Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Special Day during this Special Season

Merry Christmas - Joy to the World!

This year circumstances have conspired to put together a Christmas I've thought about for a long time......a (practically) giftless day. No, we're not hurting for money. We're fine - thanks for the concern.

What happened was that we've invited my brother (since I work for him now, I get to cal him my "bossy brother" - ha ha ha) and his wife Terri up for the week (don't get too's a work week). Terri suggested that we gift ourselves permission to relax and agree not to exchange gifts. Instead, she suggested we buy our own gift, wrap it, put it under the tree and unwrap it Christmas morn for all to see. Mom was thrilled! I was willing, Ron was noncommittal - which meant, of course, it was a go!

So, I got the grandbabies covered. I got the kids covered. Made the treats for all our friends and yesterday....I got MY present.....but I'm not telling you what. It's my only surprise of the day and I'm keeping it.

One other bit of big news.....under much pressure from the husband and daughter, I have tossed away the plastic Christmas tree and we got one off our land. Okay, I love it. LOVE IT!!!!

One other thing....we had the COLDEST week last week. We had a smattering of snow, barely anything - but the cold turned it into the 'kewl'est crystals. So pretty!

So, here's our opportunity to wish all a wonderful holiday. We're most grateful for our blessings -

Most of all......each other (33 years today!) I LOVE my husband. He is so amazing and still makes my heart flutter.

Yeah, the pics didn't scan too well, but their still fun!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


What can be better than visiting a beautiful grandchild?

Visiting 9 beautiful grandchildren!

Here is a shot with 7 of em' (from left to right):
James (Roni's), Mattie (Trina's), Samuel (Trina's), Amber (Roni's), Harley (Roni's), Katie (Trina's), Jade Tyler (Roni's)

And what, I ask you, can be finer than having your own personal dresser? This is Breanna with her very nice and artistic boyfriend.

And here is something that makes us feel EXTREMELY old - we have a grandchild that owns her own house now......

Yes, if you're counting.....there's one grandchild missing - the ever elusive Richie. Luckily Roni has some shots that include him, so....more pictures to follow.............

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

4 months later.....

Okay, I admit it. I'm a slacker. I have a good excuse. I've been BUSY!

So, here are a few shots.........with captions:

Traveling a lot....been to Salt Lake City twice, Oakland three times.... Napa, San Jose and Victoria Canada.

In the meantime, my grandaughter Amber visited - this is her on the Ferry with me

 well as my sister, Audrey. This is her, Mom and I at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada - and the yummy afternoon tea we had

And some beautiful old totum poles at the museum in downtown Victoria

...and Ron at the Lavendar Festival here in Sequim. What a GORGEOUS guy, yes?

Ron and I are heading off to Las Vegas and then to North Carolina at the end of this month. I'm hitting my goal of seeing ALL of my grandbabies in 2009. Woo hoo!!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Master Ronan Christopher Jones

After much anticipation, I am very pleased to announce that Ronan Christopher Jones made a safe landing onto Planet Earth on June 5th at 5:59 pm weighing in at 8 lbs. 7 1/2 ounces. Mother and baby are happy and healthy. It appears that Ronan sports a lovely head of auburn hair. What a treat!

Well, yes, these pictures do, in fact include my OTHER two adorable grandchildren from the Michael and Havilah Jones conglomeration. Here, let me share a few more pics of pure adorableness....

There was a petting zoo at the library. Gareth was certain the big animals would eat him. It took a lot of patience to get him to the point where he would actually get up close, but he was happy once he did.

Ruthie just couldn't get enough of them....

The park was fun. Gareth had much tromping around to do......

Ruthie could be entertained at any minute of the day. She MUST have some Polynesian in her somewhere. She has learned how to shimmy up doorways.

Here's a pic of Ron and I with our son, Mike. He's a great son and we love him. What more can I say (oh, except that he married the perfect wife and has a real talent at making adorable AND highly intelligent children - but that goes without saying now, doesn't it?)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My impressions of Lubbock TX

Lubbock Texas is a dry, flat place. Very dry. Very flat. Very brown.

Not a place I would pick for summer vacation. But the decision as to where I would be spending the next few week were made for me when my son and his wife announced last winter that our 12th grandchild was going to make their appearance this June. I flew into town on Tuesday, May 26th. 15 long hours of travel. 4 airplanes. 1 delay. Not as bad as it could have been, all considering.

I got in after the two current children belonging to this particular clan were in bed. I was told I would have to wait until morning before the hugging could begin. No amount of pouting seemed to work.

It's alright. I'm getting my fill now.

So, on top of waiting for baby, I am busy with three big chores.

