Friday, November 30, 2007

So last night, my roommates and I invited all the girls in our group over for homemade Orange Chicken and eggrolls. Yes... be jealous... it was SO tasty! I got the recipe for the orange chicken online from copy cat and it was a copy cat of Panda Express's. It took longer to make it than it should have cause I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right but now that I've made it once, it shouldn't take nearly as long. And I was going to make it for Cambrie and Steve tonight when they came over but I got roped into covering for one of my co-workers so it'll have to be another night... Sorry cambrie and steve.

After dinner we all went to go see Enchanted. It was SUCH a good movie! It was a chick flick but it was the cutest and one of the funniest chick flicks I've ever seen. I think you would all enjoy it. It's definatly one I'm going to buy when it comes out on video. Anyways that's my adventures.... this must be some kind of record for me... posting 3 times in one week i mean. Are you so proud of me!
TWO!!!
Just a couple of weeks now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007




As of today, there's an online Library set up. It doesn't have all books, but it has 1.5 million. Pretty cool.

I like the countdown timer on the side of the page. It's roughly accurate, but I need to verify it still.

I'll still post the major milestones of the countdown. ;)
BELATED PICTURES: Brett & Katie sharing their special day with us. And here we have Thanksgiving Oh...and Chad, I love the countdown timer <----over there.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

So today, Keira and D'anthony got to come and see aunty buffalo's new apt. and I got a few pictures and videos. They were cute enough I decided to put them up so all ya'll could see them too.

Oh and I have a question for Chad and Erica. Have you 2 decided on your wedding colors yet? I need to know so if I don't have something of that color that I can start looking for something to wear for the big day!

Monday, November 26, 2007

One of these couples are not like the others...can you pick them out?

Christa: Almost Audiologist
Brigham: Doctor

Chad: Software Developer
Erica: EFY Personnel

Cambrie: RN
Steve: Dentist in training

Brett: RN in training
Katie: Medical Lab stuff biology whatever

Breanna: RN in training
????: ?????
I really don't know how I could be happier! This year has been SO GOOD to us, I really can't remember a better year ever! But of blessings too numerous to mention, by far the best is the fact that our 2 boys have found such FABULOUS girls to marry and spend time and Eternity with! WE are THRILLED!!! I cannot think of (nor do I think that they exist) anyone I would rather have my boys marry! AND, we are happy that they are both from Utah Valley, and we are in hopes that that will mean that they can put down roots here, forever, and we can have some grandkids to love on that are close!
You all know how I made it a matter of Temple prayer, and fasting, and continuous prayers that Chad would be able to find his Eternal sweetheart an marry her this year. I knew it would happen, and I felt so blessed over that and the fact that both Cambrie and Christa's families were able to get into nice homes and good circumstances to endure the next 3-4 years of Dental school/residency with. Then there was the blessing that Grandpa Groneman was released from this life, as he wanted to be. ....and other blessings that would take lots of space to expound upon. But basically, there have been so many blessings, that I have felt overwhelmed and really humbled by the opening of the windows of heaven, because I realize that although I prayed for all of those blessings, I don't DESERVE any of them. I am what King Benjamin would call "an unprofitable servant". I have great desires to serve God in meaningful ways, but I am not very efficient or efficacious at any of them. I WANT to do Genealogy, and give our dead ancestors who's work hasn't been done, the temple blessings that I enjoy, but so far I haven't been able to do so. I want to teach Sunday School like John Bytheway or Brad Wilcox, and really be totally effective in that calling, but I am not THAT effective...there are a lot of things I wish I could do better to serve the lord and help his children to know the happiness and peace I know because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I love...but my ability to do so doesn't keep up with my desires to be effective. So anyway, with all of the blessings that I have felt overwhelmed and unworthy with, I really hesitated to ask the Lord for yet another "biggie"-- that of wanting the Lord's assistance (if it was his will) in helping Brett to "catch" Katie! I felt guilty to do so, but I have loved Katie for so long, and wanted Brett to marry her, that I asked anyway(doing so, asking also for forgiveness in being so greedy with asking for so many blessings this year!) So, honestly, I am still pinching myself that Brett gets to marry Katie! WOW! Words just cannot possibly express how happy I am! More than anything, a parent wants to know that their children are going to have the happiness that comes in finding the right person to spend this life with, and eternity! We could not be happier for our children with those they have chosen! I am just SO GRATEFUL!!! And our grandchildren will have wonderful parents, and in a world as crazy and mixed up as this one continues to get, that is a HUGE benefit!
I truly have stood "all amazed" at the Love Jesus offers me this year. I have pondered it over much of the year. And I have found answers to those ponderings in my Sunday school manuel and in a talk by Dallin Oaks. The fact is this: That the Lord doesn't just bless us for what good we are able to DO, but also he blesses us for the "righteous desires of our hearts", weather or not we are very productive! We will also be judged when we die, according to our hearts desires, not just that which we have been able to do. And for people like me, that is a great thing! My testimony has grown so much over these last 4 years of teaching Sunday School, and listening to Conference repeatedly on my MP3, that I just wish I had the ability to share what I know in my heart, with every person on the planet, because if everyone had that knowledge the world would be full of happiness and peace, and there would be no problems that man creates for himself with his own choices.
OK, enough. Kim will say I am getting preachy...but I cannot help to spill over some of the joy that has come to me this year because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! HOW BLESSED WE ARE!!





