Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dear Kids,
          What a great party we had for Dad and Dallin yesterday afternoon! May 27th has always been one of my favorite days of the year, because it was Grandma Allen’s birthday. When I met Dad and found out he had the same birthday, I knew we were destined for each other. And then, when Dallin was born on the same day, I knew he had a lot going for him. Back to the party--both of the birthday boys seemed excited about their new toys. Dallin took his new fire engine out to the playground and put it in the baby seat swing and pushed it like a baby. (Donna showed me a photo where his Bruder dump truck was a guest at the tea party he and Anna were hosting.) Dad had fun figuring out his fit bit, with John and Tom helping. He finally took it to Food Town (where there’s high speed internet) to download its software. Thanks to all of you who helped pay for it.
           Our Memorial Day barbecue will be tomorrow at noon at the cabin. Thanks to Allen, in advance, for being in charge! If you want to help with the food, and you don’t have an assignment yet, call him! We’re looking forward to a wonderful time.
          Last Monday, Allen and I went hiking along the beautiful Jordanelle Perimeter Trail. It’s ten miles from Rock Creek out to the point and back–just long enough to be invigorated but not exhausted. We had beautiful weather, and the scenery along that route is always gorgeous: green junipers, blue lake, white clouds–what could be better? It’s my favorite terrain in the whole world. We walked fast and talked faster. And we passed at least four deer carcasses, all of them small ones. It must have been a hard winter for them.
          I got two new front teeth on Wednesday, and they’re lots whiter than my old ones. Dr. Condie thought I should choose a darker color, but who wants to pay thousands of dollars for yellow teeth? Not me. Eventually all my front teeth will be crowns, and I want them white. It was rough getting them in, though, since they had to knock out my temporary ones with a little hammer. Plus I had three fillings. That same day, I pulled a tick off my arm, swollen with my blood, and Tina gouged out a new hole on the back of my hand, with her lethal claws. It wasn’t my favorite day ever.
          But life is good. I love you all! Mom

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dear Kids,
         I’m excited for the two parties this coming weekend. Saturday, the 27th, is the birthday party for Dad and Dallin, at our house, at 3 pm. We’ll have sloppy jo’s and potato chips and cake and ice cream, and presents, of course. If you want to go in on the present for Dad, contact me. You can pay any amount, and I’ll put your name on the card. It’s something he’ll really like! The party itself can go on into the evening. Our weather is finally beautiful! (We’ve forgotten all about the snow last Wednesday–Tom’s birthday! He’s never had snow on his birthday before.)
           Then, Monday at high noon is the barbecue at the cabin, which Al is in charge of. He’s providing the meat for chicken and burgers. Tom is doing dutch oven potatoes and I’m bringing cookies. If you want to help with the food, contact Al. It should be really fun. Memorial Day is always the birthday of our cabin–remember when you all helped us move in? That was 16 years ago!
         Blake’s baby blessing will be June 25, which is also coming up fast! We’ll have more details when it gets closer.
          Thursday night Dad and I got to see Adelaide perform in "Anything Goes" at Centerpoint Theater. What a production! We could hardly believe the kids were only in junior high. And the music is very catchy--it makes you want to tap dance. Nora’s name was on the program, because she helped paint the scenery. It was a great evening.
          Friday night I had a retreat with my sisters at Bonnie’s house, where we slept over. Saturday morning I walked all the way around the golf course. And we admired the 64 T-bird in Bonnie’s garage. Curt collects cars now! (There was a Mustang in there, too!) Later in the morning we checked out Barbara's new apartment in Lindon, and then we drove to Salt Lake to shop and visit the pioneer village at "This is the Place." And gossip, of course. I can hardly remember all the news tidbits. Our reunion was so much fun, we decided to do it twice a year now.  I'm going to host the next one, in October.
           Life is wonderful with so much family, in both directions.
           Love, Mom

