Saturday, December 30, 2006


I feel ripped. I don't remember much about Christmas as I was drugged up and apparently slept through most of it. Even the parts I didn't sleep through, I don't remember much about. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I wait all year for it then miss it. Oh flarch. I have to apologize to you all for kind of putting a spoiling factor into your holiday....and don't tell me I didn't as I know better. I'm sad that Cambrie & crew had to leave early with that cute little granddaughter of mine and I'm sad that I wasn't much of a Grandpa to those two Dastrup boys. I'm sad that I didn't get to play games and have much fun with my kids. I'm sad you had to put up with me when it really wasn't me. I feel totally ripped.

I remember when your Grandpa Groneman went into the hospital for an operation when I was probably 14 or 15 and how it shocked me to see how frail he was during his recovery as opposed to the strong ex-Marine dad I'd always known. It seemed unreal at the time that he could change that fast to someone that wasn't really him in my mind since the dad I'd known was always healthy and strong.
Anyway, I'm getting better day by day. Yesterday was the first day that I wasn't in pain all the time. As long as I was laying down in the poof chair, I felt pretty good....and I quit taking all my meds. (It's now 5:45am on Saturday and I did take a Naproxin [Prescrption strength Aleve according to Brigham] earlier as nights in bed get to be painful so I guess I'm not TOTALLY off of them yet). I've been watching a lot of TV...which gets old. Chad brought over season 4 of 24 so I'll have something interesting to watch. I can get up and down without much problem any more. Yer mom still had to help me put on my socks yesterday....I'll see if I can do it today. I could sit on a chair for the first time yesterday, even if it was only for about 4 or 5 minutes. Your poor mother has had to put up with my lack of helping her around the house. I think we'll probably have our Christmas decorations up a little longer than we would like unless I get feeling better a lot the next couple of days. I go see the Dr. on Tuesday and I'm hoping by then I'll be able to sit long enough I can get back to work. (I'm typing this on my laptop while lying in bed...kind of awkward). All the Christmas pictures taken are on my desk computer and I'll get some uploaded hopefully sometime this weekend for you to see.

Thanks for ALL your help up, carrying boxes, hauling garbage, etc. etc. I've got a herd of wonderful kids.
HEY....I recorded Sleepy Hollow off of TV yesterday. Anyone want to watch it with me? Yer mother is a wuss with scary movies........ I like recording edited movies that look good off TV. I got Titanic a couple of weeks ago. Oh, and I can recommend Nanny McPhee as a very good movie.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Kiera had her baby blessing at the Nelson home last night. She had a pretty rough little day yesterday but thankfully she slept through the blessing and was so pretty and sweet in her pretty dress that Grandma Groneman made (mom definately has a talent for sewing that I don't have!!-- thank you for the dress!!).
Kiera has starting making little cooing noises which are so cute. I'll have to get them on video for ya'll.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Announcing the Brett Birthday celebration tomorrow at 1 pm!!! Come one and all! We'll miss the Nelsons, but at least the rest of us will be together! (He has a date in the evening-which is why we are doing it at 1 instead of dinnertime!!) :)

Dec 27...and we wish all was well. Kim is slightly improved. Very slightly. His last coupla days have been even more miserable . He has some very weird new stuff on his back this morning, like nothing I have ever seen. I am thinking that maybe it is the beginnings of a bedsore. Kim is wondering if it is frostbite from his ice downs that I did to him about 5 days ago, but I googled up some images and it doesn't look like either. Cambrie or Brigham, can you shed light on this new weirdness? And if there is anything we should be doing about it?
Kim is in the process of trying to obtain a medical leave from Novell....

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Kiera's first Christmas was spent at disneyland (what a spoiled child!!!) She spent most of the day eating her christmas meals (milk) and sleeping. But she stayed awake during Pirates of the Carribian (pictured above) and Buzz Lightyear (which was a little too loud for her). It was a long day for her mommy who spent most of the day worrying about her. It was about 70 degrees and beautiful. They have special passes at disneyland for people with babies so that they can enter the ride from the exit and get right on the ride without any wait which was totally awesome.
Kiera didn't seem to want to open her only christmas gifts (from grandma and grandpa) so I had to open it for her. I think she liked the ducky and the clothes, but she didn't say much about it-- she just spit up (I don't know what that means).
Steve got a suit for his birthday and for christmas (very exciting eh?). We hope ya'll had a good christmas

Friday, December 22, 2006

Little Kiera is one month old today!!! I can't believe it. My baby is growing up : (

We were sad that we had to leave, but glad that we didn't join in on the flu. Sorry buff, but I think we are glad you got the flu because it validated our need to leave. We would have felt really bad if everyone would have remained healthy.

