Friday, July 13, 2012

"Just what the doctor ordered..."


The famous Ice Cream Parlor!
Top of Bears Hump in Waterton
Oh ya know, just helpin grandpa fix the mower...
just one shelf in my grandma's "great room"
Look at that handsome devil. Waterton Lake
Bears Hump hike


We made it
Red Rock
Burning brush for grandpa
Such a hard worker. Love him!
Tree line by the road at grandparents
grandparents old barn
View of Waterton at top of hike
This has always been my favorite place in the whole world to go. It was Nathan's favorite place to go too. This trip was the hardest it has ever been and also the best in many ways. The last time we were there he was there playing with my kids, sleeping on the couch across from us, soaking in ol' Glenwood with us. Every where I looked I could picture old times with him there. And for that reason it was bitter sweet.
I have so many fun memories of growing up going to grandma and grandpa's house....trampoline fights and trampoline sleepovers, playing dress up in the basement, sneaking treats out of grandma's deep freezer, riding on grandpa's lawnmower, eating home made jam and rolls, grandma's sugar drawer, picking raspberries, Waterton, swimming at the damn, ice cream parlor trips, card games, family reunions....the list could go on and on.
I am so blessed to be a part of such an amazing family and heritage. It was so wonderful to sit with my grandpa and listen to him as he whispered sweet comfort and guidance into my ear, and work away in the kitchen with my beautiful grandmother who has taught me so much. I am so grateful for the examples they are to me.

We missed you Nate. I thought of you as we made that crazy climb to the top of Bear's Hump. I know you would have been right there with us. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I thought of you as we watched the kids skipping rocks on the lake. You would have been right there teaching them how and probably getting in with them. I thought of you as we worked in grandpa's yard. You would have been the first to offer help. I thought of you as we went to the parlor as we always do. You would have eaten an insane amount of ice cream just to show off. I thought of you as I drifted to sleep in the basement under the blue quilt that grandma made, next to the toys that we used to play with and across from the couch that you last slept on. I thought of you and I smiled, and I cried. I am so grateful for all of the memories that I share of you. Every day there are little reminders of what I have lost, but I try to remember what I still have. With time it has not gotten easier, maybe it just does not sting quite as much. Once again I just hope that because of you I can become a better person. I love you.