Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Right before Valentine's Day, my Mummo (Grandma in Finnish) passed away.  She fought lupus for 40 years, when they told her she wouldn't live 10 years.  She was a strong, elegant lady.  My Grandpa served his mission in Finland, met my Grandma and they became pen pals.  She got a 3 month Visa and flew to Idaho where they ended up marrying shortly after.  Talk about faith!  Leave your country and family to marry!  They were perfect together.  She was bed ridden mostly for the last 5 years while he was by her side the whole way.
The funeral was lovely.  It's easier when they have lived a full life and you know they are somewhere pain free.  She will be missed... My amazing sister
Funerals bring people together and we celebrated her life the way she wanted us to.  My grandparents sold their beautiful ranch up in idaho a couple of years ago and we have all missed it so much!
We were able to go to the beautiful ranch and do what we love~
My crazy cousin Evan snowmobiling over the river!
Blakely loved being outside.  We had to take snowmobiles into the ranch cuz of all the snow and she enjoyed it... well she slept both ways!  The snow was so deep.
If she could speak sentences she would say, "mom I'm warm enough, don't put another layer on me please!"
Every winter and summer we would spend a lot of time on the ranch!  Snowmobiling in the winter, and 4 wheeling in the summer.  Great childhood that I didn't want to forget so I had fun snapping shots all day of the beautiful scenery...
Since my "Mummo" is from Finland, she brought some Finnish festivities to Idaho.  THE SAUNA!
Scott thought my family was crazy, but here is the little cabin that we warm up in before jumping in the creek.
Warming up the sauna!  Blakely is wearing a Finnish hat... a fox on her head!  Don't judge!
My look a likes
The boys so proud of themselves for jumping in the freezing cold creek!
Cooling off before they got hot again in the sauna!
It was the perfect trip to honor my Grandma.  


Karen said...

I remember your grandma and the time we stayed at their house after graduation. She was so sweet. Sorry to hear that she passed away, hope you are doing ok.

Hailey Smoot Kandell said...

oooh I love the ranch. So fun. And naked Sauna runs. haha! Love you and so glad you got to celebrate her well.

Callie said...

What a great post about your grandparents and I love all the pictures! I can't believe they jumped in that freezing water, no thank you, I prefer a hot tub! You have such a great family!

Jillian said...

i want to go there...it looks so fun!

~Conradis~ said...

Sorry about the loss of you mummo, looks like there was some celebration of her life in Idaho.

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear about your grandma passing away. I remember going to your grandparents ranch. It was a blast. The whole sauna experience was so fun!

Sarah Pugmire said...

Im so sorry about your Grandma, but your right, it does make it eaiser knowing they've lived a great full life, and there going to a better place. Looks like you guys had a great trip, Blakly looks adorable in her little snow outfit!

DougKaraKaufman said...

That was neat to hear about your grandparents and the tradition of the sauna. It is always nice when a funeral can be somewhat of a grateful and peaceful occasion. We do need to see you guys! Blakely is getting so big and is Scott's look-alike. haha

Alisa said...

I had no idea. I am so sorry :(. I love their ranch, it looks like you guys had a good time despite the circumstances.

Ambo said...

sounds like she was such a blessing in your families life! love the pictures. what a fun time to spend with family! and a blessing all at once..

Shannon and Derek said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. I remember the time we stayed with them and she made me feel so welcome. She was a genuine, sweet lady. I am glad your family was able to get together and celebrate her life at the ranch.

tam & eric battles said...

Seriously?!?! For summer sales or for good?? how exciting! we have lived here since august, other than the rain (and missing old friends) its been great! do you know where you will be living? keep in touch :)

Aaron and Melanie Gordon said...

Condolences to you and your family.
And your little snow bunny is so darling !


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