Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ups and Downs

Em tells me I need to update my blog so I guess I'll give it a whirl.

January has never been my month. I usually don't feel well since I have to be the one to clean up all the sweets left over from Christmas and since I was raised in the day of, " we don't waste food" what else can I do. The let down from the holidays probably plays a part in the way I feel too and I hate to be cold. Some people, like those living in Rexburg, Idaho, would probably argue with me about it even being cold here but I am cold. It gets better, Tuesday I have the wonderful opportunity of having a colonoscopy, I've had a partial one before and believe me it was not fun! I hear the full meal deal is much less painful. Today was day one of prep by drinking lots of water, tomorrow is total liquids and the concoction they give you to keep you close to home is the nice way of putting it:) I'm sure it will all be fine and I'm not concerned. I have the next two days off and will scrapbook to keep my mind off it.

Now for the UP part! I have been blessed with good reason to love January! We have four grandchildren with January birthdays and it just brings such joy to think of them and talk to them and even see Nick, Kellen and Caleb. Megan turned 12 on January 11th. She called us since she was going to Branson on her birthday and it was so great to visit with her. I can't even believe she is in Young Women. What a beautiful, thoughtful girls she is and I love her. Then there is Nick, he turned 11 on January 15th. That happened to be the day his mom, Melanie, wanted to drive to Oregon for Brittney's funeral so being the helpful boy he is, he postponed his birthday party and accompanied Melanie on the 16 hour round trip to the funeral. Just what an eleven year old boy wants to do but he never complained. It was so fun to see them for that short time and I love him for doing that. Along with having Darren and Tina there, it was a bright spot in an otherwise very sad time.

Yesterday we went to Portland to see Kellen and Caleb for their birthdays. Caleb is one already, walking and a real happy little boy. Kellen is four, so smart and fun to be around. One of my favorite things in the world is to talk on the phone to him. He says, "Hi" in the cuttest way ever like he is really happy to hear from you. Caleb wasn't sure what all the fuss was about and he wasn't that interested in his cake but did pick away at it a little at a time. I'm having trouble with my camera card so the photo of Kellen won't show up, darn. Just imagine his cute face:)

Vicki Coffin shared a poem that she had received which reminds us how blessed we are and how grateful we should be compared to a lot of people in this world and that really helped put things in perspective for me. I am very grateful!! Enjoy the rest of January, I plan to.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I can't believe it is 2008 and hope it will be a great one. We can't complain about last year that's for sure. Christmas was so great and I always hate to see it end. We have Jennifer for the week end and then it is really over.
It was wonderful having family here and talking to those who weren't and just watching the little boys play was so fun and being able to kiss their little faces whenever I wanted, that's the life for me. I loved taking Kellen and Joseph to the movie and the library. Thankfully Jennifer went with me to take them to see Reptile Man. That was scary and they were so brave and even touched snakes! I loved holding and rocking Justin, Caleb and Easton and spending time with all their parents. I love shopping with Jenni and hanging out with her and all the help she gives me. I love watching Em and Jen learning dances and doing crafts. I could go on and on but let me just say, it was all great! Thanks for coming! We love you!

It is blowing up a storm here tonight so Bruce will be working on the railroad and Jen and I will probably go see a movie that he wouldn't like.

I haven't got all my photos on the computer yet but here are a few that I love.