Showing posts from February, 2011

My perspective

I use to have a quote I lived by: 
"I can do anything if I am not nauseous." 
This was developed after 4 very sick pregnancies or aka: "The boat ride that never ends" or so it seemed at the time. 

Long after the pregnancies were over, that was still my motto. I learned much from those long boat rides. Or as my mother wrote in her journal, "There is no progression ease to ease." 

All these years later my nausea memories have thankfully faded, and now I live by a different motto, from some other life lessons that have come my way.

When I was Relief Society president a few years back I became very well acquainted with adversity in life. Not just my own...mine very much paled to what I saw others go through. Just one example of many...there was this one woman in our ward, a little older than myself, who had numerous, unrelenting health challenges. Not just a few maladies, but many things were going wrong with her body.

The pain, the uncertainty...the many day…

Logan on TV back in 1983

While on the subject of dentistry (previous post) I wanted to show this clip of my son Logan at age 4 or 5. This wasn't exactly a commercial, but a documentary our local PBS station was doing on pediatric dentistry. 
Dr Berryhill called and asked if I would let Logan be her subject. He was always up for anything. 

I put all the captions in, except for the first one. 
So here they are, back in 1983.

I'm not sure anyone would be interested in this but I wanted to post it.
Oh the memories.
I've never figured out though why the days were so long back then, but yet the years flew by.

Amy is in a commercial!!

Our daughter in law, Amy, was asked by her dentist to come in and make a commercial a few months ago. 
So she did! 
Amy is the first one who shows, and she is the one giving him a hug at the end of her clips.

Her husband, Logan (my son), was also asked by his dentist to help make a commercial when he was 5. 

If I can figure out a way to transfer that from video to dvd to Youtube, I will show it also, someday... 

I just figured it out! Okay, Dennis did. So I'll post that tonight. 
Uh oh, now that we've learned how to transfer old videos to my blog, watch out.

Jessica singing in a music store!

Not sure the story behind this, but our granddaughter Jessica and 2 of her friends performed in a music store last week in Logan. I seriously LOVE her voice. Listen and tell me what you think.

Jessica reminds me so much of her Mom in this video. The way she looks at her friend while they are singing is the same way Kris looks at Kim when they are performing on Studio 5!

Go here to listen to Jessica singing solo!

To me this is more sad than funny

This little girl is only FIVE. What is she learning about working and self worth? What has she learned about men? Somehow she already believes that unless someone is paying her to do something, then she will be worthless. And she certainly does not want a man getting in her way.

This reminds me of a conversation Dennis and I had a few days ago. We had taken my niece McKenzie out to dinner along with our granddaughters. After we left Dennis mentioned to me that he was impressed with something McKenzie had said. She was talking about the possibility of their family moving. So Dennis asked her if she would rather stay in the house they were in, or live elsewhere. When she said she preferred to move, Den asked her why. She said, "Because I like change." He thought that was interesting coming from a 12 year old girl.  I told Den that didn't surprise me because I've heard Robin (McKenzie's mom) say that exact statement many times: "I like change."

We both t…

Today they all went home

Earlier today our grandgirls went back home to begin life with their brand new sister.
Last night, just as they was going to bed, Elora said to me, "
"Grandma Honey, before you go to sleep tonight, look right beside your pillow."
For some reason that sounded alarming to me so I asked, "Why?"
"Just look by your pillow. That's all I'm sayin' "

Of course with that statement, I wasted no time and went right into my bedroom, while Elora followed close behind. I noticed Dennis had turned down the sheets already, as he often does.  There was nothing by my pillow. Elora looked a bit panicked so she dove right into our bed searching everywhere. She kept saying, "I don't know what happened to it!"
"Well what was it??" I asked more than once.
She then jumped off the bed (literally) and slid herself under the bed.
"Here it is! I found it!" 
And up she came from the dust (it collects under the bed you know), with this sweet t…

A birthday link

Do you want to see a really cute and fancy birthday party for twin 4 year olds?
I hope to remember the plate of food....I would love to serve exactly that some day.
And the fancy dresses...that's how parties use to be.
Take a look here.

