Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blogging from my hospital bed

Hey y'all. Today is much better than yesterday. Yesterday I watched LOST all day long as I was super nauseated, had a fever, and in lots of pain. Thanks Chad for lending it to me as it truly saves me on such hard days.
Today I'm not as nauseated but I'm weak and I'm doing the hypersalivation thing. It is totally gross and obnoxious, but I guess it isn't as bad as other things. I don't feel much like talking on the phone with a mouth full of saliva.
I'm optimistic about getting better soon and my guess is I'll be home monday. I have to say that my nurses are great and I love this hospital.
My abdomen has extra air inside (that is not supposed to be there) so it is really weird to be able to feel the air pocket moving around my abdomen and thus my bowels moving around and kinking etc.. It isn't a problem or anything, it is just weird.
Thanks for all of your prayers and concern. I think that the worst of this is now over and it will just get easiER from here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let it snow.......


.....let it snow, let it SNOW! 
It's currently snowing...has been since yesterday.  Light and fluffy stuff,  the back yard is a winter wonderland.  Gorgeous.  I love snow.  I love Christmas time. What a great combination.  It's supposed to keep snowing all through today.  YEA!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Perspective

I read this story and thought immediately of the Dastrup's decision to move to Utah (and our decision years ago to move BACK to Utah)
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The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The fisherman replied, only a little while.
The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?
The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.
The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?
The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."
The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But how long will this all take?" to which the American replied, "Oh, 15-20 years."
"But what then?"
The American laughed and said "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions.. Then what?"
The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

Monday, December 28, 2009

Update on Cambrie


I talked to Cambrie this morning. She is in the hospital as she was yesterday and the day before. She thinks she is going to get the feeding tube put in today, or tomorrow. The fact that she had leftover nausea meds from Lydia that she has tried and they failed, means she isn't going to have to do all that again to prove that it doesn't work.
The people in the hospital think she is NUTS! "WHY on Earth would you do this again??" is the question on everyones minds. But look at little Kiera and Lydia, and you have the answer! Besides, she is racking up a lot of extra credit points in Heaven for being willing to go through this again, to bring a child of God to a great home !! Punkin, I think I can speak for ALL OF US when I say, we REALLY do respect the sacrifice you are making for this next child!
Sounds like poor little Lydia is heartbroken. When Cambrie was still home, she still couldn't be close to her because of her smell making Cambries nausea worse. I am glad that Steve is there through this week. It would be so much worse if they were both gone!
I will be going down either this Sat or Sunday, depending on the forecast for Sunday. I am really hoping Cambrie will be able to come home within the week...not for my sake but for the little ladies...but it may not happen that soon. Please keep all of them in your prayers...it's not easy for the daddy either!

Christmas Carolers

http://www.sundog.net/carolofthechins/flash/card.swf
I particularly like "The twelve days of Christmas"

Happy Birthday Bretsker!

Happy Birthday dude. May your day be merry and dark (since you probably want to sleep).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Games

On the left column, under the weather, I created a section with online multiplayer games. Any time anyone is interested in playing a game, just let me know and I'm in if I'm free.

Groneman Christmas pictures

Below are some pictures from the Groneman (C&E) Christmas. We had a wonderful Christmas.

Nelson Pictures

Steve burried the link to their pictures in a comment to our pictures, so I thought I would put it out here so nobody misses it.  Cute pictures:  http://picasaweb.google.com/CambrieNelson/UtahChristmas Thanks Steve.

