Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Chad called today. He expressed that the traditional go out to dinner with the soon to be in-laws the night before would be somewhat ruined by doing it earlier. After hearing what he had to say, and consulting with Kim, I guess we had better keep their tradition on the traditional night (the night before the wedding). So, Dastrups, I guess you might as well plan something with Brigham's family. It will be hard for us to give you up with so little time that you will be here, but we don't want to disappoint Erica on something that is so important to her. I am sure Max and Claudia will be thrilled with that! So, I guess the next change would be to change the Family Christmas party to the night Dastrups arrive. Yes, I know that isn't going to be ideal. I hope it doesn't make it impossible because none of the Nelsons or BJ will be here from Calif yet.Chad did indicate that they could probably attend the party on the 12th, which they wouldn't be able to on the 13th. We can't do it SAT AM because that is when the Dastrups leave, bright and early. And Brett won't know about his availability with a likelihood that he won't even be in the same job......I guess we will plan the Kim Groneman Kidlets white elephant exchange and pinata etc to be DEC 12, and HOPE and Pray that somehow the rest of ya'll can make it!
Games: I have a Sony Playstation (not a PS2, just a playstation) and a Nintendo game cube that were Grandpa's that I have no use for. Any takers?
FIGHT FOR KISSES - Watch this trailer
Happpy Halloween, everyone! I thought I'd share a little Halloween tip that I got from my visiting teaching companion-- if your jack-o-lantern is looking a little saggy and shriveled, soak it face-down in water for up to 8 hours. It's better than Botox! I know-- I've tried it (soaking that is, not Botox)!
BOO!

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

GRONEMAN ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY. and THANKSGIVING. I know mom mentioned it in another thread, but just in case anyone missed it, the Groneman Christmas party (yea, the one with Saundra and her crew) will be at our house on Saturday, December 22nd at 6:00 pm for those of you with the inclination to attend. Lots of good food, and as always, lots of good fun. I have some new things to do this year I think you will find fun. We'll also host Thanksgiving if anyone will come. RSVP for both please. Also...keep watch on the "wish list" blog...I see there have been recent updates and the elves are watching.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cambrie, I really like your party pictures! I dunno why you don't post here that you've uploaded them so everyone can enjoy....pro'ly too busy.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I am sorry to announce that Andrea and Terrance pregnancy has ended unhappily. She went to the Dr this week, all excited to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time, and it wasn't there. She measured small so they did an ultrasound on her...the fetus is dead and Andrea is heartbroken. She hasn't miscarried yet, so this Wed, if her body hasn't done the deed, they want to do the D and C on her. Poor thing: She is really taking it hard. She was SO excited to have this baby in 6 months...
I think before January we need to do a Family fast for Cambrie and Steve that all goes well with this surrogate pregnancy Cambrie and Steve will be doing....
In the meanwhile, say a prayer for Andrea. She is still really struggling with it.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

We went to Zoo Boo today (which was insanely crowded and fairly pathetic although Benjamin still loved it since he got candy), and when we got home, Benjamin decided that he wanted Jacob's two Pixie Stix. Of course I knew that Jacob couldn't have them, but I'm not about to let Benjamin get into the habit of robbing people, so I told him that he could trade for them. I recommended that he give Jacob some Smarties (which he can have). Benjamin thought it over and then said, "I know! I'll give him a Tootsie Roll!" I said, "I don't know if Jacob wants a Tootsie Roll." Benjamin disappeared for a minute, and then came back exulting, "He did want a Tootsie Roll!" I asked, "How do you know?" He said, "I gave him one, and he took it!" Brigham and I went running in to where Jacob was playing in Benjamin's room, and sure enough-- he had the whole thing in his mouth, wrapper and all. He apparently was enjoying it very much, because despite Brigham's best efforts, he refused to surrender it. All that Brigham managed to get was a few pieces of wrapper and a mean bite. Jacob does like Tootsie Rolls, after all.

And speaking of Jacob, he has a new word: "gah." It means "Baby Einstein." It's the first thing he says in the morning, the last thing he says at night, and almost everything he says throughout the day when he's not in front of his "gah." But it is very clear from his eye contact and reactions that he knows what he's asking for!
You know you are tierd when:
1. you put your pants on backwards
2. you pull a plate out of the cupboard to put your cereal on (instead of a bowl)
3. you pick up the curling iron by the hot end. ouch.

