Monday, February 25, 2013

Painting and Moving and Holding Babies and DINNER!

Our week started with Presidents' Day, which means Dad had the day off and was able to help Emily with a few things at the Payson Cottage, besides working hard on getting the sheet rock mud done in our main floor  bathroom.  I even got drafted to help Emily load up her kitchen and move it.

In this picture we can see Beckie in a heavily loaded car ... I followed in the van with a couple of kitchen chairs, while Dad followed in his car with the dismembered kitchen table!!

All did not go smoothly, but Becca and her kids came to help and visit and make it all a lot more fun.  Here we see Titan being protected from cousin Beckie, by the gate he insisted was put in between them.

Emily bought lunch for all the adults, Mexican takeout, of course, while Titan got some speghetti-os.  I also got in some serious baby holding, as well.
 Spencer stopped by, to get Dad to help him drag his broken car down to Joel's ... it was fun to visit with him while he waited for Dad to finish up his current plumbing job.
 Tuesday I did some serious reading, since I had a library book due, that I needed to finish for book club.  I also got in some cleaning time.  Dad was off to work, and then spent the evening at the temple, as usual.
On Wednesday I worked at the antique mall, which included reworking some booths to make room for things I was bringing back from the antique show.  Dad was in Salt Lake, moving gondolas, which is really back breaking work. (A gondola is the back to back isle long shelves in grocery stores... you may recall in a previous blog seeing a picture of wheels placed under them, then a dozen or so men pushing the loaded 6 foot tall shelving to reposition it.)
Then Dad came home to work on another coat of mud in the bathroom ...
Thursday was a lot like Wednesday ... but I managed to move in most of the stuff from the antique show that I had been driving around in the van for almost a week.  
Friday I drove to Salt Lake to check out a new antique show, and then to meet Becca to work on packing up Aunt Cheryl's library.  Lots of paperwork to be moved to storage, as well as a full load of goodies to take to DI.  It was actually George Washington's birthday, so I thought moving these particular apple boxes that day was a good way to celebrate!!

Becca, with Reagan in a sling, managed to do just as much work as I did.  She's amazing, sort of a modern day pioneer don't you think?  She even went back on Saturday and got just as much done that day.  Emily, mean while was cleaning and painting the basement apartment in the Payson house.  Doesn't it look great!!  Can't wait to see what renters we get to bridge the 5 month gap before Spencer and Brittney can move in.  Dad was working another evening shift at the temple that night, so I ran home to relieve Emily of Grandpa and feed him and Cheryl dinner, etc.

Saturday I was off to work, for my one Saturday a month.  Dad got the bathroom painting finished up, installed the sink and brought in the little cupboard we are using in there.  There are still a few details for me to do, like cleaning up paint, painting the small cabinet and painting the old wall cabinet as well.  Its so nice to be so close to done .... Yeah Dad!!
Also on Saturday Darby held another painting party and Trevor and Nell were there painting some more.  I head the condo is looking great, we can't wait for the promised family dinner is going to host there so we can all see it!
Beside their time painting at Darby's condo, Trevor and Nell also pulled out the single size door/doorway from their kitchen to their upstairs family room, and put in an open double size doorway that looks amazing ... I know there was some painting going on there as well.  So by my count we did moving of furniture at 6 different residences, and painting at 5!!  Busy us!!  And Becca is totally looking forward to some limited painting at Aunt Cheryl's, fortunately the wall's there are in pretty good shape.
After work I ran Grandpa over to Emily's for the evening, so Dad and I could meet up with the Moes for dinner in Orem.  It was great to get to visit and catch up, since the last time we saw them was at the Radiothon, which didn't really lend itself to chatting. 
After dinner they came with us to RCWilley so we could pick out some carpet to replace the blue carpet in the apartment that has been there since we bought the house (can it be 15 years ago?) .... yeah, I know, its about time!!
On Sunday it was Grandpa's first time back to church since the first of the year.  Sort of sad that it took us almost two months to figure out  and inititiate a working schedule.  Later that day Grandpa even said, "We went to church today."  That is the first sentence I have heard from him in 6 months, that made sense without having a sense based prompter, like "Its cold out there."  or "Be careful cowboy."
And speaking of cowboys, or should I say cow girls, we went to Trevor and Nell's that evening for dinner.  Nell made up Cafe Rio pork and made assignments for the rest of the elements for a Cafe Rio salad, which I think everyone loved.  Bri grilled the tortilla's and Brittney helped with clean up.  The rest of us held babies, and played with babies, and just had a general good time, as you can see in the pics below.

