Sunday, August 31, 2014

Now the quiet

Prunedale, CA

Yesterday was my Dad's memorial service,
but let me backtrack a bit..

It was a busy week, as you can well imagine.
We had a lot of last minute preparations that had to be taken care of.

Thursday I got a haircut, my mom went for a pedicure,
and George was picked up at the airport.

Friday, my cousin Kalene came from Morro Bay,
and my son Austin flew in from Denver.
I haven't seen him since last September!

My aunt, uncle, and cousins and their kids
drove up from Bakersfield as well, 
but didn't get in until late, so we didn't see them until Saturday.

Yesterday we all got ready and drove to the church for the 11 am service.
It was very lovely, and we couldn't believe the amount of people that were there.
I had written a small tribute to my Dad, but my cousin Kalene read it for me,
and shared some great thoughts about him as well.
My son Adam read a great piece called 'the Dash',
and also shared some words about his grandpa.
Not too many dry eyes in the house :-)

Afterwards, we had a catered luncheon which was great!
A friend from the church decorated with centerpieces she made.

Since my Dad worked for a wine grape broker,
the theme was wine.. :-)

We had a tribute DVD made which was playing,
with some great pictures of him.

It was nice to see my two sons together again too!

Afterwards, all my family came up to the house.
There was plenty of food leftover,
so we sat around and talked and laughed,
and sometimes cried.

It was great to have everyone together again!

This morning I took Austin to the airport to head back to Denver.
I hated to see him go, I miss him so much!
When we got home we met my cousin Kelly, her husband Gary,
and my aunt Judy and uncle Don
at Dona Esthers Mexican restaurant in San Juan Bautista for brunch.

Kelly and Gary have a Redwood fifth wheel,
so we took a ride to look at it.
It's really nice, I should have taken a picture of it :-)

Tomorrow George and I are meeting them at the golf course
for breakfast, then watching them play.
We'll see if we hit a ball or two!


  1. So much sorry and joy at the same time. Hope you can unwind a bit on the golf course and relieve some of the stress you've been under the past couple of months.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. I cant imagine how difficult it must have been to take your son back to the airport....

  3. Harry and I were thinking of you on Saturday. I'm glad that your son and George were able to be there. :)

  4. I'm glad you had plenty of family to be with you at such a difficult time. How is your Mom doing?

  5. How wonderful that all your family was able to come...especially George and your sons. Now take care of you. Get some rest and unwind a little. I imagine you have some long travels ahead of you.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful tribute for your dad! You've been continuously on our minds.