I must be tierd today. Poor little danthony wakes up hourly (at least) and wants to be turned/repositioned.

Last night we had a huge ol' halloween party for the dental students and the ward at our house. Pictures to follow when I get around to it. It was a success once again.
Aunt Nadine and her house are both ok. Keith was able to get ahold of her branch President and he knew where she was staying...sounds like she will be in an Evacuation shelter tonight and until the fire abates in Running Springs...
The Red Cross has been given info regarding her and they are going to watching out to help her when she arrives. Thought you would want to know.
So what are everyones plans for Thanksgiving Day? We are of course HOPING everyone can come to our house for dinner. But what the reality of the situation on your end is what I would like to know.
Also, Kim has set Dec 22 as the Groneman Family Party. Usually a fun event, as you know for those who can come. Details will be forthcoming....


So, the Dastrups will be arriving for Chad's wedding on 12 in the evening. And they have to leave Saturday morning. And we won't be together for Christmas. And Christa thinks we should have a party...and I agree. So, for those who can come, we are going to do a family dinner and party of sorts on Dec 13th. Chad, I know that you aren't peachy king about the date. I know that you think that you will be busy and will want to get to bed early. 2 things to remember there: First, you are talking about us Groneman's running this party. It will not be late. We will shut it down by probably 9:30-10 pm, but if you wanted to leave before then, that would be fine. Second, even if you do get to bed early, I can just about guarantee you won't go to sleep early. Remember the anticipation of Christmas morning making it difficult to sleep? Well, a wedding is bigger than Christmas.... Also, if you want to, you can plan ahead to have everything done...remember that you were first going to do this Nov 14th? It would have had to be done by then if you had left it there. And you have to eat dinner somewhere anyway. Really, with both the Luncheon and the Reception being done at reception centers, there shouldn't be that much left to do at the last minute. The day I got married (and we were doing our own receptions work) I got up that morning and there was nothing to do, so I swept the floor. I thought, "Geez, this isn't what I envisioned doing on my wedding day...." I think you will have a couple of hours to spare with us that evening if you want to be there.
We will do a White Elephant exchange, any gift exchanges between siblings etc, and Christa and Brett could you come up with an activity each? Brett, with Katy's help I am hoping it won't be a burden with school, but if it is, let me know. Also, Benjamin wasn't really interested in bashing poor Bambi the pinata last year. I am wondering if we should do that too. Comments people? Do you adults want to have a pinata or not? Cambrie, I am wondering, if it doesn't appear that you Nelsons and BJ will be coming together because of Steves unbending dental schedule, then you could come with BJ and be here earlier for this? I will leave you people to figure that out, but we would love to have you of course. Especially since after all of our fun plans of being together at Dastrups for Christmas this year, that we won't be together at all.
Feedback is requested with this folks. ...
Scary Date Night 2007

Erica and I had Scary Date night on Friday. It was good. We both got out of work early so we could get a good start.

It was all a surprise for Erica - She knew that we were going to SLC, and had tickets to something, but that was about it. We went and had dinner at the Market Street Grill. I ordered for Erica; she ordered for me. I had written down what I was ordering for her on a piece of paper so she wouldn't know 'till it came. I told her to order anything for me, and that part of it was to show her that I wouldn't be a picky eater. For those of you who don't know, Market Street Grill is a seafood place. Yup. Me and seafood. And I gave Erica the reigns.

She ordered an Ahi Tuna for me, and I gave the waiter the slip of paper. We talked and enjoyed ourselves. Both meals came with a salad, so we got those and ate those. The salads had shrimp, which I ate. Our meals came - My tuna was pretty much raw, but it was supposed to be that way. The very edges were seared and peppered, and an orange glaze covered it. Erica got Lobster & Sausage gumbo. She said she felt a little like Forest Gump. After we were done with that, we had a creme brulee with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. It was good.

