BEGIN November 2014 | Corina's Corner

Thanksgiving (of the Stomach Flu)


Overall, we had a great Thanksgiving. We spent this years holiday up in Boise with Jordan's family. We ate delicious food, spent time with family, played tons of fun card and board games, and Jordan and I even snuck away for a date (we went and saw Interstellar). Reagan loved all of the people, especially playing with all of the cousins (2nd cousins actually).

We also had a little birthday/anniversary party for Grandma Sorensen, who turned 80 earlier in November and celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with Grandpa Sorensen in September. The very second we started singing Happy Birthday and brought out her cake she started crying. It was the cutest thing in the whole world. You could really tell that she felt loved and appreciated, which she definitely is. We collected memories and pictures from all of her grandchildren and I put together a little book for her. I think she loved it.

The only bad part about this years Thanksgiving was that out of the 43 people who were in attendance probably 38 of us got the Stomach Flu. A few people got it on Friday, others Saturday, and then even more on Sunday. It was awful. Jordan and Reagan got it on Saturday, and I got it on Sunday. Thankfully it only lasted about 24 hours, but while you had it, it was a horrible 24 hours.

Anyway, I'm thankful to be feeling better and I'm even more thankful for my little family and the little life we have together. Happy Thanksgiving and now on to Christmas!

Grandma Johnson


Jordan's sweet Grandma passed away on November 10th. Her funeral was held that next weekend in Jerome, Idaho. It was a wonderful tribute to her life of love and service for her family and friends. It is sad to have her gone but we're all happy that she is no longer suffering, and that she is now reunited with her sweetheart. Grandma Johnson was sick most of the time I knew her. I'm sad that I didn't get to know her in her prime, but also happy that I have memories of her so that I can tell my children about what a wonderful lady she was.

Here is her obituary:

Gudrun B. Johnson passed from this mortal life into the arms of her one true love on the evening of November 10, 2014 in Draper, Utah. Gudrun was born on March 9, 1934 in Jerome, Idaho to Hyrum Lynn and Maibelle Ruth Jensen. She grew up in the Hagerman/Tuttle area where she was the oldest of 4 daughters. They had many an adventure on the farm and canyon rim. She learned to work hard and be productive and how to make do or do without. She graduated from Hagerman High School in 1952. Following graduation she moved to Twin Falls to attend Business School. She worked for several years at Krengel’s Hardware Store in Twin Falls, Idaho as their main book keeper. It was while working at Krengel’s that she met the love of her life, Richard Johnson. They were married on April 29, 1961 in Jerome, Idaho. Out of this union came 4 children. They made homes in Twin Falls and Jerome. In 1971, they traveled as a family to the Idaho Falls Temple to be sealed for eternity.
Gudrun was a talented seamstress, master crocheter and gardener. She canned and preserved many things and could stretch a dollar better than anyone we know. She loved getting ready for Christmas and spent the entire year shopping to make sure there were lots of presents under the tree. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She always found her greatest joy in serving others. She was quick observe and then serve.

Gudrun is survived by three children: Martha (David), Todd (Crystal), and Melinda (Doug), eight grandchildren: Jordan (Corina), Devan, Landan, Austan , Kayla (Sean), Katie, Boden, and Taesh, 1 great granddaughter, Reagan. She is also survived by two sisters: Janet (Roy) and Emma Lou, many nieces and nephews, and her trusted canine companion, Okie. She was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Richard, one son, her parents, and a sister.

The family wishes to thank those that helped care for Gudrun in failing health, particularly America, Teresa, and Sonja at the Wentworth, and Marissa and Isabell of Kindred at Home Hospice.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Jerome Second Ward Building located at 100 South 50 East in Jerome, Idaho. A visitation with family will be held one hour prior to service and also Friday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Arrangements under the direction of Farnsworth Mortuary.

She said that her favorite flowers were lilies, but that roses were always very special if they were from Richard. Martha and her siblings thought it was fitting to get her some roses for this occasion. It was a beautiful reminder of the loving marriage and companionship she is still enjoying even after death.

