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What goes around, comes around

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Last night as I was watching our 3 grandgirls: Elora, Campbell, and Violet....
I thought back to the 1960s 
when I use to carry around my baby sister Peggy...
This was before my youngest sister Heidi was born.
Those sister bonds are created when we are so young....
and yet, they last forever. 
I know many of you have probably already seen this,  but for those who have not, please go here,  and see what The Sweet Nectar Society did on Cami.  It makes me tear up every time. 
I love the song, too!

Kylie and Jessica back together again

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Such good friends they are. Kylie is Amy's daughter, and Jessica is Dennis' granddaughter.
So they are cousins. But it can be hard when one lives in Utah and one lives in California (they are completely oblivious to what's going on behind them...they wouldn't care anyway) So these were taken Sunday evening, the night before they left for EFY in Santa Barbara.


And here's a few picture updates from last night that Jessica sent us from her phone.



I've heard there's at least 250 kids are there, but this is the group Kylie and Jessica belong too.
Do you see them right in the middle?
Something tells me these girls won't be coming home well rested.

Austin and Chandler are there also, but I have yet to get some pictures of them.
However, I've heard that Austin has been wild on the dance floor.But I want proof.



Well what do you know...I guess it pays to complain!
Amy just sent me a picture of all 4 together:
Jessica, Kylie, Chandler, Austin
And 2 little …

Look what Grant can do!

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And I'm certain it's not what you think.



Of course this was taken last month when we were there. 
I also want to show you who came to see them after we did!

Cousin Carly and Enoch and their 5 children:  Carly did a post about it on her blog...Go here and check it out!

Alex part 2

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I admit I am not an animal person.  We originally got Alex 18 years ago from a family in our ward,  the Alexanders (hence her name).
My sons loved her, even fought over her at times.  Whenever we were doing something together, like having FHE or watching a movie,  they would take turns holding her. She was part of our family.
I didn't like having her in the house, and more or less tolerated for the benefit of my sons. 
When I married Dennis, he wanted Alex to become an outdoor cat.  I was relieved.  No more cat hair in our home, no more worrying about leaving food on the counter  and wondering if Alex had touched it. No more having a cat suddenly be in bed with us in the middle of the night.
As the boys left home one by one, guess who got to take care of her?  Well okay, it was mostly Dennis, but I was concerned for her, too.  As she aged we made her a special cardboard bed complete with an electric heating pad  which she so loved on the cold winter nights.  She became our little…

Alex is gone

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She was just a cat, right?
But this was such a hard decision. Alex was old.  She lived a long happy life of 18 years minus one month. We knew she was dying.  Saturday our sweet neighbor who loves Alex dearly came over to express her concerns.  It seemed to me that the best option would be to let nature take it's course.
We talked to a few vet offices on Saturday. We heard a variety of opinions....from "Bring her in and we will see what is wrong with her" to "At 18 years old, she is dying. You will know what to do." 
We were also told by one vet that "a pet owner knows when their pet is suffering." But Alex seemed okay. She wasn't eating and became increasingly thin.  We could feel every bone of her spine and she looked so tired and OLD.  But she wasn't crying or complaining.
Then Dennis read last night on a google search that while a dog does not suffer in silence, cats often do. Plus Den pointed out, "She is so weak, she could easily …

Guess who arrived today!!

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Here she is leaving Utah
Flying by herself for the very first time...


Jessica came so she could attend EFY
with our granddaughter Kylie.

Nice surprise when we learned that Amy and the twins 
would be coming to the airport too.
Grandpa was so excited to see his oldest granddaughter. 

And even though Jessica looks like she is thinking,  "Oh no, what have I got myself into?" I do believe she is having a great time so far. Isn't she darling?

Completely makes me laugh.  We did have one little problem though. See that navy sweater on the chair between me and Den?
When Jessica arrived I got so excited I totally forgot about it  and just got up to give her a hug... 

It wasn't until we got home that I realized 
I had left it there on that chair.
What were the chances that I would get it back?
So after dinner and 3 hours later... 
Jessica and I returned and guess what?
The airport police were saving it for me!
He is asking me why I'm taking his picture.


Monday, Jess heads out for Santa Barba…

Update on our 2011 Grandbabies

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Miss Violet, our little multi-tasker. She is one busy little girl! 16 months old
Rich Who, his mother says, loves the broom. 10 months old 
Since you can't see Rich's face, I'm going to show a second one of him.


Grant Trying to decide on a pre-dinner snack!  9 months old
2011 was a blessed year in our family.

