Showing posts from January, 2012

Elora and her sisters

As Elora was trying to talk to me....

It cracked me up the way Violet wanted to be in on it all Elora was telling me how sometimes her teacher asks her to teach some of the assignments.
I can totally see this happening. Elora is a natural.
Then when we got back to our house she wanted to write all about it in a journal she keeps here.

And look who the girls got to see last weekend! Erin said Cami was totally captivated by Belle at Disneyland. A little girl's dream come true.

What's going on in the family

1. Kylie got a new hair cut! Makes her look older and I would say prettier too, but I don't think she could be any prettier than she is.

2. Chandler did a drawing of Dennis' very favorite Clovis landmark.
He has a talent for capturing detail, as you can see.

3. Mike (Kris' husband) turned 4-0. Yes he did! And all the gang in Logan were present, including the newcomers to the town, Tyler, Karen and Richie.

4. Amy has been busy making wooden letters. No, I have no idea where she finds the time.

5. Dennis' girls had another article printed in Where Woman Cook, so of course we needed to stock up.

And as usual he could not wait til we got home to begin reading....

6. McKay is in San Francisco where he has another interview with the same company he met with in November. McKenna and Grant are in Denver visiting her new little nephew. I wish they were all here with us instead, but we can't have everything.

7. Don't forget to go see Austin as the Anvil Salesman in The …

What people say when they are dying.

When my mother was dying nearly 5 years ago,  I became acquainted with several of the hospice nurses who would come to our home  to offer guidance and help with her care.   I was curious about all these hospice workers,  how they work everyday with life and death.   I asked one of the nurses what the religious backgrounds were with most of their employees.   She told me that their backgrounds varied, greatly.   
I asked if all their workers believed in God and in an afterlife.   She told me, that yes, they did have some workers who did not believe in God  when they first began working for hospice…. but, she said, after working for hospice, every oneof them believes in God and an afterlife.   She said over time working with people who are getting ready to die,  they have seen too much and felt too much to NOT believe in God

You may have seen this article (or below) on CNN news today. Or maybe you didn't.
I think you will find it very interesting. The post I shared right before this one may h…

A doctor aborted the wrong twin

This is just the saddest story, on so many levels. But it's also thought provoking. Makes me realize how shallow some people are. Not to mention heartless. Do some people not get life at all?

A lady in Australia was told one of her twins would be born with a serious heart condition, so she wanted her Dr to abort that twin at 32 weeks. That's just 8 weeks before the due date. And the Dr accidentally killed the "wrong one."

The story.

Richie sends his birthday wishes too!

This made me so happy I just had to share. I haven't even shown it to Grandpa yet. He's too busy talking to Richie's Dad on the phone right now. He's going to love this!!

Look what baby Grant sent to Grandpa!

This just shows a little of the picture poster Grant sent...I couldn't get it all in our printer.  But you get the idea. I wish I had taken a video of Grandpa opening it up.  He was SO excited. There is just expression after expression of our little guy. 
And if you are not familiar with the dynamics of our family,  you won't know the unlikelyhood that Grant would look like Grandpa Dennis.
As Dennis admired his wonderful gift he said, "This has McKenna written all over it!" It does indeed!
And no, it's not Dennis' birthday yet. Not quite. So this was a total surprise.

Grant I'm sure is getting stronger by the day....take a look. And trust me, I've held those braces in my hands and they are not light.

Mexican Casserole

Do you want to know something you can quickly fix when you are hungry and looking for something filling?
This is it:

I made this last night....the picture is from a magazine. But I made so many changes that I won't even give you the original recipe. And mine did pretty much look like this picture, minus the tomatoes, since they aren't in season right now.

Here's what I did:

1. 6 tortillas....I used a corn/wheat blend but any kind will do.

2. Brown 1/2 lb gr turkey (or beef) with 1 chopped onion and 1/2 green pepper.
add 1  1/2 T taco seasoning and 3/4 c water and let simmer a few minutes

3. one generous cup of frozen corn.

