Monday, December 31, 2007
Now I have to tell you about my grandkids! They came for our family Christmas party on Sunday night, the 23rd! Every year I give them all pajamas. Well this year their mom's got their jammies on them and I got to take their picture! Here it is! It was quite a trick to get them all in the picture, and in the end Jesson still didn't look at the camera, but he is still a doll! Anyways, here they are:
(L to R) Maddie (9 mos), Conner (5), Jesson (22 months), Sydney (7), Sarah (5) and Bailey (3)!
Maddie and Jesson are sis/bro, Conner and Bailey are bro/sis, and Sydney and Sarah are sisters! Aren't they adorable?
I was truly blessed this year! Not only did I get to buy a new computer, I got a Singer Futura embroidery machine and the Cricut software so I can hook it up to my computer! Since I am finally starting to feel better, I plan on keeping the next few weeks busy working with my toys! I will show you pics as I learn how to use them!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2007 is full of memories and 2008 is full of possibilities!
Have a great New Year!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The best part though, is the keyboard! It has a 10 key built in, just like a regular keyboard! This will be so nice when I am doing taxes this year! No more plugging an external 10 key in. And did I mention the 17 inch screen! I am almost excited for tax season to begin!
I went and bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 and put it on the computer too! I am bound and determined to learn to do digital layouts! So wish me luck! I am still learning where everything is on this thing!
So go create an adventure today!
P.S. Chelsea, you aren't supposed to know about this, so mum's the word okay?
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I have to tell you about Chelsea. She was born when I was 34. My other kids were all born in my early 20's. And actually she was planned, 11 years after her brother Kendall! Here she is, on the front row, right. She has kept this family on it's toes since the day she was born! She is very full of life and sometimes a few other things (that I would like to beat out of her) but life with her is never boring! She keeps her dad and I young at heart.
So Chelsea, game on! If you would like to read a truly unique (black and pink) blog and get a teenager's perspective, slip on over to My space on the floor. You might remember what it was like to be a teen!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Have you ever bought one of those huge bottle of bubbles at Walmart? Well I did a couple of years ago and the kids had an absolute blast with it! They blew bubble all summer and I finally threw the bottle away so that I didn't have to clean my sidewalk anymore! So I created these pages to remind me of the fun we had that spring and summer with Bubbles!
Chelsea took dance for 6 years. This was the next to the last year she took, in 2004! They did really well that year and the team won lots of awards! Each picture was from a different performance! Lots of running that year!
When my kids were really little and we were really broke, my husband found this kit to make a rocking horse for Kendall, who was 3 at the time. When Gene got it all done, I painted it like an Indian paint pony, with spots and we gave it to Kendall for Christmas. Costs us about $10. He loved the thing and rocked about a million miles on it! Well the kids grew up and the ol' paint just kept on a rocking! Tiffany's little girls loved our rocking horse and always wanted to take it home. So Grandpa, being a wonderful Grandpa, traced all the parts, then cut them out and made another rocking horse. This one we varnished, no spots! "spirit"!
Lots of Christmas Cheer heading your way!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My next project, slippers for my grandkids to go with their jammies that I already have! Then I hope to finish a sweater for my hubby that I started last year! Hoping my knitting mojo doesn't run out soon!
Do you like to make Christmas? I do! Unfortunately, we are now in a society where everyone is materialistic and I don't think they want homemade gifts! Some of my fondest memories are of making everything for Christmas! I love the gifts, the candy, the food! We exchange presents with our oldest 3 kids and their spouses each year and we have a rule that at least part of the present needs to be homemade! We have Kendall and Christy this year and although my husband is doing the homemade part, I can't tell you about it cuz they might read this! Trust me when I say it is absolutely gorgeous!
I bought 2 more presents yesterday and did some shopping on Barnes and Nobles this morning. I think I will have everyone's presents bought by the end of the week, except for Gene. Then I will concentrate on him! I am almost scaring myself, because I am never this close to done on Christmas before December! I am excited to think that possibly the 2 weeks before Christmas will be fun just concentrating on candy! It is pretty sad that it has taken me 30 years to figure out how to get Christmas done on time! Slow learner, I guess!
