|A candle wax Ollie heart.|
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA -
DANCE MARATHON 19
CALIFORNIA TRIPWe planned a trip to California to see one of Ed's older brothers over Oliver's first angelversary -- the anniversary of his death. It was nice to actually have something to look forward to rather than dread. We planned some things to honor him as well as some fun family outings. I'm so glad that we went. It was nice to keep busy and continue to make memories. I KNOW that is what he would want us to do.
Valentine's day celebrations. The girls were at their mom's on Valentine's day so Jared and our family went to Mimi's Cafe on the actual holiday. We got a little crazy with the chocolate syrup! Jaren was pooped and conked out on the floor. Good thing the restaurant was pretty barren. The center picture is our Valentine's family candlelit dinner with Jared and the girls. It is a tradition that we have always done since Ollie and Eden were little and just because we weren't home doesn't mean we don't do it! It was nice to spend it with them this year.
Sunrise and sunset. We splurged and stayed the night of Ollie's one year angelversary on the beach in the Hilton. We had a corner room with a beautiful view of the beach and the pool. I set my alarm so I could see the sun rise (lower left corner) as it is something I rarely see when looking over the ocean. So beautiful. I'm a sucker for nature's beauty. I secretly wish I lived near a beach. I'm sure it will never happen though. It's a treat to get to visit them every so often.