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.

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jack o Lanterns and Legos

Here are our jack o lanterns for this year.

I showed the kids some ideas and Evan picked this Overwatch-inspired image (Dr. Junkenstein's Monster). I spent a lot of our carving time helping with this one.
James didn't have any strong opinions on his so I went ahead and carved this one of Reaper (also Overwatch-inspired).

 Hailey was old enough that she wanted to do it herself.

And just for fun I built and set out our Scooby Doo Legos for the kids to find in the morning. While we're still in bed in the morning we hear the kids excitedly screaming to each other to come see what's out on the table for them to play with.

In other news Jennifer, Jason, and Kelley came out to spend last week with Dad and just went back home a few days ago.  Dad's health has been in decline since the end of last year.  They were pretty surprised to see how thin and frail he was in Virginia and he continues to look worse as the weeks go by.

When Mom and Dad went to Arrowhead in August he had to go to the Emergency Room and then was in and out of multiple hospitals for 3 weeks straight dealing with bleeding and blood clots as the cancer spread.  I've been visiting him every week except for the 2 weeks we were in Germany.  Just a few days after we came home from Germany Dad was back to the ER.

Jennifer and Jason planned to come out for Christmas to spend some one-on-one time with Dad before it's too late.  At the beginning of this month it was decided to bring Dad home on hospice to live out the remainder of his days at home rather than going back and forth to the ER all the time.  We told the others not to wait for December and to come out right away to see him and say their goodbyes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lego Building

We bought each of the kids a small Lego set for being good while we were gone, including for James as his first very own Lego set: a truck.

Hailey built a cinderella coach.

Evan built a Ninjago motorcycle.