Go out and spread some cheer today!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We did! Had most of my family here and the dinner went really smooth. I was so organized, that it is scary! I should have taken pictures, because that will never happen again! I cooked a 26.5 lb turkey! I was afraid I didn't have a big enough pan for it and it wouldn't go in the Reynolds bag, but all was well! We have eaten turkey ever since Thursday! Last night I broke down and made a turkey pot pie, just so we could have something different! It tasted good! and thank heavens, Gene took the last piece of pumpkin pie to work with him!
Did you do Black Friday? I didn't! I did it once, about 10 years ago, and vowed never again! Actually, most of my shopping has been on line or at JC Penneys and Toys R Us! I am about 2/3's done now, hope to finish this week!
Actually, Gene and the kids went tree hunting in the hills and came home with a great tree! We do an artificial in the living room, which I really decorate up and then a big real tree in the family room, which is the family's to decorate! It has plastic ornaments and lots of candy canes on it! Completely kid proof! Anyways the artificial tree is going up tonight and the real tree will go up next weekend! We will be decorating our hearts out this week!
Saturday I did venture into Rigby (just a little town) and bought some garlands and a new nativity scene. We started a family tradition about 10 years ago that we buy a new nativity scene each year. They are all really different, but special! I will take a pic of them when we get them all out! Boy I owe you alot of pictures!
Go out and have a holly jolly day!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here are the rules for it:
1. Link to the person that tagged you (that's me) and post these rules on your blog before you answer.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. (But don't tag me back).
4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
So here my random and wierd facts -
1 - I am like a walking encyclopedia! I know tons of useless but impressive pieces of trivia! If someone in my family doesn't know how to spell a word, or where they heard a story, or need some info on local wildlife or geological features, they call me. If anyone of my friends ever makes it on to Millionaire, I will be the friend they call!
2 - Speaking of geological, my major in college was geology. In my younger days, my firmest desire was to work for the federal government, manning one of those fire towers in the forest, where I could while away my days reading books! I thought it was so romantic! But even though I am an accountant (long story) now, I still love my rocks! We went to the Grand Canyon, Zions and Bryce Canyon in 2006, and I was in heaven! Surrounded by all my rock formations!
3 - At one time in my life I could hang ten! For those of you not from California, that is surfing! I was born in Idaho, but my family moved to So. Cal. when I was a baby and I lived there for the first 13 years of my life. I grew up in Huntington Beach and practically lived on the beach. Later we moved back to Idaho and somehow I could never equate skiing with surfing! I am not much of a winter sport fan, I simply wait it out for spring, when I can plant things and go camping!
4 - I have never looked my age. Wonderful now, but it wasn't great when I was 19 and 21 and getting ID'ed even though I was legal. When I was 23 we went to a casino in Reno to play the slots. I went to buy a roll of nickels (I really don't like to gamble) and they asked for my ID! I had left it back at the hotel, never dreaming this would happen! My dad finally convinced them that I was really 23 and the mother of 3 kids! I do have fun surprising people now when I tell them my age and that I have 6 grandkids!
5 - I wanted to be a country singer! Really, I did! I was even in a local Wrangler Country Showdown once. My problem? I don't drink (being LDS afterall) and I don't like bars! That is pretty much the standard area to get discovered. I had a few chances along the way, but didn't want to take time away from my family, so I passed them up. But sometimes, when no one is around, I like to belt out a good song! I have settled for singing at family reunions, the local county fair and funerals!
6 - I am an insomniac, thanks to my oldest son, who never came home on time. I would stay up waiting for him. Now he is 28, and doesn't live with me, but I still can't sleep. I go to bed about 1-2 every morning and get up with my 15 yr old at 6:30! I try to catch 30 minutes in the afternoon, but I don't always make it!
7 - I am a Rachel Ray 30 minute meal addict! I love that show! My guilty pleasure is also Law and Order, SVU. I put my family to bed and watch it at 11:00 every night!