Three summer ideas

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I feel compelled to pass along 2 promising sounding summer ideas:
And a 3rd link.


1. This mom came up with the idea of posting a schedule 
each day for her kids, so structure won't completely 
disappear during the summer. 
I wish I had thought of this back in the day. 
Sometimes those summer days can just melt one right into another. 
Kids love structure and the feeling of knowing what is coming up next.
Check it out here.


2. Never would have thought of this idea on my own....
a very creative non toxic way to keep flies away.
I have not tried this, but they claim it's effective. 
Flies are the major reason I don't enjoy eating outside. 
So, I will be hanging these at our 4th of July barbeque! 


3. And here's a fun little blog to check on each day.  It's written by a 9 year old. She photos her school lunch everyday in her Scottish town.  Apparently it's not summer break there.  I love seeing the different foods.
 Her blog was very controversial for a while  and her school was tryin…

A way easier way to journal

I'm sorry about the video of yesterday. 
Apparently Youtube has new ways of controlling things, 
like the music we choose.

HOWEVER, today, I want to show you something that I really really like.
Something that I think may influence years and even generations to come.
I'm hoping anyway.

When my sister Robin told me about LDSjournal I didn't think I would be that interested.
I keep a journal in a written standard type book. I enjoy hand writing.
But, as I thought more about it, I realized I don't write all that often anymore.
It's frustrating to write something down without spell check,
without being able to change paragraphs around,
without being able to insert added memories of that day that I thought of later.

With LDSjournal, I can just quickly write a sentence or two in 30 seconds.
Or I can write 3 sentences and then come back later that day and write 2 more paragraphs.
SO simple, so UN-time comsuming.

When the grandkids say something that I don't want to forge…

My Amazing off the charts Dad!

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My Dad is 82 now, 
so this video is about something he did over 20 years ago....



Or, try this link if the above does not work.
If it still doesn't work please let me know.


PS  He actually ran over 30 marathons, 17 of them in Boston.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

And Happy Father's Day to you all!

The easiest bread you'll ever make

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No kneading. Hardly any stirring.
Just mix, rise, plop on cookie sheet, rise again, and bake.
And like Dennis says, "This tastes like a treat."

McKenna calls this Peasant Bread. We call it McKenna's bread, because we learned it from her.
We couldn't get enough of it when we were visiting, so I decided I better make some at home. 

Ingredients: 2 c warm water 2 1/4 t yeast 2 t salt 2 T sugar 4 c flour olive oil or butter for brushing

Okay, so combine the yeast, salt, sugar.  Then add flour and stir with a wooden spoon (which I didn't have)
 Cover it with a dishcloth.  It doesn't matter how ugly or faded the dish towel is. (Would you believe this one use to be red?)
Ignore it like this for 1 hour.
 After the hour passes,  flour your hands and pull the batter into 2 lumps and plop on cookie sheet that has been greased and generously dusted with cornmeal. Cover again and leave it alone for another 30 minutes.

 Then, Brush with olive oil.  Then McKenna says this…

My phone call to Apple headquarters

You know how a person can sound very impatient?  Like they are on the verge of just letting you have it?  This is just how the sales person sounded that I talked to at the main Apple store  (the toll free headquarters one) earlier today.  It was not so much what she said but the way she said it.... until I got to a certain part in our communication.  Then I really liked her.
So I began: "Could you please tell me when the new Mac Pros will be available in stores,  because the local store here will not give me any idea."
Very quick and short she responded, "No. I cannot." "Well the store here tells me I need to call their store every day and ask them.  And they said even if they have them in stock, I can't ask them how many they have." "That is correct." "Well how long will this go on?" "I can't tell you that."
I was growing quickly tired of this conversation so I said,  "Okay will it be weeks? Months? How long?  I can't be call…

Does anyone have an opinion on which laptop to buy?

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I've heard people say over and over that MACs are better. Do you disagree?

So we spent the morning at the Apple store. 
I think I have it narrowed down to either the Mac Book Air
 or the Mac Book Pro.
Does anyone have an opinion? 
I wanted something I can take traveling with me,  but also something I can use in different rooms of our home.  My PC laptop died in Oregon, so it's time to move on.  I thought of an IPAD, but I'm not really into carrying my computer around town with me,  So I don't think I need to go that light.  And I would like a larger screen than an IPADI think. 
As we were leaving the Apple store, Den said,  "So what's wrong with just a regular PC laptop?"
Neither of us know the answer to that. We've just heard Macs are better??  No?
And if so, can anyone tell us why?