Sunday, August 30, 2009

another fond farewell

As summer takes it's final bow I feel a longing to do it all over again. Who knows, maybe she will be back for a curtain call. That would be lovely and I would definitely be part of a standing ovation!

I loved (23-86)

*spending time in Heber (such a beautiful valley)



*preparing food with the girls in the kitchen (pancakes, bean burritos, eggs,...)



*hiking with the kids in Sundance and playing with them in the waterfall



*cleaning Claire up at the stream (she was such a big girl)


*riding the tram with Grace and Jack...Grace spitting over the rail-



*swimming in the pool with the grandchildren (mexican dress stuck to me)
*hiking the Heber Matterhorn with Ali and Kate
*full bloated moon August 6



*watching seven children with spouses surround the Monopoly table laughing (magic)




*discussing politics, fashion, religion (anything and everything)
*watching Joe and Lynda grow their friendship



*watching David and Kelli couple



*time spent in the car with sweetie
*young Ed playing baseball in the Avenues
*Melissa singing and Sam playing his mandolin
*stormy skies and big winds



*watching the staged play of Hello Dolly with Ada (her face was wonder)



*watching the staged play of Hello Dolly with Sam, Melissa and Sweetie (pure delight)


*going out for custard with Danny and Katie...visiting with the neighbors on the porch...having some good laughs all the way around
*attending the Temple with children



*sitting in the Sealing room with worthy adult children and spouses
*Kelli and Dave's wedding (dusty wind blowing dresses, hair, and dead bird off the Temple roof during photo session)



*gathering with family for a wedding supper



*generosity extended to my children
*stake president calls to make sure Dave can get through the door
*getting drenched at Lagoon and I mean soaking wet!
*watching those kids ride the bumper cars over and over and over
*Wicked...never been thrust up and down with such power...amazing



*riding the sky ride with Claire and watching the world below (my favorite ride of all)
*napping on the lawn without a care in the world (the bugs that crawled over me to get to their destination didn't even bother me)



*having the Riches over for dinner and seeing that David would marry into a loving family
*having the Indian family here for dinner before their departure
*Independence Day and the never-ending fireworks...hanging out on the blankets with people I love the most



*my birthday (just about my favorite day of the year) I heard from all of my siblings, all of my children, and celebrated with the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever eaten. PERFECT


*lots of Jazzercise with great music, friends (riding in the car with Julie...I love that girl)
*bridal shower for Kelli offered by Pam and Rachael...such an outpouring of love and support
*read "Travels With Charlie" by Steinbeck and "The Walk-In" by ? . Loved Travels
and so appreciated the well written word.



*attended an Odyssey House meeting with Laurel. (a singular experience that changed my life)
*I ate delicious food this summer (fish tacos, home made burgers, salmon, lots of grilled vegetables, green smoothies every day, garden tomatoes, chili rellenos) --abundance.



*Temple dedication with Joe, Liz, and Sweetie...the spirit was so strong--we are a covenant making people.
*we attended two outside neighborhood concerts (Kellystock and Dallin Frampton)
*lots of early morning walks with Becky (we still haven't solved the world's problems, but we love trying)
*playing card games with the neighbors (i sit at the table in awe of their goodness)



*long phone calls with my sisters
*Nate taking us for Indian food and returning to our home for an evening on the deck talking about cleanliness, getting fired, lessons learned, my parents, politics.



*dinner with the college friends...Sue lost her mother
*arranging flowers and creating a bridal bouquet for David and Kelli's wedding dinner--they were splendid and I enjoyed every minute of creating



*Julie taking me to find all of the odds and ends it takes to make the dinner nice
*movies seen with sweetie, neighbors and Liz --we have had some good laughs


*Cindy sharing a whole bucket of popcorn with me
*praying by my bed, in the car, at the dining room chair, in the living room, in the back yard, in the shower
*missionary splits
*lunch with girl friends --Cindy, Linda, Julie, Janet, Cheryl, Katherine
*Cafe Rio brought to the house and voraciously consumed by children...what was it--eleven dinners?



*purchasing and installing a fountain on the deck with jer and the boys
*potting flowers for the front porch and the railing on the deck



*preparing David to be married (i loved every minute of our time spent together)



*shopping for an engagement ring with Joseph (he loves beautiful things)
*just having Joe home from his mission
*riding that blue scooter all over Holladay



*conversations with my dad



*having Lois here for a couple of days



*spending time with all of my grandchildren and watching their parents parent
*Shakespeare festival with sweetie and finding a great place to eat Mexican food




“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours”
Swedish Proverb

My life is full of abundance, but I really should eat less. I am thankful. xox


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5 comments:

Katie said...

Oh I love you so! Thanks for taking the time to write all that down. I loved reading it.

Eddie said...

A very good list, and a very good summer!

alison said...

a treasured summer. you are so good at documenting. So grateful my kids and I could be a part of these sweet memories. i love you.

deb said...

Wow. You see well.

Linda said...

Spending time with adult children is such a blessing. What a wonderful list!