Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Catching up...part one: Grandma's Funeral

In an attempt to Document some of the important events of our family life, I'm going to play a little bit of catch up.
We recently went to Utah for the funeral of Grandma Kayser.
We had planned to bless Hazel on March 29th and Rick's parents came for the blessing. They cut their trip short on account that Grandma Kayser passed away the 28th. They headed back home that morning and we followed them back to Utah the following week for the funeral.
The funeral conveniently landed during Oscar's spring break which made it quite easy for me in the "planning things to do during spring break" department.
The funeral was very nice and just the way I'm sure grandma would have wanted it. After seeing this above photo, I could just see Grandma commenting on what a handsome group of men they were and how nicely they all looked. She always liked to look nice and I think it was so fitting that this handsome group of men were there to carry her to her resting place.
During the stay we were able to have a lot of cousin time. Poppy on Seeing Willie ran to him and they gave each other this big hug...I had them hold it a little longer for the photo but it was very cute! I'm sad I didn't get one of all of the grand kids together...maybe next time.

Arriving at the cemetery Poppy had fallen asleep...staying up late and all the hustle and bussel tuckered her out. Oh, and she stole grandpa's carnation during the funeral...I think he didn't mind giving it up.
Grandma Edge, despite all of her responsibilities of the funeral, found plenty of time to snuggle the grand kids. Hazel seemed to enjoy it too. On our way home we stopped in Boise and saw my Grandma Dilworth. She has always been a kindred spirit to me and it was so wonderful to see her. She loved seeing Hazel and Hazel loved looking and smiling at her.
I continue to hope that our kids will remember some of their great-grandmothers. I have fond memories of my Great-Grandma Johnson and love that I was able to know her and connect with her. There is something about knowing that grandmother, rather than her just being a picture in a photo album.
Overall the trip was great. Hazel did fabulously int he car and the other two did really well too. We have opted to not take the DVD player the last two times going to Utah and I think it is a good thing. They seem to fight a lot less.
Well her is the first installment of updates...hopefully soon I will catch up on Easter and other happenings.


Suzie-Q said...

I don't like funerals but at least you had a good time being able to see family.

JoAnna said...

I've never enjoyed funerals but its amazing the spirit of closeness that always seems to reside at them. I am glad you got to spend some time with Ricks family. Grandma and the kids look adorable! I haven't seen Grandma in forever.

Jen said...

i'm glad that you guys made it back for the funeral (and dvd-less even!!!). i love your thoughts about what she would have thought of the pall bearers.

i know what you mean about knowing great-grandparents. i have such great memories of the ones i got to know- and i was lucky to have them in my life until i was about 11 or 12. kellen has a couple that he knows (and is tremendously spoiled by- more by shane's grandma than my grandparents!) and i hope he remembers them and their love for him- those are treasured times.

your grandma is so cute. i love that picture of her with the kids. :)

Traci said...

sorry to hear of the lose.
great to see a pix of grandma mary on there too!
fun times for sure with all the cousins. we spent spring break in pennsylvania- cousins galore!

the herd said...

Sounds like we enjoyed about the same type of week! I glad that it all went well!