Today like any other day I smile thinking of you, but my heart breaks knowing I can't have you by my side. I
can't believe it's been 6 months since we lost you. God we miss you so! Everything I do reminds me of you. As summer has come to an end I've been reminiscing of all our summer vacations we had when we were little girls. You and mom would take us on on these wonderful "1" month vacations. What an adventure each trip was. We went to Oregon, Washington and then on on to Canada. We stopped at every sight seeing tour there was to see. I had never seen such beautiful redwood trees in all my life which have always been my favorite. Our delicious dinner at the Space Needle was fabulous and then the ferry to Canada. Then you took us to Yosemite, Las Vegas and then a tour of Hoover Dam. From there we went to Tijuana, Mexico to attend a wedding of some dear sweet friends. All our Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knottsberry Farm trips, even as we grew up as adults were so much fun. Why, because we were always together as a family. Then all the way to Guadalajara, Mexico, we got to meet mom's side of the family. You and mom bought this small trailer so we could afford to take all these trips. It was tight quarters for 5 people and 1 small dog, Sparky, but we did it. That trailer was our hotel on wheels. When it came time to hooking up the car to the trailer I would always guide you. Sometimes we'd get lucky on the 1st try, then other times it would take a couple of more trys, but eventually we'd get it right and then we'd be off to our next destination. We always met such nice people along the way. You would be driving the Lamons Pontiac pulling the trailer and I would sit in the front seat with you. You told me I was your navigator. I was in charge of keeping track of the miles from every gas station stop and also the music on our 8-track you had placed in the glove compartment. We'd be driving down the freeways listening to The Four Tops, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink and so many others. Mom was always making comments about everything. You would have mom sit in the back seat and tell her to quick being such a back seat driver. Also, the great camping trips we'd take to Crazy Horse with all our uncles, cousins and friends. Wow Dad, those were the days. Also, all the drive-in movies, baseball games, party's, reunions, I could go on and on. I know you know what I mean. There's 1 place I wish you would of taken us to visit, New Mexico. I would of love to have seen your birthplace. I only get to hear the stories from our relatives, but it's not the same. Why didn't we ever go? Thank you Dad for giving us girls a wonderful childhood and such memorable memories. Dad, when are you going to come in my dreams? The girls have seen you in their dreams. I'm still waiting. I wish you could see how tall L"il Michael has grown and Jessica got her 1st job working at a restaurant called "The Habit." Time is going by, but the emptiness is the same without you Dad. Today is Michael's and Marti's birthday. Melissa had her baby boy, Jax on Uncle Leo's birthday, another new addition to the family. This Saturday we will be having our 1st family reunion picnic without you and Aunt Mary. It's going to be real hard Dad. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU!
Your daughter, Saundra
P.S. Hey, Dad. Well I guess you know we are now entering the playoffs for baseball. The "S.F. Giants" stunk this year. They came in 3rd place. But guess who's made it this far, "The Oakland A's!" I'm really happy for them, they deserve it. The "San Francisco 49er's" aren't doing so good either. I remember when they were in the Super Bowl this year and you were dressed to the 9 in all your "49er" clothing from head to toe. You looked so handsome Dad. A true fan you were. Take care and my love to the whole family.