Sunday, July 31, 2011

Going to Church with the Grandkids

The kids and I, except Harley got up and went to church. It was very good. We had a combined 5th Sunday lesson taught by a principal at the Junior High or High School. Very informative. He told us about the problems they have had in the schools this last year and what parents should look for and talk with their children about. Then we came home and all the kids had a contest to see who could jump the highest.

 Playing Ring Around the Rosey was another activity they did on the tramp. They were on this thing all the time. They really had fun jumping.

I made Chicken and Rice for dinner with watermelon for Hayden and Harrison. And  then I just sat around and did nothing. Harrison and I watched a movie called "Temple Grandin" after church. It was so good. Really inspiring about an austistic woman who changed the way they run slaughter houses around America so the animals weren't treated so cruel.
Now we are waiting for Amie to make it here and then it's my bed time.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for my grandkids that go to church with me so willingly. It just really makes me happy to go to church with them.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hailey First Date Page

The boys started out the day on the tramp. They are soaking up the sun or freezing because they have a spinkler under the tramp. The things they think are fun!
Janna and I got up and went to Walmart this morning. I have no wooden spoons and no spatcula. I think a box with my Corelle dishes and my spatulas and wooden spoond went to DI or something. So I got some new wooden spoons. I thought that was all I was missing until I made Quesadillas for lunch and realized I didn't have a spatula. I borrowed one of Janna's and when I took the kids to the Dollar Store I bought one. I'm going to the kitchen store and get a set very soon. Here are the kids doing something.
And Bailee is making us some Cowboy Cookies. She is quite the little baker. We appreciate it because Janna and I can't seem to get any cookies made. Janna doesn't want them and I'm too lazy so it's a good thing we have Bailee. (Or maybe a bad thing for me, like I need another cookie.)
We went out to the barn after dinner. The kids fed the critters carrots. Isn't this little goat cute. Horses especially love to eat carrots. Harley and Janna are teaching the kids how to hold their hands flat to they don't get their fingers in the horses mouth when they feed them.

 Austin made a swing on the walker. This kid is always thinking of something to do. Too bad we don't have a big tree. They could make a swing and a tree house. One day...
 The man next door has an old pick up that he has parked out back. Amie had said it would be a good place to take pictures and she was right. The kids thought it was fun.
I worked on this page off and on all day. Amie's shirt was bright orange and so I had to find my lesson for recoloring and I changed it to match the rest of the page. Photoshop is awesome.
That has been my day. Amie is coming tomorrow after church and staying the night and taking the boys home. I wish I would have been able to do more with them. Hiese was way too expensive and I was concerned about taking them to the top of the falls because it has a drop off to the river below and I wasn't sure I could keep track of Hayden. Maybe when Dean and Amie come up in September we can go up there. But I think they have had fun on the farm and playing with the cousins. The boys are tired tonight so it's showers and bed. We'll try to do it a little early. We'll see how that works.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for all my scrapping buddies that made all these templates with me. It's so wonderful to have so many to choose from. Scrapping Angels, that's what I call them.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hayden's Soccer Page

Today was another terrific one. Look at these two boys with the hose and the tramp. They practically live on this tramp. I guess the water is the best part of it.
 They were all doing the Harrison trick. Tommy looked out the window and Harrison was 10 feet in the air. I'm glad I didn't see it. I would have yelled to quit jumping so high. That's the grandma in me.
 I had my camera ready so I could take pictures of these kids drying off after they got soaked on the tramp. Aren't they the cutest things.
 The next favorite thing they had was Austin's power scooter. They all took turns and had a good time. Next year we must have bicycles all ready for them. They love to go around the block. And in Rigby around the block is pretty far.
And I made this page of Hayden playing soccer. My favorite picture is the kid whispering in Hayden's ear. Too cute!!
Janna and her dad went to the storage unit and got the rest of my stuff out of it. Wahoo, I now have my freezer back. They swept it out and now we are done. Everything is in the garage. My food storage is stacked high. It's not the ideal place for it but it will have to do. It's so good to have access to it whenever I want.
Last night we made spaghetti for dinner then the kids rode horses and jumped on the tramp. I didn't know Harrison and Bailee were riding or I would have gotten pictures. Maybe tomorrow. That's been my wonderful day.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for Janna and her willingness to work so hard with her dad. She just gets in and gets things done for us.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mowing the Lawn

Today was a pretty good day. I woke up a little cranky but it got better as the day went on. I don't know why I was cranky. I have nothing to blame it on. But these kids made me laugh and soon I was happy. This is the way they woke up Harrison this morning. He is wrapped up in the blankets and the kids are jumping all around him. Hayden was really getting into it.
Here is Hayden coming back from helping Harley. We stayed home today and just hung out doing nothing.
All the kids took turns mowing the lawn for Grandpa. Harley was the only willing worker. But they did get it done even though they didn't want to. Can you tell by those happy faces.

I took Harley driving before dinner. We drove out towards Swan Valley and took the old Ririe Highway back. I had never been on that highway and I always like to explore so that's what we did. Then she drove Janna to someone's house so she put in 1 more hour today. Here are the three boys playing Roblox. They are meserized by this game. I made them take turns. Then they had to stop because no one can play on the computer when we are cooking.
I made bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, biscuits and country gravy for dinner. Hayden and Harrison really wanted bacon so I had to give them some. Plus it is a free food for Harrison. He is so good. We weighed his biscuit and the fried potatoes. 8 ounces of fried potatoes is alot but he was really hungry. He ate every single bite. And we always have watermelon before he goes to bed for his snack, which we weigh. I am getting good at this. Harrison is teaching me how to do it.
Hayden was very tired even though he said he wasn't. I made him lay down in his bed at 9pm and he was asleep in about 2 seconds. The three older ones jumped on the tramp until 10:30. Harrison always says he needs to jump to get all his energy out. He is a true diplomat.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for grandkids that can make me in a good mood even when I'm in a bad mood.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mom's Funeral Pages

I made these pages and forgot to put then on my blog so here they are.