Hey family, I actually have something to write about! I know I know....shocking. So on friday, I went to a YSA dance at the redlands stake center and there weren't that many people there, only about 30 in the cultural hall, but the DJ was really good and we had tons of fun. Some of the pictures are at the dance. Last night we had a home warming party at our new apt and it was a big hit. We had invited a whole bunch of people from our ward and didn't know how many were coming so from about 1:30 pm till 7:00pm when people started showing up, we were making all kinds of food. We made 2 cake sized pans of beef enchiladas and 2 cake sized pans of chicken enchiladas and we still had extra ingrediants to make at least one more pan of each kind. We made homemade salsa and guacamole, some refried beans and mexican rice and then we made a pan of brownies and some fudge. about 12 people came to our gathering and ate 2 full pans of enchiladas, half the salsa the brownies and the fudge. People are over here tonight and finished the salsa and the rest of the chicken enchiladas. We only have one more pan of beef enchilads left out of all the food we prepared from last night. Good thing we have the fixin's to make more chicken and beef enchiladas :-) oh and we let the male figures of our group know today that we are only going to hang out with them on mondays, wednesdays, and Fridays, unless they have dates because they never ask out any girls on dates cause we are always hanging out with them every night. So yeah, those are the events of my life. here are some pictures from the dance and the gathering last night.
I'm no longer "un-officially engaged".

That's right. Your teasing and blunt hinting is old news. You all know the big news. No definite date yet, but it's looking like beginning to mid-July. *sigh* Long time. It actually works out great to do it then for when Katie's parents come home and Brigham's school stuff. I told Christa I'd put up pictures on here, but I realized I don't actually have many pictures. Mom and Dad have a few.


These are a couple of pictures Pictures taken with my phone today. Better pictures coming, I'm sure.


Sunday, November 25, 2007



K so know that this is a bit outdated

as Danthony no longer has his cast on, but check out how he used to sleep! Talk about uncomfortable! And this was when he had learned to turn himself a bit. He would put himself on his side like that with his leg up in the air. Funny.
The Dastrups had a fantastic Thanksgiving-- complete with a family football game in the morning. The feast was to die for, and Mom's rolls were a huge hit with Brigham's family and Benjamin, who ate 4 for dinner and almost nothing else. Brigham's dad said that they were some of the tastiest things he's ever eaten in his life. I thought I was going a little crazy to triple the batch, but I decided I'd freeze some for later. Wrong. They were all gone the day after Thanksgiving! The pumpkin pie fiasco turned out fine, and the first apple pies that I have ever made from scratch were delicious! Brigham made gourmet garlic herb mashed potatoes and fabulous yams. His sisters made homemade stuffing, and as you can tell, we had quite the feast. Maybe next year ya'll will come on down!

New Groneman Anagram Game!!! Click Here to make your own. We found some hidden truths behind our family names/things, but we know there are better ones out there. Let's see who can come up with the best Groneman anagrams and post them on the blog or in this comments section. Here's our Top 10, but the challenge is for the rest of you to come up with better ones. See if you can figure some of these out:

10. Garden Nomad
9. Mormon Mange
8. Loner Phase (school)
7. Something aberrant (Think nicknames: ie Cake, Buffalo, CAG)
6. Forsaken Line (don't forget about her!!!)
5. Burst Diaphragm (possible cause of death?)
4. Sociable Manner (still to this day)
3. Mongrel Makin' (ideal fit:)
2. Grandma Chosen (some may disagree)
1. Beware Males (our absolute favorite!!!)

