Dennis and I have made the decision, the next time we go to Oregon,
we're going to photograph all the bathrooms we visit along the way.
There is nothing that makes me more homesick than stopping at
horribly dirty bathrooms just off the freeway.
If you have ever taken a long road trip you know what I mean.
And what is it with all the people who stand behind those cash registers of those little old stores?
Why do most of them have no personality?
Can they not at least smile at the weary travelers coming through their doors?
Den said if he owned one of those old stores he would put a big sign up that read:
"Cleanest bathrooms in town"and then he would hire someone just to clean that bathroom all day long.
He is sure truckers and travelers would then buy all their chips and sodas from him.
I think he might be right.
I think they should all take a lesson from the little store right inside the building
of McKay and Tyler's office in Portland, run by the Hello man.
This happy man greets each and every customer with, "Hello Hello Hello."
It's a PLEASURE to go inside. And you know what else?
I would venture to say the Hello man loves his job!
I took this video over a year ago, so handsome little Grant is a lot bigger now
...and McKenna is just as beautiful.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Dennis and I have made the decision, the next time we go to Oregon,
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I kid you not. Must have been all that shopping.
Something tells me Miss Violet will be busy all her life.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Tyler and I use to watch this show called Home and Family for 2 hours every afternoon when he was about 9-11.
I loved it, and he was just a really good sport about it. Then it left TV.
Suddenly a few months ago I realized all these years later it was back on the Hallmark channel.
It's better now because I can DVR it, and then just speed through till I get to the parts I like.
and up will pop several very short videos on the subject.
The videos get right to the point...no introductions, just answering your question.
and specialists, and parents who have been there done that.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Last Sunday we had a 19 year old girl named Chandler Fiegel, give a talk to us about marriage.
She said she found the subject interesting being she was single.
But she added that since she has lived almost 20 years, and since she has watched her parents' marriage,
she would share what she knows so far.
I love lists. So as soon as I realized that's where she was headed I wrote her ideas down.
These are her 10 suggestions for a happy marriage
(but I think it morphed into suggestions for a happy family life):
1. Patience. Silence is the best way to deal with siblings.
2. Grab fast and eat last. (I'm still trying to figure this one out.)
3. There's never enough time so choose wisely. Family activities always come first.
4. We turn mishaps into adventures. They usually happen on road trips.
5. Whenever something bad is happening in your life, just say "plot twist" and move on.
6. Stop It....when it comes to judging. But it's hard not to judge when you have siblings.
7. Gratitude. I'm so grateful for my family, as crazy as they make me.
8. Listen more than you talk. When I've gotten in trouble it's usually because of poor communication between me and my parents.
It's usually because someone gets left somewhere.
9. Don't give up....learn!
10. Sacrifice and Service. I can't tell you how much I have sacrificed by driving my siblings around.
She ended with this quote, but I'm not sure who said it:
"Children close their eyes to advice, but open their eyes to example."
Good job, Chandler!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Patty and Jay's daughter, Wendy, is my angel friend.
Wendy had this to say on Facebook this morning about her Dad:
"With tears & broken hearts, we sent him home today to soar with the angels & reunite with his loved ones who left us too soon. Larger than life, a heart the size of Texas, he was the toughest man we ever knew. He was Jersey shore long before there was reality TV. Rest in peace, Skip, sweet peace. We will love you forever."
Friday, August 23, 2013
I wonder if it worked.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
I'm still 2 years new at this out of town grandparenting thing.
It's tough saying goodbye, walking away, and not knowing when we will see them again!
They are far away over the mountains and every time I think of their 4 little faces I want to cry.
I am so very thankful we got to see them.
The song I chose may not seem appropriate to you, but to me, it's how I felt.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
On our way home from Oregon today,
we once again went looking for my relatives at French Camp cemetery.
I've been very curious about my Grandpa Romeo's sister Dollie.
She only weighed 1 1/2 lbs when she was born at home in 1897.
Her parents named her Dollie because she was so tiny, and no one expected her to live.
They put her in a shoebox lined with cotton and her mother nursed her to health. Amazing.
Think of all the machines and tubes that are needed in a hospital to keep a teeny baby alive.
But this one made it in a shoebox!
(that's little June and baby Leonie with them)
Here is Frank with his wife Emma, who everyone loved.
She's in a wheel chair here due to a fractured hip that never healed.
PS I got my information about Dollie and Frank from some hand written letters
by Frank's daughter Marnie. She is in her 90s and living in Pahrump, Nevada.
Oh, and as a side note, Dollie had "carrot-top, bold, bright red hair that was curly, curly, curly"
....as did her mother Mary Jane Cole Rozier.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
I LOVE the weather, the culture, even some of their picky laws. This would truly be a great place to live, and to raise a family.
But I have discovered two things I don't like.
1. Even though we are staying in a smoke free hotel, the halls and dining areas, and lobby REEK of cigarette smoke. When ever we come home at night, and as soon as we open the main door to the hotel hallways, we are hit with the smell of smoke. We noticed this the last two times we visited here, too.
We couldn't figure out why they allow people to hover around the outside doors, smoking. They have signs up that read, "No smoking within 10 feet of the door." To me, that's like an open invitation to smokers to hang out just outside the doors. And they do! Den said there were about 5 of them out there this morning. Then they go back to their rooms and the smoke follows them.
So after breakfast Dennis went up to the office to ask why they allow this. Turns out it's the law here in Oregon. Anyone is allowed to smoke in Oregon outside of businesses as long as they are 10 feet away. California must have a different law since I've never noticed smoke being a problem in hotels there.
2. And this is minor compared to the smoke issue, but it's so hard to find a garbage can in Oregon. They don't keep them outside hotels, or most stores. It's very hard to find a place to put your trash here. Do they think by not having trash cans people will accumulate less trash? I wonder if it's working for them.
So we collect up our banana peels and empty food containers until we can get back to the hotel and then we throw it in the trash in our room for the maids to take care of. This just doesn't seem right somehow.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
It's really just called Crockpot Taco Soup, but it worked well in our hotel last night.
We borrowed Karen's large crockpot.
Do you notice the aden + anais swaddle the babies are in?
The same kind Prince George was wearing leaving the hospital 2 weeks ago.
Leo and Scarlett received them as gifts before the big rush.
Friday, August 9, 2013
McKenna insisted on making dinner for all of us.
I know, I know, she shouldn't have, but she did.
Shish Kabobs, green salad, and fresh nectarines, cherries, raspberries, and pineapple.
Come back and I'll show you a recipe that works well in a hotel room
...at least I am hoping so.