So there you go Aimslee! And since everyone I know that has a blog has already been tagged, I will pass on tagging anyone else!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
So what happened? I woke up with a lousy sore throat and a runny nose! This is like the 3rd cold I have had in the past 2 months! I am so tired of this! Of course I have no energy, of course nothing tastes good, and of course my eyes hurt! I am usually a really healthy person, so I don't know why I am getting so many of these. I eat healthy, take multi-vitamins, and try to take care of myself. I guess it is stress. But how do you get rid of that? That is one I cannot figure out!
So I am going to end before I make everyone else sick! If it is possible to pass it through a blog, I would probably do it! I will come back tomorrow when hopefully I feel better.
Stay healthy today!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
On October 4, 2007 Vincent George Kamka, age 23 and of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was killed in the line of duty in Bayji, Iraq. He was returned to his parents, Chuck & Brenda Kamka, on the next Wednesday and this last Saturday he was buried in the Annis Little Butte cemetery, which sits on the other side of the butte from where I live. Even though I personally did not know the Kamkas, I was drawn to the Menan Lorenzo Highway, which is the main route from Idaho Falls to the Annis Little Butte cemetery. We went down to the corner at about 1:00 to wait for them to arrive. We noticed that up and down the road were flags posted about every 500 feet. We drove down to Menan and Lewisville and saw that each community had done the same thing. And at the church in Menan, the scouts had gathered to get their chance to honor Vince.
At about 1:30 we saw the flash of the sheriff's lights and here they came. At the front of the procession was the POW/MIA bike club, posing as the honor guard for this solemn procession. Following the hearse was at least 100 cars, carrying friends and family of this humble soldier. I was struck with how quiet it was as each car drove past us. A few waved, as if to acknowledge that we were here to share their grief.
We went on up to the top of the butte, to look down on the cemetery, with it's flag lined fence and roads. We quietly watched as the pall bearers bore him to his final resting place and caught wisps of the dedicatory prayer. We listened as someone sang and then as they did the 21 gun salute.
After having seen all these flags as a sign of pride, a sign of support, I don't know if I will ever look at the flag the same again. We have flown our flag in our yard at half staff, in respect for the Kamkas since the funeral. I hope his mom knows that here in Annis, all of us moms have shed a tear for her and that we know that a truly great soldier lies here among us. We will watch over him for you.
Heavenly Father, bless the soldiers in harms way, keep them safe!
Monday, October 8, 2007
So out we went to knock off the branches! And suddenly, it really began to snow! Great big, wet flakes!
When the storm was over, the ground was completely littered with branches! The picture below shows this, the yellow under the trees is the branches that broke off! There wasn't a house in Rigby that didn't loose some branches, and even in Rexburg and Idaho Falls, on either side of us! When it was all done, Rigby had the record snowfall of 6 inches!
On a lighter note, the General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) was held this weekend. It is held in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, but broadcasted around the world. There are 4 sessions, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. It is a wonderful chance for us to receive counsel and learn gospel principles from the leaders of our church! We get a chance to be spiritually fed and uplifted!
This time, there were some changes in the leadership. President James E Faust, who was the 2nd counselor in the First Presidency, passed away in August.
James E. Faust
Saturday morning, President Gordon B. Hinckley called and we sustained, Elder Henry B. Eyring to be the new first counselor.
Henry B. Eyring
This in turn left a vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which was fille by Quentin L. Cook.
Quentin L. Cook
When I was little, I always thought these leaders looked so old! All of a sudden, they are starting to look younger and younger! It couldn't be that I am getting old!
When President Eyring spoke on Sunday, he talked about being thankful for blessings and trials and even the simple things like the beautiful flowers growing outside your windows. So here it goes for me -
I am thankful that I live in a country where I can choose how I worship my Heavenly Father and that I can even talk about it! I am thankful for the family unit, mine in particular! I am thankful that I have the means to make a written and pictoral history of my family, to hand down through the generations! And I thankful that I can share my thoughts with you on this blog!