Answers will be posted depending on how many growls we here

Saturday, November 24, 2007



Kiera's birthday and thanksgiving were both successful events for us. We spent both in Pheniox AZ with part of steve's family. We watched a SUNS game which was cool/different and stayed overnight in a hotel. Since I didn't want Kiera and Danthony sleeping in the same room (since he always wakes up at 5am, I put Kiera in the bathroom in a pack n play that barely fit if we wedged it in. It sure make getting to the toilot interesting though-- it required climbing through the tub. But Kiera slept through our bathroom usage.
Thanksgiving dinner was good but differnt. Store bought rolls just are not the same. Oh well. Nelsons do a good job in the vegetable category though.
Kiera mauled her first birthday cake (which was the store-bought kind with the lardy-frosting). There is a video and pictures posted-- feel free to view. The trouble came when she was finished and we realized that the water-heater was broke so Kiera had to take a very cold bath. Poor little birthday lady!
She opened her 1 and only gift (from g and g) the day after her birthday. It was a doll and she LOVES it. The first thing she did when we finally got past the packaging was give it a big ol' kiss on the nose. She hauls it around with her which is cute. Thanks g and g for the great dolly gift for my dolly. (does that make me a grandma if my baby has got a baby?)

U

Friday, November 23, 2007

THREE WEEKS!!!! That's 21 days for those of you who get confused as to whether there's seven or eight days a week.

Cambrie, we're excited to see pictures & video of Kiera's first.

Yesterday Erica and I went to her 94 year old Grandma's house for Thanksgiving. It was really good. We brought homemade cranberry sauce, which was really good. Everyone liked it. It's much better than the canned stuff, for all of us Gronemans, who have never liked it. We had a really good turkey & ham too. We hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving too.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We have so much to be thankful for! Last night Chad and I had an awesome chat with our stake president to get our living ordinance recommends. I am the luckiest girl in the world! I couldn't ask for better in-laws. You're all so great.

Oh, and 22 days in case you're counting. :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIERA!!!!! One year - what a milestone. Kiera is getting bigger! You had better invest in some stop-grow to sprinkle on her head Cambrie. I love and miss my little Kiera. I hope you guys have a happy day in Phoenix.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FAMILY!!! Well, Devin and Crystal are officially married today, the tempurature has finally gotten into the season (70 on Monday, 20 today) and even though we have no snow, the temps at least make it feel like the holidays are here. We were going to have a pretty small Thanksgiving "crowd". 3 of us to be precise. But I was talking to Ann today, and found out that they only have their 2 youngest for their feast tomorrow, and then at the luncheon today, we found out that Kathy is only going to have their 3 youngest, so we decided to bring our feast and converge upon my parents and eat together. So there will be 15 instead of 3! So we ARE going over the river and thru the woods (only the river is called Forest Creek, and the woods, would have to be those trees we pass between by the creek...but hey, we ARE going to Grandmothers house, so we qualify, right?
We thought that if we take it there, we will be assured of her being there. She hasn't been to our house in probably 6 weeks. Not because we haven't asked them repeatly to come, but she usually refuses. I guess yesterday she actually went and got her hair done so that she could come to Devins wedding this morning, but then my dad couldn't get her out of bed. And then when she did get up, he said she was nearly too weak to even walk. Her ankles are really swollen, and she has pretty severe chest pain frequently. The ER docs thinks that it is heartburn, but it is so painful, she thinks she is having a heart attack every time it hits. Her mom had angina at the end, which is VERY painful. Anyway, I kinda think there is a good chance this will be her last Thanksgiving, so I am grateful to be able to spend it with her. It just feels right. Anyway, I am lots happier about the holiday now.
I should have reminded you all. Her Birthday was Nov 12. I don't know if any of you called her, but if not, I am sure they would enjoy hearing from you briefly tomorrow or during the holidays. Personal visits are great for those close enough. They sure love you all! Just don't call until about noon, or after. She doesn't get her "motor started" until then!
I will miss you all! But we hope your holiday is good...wherever you are! Give yourself and your families a hug from me!
Some people's dumb luck. Why didn't I think of that? Wait...here's another idea Comon guys....think of something and let's get RICH!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Friday Ads here

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dad will appreciate this. Perhaps a few more of you will.