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dear Kids,
          Happy Mothers Day to all of you wonderful daughters and daughters-in-law of mine! I hope you all have a wonderful day. I’m planning on a wonderful day, too, although I always miss my own mom on Mothers Day. She set such a great example for me. I know most of you miss her too.
          The birthday party for Dad and Dallin will be Saturday afternoon, the 27th, probably starting about 3 pm. We’ll have sloppy jo’s and potato chips, and cake and ice cream. If you want to go in on a present for Dad, let me know. I have an idea of something he’ll like.
          Will it be warm by then? I just checked the 2-week forecast, and there’s a storm coming in Tuesday night that’s supposed to give us six inches of snow. It’s springtime in the Rockies! We have no guarantee of warm weather, even by Memorial day. And speaking of Memorial Day, I had thought we would be having a barbecue at the cabin, but Nora, the queen bee of barbecues, will be in Yellowstone with her family. Does anybody else want to head up a celebration that day? If not, we’ll call it good with the party on the 27th.
            I’m almost ready to start making my fire pit in the back yard. I’ve been digging out rocks and smoothing dirt, before I start excavating. While I’m digging, I think about the 4th of July coming up, and how we’ll be roasting marshmallows in that very spot, and setting off fireworks. It has to be warm by then!
          On Wednesday I spent an hour and a half in the dentist’s chair, having crown preps and a couple of fillings. (Luckily Dad held my hand most of the time.) I asked Dr. Condie what color I could choose for my crowns. It’s important, because they’re my two front teeth. For all those thousands of dollars, I don’t want them to be yellow! He suggested a color that matches my current teeth, but I chose a bleach-tone instead. He said they might really stand out, and I said I wanted that! I might as well get something spectacular for my money!
          Love to you all, Mom

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dear Kids,
         Most of you have heard the wonderful news that Donna and Bevan will be having another baby in November. He’s due on Anna’s birthday. (I’m calling him a "he" because there have been so many boys in a row, I can’t imagine anybody having a girl again.) That will give Donna’s family four birthdays in one week: Bevan, Drew, Anna, and the baby. What a wild and crazy time they’ll have of it! Their only other birthdays are Donna’s in March, and Dallin’s in May.
          The cool thing about Dallin’s birthday is that he shares it with Dad, and it will be on a Saturday this time around–the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, which is less than three weeks away! Plan on a party here at our house, probably in the early afternoon. I’ll let you know more details down the road.
           Nora took her Mia Maids to the cabin Friday afternoon, and she dropped off Paige here at our house, on their way. She thought Paige might like to hang out with us, rather than with all the boys at home. I hope she enjoyed it! I was working in the yard most of the time, since we had a little window of warm weather. I had her help me set up the blocks for our fire pit on the driveway, so I could put chairs around it and measure how big the patio needs to be. Besides that, she played on the playground, watched movies, and played the accordion. On Saturday she and Dad went to lunch at Food Town, while I planted shrubs. (I had to work fast, since another storm was coming in.) Nora picked up Paige on their way home. She said her girls had had a great time at the cabin. Thanks, Al, for cleaning up so well before they came!
           Paul and Stefanie are here this morning, because they had eye exams from John yesterday, and dinner at Donna’s. Then they came here to spend the night. We’ve had fun visiting with them, especially with wonderful Josh!  They'll be going to church with us before they head home.
           On Wednesday, Dad and I had dental checkups, and I knew mine was going to be bad news. One of my front teeth has chipped, for no reason at all, and the other front tooth has a dark line down the middle, which turned out to be a crack. That means two more crowns for me, plus another crown farther back. I think it’s a replacement for an older one. Plus five fillings. I hate my teeth! Sharon said Jerry Thacker had all his teeth pulled and got dentures, he was so tired of the whole business. I asked Dr. Condie about that, and he said dentures are better than no teeth at all, but not like real teeth. I guess I have to believe him.
           Other than that, life is good!
           Lots of love, Mom