Saturday, December 30, 2017

December Happenings

I know the month of December is busy for everyone, but this December was especially a busy one for me. It may not look much from the pictures, I get that. We mommas are all busy beavers from making lists, checking to make sure everything is even as far as presents go, treats to deliver (which I didn't even try to squeeze in this year), seasonal events, shopping, baking, checking our lists again and again, shopping, decorating and all that jazz.  We have three December birthdays in our family which is another fun extra time this time of year, with more shopping, of course.  We had the blessing of baby Quinn on the 24th of December and joined with Jordan's family over at the Bledsoe house for a brunch with my assignment being cinnamon rolls and since that is something I do every year for Christmas morning I decided to make some for the brunch. Yummy! Two weeks before Christmas I decided to knit a blanket for Neal and Shalese so that filled my time and hands too. So as I was knitting every waking and free minute (it felt like) I was thinking about my lists and shopping and menus etc. Plus a wedding to think about and plan for February 2 which in my book really is the end of January and since Christmas is the end of December I felt like the wedding was right away. You can see why my head and hands were full this month right?  
Blah Blah Blah.....
Christmas happens every year on the same day at pretty much the same time with some of the same traditions and always is fun and then every year I tell myself months ahead of time that I am gonna be on top of things and just have time to enjoy and relax. 
Next year! 

 Yes, we were down in Farmington for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was the first year trick or treating with the grandkids so we had to come for Halloween. Michelle was due early December and because she always goes early we thought we had better plan on Thanksgiving and since we were here for Thanksgiving we may as well stay for Christmas. And then of course there is New Years which is a post for next time. 
We figured right with  Michelle. We traveled home right after Halloween, hoping we could be home for two weeks before we would get the call from Jordan. Yep, almost to the day. We packed up and met them at the hospital the day after Quinn was born and about an hour before Quinn and Michelle went home and then stayed in Utah.
The Rascons. Art and Patti are friends from California when we lived in Thousand Oaks for 16 years.    Their son, Spencer, was having his wedding reception while we were in Utah so we decided to have Patti, who lives in Texas now, and her daughter, Erica over for dinner one Sunday to catch up, but honestly? Patti and I wanted to get Erica and Clark in the same room to see if sparks would fly. 
The answer is no in case you are wondering.  
Brad is preparing for the December birthday party for Michelle turning 27 on the 13th, Jack turning 3 on the 18th and Hank turning 1 on December 29th. 



The theme was Cars, so Kelly did an exceptional job with the food being yummy and festive. 
Kelly even made a separate cake for everyone.
 Michelle got the best present ever this year with her baby Quinn! 




 Jack and Hank















We had a first as Grandparents this year with our first pre school program! 
Jack did great with keeping to the beat of the music with his instruments.  
 Here is Thea.  She and her mom, Kelly, came to visit the girls for cookie decorating one Saturday.  Looks can be deceiving because this clean counter right here was only clean for the picture. These girlies thought that this gingerbread dough was play dough and man did we have a mess on our hands!  They had their shirts off and everything! 
 These two are about 2 1/2 weeks apart. 


 A visit at Brad's in Lehi.
 Just some small talk between Laurel and Kelly before the show. 

 The Raymonds. They lived in our ward in Thousand Oaks too and have moved to Utah. 
Brett is a singer songwriter and happened to be putting on his first jazz Christmas concert so we were able to attend.  It was great! 

Now, I know I mentioned at the start of this post that I did not do give away treat baking, but I helped Laurel with hers! Last year we made granola for her give away treats and this year is was gingerbread cookies.
We did a little babysitting for Brad and Kelly over the holidays. They spent Christmas on an island off the coast of San Diego. Hard!
Meet Charlie. 
He brought this dish to me in his mouth then dropped it and looked up at me to let me know that he doesn't need or like this bowl for his food.  He always dumped out his food onto the floor.  It took me over a week to figure this out, but it took me only one time to figure out when he dropped his water bowl on the mat in front of the kitchen sink that he was thirsty. 
Charlie is smart!
 I thought I would be festive for Christmas Eve. 
It was so great to have daddy come up from St. George for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.  David and Mary-Anne came for Thanksgiving this year so they all came together.  And for Christmas daddy took the Salt Lake Express which is one of the slickest things going in these parts to avoid the driving hassle. 
 I'm happy my floor and couch are so comfy. 
Clark burns the oil at both ends and this time he is all comfy cozy with his new Leavitt Ladies quilt that he got for Christmas. I made one for Neal last year and I have a feeling Laurel is next!