Google this phrase:

"what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything"

Cambrie said as long as I have time to breathe by taking a break from studying, I can use that time to write in the blog:)


Besides the fact that Buff sees Kiera more than I probably do, the only news I can report on is D'Anthony's parents want the missionaries over to their house. They've been curious about the gospel ever since a few weeks back when we talked about the actual date of the 2nd coming: Dec 21, 2012 according to the Aztecs. He has the aztec calendar tattood on his arm. I asked him why he didn't just buy a watch and save money:)
I'm trying to remember what else always happens Dec 21 to help me remember that glorious day...

Hey, I just also have to tell ya...Kim wanted to go ATV riding again this last week because the weather is still so nice ( although that is supposed to change drastically about tomorrow or Tues), so Friday after he got off work, we took off immediately and went up AF canyon, above Tibble Fork on a short little ride. We only rode about 90 minutes tops, but in that 90 minutes, we saw 7 moose! 2 of them were big bulls, one of which had a huge rack! And they were not far away. The Biggest bull was only about 50 feet in front of us on the road. We decided to give him right of way. You know, just to be courteous! We didn't think to take a camera, so sorry, you get no pictures of the event, but it was a fun little ride! I think though, we really are done riding ATV's for this year. We have friends that ride in the winter too, but I have trouble staying warm at 72 degrees, I don't think I will try winter riding. (One parting thought: There must be alot of moose up AF canyon, I have only been riding 2 times up there, and both times we saw moose!) (This is mom if you can't tell)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I'm here to tell everyone that Christa's "sleep bible" that she recommended to me about baby's sleeping habits is true. When I tell people that Kiera goes to bed at 6pm and sleeps for 13 hours everyone scoffs and says "oh, you are so lucky. My baby would never do that-- she goes to bed at 10 and wakes up at 6" Everyone attributes Kiera's beautiful sleeping habbits to "luck". Well, when I got Danthony the nurses in the hospital told me he went to bed at 9-10 and his mom told me the same and that he "takes naps about 3x a week". Well, I'm here to let you know that after a week and a half of having him he was on the same sleep schedule as Kiera: bedtime 6pm, naps at 9am and 1pm. The only difference in Danthony is that he wakes up at 5am and I have to give him a bottle to get him to go back to sleep. The "sleep bible" is true. I put him in his bed and bedtime and walk away and he goes to sleep. Hallejulah.

By the way, I made apple pie today. Anybody who wants some, come and get it.
HEY FAMILY!! I have something to blog about!
I wish all of my daughters could have been here today for Erica's Bridal shower! It was fun! I got to meet her family...and friends. It really is so weird...her parents live so close, we could totally just go their house on our walks every morning. When I get on the street that goes past the High School, I take the 2nd street that turns left, and they are about maybe 10 houses down from that turn. It is a very nice home. I was surprized to see a Grand piano and Harp in what is my equivalent Living Room/must be their music room. Reminded me of Brighams family's Living room...it also has become their music room for all of the talented people in that family. Turns out Erica's mom plays the harp. Erica plays the piano! (Can I just say, that I am very happy that my kids thus far have married people who can play the piano, since I was so LOUSY at getting my kids to?) :) :)
Anyway, Erica has a great family. They made me feel very comfortable in their lovely home. They did an activity where Erica had to answer questions that they had asked Chad in advance. She did REALLY well! She knew more about him than I did! And she got some great gifts. Because they already have nearly anything that you could use in a house, they asked for (whatever) , but I had heard that they wanted camping equipment and food storage. They got a nice tent, a tarp to go under it, a blow up mattress and a mini compressor to blow it up, a camp water jug, a cooler, 2 5 gallon water storage containers, 2 fold up camp chairs, nice silverware set, a great blanket, and lots of other great stuff. It was fun to watch Erica change colors and quickly put away without wanting to show a lovely :) set of sleepwear :) :) :) I can't imagine why! Anyway. You shoulda been there. It was fun!
Ha ha ha very funny cambrie.... As fun as living in a van down by the river may sound, I made the hard choice and moved into an apartment with 2 of the girls from my ward. It's a 2 bed/2 bath place and we love it. One of my roommates had a whole bunch of furniture already and a whole bunch of decor so our place looks more like a home than a dorm. It's really nice! Once we get everything in it's right place, I'll take pictures and put them up on the blog. But it's a really nice place. And it's convieniently located next to the freeway and across the street from walmart. I really like it. As for what's going on in my life, not much. Pretty much, just work. I really don't like it but I'm in the process of finding a 2 week course to be a home health aide so I can make $15/hour and have better working conditions. We'll see what happens. Anyways, that's about it! Ciao family!