California is sunny and warm-- wish you all were here-- and healthy.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Benjamin and Jacob have arrived!

Yea! Play cars and play in the snow. The bad news is that Jacob is sick and Kiera is leaving :-( The only one that isn't around is Chad. Brett and Buff both stayed the night last night.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Nelson's pulled in about 3:30pm yesterday. What a cute little munchkin! It's a good thing they pulled in yesterday. We had a skiff of snow. This morning I've shoveled the driveway/walks 3 times and the snow is still coming down. I can't wait to go sledding with Benjamin and Jacob!

Friday, December 15, 2006


Buff and I just got out of Eragon. Not the best movie I've ever seen, but far from the worst. A fun adventure...rated PG which is unusual. It was fun going with the Buffalo. Buff, what did you think of the movie? Novell gave us all two tickets. let's see...tomorrow I get toys down out of the attic, set up a crib, etc. etc. Oh the anticipation.
We hope that you are all getting ready to have some great times together! And for all of you party animals out there, Brigham and I are planning on going country dancing together on the evening of Dec. 20th. So mark your calendars and get a date! We want to have you all there with us!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Keep watch on the weather. Keep us informed. Here's a better site to see your whole Utah route. Of course look at the weather gadgets at the left <----- They keep changing which will be the worse day...Saturday or Sunday. Maybe you should come Friday or Monday. (??) You decide, but let us know.....and also let us know when you leave so we can keep track of you and know when to start sending out the search party.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

So, I am still worried about little Benjamin. For those of you who don't know, he had a fever of 103.5 on Sunday when Chad was there. With no symtons...Brigham thought he probably has the flu. I am hoping if that is so, that its the short variety. I worry that they won't be able to come next monday so say your prayers, family. Dastrups, if you have time to read this, let us know how the boys are doing.

Can I just say that someone pressed the fast forward button on time since Nov 22nd.... I guess after the biggest countdown in the history of the world (which went extremely slow) time just seems to fly now. I love being a mommy and I am so excited to show you all my darling daughter!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Plenty of Sleeping Room
Yer mom has decreed; Grandpa goes. That leaves lots of sleeping room for all.

CONFUSED? BLOGGER HAS CHANGED noticed already. I've migrated our blog to the new blogger software. There's some nice new features as well. Let me know if you have any problems.

Official countdown:
7/8 days! make that 6/7 days! 5/6 days! HOLY COW 4/5 days!

Oh yea...Brett came over WITH A GIRL last night! They cooked up some pretty good stir fry. OH! And I've added Calvin & Hobbes in the left column. I LOVE Calvin!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Another plug for Google Checkout: If you use Google Checkout, EACH order that you do through them you can use their special offer: $10 off $30 orders, or $20 off $50 orders. Yup, EACH order you get that deal. Since I'm planning on getting a Wii, I'm buying Wii games individually to make them $30 instead of $50.

Here's the info from's website, but it works with any Google Checkout place.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I was over to my mom's today with Ann and Kathy putting up her Christmas stuff. I told Ann that Kiera has already rolled over from back to stomach and from stomach to back. At 13 days. Ann says that she had talked to Malesa about how Kiera can scoot along and how strong she is, and Malesa (who worked for a long time as a NICU nurse at Primary Childrens) said, yes, that doesn't surprize her. She says that babies that are born from mothers who had very difficult pregnancies are always stronger than babies who are not. I don't have a direct quote from Malesa but in essence she said that it is natures way of preparing an infant for what appears to be a tough life...making the infant tough in advance of birth to be strong enough to withstand what comes. She says that the babies in NICU who struggle to survive the most are the ones that's mothers had easy pregnancies.

I have been telling people that I thought she was strong because of the steroids Cambrie was on for so long...better not have her tested for the baby olypics just now...she'd be rejected because of steroid use!!

Malesa also says that they do use steroids to infants (or maybe it was to the mother of infants) with underdeveloped lungs to help develop them.