From there we went to Kingsbury Hall for "Thriller", a dance show. Most of the dances were enjoyable, but the best part was the before & after - The "zombies" come into the crowd and scare people. They got Erica pretty good both before and after.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Well, Jacob's done it. About an hour ago during quiet time, I heard a crashing sound from the boys' end of the house. My first instinct was to go run and check on the boys to make sure everything was okay, but then I reminded myself that a similar crashing sound last night was only Benjamin's box of super-heroes falling off the bed. About 20 minutes ago, Jacob started crying a little, so I went to get him up. When I walked in the room, I realized what the crashing sound was-- the bottom of Jacob's crib had fallen out on one side. Luckily, I'd put a box of clothes under it just a week ago, so it couldn't fall very far-- only a couple of inches. Apparently they don't make cribs to withstand the force of a bouncing Jacob. But what to do now? A pack 'n play, I guess. Too bad Dad's not still here to fix it. I'm not confident in our ability to do it securely.


It's getting a bit easiser to function around here. We are getting in our groove I guess. Little Kiera has decided that danthony is acceptable and

is actually a little easier to care for since now she doesn't feel like she needs to be constantly at my heals. She enjoys sitting close to danthony to play. Kiera always feels the need to give him big slobbery open-mouth kisses whenever she sees him (in the morning or after naps) and she sometimes does it right on his mouth or runny nose. yuck! watch for videos on youtube coming soon.

California has an orange glow in the air. I walk outside and I feel like i'm standing 5 feet from a campfire downwind. The entire state of smells like campfire and the air is un-naturally hot. Yuck. We stay inside as much as possible.

CHRISTMAS is exactly two months from today. &Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way.....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An idea . . .

So I know this is right around and during Chad's wedding. I don't know what everyone's plans are for coming and how long people are going to be here. But it might be fun to go to this together if we can get tickets. This year, due to high demand in past years, you just register to be put in basically a drawing to win tickets. Maybe we could go on Saturday or something? So if you're going to be around, and if you're interested, go register to get tickets.
we got him. busy busy busy

his torso and both legs are casted but he is a pretty happy baby dispite. sorry, don't have time to post pictures. Lots going on with him. the HARD part about him is his cast positioning. I can't sit him down or lay him down flat he has to be propped with pillows and he gets so tierd of being on his back so I try to hold him upright freequently. he is a HEAVY dude though (probably 25 lbs with cast). Kiera gets VERY jelous of me holding him. He went to sleep finally at 9:30 last night, was up 4 times before waking at 6:45. I'm sure it was from being uncomfortable. Oh, and I also have to change his diaper every 2 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night to prevent his cast from getting wet. At least his is a happy baby though!

No fires in our foothills mom. I'm worried for Nadine though, I've heard that pretty much all of running springs has been evacuated. Maybe she will end up in a facility though and get on some meds. That would be a blessing.
MOVIE: The Golden Compass - Warning.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pictures of our trip. A big THANK YOU to Steve and Brigham who had to put up with the dreaded in-laws for a couple of days. THANK YOU to Cambrie and Christa who were great hostesses. It was good to get to know the houses you live in so I can picture you better in my mind.
CAMBRIE and STEVE, just how far from the fires is your close foothills (which, for those of you that haven't been there, is about 7 houses down the road from the bottom of the foothill)...???

There is great concern in the Haslem Family for Aunt Nadine tonight. She lives in Running Spring, California, as you know. You may or may not have heard that on the news that over 150 homes have burned in Running Springs.I have been there. It is not a large town by any stretch of the imagination. I have no idea if her house is one of the many that have burnt there or not...but the fire isn't out yet, and her home is in the midst of a lot of old pine trees, so if the wind takes it her way, it will burn. I fear the worst, but I can only hope for the best. With her crazy thinking, nobody in my family wants to take her in. No one would feel safe. Keith said that he would try to contact her but that he thinks she had a land line. Even if her home hadn't burned, it would have been evacuated by now...so she wouldn't answer anyway. So, I guess what I am asking for is for ya'll to say a prayer for Nadine....while you pray for the rest of those nearly a million people who have been displaced down in California.
Since I doubt that Chad and Erica are going to want to spend much time with us after their wedding, I propose that we have a family Christmas party the night of the 12th or 13th. We could have our present exchange, do a white elephant, maybe a pinata, the Nativity, eat a lot of unhealthy foods, and have a fantastic time together before the little love birds fly the coop. Opinions?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cambrie's Car for sale
UPDATE FROM THE NELSONS-VIA MOM!!

