I kid you not....

New Wine for Seniors

California vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic. It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new wine will be marketed as
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GEESH! How old are you now? Old enough to do everything legal that you've been trying since an early age {J/K}....

appy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day, and an awesome rest of 2009.



There was a day when this little job would appeal to me; as it is, all I envision is this LUCY episode!


It's That Time of Year....{a personal note from Eryn}

I'm getting ready to compete in the Miss America Miss Kaysville/Fruit Heights pageant. It is a scholarship pageant that I can earn money towards college tuition bill at Weber State University. My platform is Special Needs Awareness, as my career goals include becoming a Special Needs Teacher. As a contestant, I need your help to raise money for Children's Miracle Network and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. Please help me reach my goal of $100.00 by clicking on the link below. Your donation will be considered a charitable donation for tax purposes and a receipt will be provided at the end of the year. Once you have completed a secure on-line donation, your donation will be included in my fund raising total on my personal page.

To help even further you can forward this message on to other friends and family to help me in my fund raising efforts. My personal page will track my results and provide a comparison to other contestants. This year the Miss America Organization has teamed up with Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. This new partnership gives each contestant the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for two great organizations - Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network. If you have any questions, please email me at paigedeemdaycare@netzero.com

Thanks for your support, Eryn Campbell


Sunday Drive up Farmington Canyon

3rd installment from Heather - I'm thinking I should either make her a co-author for this blog, or show her how to set one up of her own. She has such a funny sense of humor, and can tell a story so much better than me......

So while you got your sunday morning blahs.... We took a drive up farmington canyon all the way over to skyline and down Bountiful... granted we left at 11:30 and got home at 4 but here are a few pix of some ponds up there.... look closely cuz i'm thinking Jason is lurking in those trees.... call me crazy but when you watch Friday the 13th before you're 10 i'm pretty sure it haunts you the rest of your life... I'd tell you funny stories that happened on the way up, but really it was the way down that had my laughing... Weston kept telling Gary to stop bumping... He was getting pretty mad... my anxiety level went down after we hit pavement but that’s only because Gary drives like Glen when he's looking for deer... Anyone whose driven with him knows what i'm talking about!!!

Anyways didn’t know if you wanted to post this or not but the pix were kinda cool - oh and here are some of Seth.


Let the little Children come to me....

Of course, most the activity from the past week, has been centered around grandkids - old and new! After spending Wednesday at the pool with Heather and her 2 kids, and Heidi's little gal Laila, we spent yesterday introducing a couple of the cousins to Seth.

Sloane got her arms around him, and just didn't want to let him go, and Kloyie cuddled with him until he fell asleep and then simply gazed upon his sweet little face. Kloyie is my oldest and Seth is the newest - the Alpha & Omega.

It's so fun to see the reaction that a newborn brings into the family. One of reverence, amazement, renewed love and appreciation, and joy. Their mere existance melts our heart - their scent transcends us to a place of softness and sweetness - they simply mold themselves in our arms, on our chest, or in the crook of our neck to make us feel fulfilled - their 'gassy smile', the way they pucker their lips and pop their eyes, the sweet little noises they make, their tiny little hands and feet....these are all things that make me soften and melt.

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone


Happy Birthday, Mike!

Today is Mike's birthday - I know, I know! I was freakin' out thinking about having a 35 year- old last week, but this one really BLOWS my SOCKS off! Hard to believe that he was once a scrawny little 4 pounder, as he is now the bigger guy in the family. He is dedicated, ambitious, artistic, and loving. We love and appreciate him so much.

Happy Birthday - hope you have a GREAT day, and an Awesome 38th year!


Baby Seth

July 7th, 2009 - Seth is just over an hour old

July 9th, 2009 - Home from the hospital

July 11, 2009 - 4 days old


Happy Birthday, Matt!

