Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

This was the 3rd year of continuing our tradition of visiting a grave of one set of our Grandparents, the kids Great Grandparents. I believe that families can be together forever and as such I have a hope that someday we will be able to be with our loved ones again. My children love their grandparents with all their hearts, and it's my hope that by taking them to the graves of my grandparents and Ken's grandparents and by telling them stories from the lives of these amazing people, they will love them too, and someday when they meet them, they will know them. 

This year we went to Ogden to visit the grave of Ken's Wheeler Grandparents. It was about an hour drive. The "are we there yet" barrage started about 5 minutes into the trip, 4 year old boys are awesome! 

 We brought our painted stones, this year even the baby painted one. We need to get more information, more stories, about Grandma and Grandpa Wheeler. This year we told the kids about Grandpa's ruptured appendix and Ken told the kids some of his memories of his Grandmother. When we parked our car J and I noticed that there were many people who were edging around the headstones of their loved ones. We hadn't brought any tools, but be did our best to remove the grass that had grown over the corners. Next year we may add to our tradition by bringing some tools with us so we can do a better job.
After about an hour there at the cemetery, we headed to a nearby park, we had a picnic  and let the kids run burn some energy off before headed home. 
 Later that same day we went to Heber City for an Adventure! the Heber Valley Railroad was having "Wild West Days". Ken, the amazing bargain shopper that he is, was able to get us half price tickets for a train ride that included a band of outlaws robbing the train! As you can see, our little B was very excited.
 We enjoyed some live music and a magic show and then we went and waited to board the train. The boys were so excited to board the train, AND get the best seats ever- in the very first coach- that they decided not to go watch the shootout. It was probably for the best- those guns were loud.
 The boys were hoping that a steam engine would be pulling the train. They got over their disappointment very quickly. They both agreed that they want to be engineers when they grow up.
 We had lots of fun on the train, it was a 30-40 minute ride, I decided that the train was traveling about the same speed as I run- so 5-6 miles per hour. We went from Heber to Charlston where we were ROBBED! Don't worry, they were nice robbers and they shared their gold with us! It was the best kind of gold- the chocolate kind.
 It was a wonderful day! Next year we head up to Logan to visit the graves of my Paternal Grandparents and then in 2017 we start all over again. I love our Memorial Day Tradition!

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