Friday, June 1, 2012

Dear Rachel (#10)

Dear Rachel,

Happy Birthday! I can't believe you will be a whole quarter century old tomorrow.
This is one of my most favorite pictures of you. I carried it around in my wallet for years. It was even taken on your birthday--the day you turned two. And, yes, you are still just as cute and just as sweet.
Memorial Day weekend we made the traditional rounds at the cemeteries. Here is the extended family of your Great Grandma and Grandpa Carlson that gathered in Pleasant Grove on Sunday evening. In reality it is a very small percentage of their offspring, but it was so nice to reconnect with those who are local. Your dad missed the festivities because he was still helping out at church.
On Memorial Day we headed north to the Clearfield and Ben Lomond Cemeteries and were looking forward to dinner at Maddox. However, Maddox is closed on Mondays. Your dad was so disappointed he didn't get his chicken fried steak and coconut cream pie. (It seems to me we have made this mistake before. You'd think we would remember!)
We weren't far from Brigham City at that point so we drove by the site of the new Brigham City Temple.
Remember the construction going on at BYU's southern end? Here is the latest view from your dad's office in the Benson Building.
The honeysuckles in our yard are blooming just for you. They smell divine.
We're sad we can't be with you as you turn 25 (I sure hope your package arrives on time). Have a most wonderful day with David. We love you!!

Happy Birthday!



Rachel said...

Oh thanks! I love the post. It was just what I needed to help my day start right. I'm currently mad at the weatherman. He promised it would rain on Monday, and it didn't. He promised on Tuesday, and it didn't, he promised it would rain on Thursday, and it didn't, and he promised a huge storm for today, and it looks like it fizzled. I LOVE rain. :( So I'm feeling quite let down, as odd as that may seem.

Today I am off to go return a shirt, go to Hobby Lobby, visit Dan, get music for my students, water Aunt B's yard, go to Kroger, Aldi, and Costco for various items. Hopefully all before 6. Boo. It was going to be so charming and fun to do it in the rain. But NOOOOOO someone decided we didn't need it.

Love you. Thanks for the letter.

Garden of Egan said...

Happy Birthday to a sweet looking little girl. You may me a quarter of a century but you're still mommys little girl.

E. said...

Isn't that sad that Maddox's is closed on Mondays? Happy Birthday Rachel!

Life is good! said...

what a darling 2 yr. old. can't decide which is cuter the tongue or the bangs. i love them both. that temple is beautiful, i may have to take a drive up there one day soon, not monday though. we love maddox also!

2busy said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel. The Brigham City Temple looks just like the Twin Falls Temple. Must be the style of the day.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

What a sweet post. Happy Birthday Rachel!

Marianne said...

This is such a sweet post, Julie. I love your letters to Rachel.

And Happy Birthday, sweet Rachel!! I can't believe you're 25! I hope you get some rain soon. XOXOXO

Marvett Smith said...

I love how you keep up with your daughter through your blog, and I love these images. We can't wait for the Brigham City Temple to open. It's beautiful!

J. said...

Such a cute little picture. I'll probably carry the toddler pics around too. I just am not ready for them to grow up yet.

Saimi said...

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel don't worry Birthday girl, it WILL rain! You see, I just washed my car and that alone is a sure tell it will rain. The clouds have never disappointed me yet!

Julie it's amazing how fast time flies from when our babies were just two years old! It's really not fair but then come the Grandkids and that is the best part of ours growing up!!

Happy Birthday to your Daughter!

Sue said...

Happy birthday to her. That first pic is a treasure!


Stephanie Bishop said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Maddox in Brigham City! While in my childhood, I visited the restaurant on my family's annual vacation to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Weston, Idah0---near Cache Valley Utah! I love your photos!

Amelia said...

Rachel is so lucky to be your daughter. I'm happy for her and I'm happy for you!

Lisa said...

What a treasured birthday post...I hate that we can't share birthdays with our far away kids. Hope it was a good one!