Today is Matt's .... dare I say it? ... 35th birthday! How do I have a child this old? I awoke this morning at my usual 2am, and instead of just getting up to pee, get a drink, and spray my nose, I laid in bed and remembered back to the morning just after 1am when he was born. Mother's do that, you know! I love him and am so thankful for the lessons of life that he has taught me. Sometimes, I think that alot of my patience skills were honed because of him, and not in spite of him. He is ever-thoughtful, compassionate, and loving.

Hope you have a great day, and the beginning of an AWESOME 35th year.


Celebrate Family!

After receiving the GREAT news that Gary is in remission, they decided to celebrate some family time by heading up to a lake below Logan. This is Heather's side of the story:

So we went fishing on the 4th with the kids up to Mantua Saturday morning with our awesome new boat... granted it existed 8 years before me - but hey it works... Anyway, Gary's been trying to get me to go fishing for years... Of course I don’t want to cuz I never catch a thing... So I decide to go with him and the kids.... Get out on the water at 7:50am... Start fishing 8:06 and not off to a good start at that... those "Barbie" and "Spiderman" poles suck... (those of you who bought one know what I'm talking about...) 45 minutes later after re-baiting those blasted poles 700 times we gave up and used the "real" fishing poles.... a few minutes later Gary catches a fish (4in) on a bare hook... 2minutes later another... then I got one... and kept getting them every few minutes after that.... (8 of them) Dumb fish... bare hookin it the entire time... We caught 16 total... Me 8, Gary 5, Taylor 2 and Weston 1... The 2 1/2yr old caught the biggest 1.... Figures right? Now these fish weren't big by any means.... but Weston's was...!
Maybe I'll go again....


One Of Heather's

Weston's BIG ONE!

Finally...Tay gets one!

He hates this - Can you tell?

Taylor sitting up front with Gary

Taylor with her Barbie Pole

Weston's Spiderman Pole

Note of Thanks from Heather & Gary

Miracle #2 for 2009 - So I sit there on that uncomfortable couch, for probably the 100th time, watching the expressions of the nurses passing by Gary and I... praying that the one I just saw wasn’t because we are getting bad news again... Listening to the TV above me... Wondering why on earth do I have to hear about Michael Jackson all day?...
yet we sit there and wait like we always do after a PET scan with some shred of hope that things are gonna get better... although we have to wait for an hour for the blood tests to get back... and then there are those "looks" we keep getting as the same nurses pass by every 5 minutes.... do the math: 5 nurses, 1 hour every 5 minutes... you can use your fingers if you want to... (I'll be checking the comments for the correct answer...)

Finally our turn comes to sit in the conference room with "doc"... the first thing out of her mouth.... ""This is only gonna take a minute" these are the words I've been waiting for since February 6th... Gary and I both breathed that ever-so-needed sigh of relief!!! His scan came back clear... NO HOT SPOTS!...Remission never sounded so good...

So THANK YOU to all of you who thought of us... said a little prayer... took time to give Gary a blessing... donated or just plain supported us... you have no idea how much you all mean to my family... Or how much every little thing helped us out... Although we still have a long road ahead of us I'm so grateful I don’t have to utter the words bone marrow transplant!!!
Love you all and God bless

Heather and Gary Pedersen

The SWEETEST Word . . .

A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. Lois Wyse

#1 Miracle for 2009 - Baby Seth arrived around 6:10 pm on July 7th {Happy Birthday, Robyn!}. He weighed in a a whopping 9 lbs. 2 0z. and is 21 inches long. They had to use the forceps on his noggin, so he had a couple of sore spots there, plus his 1st Black Eye! The kid is ALL BOY! Congratulations to Mom & Dad, and Big Sister Laila! I think we're all in love, and gonna keep him. Besides, he may have come out one way, but there's no pushing him back!


Happy Birthday, Robyn!

