Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Don't panic, there really isn't a fire.

I have suspected that for 33+ years of marriage, Larry IS Caroline deaf. It's so sad when you think you are going to spend the rest of eternity with someone who doesn't listen to you, or even acknowledge you.

When Larry talks to me, even across the house, I try to acknowledge him by saying something like: OK, really, your kidding, mmmm..., wow, thanks for letting me know, I'm sorry about that, what are you going to do?... the list is endless. Even if I can't think of something to say, I grunt, or go mmmm, or uh, huh.

Not so my husband. I was talking to him about something important to me today when he went off into the other room. It wasn't a real heart to heart conversation, so it was OK for him to wander. But I keep talking and then I ask a very important question and..................................I ask a very important question and.........................................I ask a very important question louder and......................then I yelled FIRE! You should have seen him come running! So, I guess I am destined to find my very imortant outlet for talking to the women I know. Or, my Bishop, but he is just like Larry and doesn't know how to "bounce the conversation back and forth''. Maybe it's just that most men are that way, but I have actually met some who were not. Why couldn't I have fallen in love with one of those?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Baking

Well, I always wondered how it would feel to bake goodies all day long. Today I did it! In anticipation of a big party here tomorrow with Mark, Lisa, Kamden, Pam, Rick, Kelly, Brian, Matt, the Mitchell family including Kevin and family. I am so excited I baked the following goodies: My Chocolate Chip Cookies, Skor Cookies, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Fudge with nuts, Chocolate fudge with nuts and heath bar bottom, Rum Cake and Almond Roca, which is the only thing that didn't turn our exactly right! The rest is delicious!

I sure wish all my kids could have come home, but I know it's impossible and I do understand.

I have never been with: No children, No Grandchildren, No shopping left to do, No wrapping to do, and nowhere to go, so I guess it was time to try my hand at some things I have wanted to do for years, but never had the time or energy to do! Martha Stewart, eat your heart out!

I just wanted to whet your appetite and brag, it is delicious, even if I say so myself!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I got this in an e-mail today and thought it was so pertinent to what has happened to us Grandmas since my grandmother's time. Enjoy this and I can just imagine what your poem will be like when you are all grandparents!

Grandma Today
In the dim and distant past,
When life's tempo wasn't so fast,
Grandma used to rock and knit,
Crochet, tat and baby sit.

When the kids were in a jam,
They could always call on Gram.
But today she's in the gym
Exercising to keep slim.

She's checking the web or surfing the net,
Sending some e-mail or placing a bet.
Nothing seems to stop or block her,
Now that Grandma's off her rocker.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Time is my favorite Time of Year

Now that we are grand childless, we feel it our duty to celebrate each day of the week with another party at our house! Monday night we will be having the P4 Singles Ward over for a Christmas Karaoke Celebration, complete with homemade Chili, cornbread, hot chocolate and lots of goodies that I baked.

That's right, I have WANTED to bake and cook this year. So far, my culinary talents have featured Homemade Rum Cake (mmm...delicious), Caroline's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge, Skor Bit Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Cakes, and let's see what I can get into tomorrow! I have some candy cane chips that I don't know what to do with. Does anyone have a good receipe for 'Bark'?

And you wouldn't believe how hard it is to get through our neighborhood now! We have always been known for our lights, and this year we even got a letter from the Brea City Council telling us how much they appriciate our Christmas Decorations. So much so, that they are scheduling the Brea Trolly to make 3 nightly tours through our neighborhood! Don't you think someone would give us a break on taxes then?

Well, have a great season and please feel free to come on over for some good food, good conversation and good fun!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Especially for LIsa and John

I got a call today from Lisa in tears, she requested some photo's of her kiddos. I understand how that feels. When Mark was a baby, I got put on bed rest and the Relief Society came and took my kids for 3 weeks. By the time I had all the rest I needed, I was stir crazy missing my kids! So, here is a video, and a couple of pictures. Since my blogs don't act the way I want them too, I will explain first. Video taken at Brian and Kate's home on Thanksgiving, even Kam is doing it! Second photo is of Ty and Davis on the jungle jim at the park while at Thanksgiving. The last photo is of Grandpa today, after dinner, bath time, then it's time for a little Super Y television to unwind with. We love these sweet boys and think they are just as sweet as they can be. Caleb got a letter from Santa today too, and he has been jazzed ever since. Way to go Santa.