Ok, so like I mentioned, I had no idea how to pack my babies! I had loads of mismatched hats and gloves and scarves. And as much as it killed me, I slapped all that craziness on when we got to Wisconsin.
We had to stop and take pictures as soon as we'd arrived! This was taken right there outside the Madison, WI, airport.
I think my girl was worn slap out from the trip. I looked in the backseat and saw this...
Even this WILD THING was out. I just let them lie and sleep.
Todd and I were happy to have a few minutes of peace and quiet for the 2 hour drive from Madison the West Salem, WI. Any parent knows that little ones on an airplane can be quite taxing.
And it didn't take long for us to realize we were OUT OF OUR ELEMENT!!
This is Todd's Grandparents' farmhouse. I think it was where DeeDee grew up, in fact.
They recently tore down the big barn. But, they still have some other structures standing.
They live on a dairy farm. It was a neat for my girls to see this totally different lifestyle from the one they are accustomed to.
This is where we were hanging... The town of Bangor. Anybody heard of it?!
I walked way out to the road to try and take a picture of the entire farm. I couldn't really get it all in a pic.
This is a photo of Grandpa and Grandma Tauscher. I love this picture. It sums them up. Grandpa was already in a wheelchair, and his loving wife, all 5' of her, would push him everywhere. She ADORED her husband!
More pics to follow.
My girls loved the snow! Especially this little snow bunny.
We were at the church, and someone went through all the trouble of cleaning off the sidewalks! All the other folks would be carefully walking on the "clean" sidewalks, and my girls were gleefully stomping, up to their knees, right through the middle of the snow!!
We garthered outside waiting for Grandma to come out as we were all late for the visitation. But she was extremely heartbroken! And she was NOT in the place required to get up and go.
And so, we waited.
And these two little chickadees were more than happy to do so. They didnt' even act like they were cold. I caught both of them digging their hands in the snow.... without gloves!
Once we made it to the church, I can tell you it was worth the wait. It was a BEAUTIFUL old Lutheran Church.
The whole thing was just striking!
One of Grandma and Grandpa's favorite places in the world was The Beach Club in Gulf Shores!
And feeding the seagulls was one of their favorite things to do. In fact, the inside of Grandpa Tauscher's casket had seagulls on it. Fitting tribute!
Grandma called him , "Mr. Wonderful". ANd she meant it every time!
They were married 69 years.
It's hard for me to fathom being married to someone longer than I have even been alive.
Theirs was a love story!
I was inspired to make sure my husband thinks I think of him as Mr. Wonderful. What a legacy for your kids to see, hear and watch!
However, she is so heartbroken now that she just admittedly does not know what she is going to do. She would say, "Life is going to be very, very different from now on."
And on the morning of his funeral, Todd saw her and said, "Good morning". She replied, "What's good about it?". She had a pretty darn good point!
Grandpa Tauscher was in the Coast Guard, so he had the full military tribute.
There's Grandma... and her three daugthers. And her great granddaughter.
They had to pay very close attention to her and take care of her constantly.
As these two tromped through the fresh snow that everyone else was avoiding!
This was a small town funeral, and apparently they do things differently up there. Every car in the procession had one of these orange flags on its hood.
and as we drove away from the cemetery...
Todd looked out at all the white snow and said, "Don't you think this is all so peaceful?".
For some reason, the snow calms him. It makes me think of how many layers of clothes I have to wear and how many gloves, scarves, socks, longjohns, hats, etc I'd have to keep track of. So, no... I don't see the peacefulness in it.
But if it brought him peace to think that, so be it. And I know that Grandpa Tauscher will be laid to rest near the place he loved most... his dairy farm.
I'm glad the girls got to meet relatives they had never met before.
And I'm glad that Grandpa Tauscher had a long life of 92 years with a bride who adored him and called him Mr. Wonderful.