Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last Week/Weekend...Life Lately

Last week brought on an unexpected bloggy break. It's been a crazy couple of weeks, so I thought a photo recap was the easiest was to show you what's been going on lately...

What kept me away from the blog was this amazing woman....Jesse's Grandma Marie. She had been in the hospital for the last couple weeks and we'd been going to see her every chance we had. She passed away last Sunday and we celebrated her life last Wednesday. She was the most positive person I've ever met and had such a great personality. I can't even express how greatly missed she is!

But with bad, must always come good. And Grandma Marie was always one to look on the positive side :) We got in a lot of family time over the last couple weeks. We hung out on this deck almost every night after she passed telling stories and drinking a few beers. (something she loved!) It doesn't get much cuter than Jesse and his nephew all cuddled up :)
For 4th of July (3rd actually), we went to Jesse's brother's and lit off fireworks. We bought tons of things for the kids to play with including party poppers. The kids had fun making wigs and scarves out of the confetti in the Brody is modeling here :) And these red, white and blue jumping jacks were too fun not to take a picture of!

And Jesse's brother wins the Coolest Dad Award for building the kids a homemade zip line! I was a little bummed it wasn't for the big kids (!), but it was so fun watching the kids glide down to the play house! (click to see this larger)

On Friday, we went to the annual Goodguys card show in Des Moines, IA. There were over 2,200 cars preregistered for this show! The photo on the left shows just how long this truck sat in the weeds (or trees rather!). The top right photo is the color I want my car painted...only I want mine sparkly metallic! The middle photo is a truck almost just like the one my dad has. I love driving it when we go to visit. And the bottom photo is a very rare sighting. This is a 1964 Rambler Wagon almost like mine. Mine is a '63 with a 3-on the tree (stick shift on the column). Most of them have automatics. So it was lots of fun to see this car at the show!

But don't worry, I did take a little time to relax in all this chaos. I enjoyed drinking my afternoon coffee on the patio Sunday afternoon and soaking in the sun :) (as you can see...I need some sun!)

And I never pass up an opportunity to watch the sun set!

Okay, if you made it through all of that, thank you for being such a loyal reader!!! How was your 4th of July?


  1. Edi, I'm so sorry for your loss.
    I'm glad you had the chance to spend time with the family. The zip line does look fun :)
    Those cars are so cool. And they look huge! The roads here are too narrow for cars like that! I can totally picture you in a sparkly pink car :)

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Jesse's grandma. She sounded like a great woman. At least you got to spend time with the rest of the family celebrating her life!

    Car shows are so fun. It probably doesn't seem like something I'd be into, but I love them. There's a good one about an hour from here and I get really excited when we're going to be down that way.

  3. I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard to lose a loved one but it seems like her positive outlook is something you'll remember and carry with you.

  4. Cutie patootie nephew! I'm so sorry to hear about Jesse's grandma passing, but it's wonderful that you guys could honor her memory by doing what she loved. I still miss all my grandparents!

    I've never been to a car show unless you count the one we stumbled into by accident in Fredericksburg. I know almost nothing about cars, but I do love to look at the classics. Peter and I are always lamenting the fact that cars used to look so much cooler! Now they all kind of look the same. Beautiful pink sunset. :)

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss Edi. Jesse's grandmother sounds like she was a wonderful person! I'm glad you were able to take some time off to relax and enjoy family.

  6. I'm so sorry for your and Jesse's loss. I'm glad that you were able to have so much time with family to celebrate her amazing life. The car show looks like a lot of fun!

  7. Grandma Marie looks like a lovely woman. I know she's missed, but I bet she would have loved the family partying. so very sorry for the loss to all her loved ones.
    It looks like you did have some fun over the 4th.
    The zip line is awesome!
    There is a car show very near me on Fridays in the Summer. I need to go!

  8. Sorry for your loss, but grateful for some quality time with family and friends. The zip line is SO COOL!!!! I can imagine you tooling around the countryside in your metallic pink vintage vehicle!! Ha.

  9. Sorry for your loss Edi. It seems that you guys were able to celebrate her life though, which is so important.

  10. so sorry to hear about Jesse's grandma, but so lovely to see your family come together! She must have been one special lady!

  11. So sorry to read about the loss of Jesse's grandma... it's nice to read about how your family all gathered and spent time together in her memory.

    Your past week seems so busy and filled with events, lucky to have nice weather to enjoy! (We were rained in for the 4th and almost every afternoon for the past few weeks!)

  12. I'm sorry for the loss of Jesse's grandma. I'm glad you were able to get together with family and had such a nice weekend. Hope you got some sun! :)

  13. Wow! That has been a week! It sounds like you spent some serious family time together. I'm so sorry about your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful woman and I'm sure she passed on her wonderful qualities to others in the family.

  14. So sorry to hear of your loss Edi. Grandmoms are the best.. at least they have been in my life. So glad you were able to celebrate her life and have such great memories of her. Love to you all.

  15. So sorry to hear of your loss Edi. Grandmoms are the best.. at least they have been in my life. So glad you were able to celebrate her life and have such great memories of her. Love to you all.

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