Widgets Magazine

Jan 20, 2017

Getting Ready for Baby Twizlet

A few days ago, I was approached by someone from diapers.com requesting I mention them in a blog post. I think it's pretty hilarious that I had 12 babies and no one ever asked my opinion before, but now that I'm a grandma and getting ready for some full-time babysitting, suddenly I'm an expert!

Yesterday Teach and I went to her doctor's appointment. It's the first time I've done this with her, but Twiz had something else and of course I had to sell GS cookies to the doc. Teach is seeing the same doctor that delivered her 25 years ago as well as 8 of her siblings. I was surprised to feel the memories all flooding back to my own frequent visits.

Beautiful Teach - absolutely glowing!

Teach is at 36 weeks now, so she will be making that drive once a week until her little one is born. We have a shower scheduled for Saturday and Drama Queen and I have spent many hours planning and preparing. Now we are just down to cleaning the house and acquiring the food.

If you remember, we made a quilt for Teach back in November and it is finally finished. I think it would have been much easier to look at one of the diapers.com gift guides. I had heard of diapers.com before, and I thought it was only a diaper service and maybe wipes, but it is so much more! They have pretty much anything you could think of for a new mom and if you order $49+ you get free shipping which is convenient since they offered me a $50 gift card to their site so I could try it out.

I want to find something fun and unique for my new little granddaughter. Teach already has most of the big stuff thanks to Twiz's very generous family. The site even has Legos! I think some of those Melissa and Doug puzzles could keep Twiz entertained while he is waiting for Twizlet to grow up enough to play with him.

I think maybe we need to have a shower for me too. I've given away most of my baby stuff now and I can't possibly tend a newborn without a sling or a swing. And diapers of course... pacifiers (a whole box!)... wipes... a rattle or two...

... better get my own carseat... on second thought, $50 in compensation won't be nearly enough. I wonder how they feel about a second blog post?

Jan 19, 2017

Crafty Scores Again!

Tonight was our Region Reflections Awards ceremony. It is the last step before winning the State Honors. Crafty had 3 possible wins, 3D Art, Film Production, and Dance Choreography. Sport was up for his 3D Art. Sadly, neither 3D Art entry placed tonight, so Sport is out of the competition. That only leaves Crafty.

She was a little disappointed when her Film Production received an Award of Merit. If you remember, she worked so hard on that one with Teach and Twiz. Now that the competition is over, perhaps we can share it with you. An Award of Merit is good, but it is like 2nd place, so it is also finished competing.

Her last possibility was in Dance Choreography and I don't think she felt like it would be a winner; boy, was she surprised! When it received an Award of Excellence, she didn't even think to turn around so I could see that beautiful smile on her face instead of her back pockets.

I'm not sure when State Competition will be held, or even where, but if she places there, then she will compete at Nationals. That is something that we have never done before. We have only had our kids place on the State Level 3 times and they were all in Theater which was never a nationally recognized category.

So proud of all of my kids, but especially Crafty today!

Jan 17, 2017

Martin Luther King Holiday

Sorry I didn't post last night. We had another exciting day here! Since all the kids were out of school for the holiday, we decided to drive the couple of hours to Sanpete County to visit my cute MIL. I don't know if I mentioned that I have been helping in the final editing of my sweetie's grandmother's history, but this book is almost ready for the publisher.

There were two of these beauties right in the middle of town!
My MIL and her brothers and sister are planning a huge family party to release this book and of course we are right in the thick of things. Drama Queen has been asked to write a play about this incredible woman's life and then we are responsible for recruiting actors (I think because we have the most kids!), arranging props and costumes, and staging the final event.

Thank goodness we have until May! Although much of the work will need to be done upfront. That was one of the main reasons we headed south. After visiting for a while, we loaded Curly, Sport, Drama Queen, and my sweet MIL into the car and we drove over to the church where we will be having the party.

We checked tables and chairs for the meal as well as the lights, sound system, and stage. Drama Queen started planning things in her head and the boys searched for a basketball. They finally found one that was totally flat. It was pretty funny watching them try to shoot it and then giggling as it fell like a rock to the floor without even the tiniest bounce.

