Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Lego Christmas Train

Doing some Lego Christmas decorating.

This year we haven't really done the usual Christmas activities, but have opted to stay inside or visit my Mom instead.  We were invited to a Christmas party but we were taking care of funeral arrangements.  And our Ward Christmas party was the same day as Dad's Memorial.  Even going to see Christmas lights seemed out of the way, though we did go to one street close by for about an hour.

We have our Christmas tree and some Christmas Legos and other decorations around the house and with that we'll call it good.  Jennifer is revamping one of Dad's Christmas games for the grandkids up at Mom's on Christmas Eve.  And I have been working on clues for my own kids here at home on Christmas day.  This will be the first year I've made clues for them to solve; I think Hailey and Evan are ready.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Scott McClellan 1952 - 2018

Thanks Enrique for making this Slideshow on Vimeo.

The past couple of weeks have been all about getting ready for the burial and memorial.

We held Dad's burial yesterday in Whittier just for a small group of family and friends at Rose Hills followed by a lunch out at North Woods (where, growing up, we'd eat out with Dad's side of the family the day after Thanksgiving).  Jason and Kelley, Jennifer and Rob flew out at the beginning of the week to be here.

Today we had a great turnout for Dad's memorial service up in Santa Clarita.  John Sage lent his booming voice to give a biography of Dad's life and we had 3 talks from each of Dad's 3 families.  Leighton Hickman spoke for his Church family.  Bonnie Sherman Weber for his work family.  And Jennifer and I teamed up on writing and delivering our family talk.

In preparation I've been reading through Dad's journals he wrote over the past few years (all thanks to Jeni who gave him the challenge and he ran with it).  It helped direct my thoughts as I worked on what to include for our talk.  It was nice to connect with Dad through his words.

I'm grateful for all who helped on Dad's memorial and those who've helped the family in any way.  I took time off work and helped with preparations alongside Mom and Greg.  I'll end here with my final remarks from my talk.

Thank you for being my Dad. Growing up I felt safe, protected, given every opportunity to succeed.  Thank you for your example as a loving father and husband, and a worthy Priesthood holder.  I love you and I look forward to our reunion in the next life.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Passing of a Great Man

Today I got the phone call at work that Dad passed away at 11am.  So I headed up to Mom's house to stay and help with all the arrangements for the memorial and burial.

Just 2 days ago we were last up and Mom and Dad's and I said my goodbyes.  I actually started looking into funeral preparations a few weeks ago after coming home from visiting Dad, seeing that his time in this life was nearly up.  We are all doing well.  Sad at Dad's passing but glad that he's not trapped in his cancerous body and looking forward to seeing him in the next life.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Decorating for Christmas

We're now into December so it's time to decorate for Christmas.

I bought the tree yesterday but, with Church visits and other meetings, we weren't together to decorate until tonight.

All 3 of the kids wanted to help.

Several ornaments were broken in the process.

Looking good.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hailey's Note For Papa

I thought I'd share this note that Hailey wrote for school.  "Sometimes I would like to do some other things, but I know my papa is happy when we visit him."  She's a good girl.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

El Dorado Regional Park

This week we spent Thanksgiving Day with my Mom and Dad, then celebrated with the Ashcrafts yesterday.

We've been visiting Mom and Dad every weekend for the past several months.  Jeni and the kids have been really great about spending every one of their Saturdays to see Papa.  I can tell our time with him is running out; he has trouble talking or even focusing, but it's good to go visit him.  And to be there for Mom.

Well since we just visited Mom and Dad this week we wanted to use our Saturday to take a family trip outside.

We went to El Dorado Regional Park and hit the trails.

There were quite a few turtles hanging out.

We packed lunch and met the Ashcrafts there.

The kids just loved being outside, running and jumping.

And climbing.

From the wooded area we drove over to the the playground in the park area.

They are so happy to get outside.

Look at that little face.

Our little family.

What a nice day to be outside.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Vernie the Robot

It had been a while since the kids last built the Lego Boost cat.

So we took the cat apart and the boys built Vernie the robot.

James was happy that Evan let him help.

The Lego Boost is pretty fun as a robot; I think we'll keep him like this for a while.