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This is the part I don't like

...saying Goodbye.
Who knows how long it will be till we get to see them again, but Karen, Tyler and baby Rich left this afternoon to go back to Logan, Utah.

Here's a few memories of the past 8 days with them.

This little guy may be just 4 months old but he is so aware of everything. 
Back at the hotel, Rich watches his parents say goodbye, 
leaving his grandparents in charge.

This picture cracks me up. 
"What? I'm staying with you?"

Our little guy was rather lost looking in our big hotel bed.

Some more  Karen/Tyler/Rich favorites:

Christmas morning I think McKay and Tyler realized they already had their presents!

Grandma Honey lovin on her baby Rich.

And finally, Last night...making the most of each hour. 
Knowing the next day Karen and Tyler would start their new life in Logan, 
while the McKs will return to Provo on Monday.
(Lovely floor, huh?)
We went to bed at 12:30 and they were still playing strong!
Since both couples won't both be living in Provo anymore, 
they have made plans to visit back and forth each month.

Tyler thinks Rich looks like Téa in this picture. 
What will Richie look like next time we get to see him again?
He'll probably be crawling but hopefully not walking. 
I mean, I hope we don't have to wait that long.

The past 8 days didn't turn out like we had hoped, 
but we enjoyed them just the same. 
I try to tell myself not to be sad they left, but instead happy they came.

Home is the best place to be

We all checked out of our hotel rooms yesterday (Hooray !!) ....
but is it any wonder we went out to dinner again last night?
Not back to normal around here yet, 
but the last of the machines left last night. 
It'll be several weeks before we get the floors in, 
but that's okay.

The day was sunny and bright around here 
so we had "the boys" outside for awhile. 
It's so good to be home!
Rich and Grant
Best Buds

Richie has a thing for Aunt Amy. 

 Daddy Love

Look at our waitress last night!

Karen, Tyler and baby Richie fly home tomorrow.  :(((((

Okay, so we have a question. Both babies have colds right now. Probably simple colds, although it doesn't seem simple because they are not sleeping well at night because of the congestion. When I was raising my babies we were told to just give them a little Triaminc ....that cleared up their congestion enough so they could sleep. But of course now, all baby cold meds have been taken off the market. So what do Moms do now when their babies are congested and can't sleep? Just stay up all night with them? Vicks on the bottom of feet works really good for coughing....but can we use that on little babies' feet? Anyone out there have some advice?

9 reasons I love being a Rozier

Something about holidays brings certain things to light.

Like our annual Rozier Christmas party.
Looking around I noticed just a few of the reasons I love being a part of my extended family:

1.  Always doting aunts ready to view and be excited about the new members of our baby Grant

Aunt Karen loving on Richie

2. We have our unique Calvary's hair. She was born with a one pony tail on the side of her head. I've never seen anything like it. What a nice little bonus.
 My sister Peggy with her Calvary (her youngest grandchild)

3. Even when members of our family arrive 30 minutes late for dinner because they accidentally go to the wrong party down the street, no one is upset....only happy to see them.

4. At any given Rozier party, during any given year, there are always little ones to love
and give great meaning to life.
 Love Téa's apple that I found on one of the tables.

5. We have the best food at our family gatherings!

6. There is always catching up to do. Concern and interest all around the room.

7.We share history together and are so happy to see once again family that travel many hours to be with us.

8. We accept all princesses

9. My Dad is the quiet patriarch of this family, with Susan always by his side.
They, along with my mother, are our foundation.

10.  We worry and pray for those who are struggling, and share in their pain. Before our Christmas Eve dinner we all knelt in prayer on behalf of our brother Richard who is in Utah struggling with health challenges.
at Natalie's wedding in Oct

Last Tuesday, the same night we learned he was in ICU, was also the same day we discovered our leaking house. Suddenly I didn't care if our house fell down. I just want my brother to be well again.

Did I always so appreciate my extended family? I don't think so. Not as much as I should have. In years past, sometimes I saw our gatherings as just another thing I had to do, another place we had to be. I'm thankful for those who went to such efforts, and continue to do keep our family traditions going strong.

Update on house: It is still not dry. Day 5 at the Hilton...

another unexpected event....and poor Laurynn !

So while Christmas Story was running in the hotel lobby yesterday...

and we were having our breakfast, look who's carried Santa!

