Showing posts from May, 2014

Life in Vancouver

This video gives a little glimpse into McKenna and McKay's new home and neighborhood in
Vancouver, Washington. But more than that, I get to see some of my grandchildren.

Karen and Tyler were house shopping that day trying to find a home close by. (Leo was with them)
But Rich spent the day playing with his cousins Grant and Scarlett. 
I love the area, all the greenery and sunshine.

This is no ordinary story

Dennis and I set out on Monday to meet this family...

It was this thing below that kept us from our destination!
I have been following this very unique family for a long time via their blog. Carrie and her husband
Gavin were missionaries in New Guinea (not sure which religion) along with their young son Issac
when Carrie learned she was pregnant with quintuplets.

So they moved back to Dallas so Carrie could get good medical care, and to be close with family.
After all, with 5 babies they would need a little help.
They are in California right now just an hour from our house and they invited us to their Open House!
I was so excited but about half way there our car started making a horrible noise.
Turns out our dust cover underneath the car was 1/2 on and 1/2 off.

I kept saying we should call Triple A.
He kept saying he wanted to figure it out himself.

Luckily we were not far from a truck stop and Den bought a contraption he wrapped underneath the car
and then both he and I had to hold th…

If he hadn't survived, I wouldn't be here

My maternal Great Great Grandparents, Mary Keziah (Chew)  and Luman Walker LeMaster. Mary: 1847-1927
Luman: 1842-1931

I learned from my cousin Travis today, that Luman fought in the Civil War, enlisting in July 1861. He  was shot through the left breast. The bullet entered between the first and second ribs and lodged within  the thorax. He spent time in the hospital in Nashville and Lousiville before being discharged with 1/2  disability on Feb. 27, 1864.
And here's the good part. He came home and married Mary Chew and they went on to have 11  children…..their 4th child being my Great Grandpa William Clifford LeMaster.
Mary Chew was the daughter of Dr Ezekial Cooper Chew. My cousin Travis has wondered if perhaps  Dr. Chew was treating Luman's wounds, and that is how he met the Dr's daughter, Mary. People didn't  have many ways to meet back then….they didn't have cars or phones or Facebook. So Travis' idea
sounds likely but I suppose we will never know.
Either w…

What a really fun Mom would do

I wouldn't say my sons considered me a "fun" Mom back in the day. I think they liked me and all, but not sure "fun" would be in any of their descriptions of me (although I sort of regret that now.) 

However, having said all that, I seriously WOULD have let them 
doTHIS.And I would have had the time of my life watching 

Although, I do admit if I had had a newhome….you know, with 
the perfect walls and all, I would not have even mentioned this 
crazy idea to them. 

As for now? I don't even think it's on the market yet, and I don't 
have any stairs. But if I did and if it was, this alone would make me such a cool Grandma Honey.

Kylie teaches us about diabetes

Last week there was an article on the front page of our paper stating that 1 out of every 3 patients in
OUR area hospital are diabetic. ONE out of every THREE. They are calling it an epidemic.

Our granddaughter Kylie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just 14 months ago.

I interviewed her but as you will see I don't quite know what I'm doing. But Kylie does.

Even though I've edited about half of this out, this video is not short. She talks about what it's like and
what she has learned about life. And shows us what she goes through each day.

This girl not only has courage, but she has what I call FORTITUDE. She pushes through life….just
doing what she needs to do, and wanting to help others in the process.

An accident that paid for diapers and preschool

Now that 3, soon to be all 4 of my sons and their wives, are home owners... I figure now is a good
time to go through and distribute their father's items to them.

I found this picture of Bill and Kari…the little girl we cared for, before our sons were born.

Bill is younger in this picture (26?) than any of our sons are now! Who does he most look like?? Anyone have an opinion?
Brock, Logan, McKay, Tyler a few years ago.
What I found most interesting about my findings yesterday is this list of goals Bill typed up. It has no
date on it and I don't know what prompted him to write it, but I am very thankful for #5.
Because of goal #5, and because he didn't just think about it, but followed through, I was able to keep
our home after he died, and I didn't have to leave our sons to find employment.
In going through Bill's momentos yesterday…..I came across some pictures of when he was in the Army. He said those were the worst 3 years of his life, and I have unhappy looking …

If we only knew….