1. Help with the children. FUN!
2. Cook dinner every night - utilizing my handy dandy knowledge of low fat cooking. My daughter-in-law is thrilled. My son? Not so much.
3. Help pack. Why? Because two weeks after the baby is due.....they're moving from hot ol' Texas ol' Salt Lake City (yup, they're crazy)

So - it's a busy time, especially since I'm working at night (

So the BIG focus for me, of course, is baby #12.

Michael and Havilah (the aforementioned parents) decided that this time around they didn't want to know whether they were having a boy or a girl. Being that this is their last child, they decided they wanted the fun experience of having it as a surprise. Havilah was due on June 8th, but was positive she'd go early like the last two. We've spent the last week staring at her belly, chanting encouragement and minor threats. It hasn't worked so far.

Neither has long walks, running around the park, swimming at the pool or chocolate Lots of chocolate - though Havilah appreciated that special effort anyway.

This article is more about my trip to Lubbock than tardy grandbabies, here is everything you could POSSIBLY want to know about Lubbock, Texas and never thought you'd ask:

The county of Lubbock was founded in 1876. It was named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and the brother of Francis R. Lubbock, the governor of Texas during the Civil War.

The settlement that is the present-day city of Lubbock was not formed until late 1890.

Downtown Lubbock has taken quite a beating. Tornados. Duststorms. It ain't pretty.

There is an ancient dig site where they have found evidence that some group already discovered that living in Lubbock might not be the best plan. They left over 2,000 years ago (smart!).

In 1925, Texas Technological College (today Texas Tech University) opened its doors. They are called the Raiders. They love football.

There are a couple claims to fame here. For instance, this is the birthplace of Buddy Holly

...and of course, there's always the barbecues (like on EVERY corner!)

Oh, alright.....some are much better than this, but you get the picture.

Now you might think I'm unfairly painting Lubbock as an undesirable town. I'm not trying to....really! In my defense, I even looked up the words "Lubbock" and "pretty" on Google. The statement that came up was as follows:

"Lubbock is still pretty bad"

They were talking about their freeway system, but you get the picture.

Now if any of my readers are from Lubbock, have family from Lubbock, met their true love in Lubbock or for some reason have fond memories of Lubbock, I tip my hat to you. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing green again.

But first, I'm heading to Austin, TX for a see the bats.

And the adventure continues.........

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Holy smokers, Batman. It's been a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time since I've blogged.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to download and pictures so you're going to have to IMAGINE the pictures (trust me, it exercises the brain cells).

Okay - imagine the first image which is a bat!

Honest, I've been swamped!

I went to Dallas, where I found tornadoes

Really cool tornado picture here

Thunder and Lightning

Really cool lightning picture here!

Schools closed due to the flu formerly known as Swine

School with a closed sign on it

and crushed dreams at a football training camp (that was scary and sad)

Heck, let's put the whole video clip of the Dallas Cowboy's training building blowing down

Then I came home and did something I haven't done in decades! GARDEN!

Imagine the greatest vegetable garden here, then cut it down in size by at least half. That's my garden!

Last week I moonlighted over at Jefferson General Hospital on a planning team.

People sitting around a table talking and pointing

After a glorious weekend with friends, I was off to Lubbock, TX (Texas AGAIN???) for the birth of my 12th grandchild. I arrived an hour ago - Yippee!!!!!!

Pictures of the CUTEST, SMARTEST, MOST TALENTED g'babies in the world goes right here!

Except the kids are I have to wait until tomorrow morning until I get to start the kissin' and the huggin' and the spoilin'


Then to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law in Austin, TX

Me vacationing

And I'm back home on June 16th where I get to....go ahead.....guess.



Think dandelion weeds and thistles, cause that's what's going to be there by the 16th!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Reflections on glorious grandbabies while I get ready to fly the friendly skies

I'm heading out this week for Oakland. Next month it's Dallas, the month after that Lubbock.

I love to travel. I REALLY love interesting work - that will be Oakland and Dallas.

MORE than that I love a good vacation.

The only thing better than that is visiting grandbabies.

I have 11 glorious grandchildren. I'm about to have my 12th. There is nothing better in the world than that (note to children - I'm happy with 12, really. I'm been blessed enough - y'all can take a break now).

Breanna is beautiful, talented and causing us no small amount of discomfort in the fact that she is about to graduate. This places us closer and closer to the probability of sometime in the next decade becoming great grandparents. Luckily, it looks like Breanna is a patient girl. I think we have a few good years left pretending we're not old.

Richie is talented and a big tease....AND he's turning into a handsome young man to boot.

Maddie is level-headed and delightfully honest. She's a treasure.

