Sunday, March 21, 2010


Tonight I asked my sister if she knew how to make 1000 Island Salad Dressing. That's all my Mom ate and she made it herself. Said sister replied, 'No. I hate 1000 island dressing. It's puke fest. I only like it on french bread.'



Happy Birthday toooooooooo...

Regann, age 13 3-4
Mayson, age 11 3-5
Alexa, age 14 3-21
Kaylee, age 1 3-30

4 AWESOME nieces and a nephew! I LOVE YOU ALL!

10 more things...

10 things I learned from my Mom/remember her saying...repeatedly. (Written for my own memory)

1. When cleaning your bedroom, make your bed first. She'd tell me to clean my room, I'd go in there and sleep. She'd tell me again, I'd say I don't know where to start. She'd tell me to make my bed first. It makes the room seem cleaner already. I'd clean my whole room, minus the bed and ask her if I could skip that part. Why make your bed if you're just going to get back in it? I'm still not very good at making my bed, but I tell me kids to make their bed first, everytime I tell them to clean their room.

2. She taught me how to (Stmht) clean a bathroom. Including corners, around the floor boards and behind/around the toilet. I guess I didn't do it good enough the first 100 times. haha

3. Stmht talk to people. Because of the way I grew up, I am not afraid to talk to a stranger, give a talk in church, or be told no when I'm trying something new. If it doesn't work out, it's not my fault and I am not going to give up.

4. Stmht make and tie a quilt.

5. She told me to sleep in rollers as often as I can. You never know who you're going to meet. Mistle Toe in your hair at Christmas...sure! (I did NOT do these and rolled my eyes everytime she told me, but she did recommend them)

6. It's better to be 30 minbutes early than 5 minutes late.

7. Don't ever beg. Ask once, if they say no, find someone else. (seriously! It's a yes or no question people!)

8. Mom introduced me to musicals. I LOVE MUSICALS!

9. Because of her example I LOVE road trips. If Ken can't go, that's really too bad and we'll miss him, but we're going anyway! I'm not afraid of a long drive, going to places I've never been. Bring it on!

10. She had the CRAZIEST ideas on the type of clothes I should wear and how I should fix my hair. I did my best to listen and then did things my own way. I never understood that those crazy ideas were innocent suggestions until I started giving my great ideas to Nicole and I saw the SAME FACE I used to give my mom-behind her back.

11. Mom once told me if she wanted me to learn a certain song on the piano, all she had to do was play it a few times in front of me. I didn't listen to her when she gave me a piano assignment, but if I liked what I was hearing, I wanted to play it too. It worked!

a bonus memory...

When I was in elementary school Mom would sometimes fix my hair for church on Sundays and put fancy hair things in. She made some of them out of long dangly ear rings and I LOVED THEM! I was looking for them when I was in WA at her funeral but I vaguely remember her throwing them out. So sad.

Today my parents would have been married for 41 years. Families are forever!

Spring Break Fun

I grew up in Meridian Idaho for 8 years, a couple smaller towns in Oregon for 3 1/2 years and for the rest of my childhood I called Bremerton and Silverdale Washington home. I still do.

Meridian was small when I lived there. Dundee, OR only had 1 stop light. McMinnville (Mac) was bigger but not a large town. In these towns, when we heard sirons, we stopped what we were doing and went outside to see what was going on. At least I did with some of my siblings. Bremerton and Silverdale, not so much.

I now live in Kansas. Larned is smaller than Great Bend, but they both fit the small town mold and when we hear sirons, we stop what we're doing and go outside to check things out.

If that's what we do for sirons, you can only imagine what we do if we see a helicopter is going to take off from the hospital. I'll tell you. We stop the car, and video it. Why? Because that's what people do in small towns. I LOVE THAT! Enjoy our video. The first 3 1/2 minutes are boring but I couldn't figure out how to edit it. The file wanted nothing to do with Movie Maker. Just move it to the 3:30 minute mark.

Other exciting things we did over spring break...

The kids watched 2 guys fix a telephone wire.

We went to the library everyday.

I packed all the dishes and sentenced my children to eating off of paper plates for the next 2 months.

I packed over 60 (SIXTY!) boxes. (Did I mention we are moving to Washington?)

We ate at the Chinese Restaraunt.

I read a few books.

