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.