Friday, June 22, 2018

Little Libraries

When reading hits, new worlds open!

When we asked Violet if she'd like to go to Costco with us, 
she asked, 
"Can I just sit in the cart and read my book?"

So she did.

But as our cart starting filling up she had less room 
to actually open her book.

The next morning we took her to TWO neighborhood libraries.
Have you ever seen these? 
We have three of them within a mile of our house, 
that I know about. So there may be even more. 

This one was so neat and tidy.
It runs on the honor system. Take a book or leave a book. 

The 2nd one was at the park 3 blocks from our house. 

It wasn't nearly as appealing with books all jammed in there.

But she still managed to find two she liked.

The next day after Violet went home, 
I checked in her room and saw this...

Strewardess Barbie all set with food. 

How thoughtful Violet put a bottle of water on Barbie's lap 
for her convenience.

None of her new books in the room to be found. 
She took them all home with her. Good!

And she told me before she left the next time she comes back she 
wants to go back to those "little libraries again".

You can go to:
to find one near you.

(But I have to say, the two we went to with Violet, are not even on their map...I guess all are not 
registered? So I'm thinking the best way to find one in your area may be to ask around. If you belong 
to the Nextdoor app you could ask your neighbors on that.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Accident

Just a few blocks from our house, 
my sister Robin had a horrible car accident 10 days ago.

She is fine...or she will be once she quits hurting...
but it could have been SO much worse
and I will show you why. 

A teenage girl ran a red light forcing Robin to run into her car.

And if that weren't enough, she then ran into a brick wall.

You can see (above) her skid marks in the street running right 
towards that wall, which finally stopped her car.

She also took out a few bushes.

We happened to be at that corner 2 days later 
while the city crew did their clean up.

Humbling to look at.
It could have been so so much worse. 

As my Mom use to say..."We never know what a day will bring."

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you to our special guest

Jessica, just off her mission 2 months, 
took time off her busy life to come see the grandparents!

We had lots of extended family time all crammed into 2 days...
I was too busy to remember to photo much of it.

Violet could not get enough of Jessica.

And Jess got to watch Grandpa in action teaching 
the 9 year olds at church on Sunday.

Den had always wanted to teach Primary.
And finally at age 69, he is SO happy he finally gets to do this!

Grandpa told her lots of stories.
Mostly about how he found the church 
and why it means so much to him.

And finally just hours before she was to go home on Monday
we actually got to take her out to eat.

Jessica is so sweet, and patient, and loving...
and she tries continually to do the right thing.

Do you know what this means?
It means she has a great future ahead. 
We just know it.

Thank you Jessica for coming!
We know the day before you arrived you had just returned from 
being girls camp director....a week of hardly any sleep!
Yet you still got on that plane just for us!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Family challenges

I love the way this mom describes family struggles... 
that perhaps the beauty in our lives comes because of the struggles, 
not in spite of them?

Just fast forward to 3:14 and see what you think...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My new penpal!

McKenna sent me these stamps from Massachusetts and asked if I'd like to be Scarlett's penpal....

I felt honored!

So I sent her a letter and waited (that's how being a penpal works)

Then just 2 days ago Den brought in the mail and said to me:
"You got something today that is going 
to make you SO happy!"

A letter from Scarlett!

He knows me too well. 

She drew me a picture of the fireworks at Disneyland

Bet you already knew that.

My favorite one was this:

We have only one arm and one hand, but they are together.
And Scarlett's little face is tilted towards mine! 

If any of our other grandchildren would like to be a 
penpal with me, please let me know!

I will be the most faithful pen pal they will ever know. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Just because I like it...

Not sure when Henri said this, but somewhere mid 1800s. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Do you know why he would do this?

A few days ago we had someone ring our doorbell, but he didn't 
wait for us to answer. But he didn't really leave either. He hovered 
by our garage door for at least the 30 seconds of this clip. 

I can understand someone ringing the bell and then standing back, 
so as to give us our space...but clear back by the garage?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

From kindergarten to this....

So we had just barely gotten tonight, 
when I get this call from Elora, 

"Grandma Honey, come outside." 


"Just come out here and you'll see." 

She has her permit!

It was so exciting when my boys went through this.

But it's different being the grandma of the driver! 

As a Grandma the decades pass by like the years use to. 
I keep can this even be?

I think one of my friends said it best 
after I texted her with this news...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Tyler's email yesterday

With Tyler's permission, here's what he sent me yesterday. 
I'm still thinking about it.....what causes the decline, 
especially in 2017. 

Mom, You’re gonna think this is a weird way of saying thanks.

I saw this chart this morning about the births per woman in the United States from 1960 to 2016:

I think it’s interesting that you had all of your children in some of the most unpopular childbearing years (of the past 55-60 years).

So, uh…thanks!

I saw in my healthcare newsfeed this morning that 2017 was the lowest number of births (not births per woman) in the U.S. since 1987. I think this will continue to decline as motherhood becomes less popular. I hope I’m wrong.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Favorites from April

1. I saw this at Homegoods. Food for thought, anyway.

2. McKay and McKenna went to the Bahamas in April. 
Here McKay (standing far left) got to play bocce ball 
with the UK Surrey champion!

3. During Den's last illness he had a cough that lingered for awhile, 
especially at night. My friend Pam told me about these:

So every night before we'd go to bed, 
I'd place a few of these pills for Den to use.

He'd put one under his tongue, the cough would stop almost 
immediately, and he'd go back to sleep.

What's nice about these little homeopathic pills, is, unlike cough 
drops, he's not going to choke on them in his sleep since they are 
under his tongue and small. 

4. This was a fun weekend for me. Not because I was there, but 
because I knew Karen got to be with her mom and sister!

They were all together at a beach house 
celebrating her Mom's birthday. Aren't they beautiful!

5. My Grandma taught me this trick many decades ago, 
so when I saw this, I thought of her!

6. This is a good list to be on and it's legit. 
The scammers have taken over our landline. I don't want them 
taking over our cell phones too! 

7. My love language is hands down, words of affirmation.
(I've never quite understood this because isn't affirmations everyone's love language?)

8. Love how Annie and Scarlett are being taught young 
to visit patients in hospitals!

"The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their 
prosperity, and their peace all find common roots in the teaching of 
children in the home."
--Elder L Tom Perry