Thursday, June 9, 2011

Utah trip: stream of consciousness

Airport.  Heavy carry-ons.  Big laptop.  Layover in Chicago.  Speed walking.  Brachiosaurus.  Snow-capped mountains.  Chilly.  Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Ang, For, and Wyatt.  Tony and Cindy and their five SIX adorable kids.  The viewing.  Individually wrapped lifesaver mints everywhere.  Hugs.  Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.  Great Grandma Rose.  Holding Calvin.  Getting dressed up.  Caroline raising her hand when the funeral director asked if anyone else wanted to say good-bye to Grandma.  Her little wave and blowing one last kiss.  Andrew's commanding presence when he conducted the funeral.  Angie singing a beautiful solo "O My Father" and not even crying.  Tony's funny and spirit-filled talk.  Caroline singing "I had a dream" in the middle of Tony's talk.  The cemetery.  Family photos.  Great-grandkids choosing flowers.  Chuck-a-Rama.  Playing pool with Andrew and Forrest.  Games at Tone and Cind's.  Scum.  My birthday!  Lunch at Cafe Rio.  First ride on a Harley.  Winning the kickball game.  Playing catch with Drew.  Seeing how far Andrew and Tony can hit a softball.  Cold Stone ice cream cake.  Packing.  Back to the airport.  So tired.  Stuck in Houston for several hours.  Miss Rodeo America.  Love puffy clouds.  Home sweet home.

Andrew's highlights:  Watching NBA finals in the man-cave with Dad and Tony.  Spending some quality one-on-one time with Caroline.  Playing softball.

Brandon's highlights:  Soccer with cousins, playing nerf gun tag, big sleepover with cousins, Grandma's always-full candy bowls.

Whitney's favorites:  Swinging in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard while making up songs, watching Ice Age with Jane

Caroline's favorites:  Having a tea party.  Eating candy.  Playing with Vivi and Macy.


  1. Good seeing you all. Thanks for some great pictures.

  2. Oh what fun. I'm posting a "thank you" before I even read your post and enjoy your pictures. Thanks for all the love and all the fun.
    Grandma S

  3. sorry for your loss, but it looks like you made the most of it and had a nice trip.
    I like the way you posted...I might have to try it sometime...
    Yeah, you are definitely one of my blogging idols :)

  4. This made me feel like I was there, reading your stream of consciousness post. Well done and thank you.