Thursday, September 13, 2007

Day of Reflections and Reunions

As I'm sure you can tell from my previous post, my grandfather passed away after a long and happy life. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend his funeral in Oklahoma City on Tuesday...thank you to the many people who helped it happen (friends and family who watched my kids, Glen who sacrificed many of his work commitments, and the dinners which were brought--I truly could not have gone without your help).

The services were lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing stories about my granddad that I had never heard before. He truly was a loving man who has left quite a legacy of faith and love in his stead.
This is one of my favorite pictures of my Granddad.

My Granddad served in the Navy in his younger years, so he received military honors at his burial--with the playing of TAPS, presentation of the flag to my grandmother, and a 21 gun salute.

My Nana--the rock of our family and me

Reunion with half of my immediate family--my mom, dad, brothers Pete & Matt, and sister Heather

The absolute only car available on such short notice--yes, that would be a Hummer (I had to dole out turns riding in and driving it to my jealous cousins and uncles)

Late at night just hanging out at Nana's house playing "Spoons"--a dangerous pasttime amongst a competitive group such as our family

And the highlight of the evening...Leg Wrestling! Apparently a family tradition, however not one that I had ever witnessed before so I was a little shell-shocked by the two plus hours of challenges, rematches, and screaming. This video is a favorite of mine with my cousin, Morgan beating my poor sister-in-law Karey (a newby in the family) and then apologizing. The men were definitely not so polite in their exploits!!


annalisa said...

lara, i like the post. thanks for keeping your blog updated.

Twinkies said...

You should really think about getting a Hummer. I know how much you like to roll around town cranking the hip-hop. Plus I could come take it for a spin occasionally. I'll help you convince Glen (as if that photo of you next to it isn't enough).

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