Thursday, April 14, 2011

These Are a Few of My Favorite Memories

  • Was the best lookin high school football player I ever laid eyes on:

  • Our first date at a burger place...I ordered a cheese burger, fries, a shake. He ordered soup, salad, and an iced tea ;)

  • Did Grover's Near/Far interpretation dangerously well

  • LOVED to get dressed up!

  • History buff

  • Taught me the art of jelly flipping on a stop on our way back from Chico

  • loved to call me Margaret

  • loved to go camping...even WITH the kids ;)

  • driving home from movies, and having him(in his truck, I was in my car) scare off the car that tried to run me off the road

  • always up for a last minute road trip to San Francisco,Monterey, Chico, Modesto, Napa and Washington State

  • loved Disneyland...soooo many trips

  • loved him some veggies!

  • was a little sad I didn't invite to my candle he came...and won all the prizes

  • called 'dibs' on L's brand new baby when she came to visit

  • wore reindeer antlers to the elementary school's Christmas show

  • some of my fondest memories EVER are of carpooling to work together when we only had one car

  • deep sea fishing with him in Maui for our 10th anniversary

  • taking the girls fishing and bought them their own rods and tackle boxes

  • loved taking the girls back to school shopping for supplies

  • named my phone# SWEET PEA on his cell

  • painted my toes when I was pregnant and couldn't reach them any more

  • always wanted A LOT of kids...the more the better

  • Joked that if we ever had a boy, he'd like to name him Ticonderoga (like the pencil)

  • LOVED my pregnant belly

  • after his first spine surgery, I was 37 weeks pregnant. He was still in the hospital for several days, and on one day insisted I climb onto his hospital bed with him and cuddle, so he could wrap his arms around me and my pregnant belly

  • not scared AT ALL of a lady in labor

  • almost got to deliver Nat, and DID deliver Emi

  • seeing the look in his eyes when he held his babies for the first time

  • flowers. never took a holiday or birthday. He must have brought me flowers several times a month spanning our courtship and marriage 1997-2010

  • I loved the ocean and never the sand; he loved the sand and never the ocean

  • Didn't have the time to read Purpose Driven Life when he was in paramedic school, and so ordered a copy of it on CD so he could listen to it on the trips back and forth to Fresno

  • Couldn't wait to get our vows renewed right before he left for the Marines:

  • had the softest feeties EVER

  • One mother's day, he and the girls spelled out I LOVE YOU MOM in chocolate candy

  • loved to garden with me and the girls

  • he and my mom called each other "lambie" :)

  • always excited to go to the back to school and open house nights for the girls

  • ran fire calls where there were people he knew who had died/were dying. He felt honored to be able to help, or at least provide a listening ear to the family (suicides, car accidents, old age)

  • Favorite movie: The Notebook

  • always cried at Kevin Costner movies

  • was not above letting his girls comb, style, and moose his hair

  • could successfully dress his girls AND braid their hair!

  • insisted when he came home from boot camp, that he'd lost enough weight to fit into my jeans... and then he went on to prove his point. And he was right. (At one point in time, there was a 100 lb difference between us)

  • was the one to always repair my clothes(loose buttons, small tears, etc) and iron my work work shirts and pants

  • his favorite flowers were daffodils

  • one year on his birthday he strutted down the hallway naked, and informed me that THIS year for his b-day, he would don his b-day suit

  • loved OLD country and opera

  • Was absolutely the BEST cuddler EVER

  • Had the best little half smile (That's his crazy aunt, btw... we dis owned her after these pics):
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Jennifer said...

I woke up tonight thinking of you guys (it's 2 am here). I remembered you writing you were going to tell us some of your favorite memories of him. And I was thinking about one of mine. Did I ever tell you about my car accident that he hopped out of the ambulance at the scene of? I've never been so glad to see a friendly face.

He's missed everywhere, but I know never more than in your home. Love you so much.

Joannah said...

Wonderful memories of a man with a big heart for you and others! What a blessing to have him be yours and the father of your children. Hang in there, Meg. You will have an eternity to make new memories with him. ((hugs))

KER said...

such wonderful memories

Mary Thomas said...

makes my heart surge with sweetness and pain. Poignant details of a rich and joyful life. Thank you for sharing this with us. He is inspiring, as a husband, a father and a person.

Keidi said...

These are great! Great pictures, too. It almost must make it harder, and make you miss him more because you had a wonderful life together. I loved the Ticonderoga memory, that is so funny.