Anyway, as I thought about that I thought about all the applications that are true to life:
Trials make us stonger, and undoubtedly, little Kiera had to suffer some with her mom when mom couldn't keep anything down. I wonder if she also felt cambries steroid induced depression and insomina. To some degree I think the answer is yes.
Those who lead cushy lives are the most crushed by adversity (which would seem minor to someone who has experienced worse) which would explain why Kiera didn't cry when she was born, where other babies howl to beat the band.
Adversity is a great teacher, although I don't know anyone who pulls out the welcome mat for it when it comes along. But it is good to remember that it truely is "all these things will give thee experience and be for thy good". Kiera is proof.
Well, our little one is well on her way to being an olympian. Yesterday she rolled over from her back to her stomach independently. At this rate she'll be walking by the time we come to Utah! Speaking of coming to Utah, Nelsons will officially be in Utah from Dec 17th to the 23rd but steve will be working via the internet every day but the 22nd and 23rd. He has to work 10 hours every day but he can pick the hours.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Chad was the first one to actually take me up on my free lunch offer. He called me up this morning and said he was in town and asked to meet for lunch. Buff tried yesterday, but the girl forgot to take her phone with her so we couldn't communicate. Nice try but no cigar. I'm hoping to get more phone calls in the future with people wanting me to take them out to lunch.....
(mom got this posted in the wrong area so I'm reposting)
Attack of the Terrible Tumbleweed!
It is true, while driving between St George and Cedar City, I was ruthlessly attacked (unprovoked!) by a ginormous tumbleweed that tried to bash in the driver door of the Prius...I made a hasty get away, and have lived to tell the tale!!

So, it really did scare me. It was dark and I didn't see it coming at all, and suddenly this like 5 foot wide tumble bashed into the car so hard I could feel it on the inside. But amazingly, their was no obvious damage to the cars body. We do have remnants of a smaller one that also attacked the front grill. No, no memorial is planned for it!

It was quite the day. I went 2+ hours out of my way to go see Nadine, as Cambrie mentioned. I do not have the time to write it all down here. If you would like to know more, I will tell ya when you come. Lets just say, that upon her opening her front door, a total stranger would have instantly surmised that a crazy person lived there. It really put a damper on my day to realize she is so much worse than I had thought...which was already pretty bad. To leave her like that, without doing really anything that could significantly improve her life, just left me with a hollow, hopeless feeling. Anyway, I don't think that there is really anything that will vastly improve the quality of her life except the resurrection. If any of you want to send her a Christmas card her address is Joanelle Cameron
PO Box 605
Running Springs California 92382


You are all going to be surprized and pleased to meet darling little baby Kiera. I have never seen such a strong, easy patient baby. I am REAALLLY missing her! And, I can't wait to see my little Dastrup grandsons too. I feel extremely lucky to have such an awesome family! So very blessed. I think that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet, and I wonder why we have been so blessed! I can only hope and pray that the Lord will continue to bless us this way.

Yo, honey lover (KIM) I thought you were going to post the movie of little Kiera "crawling". I don't see it. I told Cambrie it would be on the maybe you could do that. I would, but of course, I don't know how.

If you are not on the national do not call list, you can be. If you want to verify you are on the list, you can do that too. CLICK HERE I know a few of you have changed phones recently and may not have registered your new numbers. Cambrie: Why do you have your number blocked so people can't see who's calling? When we get a call from you it says your number is blocked....which is bad because I'm wanting to set my phone to not accept blocked numbers. (I figure anyone that blocks their number doesn't want me to know who's calling for a reason....)

Monday, December 04, 2006


41 Cambrie Nelson
77 Brett Groneman (I apparently misspelled it when I put my name in Dad)
111 Kim Groneman
150 Christa Dastrup
359 Steven Nelson
1009 Chad Groneman
1045 Breanna Groneman
1533 Marilyn Groneman

CAMBRIE AND BRETT! You are more common than I this month! Marilyn, you are just one of a kind. :-) GO HERE to play the December round.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Here's one movie of Kiera
Here's another movie of the munchkin pushing herself along.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

All you Utahns will be happy to know that the mother ship has began her voyage back to frozen tundra. She left this morning about 8am, but she was going to visit aunt Nadine (or whatever she changed her name to). Pretty crazy stuff to see your sister after 20+ years. Pretty scary to have psych issues in the family. They say you get it in your 20's so Christa's pretty safe-- the rest of us still could turn out on the loco side of life.
Kiera is still as sweet and wonderful as can be. She has held her own bottle up 3 times in the past 24 hours (without prompting, hand positioning, or assistance).
PS-- while taking the above pictures we ended up with a little yellow puddle in the middle of Kiera's pink blanket. Oh dear- that's what we get for taking her diaper off.