We were delighted to travel to Chubbuck and have Thanksgiving with my parents and younger siblings. On the way there, we stopped for a fun family outing to the Hogle Zoo. Our favorite was the new seal and otter exhibit.
Thanksgiving was a small group, but it was good food and we had a fun time with each other. My kids really enjoyed playing basketball with Brittany outside my parents home. Joe and I also enjoyed playing basketball with Brittany at their church house. Brittany was awesome and won HORSE fair and square with some awesome shots. Benjamin preferred to play basketball at Grandma’s house as their hoop could be brought lower.
On Wednesday before thanksgiving, we got together with my sister Beverly and enjoyed pizza, salad, and bread sticks at her house. We also played a fun game of Apples to Apples.
On Thanksgiving Day, Anthon, Brandon, Joe, Alisa, and Hyrum went and played Frizbee golf while waiting for the turkey to cook. For some reason the turkey didn’t have the popper, but my mom did an excellent job and made a very moist turkey. The meal was wonderful and it was fun to enjoy everyone.
Friday evening we had a lot of fun playing Telestrations (a mixture of telling stories and drawing that ends up like telephone). My Dad, my Mom, me, Joe, Anthon, Brittany, Brandon and his girlfriend Kylie played, and we laughed so hard. Some of us were better at drawing than others so our stories got pretty crazy. It was fun to play.
Another fun thing we did was to go to a Home Depot kids workshop. Grandpa G* helped Hyrum, Grandma G* helped Alisa, and I helped Benjamin. They each made a small toolbox to keep small toys in. We also did a little bit of shopping, but mostly stayed at home to be together with family.
This is our Thankful Tree
We got to spend a lot of time with Great Grandma P* (my grandma) as she spends the nights at my parents’ house. She loved to watch my kids play. She was usually watching them play while she sat on the couch and crocheted hats that she is planning to give out for future Christmas presents. Other times she was doing her word searches. She had her usually sense of humor and made some really funny comments. At Beverly’s house my Mom thought that she would help Grandma bring her walker to the kitchen for dinner. My grandma hadn’t yet grabbed the walker and my mom didn’t notice that she had left my Grandma helpless. My Grandma called after her “I thought I was the one who needed help walking.” During another time at dinner, she mentioned that she wanted to go to the light parade that the town puts on every year (even though it is outside and cold). Anthon asked her why she wanted to go so badly and she said “Because I don’t know if I’ll be able to see another one.” Anthon thought he would be equally funny and asked her where she thought she was going to be going. Her response: “Well, I guess I’ll go either up or down.” We all laughed a lot about that one as we realized that she was joking about going to heaven or hell. In fact, there was so much laughing that Alisa said “I don’t even know what she said, but it was just so funny!” We did end up going to the light parade and my grandma enjoyed it a lot. We bundled her up a lot and she had probably 10 blankets on her to help keep her warm. My favorite was her white hat that she wore to keep her head warm.
I am so glad that we were able to visit my family this Thanksgiving. While we were there, we started to worry about my Grandma P* as her shoulder was hurting and she didn’t want to eat anything. We worried about a possible heart attack, but it seemed to be going on longer than we thought for a heart attack symptom. Joe and I went out for ice cream Saturday night while our kids played sardines my mom and my sister Brittany. Right after we got in the car to return to my parents house, my mom called me telling me that I needed to come immediately. My grandma had basically lost control of her body and was laying on the floor. We hurried home, but the ambulance beat us. The paramedics could tell that her upper heart and her lower heart were beating independently. All signs pointed to a heart attack that she would probably not pull out of. It was difficult for me to have something that I knew would happen at some point happen. And while I wanted her to be OK and not hurt, and the same time I hoped that she could pass on and leave her frail 98 year old body and rejoin her husband (who died even before I was born). So we just prayed for peace and for my Grandma not to hurt and went to bed. (My mom had gone to the hospital in the ambulance with her). I was surprised to hear that my Grandma was still alive Sunday morning. She was doing a bit better, but couldn’t sit up or support herself (and medical personnel confirmed that she had experience a heart attack). We attended church and left early in hopes to beat a storm in the mountain pass on our way home. Before we left, we got to go see my Grandma in the hospital. We were able to talk with her and wave goodbye to her. I had a hard time not tearing up as I knew it was most likely the last time I would see her in this life. My kids all got to wave to her too, and were excited that she had moons and stars on her hospital night gown. After we left, my grandma apparently experienced a lot of pain and will be on high pain medications for the rest of her life, which will most likely not be long. She still has no desire to eat and her heart continues to beat out of sync with itself. She will be on hospice care but will be bedridden and sleeping most the time due to her pain medications. Although hearing of her this way makes me very sad, I am so grateful for the time I had to spend with her this last Thanksgiving. She reminded me about what is most important in life. I am so grateful that I know I will see her again and that death is not the end. I know that our Savior Jesus Christ gave his life that we can live again.