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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mom´s Funeral and Visit in Utah

At the graveside... Kelli, Janet, Kimber, Larry, Richard and Taylor

I enjoyed spending some time with Chloe while I was here.
It took a few days, but I think she remembered me.

I also enjoyed watching the hummingbirds come to the feeder every day.

After the funeral and luncheon, we came back to the house and the kids played in the backyard.
It reminded me of the many times that our family would be here for the 4th of July and we would play in the backyard. It was nice to have the kids and grandkids here and just relax at the house after the emotional roller coaster ride of the last few days.

Nicole and Taylor

Grandma, Abigail and Kendyl


Ethan, watching the other kids run through the sprinklers in the backyard

One of the favorite traditions is making s'mores around the fire in the backyard.


Grandma's job of preparing the chocolate and crackers was passed down to me.

The kids even had me sit in her chair. That was weird...
The grandkids really had a great time roasting marshmallows!

"what marshmallow?"

I love this picture of the little boys around the fire... they range in age from two to five!

Taylor manning the fire. Grandma and Cindy got a fire pit, which is new.
The last time we burned their internet cables that run underneath the ground...




One of the other things that my boys have always enjoyed doing at Grandma and Grandpa's is going to the local shooting range. They have a great time and their circle is growing! Ryan and Adam were along for this trip. Yes, the girls were left at home with the kids, which we enjoyed.

We headed to Palisades Lake on Friday morning after packing up. We used to come here every year when we visited Mom and Dad for the 4th of July. We had a great morning playing in the water, climbing the tree, visiting with each other, and going out in the canoe, just like we used to. Then we drove to Provo to visit some family and have dinner at Pizza Pie Cafe... mom's favorite!



Abigail was the center of attention...

Lunch! Not as elaborate as Grandpa and Grandma used to make,
but just as yummy... peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches!

Van is easy to entertain... he kept putting these paper bowls on his head!

Taylor made four or five trips out onto the lake, always with a different group of kids.

Richard, Nickie and their kids on the lake

And the kids loved trying to get close to these ducks!

This is a tree that our kids have been climbing for years.
Van saw the older kids on the tree and wanted to be part of the fun, but he got
a little scared when he got to this point, so Taylor helped him walk the rest of the way.

It's fun to see the grandkids climbing it now. They loved it!

Taylor found a really large fish that looked like a big goldfish in the lake that was
really calm. He pulled it out so the kids could get a real close look, then let it go.

Taylor and Nicole

We stayed with Mel and Linda at their home in Bountiful Friday night.
It was great to see them and visit with them for the evening.

Catherine, Grandma and Abigail, Ethan and Noah,
the night before I flew back to Mexico

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