Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November brings thoughts of my dad

It was two years ago on November 2, 2007 that my dad passed away. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him and about my mom, but this month of November is especially tender when I think about my dad. He was such a charismatic and genuinely friendly man...everybody loved him. He was such a wonderful father and I miss him so much. I was with him when he passed away and he died just six days shy of his 90th birthday.
This is a photo that my cousin emailed me recently. In this photo my dad is holding Garry Rick, my cousin. It was taken in Lyle, Minnesota where my dad grew up. My dad was 100% Norwegian and we often heard him say, "ufdah," a Norwegian word that means pretty much whatever the speaker wants it to mean. I have always thought that my dad was a pretty handsome guy...notice that he has a full head of hair in this photo. He was a fighter pilot in WWII and flew in North Africa during the war. I learned that he had to bail out of his P38 plane three different times...once in Egypt in the dessert, once over the Mediterranean Sea and once over Three Sisters in Oregon. I guess we were lucky to have him around as long as we did, for he certainly had several close calls during the war. We didn't find out about his war experiences until a year before he died. I guess it wasn't something he had ever wanted to talk about before that time. I was grateful that he finally told us or we would never have known.

My parent's gravestone in Portland, Oregon. My mom passed away on January 10, 2005 and I was there to witness her passing as well. She will have been gone for five years this January. My mom and my dad were special parents and grandparents and we all miss them. My comfort is in knowing that they have gone on to a better place and that we can be together as an Eternal family after this life. I am grateful for this blessing from our Heavenly Father.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween 2009

Jessica (Elphaba from "Wicked") and Abby (ballet dancer)
Jocelyn was a ladybug...three adorable girls!

Camille "jelly bellies"

Spook Alley Buddies (4 times through)

Jared was my buddy...he was a dragon! It warms my heart every time I see him and he holds his hands out for me to hold him...he makes my day every time. John and Jacob were hunting and so we took Jill and the kids with us to the Bjarnason's Trunk or Treat, Spook Alley and Chili Cook-Off.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

BYU Homecoming 2009

We took a quick weekend trip to Utah for BYU Homecoming. We had so much fun watching Kylie dance in the Homecoming Parade
Kylie and her partner Doug

Kylie's Ballroom Team girls

Kylie and Doug

They danced the Lindy Hop for the whole parade route...
they were so exhausted by the end of the parade.

Saturday evening we attended the BYU Homecoming game against TCU (Texas Christian University)...we got creamed...we still had fun though. Macy came down from BYU Idaho for the game.

The Hyers invited us for Sunday dinner and Lesa got out some of her mom's old hats for us to try on...Abby and Kylie
The Hyer and Falke girls...we missed you LynsieAbby and Randie in some of Leah's old wigs
Brad and Abby flew home on Sunday and I drove to Idaho with Macy to spend a few days with her. We had a great time.

I love you and miss you my college girls!

Abby's Turlock High School Golf, Junior Year 2009

Stephanie and Abby played in the #1 and #2 spots this year.
Conference Champions

Abby's Turlock High School varsity golf team were Central California Conference Champions for the sixth year in a row. Abby placed 2nd in the Conference Championship; she was 1st Team All Conference and she was a member of the Central California Conference All Academic Team. Needless to say, we are very proud of our Abby girl! Go Bulldogs!