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Aug 21, 2017

On the Road Update (via Drama Queen)

Hey y'all!

Momma just wanted me to let y'all know that they had tons of fun hanging out in Idaho.  They got to see the eclipse from the zone of totality and I bet they have some cool pics.  They ended up waiting a few hours, but even after stopping to eat dinner and catch a movie, they are still caught in a bunch of traffic.  Latest update is they are just outside of Pocatello and the freeway is totally stop-and-go.  Dad's guessing they won't roll into town until four in the morning.  I hope its a bit sooner than that, but really, who knows? Once in a lifetime events end up with once in a lifetime traffic!

Momma will post tomorrow with more details of their awesome trip.  Night, bloggers!

Aug 20, 2017

Running to Idaho

Yesterday we had a fantastic day of football! Scout, Sport, and Curly all won their games as did Burrito and Taco. Bingham really does have an amazing program.

When we finally returned home from the football field, we finished packing up and by about 4:00, we hit the road. Yes, we are joining what we heard were thousands of other eclipse watchers in the Zone of Totality.

My sweetie has family near Rexburg and his aunt and uncle kindly shared their little rental house with us for the weekend. It has no furniture, so we filled it with air matresses and sleeping bags, but we are so grateful for a place to stay!

This morning my sweetie took the little kids including Burrito to explore this little town. They found a fun park and he managed to make them all sick at the park. We are getting ready for church now, but I will make sure to share all about our adventure with you.

By the way, so far we have not seen any crowds or craziness, just busy gas stations. We were even able to buy ice.

Aug 19, 2017

Meet Little Warrior

My very first order of business this morning was to go and see that new little grandson of mine. It was about 10:30 before my sweetie and I finally got on the road to the hospital. I have to confess that our poor Beauty was still so very tired that I just didn't have the heart to post any pics of her, but I can attest to the fact that she is more beautiful than ever.

When we first arrived, The Beast was holding his tiny son and feeding him from a bottle. It was my first picture and my best. Little Warrior is perfect (both parents have approved the name, so it will stick). I'm just going to leave you with pictures; some that I took and some that The Beast sent me later after we were already home.
My turn, my turn!!

Now that's a good-looking grandpa!

Getting ready for his first bath.
He's an expert already.
All finished. Daddy did a great job!
My mother/grandmother heart is bursting with gratitude and love. So proud... so happy...

Aug 18, 2017

Congratulations to Beauty and The Beast!

Beauty and The Beast were blessed with a gift from Heaven today. Our Little Warrior was born on August 17, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. He is 19 inches long and just shy of 7 pounds. Everybody is tired, but things are going great!

Those are mostly The Beast's words and I took the liberty of using a blog name without complete permission, so forgive me if we change it in the next few days.

Beauty was treated to a surprise C-section so she will be in the hospital a little longer than they had planned. Hopefully she will get a chance to rest (and take a few more pics!).

So excited to go see them tomorrow!

Aug 17, 2017

Yanking Out Prima Donna's Wisdom Teeth

Prima Donna's appointment with the Wisdom Teeth Only surgeon was at 11:00 this morning. She didn't get in until late last night, so it wasn't too difficult for her to fast food and water for five hours before we got there. One of her teeth was actually coming in, so she was having a fair amount of discomfort and had requested that I make this appointment.

The first thing (after piles of paperwork) was an X-ray. We were surprised to find out that she only had 2 wisdom teeth, but of course they were in adjacent quadrants. The entire surgery was less than 30 minutes.

She came out in a wheelchair with these cute little ice packs for her cheeks and a handful of prescriptions.. She was hungry and a bit loopy, so we stopped by Wendy's and I bought her a chocolate Frosty. When we finally got home, I helped her get settled, and then I made a quick trip to the store for needed supplies (her meds, pudding, ice cream...).

By 5:00 she was feeling so good that Drama Queen took her back to Ogden so she could rest and recuperate on her own without all these interruptions and little kids running around. I'm so proud of her for taking care of these teeth. We tried a couple of times when she was in high school, but now it's done and she can be ready to start back at Weber soon... or maybe find a job...

Aug 16, 2017

Way to Go, Twizlet!

Teach started her contract days this week and today was the first day we had Twizlet all day. Thank goodness for all the kids helping out. Crafty played with her on the floor and she did the backwards scoot for about 5 feet. It won't be long before she is crawling!

