Tony July 2021

As you all know, Bobbie’s Mom passed away on July 8th and we are just now getting home with a lot of catching up to do.  We did have some great days with her before she passed.  We were able to get outdoor visits as they only allowed two people at a time to visit her indoors.  We had most of the grandchildren there so a two at a time routine was unmanageable.  It was so nice to see her face light up every time she saw the grand kids, and Dan got to introduce her to Carissa.  Those are the things I will remember about this visit.  This was our fifth visit to ND since the beginning of 2021.  We will be going back again in September for my 55th HS Reunion and we have also invited Jane’s class so it will be extra special.

Personally, I am anxious to get back into a weekly routine with golf on Monday and Thursday and VA volunteering on Wednesday with the remainder completing tasks around the house and yard.  Of course there will be a few medical appointments and social events interspersed in the schedule.

Bobbie will have the most significant change with our return home as she would call her Mom every day at 5:00 and 10:00 for 30 minutes but it tended to go well past that at times.  She will have an extra hour in her schedule every day.  I’m anxious to see how she uses it.

Amy and April just got back from North Dakota. It was great to be able to spend some time with the family. April and Amy lost their dog GiGi in May. It was really hard because she wasn’t very old.  Then just a couple of weeks later, their new puppy arrived.  They started the process for a new puppy back in January and the timing of her arrival was bittersweet.  Hattie is a Miniature Australian Labradoodle. She is ridiculously cute and she is lots of trouble.  They were lucky to have some great friends take care of her while they were in North Dakota.

Ryan and his Amy have had a pretty lazy summer. He is working from home and Amy is off for the summer. Ryan was able to make it to Dickinson for the funeral. Before that they had some quick trips to Vegas and New Orleans. Not much planned for the rest of the summer, just alternating between pool parties and biking to local breweries every weekend. Some weekdays also. 

It’s been an up and down few months for Dan.  A portion of his company was sold in May for $6.4 billion and all his team got was a kick out the door.  His next career move is still pending.  In June, Dan and Carissa met Ryan and his Amy in Oregon for a week of brewery hopping around the state.  While there, Dan and Carissa got engaged at Cannon Beach (made famous by the movie Goonies).  They are planning on having a private ceremony next summer in the Bavarian Alps followed by a party later on in Denver.  This month they also got to travel to North Dakota where Carissa was able to meet Gramma before she passed, followed by a quick trip to New Orleans with a group of friends for Dan’s best friend’s 40th birthday.

We want to thank everyone who supported us during our time in Dickinson. The loss was hard, you bringing food and coming to support us made it better.  Thank you so much.  Losing Gramma means that we are now the elder generation. The parents of the siblings and of the spouses have all passed.  We do have uncles and aunts remaining, but there are no more grandparents for our children.  Time passes, and I think this is a reminder to treasure each moment.