I just talked to Cambrie. As of today they will have 2 babies to take care of. Today they are getting a hispanic baby 10 months old in a full body cast to take care of. He is not the level 4 care that they were hoping to get, but this will still help to pay the bills while Steve is in school. So they are grateful. She said for me to put this on the blog, cause she didn't think that she would have time with all she needed to do to prepare. And when he gets out of the cast, (how soon, I don't know), Kiera will have a playmate. Hopefully there will not be a huge jealousy problem for too long. I would be surprised if it didn't happen at all, since Kiera has never had to share mommy with anyone. You will have to let us know how it is going as soon as you get the time to Cambrie! I am happy for ya. I know you were stressing out about it!
We came home from picking 20 pomegranites of Cambries neighbors tree 4 days previous (at 25 cents each) to snow in our yard and broken limbs off of the trees (due to the weight of the snow I am sure). Talk about a change of scenery! And in our haste to get out of here last Monday morning at 6 am, we didn't clean up any messes, and those blasted good fairies must have been on vacation too! They didn't do a thing around here, so I had to come home to a messy house! Rude!!!
We sure enjoyed our trip to see our girls families! They are such a delight! Oh, and BTW, boys, I have about 12 pomegranites left in my fridge that anyone would like to help us eat, come and get it! We feel the need to catch up with the happenings in Utah Valley anyway (with our boys of course). If you come, let us know and we will have some dinner to go with your pomegranites!

I had been to So California when Cambrie and Steve lived in Ontario, so I knew what life was like there. Albuquerque, however I had never seen. I can see why the Dastrups like it so much. I really liked it to. They took us to a place called Explora. It is kind of a kids science museum, but it was Great for adults too. We had alot of fun! I will have to have my sweet bear put some of the pictures that he took there on the blog. I guess we must be overgrown kids, cause we enjoyed it as much as the kids did! Hey, where else can you make bubbles as big as a person? It was a great place you could all enjoy and I highly recommend it!
We played Seafarers of Catan the last night we were there. It added a fun twist to the game. I recommend it too!
The last night we were there, we took out the Dastrup Family to IHOP for dinner. Benjamin ordered their dollar pancakes, which came with 5 regular pancakes, eggs, bacon, and then he ate some of Brighams sausage, and CK's sausage....Kim asked Benjamin where on Earth he was putting all of those pancakes....behind his ears? Benjamin, very seriously, put his hand up to feel behind his ears to see if anything was there...
Little Jacob stood up by himself for about 1 full minute while we were there! I think that boy will be walking alone before too long!!! Yeah, for Jacob!

Cambrie, is Kiera better? We hope so!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Today was a landmark day for the Dastrups. For the first time we had a child participating in the Primary Program in Sacrament Meeting! Benjamin was very nervous about sitting up on the stand and talking in front of everyone (having missed all of the practices in the chapel while we were in Utah), and when the big moment arrived, Benjamin peeked over the top of the pulpit and paused... and then proceeded to confidently recite his part ("Pray every day."). It was a proud moment for Brigham and myself. His singing during the program left room for much improvement, but perhaps that was due to the fact that he was trying so hard to wink at me!
We had an absolutely fantastic time with Grandma and Grandpa! It was fun to show off Albuquerque and just to enjoy their company. We miss them very much already and want to know when they're coming back. All the rest of you ought to plan a trip as well! You are all within driving distance (as Mom and Dad have proven), so come on down and see what a fun place this is!

Groneman parental units have arrived safely back at their place of residence after one week and 2045 miles. More details coming L8R....I feel the need to stand up right now.
Erica and I had the opportunity to go with our ward down to the Church's Dairy farm and do some work there. It was a great experience. Of course, I might not have said that if we had gotten some of the dirtier jobs....

The church's dairy farm is in Elberta, UT. We did a number of things, none of them working directly with the cows or their byproducts, which we were grateful for. With our last hour, we got to go move the Calf-tels (where the calves stay while they get bigger), so we got to see the calves up close. They're a lot cuter and smell nicer than the cows in the stalls.