Whenever Crafty is in charge, she ultimately ends up pulling out her phone and playing the YouTube opening sequence from Friends. For some reason, Twizlet is just fascinated by it; not the show, just the song part. She also loves to eat everything, including the buttons on my shirt. We gave her some fruit today and the strawberries gave her hives, so I guess she will have to wait a while before she tries them again.

Guess what's playing on that phone Crafty is trying to get her to crawl to...
Prima Donna is getting her wisdom teeth pulled in the morning, so I better get to bed so I can be her support system when she wakes up. Being a mom (grandma) is such hard work!

Aug 15, 2017

Brigadoon at the Scera

Last month we made sure to swing by the Scera and pick up our free tickets for Brigadoon with our Pass of All Passes. It has been running for most of August and it ends this coming Saturday, but we just haven't been able to get everyone together to go.

Off on another fun adventure!
So yesterday at Curly's party I put out a general announcement and tonight 9 of us managed to get down to Utah County to see it. The Scera Outdoor theater is fun because it is on a grassy slope. There are chairs available and Grandpa rented 2 of them, one for him and one for me, but then Baby Doll was so excited about sitting in one of the chairs that I ended up on the blanket with Drama Queen and Crafty.

Which was fine until she decided to join us and poor Grandpa had to enjoy the show by himself. (There was no way I was getting up off the grass once I was down until the show was over!)  Princess and The Frog joined us as did the Dog Walker and his cute girlfriend, Cat Lover. It's so fun watching him try to figure out romance. At one point he whispered back to me rather loudly, "She kissed my elbow!!!"

Trying not to laugh, I suggested he kiss her back. As of yet he has not managed to get up the nerve to kiss her although last date she kissed him on the cheek, so that's progress.

The show was good, but long for my Baby Doll who has school in the morning. Thankfully she was able to sleep all the way home. Football makes it so hard to get the family together for anything but a Sunday, but we are trying to do the best we can. I hate to waste all those perfectly good tickets. Maybe Bossy can manage to pull together a group to go again on Saturday.

Aug 13, 2017

Happy Birthday, Curly!

I know we have been talking about Curly's birthday for several days now, but he actually turned 9 on August 12, which was Saturday. He had a friend party on Friday, a party with his football team on Saturday (not really for him, but we are claiming it), and his family party today.

Just for fun, we started adding up the calories of the candy that he received from his friends. When we got to about 25,000, we stopped. I hope he shares or makes them last a very long time. He got other gifts, but I think his favorite was probably the one from us, a brand new shiny red bicycle!

He has grown so fast, he needed a new one. We jumped right to a 24" this time hoping that it might last him for a couple of years. He loves to ride and this is his first bike with actual gears so he can go very fast.

Scout said she didn't help blow out the candles, but I think we have proof right here!

Beauty and The Beast gave him the most fun to open gift; 9 kinds of candy/donuts wrapped over and over in plastic wrap and I think some clear tape. It took him at least 5 minutes to free them all.

My sweetie made BBQ chicken, one of the favorite foods of nearly all of my kids, baked potatoes, zucchini, and fresh peaches. I told you yesterday I made the cake. Curly wanted a zebra cake so I made one yellow and one chocolate and then poured them in concentric circles. It did look sort of like a zebra. But he was way more excited about the light-up football that was his cake topper.

Only one more birthday for August and that is my sweetie. At least he never hopes for a friend party...

Fun and Run

I don't know what I'd do without my sweetie to take care of me. He got up early and did all the chasing for weigh-ins and practices. I didn't manage to drag out of bed until about 9:30.

Not to worry, there were still plenty of things to do. Sport had practice and then a pool party with his football team and then he went out to Daybreak to do the same service as Crafty did yesterday except that she had a friend's birthday party at 1:00, so she didn't get out there until about 5:30.

Noah had a football party as well and his was clear over in Murray, so it was quite a drive, but he also took cupcakes for the entire team since today was his birthday. Crafty made them this morning, but I still had to make his birthday cake and then frost all the cupcakes.

My sweetie picked up Crafty and ran her out to Daybreak after he did all the shopping with Scout. After a quick dinner, we made the rounds and picked up all the kids. When we got to Daybreak, they still had about 15 minutes left for the kids to do their activities before Crafty and Sport cleaned up the city booth for their annual Fizz Festival.