Amber is my elfin prize - the joy of my heart.

Katie is an impish gem.

Harley is a tender sparrow with a beautiful song

Samuel is the star of the show

Jade is the ultimate heroine

Ruthie is the talkative genius

Gareth is golden one

James Ronald is the giver of joy

and #12? Well, we'll have to wait and see!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ron's going to kill me for this one.....

But sometimes, you just gotta break loose and have a good reason to laugh...

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
Marjorie Pay Hinckeley

- Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm just feeling too much, carrying too much and trying to control just far too much right now. My brain can't process - I've decided that it's time for a breather. I'm going to simplify my life for a while. I don't know how long that while will be - a day, a month, forever....but for now there's only one answer. The truth of the matter is, the world will continue rotating without my trying to turn the wheel. Peeling the fingers off now - and breathing a sigh of relief.

WORD OF GOD - by Mercy Me

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay

Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Ode To Prayers

By Nina S. Jones

Prayer is a blessing

that can’t be used up

you can pray when you’re fasting

You can pray when you sup

You can pray when you’re happy

You can pray when you’re sad

You can pray when your child’s been

particularly bad

You can pray when you’re standing

You can pray on your knees

You can pray when you’re driving

You can pray when you sneeze (gazunheit!)

You can pray for repentance

You can pray for relief

You can pray in the mountains

You can pray on the beach

You can ask for assistance

You can start off your fast

You can hope for the future

or let go of the past

You can ponder the scriptures

You can find out your mission

If you’ve nothing to say

you can shut up and listen!

It’s not that important

the what or the when

its that Heavenly Father

becomes your best friend

How blessed is our life

how happy our soul

when we make constant prayer

a true lifelong goal

The End

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Aloha Oye Vey!

Well, we're back and we had a marvelous time. Kauai is an incredible place just in case you didn't know.

We stayed with some lovely and dear and crazy friends - all in one bundle. Lucky, lucky us. These are the Allens (this picture is a little old, but its a good group shot of Greg, Joanne, Griffin, Morgan, Drake, and Conner). You'll see shots and videos throughout this blog with various members of the family, including Greg's parents, Greg Sr. and Debbie.

Here's the view from their home across the Wailea River (two times of day):

And of view OF their house:

Yeah, I know. Amazing. Sorry the pic is so dark.
This amazing piece of property is for sale, by the way, as is a mall near the shore, and land for a multi housing development. If you know of anyone interested in investing in the Garden Island, I've got some numbers for you to call!

I made a New Years resolution to do scary things, and boy have I been getting lots of opportunity to do so. Some of the things I did were - climb up to the top of Sleeping Giant...

This is Ron on the highest part of it (obviously he doesn't have to challenge himself to do scary things, they just come naturally to him).

Here's the view from up there......pretty spetacular!

We also kayaked (no shots - didn't want to take the camera out on the water.) It was a gorgeous day!

Then we shopped (probably the scariest of all for Ron (lol).

The first picture is Ron and I at Bubba Burgers. The second picture is Ron at the Lihue Farmers Market. We bought fruit we had never seen before. It was so good! Ron is holding an ice cold coconut.

Meanwhile I did one of MY favorite activies - a pedicure.

Note the cute flower. Some fun!

We DIDN'T go on this road, but we did go 4 wheeling at this beach

These guys, by the way, are kite sailing. We didn't do that, but we enjoyed watching it!

(You'll have to watch this video sideway - can't seem to find a way to turn it, I'm afraid)

We saw some other interesting activities - a new style of transportation (paddling on a surfboard standing up)

We went on a train ride around a sugar plantation.

The most amazing adventure, because my kids were sure I wouldn't do it starts with a few videos:

(Another sideways video, I'm afraid)

This next video is strictly proof for my kids....

That right - we went Zip lining!!!! And it was so much fun (after about the second line). There were 7 lines in all.

Another great adventure was to take these surfboards and go fluming the ditch. There are irrigation ditches throughout the island. They were built in the early 1900s by the Asian immigrants. The ditches are no wider than from your finger tip to finger tip. You not only ride through ditches, but you go through culverts (tunnels). Very scary. Very fun.

Here was a lovely evening taking the Allen's motorized 'dock' up to Fern Grotto:

Here are some fun sites....

A tree tunnel on the way to Poipu

A pencil urchin...

A gecko....

A group stretching session

An onion volcano......

...and of course, the wild Kauai chickens (they really are everywhere)...

On our final day in Kauai, we went snorkeling. There were some beautiful fish. I, sadly, got seasick. Ron went out a few times. I think he had lots of fun. Here he is going from one site to another.

And our final video....