3.31.2010

::For Gramps::

My beloved Grandpa, Howard Vincent Schow, passed away March 29th at 2PM.


He was the kindest, funniest and bestest "good doobie" in the world. I feel so blessed to have been able to have him so long in my life and to have been able to spend so much time just being around him. I have not enjoyed being so far away these past 7 years and miss being able to spend time with him, especially saddened that I wasn't able to really say goodbye and that my girls will not get to know their wonderful GreatGramps.

He served in the Navy during WWII and lived most of his life serving the Lord, alongside his wife and eternal companion.


My most favorite memories of Gramps are playing Pollyanna before bed and then waking up to waffles made from scratch (from the Tupperware bowl in the pantry) with real crumbed bacon that was mixed into the batter. In a word: HEAVENLY. (especially when topped off with any of Gram's homemade syrups---maple, strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry, and apricot. Stinkin' Yummy.) But sometimes is was 'cream o' wheat' and toast....I usually skipped that and ate cheerios instead. But cream o' wheat was so Grandpa, too. And I will always think of him when I see some.


Here are a couple of my most recent photos of Gramps with me and the girls. I wish they would have cooperated for them and the camera...oh well. :/
Sweet Gramps just smiled through it all. June '08
(the screaming, the tears the running away...)
At least Gramps and Avery got along this day...
I see such a connection between the two of them in this photo...I just wonder what they are "communicating" to each other. Precious. (the other two....not so much)
March '09. This may have been the last time I saw him.
Avery is hiding this time around.
The following picture is so special, I almost didn't want to share it,
but I am because it's the ultimate depiction of love;
And my Grammy and Gramps last....
I miss you so terribly Grandpa.
But I know I will see you again.

3.25.2010

It's a beautful day in the neighborhood....

So my mom and I took the girls to the park. I played like a little kid (after I finished reading the Lands End catalog, of course. I didn't fall in love with anything...darn) It was fun. However, I fear I will be very sore in the morning....pictures of me doing the zipline not included....
(you see me wayyyyyy up at the top?? the girls got NOTHIN' on me....) :)
Jordyn

Avery. With her wild hair.

Ashleigh. Looking a bit uncomfortable....


Photos of the gorgeous Spring foliage. It's definitely sprung here.


Happy Spring, everyone! Now, go swing on some swings! It's sooo much fun!! :)

3.23.2010

**happy birthday grandma!!**

My parents and brother are visiting from Idaho and the day they got here was my mom's birthday. The girls waited at the door with their signs for Grandma. This was the best photo I got.... :) (notice the one slipper on jordyn...yeah no explanation for that. she just wanted one. whatever.)

We've had so much fun already. More posts to come about what good times we have had together!