Grandma

My Grandma.

My Mother’s Mother.

We had a special relationship and I cherished her.

She passed away on July 5th two days before my dear son turned three. It was a sad time thinking about her loss because it reminded our family of the greater loss. For my brother and I it was a difficult loss because she was our last Grandparent. For our Mom, it was the loss of her mother.

My beautiful Grandmother congratulating me as we walked to the back of the after Kurt and I were introduced as husband and wife. A special memory.
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Photos and notes and memories we poured through.
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Her request, “lots of red roses” they were beautiful and she would have loved them!
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Some beautiful sunsets over Indiana.
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As a teenager, long before she was “Grandma”
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My handsome Grandpa as a Senior in high school
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Grandpa and Grandma’s first car!
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Funeral day… a tough day but we were happy to be together!
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A bright green field.
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When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!

Helen Steiner Rice

May, June, July, August, September.

There’s a point when blogging that you have to decide if you life is an open book or an OPEN book. I’m going with open book.

Here are some summer highlights (for memory purposes).

Peter’s first trip to the dentist and cleaning! He got a mustache and a teeny tiny dog. Way to go 2 year old! IMG_5683

Clean teeth and a balloon on a huge toothbrush! The funniest part was when we pulled out of the parking lot and started down the street and the windows were open (not all the way and the balloon got sucked out of the window. Then Peter starts screaming, “My balloon” and the toothbrust was turned just so that the balloon wasn’t able to fully escape. So while driving I reach back to grab the toothbrush. Still
driving, I miss it and the balloon is sucked out and the giant pretend toothbrush is pulled out too. Panicking, I pull over and at this point the thing is in the middle of the street being ran over by passing cars. I wait and assess… I run in the middle to get it. While running back to the car, I realize HOW STUPID that was for SOOOO many reasons. Car on, Peter in it, my in the middle of a (VERY QUIET) street. Lesson learned.
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Pacific Symphony Orchestra
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My uniform this summer.
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Happy guys
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Tam and Kurt in Switzerland. Yes, Switzerland.
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Kurt in Switzerland this summer, without me (and Peter). I don’t think either of us would have believed you if you said, “this summer, you guys are going to be taking two weeks vacation….APART!” But we sure did.

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Don’t even worry, Peter and I had lots of fun while Kurt was gone. Mainly with the Farley’s!
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Peter helped me VOTE and then we went to the zoo. “Take my picture with this monkey, Mom!” Peter said while posing like a gentleman.
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The Park!
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Sally and I the new and improved “Spice Girls”
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Alien balloon hat from Ruby’s.
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A couple of Iron kids!
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Showering Carly and little baby Paisley (work edition).
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My turn at the dentist. Yikes. I had my first big girl dental work. booo hoooo…
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“Can we try on these shoes?” — “Absolutely, if I can take your picture!”
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Fourth of July kids!(PS Goooo Angels!)
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An essential part of the fourth, deviled egg making…
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n”Choooo-Choo!” Blair with his funny hats…
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Fireworks from the Pier!
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Peter turns three… (AKA Dizzy Daddy birthday/uber sad because my Grandma just died birthday). We had plans to go to the train and repeat two year old birthday fun… but things didn’t quite go as planned but we had fun ever still at the Santa Ana Zoo!
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THREE! Healthy and happy — what more could
there be?!
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Flying back to Indianapolis because Grandma H passed away on July 5th.
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Mom, Blair and I
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The whole crew. Aunt Carolyn, Blair, Uncle Dick, Chris, Ben & Stacy, me, Mom, Aunt Vickie, and Katie.
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Peter Pan, sneaking around at naptime…
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A race Car Driver and a Pirate. You never know what you may find at my house.
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Mickey cookie, downtown Disney.
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“No, guys, I don’t work here! I live with YOU!”
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Dad/Uncle Kurt explaining science and geography at the library! Kurt is the embodiment of patience and knowledge… a born teacher.
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Early morning admission to California Adventure. We were the only ones on The Little Mermaid! Wheeeeeeeee.
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I climbed this thing and about a quarter of the way up I got scared out of my mind. Thinking, “WTH was I thinking!? This is high and it doesn’t feel safe. Nah it has to be safe, it’s Disney. Hmm, scooting on my butt wouldn’t be
easier and I’d look like a wimp.” Then I decided to be a brave one and gut it out. I’m glad I did but there was MORE later. HAHAH. When I got to the top, Kurt was like, “Are you OKAY?” I said, “Yeah but I wasn’t before.” WAH!
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So, we enjoyed a real Starbucks beverage at California Adventure. Look at their specially branded cups! Oooh Aaah.
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My darling guys. Waiting for Merida!
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Zoo trip! Frog sitta.
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Dangerously cool moving crew. Helped The Farley’s move to Irvine last weekend.
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Here’s to YOU blog reader/stalker/anonymous person or simply just future me. Enjoy this post and enjoy your fall!

