I've been waiting since November 17th to tell this story, and I finally got the green light.
(which I totally and completely understand why I needed to wait...I'm not complaining)
This was one of those moments in time I will never forget.
First before I tell you what happened....I want to back track about 2 years. It was Jan 16, 2011.
Tyler had just called to tell me they were expecting their first baby. And while I was talking to him,
I could see that McKay was also trying to call me...but I told Tyler, "Oh, that's McKay, I'll call him back."
But I forgot! The very next morning McKay called and said,
"Didn't you notice I tried to call you last night?"
and then he proceeded to tell me that he and McKenna were also expecting their first baby.
So they both tried to tell me at the exact same time!
Rich and Grant were due just 10 days apart.
Okay, so fast forward to last November 17th. It was a Saturday morning about 10am.
McKay called and asked if we could Skype. McKenna was at Target so it was just McKay and Grant.
First off I asked how McKenna was doing and McKay says, "Well, uh, she's pregnant!"
Took us totally by surprise. So excited for them and for us, that baby #2 is on it's way.
Then I excitedly asked:
So how far along is McKenna? Just 4 weeks
When is she due? July
Oh, when did you find out? She took the pregnancy test last Thursday night
So do Karen and Tyler know? No, we want to wait a few weeks before we tell anyone.
About 3 hours later I told Den I needed to sleep some of this excitement off
so I was going to take a nap. Thirty minutes later Den walks in with the phone
in his hand and says, "Tyler wants to talk to you!"
Den does not usually wake me up unless there is an emergency
and he looked too happy for that. I immediately grabbed the phone from him and said Hello.
Tyler quickly says, "I just wanted to call and tell you we're pregnant."
Now instead of saying, "Oh that's wonderful" I was stunned and said loudly, "WHAT??!"
So really? Am I hearing Tyler right?
So I'm trying to breath and I ask, "Does McKay and McKenna know?"
"No," he said, "We don't want to tell anyone for a few weeks."
Then I asked,
Uh, how far along is she? About 4 weeks.
Okay, this is getting weird.
As I am talking Den is standing above me laughing...
every so often I look up at him with my mouth wide open and jaw dropped.
Sort of like a mute scream.
I try to act calm, and continue, "When is she due?" July
When I got to the question: When did she take the pregnancy test?
I almost said, "Was it last Thursday night?"
but he beat me to it and said, "Last Thursday night."
Okay, this is getting more weird.
All the questions had the same answers!
And the amazing thing is Tyler and McKay did not know the news of the other!
Okay, just had to get that out. Turns out the babies are due 5 days apart.
Summer of 2013, you are looking doubly exciting!
***This last little note may not mean anything to anyone but me, but I still feel compelled to add it.
Since I pride myself on trying to be as honest and accurate as I can, I want to add that either Tyler or McKay,
when I asked what day they found out said, "It was either Wednesday or Thursday night."
Since I can't remember which son said that, I am just going with Thursday night for both of them. But still....
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I've been waiting since November 17th to tell this story, and I finally got the green light.
Monday, January 28, 2013
That's what we did the other morning.
We suddenly found this video, and ate while we watched.
But we quit eating because we couldn't take our eyes off it!
Den could name just about every area we flew over.
I couldn't ...being the world traveler I am.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This past week I found a few old Reader's Digests while thrift store shopping.
I like to read them and sort of get a feel what life was like back then.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Dennis turned 64 today...and he's proud of it!
I'd been looking forward to Dennis turning 64....
ever since I heard my friend's sons sing that Beatles song to their Dad
when he turned 64. Perfect!
I wanted to do the same for Dennis in some way
but wasn't sure exactly how since I don't sing.
And of course I never told anyone.
Especially all this week as his birthday got closer, I kept thinking about it.
And then this morning I was sort of panicking because TODAY is his birthday...
It's not like I could change the words for when he turns 65 next year.
Well guess what! The McKs called today
and said they wanted to Skpe, and look what they did!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Men are different about these kind of things.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ever since our cat died last June, nearly every time the twins come to visit us,
the conversation nearly always goes like this, practically word for word:
Téa doing the talking with Jonas standing by her side.
Téa: "Where is the cat?"
Me: "She died."
Téa: "Oh! How did she die? Was there blood?'
Me: "No blood. She was very old and she died."
Téa (never satisfied with my answer and always wanting more drama)
"Did she run into the street and a car hit her and there was blood everywhere?"
Me: "No. She was just very old so she went to heaven."
Téa: "But she will be fine in a few minutes."
