Sunday, January 19, 2014

One year.

It's been a year since I got the dreaded phone call. "Grandpa is in the hospital,  it's bad, you need to come now." Seth was in class down at the gym and not able to answer his phone so I called the gym. Cruz answered the phone and after hearing me ask for Seth through my tears to speak to Seth, he called out to the class and asked if Seth was there. I told him through the tears that Grandpa was in the hospital and we needed to hurry. The sweet and wonderful man that he is hung up the phone, left most of his gear at the gym and ran out the door.

He made it home, changed and then helped me get the girls dressed and in the car. He held my hand and kept saying that we would make it and we would get there. We were on HWY 26 right before the tunnel when the call from my Dad came. We were too late, Grandpa was gone. I began to sob and the girls were so confused and asked why I was so sad. I explained it to them the best I could by asking if they love their Papa. I asked if they would be sad if he were gone. They of course said yes, they love their Papa. So I told them that Great Grandpa Bert was my Papa and that's why I was so sad.

We finally got to the hospital and my brother met us to bring us back. I hugged my Grandma and my Mom and we sat together for a bit and then my brother took me back to see my Grandpa. Its difficult to see someone who has always been so strong finally lose the fight. It is an image that stays with you.

We left the hospital and went to my brothers house as he lives just across the street from the hospital. We had pizza and stayed in each others company. Then the time came to head home.

A week later was both Grandpa's funeral and Mekenzi's 8th birthday party. Talk about an emotional day!!! Boy oh boy...I tell you what.

We said goodbye or rather a see you later to an amazing man that day. Time does make it easier, but some things still catch me off guard and make me cry. There are some things that I will always have because of him, they are a part of my memory and a part of me.

His faith in God was unshakeable. He loved his family fiercely.  He worked hard his whole life and tried to teach all of his children the value of hard work.  He always pushed us to do more, be more, give more and love more. He was a giant teddy bear with the warmest kindest heart. He loved music, I always remember him breaking into song or whistling to himself.  He loved to play games! We always got to play board games with Grandpa and he would play games with us for hours and never seemed to get tired of it. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was generous and always willing to serve.

I miss him dearly and just as when he was alive, I hope and pray that I can make him proud. I hope I can learn from the example that he set and lead a happy and full life and not let all of the stresses of life get in the way of the fun that can be had. I hope I can be more like my Grandparents and that I can honor their memory.

I am far from being an eloquent writer, so I feel I can never do justice to his memory by writing. But I pray that I can take the lessons he taught me and weave the tapestry of my life to be rich, beautiful and full of color and depth. I will always love and miss those who have passed on before me, but I am so grateful for the knowledge that I will see them again. I hope to be wrapped up in his arms and have him tell me "good job, well done" when I finally see him again. Love you Grandpa and I miss you.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Amelia turned 2!

Can that title really be true? It can't possibly be, and is! Our beautiful, fun, spunky, sweet girl is officially 2 years old! The time really does fly by so fast!  Right now Amelia's favorite movie is Wreck it Ralph so we decided to make her cake theme after that. Of course I wanted to go with the easier (and conveniently more girly) idea that I came up with so it was from Sugar Rush in the movie. She LOVED it and kept trying to grab Ralph off of the cake. :)

Of course I HAD to make food, because a party just isn't a party without yummy snacks. 
In the movie Ralph hates chocolate at first, then at the very end when he falls in he says "Chocolate, I LOVE CHOCOLATE! AH BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE!" So we had chocolate to drizzle on our fruit. :)

Stuffed Cressent rolls. They are filled with onion and chive cream cheese and then baked. SUPER easy and yummy. One of these days I will make the dough from scratch, but this was easier.

We had home made spinach dip with sourdough bread, fruit/brownies/pound cake for the chocolate, and home made wraps. It was all SUPER yummy. And yeah, we keep it classy by using paper and plastic. ;)
We of course had to do gifts! We had several people who had wanted to come but were sick or busy, but they were kind enough to drop off gifts before hand. Thank you from Amelia!

A book and some Legos from the Stover Family!

Boots from her NayNay (This girl LOVES shoes, so it was the perfect gift!)

She got a big pink horse and she was NOT interested in opening anything else for a little bit!

Given her love of Ralph, we thought we would give her a stuffed Ralph, we thought she would LOVE IT.

She saw it...

She held it...

And then....She chucked it....

And then she laughed and laughed....silly baby!

When we brought out this baby she instantly forgot about the horse!

Obviously she liked it! She drove around the living room running into people while her Sisters took turns in pulling her back to a start position!

Needless to say...she had a blast!

The evening ended and her friends and family went home, so of course she wanted Ralph. So we snuggled up in bed with her and put on Wreck it Ralph.
The sleepy girl snuggling with Ralph while she watched him on the TV.

Happy Birthday to our Sweet Amelia. You have brought so much love, light and laughter into our home and we are so glad that you chose to be a part of our family!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christmas Season 2013

Such a fun but busy Christmas season! We went and got a tree, had our Union Christmas party for the kids and then our very busy Christmas!  I will add some pictures of the fun! Amelia's big gift was a trampoline, Lilly's was a Leap Pad Ultra and Mekenzi got her dreams made by getting her very own Guinea Pig! Their reactions were priceless! We also did a lot of baking...and of course that meant the littlest baker got floured. ;) We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year!