Friday, December 25, 2009

It's Christmas Day

I hope all my loved ones are having a good Christmas.  We got to go to Brett & Katie's place and watch them open their gifts. UPDATE as of DECEMBER 26th: I was thinking yesterday would be a boring day since we had a whirlwind, very rushed Christmas morning on the 24th. I was wrong. I had just sat down to my computer to go through pictures when Chad, Erica, and Emmy came through the front door. Brett & Katie came up and Buff was here and we talked and played games and watched a new Harry Potter movie and ate lots of food. Chad even went a round of Tiger Woods Golf with me! Wahoo! Little Emmy ran around doing her "ho ho ho" from time to time, often unprompted. She climbed up and down the couch and the bean bag chair and generally was her little smiling happy self which just added to an already rich day. I was thinking of Cambrie in the back of my mind all day wondering how she was feeling and hoping she had a decent Christmas but all the folks here made my day. Even if Brett & Katie did almost sleep through Christmas dinner in the bean bag chair. Oh...and as for loot, I got TWO windshield sun screens...one for each vehicile (sweet!), a plate of nummy chocolates which I promptly hid from the world to save for a later date when there isn't so many goodies already on the cupboard, a DVD of all the precious videos of little Emmy, a calendar full of grandkid pictures that I'll enjoy all year long, and my sweetheart gave me a light blankie to put on my bed so I don't have to sweat under 6 inches of beadspread quilt. I love Christmas and it's my family that makes Christmas special. Thanks Everyone! Oh..Christa...Santa filled your stocking with goodies and a back scratcher AND a can of olives. I'll put it on the cupboard to wait for your arrival.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to STEVO Today!

Yes, I saw that Christa had already posted a happy birthday to Steve, but I had to also! I feel bad for Steve...driving 10 hours with a toddler isn't exactly what I would want to do on my birthday! But in true to Steve form, there was no complaining. I never met a person who can deal with so much adversity (like the kind that came with his wife's previous 2 Hyper-emesis experiences) and never act bugged or ruffled by any of the stress or trials that came with it. STEVE, I think you are an incredible person to just roll with the punches no matter what happens and never get angry, upset, depressed or moody. I have been trying to arrive at that point for 54 years now...but I am not there. I think you are amazing to have nail down that virtue while so young! (Yes, buff, he is still young: All things are relative :)
Thanks for being such a great dad to my little California grand-daughters! You are SO DARN CUTE with them...it is no wonder they adore you so! And it seems that since they love you so much, that that seems to make them prefer men over women (which gives me a big disadvantage-but I love that they love you so, anyway). I know Kiera and Lydia are SUPER blessed to have such Fabulous parents.
Cambrie...we miss your family already....but I am glad you are back where you can get the medical help you need, ASAP! Hopefully this time will be so much better than it was with the first 2 pregnancies.

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Sounds like your birthday is going to get a little steamrolled this year, but we hope that you are able to do something fun for yourself-- maybe a little Sports Center or something. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

THE YEAR SANTA CAME EARLY....

I have a heavy heart this evening. Cambrie is struggling to keep anything down and needs to get home before she needs to be hospitalized with pregnancy #3, so we sent a message to Santa that we need a special delivery tonight at our house so that the Nelsons can go home tomorrow. HOW I WISH SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN!!
We had our family Christmas party this morning, and we took the little girls outside to go down the sled and experience snow for the first time. That was fun. And the little girls wanted to play in the playhouse, so we did that too.
We have eaten WAY TOO MANY SWEETS...and my next goal in life is to NOT do any sweets for awhile. 5 of the family played on the Wii this afternoon. Steve took the little girls to Cabela's to see the fish and stuffed animals...and Cambrie is being distracted from the nausea watching "Silent Night" with Kim.
We were having so much fun...I really hate that the Nelsons have to leave tomorrow. But I do understand why. I just don't like it still. But I am glad they came. Their little girls have brought us many laughs and much joy...and Emmy has loved having little cousins around too.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Missing Dastrups

Day summary:
Slept in as Gramps/grandma took care of kidlets.
Had first bit of nausea this pregnancy (very mild).
Kiera and Lydia were infatuated with the snow falling.
Went to McDonalds for lunch with the whole clan (minus bert and Katie) Kids had a blast and Emmy was the bravest of them all.
Katie finished with school and is now on break!
Played lots of games.
Watched football with my little Nelson family. Very surprisingly my girls watched it too.

