Thursday, October 30, 2014
Our trip was mostly aviation and space related based on the museums we went to. And fortunately Tom had the whole time off so we could really enjoy spending time with him. The day after we arrived, Tom wanted to go to the Cosmosphere Space Museum in Hutchinson. It was a bit of a drive out there but well worth it. There was so much to see. We could have easily spent the whole day there but really only spent about 3-4 hours and didn't get to see everything. Tom was really interested in all the rocket exhibits and spent a lot of time reading the display explanations. We went to a planetarium show too. What I really liked best was a demo lab where they demonstrated rocket science and were blowing things up all the time. We had a whole room full of kids on a field trip with us so it was fun to see it with children.
After the pumpkin patch, we headed to Chester's--a really nice steakhouse. One of those places that you get everything ala carte and it is really expensive. But we were celebrating Tom and Maddy's engagement so we treated it as a really nice celebration dinner. Bill was really looking forward to getting a good Kansas steak so he and Tom had steak. Maddy had salmon and I had scallops. Everything was very good.
Saturday Tom took us to the base and showed us his squadron and office. Then we went to see "Gone Girl" at a theater in Old Town. I had read the book and the movie followed pretty well with how the book went. But you sure get made all over again at the main character and how she planned to "screw" her husband.
Friday, October 24, 2014
June has always been more of a "mom" to me than a mother-in-law. My mom passed away shortly after Bill and I got married so I asked June to be my mom and she immediately said yes. I always felt loved and was grateful to be able to carry on a mother-daughter relationship with someone. June hasn't been doing well since about April and her daughters recently got hospice involved in her care but my impression was that it wasn't for any impending reason. Just to prepare for it happening at sometime in the next six months. So just a few days before she passed, I was thinking I wanted to travel to Denver for one last time to see her before she died. So it was a bit of a shock to get the call that she had passed away so soon. In hearing about her last days, it sounds like it was an incredible blessing that she didn't linger a long time in the state she was in. Because of her illness and slip into dementia, I haven't had the same relationship with her recently so I have been eased into the fact that she is no longer going to be a part of my life. But I will miss that sense of having a "mom" to go to when you feel like you need one.
All her daughters and their husbands came. Bill, Chuck, Timothy, Gregory and I came from the Roller side of the family. Seven out of the ten grandchildren were able to be there. A man that had become a good friend to her over the past few years also came. We enjoyed sharing meals together, attending the funeral and touring the cemetery after the funeral. As strange as that sounds, the Forest Lawn Cemetery actually has several different types of tours that they run. We went on a two hour art tour of the cemetery the afternoon of the funeral. It is an incredibly beautiful place and even is one of the top spots for brides and grooms go to have their wedding photos taken. We got to wave at a couple as they were getting their photos taken while we were on our tour.
It was a whirlwind trip. Traveling on Friday to get there and coming home on Sunday. And traveling through JFK Airport in New York was definitely a challenge. But it was good to connect with family that we haven't seen for a very long time. Some as long as nine years ago when Bill's dad passed away. I was very happy to have gone and to pay my last respects to a woman that I loved dearly. Goodbye June. Rest in peace and enjoy your reunion with Gene, your parents, grandparents and other dear friends and relatives in heaven.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Bill took Chris back to Bellingham to move him into his house on my actual birthday. So we celebrated as a family on the night before with Thai food and I made myself a yummy chocolate and peanut butter earthquake cake as a treat.
My actual birthday was spent going to The Difference in Lake Oswego for a personal shopping appointment. I got pampered by getting new skin care products and make up and bought quite a few articles of clothing. One of the outfits I bought is in the picture above. I haven't been there in awhile and felt the need for some help with updating my wardrobe. And start the process of looking for a dress for Tom's wedding. The consultant that I used to work with no longer is there so I had a new gal help me out. It was a fun couple of hours trying on new clothes. She did ask me if I needed a fainting couch when it came time to check out. I spent quite a bit of money but hey--it was my birthday. I deserved it.
I was really hoping that I could take my friend, Colleen, with me to The Difference. She is the one that introduced me to it. And it has been several months since her family had taken her there. But she and her husband were camping and didn't get back until later in the afternoon. So we went out for lunch at Red Robin the next day which was fun.
All in all I had a great birthday!
Kim is so creative and I don't know if it was all her idea or the idea of a group but Share had a carnival type atmosphere in their building and parking lot all day long to help promote getting donations. They had celebrity bowling, hopscotch, HORSE, etc. Activities for kids. A flashmob by the Groove Nation kids.
In relation to Bill's nomination for the Community Builder Award for the Chamber of Commerce, Bill helped out Share with his time and talents for yet another non-profit fundraising event. Bill and Jim were asked to reprise their Blues Brothers characters for a celebrity lip sync contest. Instead of doing Blues Brothers music though--they did their lip sync to AC DC's "Back in Black". Bill also volunteered to be in the dunk tank. A friend purchased the right to be the first to dunk him by donating $500. The funny part of the story is that this friend and Bill were in line together at Rotary and Bill commented to her "Can you believe somebody (actually a different word was used but I'm going to be politically correct) actually donated $500 to dunk me?" She was dying inside thinking "That's me he is talking about." She also said that she bought it with the intention of letting me be the one to actually dunk him. She was thinking every woman deserves the right to dunk her husband at least once during their marriage. I didn't go when Bill was in the dunk tank so I missed out on it and she got to do it. But I thought it was pretty funny that she wanted me to be able to do it and was willing to donate money for me to do it.
The half million dollar goal wasn't quite reached. A little over $333,000 was raised amongst all the charities. Share raised around $13,700. So even though the original goal wasn't reached, Clark County showed its generosity once again through this fundraising effort. Proud of Bill and his participation and proud of Clark County residents for being so generous.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Happy Birthday Christopher! Have a terrific day!