Just after Christmas we learned that our cousin Janice (Osinga) Smestad had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Sadly, this vibrant, giving, loving woman passed away on February 5.
Here are a few of my favorite memories of Janice.
With Madisen in Otter Creek 2005
At Casa Bandino in San Diego in 2004
On the beach and at the Hotel Del at Coronado 2004
With baby Morgan at King Lake in 2005
With her Dad at King Lake 2005
In March, Bonnie, Dennis, Craig and I took a break from cleaning out Mom's apartment for a day at Anza-Borrego Desert.
The ocotillo were just starting to bloom.
Dennis & Bonnie
A cactus bloom with bee
Bonnie & Dennis with the world's largest asparagus -- actually a yucca about to bloom.
Jackie & Bonnie
As the month drew to a close, Jackie celebrated her 65th birthday with a glass of wine at our favorite winery.
Shortly after we lost Janice, Mom left us on February 28. Take a look back on the sweet life of a sweet lady: Tribute to Mom
In June we spent a couple weeks at King Lake with Bonnie & Dennis. Steve, Theresa and the girls were there too. Below, the moon reflects on the lake. That's Steve and the girls in the boat returning from a fishing expedition.