Friday, August 31, 2012

{Pine Valley 2012- Part 1}

I am seeing my blog get further and further behind as we are packing in the last minute summer fun.  I had hoped to do picture collages and more editing, but it's not happening this time.  We had such a blast in Pine Valley, and I don't want it to go undocumented. So here goes. 
After driving through the night (Trev was a champ), we arrived on Saturday morning. We sure had an awesome time at my parent's house (now their full-time residence!...when they aren't visiting grandkids!
What an awesome porch to view summer thunder and lightning storms.
(And I have no idea why my mom is holding a Dr. Pepper, btw. She hates that stuff)
 Breakfast at Grandma and Grandpa Snow's house. Love their porch swing!
 Smores on the deck!
 A beautiful double rainbow. One of two double rainbows we saw during our stay. It's so bright and vivid!

 Plenty of time in the sun with cousins!
The new hot tub was such a hit!
 The kids spent a ton of time at Grandma and Grandpa's playground.
 My mom bought this cute little set for the babies. 
 Squirt gun fight!
 Manicures for the girlies.
 Watching movies and staying up late.

 Addy loved baby Claire. We have to soak her up because we don't see them near enough!
These two were buds all week! From morning until they crashed together at night. 
My dad took the kids down to the stream and said he turned around and Graham and Ry had stripped completely down.  Camille ran over to take pictures. We were dying of laughter it was so funny!
Everyone stayed up way too late. How sweet are these two?
 The new piano/player piano was amazing! 
These 3 babies know what they like...drinking from their mom's soda!
Carson picked me some fresh cactus!
Snuggling up with sleepy Grandpa. 
We were only in Pine Valley two days when my Grandpa had a stroke.  We had spent the previous two days with him and then out of no where he had the stroke and was life-flighted to Las Vegas where he has been ever since.  He was in a coma for about 3 weeks and we had the chance to visit him once and take down cards the kids made. 
It's been heart wrenching. Miraculously he woke up on day 19!  But progress is slow. He has some movement in his right hand and arm, but he's still on the breathing machine so he is unable to talk.  Cognitively he seems to be aware of what is going on and is able to communicate yes/no.  The family has really rallied around him and Grandma.  The 5 kids have rotated through, flying and driving in from all over the country to pitch in, take shifts, help Grandma, and be there with Grandpa.  Most of the grandkids have been by to see him too.  It's been a wonderful outpouring of love and support and sacrifice.  All done so willingly with no hesitations. We are praying for his recovery and for peace in the family throughout this trial.  He faces a long, long road.  And we miss his vibrancy already. 
Here he is just last year with Miles (who shares my Grandpa's middle name, Eric) at his baby blessing. 
And we were all a little teary as we saw his empty chair in the Pioneer Day band that he plays in each year. 
But we have faith that our Heavenly Father is aware of his trials.  My grandpa's sweet spirit and body are strong and if it is the Lord's will, he will be able to recover and regain quality of life enough to enjoy relationships and care for those he so dearly loves.  We love you Grandpa Snow!


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