A holiday day at the Groneman house

I had a good day.  Brett stopped in this morning after seeing Katie off to school just to say "hi". The two little Nelson princesses got up and played.  (I played princesses at Disneyland with Kiera for a little while).   We all piled into the Jeep (Us, Nelson's, Brett....and Buff drove separately since she had to go to Provo after) and we made our traditional trek to DI!  Then, as the song says:  "City street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green, As the shoppers rush home with their treasures.".  We had cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch.  Then, as cold as it was....not really...the snow was starting to get soft, we went out with Kiera and Lydia and played in the playhouse.   Really.  In December.  Close the door and get enough bodies in there to warm it up and it wasn't too bad.  We had Orange Chicken for dinner and we watched "Anastasia" thanks to Buffalo who went and got it from her appt. in Provo just so Kiera could watch it.   We called Christa to wish her a happy birthday  but only got her answering machine so the gang sang happy birthday to her answering machine.  Oh...and sometime during the day we played PIT and SEQUENCE.  I didn't win either one so I'm pouting.  The little ladies eventually went to sleep and so did Gramps (or "Jamps" as Kiera says).  What a great day.  Looking forward to more great days this week.  ONLY 3 more days until CHRISTMAS!!!!!!  I'm *SO* excited!  It's gonna be GREAT!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Christa!


Happy birthday Bug!  Let's see....you were born in 1977.....that makes you.......whoa!  Nevermind.  Ya know....I was watching "Finding Neverland" (thanks Katie) the other evening and there was a line in there that kind of struck home.  The guy said something to the effect of don't be so anxious to put your kids to bed because the next day they will just wake up one day older.  So true!  It seemed like I was always looking forward to the next milestone in my kid's lives instead of enjoying them fully as they were.   You grew up way too fast and were gone before I was ready.   When you were born I was just a stupid kid that had married the girl of my dreams and I didn't know anything about having a family.  You came into the world and changed our lives forever.   For the good I might add. And you were just the first of five. "Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset....swifly, flow the days...."  I hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nelson's have arrived!

The Nelson family arrived at about 6 last evening.  Kiera and Lydia were so excited to get out of the car and come play in Grandma's house!  I thought maybe they may hesitate a bit because they haven't seen me in a while but both of the little princesses were comfortable right from the beginning.  I've only seen Lydia a couple of times but she held her arms up to me for hugs and snuggled into me while I was on the couch.  Melted my heart it did.  Buff came over and Brett/Katie came up and we had a grand time.  Kiera wanted to go out to the playhouse of course but I had to tell her it was too dark and cold.   What a fun week this is going to be!  The little ladies are currently having their naps then later today we go over to Grandma Haslem's house to see Webers and Malesa...Chad & Erica & Emmy will meet us there.  I love Christmas time!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Planet 51


I wanted to take your mom on a special date so we went this afternoon to see "Planet 51"  In fact, I wanted it to be really special so I reserved the entire theater for just she and I!  We enjoyed our special alone and romantic time together alot.  The movie was mildly entertaining...not something I'd want in my collection but it was a couple of hours of entertainment.  (Don't tell your mom I didn't really book the theater....it's just that nobody else bothered to come watch the movie)  Oh...and we received a Harry Potter movie in the mail that we didn't order.  Yer mom says she vaguely remembers somebody may have said something about it, but she doesn't remember.  Old people are like that.  I assume it was sent by one of you fine folk.....  ???

Friday, December 18, 2009

Here we come ready or not...

Leaving 4 Utah about 7:30-8am. Wish us luck! We need it! Lydia is not very fond of her carseat! I'm guessing we are going to get in about 8ish but who knows.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Scholarship


Sorry to bump everyone down the line, but i had to say that Steve got another scholarship today. This one was from The Acadamy of LDS Dentists. It was only $1000, but hey, it helps!
Other news is that tomorrow are Steves last 2 finals before we get him back for three weeks! yeah!!!!!!
Hey all, this is just an annoucement to ya'll to let everyone that doesn't already know that Last night, I interviewed with the bishop and started filling out my mission papers.... that is all. Resume with your daily lives.

