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Friday, August 29, 2014

In Memoriam 3

This blog is dedicated to my Great Grandma Dardanella Duncan - BobBob's mom.

Dardanella Maie Duncan, 94, of Olathe, Kansas passed away at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her loving family on Monday, August 18, 2014. She will forever be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, grandma Dard, sister, aunt and friend to everyone she met.

Dardanella was born on June 16, 1920 in Battle Creek, Nebraska to Golden D. and Vera L. (Derrick) Sesler. She attended and graduated from Meadow Grove High School. She met and married the love of her life A. D. Duncan on July 26,1944. Together they raised their children Bonnie Duncan, Tom Duncan and Robert Duncan. Dardanella worked as a bookkeeper alongside her husband in the family business, Midwest Propeller. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Other activities include sewing, cooking and traveling with her husband A.D. when he worked for TWA until he retired in 1973.

Dardanella is preceded in death by her parents Golden and Vera Sesler, loving husband of 40 years A. D. Duncan, daughter Bonnie Duncan, son Tom Duncan, grandson David Duncan and three sisters Frances Lenser, Elnora Petsche and Lois Pinkham.

She is survived by her son Robert Duncan and his wife Toi of Olathe, Kansas and two daughter-in-laws Jennifer Duncan of Kansas City, Kansas and Gwen Duncan of Olathe, Kansas. Left behind to cherish her memory are her eight grandchildren Ronnie Duncan and his wife Brandi of Olathe, Kansas, Patty Ludlow and her husband Stuart of Kansas City, Missouri, Kenny Duncan of Kansas City, Missouri, Michelle Garcia and her husband Ernie of Kansas City, Missouri, Bryan Duncan and his wife Lori of Tracy, California, Debbie Geisinger and her husband Don of Paola, Kansas, Nancy Gotchey and her husband Dan of Denver, Colorado and Jeff Duncan and his wife Shari of Olathe, Kansas. She will be sadly missed by her many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Dardanella is also survived by her three sisters Donna Jean Kearnes of Henrico, Virginia, Irene Lewis and her husband Don of Apache, Arizona and Rosemary Dyslin of Meza, Arizona.

Great Gma Dard, you will be forever in our thoughts and always loved!

On August 10th we headed to Deanna Rose.  This was Grammy's first time there and I hadn't been there in a long, long time.

Needless to say, Graham loved it!

After Deanna Rose, we headed to Matthew's birthday party.

Here I am with some friends and my first attempt at bowling:

On August 22nd weekend, Mom headed to NYC for a girls trip and Dad headed to Uncle Dave's bachelor party.  G and I got sent our separate ways, me to BobBob's and Graham to Mimi's.  The weekend flew by and we were perfect angels.  Of course.

Apparently Graham is really allergic to mosquito bites.  Check out his right ear that is red and sticking out like dumbo.  No worries, it's back to normal.

Graham has been reading a lot of books lately and is really working on memorizing his animals!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Four and Counting

On July 18th, we hit up the lake for the first time this summer.  Crazy I know, but the season started off cold and then we've just had one thing after another.  We had a great time and Grammy really loved sitting on the deck and watching the boats go by.

He and I did a ton of wrestling too!  It helps to have carpet instead of those hard wood floors.

The lake left us pretty tired.  Dad and Graham slept, I caught up on Curious George, and mom got us home safely.

On July 25th, the parents hit up a Royals game while us kids had to stay home.  Totally unfair if you ask me.

Saturday, 7/26 was my birthday party with my friends.  I wanted Graham to look his best and with my help, he did!  We did his hair and his nails.  After he was ready, we headed down the street to the pool for a little partying and pizza.

Matthew came to my party and oh, by the way, we're going to get married some day.  I already told mom and dad.

I got some great gifts from my friends (totally unexpected) but my fave is the Sofia karaoke purse.  It's mom and dad's favorite too.

We had another party for me with the fam on Sunday.  It was pretty much a repeat of Saturday, but with old people.

Lastly, I hit up Vacation Bible School the week of July 27th and was pumped to see Avery D there.  I'd link to her blog, but she doesn't keep up with it anymore (jab at Mike D).  My official birthday was Wednesday, July 30, but it was pretty uneventful considering I'd already had 2 parties.

Here's Graham at school with his buds playing around the water table in diapers.