When we were finally finished, we headed back to the house where my sweetie had concocted a delicious creamy potato soup.After that the kids went sledding. We talked costumes and my MIL sent a whole box of things home with us so that we could see how they might work out.

We were later getting home than we had planned and my little ones were late for their dance classes, but it all worked out. Drama Queen is also thinking of buying a house so we went to look at one and got visiting there until almost 8:00 when we had to pick up Crafty from dance.

Back at the house the kids had made mac n cheese for dinner, so my sweetie swept me away to Herriman to get more cookie forms for the troop and then to Kohl's to buy me something for my birthday next week and then out to a late dinner at Chili's.

After getting the kids off to bed, cutting my sweetie's hair and beard, and finishing what had to be done, I was too tired for anything else. It was a fun, exciting day, but exhausting as well. One of these days I might have to think about slowing down a little...

Jan 16, 2017

Guest Blog: Our Honeymoon Cruise by Princess

I promised you a peek into Princess and The Frog's honeymoon cruise, and here it is. Princess has always been a fantastic journal keeper, so other than the names and moving the pictures around a bit, I'm not changing anything. They look so cute and happy, just like newlyweds should be!


Jan 2, 2017
We are on our cruise! We drove to the airport in the snow (mom and dad took us). Our flight was delayed nearly an hour while trying to unfreeze and various other things, but we got to the shuttle and then the ship. The Frog upgraded our room without telling me so we have a beautiful view. Food has been good and they had a fun opening ceremony. It’s been a really rocky ride and I’ve been dizzy and walking funny, but hopefully I get used to it and can relax more. Oh, and also I love my husband.

Jan 3, 2017
Just an at-sea day. We took naps, read, saw an ice show that was awesome and an Eagles (the band) tribute and then the Love and Marriage Show. I got escargot today just to say I did. We had a good day :)

Jan 4, 2017
We woke up early so we could have breakfast in the dining room which was kinda fun. I don’t think we will do it again. Then we went swimming and on the water slides; we had drinks on the lounge chairs by the pool and it was so cruisey. We went to Costa Maya today and bought flutes for all my family, a pair of maracas (for me) and a nativity (also for me). I had pasta, spinach dip and creme brulee for dinner. We went to an acrobatic show that was really fun. Oh, and I love the coconut macaroons and I’ve been eating them all day (and proceeded to eat them the rest of the cruise). We’re having a blast!

Jan 5, 2017
We woke up early today to get to Belize. The water was too shallow for the ship so we parked it a ways off and took boats to shore. Then we took a 2.5 hour boat ride down the Belize river (on a third boat). We saw iguanas, birds, mahogany trees, dolphins, a croc and manatees. (Supposedly, I’m not sure if they really were. It was just kinda ripples of water and little black spots that were supposed to be their noses.) The shopping was slim but we bought a spoon for Grandpa and another nativity. We came back and were so tired we took a nap until dinner. Then we went to a really bad comedian. Now we’re in our room early because we’re still tired from the day in the sun and there wasn’t anything interesting going on. (Yeah, Princess, we believe that... you are on your honeymoon after all! ;)

Jan 6, 2017
I can’t believe today is still the day we were in Cozumel, Mexico! We also went to the Quest performance which was quite interesting. We watched a movie in the pool (it was freezing!) but fun. For dinner I had roast beef, soup, and Baked Alaska. We bought toy crossbows (with suction cups for arrow points) and they took them away in security (since they were weapons) and said we would get them back once we left. (Isn't that crazy?!)

Jan 7, 2017
Today we went through a storm and it was bumpy! I went out of the room for lunch and could barely eat anything and have been in the room since. I was all dressed to go to dinner and then I threw up so The Frog went by himself and brought me a piece of pie. I’m just lying in bed watching tv and still feeling like crap.

That was the last full day of their trip and we picked them up at the airport on Sunday night. We are grateful that The Frog's parents treated them to such a memorable and fantastic trip.


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