Even if you have seen this before, it's worth it to watch again. Sometimes I think I should watch this
everyday before leaving the house, or at least before visiting someone in the hospital.

My cousin Ron has been in the hospital since Mother's Day when he broke his femur in a ladder
accident. I've always heard that is a very painful bone to break! He has been in our thoughts and
prayers, and will continue to be.

He is holding a note from one of his granddaughters.
I'm beginning to think Mother's Day may be a dangerous day. About 10 years ago Dennis was scheduled for surgery, but it had to be rescheduled 6 months out because his surgeon fell in his empty swimming pool on Mother's Day and broke both legs. The surgeon said the blessing in all of that was, he got to really know his infant daughter since they spent many weeks, if not months on the floor together.

Why I choose Saturday morning instead

The problem with me going to the Friday night Farmer's Market here in Clovis,
is I get easily distracted, and then come home with no fruits and vegetables. 

Like last Friday night, I got completely involved talking to this woman…
And looking at her child. Her pretend child. I'd never seen anything like it.

She weighs 11 lbs and she moves and looks (at least at first) like a real baby. The woman named her Talee…the Lee part after her.
 She wouldn't let anyone touch her because she didn't want the baby to get dirty. Her sister had her
custom made just for her. I thought it rude to ask how much her baby cost.
So today I was happy to read in the paper that the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings in the old
DMV parking lot is now continuing year round.  (the original plan was to just have it during the off season) 
It's cooler in the mornings here, parking is easier, and I can just buy my vegetables and leave.  It's not a social event like the Friday night one.

going separate ways?

If you have followed my blog at all you will see our grand twins 
for the past 5 years mostly side by sidein any pictures or videos. 
We don't pose them that way….that's just how they are.

They share activities, play, friends, food, time, and space.

So when Jonas wanted to join T-Ball and Téa had no interest in 
that….I was wondering how that would work for them.

Jonas was SO proud, and asked us to come watch him play!

His Mom was on 2nd base, helping the kids run the right direction.
Jonas knows to stand and how to pay attention.

That's more than I can say for most on "his team." The little guy on the left is barely 3,  and hasn't a clue what he's doing there. 

I yelled out as loud as I could, "Jonas the Bonus!"…... After shouting that a few times I suddenly told Dennis…
"Oh no, I don't want to be one of those Grandmas 
who embarrass the grandkids!"

Den said right back to me, "I don't think so. Remember, he still 
insists his name is Jona…

about Dennis

I can't help myself…I have to share this….
Whenever our kids are going through anything, good or bad, Den 
tends to get obsessed in it all. He's not pesty (right??)…I don't 
mean that….but he's been known to buy and read text books they 
are reading. Or look up maps to where they are moving.  He even tapes these maps to his office wall.  Not to mention that he continually talks about them.  But that's a good thing to me.
His kids, my kids. It doesn't matter.
Well guess what? His obsessions extend to animals apparently.
One morning last week he announced that he found a stray dog in 
our front yard. I wanted to say, "So? Just ignore it." But I didn't. Out of respect to him, not the dog.
He was continually going out to check on  this little bitty dog… every 15 minutes.
He was looking in the fridge and asking me at the same time, 
"What can I give him to eat?" Like I would know.  "Nothing. We keep no dog food in the fridge."
So off he goes to…

Challenges and Joys

Yes, that's Austin back with us. He needed to come home from his mission this week  so he could get medical treatment.

See that look of shock over Austin's face? I just so happened to have my camera on him  when he noticed our remodeled kitchen for the first time.  I guess it looked pretty bad when he left.

We had stake conference today and so we kept our tradition  of having lunch afterwards. 
Chicken salad sandwiches, fluffy fruit, strawberries, Lime chips, baked beans, Chinese Chicken Salad, Mom's fruit punch
(just putting it here so when I'm asking myself: Now what did I serve last time?)

While I was cleaning the kitchen today after lunch our sweet 
Violet wrapped her arms around my legs  and said, "I want to hug you Grandma Honey."
Things got a little crazy around here after we all ate.  But that's okay….

That's what cousins are suppose to do when they get together.
However, just as I was coming out of the kitchen I noticed 
everyone was leaving….like all of a su…