Go TY!!!




For further details, see Christa's post on the abqdastrup page.

A Christmas Surprise

Yesterday Brigham and I attended a dinner that was hosted by a recruiting emergency medicine group (one that Brigham actually interviewed with in Vegas). You may be wondering why on earth we would go when we've already signed a contract with someone else. The answer is simple: for the food. It was at one of our favorite restaurants here-- one that we cannot afford unless it is a special occasion. So we went and enjoyed a fantastic dinner (complete with appetizers, salad, and dessert)and listened to a speaker who actually shared some valuable information on what to expect from a first job. We were feeling pretty pleased with the evening at the end, but then each couple was given a $100 gift card so that we could return to the restaurant again in the future! Not a bad night...!

Cell phones now open to telemarketers

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.  All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls if you haven't registered your cell phone.  You could be charged for those calls.  To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A video for Breanna's wedding

If you're like me, you'll be crying before the end of THIS VIDEO.  I really think it's the love video that should be played at Breanna's wedding.

She speaks!

I finally got a couple of videos of Emmy talking. They're posted on the Groneman Bunch blog for your enjoyment.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hey Benjamin!

Why do cats like to walk in sandboxes at Christmas time?  So they can have Sandy Claws!  HA!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A weekend with Emmy

Chad, Erica, and Emmy came over Saturday morning just for no other reason but fun...they stayed the day.  Emmy is a good walker now!  She holds her hands out over her head when she walks, but she can do it!  Also, she has a new trick.  When someone says "What does Santa say" she comes out with the cutest little "ho ho ho" you've ever heard!  Saundra/Randy came over for dinner and we had Roasted Raspberry Chipoltle Chicken and home made Mushroom soup.  Mmmmm.  Dang I'm a good cook. BUT WAIT!  THAT'S NOT ALL!  Emmy & crew came back on Sunday morning early so Emmy & I could play while the rest of the crew braved the snow and slick roads to go to the Music & the Spoken Word.   Emmy and Gramps had fun but we had a crisis!  Emmy's pacifier was nowhere to be found!  It was sad...but we lived through it and we got some good play time in.  One more week of work until I have a week off for Christmas to spend with the little Nelson ladies & whomever else comes over to play with us.   Well, that's my life this weekend!   HEY BENJAMIN!  What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?  A cookie sheet!  HA!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Speaking of laugh....

Hey Benjamin!  What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?

Claustrophobic.   HA!

Good for a Laugh

Thought I'd share this for all the Twilight fans in the family.

Twilight Years from Tom on Vimeo.

Less than two weeks!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...I'm so excited.  Less than two weeks until Christmas and a week until the Nelson's arrive.   I'm taking the entire Christmas week off so will have plenty of fun with my kids and the little princesses that visit my house.  I get to play with Emmy Sunday morning while Marilyn, Chad, Erica go see Mack & the Tabs.  Cambrie is preggers with yet another grandchild.  Benjamin, Jacob, and Ty will be here to play in the playhouse this summer.  Marilyn is cuter'n a bug's ear.  Life is good.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year.  

"Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer...? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!" " - Charles Dickens

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

for your laughing pleasure:

Lydia frequently enjoys unrolling the toilet paper roll for us and shredding it into tiny pieces and spreading the love all over the house. So today while I was in the middle of braiding Kiera's hair (and therefore couldn't stop her) she went and got some toilet paper. However, this time instead of shredding it she walked over behind Kiera and proceeded to wipe her bottom and seemed quite pleased with herself. Later she enjoyed chasing Kiera around wiping her bottom. I love it!

A tale of two Brians

THIS GUY  has to be having a hard time right now in Utah trying to make a name for himself and selling his music given that THIS GUY has quite a musical history too and has more press coverage.   Some people are just born to have bad luck.