It was just too cute not to share!

I like that banana game, too. That could come in handy someday.

The girls met their sister last night via the virtual world

Hurray for Skype!
Not sure where the place mat fits into this. I think she was just so excited she had to hold on to something.

Elora explaining to Cami about their little sister. This was such a sweet moment I will not forget.

We are having a crazy good time here at home. 
"Wait Grandma Honey, I want you to take a picture after I get her dressed!" Then I forgot to come back, :(

I am a itchy Grandma. As soon as I got my grandgirls to sleep last night I went googling away about eye eczema. I am going through a major flare up right now that started a few days ago. The only way to control the itching is if I medicate...and that makes me very sleepy. My Dr told me again today, "No make up. No lotion." So I do look lovely.

I would have just hidden away at home yesterday but wild horses couldn't keep me away from seeing Miss Violet. Thankfully her focus is probably not the best yet. Unlike her sister Elora who told me last night as I was standing in the kitchen, &qu…

She's here!!!!!!!!!

Violet Nicole 6 lbs, 5 oz almost 19 inches long 
In Grandpa's lap just 3 hours after her birth. The nurse said Violet is "aggressive"  "She is beautiful, healthy and perfect." to quote her Grandma Lynn
We all cannot get over how much she looks like Elora...can you see it? Erin is doing really well and looks fabulous.
We will have Elora and Cami with us all weekend.  Later I will be posting pictures here for Erin to see since she misses them.  The hospital is on flu alert so the girls cannot see the baby until she comes home. 
So Grandpa is trying to set up Skype for tonight.

Being a grandma is the best!  A heavenly day.

I've got babies on my mind

And one in particular who will be born tomorrow.

I saw this commercial yesterday and it made me think of how much pregnancy and the baby world has changed.
Not only did we not know what we were getting until he arrived, 
but what went on in the womb was a total mystery to us.

A bizarre story with a wonderful announcement

I belong to an online list called LDSReturnedMissionaryMoms. We are a very large group of women from all over the world with one thing in common....we all have children who have served missions....which means we have plenty more than that in common. We are all about the same age, have adult children, and many of us are Grandmas, or soon to be. Whenever I need to know the answer to something, I can put a question on and have 10 replies in 15 minutes.

We share lots together on this list. One day last September, I sent a Grandmahoney blog link to the list. It was about a Dr Laura call that I thought they might be interested in. They were. The subject was a young married LDS woman who was thinking about leaving the church.

Several of the RMMoms listened to this Dr Laura call via my blog. One in particular, Kary Nelson from Colorado, scanned down my blog while listening to the call and spotted a different blog post of mine showing my niece Lindsay with her boyfriend Gard. This is the immedi…

Valentine Cookies and respecting men

I was in a panic last week because I couldn't find my sugar cookie recipe...the one I 've been using since I was about 10. So let's just say I've been making these cookies for over 40 years.

When I finally found it I decided I would put it here on my blog so we would have it forever. My sons grew up with this recipe, and now my grandchildren.

It all started back in the 1960s. Every year our favorite place to go Trick/or/Treating was Mrs. Wild's house on the corner because she always-always had her frosted sugar cookies waiting for us. One for each, in a waxed sandwich bag. We talked about her cookie all year long so I finally found the courage one day (over 40 years ago) to ask for her recipe.

Mrs. Wild's Frosted Sugar Cookies
2/3 c shortening
1 c sugar
3 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
1/3 c milk

Cream shortening with sugar. Add baking powder and salt. Then mix in flour, vanilla and milk....adding just 1 c of the flour at a time while gradually adding in…

Banana Shakes

It's become routine now for my grandchildren to request these. 
The twins expect them after dinner with us! 
Elora wants one after school the days she is here.