Friday, October 19, 2007

This friday we are having a huge halloween party at our house. It is a costume party and so I borrowed some costume stuff from mom. I noticed that there happened to be 2 capes in the lot of stuff I borrowed so I got the idea of Kiera and I being Wonder-Mommy and Wonder-Baby. We'll both wear capes and have head bands. I'll do my best to make it took like we are wearing leotards. I also figured I'd have some sort of utility belt with a bottle, diaper, and "emergency toy" attached to my waist. I'm not quite sure how I'll put "wonder mommy" and wonder baby" across our chests yet, but any suggestions would be welcome.
We made it to the Dastrup house. We arrived after about a 12.5 hour drive. One hour of that was going through the Painted desert and Petrified forest national park. Painted desert wasn't anything to get excited about as there is much better in Utah. However the petrified forest was worth seeing. I gotta tell you folks, there's a whole lot of NOTHING between Barstow CA and Flagstaff AZ through the Mojave desert. I was surprised at Flagstaff though. It's a beautiful town in the pines. It was almost dark when we went through Gallup NM and totally dark when we arrived in Albuquerque so we didn't get to see much of that part of the trip besides headlights and taillights. We went to a pumpkin patch with the boys this morning, did a corn maze, saw some animals, got to pick 3 pumpkins, and then did a hay ride. Oh, but I miss little Kiera though. I still think of her playing hide and seek down the hallway with Cambrie....*SO* cute! We're outa here on Sunday and will be home late that afternoon.
Just so y'all know, Erica's family recently created a blog, and she's posted on there a link to OUR blog, so her family can get to know me a bit.

So behave yourselves for a little while. Christa.

But, as Erica says, two can play at that game. Here's a link to Erica's Family's Blog.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I started a babysitting co-op in my ward here in Loma Linda. Basically, each family has 2 days a month where they get to babysit for 3 hours. Today was my day. I had a Kiera, an 11 month old, a 6 month old, and an almost 3 year old. Kiera was the most difficult of the whole bunch! I think that she was jelous of the attention that I gave the 6 monther when I fed him and she got really upset when I changed the 11 monther's diaper. It was difficult to keep the babies from poking each other in the eyes and pulling hair, but otherwise wasn't too bad. My babysitting co-op is great because that means I can drop Kiera off to be babysat while I do my own thing (nap, shop, clean my house, etc). I highly recommend it to you all who have kids and who may be having kids in the near future.
This is from a magazine that Brigham's cousin edits. Warning: Content may not be appropriate for those of the male gender. click here
Every evening I check on the boys before going to bed to make sure that everything is okay-- that they are in bed, under the covers, etc. Jacob likes to make sure that I have a reason for checking on him. Many times his fat little legs are squished through the bars all the way up to his thighs, making it difficult to get them back through without greasing them first. One night this week I found the board book I'd put him down with missing a big chunk-- gnawed through by a giant rodent. Last night when I went to check on him, I found him semi-nude. Somehow he managed to get his shirt off all by himself! Benjamin only mastered that skill in the last 3 months, and still struggles with it occasionally! I'm glad he makes sure I'm not wasting my time to check on him every night!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I just wanted to post this year's sibling present rotation schedule. If you don't want to participate this year, say something; otherwise shop for the persons indicated.

Dastrups buy for Brett.
Chad and Erica buy for Buff.
Nelsons buy for Dastrups.
Brett buys for Chad and Erica.
Buffy buys for Nelsons.

If you are buying for a family, you don't have to buy something for everyone. You can buy one thing for the whole family if you want or something for the parents and something for the kids. Just don't spend a lot of money because then you'll make those of us who don't have a lot of money feel bad. I propose a $25 limit. What do you think?
Yeah. So here we are in Not so Sunny California. Lots of humidity and pollution. Haven't seen the sun yet. Still, while Kiera and Cambrie slept in this morning Kim and I went for a walk. Guess what? We got to savenge the neighbors windfalls off of their pomegranite tree and eat em for breakfast!! It was lots of fun and very tasty! The neighbors also have grapefruit, Limes, Lemons, dates? and fruits we couldn't quite tell what they were. Maybe passion fruit? Boy, the gardener in me enjoys the extrememly diverse vegetation down here. ...and I don't ever want to live here, but, if I did...it wouldn't take me long to get some fruit producing trees planted.
One thing is for sure: California in general has much more interesting landscaping than Utah does. But on our walk this morning we didn't see one single Halloween decoration. You wouldn't ever know it was in 2 weeks by looking around. About a 10 minute lazy walk from here there are homes that are probably worth $2,000,000.00. Crazy!

