Showing posts from July, 2014

I might say…inseparable.

So we took Hailey and Elora to see Music Man Saturday night. 
They were both looking forward to intermission…so instead of 
going with them, I handed them some money for their treats and 
told them to stay together. 
But if you know me, I couldn't just sit there in the theater, 
waiting for them to return. So unbeknownst to them,  I followed them and this is what I saw:
(Stay together?? Did I really need to say that?)

Stopping to get a drink of water.

Then I sort of hid a little…. and let them buy their food, and then appeared to get this picture.

When the play was over it was after 10pm  and they were so tired…. 
(after all, they just returned home from Family Camp that very day!)

But they were able to make it out to the car.

Hailey's Mom would be so happy to know these girls have remained close.
But seriously, I'm certain she does know.

Nicole and Nate's adventure!

Remember a while back on my blog I wrote about how my Dad gave this letter to all his married grandchildren:

This post is about Nicole and Nate's adventure.

For those who are not as familiar with our family,  Nicole is the daughter of my brother Scott and his wife Kim….they are at the beginning of this photo. Scott, Kim, Kate, Nate and Nicole, Tess, Taylor and his finance Natalie.
(Tanner is on his mission in Australia) 
Made my day when Nicole emailed me and asked if I wanted to 
put her adventure on my blog. 
Uh YES I do! Here are her words:

"I can't tell you how many of my friends have asked to be adopted into my family since 
finding out about our "adventure money." I feel so lucky to have such an awesome Grandpa. 
When we first got the letter, we went back and forth between 100 different ideas for our trip 
before finally deciding on Kauai. The whole trip kind of fell into our lap, almost like the 
universe wanted us in Kauai. Everything just worked out so perfect be…

An odd twist of events

Perhaps no one cares about this but us…. but it's all too odd not to post it.
About 10 days ago as Den and I were driving along he suddenly 
said that perhaps we should look into buying a new freezer. 
Growing up I was taught that you don't buy new appliances until 
the old ones quit working. So it would have been more like me to 
say, "What's wrong with the freezer we have?" 
But instead, to my very frugal husband who does not like to buy 
anything….I said, "Yes, let's do it!" This surprised him and even 
more so when I said, "Let's go look at some tonight." Den started 
back tracking a little…."well it was just a thought….."
Then I started pointing out that even though we had the freezer for 
about 7 years the new ones are probably more energy efficient. 
Den shot back with, "7 years?? You already had that freezer 
when I married you nearly 16 years ago." 
That couldn't possibly be true. I did buy a freezer the week after 

A great reminder

I saw this in our paper this morning.  This happened to us TWICE while I was raising our boys,  and both times their Dad was able to save them.  (however they didn't go unconscious, but did quit breathing)
I've taken CPR at least 3 times, but reading exactly what this  Officer did, makes it so plain and simple.  Kids are forever putting things in their mouths. 
Can you imagine the relief those parents felt after  waiting outside their home for help to arrive!

Scenes from last week

After Amy and Logan returned from 3 days of this:

I do lots of praying while they are gone, I do admit.

They were home less than 15 minutes when they picked the twins up from our house…..

...and drove to Cambria to spend the night with Uncle Scott and  Aunt Kim, and then next morning got up @5am  and drove to Santa Barbara where several of their kids  were just completing a week of EFY (Especially For Youth)

The three sibs, Chandler, Kylie, and Laurynn
They picked up more than just their kids but I'm not sure how 
many or who….but for sure, cousin Kaidy.
How's this for a brother sister picture?   I quite like it. Chandler and Kylie. Looking hot. Literally.

Or how about this one? Does Kylie not look like a model for a 
shampoo commercial? I think she'd get the job. Shhh don't tell her. 

And then there's this one. COW she says. I asked her what that  meant. "Crush of the week." Am I the only one who didn't know this?
She will probably never see him again. She couldn&#…

Katie's shower!

I was so disappointed tonight…
I forgot my camera and I was at a very wonderful baby shower.

My nephew Jake's wife, Katie. Their baby is due in just 4 weeks. 

I missed pictures of all her little nieces huddled around her while she opened her gifts.
The extra little camera I had in my purse  didn't do justice to all the great looking food. 

But I did get to hang out in the kids' section for a bit.

I was able to grab a shot of Amy,  Carly and my sister Peggy (Jake's mom)
Always love seeing Katie's Grandma Betty.  I've known her since I was a very little girl. 
We are all waiting to see if Katie's baby will look like a Cleveland 
or a Kennington. Katie and I decided tonight that with such 
dominate features on both sides of that family, it will be either or. 

Congratulations Katie and Jake. I can hardly wait to see your son.

I was appalled

So we are trying to replace our freezer in the garage. We figure the 
newer models are more efficient, etc. So we go to Sears last night 
and Den immediately found one he liked.

I told the salesman the only problem is I wish it had more 
removable shelves on the door. 

He said, "That is no problem at all."

"Oh, you mean you can give us a few more?"

"Sure. After you get the freezer delivered just call our service 
department and tell them one or two of the shelves broke and they 
will send you more."

I know my mouth sort of dropped as I was thinking of what to say 
next.  Den pipes up, "We're not going to lie." and then I added, "I 
couldn't sleep at night if we did something like that."

And you know what the sales man did at that point? Nothing! He 
just went on talking about something else.

From that moment on I didn't believe a word he told us about 
anything. We said we would think about the freezer, and left.

We came home and found that…

And the helpers came

Tyler and Karen moved into their very first home over the 
weekend, in Vancouver, Washington! About 15 minutes away 
from McKay and McKenna.

See that man on the far left? That's Jay. He is married to Karen's 
mother and he came all the way from Texas to help
Karen and Tyler paint and move into their home. 
(I even heard he pulled a couple all-nighters!)  Not only that but he was so kind to send me pictures, updates and 
videos since we are a million miles away in California.

My thanks also to Karen's mom 
who is there helping with everything.
I am so so grateful she is there.
And you know what else made me so happy but not surprised? 
Many people Karen and Tyler never even met, arrived on the scene 
to help. They were from their new ward at church. Working all 
together, they all unloaded that truck in less than 15 minutes! What peace it gives this Grandma Honey, who lives so far away, 
that the church is there waiting for them. Ready made friends 
where ever they move to, where ever they …

Questions that could save a marriage

Téa felt lost and alone without her Jonas last night, (he was visiting a friend), I put her in bed with
me. I wasn't ready to go to sleep as early so I started going through the May's issue of Reader's Digest
which has been right by my bed….since April.

After reading a few articles, I found a golden one! I wish I had read this when my kids were little and
especially when they were in grade school. For one thing, I'd never thought before that when you ask
kids how school was that day, they really don't know. Or that our friends don't know how they are

This article is too good not to include it all.