June 6, 2010
Let the SUN SHINE!!
It has been a beautiful week!! Finally!!
The weather in Utah has been crappy and it seems there has been a lot of "crap" in the lives of the people that mean the most to me. I welcome the sun!! The sun just makes everyone a little bit happier.
The sun was shining on Memorial Day. It was a quiet relaxing day that ended at the cemetery. Aaron and I took the boys back up to see all the flowers. We arrived and shortly after, Jenn, Scott and their boys joined us. Scott's dad and sister wanted to see my mom's grave, so they came. Then my dad arrived. I had wanted to have a picnic or party but no one was available. So having an impromptu party at the cemetery was perfect! The flowers were beautiful and everywhere. The sun set and we all went home.
Wednesday, my niece, Jessica, graduated from Alta High School. She was my little buddy when she was little. I took her everywhere I went. I spoiled her. One might even say, I made her a little rotten. Thank heavens her parents took over and made her into a very responsible, polite, kind, and GOOD girl. She is beautiful on the inside and out. Watching her graduate brought tears to my eyes. I was so proud of her. In my moment of pride, I thought of my mom. My mom had a special relationship with Jessica. Jessica knew it. I know she missed Grandma Kathy but was happy to have Grandpa Earl and Roe, and Mike and Jeanne (Scott's parents) there to support and celebrate her.
Our pool opened this week and we have spent some quality time basking in the sunlight - maybe even too much quality time.
The teenage skin issues are making Kenz a bit crazy. So I told her to get in the sun and let it dry up her face -"just for a little while". To be honest, her skin wasn't that bad, but she doesn't believe me. "Just a little while" did more then we thought. Poor thing - sun burns are the worst. Her skin looks great now, it's just a little more pink then she would normally like.
Mackay fights me when it comes to a rash guard. He thinks I make him where it to "look dumb". Kenzie took him to the pool the other day and since Mom wasn't there to enforce the rash-guard rule, he didn't wear it. Kenzie didn't enforce the sunblock rule either. Lesson learned!! He is miserable. Pictures don't really show it.
Finally, to end the week of pure enjoyment in the SUNSHINE, Manda, her husband, and her daughter participated in the OUT RUN the SUN race. I have been so excited for her all month. It is a race/event held to honor those who have battled melanoma. She did it last year with Brett. This year, Jane and Manda ran the 1 mile race. Jane RAN the entire mile. They even finished FIRST. Some of Manda's friends supported her and ran the 3 mile. Brett ran the 5k and WON too.
I wish I could do this with her. I get emotional when I hear of her experience. She inspires me. She says she doesn't have a cause and doesn't do it for the research. She does it to honor our mom. Awesome!!!
FYI - Two years ago today, my mom had brain surgery. Time is such a weird thing...