Sunday, August 15, 2010

Colonel Rasmussen

Soon after Jake left on his mission, Jay left for a year-long tour to Afghanistan.  I have a lot of different emotions swirling around inside me about being away from him for so long.  The first thing I'm feeling is that I feel sad for him.  People always feel sad for me when he is gone, they feel sorry for me, but really, it is harder on him.  Jay does not like to be alone.  He will miss me.  He will miss his kids.  He will miss his grandkids.  His living conditions will not be great.  It will be dangerous at times.  I will miss him terribly, but I think it is easier on me than him.  I still get all the comforts of home.  I get to go on trips and see the kids and grandkids.  My routine will not change that much.  I will be lonely, we both will.  I love him with all my heart.  I am also feeling very proud of him.  He is the best husband and father anyone could ever hope for.  I hope the year goes by fast, but, it's always good to have something to look forward to, and we can both look forward to Christmas and his mid-tour break!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Girls' Trip to Pennsylvania

While my (very pregnant) daughter Jessica was still here visiting, we decided to go on a little get-away to somewhere both she and I have always wanted to go- Falling Waters, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home that is open to the public for tours.  We decided to make an overnight trip out of it and visit some other sites that were close by to the house.  My two friends from book club and church, Denise and Elaine, came also.  For book club we had recently read David McCullough's book "The Johnstown Flood" so we went to the Johnstown museum and the site of the previous earthen dam that broke.  Also close by is the site where flight 93 went down on September 11.  There is a small makeshift memorial there, and they are working on a permanent memorial.  But, it was a very emotional place to visit, very somber, very sad.
It was a wonderful trip; fun, interesting, and emotional.  We were all quite drained by the time we got home!

Jessica, me, Denise, and Elaine at Falling Waters

At the Johnstown Flood museum

Site of the dam that broke and flooded Johnstown

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Elder Rasmussen

We enjoyed the fireworks on the 4th of July

We ate one last meal together at the Cheesecake Factory

Then we went to the airport

Gave hugs, shed a few tears

And said goodbye to him for two years!
 If you would like to follow the adventures of Elder Rasmussen on his mission, hop on over to his mission blog at

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Back to blogging

Well, my son has left on his mission and I am starting a mission blog for him, so I thought I'd might as well keep up on my personal blog.  I am horrible at keeping a journal, so this is something that is important for me to do.  I will try to update on Sundays, I hope that is a realistic goal I can keep.  Wish me luck!

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Annual Rasmussen Family Reunion

Every year Jay's parents host a Rasmussen Family reunion. We hardly ever make it to the reunion since we are the only one of Jay's siblings not living in Utah, but we were fortunate to be there this year. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone and being with the family. There were a lot of people there, but this little guy is the only person I took pictures of!

Grandpa sure loves his boy!

Back To Utah

Lucky me! I was fortunate enough to make the drive out to Utah twice in one summer! I had flown back to Virginia to go to Jake's Eagle Scout court of honor and to take care of some things with the apartment, so I was able to make the drive out to Utah with Jay and Jake. Three of us in the cab of a U-Haul that couldn't go much over 60 mph! Too much fun! We rented the U-Haul so that we could take Jordan all his childhood possessions now that he has a house with an unfinished basement (his wife is so excited to see his Star Wars collections). We also took out Julie's piano and some other things for Jake and Julie. It was a long, uneventful trip, and we were so glad to finally reach Utah.

Along the way we stopped in Grinnell, Iowa, the cutest little midwestern town ever!

Eagle Scout

I flew back to Virginia to attend Jake's Eagle Scout court of honor. It was a really nice event and we are really proud of Jake and all his hard work during scouting.

Saying a few words about his experiences with scouting

Dad putting on his Eagle Scout neckerchief

We're so proud of our Eagle Scout