2 weeks

What would YOU do if you had 2 weeks to live? We have this lovely hand-made calendar with a Christmas tree on it that tells me how long I have left and a toddler who reminds me frequently.

I made scallops for dinner last night. Now the thought of them makes me nauseated.

Major fear-induced insomia.

I think that my biggest fear is in inpact this is going to have on my girls. Kiera was no longer a mommy's girl after my last go-around. It took me a long time even to get her trust back as being someone stable in her life.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow????


Mixed blessing. That is what snow is. We NEED the snow for water and to give us the Christmas Spirit but...
This morning at about 6:30 AM BJ called me...she had pulled over to clean the blades of her wipers to better see, and had gotten stuck in the snow on the way to work....
Yesterday, I was droping off some Christmas goodies to the Kirks (they live on a corner). When I do that, I usually just stop the car in front of the house so I don't have to back out to leave...but without really thinking about it, I pulled into the driveway. I had just got out of my car and there was a teenage driver who had just come around the snowpacked road corner...out of control and slid sideways into where I had just pulled in, and where I would have parked if I had opted to park on the street. So my new car missed being in an accident by about 4 seconds.
Staying inside to watch the snow fall is looking like a better option all the time!

So Buffy how late were you for work?

Deep Wisdom Quote

"A thought of gratitude towards someone that isn't expressed is like wrapping a Christmas present for someone and not giving it."

Monday, December 07, 2009

Buffalo Withdrawals

Whenever we miss Buff, we just shut her old bedroom door and it's as if she were still here!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Emmy is ONE!



Happy FIRST birthday to Emmy! One year old today. Looking at her big toothy smile on my fridge, I can't wait for her party later on today.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Hear YE! Hear YE!

Katheryn told me this morning that she was able to get tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. She has 6 of them for me. Just enough for Chad and Erica, Brett and Katie, Me and BUFFY...with Kim to tend Emmy cause he couldn't be drug there with wild horses! Yes, these are the same tickets that they have 11 requests for ever 1 ticket that they have to distribute! And their concerts are MUCH BETTER in person than that which you have heard on our Cd's. So how many are interested?
ALSO, the Haslem Family Christmas party has been canceled for this year...but not permanently. So you can scratch that off your calendars!
Also, just so you know: I had the hospice people bring over the liquid morphine for mom yesterday. She often has heart pain and back pain that nothing seems to help. Now dad will have something to give her that works! If he remembers it when she is in pain....

Thanks be to God and Katie!

I really HATE close calls of this nature. Perhaps you have seen Brett's post on facebook, but if not, Brett went into Insulin shock last night while he slept....which caused a seizure, which woke up Katie, and she scrambled to help him and found his glucagon shot which saved him! If she hadn't been there, he would be dead!
The thing is with Brett working nights at the hospital, frequently he comes home and goes to bed right as Katie is leaving for work...so no one is there to help him. Katie yelled for our help, but we were sleeping, and I had put in earplugs and covered my head with a pillow cause my sweetheart was snoring, so I didn't hear a thing! Brett bit his tongue pretty bad and got blood all over his pillow, and managed to swallow a lot of blood, so he was up the rest of the night too nauseated to sleep, and Katie with him, because she was nervous about it happening again as Brett couldn't keep down anything he ate...so he couldn't bring up his blood sugar by eating. Rough night! I wish they would have come and woke me up I had Phenergan that would have helped him. But he was still nauseated this morning, so I gave him some then. They are sleeping as I write this!
I thank the Lord for this MAJOR tender mercy! And we WILL get the monitor that can attach to his insulin pump to warn him of low blood sugar, one way or another! Every time he has ever had an a problem with insulin shock, it has been in conjunction with his sleeping, one way or another. I don't want this to EVER happen again! If there is a tool to fix it, it will be fixed!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Common Answers: November Results

