We were so blessed to spend so much time with Dad. From the time he and mom hit the road in 2005 in Cygnus, the Bluebird Wanderlodge until his death, we were privileged to share our lives with him. We would get to spend the Christmas holidays with them parked in our driveway every year until they sold the bus. After that, they moved close to us in New Bern, NC and later in Arlington, TX. Mom and dad were faithful in attending all of the kids’ performances and many of their sports games. They came to our home for holiday meals and we went to their home just as often. I relied on dad to help me with my chores around the house and was able to help him and mom with things around their place. The last 8 years or so were so formative for my kids and they grew up with Gramma Sam and Grampa Dave as regular and important parts of their lives.
Mom and dad came for Becca's performance in Dracula! She was the nurse and had some great lines! This is also the last photo we have of Dad, taken just 4 days before he died.
Of course you know... this means war!
E-P-I-C squirt gun fight with me, dad, and the kids! Easter weekend, 2010 at General Coffee State Park in Georgia.
Easter 2010 - General Coffee State Park, GA
Grampa clowning around with Katie at General Coffee State Park in Georgia in 2010. We drove down to camp with them over Easter weekend. Had such a great time!
Xander with Grampa Dave
February, 2005. Xander enjoying some one-on-one with Grampa Dave.
Xander and Grampa hangin' out
Xander hangin' out with Grampa by the bus in Logan (March, 2005).
Xander's blessing day
Mom and Dad in Logan in January, 2005. Xander was blessed in church that day and is wearing his "Future Missionary" name tag. Xander always lit up with a big smile when Grampa was holding him.
Grandparents' Day at Edith Bowen
Mom and dad enjoying the attention at Edith Bowen Lab School's Grandparents' Day in March, 2005.
Visiting Olivia's grave
Mom and dad joined us for decorating the tree next to Olivia's grave for Christmas in 2004.
Grandparents' Day at Edith Bowen
Mom and dad were great sports and went to Becca's class at Edith Bowen Lab School, which is part of the College of Education at Utah State University. They took part in Grandparents' Day in March, 2005. As you can see, dad was quite popular with the ladies!
At the beach
Enjoying a brisk day at the beach! I'm sure Xander's looking at dad and thinking "What the heck???"
Katie's Choir Performance
Katie and her Grampa and Gramma.
Big choir performance at the district Center for the Performing Arts in 2013.
Katie Volleyball Game
Grampa Dave and Gramma Sam were so good to come to the kids' games. Katie loved her Grampa Dave!
Texas State Fair
Dad wanted to go see Big Tex (Mark II) at the Texas State Fair this year (2014). He's the big guy in the background wearing size 42 cowboy boots!
Xander's homecoming pep rally
Mom and dad came to witness Texas Pee Wee football in all it's glory! Homecoming pep rally with mums and garters!
Bike ride with Jason and Katie
Katie and I went riding with dad. We really enjoy the linear park trail which connects all the parks in Mansfield with a nicely paved riding/running trail.
Fedora Day at the Texas Rangers ball park! I think they were playing the Mariners...
New Bern Abode
Mom and dad on the front porch of their riverfront home in New Bern. Lovely place with a fantastic back yard going right up to the Neuse River.
For Christmas 2011 Xander gave dad this sign to put in the garage, above his work bench. It is still there, prominently displayed!
Grumpy Old Men
Mom and dad showed up to our church's trunk-or-treat party dressed like this! They didn't get the "no masks" memo and were promptly stopped by a concerned mother who had absolutely NO idea who these two could be!
At Xander's baptism
Grampa Dave and Gramma Sam with Xander at his baptism in January, 2013.
Katie's hand painted Cygnus
Katie gave Grampa Dave a hand-painted Cygnus rock for Christmas in 2011. I got a hand-painted Vanagon rock!
Christmas in Havelock
We loved having Grampa Dave and Gramma Sam over on Christmas morning whenever they were near.
Grampa Dave photo bombing Katie's pic after her choir performance. Gramma Sam and Grampa Dave went to all the kids' performances.
Xander and Grampa Didas
Xander used to carry around this doll that Gramma Sam and Grampa Dave gave him. It looked just like Grampa Dave, but it spoke Spanish!
Dave and Sam at the beach
Dave and Sam at Atlantic Beach, NC in November, 2008.
Dave and Sam walking on the beach
Dave and Sam enjoying the fall weather at Atlantic Beach, NC in 2008.
Dave and Sam with the Southern Swans
Gramma Sam and Grampa Dave at Pine Knoll Shores near Atlantic Beach, NC in 2008.
Dave with Xander at Pine Knoll Shores
Xander's favorite picture of him and Grampa Dave, at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium near Atlantic Beach, NC in November, 2008.
Dave and Xander's Bike
Dave hooking up the next generation cyclist.
Trying on Xander's batman costume.
At the Air Show
Watching the Cherry Point Air Show in Havelock, NC
Dave and the frisbee
Dave teaching Xander how to throw a frisbee.