When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

January 25, 2010

Papa's Little Man

Saturday was Jack's funeral. It was a beautiful service and very well attended. I am thankful that I could be there.
We got to see family members that we have not seen for a long time, cry, laugh, and visit. It was a beautiful weekend. My sister and brother in law took lots of pictures and we shared lots of memories of Jack. I can't wait to get them from her so I can share with you later.

I am sure Jack was there. I am also sure he is in a much better place, but he sure is missed!

My house was full again for a few days. Taylor and the kids were in town, so all my kids were hanging out at our place. This is something I love even though it is a mad house.

Henry was right at home.

This is a picture of him at his new house in San Francisco. Notice how flashy they dress there.

Saturday afternoon Henry decided to snuggle up with me on the couch. He then proceeded to put his hand down my shirt.

I said " Why are you putting your hand in my shirt?"

Henry: "In you's boobies?"

Me: "YES"

Henry: "I YIKE it!!!"

Hmmmm, I think we can all agree he needs an intervention.

Some may think this little story shouldn't be mentioned after speaking of Jack's funeral. I SAY, Jack would have found it hilarious. Jack loved playing with the kids, and the kids loved playing right back! He was the only adult that would keep up with them for hours. Love you grandpa/uncle Jack!!!

January 15, 2010

Buenos dias

Yesterday was a busy yet enjoyable day:

I started off with an appointment to visit my Shrink.

YES, I do see a Shrink. He is a good one and this is not something I have divulged on my blog as of yet however, I feel I want to be real and for me this is real.

I suffer from anxiety (panic attacks) and depression. Actually panic attacks are a form of depression. There is still such a stigma in our society related to these medical problems, many are afraid to speak up. I will talk about this later in other posts. I just wanted to bring it up today because it was relevant to my yesterday.

My Dr. asked me how I was doing and I told him, not so great. He asked me what was going on and I said "Well, I don't know why I am feeling the grips of depression sneaking up on me, usually this doesn't happen until Spring. (Yes, Fall and Spring are the times most people with depression suffer more. I will explain later.) He then asked again, "What has been going on in your life?"

Me: "Well, we moved Taylor and her family to San Francisco. I have really been enjoying my time alone with Papa, but after a year of them living with us I really miss them. We had the Holidays, my brother in law became very ill and died. Even though we have known for a year he was dying, when it happened it was just so fast and that has been sad for our family. And blah blah (things I don't want to share with you) blah blah."

Dr: He looks up at me chuckling and says "O.k., you want to start over and tell me, you don't know why you are feeling depressed? Now give me my $110.00 and get out of here." (that's not really what happened)

I then decided since ARUP is right there by his office I would drop in and give blood. ARUP is always calling me to give up the old red stuff because I am O - , which can pretty much go with any other blood type.

This was my nurse:

She was kind of catty.

Papa and I then went to our..............(drum roll please)............. first Spanish Class. TADA. If you want to feel really stupid, go learn a new language. It was great though and I am very excited, lots of tarea (homework) I wish for much e'xito. (success, the little dash in the word exito is not in the right place, but I didn't know how to type it in the right way) Papa is going to do some volunteer work in Mexico this Summer so he doesn't want to look like the ugly American. (So far it doesn't look good for him.)

After class we went to...

dinner. Mexican of course. I have ordered Papa's outfit like the one above, over the Internet. He will fit right in down there.

And last but not least.......

we went to see The Blind Side. A very good heart warming story. Go see it if you have not.

Well enough is enough. I hope I have not bored you to death.

Hasta la vista! (until we meet again)

January 11, 2010

Just Saying Thanks

I want to say thank you to my bloggy friends for your sweet sentiments concerning my family.

Sissy is doing well. She is really hanging in there, trying to adjust to her new life. We have all been trying to keep her busy. Yesterday I invited her to go with us to my son's home and she said " You know that sounds nice. My friend invited me to dinner also, but I just want to be alone." I understand that.

Meanwhile life goes on and our little Izzy turned three!!! I can't believe it. I know my kids grew up too fast, I don't know why my grand kids wouldn't. I also can't believe Izzy and, especially Zeke sat still long enough to get a picture.

Meanwhile, Papa is cramping my style. The Dr. informed him he is pre-diabetic. How am I supposed to bake up a load of sugary sweetness with him being diabetic?!? I feel a life style change coming on. Hmmmpf!!!!!!

Papa has also been diagnosed with assma. Oh excuse me, I diagnosed him with assma (short for assman, which I only say in my head, most of the time) years ago.

The Dr. diagnosed him with asthma. The poor guy has been having such bad coughing fits, that he had to pull over the car the other morning and puke in one of our neighbors gutter.

Sunday at church our neighbor thanked him for the nice gift he left behind. Now I am on look out for the bag o crap that will be left on my door step. I hope it's not on fire too!!!!

So that is my life in a nut shell as of late. Can't wait to catch up with you all!!

January 2, 2010


Jack left us in the wee hours of the morning. He was asleep cuddled up next Sissy. Exactly where he wanted to be.

Jack and Sissy's engagement picture. It' funny as I brought this up I chuckled to myself that Jack will get a kick out of this picture. (he liked to read my blog, there is no accounting for taste)

Jack and Chloe the day after Christmas. Chloe won't let very many people hold her, especially if her mommy is around. She sat on Jack's lap all evening.
Day before yesterday Jack told Sissy he would be gone soon. He told her "they have come and told me everything is prepared and ready." I truly believe that.
"Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so."
Thomas S. Monson
We love you Jack. God be with you until we meet again.