The kids watched too many DVD's and played Xbox too much.

We stayed up late and slept in later.

All in all it was a pretty relaxing break.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Quote of the day

Please put clean clothes on and you only need to wear 1 pair of underwear.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Monday, March 15, 2010

Your Day of Reckoning

A few weeks ago the kids were in my room getting ready for bed. (When Ken works graveyard, they both feel they have an obligation/right to sleep in my bed with me.) I can't remember the whole conversation but Matthew made the comment, 'Yeah right. That'll won't happen until I die.' Nicole then told him, 'It's going to happen!' He made a comment that it wouldn't, then I told him, 'I hate to break it to you Matthew, but one day you will die. We all will.' Then Nicole said, 'Yeah! And that will be your day of reckoning.' I concealed my laughter and asked her how she knew that. She said, 'Mom! I READ MY SCRIPTURES!' duh

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The rest of the story

Thank you to all my friends that have called me, written me, prayed for me, commented on my blog, and sent me messages on facebook.

Your support has carried me the last couple of weeks and I am grateful.

This post if mostly for journaling purposes. If you don't enjoy looking at pictures of caskets then you may want to wait until I post again. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

My mom's funeral was on March 3, 2010 at 11am in Bremerton, WA at the LDS Church on Perry Ave. She was layed to rest after the service at Mountain View Cemetery in Silverdale, WA. It was well attended.

Pallbearers from L to R: Adam Anderson, Barry Sams, Larry Graves, Farrell James, Garen Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Ken Cheney, Ryan Anderson

My family with my dad.

Monday, March 1, 2010

In most loving memory...

My Mom passed away on February 25, 2010. I'm still pretty speechless, nothing I can say would be good enough and I'm not really thinking clearly anyway. I've gone through and found some of my favorite pictures of her. They are out of order, but I love each one of them and will always cherish them. I love my Mom so much and will miss her terribly.

She taught me how to sew.
She taught me how to throw a party.
She taught me how to work.
She taught me how to clean a bathroom.
She made my wedding dress and did all the flowers and catered it.
She made me crazy sometimes.
Sometimes I would cry myself to sleep at night because I was so homesick.
She taught me how to play the piano.
She was completely surprised when she came to my house for Thanksgiving the first time and realized that I can cook.
She was my only beautician until 2002.

Oh how I miss her!

Since I last posted...

Here is a timeline of the of last month or so...

January 28 We found out that my Mom has breast cancer again. It has spread to 7 different bones in her body, including her sholuder, arm, ribs, spine, pelvis and chin. It is also attacking her thyroid.

February 3 My sister had a birthday milestone. HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY WENDI! I love you so much!

More information came regarding my Mom's cancer and her condition worsed.

Ken interviewed for a job in Lacey Washington. (He started March 22.)

We are moving back to Washington, to be closer to family.

February 11, My nephew, Joshua turned 10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSHUA!

February 24, My nephew, Mark turned 7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!

Sometime between my nephews' birthdays, my Mom was admitted into the hospital because he oxygen level was really low. She had a tumor on her thyroid that was making it difficult for her to breathe.

February 25, I tried to call my mom 3 times to left her know Ken was a job and we would be moving closer to home so I can help her and be closer to my family.

February 25, My Dad got home from work and Mom wasn't doing well so they took her to hispital for IVs and Oxygen.

She didn't need oxygen. Her liver was shutting down rapidly.

February 25, 2010 around 8 pm Charlet Ann Anderson passed away at the age of 62.

February 26, 3:30 am, we left Kansas and drove 29 hours straight to get to Bremerton. We picked Gina up in Utah on the way.

Minus the birthdays, February was kind of a crappy month.

Ensign Ranch 2010

I started this post about 3 weeks ago and then became sidetracked with other things in life. We had our annual trip to Ensign Ranch in Cle Elum Washington over Martin Luther King weekend. Here are my most favorite pictures from that trip.

It was the BEST one we'd had so far. I LOVED IT!

All the grandkids that came this year.

I love this picture because my Dad is smiling, my Mom is really happy and the baby just wants to be a part of the excitement.

Ken, my Dad and my brother, Ryan


My niece, Regann, moi, and my nephew, Devon

My brother, Adam, his daughter, Kaylee and moi

My most awesome Mom