Kiera had her first "sleepover" last night. She got to sleep with mommy and daddy. She was up probably every 15 minutes all night the night before, so poor Cambrie needed more sleep, and Kiera had another rough night last night, but she was a little easier to deal with in bed, than the night before when Cambrie kept trying to get her comforted and back to bed in her own bed. Poor little lady, still has a fever. But at least she doesn't have to get strapped into a carseat while miserable all day today. Fever continues...but she is happier today than yesterday.
Ok folks....'tis the holiday shopping season. I wanna see some entries on the wishlist (over <-- there on the menu). Otherwise you're getting electric socks. We arrived in Loma Linda yesterday about 5pm. We stopped in St. George for some Cafe Rio. Mom & Cambrie liked it...I ordered a tostada. I got a little bit of pork covered with this huge salad. If I had wanted salad I would have ordered salad. Kiera was sick all the way here...she wasn't a happy doobie. She had (and still has) a fever and didn't appreciate the ride one bit. She was SO glad to be home in her own environment...she just crawled around the house checking it out as fast as she could. She's a cute kid. Cambrie's house is nice in a nice area.
I had an MRI today. It was my first one. It's a bit strange, if you've never had one.

My doctor's concerned about my liver for some reason, so sent me to get an MRI on it. So I went in. It's a big machine, takes up a whole room. They strap you in, then put you into a narrow little tube. They have you hold your breath several times, and the machine makes noises and you can FEEL where the scanner is scanning you most of the time. I was in the tube for about 30 minutes. It's a bit unsettling.

Also, if any of you know anyone who wants to buy a house in Springville, let me know.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Katie and I went to Arches today. The pictures pretty much tell the story.

. . . Minus one. We went under delicate arch. There was plenty of people there at the arch, but not under the arch. Katie and I were the only ones. Katie realized that something in her backpack was leaking. We took it off and I knelt down to remove the leaking object. It turned out later that, unintentional to us, it looked somewhat like a proposal. So we got a little bit of alone time under the arch -- free of charge. The woman who asked us if I had just proposed was told that we had actually been married 5 years now. And that's how we left the story with her and her family.
Erica and I went to a Sushi place last night. It was a good time. I had two pieces of sushi. The first one was "real" sushi - just a slab of fish on top of rice. I finally got brave enough to stick it in my mouth, then it took a few minutes for me to get brave enough to chew it. I was trying to swallow it whole at first, but realized I couldn't do it, and needed to chew.

I hope everyone's made it to Mom & Dad's safely. I think the Dastrups are driving as I type this, so I hope they're safe. I probably won't come over tonight because I need to do laundry, prepare a lesson for Sunday, etc. so I don't need to on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

You all know the sorrow that we feel of Grandpa Jack Groneman's passing yesterday, and I have called all of you to let you know of his funeral arrangements. But I thought I would post all the info here so in case you need to refer to it again for any reason: We will not have a viewing the previous day. The viewing starts at 9:45 AM, and the funeral starts at 11:00. It is at the Walker-Sanderson funeral home on 800 No 600 E in Orem. He will be buried in the Orem City Cemetary. After that, we will proceed to our church ( by the roundabout) for a luncheon about 2 pm.
Chad, Brett you will both serve as pall-bearers. We have some of Saundra's and Lynettes kids assisting too. But we were short 1 so we have included Steve as a pall bearer too. It isn't certain Brigham will be coming now, but if he does, we will have him bring his violin to play a nice spiritual type number, so we will be including him there, which would be fabulous (but we would certainly understand the problems of having to bring a 2 and 4 year old along that far -twice- in 3 days). Steve and Cambrie have gone out of their way several times to do nice things-gifts, letters, visits for Grandpa, which we really appreciated so I am glad that we could include Steve as a pall-bearer.
Anyway. Hopefully that is everything.
Just curious. We aren't planning on dispersing Grandpa's stuff out of the apt until a couple of weeks from now, but is there anything in particular that you kids would like to have of grandpa's? Really, there is very little of any sentimental value. But he had electronic toys etc. Anything you might like to receive, let us know. Doesn't mean we can guarantee you would get it, but you more than likely won't if you don't let us know. When my Grandpa Haslem was moving, he put out feelers for people to come and get what they wanted (he was getting married and moving to a place that was already furnished and didn't have space for more). The kids didn't want to feel like vultures, so they really just didn't come and get what they wanted. So hand made quilts, heirlooms, furnishings......everything went to the DI. And it could happen again here, so let us know if you would like something. We are going to get rid of his clothes tomorrow. I don't think anyone would want anything there, so I am just going to give that all to Christine for Norman, who could use some more.
I think that is all for now. We sure appreciate the sacrifice that you kids are making to come so far/and get off work and school so you could be here. You guys are wonderful and we Love you TONS!! Still and as usual!

