Showing posts from July, 2016

They let us travel with them

Tyler and Karen headed home to Vancouver, WA yesterday morning about 5:30 am.

One last walk out of the only childhood home Tyler knows.

Thank you Karen and Tyler for being in route for 17 hours all in one day with 3 little kids,  including a nursing baby, so that we could spend 2 weeks with you. 

And then they were gone.
But....we got to travel with them through texting. 
Den and I were in bed last night and all was dark and quiet when he suddenly started laughing. "What are you laughing about??"  "You have your cell phone with you." "Lots of people sleep with their phones." "But not you."
He's right, I don't. But I could not go to sleep last night until I received this:

Actually I had my last text all ready to go so all I had to do was press "send" in the dark  as soon as she said they were home....about 11pm.
Then all seemed right with the world. 
But, we sure do miss them.

PS  Just in case you noticed above, Elora took my ph…

They are the hardest part about moving

Tell me again why I want to move??  is the thought I kept having this week while spending the afternoon  with the best neighbors we've ever had. And for 26 years!
Heidi, Dee, and Terry Their daughter Heidi drove over 4 hours to come see Tyler and  Karen and the house.... and us in it one last time. 
Richie and Leo went crazy for her.
They wore her out and when she went to rest a bit from it all,  there they were again, all over her.

Love this capture of Karen and Tyler in the background serenading  their boys and Heidi with Leo's ukulele

If there were a way we could take the Garvins with us and plant  them next door to our new home we would in a heart beat!
I was sad and down about moving after the Garvins left. I kept  asking myself....what in the world are we doing?? Yet, I have to  remind myself that we know this is the right thing to do. Just hard. 
Just hard as I think of .....
watching as our kids played in the cul-de-sac year after year taking care of each other's kids the shared birt…

I think he was talking about my Mom

Saturday morning we left these good people long enough to attend a funeral.

Okay, do you see my mom standing there to the right of the bride?

This was way back in 1949, and the bride, Betty, was my Mom's very best friend from 9th grade all  the way through school and college. 
The funeral was for Marvin, Betty's husband of 67 years. 
Betty and my Mom graduated from Roosevelt High in Fresno in 1947. Marvin graduated just a year before they did.
So at the funeral the pastor told the story of how Betty and Marvin met. He said Marvin approached a group of girls and asked if any of them had any money  so he could buy some ice cream. Betty gave him a dime.
Then Marvin asked Betty if he could take her home. She didn't want to go alone with him "so she  asked her girlfriend to go with her." I couldn't help but think that girlfriend was probably my Mom.
It was just an odd feeling to be sitting there in that church hearing some about my Mom's life.  I still have a…

They turn three 3,109 miles apart...and Karen's corn recipe

My favorite, and also saddest picture of yesterday.

Scarlett (who is 3 today) was on FaceTime from Boston wishing  Leo happy birthday (who turned 3 yesterday)  when she saw Richie (4 1/2) and said to him,  "Remember when we use to be best friends?"
And Richie answered back, "We are still best friends."
Even though thesecousins are now 3,109 miles apart!

So Scarlett turns three today in Boston....

While cousin Leo turned 3 yesterday here in California with us!

(we're a little more casual here in California)
Leo was SO excited to get a Ukulele for his birthday that when I snuck in their room about 11pm last night
this did not surprise me at all....

but I still laughed and had to show his parents!

I heard Leo say yesterday with such passion
"Today's my birthday. Can I blow the fire?"
That's enough excitement to wear anyone out.

It kind of breaks my Grandma Honey heart Leo and Scarlett 
can't be together and celebrate as they have always done before 
in their …

It was worth a try but didn't work very well....

It started off with Leo not wanting to sit with the rest of us. 

So Tyler joined him in their booth for two.

Restaurants are just not his thing.
Juliet was not thrilled with the experience either.
Which explains why Juliet's first food was tortilla chips. You do what you have to do, as I always say. (mostly at restaurants)
Dining for two soon bored Leo so he took off suddenly  and Tyler goes off to find him....

Tyler takes Juliet and her tortilla chip so Karen can finally eat.
Of course before he could do that he found this solution for Leo.

Alls well that ends well, right?
 But next time we'll do take out. 

What we've been doing with our Vancouver family...

I know our married kids do not like sleeping in twin beds....
Shortly after Tyler and Karen with their three arrived from Vancouver,  I apologized that we still had the twins beds,  but they readily said, "Oh no it's okay. No problem."

 But the next morning when I peeked into their room, this is what I saw...
They like each other, what can I say.

It's one thing to see my granddaughter Juliet in pictures and FaceTime. It's another to have her and Mommy Karen right here in our family room.

No matter what time of day it is, if Leo has not seen me for more than a few minutes  he greets me with: "Good Morning Grandma Honey!"

Can you see the sleepy in Rich's eyes? Very first thing after he woke up Saturday morning he wanted to check out the pool. 

A historical picture. Tyler playing with his old Star War figures with his sons!

Richie helping with the smoothies
Grandma Honey took the easy way out this time.

Then I had the idea of making Pretzel Turt…