Yep, its Grandpa and the scout.  He see Scott in his cub uniform when Nell is watching him on Mondays and Tuesday, and even out of uniform, Grandpa refers to him as the scout or that scout.

I loved the cute sleepers that the Summers' kids came in.  Their Summers Grandparents brought them back from a vacation so all their grandchildren could sport "bear butts!"


When we got home, Dad and Grandpa headed to bed, while I made up the Easter banner below and put it on the wreath I had made at Relief Society for my Monday morning blog post ...  And believe me, I am ready for the snow to melt and for some serious chicks and bunnies weather, aren't you?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Everybody Seems to be Moving! And an Antique Show too!

Yep, a new week, and back to normal life after our week in Idaho.  Monday morning I was off to work, to makeup for a trade I made to go to Idaho.  Of course Dad was back at it as well, working in Pleasant Grove, which made it easy to transport Grandpa to daycare the first part of the week.

I did the green flower bucket at work, so that I would have a craft to blog about.

On Tuesday Emily had an online interview in the morning, so she came up with the baby before I took off.  I thought it was a cute photo op for me.  Then the day went crazy. I ran and picked up the book I had on hold at the library, before delivering Valentines to 3 different care facilities here in Payson. Next it was an hour of junking in Salt Lake before meeting my friend and double sister-in-law (she is my sister-in-law's sister) at the fabric store to choose new fabric for our couch and chairs, which have been hit hard by our additional residents here the last few months, perhaps you have noticed.

Afterwards she and I went to lunch, before I met up with Darby and Becca at Aunt Cheryl's condo.  Becca and I had hoped to pack up the study there, but as Darby was moving into her new condo, and would be storing Aunt Cheryl's couches there, we used the time to move them instead.

Aren't my girls great workers?  Those couches were very heavy too.  As you can see Becca is training up Titan to be a hard worker too!!  Next I had to run home before the Payson City Offices closed to sign with Emily and Sam as a Payson resident, so they would have to pay a huge utilities deposit.  I got there at 5:58  whoa...  Then it was home to make dinner for Grandpa, as Dad had dropped him off before heading to the temple for the evening shift. 
 After sitting him down to dinner I headed to Jill Wilson's where we were making coffee filter wreaths for Spring decor ... of course its always fun to get together with ladies in the ward.


Of course Emily and Sam spent most of the week working on the Payson Cottage.  Emily even had Dad take grandpa up to be watched by Becca on Wednesday to give her a full day for painting and cleaning.
My Wednesday was a normal work day, with the KSL-Primary Children's Radiothon immediately afterwards.  Emily did watch Grandpa while we did that, our shift went until midnight.  Of course it was another chance to hang out with the Heuers and Moes, and Trevor and Nell too!! 
  Thank heavens for Emily, Nell and Becca and all they do to help with grandpa's care!

These are all pictures from the Radiothon.  It was fun to answer phones for the greatest cause out there, providing medical care to children regardless of their parents ability to pay.  Trevor and Nell, and Davin and Briahnna will be joining us at the Celebrity Dinner this year, which is always fun.   Davin and Spencer even donated a couple of pair of glasses from Hatchet Eyewear as incentives for donations!!  I just wish my pockets were deep enough to allow me to take everyone to the Celebrity Dinner!

Then I worked my normal Thursday shift at the antique mall, taking time to pack up boxes for the antique show I was doing.  After work that night Dad helped me get all the things I needed for the sale loaded into the van.  I woke up early on Friday and headed to Ogden for the set up day.  The picture above is of my booth after set up.
Dad worked on the bathroom on Saturday, but at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.  He then spent most of his time and energy helping Emily and Sam move into the cottage. 
 I had my best single day at an antique show ever, which was great, of course.  After work Dad took me to dinner, then we went over to Payson Cottage to see all the work Emily and Sam had done with the move in.
Sunday Dad was off to church, and I was off to the show again.  He also finished up the ward audits, then got home in time to make dinner for Emily and Sam, and Grandpa and Cheryl, of course.  Isn't he just amazing? 