So I would like to encourage you to go and find something that you are thankful for today! Embrace the ordinary and love the simple!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
The family is great, Chelsea's drivers ed keeps me hopping. I have been babysitting my granddaughters while my daughter Tiffany works in the potatoes.
Gene went hunting this week, archery. He was hunting elk and bear. Thursday he called me and told me was coming home. He sounded shook up. I worried until he pulled in on Thursday night. Apparently he had an encounter with a grizzly bear sow! He was sitting in his tree stand above his bear bait (black bear) and along came this grizzly sow and 2 cubs. She saw Gene in the tree and woofed at him and charged. He let off a shot with his pistol and she took off running with her cubs! He said he almost had an anxiety attack right then and there!!!!! So he came down, packed up his tree stand and bait and hightailed it out of there! Says he is finding somewhere else to hunt elk! The funny thing is that whenever you talk to Fish and Game they tell you there are not any grizzlies in the Palisades area of Idaho! Yea, right!
So that's our week! Still haven't found the time to scrapbook, still canning like crazy! Hope to be done this week!
And so ends the month of September!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I was sad that our grandkids didn't get to pick them, but Gene, Chelsea and I had a blast!
Look at our haul! The top one on the right weighed 80 lbs! The one to it's left weighed in at 70!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Chelsea finished up her homework, and we helped with drivers ed. I must confess, I am really glad that this is my last drivers ed! It is so funny to listen to Chelsea though, ready to conquer the world at 15! She already has plans for the pick-up she plans to get (not a car, a pickup!) and the awesome stereo system it will have! Dream On, honey!
Stay tuned for the great pumpkin patch...........
Saturday, September 22, 2007
So tomorrow, the camera and the scales will make the trek to the patch. I will show you pictures of them tomorrow night and then I am going to use some of my new fall stash to scrapbook them! See you tomorrow night!
Make the day a good one!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This last week I read Melody Ross' blog and it appears I am not the only one suffering from this! Click on the link to the side of my page and go read her posts. Maybe we should all make a commitment to overcome!
I was talking to Kim at Express the Moment on Friday, and we decided that the scrapbooking industry is a sort of crisis! They have overwhelmed us all with so much product, that we don't know where to start or what to use first. As a result we are losing sight of the reason most of us scrap, which is a history of us and our families. If you go to the galleries of the big magazines and scrap companies, there are pages that I dare say cost $25 per page! That is not a reality for most of us! And since we cannot achieve the top, we stop! Or we keep buying, thinking that magically some creative fairy will sweep dust on us and suddenly every design team in the nation will be clamoring for our stuff!
So here is my call to arms, ladies! Let's get back to basics! Scrap the memories and don't get so wrapped up in the product! If you see something you love, then buy it! But then be sure and use it, don't tuck it away to be forgotten! I am committing to setting aside time once a week to scrap and I intend on finishing my committment for 100 pages in 2007! Right now I have 42! So I better get to work!
Now, since I don't have any cute pictures to share, I thought I would show you some of the stuff that I bought at Express the Moment on Friday night! It is so cute and I am now ready for those Halloween pictures! The Making Memories Halloween stuff is soooo cool! And the Christmas stuff is really cool too! So go to www.makingmemories.com/ and look at the new stuff! You will be in love too!
Go and be creative today!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Today my blog is dedicated to my dear husband, Eugene. It is his 49th birthday! Happy Birthday hun! Here is a picture of him doing what he loves, driving his boat! (That is when he's not driving his 4-wheeler or hunting!)