174  Christa Dastrup        1   1   1   2   1   1   1   1   1   22  6.38%
305  Chad Groneman          1   1   2   2   2   1   1   1   1   13  3.03%
504  Brett Groneman         6   1   2   1   1   1   1   1   1   9   1.10% 
771  Kim Groneman           3   5   2   2   1   1   1   1   1   2   0.40%
869  Breanna Groneman       1   1   8   1   4   1   1   2   1   14  0.27%
1197 Katie Groneman         4   5   1   1   2   1   1   1   1   14  0.06%
Way to represent the Dastrup family Christa!
Whomever doesn't take part in the DECEMBER COMMON ANSWERS at BrainBashers is a dirty rotton bah-humbug! It's fun! It's Christmas themed!  Be sure to enter your answers THEN verify by responding to the email they send.

Halleluia

In case you weren't already in the Christmas Spirit, this might help.

What do Santa's sleigh and Nelson's car have in common?

They're both coming to our house for Christmas!  YEA!  Nelson's will be driving up on the 20th and leaving either the 26th or 27th.  I'm taking that week off from work.  I'll be missing the Dastrup family this year, but they've already given me the greatest Christmas present they could ever come up with so I'll have to be patient until the week of March 14th to see them.  I can't wait to see Cambrie and Steve again, and to play with those two darling little princesses. It will also be fun to see them first hand (not just in pictures) playing with Emmy.   I love Christmas time...it's just magical.   Speaking of Dastrup family, they'll be moving out of their house at the end of May and, if they'll have me, I'm planning on going down to help them pack up and move.  Dunno the exact dates yet (it's up to them), but Memorial day is May 31st.  Bringing my own air mattress and sleeping bag to throw out among the mess.  It really can't be considered "work" when you consider the cause.

Monday, November 30, 2009

lesson learned

Me: Kiera, time to go to bed...time to go potty.
Kiera: but I just WENT potty Yesterday!


Other news: I decided to put up my Christmas lights on my house independently today since it gets dark around 4:30 and Steve doesn't get home until 5:30 and we have plans for the next few saturdays so I saw no prospective time of putting them up with his help. Portions of it I could do from my 3-step ladder and parts of it required getting on the roof for. I figured I didn't want to be on the roof while Kiera started hurting Lydia or something so I took them in and put food and a show in front of them (lydia strapped in her high chair) and then I'd do Christmas lights and go check on them every 5 minutes or so. I climbed to the top of my ladder, stepped on to the top of my 1 inch wide gate and lifted myself unto the roof. I did a great job making our house look festive for 5 minutes and then decided it was time to get down. Getting down was not nearly as easy as getting up. From a sitting position I couldn't get my feet to touch the top of the gate without a little free-falling which was very risky considering I couldn't really see it and it was only 1 inch wide. What would you do in that situation? I almost jumped down a few times convinced that all of those "jumping lessons' we had in British school would saving me from getting hurt. But I decided against it. My next door neighbor was out working on his car but I was too prideful to ask for help. After an extra 3-4 mins of being up there I decided on the free falling to the gate option which felt quite unsafe but I succeeded in not killing myself. Lesson learned.

Look what I found

Hey!  I found Frosty the Snowman's baby picture!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Get those White Elephant gifts ready!



A rip-roarin' Groneman Family Christmas Party and white elephant gift exchange will be held 3:00 PM Christmas Day (early so the little people won't be tired).  Be on the lookout for some great white elephant gift.  I already have mine, it's wrapped, and under the tree for some sucke...er.....lucky soul.  Also it's traditional to have finger food night....little smokies, cheese and crackers, veggies & dip, etc. etc.  so be thinkin' about what you wanna fix & bring.   As for the morning the fat man comes, I do believe Bretsker will be here sometime around 7am after working with all those poor souls that have to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital so we'll just hang around and start our Christmas when he shows up, all tired and ready to go to bed ( I wonder if Santa will bring him presents since he won't be asleep at midnight...hmmm......)

