Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Grandma Joan

Great Grandma Joan died, September 20th, 2014.  It can be seen as a bit of a blessing as she had been battling Alzheimer's for quite some time.

The funeral was in Hallock, MN (6 hours, 20 miles from Canada) this past week.  Just Daddy and Libby were able to go, as I'm too far along in our pregnancy to travel farther than 2 hours, so Sally and I hung back.  We missed them terribly, but kept them in our prayers and stayed in contact with pictures!

Sally was fortunate to meet Great Grandma Joan a few times, and what a sweet caring lady she was.

I vividly remember this first meeting as they sat there and had a little conversation between the two of them, Sally only one month old.

Joan Craigmile, 85, of Hallock, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Mary Joan Blide was born June 1, 1929 at Hallock to Erhard and Clara (Olen) Blide. She grew up on the family farm and was a 1947 graduate of Hallock High School. On December 19th, 1948 she married Milton "Pete" Craigmile at her parent's home near Hallock. The couple farmed for several years before Pete took a job with the Minnesota State Highway Department. Joan was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid and the quilting group there. She was also a member of the Two River Homemakers, Sewing Club and the Red Hat Society. Pete and Joan entered the nursing home together in March of 2010. Pete died on May 21, 2010.

We appreciate all of the love, prayers and support.  Oh, what fun Great Grandma is now having in Heaven, I can only imagine!

Even though Libby had to endure 12 hours in the car in just two days, she was a very good girl and certainly enjoyed her one on three attention.  She and Daddy road up with Nana and Grandpa from Alex on.

Lunch time

Such a good girl, napping in the car

We heard Daddy did a great job doing the readings!

Uncle Tom

As an added bonus, some of Nana's Family was able to make it as well!

Grabbin' Cheeks!

Reunited with Uncle John!


Craigmile House that has been in the Family for many years!

Reid's great Uncle's Farm

Watching Frozen is serious business!

Meanwhile, back home I tried to make Sally feel extra special with her one on one time, as she would have loved to go too.  It was also 4 days in a row that she didn't get to see Daddy as he had classes the two days prior to leaving, and she missed him quite a bit.

Working on her homework: "Hey Mom, look at the top of my 8, it is like a heart, that's for Daddy!"

Always keeping things in an order, Rainbow order

Ready to take on Friday and excited that Mommy is going to come for lunch!

Eating lunch with my Kindergartner!


She requested pancakes for dinner, and got to help with the whole process and loved every second of the undivided attention!

Dessert at Froyo!

You will be missed Great Grandma Joan, we love you!  I'll never forget her hugs.  She was a petite thing, but her hugs were something quite fierce that let you know you were loved :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We've Been Enjoying

a neighborhood Waffle Fundraiser which included hugs and play time with the adorable, Wesley!

Decorating for Halloween

A Gopher Win

Obviously this was taken BEFORE the weather delay :)
Arts N Crafts

37 weeks leggo my preggo!

Drying freshly painted nails

After dinner games and a Dad who rocks a Princess crown like no other!

Making brownies for a funeral and getting to lick BOTH beaters because Big Sister is at school

Celebrating the best of the best, Delores, by going out to lunch at Noodles!

Super Sisters delivering the birthday cards to De-Lo

Sunny Fall Afternoon Sidewalk races

A second born who FINALLY gets to have her shot at gymnastics, after all the times of having to cheer for her Big Sister

aaaaaaaaaaand that's a wrap, Happy Hump Day Ya'll!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A very good Week

We had a very good week this week.

How cute is my special little helper during the day?

Libby's Selfie

Enjoying the beautiful afternoons and catching up on what we each did during the day

I got a nice little break yesterday, as I qualified for a research study that took place downtown.  My sister graciously took in Libby--thank you!  She had a great time with Katherine and Bobby and can't wait to come back and play with her cousin friends!

Lots of outside time, we even got to meet our newest neighbor, Adalay, only a week old!

This girl just cracks me up.  Between the shoes, the helmet and the crazy smile...

Kid, you'll move mountains ;)
In case you were wondering, the Mm expert lives at our house!!

She was pretty excited to head to school and teach her classmates about the letter Mm.

 We also got to meet another new little neighbor, Arthur! He was as sweet as can be!  Baby boom, I tell ya!

Happy Weekend Ya'll! Go Gophers!

**Extra prayers for Great Grandma Joan (Grandpa Russ' mom) for some peace and comfort!