We had a wonderful day in Fairview today visiting with the living and telling stories about our dear departed ones. My brother, Jon, and his family were there, as well as my sisters Annette and Barbara (with Kent). Brittany and John and family were also there. Brittany has pointed out that she has been decorating graves for many years, since she has lived in Utah much longer than we have!
Grandma is still the tour guide. I keep thinking I need to make a map of where everyone is laid to rest so we could do this without her someday!
My aunt Nadine and cousin Debra and her husband Gary were also there. It was nice to be able to visit with them!
John's kids were particularly good at wiping down the headstones with water and a sponge!
Caleb helped entertain Mabel by letting her borrow his Rubik's cube!
Kent was pretty handy with a screwdriver and a hammer. The ground is pretty hard, so they had to make a small hole to put the flowers in!
After we finished the upper cemetery we moved down to the pioneer cemetery. Caleb also helped with placing the flowers.
My siblings know a LOT about our ancestors! Jon made sure Caleb knew how many greats each grandparent was!
Afterwards we stopped at the Fairview Museum for a picnic lunch. Mom had made a mountain of croissant and flatbread sandwiches, and we had a real feast despite only planning the party a few days ago!
We made a little side trip to Spring City to see the house of Iver Peter Petersen and Caroline Margret Mortensen, my dad's Danish great grandparents. Not only is the house on the national historic registry, but the entire town is, as well!
But wait, that's not all! We also got to babysit Mabel and Clementine while Brittany and John went to a play tonight. It felt like the circle of life! Ancestors and descendants all wrapped up in one beautiful day!