Sunday, October 16, 2011

Family is it.

It may seem monotonous to see this red rock so much in our pictures
...but we love it! And the kids can't get enough lately.  They are
 just avid little hikers!  This is a place called 'Dixie Rock' - a real
easy, fun hike for the kids and the overlook into
 St. George is beautiful!  {We love it here!}

Liam doesn't quite know how to flex his muscles...but he sure can screw up his face pretty good...

We went to Staheli Farm one night-(thanks to Ricki)
and the kids had a BALL.

Ricki's kids performed at the Farm that night and afterward they had kids come up on stage to try and follow the teacher doing some dance steps...lo and behold...little Charlie stepped right up there by himself without any push from us!  Who knew he was born to boogy!?
Oh.... my cute little candy corn.  He was so happy here-could have stayed for hours.

We headed up to Morgan this last week for my Grandpa's funeral.
He was 88 years old.  Lived an amazing life. 
 We stayed the night at my sister in law's and the kids were in heaven with their cousins...Charlie was in heaven with his Grandpa Ric!

Me and Ruby- both happy to be with our cousins that we don't see too often anymore.
 I love family!  It was so good to see everyone.  It went by too fast.  We don't all get together like we used to.
My Grandpa's funeral was amazing.  I was so impressed with his kids that spoke, including my Dad.  I loved to see all his posterity.  We all sang and it was just incredible.  Every one of his grandchildren was there.
His graveside dedication was one of the coolest things I have ever been to.  It was powerful. The military honors were very inspiring.  It was the one time Marty got emotional.
{i heart my patriotic husband}

My sweet, beautiful Grandma.  These military personnel were so articulate with this flag as they folded and then saluted it.  I was so impressed, and a little awestruck.  There were two musical numbers that I just loved...'Cool Water' by my uncle with a guitar and... 'Off we go...into the wild blue yonder..'  you know what song I'm talking about- a big burly man sang it acapella, loud and boisterous- gave me chills-it was awesome

{Liam ready to send his balloon heavenward to his great-grandpa}

I love this visual effect for the kids.  So special.  I'm sure Grandpa was smiling seeing these beautiful colors sent with love.

{We love you grandpa}
  We miss you. 
We know you are happy were you are.
  We shall see you again.


rebecca said...

So sorry to hear about your grandpa, but what a wonderful, loving legacy: all of his grandkids there!

Diane Wright said...

Mindy, I know I have said this before, but I really love your family and I'm so impressed with how much love there is in your family. That was an awesome funeral and I wasn't even there, but I felt the spirit looking at the pictures and reading your notes. The pictures of Charlie dancing are just too precious. Did you laugh and cry at the same time. That's how I feel when I look at them. Just so you know, I never get tired of the red rock pictures. Anything with either Ruby, Liam, or Charlie in them make me happy. Love you all.

Kim said...

Wow...what an awesome tribute to your grandpa! Sorry that he is gone but we know that he is in a way better place! The releasing of the balloons was a cool idea. I bet the kids loved that! Love you guys!

Heather said...

We love the red rock too! It's a great place for family pictures too!
I'm sorry to hear that your grandpa died. I'm so glad that you were able to go up north and be a part of it! I don't think death is ever easy, no matter what the circumstance are, however, it's always a good reminder of why we are here and how close the veil really is!