Vanessa Bryant Enjoys Outing with Girls a Year After Loss of Kobe & Gianna: 'Missing My Babies'
Vanessa Bryant enjoyed a snowy getaway with her girls after marking one year since their loss.
On Instagram Wednesday, the 38-year-old mother posted a series of photos and footage from an outing with her daughters this week, in which they wear masks while sledding down a snow-covered slope. Vanessa also poses in winter weather gear alongside Natalia, 18, and, Bianka, 4, and Capri Kobe, 19 months.
In one post, Vanessa explains that they went to the "same tubing park where Kobe and I brought all of our girls to when they were little," while in an additional caption, she writes: "Missing my babies ♥️♥️ Wish Kob and Gigi were with us. #FindyourReason #Traditions #Memoriesformygirls."
"💕Koko Bean 💕 Daddy and Gigi's twin. (Capri walks like Kobe and Gigi too). 💕💕," Vanessa says alongside a gallery of little Capri bundled up. The mom also shared a pic of Bianka wearing Gianna's pink ski goggles.
Snapshots from the outing come as the family marked one year since the untimely deaths of patriarch Kobe Bryant and one of their daughters, Gianna. She was 13 and he was 41 on Jan. 26, 2020, when they and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
On Tuesday, Vanessa mournfully marked the first anniversary, sharing a moving note written by one of Gianna's best friends.
"Today I received this sweet letter from one of Gianna's best friends, Aubrey," Vanessa began in her caption. "I love you Aubz (as my Gigi would call you). Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."
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She continued, "My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. ♥️ I will never understand why/how this tragedy could've happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn't seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you!"
The emotional note from Aubrey honored Gianna as a friend who pushed her "to be better," and praised Vanessa as a mother.
"... If I ever become a mother, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did," Aubrey wrote in the note. "[Gianna's] love of life is something I admire endlessly ... She would smile up the rest of the world."
Later in the letter, Aubrey wrote: "There are times I get into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could've accomplished had she had a couple more years. But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth. Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider [their] opinions, she along with Mr. Bryant, set the wheels in motion."
Concluding her note, Aubrey told Vanessa that she "did it right" when it came to raising Gianna. "I am so, so blessed I got to have time with your angel of a daughter, and thank you for giving me that chance," she said, adding, "I love you and am thinking of you as we remember an honor her life."