 My father loved having Charlie around and it looks like the feeling is mutual. If Charlie were black daddy would have taken him home. 
We have a family understanding about little black dogs named Satch. Satch was never a favorite dog that my parents had when they lived in Lincoln, MT. He would snip and nip at the kids so daddy likes to bring up Satch quite often hoping we would somehow change our minds about Satch. 
It will never happen. He even bought Lou Lou and I a Satch (Skipperkee) puzzle in hopes of swaying our opinion. 
Again, it will never happen, but daddy has fun trying every chance he gets.

Neal has never been a reader, but look here! 
"It takes a good woman to make a good man better".
Welcome to the family Shalese! 



Monday, December 4, 2017

Odds and Ends or This and That

I have always loved watching my kids play basketball from community league ball, high school ball, college pick-up games and now adult community ball. This team that Clark put together has Brad, Jordan, Kody, his brother in-law and one of Clarks roommates so it was really fun to watch this bunch of guys play!




 This is brotherly love/team mate support, aka Jordan right here.
Brad was taking the ball down the court and he went up for a lay up, only his knee decided to stay put and you guessed it, a separated ACL and a torn Meniscus with a slight fracture under the Meniscus.
He will be having
surgery the middle of January! 
And apparently it's ok to say a "swear" when this happens because apparently this hurts worse than child birth and apparently more than kidney stones too. Apparently. 
And Brad was so stoked this season to be playing ball with his big brother too, so this was a really big disappointment.  Like, super duper. 
 Interesting photo right? 
What do you see here?
Do you find this, like, beyond interesting cuz I sure do.
We thought we were renting to 5 brothers and their "mother who will be cooking" for them. Turns out there were a few more than 6 people if you catch my drift. 
Needless to say they did not get their damage deposit back.  
(that's a photo of Warren Jeffs)
 Here is our boy Clark appearing on a local Salt Lake TV  station being interviewed about his job and the impact it has for Utah. He's pretty legit if you ask me. I guess all jobs are legit. 



You've heard of "ugly crying", well I say a couple of these pictures are "ugly laughing". 
Word Market had a promotion in their stores where if you found the "golden llama" after reading the daily hint, you were rewarded with a reward. Laurel and I went one evening, just a week or so after Michelle had her baby and I found one!  It was in fact, the last one of the day (5 a day) on the last day of November and guess what?  It was the biggest coupon. $100 baby! Laurel had a great idea for us girls to split the money and have some fun so she called Michelle and she hurried down for a few minutes and picked out her free goods. I got a towel, an apron and a bath scrubber dubber thingy. Sometimes I think free money is harder to spend than your own.  I know that sounds odd, but I found it so hard to decide what to get.  
Then, in December they did the same contest again and guess what?  
You guessed it, I found another one. This time is was $25.  What fun right? 
I like treasure hunts and so did my mother so apparently its in the genes.  
I wonder if my Anscestry DNA test and my 23andme testing will show that. 

Painting day in the Farmington House. This time it's the back entry. I decided to paint it the same creamy beige like I did in the living room last time we were here. 

























Much better right? 
I think another visit I'll paint the hallway and one of the upstairs bedrooms. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Baby Boy is Engaged.

 Neal Cahoon and Shalese Cook
They are getting married on February 2, 2018. 
Congratulations you guys! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!



 I put Clark in charge of the cheese board because he made the cheese board. 
I like the length of it, don't you? 
The 4 generation picture! 
 We had David, Mary-Anne, Jake, daddy, Michael and Kelly and Michelle's family for Thanksgiving this year. I have no idea why we didn't get a group picture. Sorry ladies! 

 The day after Thanksgiving, which happened to be the first night of the Temple Square lights, we decided to go see the lights.  Thanks to Jake who works at the Sheraton near Temple Square for dropping us off and picking us up from Temple Square in the hotel van.  It was so great to not have to fight the parking. 

 We missed you Lou Lou!


 Now a little picture update on Quinn.






Now let me explain the series of pictures. David and I had a fitness challenge before our Thanksgiving meal and I have to say that David rocked it! We did squats, sit ups, lunges, knee and full pushups, jumping jacks, etc. I've been working out fairly regularly and David kept up big time and even beat me in one event.  We had a blast and I can't wait to make this a regular thing. 





Fun times David!