Familes are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts

Not your every day Easter Eggs

I learned how to make Pysanky eggs!

Saturday I learned how to make Ukranian or Pysanky Eggs. I've always wanted to learn and the county taught a 4-H class so I volunteered to be a helper. What fun. Shanalee came over
last night and we did some together. We each made two (far right) and then she went home (at midnight). I stayed up and made 3 more! I think I'm addicted! Now I just have to practice - A LOT!

The Party Gang

Last week at Grandma's house we discovered chocolate face masks! My my! The extremes women will go to for a little chocolate!

Crazy for (four) generations!
Craziness is hereditary. You get it from your kids! (and grandkids - and perhaps sister in law or aunt in this case. Anyway we all blame Tammie)
With Hersheys and the proper technique, you too can be beautiful!

Celebrating a beautiful life

Hannah Elizabeth Condie Haroldsen - my mother

My mother died March 6, 2012 at 9:10 PM. I know the time because I looked at my watch just after I knew she had taken her last breath. Funny how your mind works when someone you love dies. For some reason it was important to me to know exactly when my mother left us. It was almost a comfort to put her death into some kind of category. At 9:09 I had a mother here with me and at 9:10 she was elsewhere, but just as much my mother. Mama was an Elect Lady. She did everything with grace and dignity - even in slacks and a straw hat, riding horses and camping. She died as she lived - with grace and dignity. I love her. I know she is already busy on the other side. She was a formidable force for good in this life and I can't imagine that has changed in the next. Thank you Mama for a life well led. You will always be my example, my measuring stick, my hero.... my mother.

Thank you to all those who helped in any way in the past week and a half. And a special thanks to all my kids and my nieces and nephews who made the funeral so very special. Your grandmother is so proud of you!