There is never a dull moment with these lovely ladies! I sure love being a Momma and am so grateful every day for these little stinkers...
Sunday, November 10, 2013
In February, Dad and Marty took a three week trip to New Zealand and Australia. I always learn a lot when Dad leaves on his long trips, and I get lots of hours in, but mostly I gain a greater appreciation for all that my Dad does. He really is one of the hardest workers I know! Needless to say, I'm always glad when he gets home! This time, I thought I'd let him know just how much we missed him, so we pranked him a bit -
I turned 30 on February 15th. I wasn't looking forward to leaving my twenties, but my husband made some pretty fantastic plans to help me ease my way in. My birthday was on a Friday. We had made arrangements to leave work early for lunch and a movie. We headed over to our favorite Sushi place, Fuji Sushi, and enjoyed a nice lunch with just the two of us, no kids hanging around, begging for food, wiping their dirty faces on us, and whining...it was nice! After lunch, we went to see, Safe Harbor, in the theater. It was a cute love story, which of course made me cry. After the movie, Travis made me put a blindfold on and drove me all over the city, at least it seemed. We were driving forever - I thought we were up in Park City, we had driven so much. FINALLY, he told me we could get out, but that I had to keep my blindfold on. I had to carry a bunch of balloons that Trav had purchased, including a Mylar princess balloon. I was embarrassed enough to have to wear a blindfold, let alone to hold the huge bunch of balloons as we walked through a place with a bunch of people around. After walking for a bit, Travis stopped me, and the next thing I heard was, "Surprise"! It turns out mostly everyone I love was in the room (there were a few key people missing) - a suite at the Marriott. With the help of Trav's sister, Kelli, an amazing party had been planned, with a Hollywood theme. There were daring popcorn cupcakes, stars, and my name was in lights. It was such a fun (although a bit squishy) party! After the party everyone went home, but Trav had arranged for someone to take our girls, and we got to spend the night at the hotel. It was so nice to be able to sleep in and relax. It was definitely a birthday to remember!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
January brought lots of snow and cold. Actually, it brought an ice storm too - which I had never seen before. Unfortunately, I didn't snap a picture of the ice, but it was strange! The girls love the snow, and winter is a favorite for them!
Within a week of losing Grandma Goose, we also lost Jo's Dad, Papa. Papa was a good man! He and Travis had a special relationship. The loved to hike together, although they didn't speak much while they hiked, I know that special memories were made while they were together. I only wish that Travis got more of Papa's handyman skills! Papa was a master carpenter, and a skilled craftsman. He loved working and just a few months before he passed, he told Jo that he was going to re-shingle her roof. Papa had a huge heart and served many throughout his life!
On December 30, 2012, my Grandma Goose passed away. My Grandma had a profound impact on my life. She was the greatest example of sacrifice and service. She gave and loved more than anyone I know. Grandma was notorious for handwritten notes of encouragement and happiness always signed XOXO, Grandma. Grandma delighted in chocolate, babies, beautifully wrapped packages, The Tabernacle Choir, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a great missionary and carried Books of Mormon with her along her in her many travels, and I know that she touched many lives. I know that Grandma was welcomed in Heaven by all her loved ones, including Grandpa Jerry, and sweet Aunt Cathy, but even almost a year later, we sure miss her! I miss her soft hugs, cackle laugh, and happy spirit. I love you, Grandma Goose!