^^All of her posterity, minus Austan, who is in Guatemala. She said her favorite color was blue, so the blue ties were a special treat for her. (Martha said, maybe it's BYU blue, which is one of the reasons why her boys were always so fond of her)

Back in September Reagan and I took a trip to Boise with Martha, and were able to stop at this cemetery and visit Martha's father's grave, Jordan's Grandpa, as well as many other relatives resting places. I'm glad that we were able to visit the cemetery that day in September when it wasn't 21° so that we could walk around and enjoy it. On November 15th, it was pretty frigid, and so we had to limit our time outside in the cold. Once the grave was dedicated we hurried and loaded ourselves in the cars and headed back to the church for a family dinner.

Grandma Johnson will be missed, but thankfully only temporarily, because we know that families can be together forever, a fact that we are eternally thankful for.

Our Amtrak Adventure


Last week Reagan and I rode the Amtrak to Colorado to surprise my brothers for their 16th birthday. I decided to take Amtrak because Reagan doesn't sit on laps, which isn't a big deal most of the time, unless you're trying to go to church or ride on an airplane. I thought that the train would be less restrictive than the plane and therefore a little bit easier. Overall, it was great. There were a few moments where I wasn't sure we were going to survive (that pretty much happens daily though), but thankfully most of the ride went well.

One of the tricky parts was that the train ride was 15 hours long (much longer than the 1 hour flight, or 8 hour drive) but I thought, why not go for it? I'll be an adventure! Plus, it was about $120 cheaper than a flight would have been. The other tricky part was that we had to board the train at 3:30am! And you'd think that Reagan would be tired at 3 in the morning, however she was WIDE awake. Haha! She did sleep a tiny bit from 5:00-5:45, but that was it for the morning.

We watched the sunrise and set out our windows, read lots of books, ate 3 meals, saw lots of gorgeous views, got off the train at a few of the stops for some fresh air, saw lots of cows, and napped (Thankfully Reagan took her usual afternoon nap, and slept for a good 2 hours and 15 minutes).

^^I wish I could have spent the entire ride in the Observation Car, however it was much harder to wrangle a baby in there, so we only spent a little bit of time there.^^

^^Loved the scenery! Especially this "You are here" sign. I'd love to ride the train across the whole country, taking pictures all along the way...^^

^^Reagan loved looking out the window. Especially if there was a whole field of cows to see.^^

^^Stunning views. Loved watching the Colorado Rive for most of the ride.^^ And below, the wonderful afternoon nap. I let her sprawl across both of our seats, while I found an empty one near by to look out the window. I'm so glad she slept.

When we got into the mountains it turned into a winter wonderland and then into a complete blizzard! I was actually glad that I was on a train, because driving through that would have been terrifying.

My mom had planned out a really fun photo scavenger hunt all over Denver for my brothers birthdays with the mega prize photo being of an Amtrak Train. The train only stops in Denver for 30 minutes each night, so it was supposed to be one of the more time restrictive photos to get. The train pulled in and my mom called me (secretly) to ask which car I was on. I was near the front of the train so my mom told the boys to run down and take a picture of the engine. They just happened to be running by my car while we were getting off. They were totally surprised. Dylan thought, "That looks like Corina, and that baby looks like Reagan," and then realized "Hey that is Corina!" Logan was just as shocked. It was really fun.

We had a great trip. We ate lots of delicious food: White Fence Farm, Benihana, and Kokoro, and got to spend some time visiting with family. I also got my first blowout and now wish I could get one every other day. It was great.

Jordan was supposed to drive out on Thursday to meet us, and we were going to come home on Sunday, but unfortunately we had to cut our trip a little short due to the passing of Jordan's Grandma. We ended up flying back to Utah Friday night, and then driving up to Idaho Saturday morning so we could attend the funeral Saturday afternoon. Reagan and I had our own little Planes, Trains, and Automobiles experience (but ours was Trains, Planes, and Automobiles). It was a whirlwind of a week to say the least! 
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