I know I am planning on heeding the advice here:

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I plan on making PUMPKIN everything.

Triathlete in the making

IRON GIRL 2012

Bright and early the swimming leg commenced…

Looking for Rita in a Lake of identically dressed women, not so easy but we finally got it! Thanks to Ken’s keen eye.
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See on that peninsula between the palm trees? That was Ken trying to keep an eye on Rita.
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SO many women. Swimming 1/2 mile!
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OPPS there she went. We were cheering so crazily that I completely forgot to take a better picture. Off to the BIKE!
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Quick change and here she’s taking her bike down
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Walking her bike to the start line (chip marker)
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About to hop on
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Pretty smooth sailing 14 miles!
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Cheering section, Peter Cooke himself!
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Done with the bike, starting the 5k!
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DONE!!!!!! With her sweet sister! Her card read, “Impressed, but not surprised” cool sentiment and true! Two years after knee replacement… doing this was a huge accomplishment. Doing it at all is a HUGE accomplishment. Congratulations Iron Girl Rita!

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Rita and her friend Debbie who also finished!
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I did it!!
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And then we found a lady bug! What an exciting day!!!!!
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Back at home — she was feeling great and even better with her bucket of corona’s and balloons awaiting her! Tom and Vonnie hooked her up.
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Proud son, happy Mom.
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Boulder City – Jamboree and History

We went out to see the Boulder City, Nevada: JAMBOREE! It is a nostalgic place and this trip proved to be a fun one.

Kurt and a Cactus. (He regretted this.)
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Strollin’
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Ken’s Grandma Cooke? Some thoughts on this are Kurt’s Grandpa says this was modeled after a photo of his mother. So I took a picture. Pretty cool either way.
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The Jamboree featured SO SO SO many old cars. Here’s a yellow truck for a sample.
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This wasn’t in Boulder City. It doesn’t belong here. But it was good. So I’ll leave it.
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Tents and tents as far as you could see…
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Rusty Pickle? Oh please. I don’t even know what they make. Nightmare on wheels, if you ask me!

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Peter was able to spend some time with this tiny puppy so he was completely thrilled. Note the gentle technique. Very good!
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…The best part of the Boulder City trip this time. THIS is the very place where Ken and Rita / Dad and Mom were married approximately 36 years 3 months and 3 days ago (from today)… and they’d do it all over again and again!
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Lake Las Vegas: The Westin

We took a trip out to Lake Las Vegas as guests of the triathlete, Rita Cooke (and Ken). More on that later.

Here is the beautiful resort from the private beach.
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The view from our room.
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The King napping (in the Kind-sized bed).
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Two awesome dudes, checking out the amenities. I
love amenities.
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The luxurious lobby
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A handy tour guide
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Grandma and Peter checking the water temp of the lagoon.
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The ship’s captain and his mate
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Yes, this was the SUPER MOON. It was pretty super, I don’t mind saying so.
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Eastertime…

These are the treats I made for Peter’s class
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Swimming with the darlings.
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Grammy was sick so we went to make sure her dizzies were through.
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Sally’s Easter prezzy from Aunt Becky
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Some mall boating…
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Disneyland again!
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Sally tracing Peter is coloring fun!
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Easter Egg hunt
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Eggs!
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Riding bikes at Grandma’s hood. Peter is rocking Sally Princess knee and elbow pads that match Sally’s bike.
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It was a chill Easter. Super great. Thanks for asking.

Blair Turned 40.

He’s been such a sweet brother, since day 1. I have proof:
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His party was a super fun red, white and blue theme. The gazillion friends that came speaks to how swell of a guy he is… and the photography studio was super fun too.
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Our family (minus Mom).
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Catching Up

Valentine’s for school
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My Valentine’s gift
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Sweet ones.
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Baby bundt… go crazy!
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Grandma’s Fish (
RIP that one)
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Finishing Up Swim with Carly — We love her.
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Stop, please! -Officer Peter
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Valentine’s Loot
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