Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The twinses are here

Look who arrived to stay with us for a whole week ....

while their parents climb Mt Whitney, AGAIN.
(the highest mountain in the US, I might add) 

First things first.
Shortly after they arrived I had them unpack  

kind of like one would do after arriving to summer camp

and organize their outfits into the closet 

I then explained that we were all going to my eye appt.
I thought I better warn them it was located at the hospital.

Their eyes got very big, so I assured them all was well, 
that was just where my eye doctor's office was.

Their eyes were still big and looking worried Jonas asked
"Will we see any dead people?"
I assured them we would not. 

Glad we got that cleared up.

They were patient little waiters. 
So after my appt we took them to Sweet Tomatoes.

We literally had not been there in years, 

and they did not remember it at all.

They were thrown off by the name.
What child is attracted by "sweet tomatoes?"

But once they began eating, 
Jonas said several times, "I love this place!"

He even said, "I need to tell my Dad about this place!"
I didn't heart to tell him his Dad does NOT like eating here. 

After all that food for lunch, we were not home 15 minutes and Jonas announced, "My appetite is coming back."

Good thing I got the fridge and freezer stocked for our 8 year olds.
It's going to be a great week!

But then again, they've always liked to eat.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


We got to have the 3 grand girl sisters move in with us last week 
while their parents went on a little mini vacation. 

Big sisters come in handy for all sorts of things....

Like, Elora teaching Violet how to make her letters. 

Or putting lotion on Violet's itchy arm.

It became much more competitive outside with the squirt guns!

It's just not in Cami's nature to have a squirt gun fight.

And sometimes it just became too much for Violet 

and she needed to just go inside and practice being a Mom.

and then eat lunch by herself. 
(She told me she needed to get the baby to sleep first.)

Elora has grown up caring for Cami, 
since they are just 2 years apart. 
She is always tender and sweet and patient with her. 

Elora knowing just what to order for Cami's dinner.

I often think of Cami as I read these words hanging in our home.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

14 years later and look what she's accomplished

14 years ago we went to Fresno State to watch Erin graduate from 
college. Elora was just 6 months old

And last week, 14 years later....Erin got her Masters. 

Her baby Elora has grown a little 
since the last time her Mom graduated.

Erin's parents led this very special ceremony in her home, 

So personal and quaint and perfect.

Friends and family filled their home.

This wasn't a posed picture of Violet. 
Just happened to catch her getting friendly with the cupcakes.

Lots and lots of sparking apple cider

Elora has not only grown up a little in 14 years, 
but she babysits often for Megan (on the left there).

Megan says Elora is the only babysitter 
who can get all 4 of her kids to bed. 
Yep, Elora can be magical like that.

Congratulations Erin!
We had NO doubt you could do this.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

TV has changed since 1957

Father Knows Best from the 1950s was my Mom's favorite 
program back then. She liked it because according to her, every 
episode taught a lesson.

I was especially struck by this 2 minute clip from 1957. 
Not the best video, but the audio is fine, and that's the important 
part here. (Dennis just said the video quality is terrible. Close your eyes then, but listen to it.)

I especially like what she said about husbands at the end. We sure 
aren't going to hear that on TV these 60 years later!
I don't think many women today know what power they have. 

To set the scene: 
A young pregnant wife has many hesitations about becoming a