Then I go on to explain that she is fine, but she is in heaven, etc etc.
However Sunday night Jonas interjected something that he has never said before.
He had a hard time getting it out since there were many Ds in the sentence,
but he said it slowly and thoughtfully:
"My Dad's Dad died."
So naturally the question I asked him was, "How did he die?"
Jonas stood there, and just looked at me. Nothing else came out of his mouth.
I was not sure how much his parents had told him about his Grandpa's death
or how much they wanted him to know, so I just left it alone.
But I did start thinking that perhaps now would be a good time to take the twins to the cemetery.
I texted their parents in Vegas, and Amy said they were totally fine with it.
So yesterday I explained to the twins that we were going to see their Dad's Dad's grave.
Jonas said he didn't bring his church clothes. I told him no problem,
we don't need church clothes for the cemetery.
Den tried to explain a little about what to expect during the car ride there.
They were both very quiet and listened.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A kindergartner and her Mom made a little video for kids about Martin Luther King,
and I was quite impressed.
Go to their blog and check it out.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
She disagrees with her age, and she's stickin' to it.
While I was taking her picture, I wasn't expecting to catch her knocking over the lamp.
"Forget it, I'm outta here. "
Friday, January 18, 2013
And if you really want to get into the spirit of this,
go here to see other children's book-inspired bedrooms!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
One day while McKenna was putting on her makeup,
she put Grant on the counter to be near her.
I use to do the same thing with my boys.
Grant started practicing frowning in the mirror.
So later on he decided to re-enact it for both his parents!
Love the way he holds his little hands....just like a professional.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Otherwise by about June, I may be too busy to do anything else.
Have you heard about The Happiness Project 21 Day relationship plan?
Begining today, Gretchen Rubin will give you something simple to work
on to make your relationships better.
Today is the beginning, and so check out your first assignment.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Last month with Richie and his parents were here, we had 10 of his cousins over for dinner.
Then suddenly they all left just like that....and Richie was whimpering.
So look what he does about it....
because he's growing and changing everyday without us.
I have videos soon,
to show what's new with our other 2011 grandbabies, Violet and Grant.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
When I saw this video I thought ....My Mom was able to do this! (but in her own way)
It's less than 2 minutes.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Remember a few weeks back I wrote about a friend of mine
who was going to have a Vintage Christmas?
Monday, January 7, 2013
Did you like it?
I was even clapping at the end.
Yep, we pretty much loved it.
and rise to the occasion of when it's needed.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Okay, so let me explain...
1. This video....I know Richie's 1st birthday was last August 4th,
but I finally was able to learn how to put this thing together
(thank you Brock and Erin!!)
2. I still don't know how to do captions,
or I would have said that sweet Aunt McKenna made his adorable cake....
And that we so loved having cousin Grant in the pictures.
We wish we could have been in Oregon for his birthday too!
3. Love the look on Richie's face while he is trying to figure out
what in the world is going on while we sing Happy Birthday.
I chose Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as the opening music
because that is what Richie's Dad use to sing in his crib every morning
when he was near 2 years old. His Dad and I got to wake up most mornings for months
to the sound of his little Twinkle song over the baby monitor.
Friday, January 4, 2013
I tried her recipe for Crockpot Pork and Apples.
I made it for dinner last night and it'll be a keeper.
Den mentioned that whenever his Mom use to make pork chops,
she would serve hominy to go with it.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Interesting looking line up. What do you think? Have you read any of these?
The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin
Catherine the Great
by Robert K. Massey
Heaven is Here
by Richelle Andersno
The Remarkable Juliette Low:
The Founder of The Girl Scouts
by Stacy Cordery
Faith Behind the Fences:
A True Story of Survival in a Japanese Prison Camp
by Kelly Dispirito Taylor
The President's Lady
by Irving Stone
AUGUST -- NO BOOK CLUB
by Anna Lee Waldo
Why Faith Matters
by David J. Wolpe
The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck
Two From Galilee: The Story of Mary and Joseph
by Marjorie Holmes
The only one I think I will pass up is June's selection.
It actually sounds interesting to me, but being the wimp that I am, it'd give me nightmares.
I'm especially looking forward to Apr, May, and Oct.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The McKs and Grant drove home yesterday from Montana to Portland,
and Grant did not like it at all.
SO, after the first 5 hours of their trek, they stopped somewhere to eat lunch.
Problem was, when they took Grant out of his car seat and into the restaurant,
his head was still leaning.
Book club #2 list tomorrow.