Thursday, August 23, 2012

Better than Facebook...

I tried Facebook and eventhough it has its positive moments...I found I'm more of a blogger. It's like writing in a journal and telling a story. Facebook is ... "just had a bowl of cereal"... really??? Pictures are all over the place, but will show some of the activities this summer. We have a new grandson, Bronson, born July 5, 2012 and a new little girl coming this December/January. That gives us 17 girls and 8 boys...how lucky we are! We discovered a fun place to take the kids, "Planet Play"...great food and activities for them to do and CLEAN. The grandkids are all starting school. It's been a crazy year. Kids have been layed off of jobs they've had for years, promises of pay increases never happened, some have bought houses or are looking for a house, new job for a daughter and we got to see ALL the grandkids this year (a lot of traveling, but we did it). We are currently putting in grass (10,000 sq. feet) in the backyard. It looks soooo nice. I'm so tired of looking at dirt! We also got a 16' round pool to cool off in and Chuck liked it so much, he wants to get a bigger one for next year. Hmmmm...which of the kids is going to inherit the "old" pool? We're busy with RVing with the "Good Sam's Club", church mission at the Bishop's Storehouse, the yard, enjoying family and living life. I'm very thankful we are healthy and able to do these things. Chuck tore a hamstring and was miserable off and on for a month. It gave me a glimpse of how unhappy he would be if something were to happen! I'm still enjoying genealogy and indexing. I helped complete the 1940 census and thoroughly enjoyed it. Because of that process, I found my dad as a child with his stepdad that I met once, Daddy Baker. When I pulled it up, I found his real name (only knew him as Daddy Baker). I was so excited! I could do genealogy ALL DAY! My washing machine is calling me, so I'll sign off for now. Excited to be back!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wow...Am I Ever Behind!

Never thought I would be so busy that I couldn't blog! We now have 2 new grandchildren coming, making it 24! This coming Monday, Dec. 19, will be a new grandson and in June, our 24th. We are so excited!!!

I'm not even sure where to start to catch up. The grandchildren are growing up. We've been to dance recitals, choir productions, hockey games and plays. We got together for Christmas last year (all 36 of us) and this year, we'll be with two of the girls and their families. We met up with 3 of the girls for my niece's wedding during the summer and had so much fun playing at the beach and spending time with my brother and his family. I showed him pictures I recently got of our dad and his family when he was a little boy. This sweet lady found me and gave me these pictures. I had never seen any pictures of dad and was so grateful for this sweet unselfish lady. Family means everything to me.

Our granddaughter, Hayley, has had a pretty good year. Once in awhile she gets a flare-up...but it's been a great year. She was involved in dance this year.

We're having an RV garage built (what a lot of dirt!!!). I wonder if I'll ever get grass in the backyard????

I ran into my girlfriend from elementary school at a premier showing of "Twilight". We couldn't believe it! We'll meet up again for the June showing...hehehe.

Chuck isn't slowing down, but his body is trying to tell him too! He helps at his friend's house all the time and comes home exhausted. We're hoping to do a lot of traveling this winter to see the kids and grandkids. I'm trying to keep up with my genealogy searching...I love it!

Hope all is well with all who reads this. Love, Mom

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Another grandchild! #23

I forgot to announce we're having another grandchild! Jay and Brie are having their 3rd. The baby will be born around Christmas 2011. They are VERY excited! That will give us 23 little ones...YEA for us!! Plus, it's Brie's birthday today. Happy Birthday!

Must Be My Age...

You would think that being retired would give you more time to do ALL the things you have always wanted too!

Luckily, we have been busy with church, the property and traveling to see our children and grandchildren all over the place. We were lucky to see Kristy, James and Rob and our sweet grandchildren in California (where it rained). We spent time at the beach and in the mountains. The ocean was beautiful and we saw the Redwoods. A deer and her fawn were just a few feet away from us. She was trying to get him to go down the hill to the stream and he wasn't sure how to accomplish that. It was so sweet watching the interaction.

All the children have such beautiful places and seem very happy. The boys have property and are enjoying the work involved that comes with that property. It's perfect for the little ones. Kristy is very busy with her new church calling and I think...really likes it. It's nice to be needed.

After coming home, I had my Enrichment night at church and we listened to Anita Stansfield. She had her 51st book come out the night she spoke to us. What an amazing woman. She has had so many trials in her life and has such a positive outlook. She is a genuine, nice person.

The next morning, we left for Texas to see Dave and his family. What a beautiful and green state. We had a great time playing with the kids and watching them excel at soccer and softball. I think Grandpa and Gavin had a fun time teasing each other. Baby Lexi was blessed (while Gavin fell asleep)and David gave her a very touching and beautiful blessing. I have such fantastic children. I am very blessed.

We came home to....rain. I think it follows us! Today, it's actually beautiful outside...but short-lived. More rain coming.

I had a mini-stroke while traveling. Guess it's my "heads-up" warning. Doctor just told me to take baby aspirin each day. I've always focused on the cancer part of my history...not this part. You live each day to the fullest with no regrets. Life is definitely an adventure. Focus on the good things around you, not the negative.