4. 16 oz can of refried beans mixed with 1/2 cup salsa

So you start with the 2 tortillas flat on the bottom of the casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Then add 1/3 of each mixture till you have everything layered. Then you top with 3/4 c cheese and bake at 350" till bubbly hot.

We loved this but it was a bit too hot for me even though I used mild sa…

I don't know what to title this

Dennis and I attended a funeral Friday morning which included a complete Catholic Mass. This is far from the first Mass I've attended, but I always find them interesting.

Friday morning was different though. The Catholic Priest (I hope I am identifying his title correctly) actually quoted a Mormon during his talk. He mentioned Steven L Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." I have never even read this book, but I've heard quotes from it for years. But hearing about it in a Catholic Mass? I admit I was surprised.

Quoting Covey, this Priest talked about how we should "begin with the end in mind." That we should envision our own funeral and think about the words that we wish to be said about ourselves. This can help us visualize what we value the most. To begin with the end simply means to start with our destination in mind. That gives us a sense of where we are in our life.

I love it when religions come together in shared beliefs.…

Let's just Hide the Mother under a Blanket!

Back in the day. And I do mean way back in the day...did you know it was popular to photograph small children while sitting on their mother's lap...while the mom was completely covered by a blanket?

Then later the lumpy Mom would be hidden further by a mat before the picture was placed in a frame.

So what did they tell the children? 
"Don't worry, Mommy's still here with you but we don't want her in the picture so we're covering her up." 

And just why did they not want Mom in the picture?

This one is so well done, you can hardly tell!

Perhaps they had a few hidden Dads back then too?

Oh yes, let's just stick Mom behind the drapes.  Oh my, photography has changed through the years.

My nervous husband

Dennis was tense the entire drive over to Sweet Tomatoes tonight. He said it was a bad idea to take the twins there, and it would never work.

I think he was reflecting back earlier today when we took the twins to the care center to see a few of our friends there.

They only have it in them to be "good" for so long.
Don't get me wrong, he adores the twins as much as I do. But like he reminds me, they are TWO and there are 2 of them. He thinks it's best to just love on 2 year olds at home, and not bring them out in public until they are civilized.

My argument was
1) At least I would not have to clean up after dinner and
2) It would put us that much closer to bedtime after it was over. (no offense intended, we just get tired)

On the drive there I put my hand on his arm and said, "Just remember, we can't always change the circumstance, but we can change our attitude." Good thing he has a sense of humor.

As we were going towards the door of the restaurant I t…

This is why I love 2 year olds..

They are eccentric!
They wake up each morning totally trying to relive the day before.
Téa had barely opened her eyes this morning (but Jonas not quite)
and she wanted her Belle costume back on.

They play like no one could possibly get hurt.
 And then they are the first to check out the owies, when they do.
They dance with their entire heart and soul
If they like something, then they REALLY like it.

They are totally gripped by The Lion King.  Have you ever met a 2 year old who wasn't?? (How do you like the way Den duct taped some old bedspreads over the dusty concrete?)

They are so excited about their next adventure that I could hear them softly giggling on their way up to the door to Joy School this morning.
And I think Jonas would say the best part of his day is  when nap time is over and he gets to be reunited with his Téa again.
So yes, Day 2 with the twins. We are hoping their parents are enjoying every minute together in Vegas!

I have a sneaky daughter in law

Amy asked Logan if he would take this week off to take care of the kids so she could have a little getaway with her girlfriend Crystal. So he did.

But instead, she had it all planned out that she would surprise him instead. I played into this whole thing by asking Logan if I could have the twins for a few hours today. This gave Amy an excuse to bring them over, complete with clothes for the next few days.

I haven't heard yet how it went, but at 2:20 she was planning to tell Logan he had 25 minutes to pack. And at 4:40 this afternoon they both flew to Las Vegas together!

So Den and I have the twins until Thursday.
Amy gave me permission to do this all Grandma Honey style.

I'll explain.

First off I had their "hospital lunches" all ready and waiting for them.
They scarfed nearly every bit of these down.
When I served them spaghetti for dinner Jonas took just a few bites and said, "I give plate back." Téa wasn't interested in it either. Before Amy left she …