Friday, November 16, 2007

I thought of a way of getting buff to participate in the Blog: I'll just start a bunch of questionable rumors about her, and she'll have to blog in order to defend herself. So, here it goes:

*Ahem* So, I hear that buff moved into a van down by the river since she was fired from her job. The only things she has in this van is a mattress and her clothes. Also, I hear buff is thinking of going to forget school and play guitar on corners for a living. Isn't that true buff?
A social worker from the county came to visit Danthony yesterday. She told me that his next court day is some time next week (unknown day). She said basically the judge has to determine if his injuries were accidental (as his parents claim) or abuse. She was explaining to me that this is a very differnt court case because there are only 2 possible options for him:
1. Judge determines it was an accident-- his parents can come and pick him up that very day and take him home.
2. Judge determines that it was abuse-- Danthony goes up for adoption and his parents never see him again.
Um, those 2 choices seem a bit extreme to me. Especially because there is no evidence in the case other than a broken femer bone and the word of Danthony's mom and grandma.
The social worker told his that if he goes up for adoption we would be first choice for adoptive parents if we wanted him. We don't want to adopt him though. There is a huge list of familes who want babies.
Are You Honest? This is a test that only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.

THE SITUATION: You are in Florida , Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive furor.

THE TEST: Suddenly you see a woman in the water. She is fighting for her life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the woman looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's Hillary Clinton! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take her under forever. You have two options: You can save the life of Hillary Clinton or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful and brilliant women.

THE QUESTION: Please give an honest answer....Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?
FOUR WEEKS!
(for those of you who may have lost track)


Since you asked, here's a picture (sorry it's a little graphic). This was taken in Beaver when we went to a gas station to check everything out. Luckily it didn't do any visible damage to the engine or hood. The damage was on the bumper on the passenger side. The rest of the van was fine.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I had my first road kill on my way home from Cedar City (doing counselor interviews) on Tuesday night. I hit a deer, going more than 80 miles an hour! I have pictures, but I think I'll spare you. Luckily no person was injured. I was driving with Lindsay Wilson, my co-worker, and all of a sudden it was there. We smacked into it and kept driving (I was driving a department van, thank goodness!). I really did feel divine protection--it could have been so much worse! I told Lindsay, "I just killed a deer!" And she said, "The deer sacrificed itself for us, because it would have either been the deer or us to go." Luckily we were able to drive home still, and got home only about 10 minutes later than we would have otherwise.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