Great way too, to use up bananas.  I slice and freeze them as soon as they are ripe.  We never have old bananas that we throw away, like we use to. 
 They just do not taste as good if the bananas aren't frozen.  I also try to freeze them flat, rather than in clumps, because they blend better that way. 
Put several slices of banana in the blender, some milk (any kind), 3 ice cubes, a little vanilla. If it is too thick to blend, then add a little water, or some more milk. Sorry there are no measurements...probably about 1/2-1 c of milk or more to each banana. They always turn out very yummy.

(NO don't put shampoo in it.  I didn't realize that was in the picture.  I had just washed my hair in the kitchen sink before making the shakes.)

The twins are going through a picky eating phase right now. So if they don't eat a g…

Healthy at 100

One of the best book I've we've read in a long time. Dennis claims this has book has changed his life.
First before I explain, 
just take a look at some of these quotes and you will get an idea of why I love this book so much:
(Many of these quotes are referring to the 4 cultures in the world who have the longest living and healthiest people.)

* "Children raised with pets are...more likely to be kind to other children, and more likely to have healthy self-esteem once they reach their teens."
* "...the strongest predictor of which men would get cancer decades later turned out not to be smoking or obesity, but rather the lack of a close relationship with their fathers fifty years before." 
* "One of the hallmarks of the societies that exemplify healthy aging is that children are loved, held, and cared for constantly. They are rarely if ever scolded or shamed, and the idea of striking a child is completely foreign." 
*  In a heart disease study it was …

Cupcakes and Marriage

Tracey, the teacher for our 14-16 year old girls, gave a great lesson on marriage a few Sundays ago.  And to set the mood, as soon as we walked in the room, we saw these very ELEGANT looking cupcakes. 
Using the plastic bag trick, she cut a larger hole in one corner so the icing would come out thick.  Then took some silk flowers and mounted them on top! Sometimes you just want something extra pretty. 

A twin update

Here are a few of my recent favorite clips of our grandtwins!
or The Drama has begun... 

My favorite part is towards the end, where the babies are so serious.

And can you believe this, they have friends now! Their little weekly playgroup.

Look at this family

I don't pretend to even guess how a couple raises such a large family. Especially with all of them so close in age. The oldest barely looks 12, if that. I keep looking at this picture in awe, so I just had to share it. 

I found this in The Church News today, and the article goes on to explain how these parents taught their children a few lines of the Family Proclamation each morning during breakfast. 

Interesting what the Mom discovered by doing this:

You can read The Proclamation to the Family in its entirety here.

Fresh and Easy

Do you have a Fresh and Easy where you live?
 I'll show you some of the reasons I like this store.

Special close up parking for Moms (or Grandmas) with children.

Elora acts like she owns the place...sampling the juice she says is always there waiting for her. She also told the clerk that her new sister will arrive in just 2 weeks.
What a convenient after school snack selection.
Dancing to the store music.

Cami enjoying the view as she rode by.

 Elora fixing up our purchases. (While Cami preferred watching ANNIE with Grandpa.)

I admit I am intimidated by self serve check out.  Not Elora. She knew exactly what to do!
When she first began the clerk wanted to help her, but I told him, no, she can do it herself. Still he hovered close by.

A little after note:  I know this is not the preferred way for a child to ride in a cart. I watch her like a hawk so there is no way she would even get close to falling out when she is with me. Cam likes to hold the different grocery items and be a part of …

Happy Groundhog Day!

I once asked my Mom, "Why does Dad keep watching this movie? It must be his favorite one, right?"
She responded, "His favorite? It's the only movie he watches."

I've never been able to understand why. 
What is it about this movie that people like?

I've only seen a few parts of it so what do I know.

Love this hanging heart table!

This is not my table of course. I saw it elsewhere  (And can't  remember where so I can't give sorry) I decorated for Valentine's the day after Christmas, so I'm done. But next year I'd really like to hang those hearts from each chair.  I love this look! Valentine's is my favorite.
And this month will be especially wonderful.