Friday, January 29, 2016
My 2 youngest sons, Tyler and McKay. They were in sync growing up too....
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Per Den's request for his birthday, we went to see Star Wars on Wednesday.
(his real birthday was Tuesday but I was helping with a baby shower that night)
You know those movie previews they show for a whole 15 minutes before the movie begins? They
are SO loud to me so I leave and walk around outside a bit. Then I come back in, put my ear plugs in
and we were set to go. Or rather set to sit. For 2 hours and 15 minutes.
I'm doing well. Movie’s not bad. I recognize most of the characters from when I use to pick them off
our living room floor back in the 80s.
A text comes in on Den’s phone from some friends from church saying they can’t get home from
the beach soon enough to feed the missionaries tonight and ask if we can feed them instead.
Den hands me his phone. I text and tell these friends that while we would love to, we can’t because
I’m taking Dennis out for his birthday dinner tonight. Turns out the friend says it’s her husband’s BD
too! So we text back and forth about years and places born.
Next a picture text comes in of little Juliet. No matter what I am doing or where I am, I can never get
enough of my grandbabies. She is smiling in her sleep. I think she is liking earth life. How could she
not with the family she was born into.
Another text comes in. It’s my friend T from church. She is asking me to call her when I get home.
Now I’m left wondering…I hope everything’s all right with her.
The movie is okay but nearly as loud as the previews! So I go out to the concession place and ask
since only me and my husband are in Star Wars, could they please lower the volume? The nice girl
says, “Sure. I will ask my manager.”
Back to the movie. The volume seems lower. But my shoulder is hurting. Try to ignore. I shouldn't
have washed all those shutters this morning. It has not hurt like this in months! I go through my purse
looking for some Curamin for the pain. That stuff always works. Can’t find it. I turn on my flashlight
(did I mention Den and I are the only ones in the theater?)…and kept rummaging through my
purse. Finally I tell Den I need to go find some in the car. Normally he would say he'd go get it for
me. But he's checked out. As he should. It’s his birthday movie you know.
So I walk out to the car and check all the door pockets, the glove compartment. No Curamin
anywhere. I decide quickly to just drive home and get some.
That took about 15 minutes round trip. Sent Den a text, “Hold on, I’m almost there.” just in case he
noticed I was still gone.
As soon as I walk back up to the top of the theater (we always sit in the highest row) I take out the
lunch I made for us earlier that morning. I hand Den his egg sandwich, cut up apples, and chips plus a
bottle of water. Back to Star Wars.
I don’t know what it was…but something about this movie reminded me of K at church. Then
suddenly I realized she called and left a message for Dennis a few days ago. I never finished listening
to it, but I saved it for him….but forgot to tell him about it! I texted K right away and explained and
apologized. She said no worries, she already solved her problem. Good to know.
Another picure came in of Juliet. This time she is cozy wrapped up. She’s only 6 days old but she
sure looks like she is smiling at the person holding her.
Back to the big screen. I got to see the older version of Princess Leia all these years later. I sat there
picturing her younger face in my mind, and remembered my younger life. But none of that mattered
to me. I’m just so happy Den got to finally see a movie of his choice. And unlike most other times, he
hardly noticed how often I left….which is a good thing. After all, we were celebrating his birthday.
And I can finally say I went to a Star Wars movie. My first ever.
Friday, January 22, 2016
So Dennis was working in our church temple yesterday. He was there all morning, and when he got
out to the car he checked his phone and he had 75 text messages! (they were all from Karen
and Tyler and me conversing back and forth). He knew just looking at the number of messages
that Juliet had arrived!
It was such a happy day!
Tyler and Karen sent me several videos too.....I chose these two...
Leo is such a tender sweet boy.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
I can already see both Richie and Leo in their little sister.
Isn't her name beautiful! She has her Mama's middle name.
family," because of my Grandpa Romeo Rozier.
Weight just in: 7 lbs even!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
About 7:15 Tuesday morning I woke up to find Dennis not in bed. I figured he must have just gotten
up earlier but I didn't hear him. I assumed he was already working in his office down the hall.
So I got dressed and ready for the day, and as I was walking towards the kitchen, I heard his foot
steps behind me. "I have a problem," I heard him say. I thought perhaps he was going to say there
were ants in his office (we have been fighting them lately) but his voice tone didn't sound like an ant
He explained that heaviness and tightness in his chest woke him up at 1am and he was waiting for
morning since he didn't want to wake me up! I told him I was going to call an ambulance and he
said he didn't want to make a scene in the neighborhood....but he didn't say he didn't need one, so I
went ahead and called 911.
Sure enough we could soon hear sirens in the distance, and then a fire truck and ambulance coming
down our cul-de-sac. Next time I'm going to request they not turn on the siren.
Five strong capable looking men suddenly were in our family room hooking Dennis up to a monitor.
We were told a few minutes later that Den was not having a heart attack. I hadn't realized they could
make a diagnosis so quickly. But we were also told this does not mean he wasn't having a cardiac
event. So they gave him 2 baby aspirins and 3 nitroglycerin pills, and loaded him up in the ambulance
and took off.