Monday, October 08, 2007

One last quick update on Grandpa Groneman. We really don't know what to expect. I talked to Saundra this morning. Grandpa is non-responsive. Didn't eat anything yesterday. Was so uptight that Saundra had the nurse bring something to calm him and she had her home teachers give him a blessing, afterwhich he slept through the night. He doesn't wake even when they move him...groans a little. Still, they are not sure that this is the end for him and Saundra advises that we just carry on with our trip. It is hard to leave knowing there is probably a 50/50 chance this is the end...but Kim has work responsibilities that he cannot cancel with things as they are....but I thought you would like to know. I will be leaving in a couple of hours.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Two can play at this game!

It's kind of freaking me out how many connections Chad and I have from different times in our lives.
My question is why we had to wait until I was almost 27 to meet each other! :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007


Look what I found in my yearbook--

No wonder Erica looked so familiar!! I told Steve that she looked familiar when I saw the first picture of her on the blog, but we decided I couldn't know her since she is from Oklahoma. It's a small world afterall.

So Kiera normally wakes up at 7am, is awake for 2 hours and then has a nap at 9am. The only way we know she is awake is by peaking in on her as she never cries or makes any noise. We usually find her sitting up staring at the door waiting for it to open.

Every saturday morning I go running at 7am with some of the girls in my ward. This morning I peaked in on Kiera just before I left and saw her starting to wiggle. I woke Steve up and told him that Kiera was almost awake. Then I left to go running. I came back at 8:40 (almost 2 hours later) to find steve aleep and Kiera sitting in her bed looking very sad but quiet nevertheless. My poor sweet baby girl! She had sat there quietly for nearly 2 hours waiting for someone to pick her up (all while being very hungry and having a wet/messy diaper). Needless to say, we didn't make her take her morning nap 20 minutes later. I have such a sweet little lady!!! Next time I'm going to set steve's alarm clock.......and mine.

Friday, October 05, 2007

What an amazing family! That's all I can reallly say. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, to be marrying a boy who is worthy and full of goodness and helps me be my best self. I think I had in the back of my head some worries about what my future in-laws would be like and how I would fit in with them, but now that I'm here, I couldn't ask for more! I feel like part of the family already, like my mom says, "It feels like it's always been." What a blessing!

Christa and Brigham, it means so much that with your busy schedules you would come all the way up to Utah, in part, to meet me. Thank you!!! :)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

We used to have a reviews' section on the family blog. This has been obliterated in the name of simplicity and minimalism. Nevertheless, I would like to post a review. I do not have a movie or book to review, tonight I will give my review of a person. This review is based on an in-depth analysis lasting several hours and including hundreds of critical questions.

Birth Year: 1981. A very good year to be born. After all, not everyone was born in the year that IBM launched the first personal computer, PacMan dominated the world, and NASA launched the space shuttle for the first time.
Birth Order: 3rd child. It is a well known but frequently underappreciated fact that 3rd children are really the "pick of the litter." (Back me up on this one, Cambrie)
Birth Place: Provo, UT. Since not everyone can be born in Logan and many to most of the readers of this blog were born in "the Valley," I suppose no points should be deducted here.
Sports Fan: Yes!! (Steve, we're making up ground at last!)
Sports Loyalty: Rise all loyal Cougars (more progress Steve, we're going to be watching football in Cedar Hills one of these days if this keeps up)
Soccer Skills: Clearly better than anyone else present
"Good with Kids": Benjamin's rating--"totally awesome"
Putting up with Groneman harrassment: If you can do this, you can do anything, so she must be able to do anything.
Personality: Kind, outgoing, quietly confident without being overbearing. Natural in a relatively new environment.
Ability to make Chad happy: I'm only sorry I don't have a picture of Chad to include with my post. The grin is so big it makes his head look bigger.

