Wednesday, February 18, 2009

remembering dad

last week my brother mike flew me out to utah to hang out with my mom and the rest of my family. february 12th was the one year anniversary of my dad passing away so it was nice to be able to spend so much time with all the people i love (except so sadly james - who couldn't come because of school). despite missing james so much, scott and i had so much fun hanging out with grandy.

i even got a chance to hang out with my other family - the palmers! scott and i got to visit grandma palmer at her work and see her office and all the people she works with!

then amanda came and we all went to walmart to shop for food. scott and allie loved sharing a shopping cart.

busy phil even made time to see us. i thought this was a really cute picture of him with scott and allie.

then scott and allie got in the bath! they were so stinking cute, especially when they faught over the bath soap dispensers.

here's a cute pic of scott playing with his grandma palmer. we all had so much fun together just hanging out talking, eating and watching the Biggest Loser!

back up in draper, mom and i did lots of fun stuff together. we didn't get as many pictures because a lot of our time together was just relaxing and talking. but one fun thing we did was go through the draper temple openhouse. i loved this picture of scott and grandy on the shuttle ride up to the temple.

on thursday mom and us girls went to the jordan river temple and out to lunch. it was so fun to hang out with the girls. unfortunately i got sick after this and then scott got sick too! but to tell you the truth it was kind of nice being with my mom who took such good care of us while we were ill. :)

and last but not least - here is a picture of me with my mom and dad on my graduation day. i have been so blessed to have such amazing parents. I can't believe that it has already been a year since my dad had his graduation day. but i'm thankful that i'm finally starting to get to the point where i can think about him and the eternities and feel less pain and sorrow and more amazement, gratitude and excitement to see him again some day.


Inger said...

Natalie, such beautiful pictures and a beautiful write-up! I enjoyed looking at the lovely people, especially the picture of you with your parents, and you with your sisters. We love you!

Sunshine said...

It was so fun to see you and Scott. Thanks for coming down and visiting us! Can't wait to see you guys again!

lpettey said...

That was such a nice post in honor of you dad. Let me tell you it does get easier. It's also so nice to have the gospel in our lives to know where they are. This June it will be 12 years since my mom passed away. It's great to remember the memories you had of them.

Cassie and Mitch said...

I am glad you gusy had a good time! Sorry to learn about you losing your dad but I am glad you got to spend the one year mark with your family. I bet your mom was so grateful! Hopefully scott did well on the plane for ya!

C Keyser, MS, CPC said...

Omigosh, that week went way too fast. But, luckily, we have the memories to keep us going. I couldn't believe how well Scotty slept each night---even when he got the stomach flu. One thing about being around Natalie, there is never a dull moment. If we weren't laughing, we were crying. Thanks James for sharing your family with me this past week---even on Valentine's Day. Your love and support buoyed me up! I love you guys soooo much. Mom K.

Anne and BJ said...

Looks like you had a great makes me tear up thinking about your dad. I would be lost without mine. Good eternal perspective though. It would take me a while to get to that point

Elise said...

I'm so happy you were able to be with your family on that important day. It looks like Scott has some loving Grandmas. That is so neat you were able to go to the temple open house and the Jordan River Temple. It is one of my favorites.

Christia said...

Awww. I love that picture of you and your dad. Hugs.