Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Part 3 - Scenery

I spent a lot of time at the house with my baby, she didn't really care for the beach, and with eating and napping.... well, you know the drill. Greg did lots of fun things with Cannon, and they had lots of beach time. It was good for me though. Lots of time with my thoughts, which I needed after what happened when we first got there. Also, lots of time for cocktails. If you ever have the chance to grieve at the beach, do it!

Here's an example of the beautiful sunset. I don't know why I forget to look for it when I'm home! So peaceful. This one was on my birthday.

Donna is having a mosaic done on the front of her house and up the walkway. I would sit on the steps sometimes with Harper and just stare. It's going to be really cool.

The view from the back porch. We saw a lot of dolphins and even a seal! The sound of the ocean calms my soul. It was Heaven!
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Trip Highlights Pt. 2: At The Beach

Cannon with Grandma and Grandpa.

Greg bought himself and Cannon some wetsuits. So great, no one froze in the water!

I was trying to get Harper to put her toes in the sand.... no luck. I finally had to put them there myself!

My cute kids!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Moving On To Something More Pleasant...Trip Highlights Part 1

So my dad died the day before my birthday. If any of you know me, you know I mostly deal with things by using humor.... I couldn't help thinking all day on my birthday, " Piper Wise, your dad just died, what are you going to do?" "I'm going to DISNEYLAND!"
Yes, I'm crass. We had already planned this, because you can get in for free at D-Land on your birthday this year! Bonus!
The next day, we visited Great Granny June. She will be 91 soon. She lives by herself and is very independent. She is one of the sweetest ladies I know. She is so teeny tiny and so cute. I wish we lived closer. What a great lady!
The annual picture in front of her tree....
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bye, Dad

John Mack Buchanan
John Mack Buchanan "Buck" Johnny Mack passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 14, 2009. He was born June 9, 1936 in Hobart Mills, CA to Harold and Katie. Dad was a dedicated and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher and friend. He served in the Armed Forces in Germany. He worked 47 years as a plumber - 27 with J&S Mechanical. He helped establish the apprenticeship program at SLCC and worked with over 2200 apprentice plumbers. Remember? His stories - huntin', fishin', golfin', "goin'west," fish fries, the talking stick, the wooden bowl, the whooperwills and horned toads, spot x, etc. "We love you, Dad! Thanks for all the great life lessons." Survived by his wife of 48 years, the love of his life, "blue eyes", Kathy; three daughters, Patti Barlow, Stacy (Jason) Thackeray and Piper (Greg) Wise; seven grandchildren, Candice (Bryan) Ivie, Ryan John (Amanda) Olson, Lacie Reed, Michal "I.A." and John Thackeray, Cannon and Harper Wise; one great-granddaughter, Austyn Lynn and one on the way. Also survived by sister Linda (David) Hammer; and many other family and friends - you know who you are. Preceded in death by his infant son, his parents, and his sister Sharon. A celebration of his life is planned for Tuesday, April 28th from 7-9 p.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 10375 S. Leilani Drive, Sandy, UT. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

I went on vacation. While I was gone, my dad passed away. No, I didn't rush home, there was nothing I could do by that time. I had already said my goodbyes. I asked him before I left if he wanted me to bring him home a seashell from the beach, and he said, "No, not really." So I knew.

I thoght losing my friend Lori at age 25 was hard. I thought going to my infant nephew's funeral was hard. NOPE. The hardest thing I've ever had to do was tell my son that his grandpa was gone. He got angry. "Why didn't Grandpa do his excersizes?" he asked. "Well, son, his body just didn't work for him any more and he was really tired." I'm glad we had the extra time away to buffer him a bit. I've noticed it takes him a bit to process feelings. 2 days later he expressed worry to Pink WaWa that "she might get died" How awful. It's so hard as a parent, you want to shelter your kids from all that's bad, but you just can't. They have to live life too.

I'm a jumble of feelings. Kind of sad, kind of glad, kind of pissed. Glad to be home though, can't wait to hug my mom and family.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter, How's Your Keester?

A FREEZING cold day yesterday, but at least it rained after the egg hunt!
Thanks Easter Bunny!
Here's our cute Grandpa Gary, snuggling up with Harper. He's probably wondering, "Is her head somewhere under that flower?"
I can't help it. I was a teen in the ninetys, remember the big ass bows we used to wear? and put your hair out the back of a hat and attatch a bow there too? Yipes!
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

4 months!

Seems like an extra-big jump this time....
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ducky Love

Harper is finally coordinated enough to get things to her mouth. Her favorite is this duck toy from Aunt Stacy. She squeals and attacks it and can't get it in her mouth fast enough! So funny!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Outfits

Wow! This year I have a girl to dress for the holiday! I made the kids get thier outfits on this week so I could snap some pics.
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