lifes a beach

Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Surprise/ dreaming of retirement

This morning between several different phone calls, Mel called me and asked me how
I'd feel about a new Tundra truck. Well, I'm O.K. with a new Tundra truck. Especially
if my hubby feels like it's o.k. to get one. Then he asked me if I was o.k. with getting
a Radiant Red one. Well, I was o.k. with that, because it was the only one left on the
lot for the great price that we got. So, here is our new truck, and now that we have it,
Mel may get even more anxious for retirement. We are both joking that he decided to
buy it because now there is another male in the family, and Mel needed a way to
celebrate. = ) So we are thinking of naming the new Truck----Uncle Sam
One, after our new grandson, and two, because all but one of our cars since we've
been married have been Red, White and Blue. Makes sense, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barbecue anyone?

Well, Michelle is getting a chance to enjoy the sunshine today, and we got Julie out of
school for lunch, so we could have a little barbecue before Michelle went back to the snow.
The steaks were delicious, and the sunshine was warm......who would have thought it was February?

Michelle visits, and so do the Christiansens

Julie and Michelle
Katie, Michelle, Joneel, Julie, Julie, Bonnie
Michelle came home between student teaching blocks to see her new nephew, Sam. Andrea
came too, but only stayed for one day. So since Michelle had some time and I'm always up
for a night with the Christiansen ladies, we went to dinner and came back to my place and
took a picture to remember the evening. It looks very similar to our last picture---minus
Melissa and Stella. But we had fun gabbing and laughing, as usual.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Just a couple more pictures of the new boy

Well, Mel Julie and I went to see Anna and Tyler and Samuel at home. They got out of the
hospital today, and Mel had the day off, so we went to visit. We didn't stay long, but took
a few pictures anyway. He's a little jaundiced, has lost some weight, but I can't wait to hear
that he's started putting weight back on. That always gives me a feeling of relief.
So enjoy the pics. (my picture is fuzzy. I look like I've got things in my teeth)

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Well gosh, we know his name now. And he was just as precious and cute today as ever. I got to hold him today also. But for some crazy reason, it appears that when my kids have children, I either get too excited or anxious and seem to get cold sores. So NO kissing.......YET! Anna is doing great, baby is doing great. And Grace got to come meet her little brother. Tyler had video taped it, so he showed us their first meeting. Very sweet. Grace was holding him (with help from Anna's mom, a.k.a. Grammy) and she would just kiss his head. Probably 3 times or so. Very cute. She giggled at him when he burped. Ha ha, it was great.

After our visit, Julie and I headed on down to the Beach. It was beautiful here today. We waded in the water for a little while, took pictures, then went shopping. = ) As I was wading in the water, and feeling a little joyous/melancholy/grateful/hopeful/, I thought about how beautiful the Savior made our world for us. And my emotions were stirred a bit. And I was thankful
for my blessings. I like times like that, which make us think, and ponder, and make us realize
what we have been blessed with. Geesh, I don't really like to get too introspective online, but
I'll allow it every once and again I guess.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Birth Day

O.K., Tell me, would you think this would be your view from your hospital Window??? I think
I might just want to stay for a while.
Today we added a new grandchild to our family. Anna gave birth to ?Samuel? at 1:08 p.m. He weighed 6 lbs. 13 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. The baby looks a lot like Anna to me.

What a fun experience. I can't wait to hold him.
Julie and I went to the hospital so we could have a glance as soon after birth
as possible. Mel went and watched Grace so Anna's mom could be at the hospital
too. Mel says that Grace said "Mommy's at the Hos a pal. They're taking the
baby out at the Hos a pal". Mel said "Well, maybe tomorrow you can go see
Mommy and the baby at the hospital" and Grace said "I don't want to go to the
Hos a pal" but then when Anna's mom got there, Grace was trying to convince her
that she wanted to go see Mommy and baby brother. So I hope that the experience
meeting baby brother will go well.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Will you be my Valentine?

I have been sick in bed since Monday afternoon. No FUN. A fever, and
nothing else. So I haven't been out at all. Not even to pick Julie
up from school. But today when she called I was feeling good enough
to hop in the car with a coat over my jammies, and sunglasses donned.
When I picked her up, she had a huge teddy bear and a flower from an
admiring "valentine". aaaahhhhh. Usually Mel and I go to Mimi's cafe
for Valentines. It became a "tradition" years ago. But I don't know
that I am feeling up to it tonight. That is a clear indication that
I am not quite "fully" back to my normal self. Close, but not quite.
Maybe I can have Mel pick up some take-out from Mimi's. MMMMM....
Cobb Salad anyone?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I'm one of a kind
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Fun with Grace/FHE with Mitt

Tonight Julie and I went over to Tyler and Anna's and got to spend a little time with Grace.
Tyler had gotten word that Mitt Romney was having another Rally in Long Beach near the
airport. So Julie and I went to his house and spent time with Grace and Anna till he got
home from work, and then we headed for Long Beach. It was mine and Julie's first political
rally. And we are all definitely impressed with what we hear from Mitt. Anyway, now I feel
like we can relate with Melissa and Andy, who have been supporting Mitt from across the
country in South Carolina. I sure hope that Super Tuesday proves to be a success for MITT !!
Our Country needs him.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

opposite topics

Today was the broadcast of Pres. Hinckley's funeral. Very sweet. He was totally the man.
He makes me want to live better. It was a great tribute to him.

On the opposite side of things,
tonight was the Winter Formal dance, and instead of going to the dance with a bunch of girls
(since they feel Winter Formal is more of a "date" dance), Julie and a couple of friends decided
to get a little dolled up and go to dinner, and then to a party. So here is a
picture I snapped of the lovely ladies before dinner.