Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Until We Meet Again

This weekend we drove down to Central Utah to attend the funeral of Gus's grandpa, Carl Blad. It was amazing to see how many descendants came from him!! This is a 4 generation picture of Great-grandpa, Merlin, Gus and Parker taken in 2006. It was good to see family and celebrate the life of this man. Great-Grandpa was 92 years old and lived a happy and fulfilling life. Here is an excerpt from his obituary:

Carl Blad
November 1, 1917 - May 7, 2010

Kanosh: Carl Hamblin Blad 92, passed away on May 7, 2010 in Fillmore, UT. Born Nov. 1, 1917 in Panaca, NV to Carl Levi & Addie Minerva Hamblin Blad. He married Loueda Allan on June 8, 1938 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He is a WWII Veteran having served in the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet during 1944-1945. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving and teaching in leadership positions in various organizations including bishopric counselor, missionary with his sweetheart Loueda at Cove Fort, UT and in the Charlotte, NC Mission. He had a beautiful tenor voice, singing at countless family, community and church events throughout his life. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping, especially with his family. He loved participating and being a spectator in all types of sporting events and was recognized as an outstanding athlete on high school, college (BYU) and community teams. His affectionate, humorous and cheerful personality will be missed. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His greatest love was his family and loved ones. His greatest achievement in life is his eternal influence on his family and loved ones. Survived by Blaine L. (Virginia) Blad, Kanosh, UT; Carl DeVon (Pauline) Blad, Enumclaw, WA; Merlin Allan ( Lois) Blad, Pocatello, ID; Rinda Joy (Ray) Christensen, Lehi, UT; Phillip Angus (Sharon) Blad, Kanosh, UT; Dale Lynn (Denine) Blad, Hyrum, UT; Paul Levi (Carolyn) Blad, Kanosh, UT; Kent Dean (Ann) Blad, Riverton, UT; siblings, Jack Blad, Caliente, NV; Theda Bowler, Enterprise, UT; L. Dean Lee, Salem, UT. 52 grand children, 118 great grandchildren & 5 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, spouse, daughter, Carla Jean Blad; daughter-in-law, Janell Knott Blad; sister, Jean (Blad) Robinson; brother, Rollin Blad; sisters, Genevieve (Blad)Lee, Phyllis (Blad) Lee; Elaine (Blad) Harmer. Funeral Service is Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Kanosh LDS Chapel Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the church in Kanosh. Interment in the Kanosh Town Cemetery. "The Family would like to thank those angels who have watched over and given such loving care to our dear Dad: Blaine and Virginia, Phil and Sharon, Paul and Carolyn, Donna, Pam, Carol, Rose and all of the wonderful nurses and Doctors at Fillmore Hospital."

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy 9th, Babe

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. Really, 9 years!! Where does the time go? We like to celebrate using the traditional gift ideas. This year it was pottery and willow. Last year it was pottery and bronze, so we painted ceramic pottery last year. We really didn't want to do that again so we had to use our imaginations!
For the pottery part, I decided that pottery was made from minerals. And a great way to enjoy minerals is to go soak in the mineral pools at Lava. It was so great and very relaxing! We then went to an amazing Thai food place there in Lava. I've only had Thai food one other time, but this was definitely a place that we are going to go back to. Then we watched the movie "Willow" for the willow part--you know that corny 80's flick with the baby. Anyway time sure flies by! I am so grateful that I married Gus. He truly is my best friend. I love him more now then I did 9 years ago, and I can't wait until we're married 50 years to see how our love has grown!! I am so grateful for all he does for me. I love you Gus!