and You Capture.***


  • debi9kids

    Oh how adorable is your grandmother! My nana is 92 and sounds like they share the same spunk ;)

    LOVE the idea of photographing everyone in the hat. Cute!

  • Melissa

    Adorable hat!

  • Brittany {Mommy Words}

    Fabulous! I wish I had people to send me such fun gifts! That is just awesome. We get fruit and stuff. It's yummy but not funny.

  • Bobbi Sharp

    I love that last one...so precious.

  • Cecily R

    Your grandma totally ROCKS! I hope to have half that energy at her age!

    LOVE the hat. She looks SO happy in it!!

  • Julie

    Cute! Your Grandma sounds sweet and amazing.

  • Liz Mays

    Ok seriously, how much fun is that hat and your Grandma?!!!

  • Liz

    Dude, I'm 33 and I'd proudly wear that!

  • ayala

    Your Grandma is awesome and so is Bella in her hat :-)beary,beary cute!

  • Hyacynth

    Oh, that is too fun! Packages from afar containing the sweetest, most awesome presents! Love the hat -- the first pic of Bella is so cute!

  • TKW

    That last one is so great--I love the sparkle in her eye!

  • Cheri

    Bella looks darling in that hat. Javi and MM are missing the point.

  • parenting ad absurdum

    Love the hat (I want it!) and I adore the last photo :). Just hopped over from Amber's blog to say hi. I like it here, I think I'll hang out for a while!

  • Unknown

    love it!!!

  • Kelly Miller

    The hat will definitely live in infamy -- not sure my grandma can top herself after that one. I'll be sure to let her know how impressed everyone is with her (and her gift-giving abilities)!

  • Gina Kleinworth

    That last one is too cute!!!

  • Alita

    What a precious smile! Very Beary cute. :)))


  • Stacy Uncorked

    Awww! Your grandma sounds so precious! It's obvious what she sends, she sends with love. And I love that hat!! :)

    WW: Creative Play

  • Amy

    Adorable pictures!

  • Cheryl Lage

    These images kind of brought a few beary sentimental tears to my eyes!

    That picture of Bella and Grandma is simply one of the most endearing photos ever. Love so apparent.

    Thank you so much for playing along with Way Back When-esday!

  • Stacia

    Love that hat. And I kind of want one! =>

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    Oh Kelly this post made me smile big. I needed it (especially this week.). Thanks!

  • Unknown

    That is the best hat ever. EVER! I love your Mom. She has a great smile. And you know how I feel about Bella. She is so sweet!

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