Showing posts from December, 2008

Dining with our digital grandchildren

I didn't mention to anyone that I wanted a digital picture frame.
I had looked at them but I just could not justify buying one for myself.So I was surprised when we received one from Dennis' daughter Kim and her husband.

Kim and Ryan chose some really good pictures, that they of course took. I think pictures are always priceless, but especially when you are a grandparent!

I have it set for now in our entry way so who ever comes to our door will see it. The past 2 nights we have had it on our kitchen table so we can watch the pictures as we eat.

Makes it feel like that our grandchildren are dining with us, but without the cleanup.Although they are WELL WORTH the clean up.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Rachel and Robbie

Jessica, Katie, and EmilyRachie with Mike

McKay and Matthew
Kim with MatthewIs that Tyler gazing at Karen?

McKay, Tyler, Karen, Kris
Katie, Emily, Jessica
Matthew, Jacob

A week or so before Christmas, Good Things Utah, called Kim and asked if she would come ba…

Is this cute or what?

Dennis' daughter Kris surprised me with such a CUTE gift.
She MADE all this herself.
First, an apron and "Grandma Honey" chef hat.

Click to see the little jewels on the pocket.
AND a matching apron and hat for my assisting smaller chef!
Kris knows how I love to cook, and how I also love my little helpers in the kitchen.

And wait, that's not all.
She also made me a little cookbook.

A page by each of our 15 grandchildren! Their picture and recipe.
Here is a sample of what's inside. This one by Kris' daughter Katelyn, in Katie's own words.

I will cherish this forever. Not only can I have fun with it now, but it will be so fun to look back over the years to come and remember their little recipes and pictures and how they 'use to talk'.

Look what Kris was making on Christmas Eve...
A doll for each of her girls.
She had to call it quits at 4:30am, so she didn't get the hair put on yet.
Instead she put bandannas on their heads
and placed them under the tree.

My favorite gift from Dennis

About a week ago, I received this list at church.
Click to enlarge
Christmas was just 4 days away, so I quickly put it aside thinking I would look it over more after the holidays. It's the book club list... all the books we will be reading and reviewing in 2009.

So imagine my surprise on Christmas morning when I opened up this tightly packed box containing 7 of these 12 books!Dennis had somehow found my list. He had gone to several stores all over Fresno and Clovis looking for these books. I was so touched that:
1. He thought of doing this (Such a Dennis thing to do. So THOUGHTFUL.)
2. That he made such a last minute effort to buy these books for me, and
3. That I now have most of these books ready to read when the time comes!

He was disappointed he could not find all 12 books, but I'm sure he still will. Right, Den?

I remember the first time I attended this book club earlier in the year.
The lady next to me turned and asked, "So what brings you here?"

Not sure what she…

Elora interviewing Uncle Tyler

I asked Elora to go in the other room
and interview Tyler about Karen.
So she did, all on her own.

So here is my 6 year old granddaughter
interviewing my youngest son.
You will have no doubt that she is also running the camera.
I like her ending.

A recap of our Christmas

I am still feeling in awe over some of the sweetest, most thoughtful,
incredible gifts our children have given to us this Christmas.
One is at the end of this post, with other blogs to follow soon.
I know I will be dreaming about our children tonight.

We began the morning with Tyler organizing the gifts under the tree.
Isn't he cute?

It's a running joke in our family trying to figure
out just what McKay is doing for his internship.
All we understand is "He is doing math research."
So this plaque is perfect for him.
He says he is going to hang it in the math lab.
Den loves old, old has beens.
and I'm not talking about me
Like old abandoned buildings, barns, cars.
He looks at all has beens and wonders what the history was behind it.
So this book is his cup of tea.
"Ghosts in the Wilderness, Abandoned America"
NO, this is not my kitchen.
It's a picture from his book...a has been kitchen.

Elora likes her Dora doll.Camers is still not feeling well but we were happy we got…

Christmas Eve in photos

Thank you McKay for vacuuming this morning.

As much as I love Christmas, it also wears me out.
I put this sign on my bedroom door and checked out for awhile.
One heart stopping moment after another.
Hold on, it gets better.

Later on we went to my brother and his wife's house, Scott and Kim.
They are always so good to have us all over.
We actually had dinner before the dessert.

Not sure why they are all hanging out in the laundry room.
My nieces Kaidy, Tess, McKenzie, nephew Alex, and granddaughter Elora

So good to see my niece Julie and her husband Nate!
Trust me, Julie is not pale. She's beautiful. It's my camera.

So good to see Karen and Tom and their son Daniel!

Our annual Nativity scene.
Elora, Tess, and Alex

This conversation does not look like it is going so well.
Brock and Elora came without Erin and Cami
Little Camers is still not feeling very well.

Tyler looking lost without Karen.
That's my sister Robin to the right.
A little pool after dinner.
Brock, Tyler, McKay
Tyler once aga…