Both Den's father and brother died from heart attacks at younger ages than Dennis is now. But all the
numerous tests they gave Den at the hospital yesterday turned out negative. Even the heart
inflammation test (he had three!) read out as 0.0.
I wish I could count all the nurses and doctors who complimented us on coming in. We were
told that many people (especially men) wait too long and it's always good to check things out.
But what I thought was most interesting was his nurse. Somewhere in the conversation she
mentioned she was 62. She and looked very healthy and in really good shape. Anyway, she told us
that she has learned much by working years in the ER.
Some of her advice to us:
1. She said she "has seen and knows too much," and that "our culture is so unhealthy."
2. We get together often and what do we do she said? We eat foods high in fat and sugar which cause
heart disease and cancer.
3. She said she eats a huge salad of greens everyday, and takes turmeric with black pepper. She buys
hers at Costco and while it's a little more expensive than some elsewhere it works better since it has
the black pepper in it. When I asked her about turmeric she said, "google it." And again she
said, "google it!"
4. Sugar lowers our immune system and makes us prone to every virus that comes along. Our
immune system stays low for 6 hours after consuming sugar. (This may help explain the rise in
colds and flu just after Halloween and Christmas.)
5. A man came in recently who just got health insurance the day before. He was having a full blown
heart attack and he was only 50. She said when she went over his diet with him she could tell why.
Dennis is fine, and it turned out to be a good day. He has been doing ambulance billing since he
retired from cop work, so he said it was great to get an eye's view of what goes on in the process. He
said once he was settled in he decided to enjoy it. We both learned some tips about health.
And another thing we learned....actually we were reminded of it....on any given day there is LOTS of
suffering going on in hospitals. I sat there by Dennis for hours listening to doctors talk to other
patients. Some were too ill to speak, others had sad stories of horrible suffering. We saw some on
gurneys in the hallways, looking sickly and alone. Those of us who have good health, need to be SO
THANKFUL for it.
Being able to walk out those hospital doors, and take Dennis with me, was such sweet relief.
Monday, January 11, 2016
and while I had a very bad case of lingering horrible mono ...
I began writing to a girl, Pam, about my same age who lives in Michigan.
She was married and already had a baby boy.
We became what they use to call "pen pals."
If you wanted to know someone in another state, you wrote to them by regular mail.
This picture of Bill and I, was taken the same year.
both "there" through our pregnancies and births, our mothering, and the highs and lows of everything.
Pam's Mom passed away when she was 19, and eight months pregnant with her first child.
I would often shake my head wondering HOW she got through the days and years
without the extra help and support I always had from my Mom.
We traded LOTS of stories through the
her, and we are now Grandmas. A few years back we discontinued snail mail between us and keep
in touch with email and Facebook and phone calls (they are free now you know)
miles round trip from Addison, Michigan to Findlay, Ohio to attend.
She and Tom met my son Logan, and his wife Amy!
boys growing up, newspaper clippings, etc. As you can see, Logan and Amy were very interested.
Tom and Pam in 1984. She was pregnant with her 3rd baby.
She had never met any of us, and then suddenly there they were together with my Logan and Amy!
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
(We meet every third Wednesday of the month in Pam Biberston's home.)
Even when I don't read the book, I still look forward to attending.
The conversation is my favorite part of it all!
Sunday, January 3, 2016
So finally about 1:30am I got out of bed and decided to read this magazine
that had been sitting on our end table for a few days.
I may not remember events when I was really young, but I don't remember being punished for
anything, ever. My parents instead, just talked to me, especially my Mom. She just explained things
to me and she acted like of course I would have done the right thing had I known better.
Here's a more clear picture of the cover.
I just love old pictures of good families.
Friday, January 1, 2016
We celebrated the New Year last night, just Den and I. We played a couple games of Scrabble and
watched a few movies. Then while Den popped the corn I made us both hot chocolate with
marshmallows. At midnight we ran outside with our pots and pans and clanged them together. That
didn’t really do the night justice so then Den brought out his 38 and fired a few shots in the air. So
romantic. We wanted to do somehthing different this year so about 12:30 I fried up some eggs,
sausage, bacon, hashbrowns and pancakes and we had our very first 2016 breakfast.
So of course none of that happened. Our real celebration was so much better. He watched the BYU
basketball game and ate GF cookies, while I studied for my Primary lesson in the other room and had
my granola. About 10:30 we got ready for bed. As I was filling up my thermos of water from the
fridge for the night (my nightly ritual)….Den came in and stood beside me and said, “Wasn’t it 17
years ago tonight that we kissed for the first time?” We were at a singles dance that night and all the
power in the church building suddenly went out. The entire group of people fled out to the parking lot
and just stood there hoping for the lights and heat to go back on in the building. It was freezing cold
and Den suggested we go sit in his car. That’s where it happened. Our life changing kiss. I knew I
was falling for him. And the rest, is our blessed history.