It's Robyn's birthday - and I just wanted to tell her how much we love her and how sweet and special she is. She loves playing with kittens. Her first year on a competition soccer team....started out kind of rough, but she's definitely one of the STAR players on her team! In one game this year, with her team down 0-3, Robyn came out in the second half and scored three straight goals to end the game in a tie! She earned her first soccer trophy at the Wasatch Classic Tournament and is pretty proud of it! Excited to be going into fourth grade this year!

Here's a little story that Eryn wrote about picking out a name for her little sister. It's titled, "The Name Day".

Once upon a time, my Mom was going to have a baby and it was a girl. My Mom wanted to name it Lauren, but my Dad said 'No, not Lauren, Jennifer'. My Mom said 'No, not Jennifer.' And they could not find another name at all-so they waited for awhile for another name, and still could not think of one. Then one day, my Dad came up with a name and it was Robyn; and it's not going to be spelled Robin. It will be spelled Robyn like my name is supposed to be spelled Erin, but it is Eryn - with a 'y' not an 'i'. So Robyn can be spelled with a 'y', if mine is spelled with a 'y'...

So Happy Birthday ROBYN - Hope you have a great day.



Heidi is slowly coming down the homestretch with Baby Seth...but that's not stopping her from being terribly uncomfortable, cantankerous, and just plain tired of packing this guy around for 9+months. She keeps asking how 40 weeks computes to 9, and not 10 months! I just want to say that nobody has room to complain unless they've packed not one - but TWO babies around in the 'head's up, feet down' position for that same amount of time....OK! so I cheated and had them a month early. And it looks by these comparative photos, that she is almost as big as me...so maybe I'll listen to her complaining for a few more days. {The FACE on the left has been has been masked to protect the innocent!} You'll notice I lost my BUTT when my stomach was out there 2 feet in front of me....

Hoping he'll make 'surprise' appearance soon. She is convinced that he is perfectly fine to stay in there until he's 8!!


Parades, Picnics, and Pyrotechnics!

227 years ago...on July 4th, 1776
This great nation, the United States of America,
In a struggle for what was right and free,
Was proudly born...
May we celebrate that precious freedom
For which our forbears fought so bravely...
The freedom that is inherent
In the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag...
Celebrate Freedom
This Fourth of July!
America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
--Abraham Lincoln

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
--Judge Learned Hand

Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
--Mark Twain

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men
dread it.
--George Bernard Shaw

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of
America, and to the Republic for which it stands.
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all.
--The Pledge of Allegiance

Just resurrected a recipe for homemade ice cream that
Heidi {in all her glorious pregnant splendor!} had been
craving. It is a really fresh tasting ice cream, so I
thought I would include it on this post.

6 Threes Ice Cream

3 cups milk
3 cups cream
3 cups sugar
Juice of 3 lemons {1 sml can frozen concentrate}
Juice of 3 oranges {1 sml can frozen concentrate}
3 bananas {mashed}

Combine milk, cream and sugar and stir until sugar is
dissolved. Put in ice cream freezer and freeze until
mushy. Add fruit juices and the mashed bananas and
continue freezing until firm. This can be made ahead
of time and packed in freezer container {but it's so
DELISH to eat as soon as it's thickened}!

Have a SAFE and Happy July 4th!


Happy Birthday, Alysa!

I want to wish Alysa a very Happy Birthday - I am so appreciative of the love and p
atience she has with my Matt, and darling granddaughter, Sloane.

A Letter of Thanks
Sue Shifflett

Thank You, for loving my Son.
For accepting his faults, valuing his strengths,
and helping him want to make more of himself
for the three of you.

Thank You, for loving my Son.
For giving him insight; for helping him to realize dreams.
Thank You, for showing him the way,
when the path may be dark.
Thank You, for holding his hand,
when he may feel weak.
Thank You, for wrapping your arms around him,
kissing his troubles away.

Thank You, for loving my Son;
Thus inspiring him to love himself.
Thank You, for your encouragement,
even when you aren’t sure he’s right.

I love you for loving my Son.