A Christmas breakfast to remember.

On the way out to the parking lot McKenna excitedly found this:
Even with many empty rooms at this hotel,
apparently I'm not the only Grandma Honey here!

We broke the rules for 2 hours, 
and turned off all the blaring fans in our house so we could have Christmas morning there. 
Not what we were suppose to do, 
and I usually follow rules to the letter, 
but it was Christmas morning and all our presents and tree were at the house....
and try as we did, 
we could not figure out a way to transport our tree to the hotel.

more on that in another post.....

Then on to church, where besides Christmas,.... it was Grant's blessing day 
...more on that later too.

So sweet Amy said we could move Christmas dinner to her house after church. 
since ours is still unlivable

Just as church ended Dennis got a call from Amy 
saying Laurynn was in the hospital getting ready for surgery due to an appendicitis.

Since all our food was at Amy's and she had the tables set and ready to go, 
we went ahead and had dinner there....

...while poor Laurynn was having emergency surgery.

Finally about 8:30 last night, Amy got to have her Christmas dinner!

We thought we could go home today, 
but turns out our house needs us to stay away at least for another night. 

And no, I don't think it has anything to do with turning off the fans for those 2 hours.
Can you tell I'm still trying not to feel guilty about that?

Plan B, or maybe C

So yesterday my Dad called and suggested we ask the insurance to put us all up in hotels. At first I thought it would be more trouble moving, than staying here in this mess. Besides who wants to leave home on Christmas, especially since we have flown our married kids out here to be with us??

Besides, I had already asked the insurance, and they said no.

Then one of the 4 workers taking out our flooring said to me, "Ma'am, you need to make other plans for Christmas. We will be putting 5 industrial fans in here that will be so loud you won't be able to hear yourself talk."

That did it. Several phone calls later (to the insurance) and here we all are at the Hilton Homewood Suites. This is a new, very lovely hotel. We have 3 rooms, all next together. Each complete with a kitchen and living room area.

I keep thinking....and this is all because of one little drip drip drip under our dishwasher! But then I started thinking how often lives are turned upside down because of one little accident (and I don't mean to imply this is one of those times...this isn't a tragedy, of course). I also realize that any problem that can be solved, is really not a problem. Not in the whole scheme of things.

And so we may as well enjoy our stay here, right?

Karen and Tyler's room became party central 
with cousins Jake/Katie and Colt/Sami joining in.

The hotel maids are going crazy over Richie.

Grant is enjoying the hotel decor.

It's been tricky making Christmas dinner in a hotel room, but it's working....sort of.
With some help from the front desk...letting me use their bigger bowls.

So with no car (we are sharing 2 cars between 3 couples of course)
I have time to cook and blog, simultaneously.
While listening to Adele... being I have no Christmas music on my IPOD.
Multi tasking at its finest.

Dennis knows I am feeling stressed, and I even got up at 2am to make lists 
of all we need to do to have a hotel Christmas.
We woke up this morning and he said to me, "I will do anything to help you. Anything." 
I have hardly seen him since then with all the errands, 
and crisis control at our wet house,
 and last minute shopping and delivering gifts I sent him on. 
I don't usually talk like this but I looked him in the eyes and said, 
"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow." 
I am so thankful He gave me my husband. And my entire family.

A Christmas to Remember!

The insurance claims department called and said they needed to take our flooring up now.

So it's going to be an interesting Christmas.
But we are so very thankful to be together. 

More pictures later but for now....
Rich Boy, as they call him.
Isn't he totally adorable?!!

And sweet little Grant got his new braces today!
So far, he seems to not mind them so much.

More later.
Merry Christmas!

Hailey got baptized today

We wish we could have been both here, and also there in Sacramento today.
But with the McKs here along with baby Grant...
and Karen and Tyler flying in today (more on that later), it was not meant to be.
However, THANK YOU so much Susan for taking these pictures for us!

Great Grandpa Rozier with Hailey

Hailey and her Dad 
with Uncle Jordan

Great Grandpa, Aunt Whitney, Great Aunt Robin, 
Brooke, McKenzie, and Hailey

I'm certain Hailey's Mom was there in spirit. 
No doubt about that. 

I heard they read a letter from Hailey's mom at her baptism.
I would sure love to read that.

Our prayers continue to be with Hailey's Papa and Chickie in Alpine, Utah.

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