Then we all piled in the car and drove down to Lindon for peach cobbler and fireworks with my sweetie's brother and his family. They gave us a tour of his amazing woodshop. Mike was so cute with the kids. He gave them each a pocketknife and a block of wood so they could practice.  It was so fun to visit, but we didn't get home until about 11:00. 

Tomorrow is another big day. We have a big family party for Curly. I can't hardly believe my baby boy is 9.

Aug 11, 2017

Football and Birthdays

My life feels consumed with football... and birthdays....

We had a friend party for Curly today and he had about 25 guests. We played dodgeball and volleyball. The kids really seemed to enjoy it, but it made me tired. There was no time to rest today because as soon as we were cleaned up and had the car unloaded, my sweetie and I headed over to Bingham to watch Sport play football in the stadium. He is on one of two 9th grade teams this year and they had a blue and white scrimmage. It was fun to see him play on the actual field.

Sport is one of those white helmets with a white jersey.

Thankfully, while we were there, Drama Queen bailed me out yet again by filling an entire cooler full of water balloons. As soon as we got home, my sweetie headed to Daybreak to take food to Crafty who was busy doing service as the Youth Mayor of South Jordan. Sport and I loaded the cooler in the car and ran out to the park to watch the end of Scout's scrimmage and then he and I sat in the car and watched the huge waterfight with hundreds of balloons, four Mighty Mite teams, coaches, parents, and random other players who happened upon it like Curly and Taco.

It was crazy fun to watch, but I'm glad I stayed safe and dry in my car. Then it was off to Big 5 for yet another pair of cleats. Scout's coach recommended high tops for her so she would stop being cleated. Quick dinner by Drama Queen and Baby Doll, real chicken pot pie, and off to bed. Curly has to be at the park at 6:45 AM for weigh ins and Scout shortly afterward, so they need sleep. Me too.

Baby Shower for Beauty

Today was a crazy, busy day with Drama Queen doing most of the work while I held a fussy Twizlet. She has an ear infection and the only thing that seemed to make her happy was eating. She thinks she is much older than her almost 6 months and she was thrilled to chew on this pizza crust and mug for the camera.

But I digress...

Princess showed up early and made dozens of cupcakes, enough, in fact, that I can use the leftovers for Curly's friend birthday party tomorrow. Drama Queen made a bunch of cute games, the rest of the food, and her most amazing contribution which was a book that she wrote personalized with the baby's name about a cute little prince on a special adventure. Then she illustrated it on her computer, printed it on cardstock, and used it as a coloring activity at the party. Afterwards she put it in sheet protectors and a binder.

The party was continually hopping for all 3 hours. So much so that I forgot to take any pictures for you. I know, I'm sorry....

I did take a few before and after. This is the food table. Notice that cute cheeseball that Sport shaped into a hedgehog. It tasted great too! That guy has some skills.

This game had balloons tacked to it with kisses in them. The guests could throw darts to see if them might win a bit of chocolate. Beauty came over and drew all the pictures the night before. She is definitely talented and beautiful!

I did take one pic during the party and that was the Dog Walker with his cute girlfriend now known as the Cat Lover. They went to the zoo this morning and then came over to the shower. This is their 11th date if you are counting.

Aug 9, 2017

Blast From the Past: Guess Who!

Since tomorrow is Beauty's baby shower, I've been thinking about my babies and how big they have gotten. I thought it might be fun to put up some older pics and see if you can guess who is who. A few of them are doubled, just to throw you off.

  Let's see how you did.

#1:  If you guessed #1 was Crafty, you are right! This was taken in 2006, so she would have been almost 6 years old and just starting kindergarten.

#2: If you guessed Sport, you are right! This was taken on the same day as the pic of Crafty, so he would have been 3; likely right before he started wearing glasses.

#3: You don't get the face here, because I wanted you to remember she had auburn hair. Scout is correct! She was about 6 months old here.

#4: This is a tricky one, but if you guessed Taco, you are right! My oldest biological grandson was 2 at the time and fit in quite nicely right between Scout and Sport. Since I babysat him often, he is in many of our family pics.

 #5: Scout again! I wanted you to see her beautiful face at approximately the same age. Her eyes are not really that red color, that is my cheap camera.