After a 2 hour drive to Orange California and 2 hours in the waiting room, it took about 3 minutes for the doctor to saw off Danthony's cast.... good riddance!! It smelled bad!!! First thing we did when we got home was put him in the tub. So far he's not very happy about having it off though. I think he's not used to be able to bend and move and it's making him either sore or insecure. He is quite unhappy.
Kiera is finally on the road to recovery (but not there yet). There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fall in the mountains is wonderful. I went for an ATV ride yesterday. I started at Tibble Fork and rode around the back dirt roads to Cascade Springs. It was great. Weather was wonderful (probably in the 50's for most of my ride) and all the aspen leaves that had fallen on the trail made the ride look very fallish and they smelled very fallish. There's something about the smell of newly felled fall leaves. When I got to Cascade Springs, I had the place to myself which was kind of strange. The regular road had a winter gate across it so no cars could come. On the way back, just down from the road that goes to Forest Lake, I took a little side road that leads up to where there once was a small mining town in the late 1800s. There was one little meadow with a sign saying that there was a Diphtheria outbreak in the town and 11 children were buried there and later a couple more children and a couple of miners were added later. There were no grave markers, only some very small piles of rocks to mark each grave. Further down the road there was one very old shack still standing among the pines and aspens and a trail that lead to a deep canyon full of tall pines where there were remnants of an old mine. At one point along the trail there was a section of HUGE tall aspen trees and under them a bunch of 10-15 foot new pines. On one part of the trail on the north side of the mountain there was hard packed snow but it wasn't a problem. I came around one corner to be faced by 9 deer standing in the trail. At one high point, I could look out and see Heber in one direction, Deer Creek in another direction, and the snow covered back side of Timp in another direction. It was an absolute fantastic ride, perfect weather, and great sensory input of sight and smell. I'm definitely doing it again next November. The only downside was that I was alone.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Poor little Kiera is sick sick sick. Vomiting, not eating, and high fever. The people we got it from said it was a 1-vomit 24-hour bug, but it's much worse than that for little Kiera (she must be related to me!) We've been watching alot of Baby Signing Time around here lately and poor Danthony is getting very little attention.
There was one funny thing though. Took Kiera and Danthony to the ducky ponds in their stroller yesterday to get them out of the house. Kiera's oral intake for the day yesterday was about 3 oz of formula, but when I started feeding the ducks some bagel she got really upset and grabbed the bagel from my hands and started shoving it in her mouth like she hadn't eaten in days. I took it from her and broke of pieces to give to Kiera (as the ducks stood at my feet looking very jealous). Kiera ate 2 tiny bits and was then done.
Danthony only had a mild case of whatever this is for just a half day. I wonder if it was the flu shot he got last week that saved him.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Get the most out of Google
Babies eating lemons. I especially like the last one.
Chad and Grandpa Haslem came over to watch the BYU football game last night (Good game....TCU was always within striking distance, but BYU kept the lead). Chad got a phone call before halftime...it was Erica so off he went to the living room. He said he had to leave just after halftime so he could go talk to Erica on the phone and read scriptures together. That boy's in love. Grandpa H was telling me Grandma got loose and went knocking on doors a couple of blocks away trying to find her baby. He told me he thinks it may be getting close to time to fast for her release from the world. He told me she was getting very frustrating to take care of.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Update on Dastrups: First, our backyard is finally landscaped. It looks like a first-rate prison yard now. They extended the patio and then filled the rest in with gray rock. I'm grateful for the patio and the fact that the dirt won't blow everywhere anymore, but it's pretty depressing to look at. At least the weeds provided some color.

Yesterday one of Cambrie's kiddos called us for the second time in a week. The first time it happened, I could hear Cambrie talking in the background and one of the kids making noise. I shouted to Cambrie for several minutes, but got no response, so I finally hung up. Yesterday I didn't answer, and there was a very long voicemail of background noises. Looks like Kiera's trying to get in touch with her favorite cousins!

Yesterday we also tried hiking again. We hiked to the top of one of the old volcanos close to our house, and this time we had the brilliant idea of putting Jacob in the jogging stroller for the hike-- that way he wouldn't even know that we were hiking! Wrong. He wailed the ENTIRE hike, despite bringing various toys for him to play with. What does that kid have against hiking, and how did he know??? Unlike the rest of us, Benjamin had a great time and decided that we really should camp on the top of the volcano. Anyone want to join us?

A quick plug for a great movie and a great read: Anyone who hasn't seen "The Ultimate Gift" really needs to, and I also highly recommend the book "Complications" by Atul Gwande (a surgeon who spoke at Brigham's graduation). It's a fascinating book that discusses subjects such as nausea, obesity, autopsies, why some doctors are better than others, etc. and gives you better insight into Brigham's life right now and the field of medicine in general. I think you all should read it, but especially you nursing folks.
I realized that really I only have 30 (or so) shopping days until Christmas for my out of state kids, as I will send it home with you when you come for the wedding. So I was just taking a gander over the Wish list, and It is time some folks update theirs (CHAD) because in view of the fact that you will be living in a townhouse, I doubt you will want a ping-pong table in your Living room. And more Ideas would be helpful for some of ya. I know I don't want to be the one to pick out something "fashionable" for my girls. My tastes and yours are rarely the same...
Yes, I hear the elves are very busy already, so you better be wishing where they may find it!
Anybody who would like a nasty virulent case of the stomach flu complete with the runs and vomiting is welcome to come to our house. We've got viruses free of charge.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I just noticed on the calendar - Are we having turkey and pie in celebration of Kiera's birthday this year? I dunno if it will work out for her to have a birthday pie. Maybe she'll need to develop a passion for chips and salsa or corned beef or something to keep it unique. Other than golden death or strained carrots, does Kiera have any favorites yet?