Final Score: Erica, welcome to the Groneman family, we're thrilled to have you. (Just don't let dad's cat jokes scare you off)
Cell phone fraud warning:

Don't let anyone ever get the ESN # off of your phone or your phone's paperwork. If they do they can connect their own phone bills to you and your account. I learned this the hard way today. BLAAAA
AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES
1. When choking on an ice cube, simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.
2. Avoid cutting yourself slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold while you chop.
3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.
4. To treat high blood pressure: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.
5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
6 If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you will be afraid to cough.
7. You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
**AND REMEMBER**
* Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
* SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES. NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS.
The Mom Song
Dastrups arrived last night. I thought the little boys would be a couple of tired grumpy grumpeses after such a long trip, but Benjamin came in ready to play, and Jacob came in all smiles. His dad put him down and he beelined it over to the toy box. The only time he was unhappy was when his mean old parents put him to bed shortly after arriving when he wanted to play.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

So I've wanted to sleep on the pool in my inflatable boat for a long time now, and had never tried it . . . that is until Monday night came around. As I don't have school on Tuesday mornings generally, I decided to try it. It was comfortable. I had sheets and a pillow and blankets. I hadn't been there very long when 12:45 AM happened. The gate opened. "Hello?" I ignored it. "Hey . . . you need to leave the pool." I sat up, and said, "You're just jealous you're not in here." "Yeah, I'm sorry, but you need to go." "Why?" "You're not allowed to be in the pool past midnight. Sorry." I looked at my accusers pretending to be more asleep than I was, and said "I'm not in the pool. I'm above the pool!" My accusers laughed, and finally left me. And I got a good sleep in my bed. At least I tried.

As a side note, we did our first "real" saline shots today in class -- to each other. Subq and Intramuscular. For some reason, it didn't get to my nerves like it did other people. Go figure.
We are in despirate need of a new blog to read so since you are all slackers you give me no choice but to write about the tiddly things in my life.

1. Kiera tinkled on the carpet this morning (again).
2. Took Kiera to the park this morning. There was bark under the equipment/swings and ALL kiera wanted to do was try to eat the bark. I think she thought it was a great sea of graham crackers.
3. Found a black window in the garage 2 nights ago about 1 1/2 feet away from Kiera's car seat. Very very scary. Now I'm having nightmares about spiders.
4. Kiera now understands the following words: outside, ducky, ball, hopkins (her frog), milk.

Monday, October 01, 2007

For all of you who may not know already, the Dastrups are making a pilgrimage to Utah to meet the famous Erica, our future sister-in-law. We will be arriving Wednesday evening and be leaving on Monday. Some or all of us will be doing a quick trip down to St. George Friday evening until Saturday evening to see Brigham's sister run the St. George Marathon. But Chad has already told us that we can hang out on Thursday evening and Sunday. Hooray! We hope that Brett and his young lady of choice will be able to join us then, too.

As for the BYU/New Mexico game, Brigham's parents came down and took us to it. It was a lot of fun! Although it was snowing in Utah, the weather here was perfect. We watched most of the game in our short sleeves! We were very happy to see the Cougs win!
BRAINBASHERS results from September:
155  Steven Nelson                 1   1   2   1   2   1   1   1   2   1   37.5481%
346 Brett Groneman 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 18.5103%
426 Kim Groneman 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 14.5571%
953 Brigham Dastrup 2 1 3 1 1 2 3 1 2 2
1585 Chad Groneman 2 1 6 2 4 1 3 1 1 1
1962 Breanna Groneman 1 UR 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2445 Christa Dastrup 2 1 1 1 9 2 12 1 1 2
And the money winner was question #2, what a police officer always carries with them...I said Badge and nobody else did. What Buff guessed only she knows. Steve tromped us this month. To get entered into the October round: http://www.brainbashers.com/common.asp
Anyone that matches me on QUESTION #10 gets 10 bucks.