Anyways I am very thankful to have him here. This has been a rough year for Gene. A year ago (September 17) he started passing out and stopping breathing! It looked like Anaphaletic (sp?) shock, but the paramedics thought I was nuts. Anyways it continued to happen every month or so clear through the winter! I thought I was losing my husband, and I was scared to death! After several doctors, thousands of dollars in tests, hundreds of tests and watching the doctors scratch their heads, we finally found someone who could tell us what was wrong! He has developed a rare condition called Chronic Cold Urticaria, or an allergy to the cold! Not cold weather necessarily, but cold air or cold water! He is now on allergy medicine and we have not had an event for 6 months! And guess what, they told us that it is anaphaletic shock he is going into, so now we have an Eppy pen just in case! The good news through all of this, is that his heart is in great shape, he has no neurological problems, and we have seen every inch of the inside of his body! :)
So Happy Birthday today and let's hope we are on top of this for good! By the way did you know that Gene is 4 million some odd seconds younger than me? He has it all worked out, and loves to tell people. Actually it works out to 4 1/2 months! I am an older woman! But I keep telling him he may be younger but I look better! :)
I love you Hun!
Monday, August 27, 2007
So go and make it a great day!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Chelsea had her swimsuit on, but wasn't sure about the temperature of the water, and the sun was starting to set. In the end she just sat on the dock and relaxed, which was fine because that was what this night was all about!
Monday, July 2, 2007
My friend, Kim Rose, has a new store! Her first day was today! I went about noon and I took pictures! These two pictures are of the outside of the store! Isn't the sign cute!
Good luck Kim! I'm routing for you!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Over the years we have raised and broke horses, raised cows, even raised 75 chickens once. Don't ask. Over the past 10 years we have mainly concentrated on raising and running hounds. Well my son-in-law (also a country boy) decided to raise pigs! So the first batch was born. Guess where I am going with this? That's right, we bought 2 piglets. They are pretty cute right now and my daughter is getting really attached to them. She calls them Babe and Gordy, but my husband calls them Pork and Chop, just to remind her what is going to happen come about January. The poor guys are going to have an identity crisis, with multiple names and all!
Well anyway, here is a picture of Babe (pork) and Gordy (chop) as they enjoyed some over-ripe watermelon.
And let me assure you that I DON'T slop the hogs! That is my daughter's job! Mine? Take great pictures and make scrapbook pages!
So go have an adventure today, and whatever you do, never, never marry a farmer!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Well I think I am done re-arranging and housecleaning here for awhile. I hope you like the page. Let me know!
Go and try something new today! Grow a little!
Monday, June 25, 2007
I haven't posted for a few days, not really anything to say, just been doing the boring, everyday stuff, like cleaning, yard work, errands. Sometimes I just need a little down time. I haven't scrapped too much this week, so I am going to share a couple oldies, but goodies, with you!
This one was of Memorial Day weekend last year! One of the most miserable weekends we spent ever! It rained and/or snowed on us for the entire weekend! We ended up spending most of our time in the trailer, watching movies on the laptop. The only thing good that came of the weekend was this layout! We can laugh now, but it wasn't a good time then!
The next one is also older, my first attempt with rub-ons. We had this old rocking horse that my kids loved! My grandkids do too, so grandpa copied it and made one for our grand-daughters Sydney and Sarah!
And last, but not least, here was a spring layout I did last year, showing my grandkids playing with bubbles! We had this huge bottle I had gotten at Walmart, and every time they came to our house we had to get them out! Made for some really cute pictures!
So there you have it! Hope you have a productive week and I will try to get back on my game! I am definitely in a rut, so I will try something new and share it with you soon!
Monday, June 18, 2007
My grandson Jesson turned 1 on February 4th! He had a really big day with the whole family!
Sydney is our oldest grandchild, and she turned 6 on November 4th! She is growing up so fast!
If you read the story on this page it explains everything. This is the last picture I have of my mother before she passed away of MS. This was taken in November 2004, and she passed away on April 26, 2005.
This is Miss Bailey, as I call her! Our little tow-head granddaughter! She turned 2 in August and she gives us all a warm fuzzy everytime we look at her! She has her dad's snow white hair and blue eyes and grandma's curly hair! When I watch her, it's like watching her dad all over again. The same happy, easy-going personality!
In case you can't tell I am the proudest grandma! Six of the most beautiful babies in the world! Someone told me that grandchildren are the reward for having survived your children! Maybe they are right!
Go and make some memories today!