Friday, July 22, 2016

They turn three 3,109 miles apart...and Karen's corn recipe

My favorite, and also saddest picture of yesterday.

Scarlett (who is 3 today) was on FaceTime from Boston wishing 
Leo happy birthday (who turned 3 yesterday) 
when she saw Richie (4 1/2) and said to him, 
"Remember when we use to be best friends?"

And Richie answered back, "We are still best friends."

Even though these cousins are now 3,109 miles apart!

So Scarlett turns three today in Boston....

While cousin Leo turned 3 yesterday here in California with us!

(we're a little more casual here in California)

Leo was SO excited to get a Ukulele for his birthday
that when I snuck in their room about 11pm last night
this did not surprise me at all....

but I still laughed and had to show his parents!

I heard Leo say yesterday with such passion
"Today's my birthday. Can I blow the fire?"
That's enough excitement to wear anyone out.

It kind of breaks my Grandma Honey heart Leo and Scarlett 
can't be together and celebrate as they have always done before 
in their short little lives so far.

After all, how many cousins are born within the same 24 hours 
in the same hospital. 

McKenna actually reserved a room across from Karen and then 
their Dads wheeled the babies in together for that picture. 

Leo's birthday dinner....all his favorites: 
Dinosaur Nuggets, fries, and salad. 
(I had low expectations for this dinner, 
but with the added broccoli and corn on the cob and minus the dinosaur nuggets,  
it was actually quite good....) 

Karen's Oven Corn on the Cob:
put 2 pats of butter and salt on each corn cob.
Wrap each cob individually in foil.
Put them all on a cookie sheet and Bake @450' for 20 minutes.

I usually just boil my corn cobs for 10 minutes, but her way tastes surprisingly better!
The foil seems to lock in the flavor, rather than losing some of it in the boiling water. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It was worth a try but didn't work very well....

It started off with Leo not wanting to sit with the rest of us. 

So Tyler joined him in their booth for two.

Restaurants are just not his thing.

Juliet was not thrilled with the experience either.

Which explains why Juliet's first food was tortilla chips.
You do what you have to do, as I always say. (mostly at restaurants)

Dining for two soon bored Leo so he took off suddenly 
and Tyler goes off to find him....

Tyler takes Juliet and her tortilla chip so Karen can finally eat.

Of course before he could do that he found this solution for Leo.

Alls well that ends well, right?

 But next time we'll do take out. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What we've been doing with our Vancouver family...

I know our married kids do not like sleeping in twin beds....


Shortly after Tyler and Karen with their three arrived from Vancouver, 
I apologized that we still had the twins beds, 
but they readily said, "Oh no it's okay. No problem."

 But the next morning when I peeked into their room, this is what I saw...

They like each other, what can I say.

It's one thing to see my granddaughter Juliet in pictures and FaceTime.
It's another to have her and Mommy Karen right here in our family room.

No matter what time of day it is, if Leo has not seen me for more than a few minutes 
he greets me with: "Good Morning Grandma Honey!"

Can you see the sleepy in Rich's eyes?
Very first thing after he woke up Saturday morning he wanted to check out the pool. 

A historical picture.
Tyler playing with his old Star War figures with his sons!

Richie helping with the smoothies

Grandma Honey took the easy way out this time.

Then I had the idea of making Pretzel Turtles.

But Leo couldn't quite make it beyond opening the Rolos and popping them in his mouth.
Over and over again. 

Den and Tyler had a very long catch up talk.

Later on Den found me in the kitchen and said to me, "I am SO proud of Tyler!"

Why have I hardly even noticed this water spigot on the side of the house??

The boys cannot get enough of it...especially Leo!
I sent Grandpa out late at night to make sure it was OFF.

So I walk into the boys room tonight and see water bottles all over the floor.

As I get down on the floor to pick them up I notice the labels are all taken off them. 

Well of course. Why didn't I think of this....

Creative grandsons for sure.

So is Karen... for thinking of putting Grandpa's hat on Richie 
when we were out of sun screen.

Tonight I asked Richie to set the table, 
 and I asked him to put one napkin on each plate. 
Didn't he do the best job!

2 days down, 13 to go. 
I want to savor them all. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Some things are not as they appear

I use to have this plant years ago when we lived on Buckingham back in the 1980s. I thought it 
was a feisty little thing because the flowers stayed in bloom all year round. Even after all the 
green leaves died those tiny little purple flowers would stay bloomed and fresh. 
So I didn’t dare quit watering it. 
I knew so little about plants back then (and I was too busy having and raising babies)
...that I was pleased I had kept those flowers alive. 

I don’t remember what brought it on, but one day….many many months after the leaves had 
died, I finally noticed the little purple flowers were fake! I had no idea. I didn't have much time to
think back in the 80s apparently.  Not sure, but that purple flowered plant went in the garbage
immediately at that moment.

 I was just thinking about that little plant on Buckingham as I look at all the plants I have now, 
and how soon they will be moved from Filbert Avenue to Maine Avenue.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I couldn't miss this....

This moving sort of takes over one's life.

And I haven't even gotten to the serious packing yet. 
It's going through the 26 years of memories that about does me in some days.

But in the middle of it we were able to crash Logan and Amy's party. Not really crash, because we 
were invited. But we go mostly just to observe, and then we quietly leave.

Logan and his 5 friends have been together since they were 12-13. 
So that's been well over 20 years. And each year there are more children added.

I didn't get pictures of their wives this time, but I did get "the guys" and their children. 
Very sweet for me to see, I have to say.

Ryan, Bryce, Logan, Robby, and Travis
(Brad and his family couldn't make it this year.)

And this isn't even all of their children.

So look what I found way up on a shelf in Logan's old bedroom...

Brock drew this of Logan and his friends back in the day....

I may just hang this up in our new home.

I'm sort of enjoying all the hidden treasures I'm finding in this house.
I think I'd enjoy it more though, if I knew I weren't walking out the door soon. 

But we have a really good distraction coming soon and I'm getting ready for it....

Tyler wants to spend 2 weeks, one last time,  at the only childhood home he knows. 
Of course along with him we get the bonus of Karen, Rich, Leo.....and baby Juliet...
whom I have never even met! 

PS  If you haven't tried this contagious granola, 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Scarlett fits right in

Several people have asked how McKenna and McKay are adjusting 
to the Boston area. Not sure about that, but what I can't figure out is 
how Scarlett already has an accent.....

especially as you hear her looking for Grant.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Grandma Honey, the bystander

Just Grandma Honey the bystander, watching....

Violet was struggling to eat her watermelon with just one hand

So cousin Téa spoon fed her every bite.

What goes around comes around, as my Mom use to say...
because later on in the morning when Téa had several sneezes,
look who came to her rescue with a tissue.
Something that Violet could accomplish with just one working arm.

As I snapped the picture Jonas made a face and said, "Grandma 
Honey, that's nothing! You are taking a picture of nothing."

I said, "Oh no it's not! Kindness is never nothing."

We will soon miss these cousin picnics on Filbert Avenue.

"Let's take turns cleaning up. That's what I learned at school." 
says Violet.

Cousins who clean together stay together.
or something like that.

Téa knew Violet couldn't open her juice box with one hand,
so she took over before she was even asked.

Or how about when Violet stopped by in the kitchen and 
invited Téa to feel the bubbles with her....
Always looking out for one another. That's what cousins do.