Sunday, January 22, 2017

Grandma Verla's Funeral

At the beginning of November we headed down to Glendale,  UT as a family for our sweet Grandma Verla's funeral. Jeremy's parent's reserved a cabin for our family to stay in together and we really enjoyed the time to be all together. It always gets a little tight with 5 little kiddos but it's so worth it.

That night we had the viewing. It was so interesting to watch Ellie process everything. I feel like in the last 3 months she's been asking a lot about heaven, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. It's a sweet experience to watch her learn about the gospel. She loved seeing grandma and loved the Hawaiin flowers Nana brought to decorate.

Later that evening, we got everyone ready for bed and realized that Ellie, Brooklyn, Adalyn and Kendall had matching jammies. Ellie was, of course, enthralled with the idea of matching her cousins. Pictures had to be taken of everyone in their evening wear.

Brooklyn is always the sweestest to put up with Ellie's crazy antics and they decided to have a sleepover together. I didn't think there was any way possible that those 2 would fall asleep together. But lo and behold (after about an hour) they were out and holding hands. Be still my mother heart! I'm so thankful that we get to live close to family. I never got to live by any of my cousins, so watching my kids walk to their cousins house to play is the things dreams are made of.

Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to get ready for the funeral. Before the funeral began, we all gathered in a room as a family while Jeremy's Uncle Craig gave a family prayer. The spirit was so strong and it brought tears to my eyes. The knowledge of eternal families is something I will never deny or take for granted. 

The funeral service was beautiful. Jeremy had the honor to speak for a few minutes and did such a wonderful job. He has a way with words and he articulated his love for his grandmother perfectly. Verla truly was loved by everyone and it was because of the love she freely gave to anyone who crossed her path. I remember the first time I met her she gave me the biggest hug and thanked me for being there. As I was leaving she gave me another big hug, a kiss on the cheek, and told me she loved me. Her favorite things was watching her family be together. I'm so thankful to be a Ruesch! I don't know how I lucked out.

After the service we drove up to the grave site. It was such a beautiful day! The perfect day for Grandma to be laid to rest next to her sweetheart Burdell. I'm sure he was anxiously awaiting the moment he could hold her in his arms again.

The was a delicious luncheon and after, we headed back to the cabin for naps. Once everyone was up a few canoes were discovered and the girls begged their daddies to take them on rides. Being the good adventures that they are, James and Jeremy happily obliged.

It's sad to think that we won't be traveling down to Glendale very often anymore. Almost the end of an era, I suppose. It was a wonderful few days and we were sad that it ended so quickly. We left late that night so that we could travel while the kids slept. Jeremy and I accidentally missed the main turn off to get to I-15 so we ended up taking the scenic route (which was luckily not much longer). It was fun to talk about his grandparents and how we hope to be like them in so many ways. I love that Jeremy's in with me for the long haul. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Snowmen and Sledding

Santa brought Ellie and snowman kit for Christmas and her dang parents got sick that same day, during one of our biggest snow storms, and she's been begging to build one every since. J.rue has been begging to go sledding since...well forever.

Lucky for both of them, it dumped snow yesterday, and both of their wildest dreams came true. I think J.rue shoveled and snow-blowed 3 times yesterday. It was a good snow day. After most of the snow had been cleared, we bundled up the kids (not a task for the faint of heart) and met in the front yard. Fitz is the best, he'll just find a nice cozy spot in the snow, take a seat and try to eat the snow. It's particularly hard for him because his mittens don't even have thumb holes, rude. He is the most laid-back kid and I kiss his face daily for it.

J.rue got to work creating the snowman's bum while Ellie and I worked on his torso. Fitz continued to eat his snow. We stacked him up and Ellie strategically placed every eye, button, and scarf on him until he was deemed "the best snowman ever!". Ellie wanted to name him puppy but I convinced her Ralphie was a tad bit more fitting.

Soon after we headed in for lunch and naps. J.rue was dead set on going sledding so around 4:45 we headed up to the elementary school. We forged down an unplowed driveway stuck. Let the record show that this was no doing of mine. So we spent the next 30ish minutes trying to get ourselves out. By the time we escaped the snows slushy grasp we had about 20 minutes of daylight left. Did that stop j.rue? Never! We pulled to the side of the road, unloaded the kids and J.rue made us quite the sledding path. Ellie went down a few times on her own and she caught some major air, which she didn't find fun. At all. She kept saying, "I don't like going fast. Fast isn't fun. Slow is fun. Fast is boring." She was trying to be tough because right after her aerodynamics she burst into tears.

After a quick 20 minutes, Fitz and Ellie were done. Jeremy made a few more runs, we loaded up, and headed home. While it didn't go exactly as planned, we loved spending the time playing together. J.rue really is the best at making any situation a good one.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

2016 Home Tour

I've been wanting to write this up forever! I think I took these pictures when we got our home appraised last September (which is the only reason it's so clean!). I want to see how things change over the years in our home. I love this home. I knew that we were meant to live here the moment that I stepped into it. Things have already changed quite a bit, so I'm glad I took them when I did. I love looking back on our Kaysville house so I know I'll appreciate this down the road. Jeremy and I still can't believe that we've already been in this house for a year and a half, it still feels new to us. Also, this is not meant to impress, especially the basement! So, here it is, 1 year in!

Our semi-useful mudroom. I'll never complain about having a mudroom or extra storage but I do wish it was by the door that we use more often (our side door).

How cute is that little mug! Yes, those wood stairs have given me heart attacks many a time. My kids rock it at the stairs now.. We laugh at carpeted stairs, just kidding. I love them even more now.

This is one of my favorite pictures in our house. It's right outside my bedroom and helps me on the daily! It's always time to be happy, right?

I'm sure these storage baskets will never change. We'll probably leave them with the house when we do because it was a job just trying to find containers that fit in these random, but totally necessary shelves.

One of our biggest things with our new house was that it HAD to have 2 or more bathrooms. Well, this house does have 2 bathroom, one is just not available to use because it is in our rental. So, we have 1 bathroom still! Never will a family appreciate 2 toilets more than we day!




Laundry room on the left, Fitzy's room on the right.

Poor Fitzy will have a good room one day. I have GOT to get around to it because it still looks pretty much the same, darn it! That will be one of my new years goals for sure.

The storage room. Maybe I'll take a picture of day. It's dark and...full of things.

Jeremy's office/man cave. I'm hoping to spruce this room up one day too. We'll see though!

One of my favorite things about our house is the windows. They're huge and bright and I still get excited every morning opening the blinds. 

I got this clock from my Grandma this summer in Wisconsin. I've always loved it and found out that my parents actually gave it to my grandparents years ago. I love the ticking and the chimes. It is probably my most favorite thing in this house.

Our backyard grass is probably the teeniest in all of the land, but it's served us well. The kids love it back there and J.rue can mow it in about 3 minutes. One day a bigger backyard would be amazing, but right now, this works.

And lest you think my house is EVER this clean, this is what it looked like probably 30 minutes before I started taking pictures. Often, this isn't too far off from how it looks at the end of the day. However, she cleans up quickly and we love her.