 Today has been a really laid back day. I made salad dressings, cleaned house and did laundry. Then Harley and I went to Rigby and took Janna to lunch. Janna called the insurance company to make sure it was alright for Harley to drive my car and they said we were covered. Her mom took a picture of her driving her back to work. Then she drove me home. She is a very good driver. Very cautious and safe. She needs to get in 50 hours of driving time so we are going to be going on some drives. 
The kids filled up some more balloons we bought at the Dollar Store today. They made some giant ones. One was so big Harrison and Bailee had to carry it together from the front yard where they fill them up with the hose to the backyard to put it on the tramp. After they got a ton of them on the tramp they jumped in the middle of them to break them.
I made hamburgers and potato salad for dinner. All the kids decided that they wanted to spend the night on the tramp. Here they are getting ready for bed. It's not nearly time but they wanted to get an early start.
 And of course we had to have the proverbial pillow fight. I had to stop them from doing it because Hayden got a headache. Notice the kitty in the picture above. He said he is NOT allergic to cats and wants to pet them. He seemed to be okay but I still told him not to pick them up just in case.
The first night the boys were here I fried some chicken legs and thighs I had in the freezer. I saw Hayden looking out the window and a couple of chickens were roaming around. He got this funny look on his face and asked me if this chicken was from the store. I think he was worried that I had gone out back and killed a chicken to cook. Too Funny!!!
Now it's time for my bed. If the kids can ever go to sleep I will get some too.
Grateful Statement: I think as I look back on my day I am most grateful for all my wonderful grandkids. It's what made me happy today. Just watching them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oh Scrap Page

Jumping with the dogs.
 Bailee riding the scooter.
 Austin on his electric scooter.
 Harrison using Janna's roller blades.
 Hayden carrying his flip flop riding his scooter barefoot.
 Harley loves puzzles.
 Hayden riding Summer.
 Helping Harley with the Baby Goat.
 Hayden made this goat faint.
The kids played all day long. They jumped on the tramp, watched movies, went around the block on scooters and roller blades and just had fun.
I made beans and corn bread for dinner. Everyone ate tons so I guess they liked it. I calculated the carbs for Harrison so he could give himself the right amount of insulin. He is so good at figuring that out. And his levels have been really good so he must be doing it right.
Janna took Bailee, Austin and Harrison to YW and Scouts tonight and I picked them up. Something went wrong with the pump tonight and we didn't have any water. We had to call Fife the plumber to come out and fix it. He said eventually we will need a new pump but he thinks it might be a regulator under the house that has dirt in it from all the construction. So Tommy gets to crawl under the house today.
I also made this page of our scrapping weekend in September of 2010. I am on a roll. Hopefully it will just keep going. I'm having fun doing these pages but I have miles of pages left to go to get caught up.

That has been my day. I am a happy girl because we now have water and I can do my dishes. It also made me realize that those blue barrels need to be filled up with water and I need to get some bottles in storage. Now it's time to go to bed so I can have another fun packed day tomorrow.
Grateful Statement: I am grateful for plumbers that know how to fix water pumps. And I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that has taught me about preparedness through his Prophets.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Jumping on the Tramp

Pulling weeds so we can go to the store. I love incentives...
 Austin hard at work.
 To the Dollar Store we go. Check out the sharing in the back seat.
 Water balloons and a game of soccer all at once.
 Harrison made these huge water balloons.
Future leaders of America. Round table discussion.
Today was a really good day. We got up and got going. The kids pulled weeds so they could go to the dollar store for water balloons. They had so much fun putting them on the tramp and busting them on each other. It looked like a soccer game to me. It's amazing how long a $2 bag of balloons will keep kids entertained. They played cards this afternoon and watched TV because it was a little hot.
I made grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. It was too hot to think of much more. Then the neighborhood kids came down and they played capture the flag.
I worked on scrapping my mom's funeral. It has been a year so it wasn't as hard as it would have been if I would have tried scrapping the pictures last year. I remember it took me a year before I could scrap Smokey's funeral too. I will post them tomorrow. I still have to decide if I want to put the names of all the people that came to her funeral. It was good to scrap anyway.
My neighbor Denise came over to get her kids and we ended up talking until 10pm. I also visit teach her so she said she had been visit taught for the month. Sounds good to me. My partner is setting up the appointments for this month. We'll see if she does it. She better be quick or else I'll be making a mad dash.
Well, that's been my day. It's fun to have Harrison and Hayden with me. Hayden has the cutest laugh. And they have been playing with the kittens. I can't get them to stop. It doesn't bother Harrison at all but Hayden does get a runny nose. He says if he washes his hands he is okay. I figure as long as it doesn't get bad he can pet the kittens. As if I could get him not too. LOL!
Harley and I watched "The Closer" and "Rizzoli and Isles" and then I made sure the boys were in bed and went to bed myself.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for wonderful grandkids that want to hang out with grandma. They just make my heart happy.

Saturday Duties

I made bread today because I was out. I love using Kamut. It is such a soft flour that when I mix it with Spelt and Wheat flour my bread is ...