Happy Thanksgiving 2008

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

As we approach Thanksgiving 2008, may we reflect on the blessings that have been bestowed upon us, and give thanks to those who defend our freedoms; to our friends and family who so often 'back our play', when others would run away; to the good fortune we have that enables us to have a roof over our head, and food on our tables; to a Heavenly Father who hears our prayers, and answers them in His goodness; to the profound knowledge that this is the greatest nation on Earth.

Count your Blessings - Share the Love.


Happy Birthday, TAYLOR!

I just got off the phone with Taylor this morning to sing her Happy Birthday, to which she politetly and softly said, 'thank you Grandma'. I could tell in her voice, she had a big smile on her face, and loved my morning rendition. She was eating breakfast, and said that her Daddy has a surprise for her when she gets through; we talked of the possibilities of what it could be. Will it be in a box? Maybe it's a pony hiding in the backyard! She is such a sweet little gal, and fills her day with skipping about, telling stories of what she sees and hears, and wondering what the next day will bring.

WOW! Oh My Gosh!
How this little girl has grown!
From 5 years to 6, she’s learned to do so much on her own.

From being timid and shy at pre-school -
to the friend everyone wants as their own in Kindergarten;
Making new friends – Isabelle, Marissa, & Taylor
AKA as ‘The Three Musketeers’.

Learning to read & recognizing patterns,
Letters {BIG & small}, numbers and shapes
4 loose teeth – NO! make that 3…
Learning to ride her bike without training wheels
Playing T-ball and soccer this summer
Honing her skills at cartwheels, headstands, and handstands

She makes her bed
She helps clean up {under penalty of losing toys}
She loves to make clay buddies just like her Mom
She will draw the thing you like most, and color it with your favorite colors.
She loves kitties and puppies, and her fave color is STILL pink!

Her dream is to dance, so she can wear make-up and be in a ‘Big Show’ {just like cousin Eryn}
From Oobi, to Spongebob, and now on to Hannah
This 6 year old is achieving the landmarks of childhood,
and letting us enjoy them with her.

Happy 6th Birthday, Taylor
I love you


My Idea of Decorating....

I really HATE the holidays.....I know...that's a sad commentary. There are so many of you out there that start decorating, planning, baking, sewing, crafting, and can't wait for them. If there are any ideas to help me learn to enjoy them more...please, I'm open for suggestions. However, I guess I should preface that invitation by saying, I don't have a crafty or original bone in my body! I have almost forgot how to cook {in fact, my last can of shortening went bad for non-use}; I haven't sewn anything since a circle skirt in Jr. High; and planning is for wimps! I usually 'fly by the seat of my pants'. Now, if any of you still have a suggestion, please feel free to share it with someone else.......


It's a NEW day....

YE GADS! 10 days have come & gone since my last post - it's like I told Whitey, I've had no time, no energy and no inspiration! Besides, within that 10 days, I've had to spend 3 of them retrieving photos that were inadvertently deleted from my blog, when I was housecleaning in Picasa. Little did I realize that every damn picture I ever look at, download, insert, whatever....is on that site. And by trying to clean up some of those files, I emptied out the cache of blog entry photos. So I had to go back through every entry, delete the html's and re-insert or try to find the same photos I had used originally. What a momentous TASK...one I hope I never make the mistake of doing again. I was so discouraged and beaten down by last night, I just about decided it wasn't worth it to keep going on. Today is a NEW day, however; I've added some Christmas music to put us all in the mood-and I will try to be more diligent in putting myself back in the the groove. Blessings on you all...



Well, Whitey beat me to the punch on this one; but since it's her sister, I'll let her go down with the 'glory'. Denice was always the gal with the sparkle; she was into anything that had ACTION - skiing, dancing, cheer squad, etc. This summer at the 4th of July celebration, she took note of the flag carriers, and went back to her Mom's to practice -- too funny, but what form!

She has 3 great kids and 3 grandkids. We miss her cuz she lives back in WI. but she keeps promising that she's gonna move back home someday. We hold our breath for that... Hope you have a great day, and wishes come true for the next year.


Election Day



My kind of weekend...

Ahh...a gal after my own heart. She loves Barry Manilow; does not appreciate an $85 potato, and thrills from the fountains at Bellagio!

Even tho I'm stuck here in Utah with the wind, and the rain, and the blahs!, I got to enjoy a trip to Las Vegas, without losing any money or feeling like I'd been jipped cuz Barry had bronchitis.