Last weekend, we very unexpectedly had the chance to go to Minnesota. I went to Minnesota for two weeks every year of my childhood, but never once was it in the winter time. Very wise on my parents' part.
The main reason for the trip was to attend my Grandmother's funeral. The incredible upside was that we got to see a lot of family. Our family is really spread out, so it was a really special time to be together. The funeral was held in my parents' hometown of Fergus Falls, MN. There's a lot of history for both families there, and all four of my grandparents are now buried there. My sister, Liz, and her daughter, Morgan, came. My sister, Kate, brought her brand new baby, Zack. And Anna brought Charlie. It's rare that the four of us were even in the same place!
The reverend that conducted the funeral was a great character. He was my grandmother's spiritual leader in the home where she lived, and I can see why she liked him. Sometimes while talking, he would spontaneously burst into song. It was great. I really enjoyed the stories shared during the funeral, especially from one of the workers where she had been living. My grandma was a sassy lady. She had a super quick wit and was always fun to be around. I didn't get up to share during the funeral, but if I had, I would have said that I laughed more and harder around her kitchen table in my grandparents' cabin than anywhere else. She also taught me what skinny dipping was. Lots of laughing then too. Mostly because I didn't know what a "birthday suit" was. I guess she taught me that too ;)
We got a police escort from the funeral home to the cemetery. Once we convinced Amos the police officer behind us was not trying to pull us over, he was thrilled. If you look closely you can see the police car in the front in this picture:
Entering the cemetery:
God bless Fergus Falls:
Graveside was short, given the arctic environment. It was SO cold. A good excuse to huddle close together though.
Kate was a good sport and rode in the back of our car:
After the funeral, we got to spend some really great time with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. They were really great to make time for us in the middle of all of the chaos. We sure enjoyed it. My aunts have my grandma's quick wit too. They always have good stories. They really should take up blogging ;)
We enjoyed sitting around the pool while the kids swam and the babies got held.
On Saturday, we got together for lunch, and had a great time. We're quite the crowd:
Ward fell asleep in Sharon's arms. It was the second time during the weekend he fell asleep in someone's arms. He'd never done that before in his life!
We managed to get a 'Shaver' sisters (minus Meg) picture too:
It was great for us to get together. It's been too long...