Hayley went back in for more tests yesterday and the day before at Primary Children's. She is having severe stomach problems still and throwing up bile. Results come back Monday. She is so tired of IV's and procedures. She has a lot on her plate for a 14 yr. old, but is being so strong through it. Tori made Madrigals and is soooo excited. She loves to sing. This will be her last year of dance, so she can devote more time to her love of singing.

Ill try to keep this journal up...(really need to figure out my new camera and pictures for the computer). Well...on to watching Erin in her play and then "Pirates of the Caribbean" tonight! Well, the guy is coming to fix the jeep's windshield now (plus the windshield that went through my van in Texas!). We've had more cracked windows since moving. It's probably because of all the construction on the freeways in EVERY SINGLE state! Love you guys!

Monday, February 21, 2011

She's Here!!!

Lexi Elise was born at 3:00 a.m. this morning. She weighed 9 lb. 4 oz. and was 21 1/2". Audra had a reaction to the epideral and I haven't heard how she's doing, but I'm sure she's fine. Dave got to hold Lexi for awhile before they cleaned her up and he said she kept looking all around. She has dark hair and a lot of it. He sent me a picture on the phone, but I can't transfer it to this posting. What a cutie she is!

When I hear more, I'll post more. (Think I'll take a nap today...was up a lot last night waiting :) Got some genealogy done though!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Surprise!!! All Six Children Showed Up!

Busy, Busy, Busy...Thanksgiving came and Rob and family joined us for the holidays. We had Kim and Kelli and their families join us. The cousins had a great time. We introduced Rob to Pirate Island and celebrated Kamryn's birthday. All the cousins REALLY enjoyed going there. Rob got to spend some of his vacation time helping dad finish his shed...

Christmas brought a surprise because I had ALL six children and their families make the trek to our home for a family picture! With them spread out all over the place, this doesn't happen very often. They came from Texas and California and we took our picture in a field w/snow and COLD weather. I was surprised how good the 21 grandchildren were during the shoot (probably too cold to move). We should be getting the pictures back this week. I'm excited about seeing them.

We also had our Boyack Christmas party the day after Christmas at Brian and Kellie's clubhouse. Everyone was there except Kristy, who showed up the following day. There was actually one day when all six kids were together. The little ones had sleepovers, played games, ran through the house, and then were "held hostage" in our home by the blizzard that hit our area for a couple of days. That's when Kristy and I hit THE PUZZLE. It wasn't until New Year's Eve that it got finished (she wasn't going home until it was done!).

The storm hit hard. Kelli had to go to work that night and was on her way to work when she was rear-ended while talking to her boss. He told her to go home, but she only made it to the market parking lot. Her brother had to come rescue her. On the way home, he saw the cars that were stuck in the road and couldn't handle it. He got out, started directing traffic and pushed 3 cars out of the way.

Dave and family left the day before and missed all the fun weather. The other two left after the storm and had a pretty good drive home to California. Weather has been cold but sunny. Dave spent two of his days putting in hardwood floor downstairs in the new bedroom with his dad...good vacation, huh Dave!

Although the weather didn't allow us to do anything "extra", Kristy and Kim got to take kids to the Conference Center and Temple Square before the blizzard hit. We did take Kristy's group to Pirate Island afterwards. I felt badly they had come all that way to stay in a house for days. The kids had fun playing with each other. We also "shared" cold germs......good times!

I love my family and am thinking....maybe the next "reunion" should be somewhere WARM.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh My Gosh...It's December!

Wow...Sad when you're sooooo busy that you forget you have a blog! I literally couldn't remember the name of my blog.....that's how long it's been.

We're in a reprieve w/our granddaughter who has been so sick. She's actually off her predisone and her other medicine has been cut in half and she is feeling so much better. She still has a lot of pills she will be taking from now on and still has dr. visits which will be ongoing, but she (right now) seems so much better.

You don't realize how lucky you are until you have something happen that can change everything you know and love. It was so hard watching her go through what she had too and not be able to help her. Her team of specialists have been so good to her and even featured her at a World Medical Convention in Canada to try and find answers for her. She has continued appointments and for the time being, is back in school and enjoying normal life again.

She made a special gift for her favorite cousin, Andrew, that she will give him at Christmas. She is so excited.

Life is short. Love your family members and never take anything for granted. You don't realize how quickly things can change and the heartache that accompanies it.

We have some of the kids coming for Christmas w/grandchildren. I'm so looking forward to it. Two of them won't be able to make it. I was hoping for a family picture with all my kids and little ones. Hopefully, it will happen while we're still around!

We have a new baby coming this February...YEA!! There is nothing more important than your family. This season brings memories of my children when they were little and is a time to create memories for their little ones. It's a special time of year that shouldn't be taken away because of bad circumstances.

Grandpa has placed the lights on the house, put up the garland and reindeer outside, is working on the bedroom downstairs (sheetrock is heavy!), and swimming every morning. However, he's getting tired and sore. Reflect on the past, learn from it, remember the good memories and look forward to the excitement of new things. (Wish my camera worked, I've got some cute pics).