Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma!!!!!

Today would have been Grandma's 82nd Birthday. To celebrate, we took some flowers to the grave site. We brought her roses from our garden. Dad bought her a "cake" made of flowers.

Her last birthday, 3 years ago, fell on Easter Sunday. Since she was also born on Easter Sunday, and it was the first time since the day she was born that her birthday fell on Easter Sunday, Amber and I decided to give her a "First Birthday" party. You can read more about it on this page: (Scroll down to the post entitled "Happy Easter") That was GREAT day. We had SOOOO MUCH fun. We are SOOOO glad that she was able to enjoy it too.

By the way, I dont think we posted pics of her headstone. It arrived just before Christmas. Its red marble, with a color picture of Grandpa and Grandma together, with an image of The Los Angeles Temple on it. It took us almost 3 years to decide what we wanted it to look like.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2 local Marines are laid to rest

2 Marines from Yorba Linda (Lance Copl Rick Centanni and Sgt. Maj. Robert J. Cottle) were killed by an IED in Afghanistan 2 weeks ago. Today was Centannis' funeral. He was killed a few days before his 20th birthday and he attended the same Elementary, Middle and High Schools we attended. To show our support and gratitude, the town lined the streets as the 5 mile long funeral procession drove past. There were thousands and thousands of people wearing red, white and blue, waving flags of all sizes and holding home made signs.

Dad, Jason and I walked to the corner that was across the street from the church where the funeral was at (Robin was at work but she got to see it and Grandpa was sick). We all wore red, white and blue shirts, we brought 6 flags to wave and I made a sign that read "All Give Some You Gave All. Thank-You". We waved the flags proudly and held the sign up as the white Hurst then the family bus and then the hundreds of police cars from all over Southern California drove past.

Sgt. Maj. Robert Cottle's funeral is tomorrow. His family wants it to be a private affair so there won't be the big procession). He was 47 years old when he was killed. He worked on the Los Angeles/Long Beach Police Department before becoming a Marine. He leaves behind his wife of 2 years and their 9 month old daughter. Thank-you for your sacrifice for protecting our freedom and to help insure the freedom of others.