#6: If you guessed Sport, you are right. Why does he always have a dirty face? He is so absolutely worried about looking just right now. Guess we all change.

#7: Those are baby Curly, his very first pics taken in 2008. Can you believe he is turning 9 on Saturday?

This was so fun! Did you get them all right? I think I will try again next week and throw in some of the older kids and see how you do with all 12 kids.

Aug 8, 2017

Check Out Our Squishy Mat

There are plenty of good things about being a grandma, and I'm sure you have heard about most of them before. Like when the grandbaby is fussy, messy, or in need of a diaper change, it's usually pretty easy to simply hand the little cutie back over to mommy or daddy. Unless I'm babysitting, of course; then it's all me (or sometimes Crafty, Drama Queen, or Scout...).

Today Teach had a full day in her classroom setting things up. She dropped Twizlet off while I was still in bed, so the two of us snoozed together for a while before we finally got up. I made her a bottle and some peas and she was a happy girl. At nearly 6 months old, she is getting big enough that she loves to play with toys and she loves being on the floor.

Most of my house is either hardwood or a commercial grade carpet we put in when the kids were little. Honestly, it's not very comfortable. For my own babies I have put down a soft blanket for them to play on, but yesterday in the mail, I got something better than a blanket. I got my very own Squishy Mat to try out.

Let me tell you right now, this mat is so much better than a blanket! It is thick and soft. At least for now, Twizlet can't lift the edges off the floor like she can a blanket, so that keeps her in place. She is also not quite mobile yet, but she really liked practicing her hands and knees rock.

The mat folds up and has a handle so it can be easily carried to a picnic or a football game. In fact, the only thing I didn't like was the fact that there were no cleaning instructions on the packaging. But when I got nervous about throwing it in the washer, I saw the 100% warranty and figured either way I would be fine. After all, Beauty's baby is due August 21, Bossy's is due December 19, and Princess's is due on February 4. I'm going to need lots of Squishy Mats!! (That link has a coupon so you can save 15% on yours.)

**I was given a free Squishy Mat in exchange for my open and honest opinion.**

Aug 7, 2017

Happy Birthday, Drama Queen

Yesterday was a good day. We went to church and I managed to stay for all 3 hours. Teach and Twiz were at church with us and we had so much fun with Twizlet in Relief Society. She wanted to see herself on my phone, so I snapped a pic for you.

Then after church we had a birthday party for Drama Queen. She will by 28 on Thursday, but we are having a shower for Beauty on that day, and yes, my sweet girl suggested that we do it on her birthday. She is so awesome. Only a couple more weeks before Beauty and The Beast's baby boy is due. Thoughts on a blog name???

Beauty made Drama Queen the cutest pair of cat slippers! They matched so well with her new Lula Roe outfit that we gave her. Drama Queen even made her own birthday cake. I don't know how I could have handled these last few weeks without her. She cooks and cleans, gets the kids up for me and takes them to school.

My sweetie found out he has to wear his boot for at least a couple more weeks although it is healing which is a good thing. He wasn't looking forward to a surgery. As for me, I'm ready to be better. Football season is starting soon. Curly has his first scrimmage game tonight. I just love watching the kids play their sports. The only thing better is being healthy enough to play myself.

Aug 6, 2017

It's Saturday

I feel pretty useless most of the time. My sweetie and I went shopping at Sam's today and we got groceries and a few other things, but by the time we got back home I was exhausted and had to lay down for an hour.

My sweetie had the kids all weed the garden this morning while I slept in a bit. So as a reward we went down to the free theater in American Fork and we saw Love, Kennedy. It made the kids cry, so I guess they liked it. They bounced back quickly when we stopped at Wendy's for Frosties.

Sport got home from his backpacking trip right before we left so he came along with us. Unfortunately, his socks weren't heavy enough and he ended up with some large blisters, but other than that he packed well and everything worked the way it was supposed to work. I think he has decided he doesn't really like backpacking much...

What's with french fry dipping in a Frosty? I don't get it...
The Dog Walker and his girlfriend are now official, so we can stop dancing around that issue. He is going with her to church on Sunday for a baby blessing and then they are coming back here for Drama Queen's birthday party. Not sure if she is "the One" for him, but it sure is nice to see him enter the dating world with success.


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