Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Few of my Favorites

Rather than listing out in detail all of the events that have happened in the past two weeks I just wanted to highlight a few of my favorites. That, and I was horrible this year with getting my camera out! Not very many pictures were taken....bad...I know.

*Christmas down south....

Pomona, CA. At my Grandma's house.  Definately not the same without my Grandpa there.  He was sorely missed!  It was the day of the Las Vegas Royal Bowl.  Fresno State vs. USC.  Poor Ryan was the only bulldog in the house, out numbered by all of my cousins....BUT the kids were even 3 vs. 3!


3 Bulldog fans vs. 3 USC fans
I LOVE this picture of my family (even though it's a little blurry)
Cousin Natalie was making them laugh.

Corona, CA at my aunts house.  My boys LOVE our cousins Morgan and Chandler!


It was a short visit but so fun seeing family that we don't get to see often enough!
My Dad's side...2 sisters and 1 brother....all of their kids and their kids kids. (missing my sister and my brother, and my cousin Jace who is currently serving our country!)


Homemade Christmas decor

I bought the supplies for a stocking idea and tree skirt idea way back in January when things were on clearance.  And like a lot of things lately, my mom comes over to help me....and I end up running out of time and she ends up finishing it for me.

I recycled my old silvery tree skirt and turned it into a red burlap/fabric one. (and by I, I mean: I started it and then my mom finished it)



And then my mom made these stockings! (I had every intention of sewing them myself...but who am I kidding...my skills pale in comparison to my Mom's!)
Don't worry, she made 6 of them so I am prepared for next year.  And She's going to embroider our names on them too! I love them.



Kid Craft!

My sister had been watching the boys in the mornings a few days a week the past few months until Ryan got off work for the winter.  One of the mornings she did this little hand craft with the boys.  I LOVE them!! One of my most favorite decorations up this year.


Having kids brings a whole new excitement for Christmas!! We enjoyed watching them open their gifts and I feel so blessed to have a family that showers them with love.

Christmas Eve - Holguin Christmas


Grandma Kettle and Pie-pa (Ryan's parents) got them these awesome jackets!! Vincent opened the box and said "oooooo, I be a fireman!" 


Christmas Morning - Our little family of 5 (and a half)





The big gift we got the boys were bikes! I got their reaction on video so no pictures. But they love them!


They LOVED helping us open our gifts too.


My hubs totally rocks! He spoiled me by getting me an ipad! This wasn't on my list....and it was so unexpected. He done goooood. 

Christmas day - Rollema Christmas

My mom prepared a yummy lunch! We skyped my brother and his family who live in Wyoming.  And enjoyed playing out in the grove with my sister's dog Roxy.




My Parents (Grammie and Grandpa) got the boys the Planes duplo sets. So fun seeing them flying the planes around. We are ALL looking forward to our trip to Disneyland in a few weeks! I was super excited for Christmas....but now I am WAY SUPER excited for Disneyland!!!  The boys are going to LOVE it and they have no idea what magical place awaits them!

I got some thoughtful and meaningful gifts.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

This one from my friend Vanessa... Makes me look forward to meeting our newest member even more!


This gift was from my parents. I cried when I opened it...so special and so very true. She is apart of our family... ALWAYS.

 


Pregnancy Update:
I'm at 22 weeks, over half way done!
Baby is kicking like crazy but Ryan and the boys can't feel it yet
Still no name....He just might be born nameless!! After finding three boy names we liked....we are stumped with the fourth.

Next Post
Be prepared.....my next post will be about our Disneyland trip. I'm sure it will be picture overload! haha! I can't wait!! So super excited! (If you couldn't tell already.)










Friday, December 6, 2013

A Thanksgiving of Remembrance

We are always most thankful around Thanksgiving time. This year was no different.  Ryan's family was celebrating Thanksgiving the friday after. My family was celebrating it the Saturday after.  So I volunteered to work on Thanksgiving day and then went home and started decorating for Christmas.
Friday morning we had a slow morning getting ready while the turkey, that we were bringing over to the Holguin Thanksgiving, baked in the oven .  We started packing the truck up with our stuff and while Ryan put the boys in the truck I received a phone call from my mom.  A phone call I never thought I would be getting. A phone call I never will forget.  "Grandpa has had a heart attack and the paramedics are working on him at his house but it doesn't look good"
We left for Ryan's parents house and I put on a smiling face. But my mind was somewhere else.  I don't know how much time went by, it couldn't have been more than an hour that I got another call from my mom saying Grandpa had gone to be with the Lord.
I don't know if it's harder to lose someone so suddenly and not have the chance to say goodbye, or to watch a loved one suffer a sickness long enough for you to see the end drawing near. Probably the latter, but never did I expect to have this Christmas approaching where my Grandpa wouldn't be there to celebrate with us.  I didn't get the chance to say goodbye.
We still got together with my family on Saturday and we were able to put aside our grieving and enjoy in our Thankgiving.  Ryan and I are soooo very thankful for these three turkeys (and the little bun in the oven)  



 We watched the boys play in the piles of leaves in my Dad's walnut grove.  Watching them play just made my Thankful. Thankful for family. Thankful for my Grandpa's life and his love for family.





The boys loved standing under the trees as the leaves fell.  Just a reminder that there are seasons in life as well. That losing loved ones is apart of life. But what a blessing it is to have the peace in knowing that the Lord has prepared a place for us to go when our time here on earth is done.


We celebrated my Grandpa's life today. What a hard day it was.


My Grandpa married my Grandma in October of 1980. Two years before I was born.  He has always been there. Always.  He was the best Grandpa I could have asked for.  When we moved to Visalia when I was 9 he still made every effort to be apart of my life as much as possible.  He has taken hundreds of trips over the grapevine for any and all kinds of events in my life.  I had just spoken to him on the phone a week prior about my pregnancy and how he was sooo looking forward to seeing my family at his house for Christmas.  Things just aren't going to be the same without him.   


My Grandpa was loved by so many.

He was buried on a hillside that over looks Pomona Valley.  You can see his old Truck Company yard from his grave and the hill that my Grandparents house is on.  He said he liked that spot because that way he could still keep an eye on things.  You see, my Grandpa always had a great sense of humor.  It was so nice hearing stories about him today and his life growing up.  Hearing from his children and grandchildren and seeing all his friends and family gather to support my Grandma was such a blessing.


10 out of 11 of his grandsons were lined up by his coffin (the man in the leather jacket was a worker from the funeral home) There are 15 grandchildren total.


From those 15 grandchildren come 17 great grandchildren.  There was a bouquet of roses displayed, each rose representing a great grandchild.  All of them living except Karissa. So she was represented with a pink rose.


My aunt said to me today that her husband (my uncle Karl who passed away from cancer only a few days after I had my triplets in 2011) and my Karissa started the party in heaven early and Grandpa was just now joining them.  What a day that will be when we can all be there together.

It's always hard saying goodbye to a loved one.  But I am so thankful for the memories I have of my Grandpa, for the love he had for my Grandma but I'm most thankful for the Love he had for the Lord.



 It was still a time of Thanksgiving. Just not as we had expected. My Grandpa went to be with the Lord the day after Thanksgiving 2013.  A day and A man I will remember for the rest of my days.

I love you Grandpa. I'll be seeing you.