 I had some friends help me load up after the show, which made it faster than normal, thankfully.  Of course take down and loading the van is definitely not my favorite part of an antique show.
So that did it for our week.  We hope yours was just as full and fun as you prefer!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Baby Shower, a Ball, Dinner w Friends, Valentines and a Special Heart Attack

Oops, Becca texted me to tell me I had not blogged about the week  before last, so here goes.  Monday of the week before Valentines, found us still in Idaho.  Britt had been delayed in coming home, but was able to come home that afternoon.  We hauled the two huge boxes, which comprised the "Shower in a Box" that Becca had conceptualized, arranged for and collected for, into the house from the garage.
The first box was full of balloons, including these that were full of helium ...  Next it was on to open the gifts.  It was a lovely way to welcome her home from the hospital and to remind her that she has a whole bunches of Utah peeps that LOVE her!!  Thanks Becca!

Dad and I spent much of our day times out looking at goodies in antique malls and second hand stores.  Dad also, as shown above, managed to keep things under control with his work crew at home, by phone.

 Wednesday night we took the boys to Fuddrucker's for a school fundraiser.  All purchases by students families have a percentage that goes back to the school.  Kai insisted he could eat the full pound Legend burger, we doubted him, but we should not have, he ate the entire thing, even after we told him he didn't have too .... whoa, what an eating machine!
  • One day Scott let Alex play outside in their electric car ... which his mama says requires adult supervision ... what a blast he had.   Then it was time for us to hit the road.  We headed out on Thursday morning, and spent about four hours in Twin Falls doing some junking, which really did break up the trip.  That and the fact that we were listening to The Host on audio book really made it a pleasant trip. 
Friday morning Dad got up early and got the tile floor laid in the main floor bathroom that he is renovating.  The small tiles made it a fairy quick job.  I cannot say how glad I am to get the tile saw out of the middle of the kitchen!!  So glad he managed to get it done so fast!  Also that day, though we were not there to witness it, Darby signed papers and became an official home owner, buying a condo in the Millcreek area, yeah Darby!!

That night we took Grandpa up to Becca and Brady's to be watched.  You can see how he enjoys a change of venue and grand kids being around.
Then Dad and I were off for an evening with the Moes and Heuers at the Heuers house.  Robin made these delicious bacon wrapped chicken breasts for dinner and we played some 'hand and foot'  (Randy and I won!!), before heading over to Maui Chill for some frozen yogurt.  Of course its always great to get together with them these days, especially since we don't get to do it as often as in the days when we were all young and lived in the same ward ... in those days there were times we got together three or even occassionally four times a week.  Ah the good old days!
On Saturday Dad was up early to run before getting some chores done including getting the floor grouted in the bathroom!!

That evening it was time for the romantic Regency Ball, put on by the Utah Chapter of JASNA, to which I belong.  It was held at the Masonic Temple on South Temple in Salt Lake and it was a snowy evening.  It was Becca's first time away from Reagan, which took some planning on her part but we had a great time.  Above she is shown with two other young women in her dress she borrowed from Emily, which I made for Emily to attend a Regency Ball back in her single days at BYU.  To the left she is wearing the fur trimmed cape that I bought for her when she got married.  Brady was an awesome companion, and we even caught him laughing and smiling several times!!  Yeah Brady!

Dad and I are to the left, and a couple who must absolutely have been Aunt and Uncle Gardner appear to the right.  (Her dress really is an exact copy of one Aunt Garner wore in one of the Pride and Prejudices, I just can't find it!!)

On Sunday it was church as usual, with the added responsiblity of Dad doing audits for some of the wards in the stake.  He got home in time to help me put together our Valentine's Dinner.

 It was my first time to use my red transferware collection to actually eat on.  The place cards I made reminded me of toile fabric, which I have always thought looked great with red transferware.

We had pink mashed potatoes, heartshaped meatloaves, heart shaped carrots with peas, pink rolls.  Nell helped me put together dessert which was angel food cake with heart shaped strawberries.  Of course the sweetest part of dinner was the guests.

Darby came a bit late, but just in time for Dad's heart attack.  I had asked everyone, in honor of Dad's 60th birthday to bring valentines and hearts which extrolled his virtues ... AKA a heart attack.  It was super fun with all kinds of creativity involved.  There were open hearts with words written all around, fancy valentine cards with sweet notes on the back, a tissue paper heart with a heart cut out, and even some commercial valentines.  It was super fun and as we read them aloud the same traits kept popping up, such as:  Hard working, taught his kids to work hard, always willing to help, super grandfather, had taken grand kids camping, had a fun work party at Christmas every year, has an amazing testimony, has lots of building skills, is romantic, loves romantic books and movies, etc.  I know that Dad was very touched, he is such a great man, its fun to see him get his due once in a while. 
We all LOVE you Grandpa/Dad/Brother/Husband/Friend/Scott Senior!!