Showing posts from November, 2011

Tooth brush story part 2

If you've had enough of the toothbrush-bribe with cell phone-buy another cell phone for twin brother....then you might not want to watch this video.

But if you are interested, here's how it all turned out. A glitch along the way, but Alls Well That Ends Well, as my Mom use to say to me.

This was taken Monday and Tuesday evening.

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookie Dough Balls

 Picture from the original post by Mama Pea

I've read about these cookies for a long time now, and finally yesterday I made them! Dennis even likes them. 

I like cookies that have substance to them
...not just sugar fluff. 
These are oh so good, and filling, too.

I really think you will like these, 
unless you don't like peanut butter...or chocolate.  
Check out the recipe here.

Téa's obsession

It all started 5 days ago.

Our 2 year old granddaughter was visiting and spotted a "Belle" toothbrush  in our bathroom that she just HAD to have.
I gave it to her not knowing it would become her constantbuddy going everywhere with her. To say Téa was attached to that toothbrush just doesn't describe. She would sob and sob if she momentarily lost it... like when she accidentally left it at Panda Express and Amy had to drive back to retrieve it.
I wonder how it went when she took toothbrush to church yesterday.
Keep in mind these are not posed pictures. This is her every day life.

I worried that she would fall and choke on it, not to mention the germs she was continually ingesting.  (Yes, her brother is still wearing his Halloween costume.)
 Finally I thought of a plan.  We would buy her a "Belle" replacement, wrap it as a gift,  and present it as a trade. Dennis said no to the first gift idea... "You'd be saving Téa from her toothbrush only to have her choke on …

A few Thanksgiving Memories of 2011

Look what Grandma Lynn made for our granddaughters Elora, Cami, and Violet,  and their friends, Hailey, Anna, and Ian !  (Cami was sick on Thanksgiving and camped out in the other room. We missed her!)
She got the pattern off Den's daughter's website YOUCANMAKETHIS What a forever memory this makes!

I was lucky to get a picture before Ian took his hat off.  But the girls kept them on all afternoon and probably beyond.
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving was over hearing Elora talk to her friend Hailey.  None of us got the whole conversation but a few heard Elora say at one point,  "Don't worry. The store employees kill the turkeys." (Apparently she was trying to explain Thanksgiving to Hailey)
This reminds me of the time I was trying on clothes with Elora in a Target dressing room.  We suddenly heard a loud noise and by reflex I asked,   "What was that?"  Without skipping a beat Elora responded,  "Oh that's just Target making more clothes."   !! :)


I can't get her off my mind...

Last Sunday I taught the 14-15 year old girls. The lesson was on "Preparing for Change." All about how the one thing we can count on in life is change. It's going to happen whether we like it or not. Even the hard changes can have blessings, and we can grow sometimes tremendously from them.

The lesson included this true story about a woman who suddenly loses her husband to death after 20 years of marriage. Since my own story was so similar I decided just to tell my story instead.

Afterwards, I asked the girls if they had anything they would like to share about difficult change. One beautiful girl with a very cute name (that I won't say here), who was just visiting and I had never met before... raised her hand. She was so serene and quiet, and had listened intently to my lesson, only talking when I had earlier asked her name. She was sitting so straight and tall, with her dark long hair pulled back into a pony.

She had a very soft spoken voice, and began her story like …

I've done this before!

I really thought I was the only parent who had tried this!
And I was even pregnant at the time. 

I have to also say that the crying part in this video is hard for me to watch. 
I know babies cry, but I still don't like it.

Did your Grandpa ever show up at school?

For some reason, whenever Dennis is out of town I sleep on his side of the bed. 
Really, I don't understand why, but that's what I do. 
Maybe it helps me to miss him a little less since I am taking his place?
I'm glad he is home after spending 5 days in Houston visiting his 2 sons and their families.

I love how excited he was to surprise  his grand daughter Kaylee at school.  He showed up just as she was going into the cafeteria for lunch.  When she saw him, her face lit up  and she threw her arms around him. He got emotional just telling me about it.
She loved it so much, that he surprised her again today!
We are going to frame these pictures and send them to Kaylee.
He still had the school required name tag on his shirt 
when he stepped off the plane tonight! And knowing Den, he will probably keep the tag forever.
Yes, his real name is George, which I prefer, but he doesn't.
Kaylee has changed much since this picture... 
one of my all time favorites.

Thank goodness for younger people

It seems about 50% of friends my age have problematic shoulders...including Dennis and I. 
No one ever told me this would/could happen as we got older. 
But I have heard from my Dad, "Aging is not for sissies."  

So sometimes we need help from our grandchildren. 
Not only has Austin been helping us on most Saturdays.....

But yesterday Elora helped me shop.
She lifted every single one of these items  and pushed that cart all over Costco Did I mention she is only 9? She organized it all herself. How do you like where she put the paper towels? Once Elora makes a decision, that's just the way it is.
But don't feel sorry for her, she is one happy girl!
I whispered to her as she was loading everything onto the counter, "Let's just see if that man can get these things back in the cart as well as you did!"
(answer:  NO, he couldn't)
Red Robin seemed like an appropriate reward. I never mentioned a word about her homework, but she brought it from her backpack into the resta…

My own personal survey

Is it just me or do you feel this way also?
There are 2 things lately that bother me when I go shopping, and they both mainly happen in grocery stores.

1. I do not like it when the clerk looks down at my receipt and then looks up and says, "Thank you Ms Shelley." This happens in one grocery store in particular (VONS). I rarely go there but when I do they always call me by name right at the end, just as I am leaving. Do they really think this is going to make a customer feel good? I do shop at stores where they really do know my name, and then I love it when they use it...but not in the fake way I just described. I don't know why it bothers me so much but it does.

2. I do not like it when I am asked, at the very end of my purchase, if I would like to donate a dollar to charity. If I want to donate to a charity I will do it on my own, not because they have just asked me in front of everyone else who is in line with me. I always say no. Especially when I heard the store ge…

The day we met baby Grant!

I should begin this with an apology to the McKs, but I will save that for the end.

What a moment watching them walk towards us!
(We had already taken Grant from them.)

They flew into San Francisco from Provo.
Then took the BART to Pleasanton where we all shared a hotel room.

Grant's in love with his Mommy
I think Grant realized right away that I love him too.  He would look at me at any angle that worked.

This is the first and last I will see of him with his casts on. Next week he gets his special shoes and braces.
There is just something so satisfying  about watching your kids become parents.
In love as much as ever Hard decision what to order.  Cheesecake Factory had way too many choices
But look what we all ended up with
McKay ~ herb crusted salmon I guess this design was for Turkey month?
McKenna~ Pork chop
Dennis~ Swiss steak Grandma Honey~ Grilled salmon Okay, I'm getting a little carried away here...back to the story....
And see that little mound below....that's Grant! McKenna and I we…