BTW, If you're one of the many fans out there who can't get enough Erica & Chad exclusives, there's a new album in Picasa with the pictures Dad took for our engagement. The ones in the leaves are really fun, and need to be viewed in series. I think those ones will be great for the wedding video / slide show.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

So there I was in the heart of Los Angeles at a dumpy little clinic. I sat in the waiting room with Danthony surrounded by about 40 very low class hispanic people and ZERO white people wondering if I had accidently ended up in Mexico instead of Los Angeles. The Mexican girl sitting next to me had about 10 piercings in various locations on her face and whenever Danthony dropped the toy he was playing with and it rolled under her chair she just glared at me. The clinic sat literally 10 feet from a train track so every 10 minutes or so a train went by the entire building shook. At first I thought it was an earthquake but all the employees kept working as normal. It took me an hour and 50 minutes to get to the clinic in traffic with a baby who had missed his morning nap. We sat in the office for 2 hours only to learn that the court-mandated visit to this clinic had been completely pointless. I left the clinic exasperated and not very excited about my upcoming drive home in traffic with a baby who had missed 2 naps and was quite grumpy. Upon arriving at my car I discovered that my car was dead. So what did I do next? I sat and stewed out in my mind what I should do. After determining that the battery was dead, I found a strange looking person of unknown gender to jump my car (after he/she/it did a 20-point turn to get into the parking space next to mine with his/her/it's huge truck). I made it home safely.

That was my day. How was yours?
So Dad took some engagement pictures the other day. I need to post those on Picasa. They're pretty good. There are a few of them that Erica and I really like. But last week we realized that they're mostly horizontal, and we need ours to be vertical. It wouldn't work to crop them vertical, so we asked our wedding photographer about engagement pictures while we were in talking with her last week. It wasn't too expensive, so we decided to have her take some. They're pretty good, too. There's some that Erica and I really like. I got the CD today and I'm uploading them to Picasa as I write this. I still need to bring Dad's pictures in to work so I can upload them (Erica's internet connection, while better than mine, is still not very good for doing large data transfers). I haven't filtered them yet, and Erica's embarrassed by some of them, so take a gander at them while you can! Click the link on the side for Chad's pictures.....
Don't forget to vote today!

Monday, November 05, 2007

So, I guess that when Kathy heard that there was going to be 3 days when the kids come for Chad and Erica's wedding that Devin and Crystal would need to be somewhere else so we could have the space for our gang in the apt., she pulled a Kathy, called the housing people, and took it to the top honcho of the dept and pled for mercy...and he gave them an opening that they can get into in 1 week, so they won't be in our basement after all. Just as well. We have spent the last week cleaning it up, and reclaiming our space. It will be nice to actually be able to have it stay clean and be able to use it.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

An update on our gift rotation: It has been decided that from now on, the sibling gift exchange will be for adults only. Kids will have a separate exchange. Buffy, that means that you are only buying for Cambrie and Steve-- not Kiera. Benjamin will get something for her. Happy shopping!
Hey all of you out-of-staters! Wish you were here to join us and Chad, Erica, Brett and Katy for dinner and games tonight! But we are looking forward to having fun with our Utah kids! Christa, don't you have any cute stories on taking out the little guys trick or treating? Is Jacob still standing on his own, alone?
Somebody needs to explain daylight savings time to Danthony and Kiera. It would have been lovely to sleep in an hour today. I hope you childless people enjoyed it.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

I'd just like to announce that I ran 10 miles today. I know it's nothing compared to you marathon people, but it is big for me (especially since I haven't ran more than 3 miles since I got Danthony-- I need a double jogging stroller!)

I'm going to be spending my day today with Danthony's parents. Fun fun fun.

Friday, November 02, 2007

BRAINBASHERS October Results
19   Brigham Dastrup               1   1   1   2   1   1   2   1   1   1   90.7843%
164 Kim Groneman 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 44.6517%
180 Steven Nelson 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 3 42.3627%
197 Chad Groneman 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 4 40.5319%
665 Brett Groneman 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 10
1216 Cambrie Nelson 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 UR
1357 Christa Dastrup 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 UR
2158 Breanna Groneman 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 UR
Whoa! Brigham you are almost as common as they get this month! Steve is not far behind...but I think the rating is unfair because I only had two 2nd places where Steve had three 2nd places and a 3rd place. [grumble][grumble] And what's the problem with that last question? Get into November's contest: http://www.brainbashers.com/common.asp and Marilyn, do it and prove you're not a stick in the mud. Erica, you need to get in there too. Buff...you're just a unique spirit.

I've also created a family league. If you register or edit your current registration on the Brainbashers site, enter "Groneman" as a league and you'll become a member.