There's still a few last minute preparations for the funeral and reception that we've been working on today. We had a head start early in the week, but now time is running out and some things are still not finalized. It will all come together, but it's the kind of last minute stress that puts you over the edge given the circumstances. I was cursing in the car on the way to the funeral home today after 30 minutes in heavy traffic, but it was just the stress getting to me.
The rest of the family has arrived now. My brother Mike returned yesterday with his wife and two girls. Karen's husband and her two girls came in yesterday. And today My brother Shawn arrived today with his wife and two of his kids. With Tim's two boys we now have a house full of kids and they are enjoying playing together by the pool. When we were kids, visiting with our cousins was always tremendous fun. It's nice to see that happening with the next generation. But we don't get together as much as we should and that's a shame. As my brother Mike put it "weddings and funerals."
My wife ordered some plastic bracelets for the kids to remember my mother. They are teal colored, to signify ovarian cancer, and they can add small buttons you can add representing different aspects of my mother's life, a golf ball, a shamrock, a maple leaf, a nurse's cross etc. It was a nice project for the kids.