It's been a good holiday

Like yer mom said, we had a good crew over the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day, it was just Marilyn, Buff, and I (until later on in the evening when Katie & Brett showed up). The highlight of my weekend were three visits from Emmy. Besides on Wednesday, she came over on Friday and played with me for a while, then I got to tend her for a few hours on Saturday while Erica & Chad went to the football game & Marilyn & Buff went to some book club "party" at Kathy's. That little sweetheart is getting SO interactive and playful. She distinctly said the word "Ball" every time she picked up the ball. ("Ba!"). Marilyn and I both swear she said "Er-nie" when she was playing with our tickle-me-Ernie. She's growing up fast. I love how their family can just bop in for a visit and I can be a part of her life. It was really good to have Buff around and not have to worry about her taking off to far off lands again. I miss my out of state families & the little ones in NM and CA. I'm SO glad Dastrups are moving back to the area. I did find a good job lead for Steve and mailed him info in the hope of persuading them back to the mountains......

Friday, November 27, 2009

My 1st Black Friday

Because Emmy woke me up at 2:30 this morning, and I couldn't go back to sleep, I decided to check the Black Friday ads on the computer and see if there was anything I could go get. After thoroughly reviewing the ads from stores I thought we might be interested, I decided to go to JCPs' for some Emmy clothes, and Walmart for some more Emmy clothes. I arrived at JCP about 10 minutes after they opened (at 4 AM), and even though the parking lot was full and the inside was crowded, I was able to quickly make my way to where the baby clothes were and casually peruse the wares until I had selected about $60 worth of stuff. I waited in a checkout line about five minutes, and headed off to Walmart, who started their sale at 5 AM.

I got to Walmart at about 4:45, and the entire parking lot was full. The parking lots of the neighboring businesses were full. The streets were lined with cars. I parked on the street and proceeded to hitchhike back to walmart, and got in the doors at about 4:58.

Inside was jam packed full of people. There were items in the aisles that were shrink wrapped, with employees guarding them. I started to make my way to the opposite corner of the store, where the baby stuff is. Then five o'clock hit. People went nuts! The shrink-wrapping came off and large items started flying around. I almost got clocked in the head by some lady trying to hammer throw a large item to her cart. I dodged it fortunately, and quickly found that all routes to the back of the store were impassable. After weaving in and out of aisles, carts, people, and who knows what else, I made it back to the baby section.

There I saw the stack of disney princess jammies that I had come for. There were about 10 ladies all around it, throwing jammies around (because, I found out , they weren't the size they were looking for). I weaseled my way in and found four pair of jammies that were the size I was looking for, and started to make my way back to the front of the store. I was close to the grocery section, so I cut over there and went up front. There I beheld an insanely massive crowd, all pressing forward toward the cash registers. So, I weaseled my way to the back of the crowd, got behind someone, and waited. And waited. While I waited, I decided that I didn't like one pair of jammies because they had spongebob on them, so I tossed them into one of the piles of stuff that were beginning to accumulate from people who likewise had decided something wasn't that great. I waited in line for about 30 minutes, during which time I learned that the trick was to bring two people - one to wait in line, and one to risk life and limb out in the war zone, retrieving various items to fill the cart that was waiting in line.

I ended up getting three pair of $3 princess jammies, and a $19 Wii game I grabbed while I was trapped trying to get to the back of the store. Erica can give that to me for Christmas.

Phew! I wouldn't recommend doing that unless your young one wakes you up and you can't go back to sleep.

We survived Black Friday....so far!


So I am sure that you all had the opportunity of perusing the Walmart Black Friday ad. Practically giving stuff away in instances. Kim and I haven't gone for several years out on B Friday shopping, but we couldn't resist this year (AND we need to support our local Walmart), so we leaft at 4:40. We were shocked! The parking lot was full already, and I got one of the last 2 shopping carts available in the store (with a kiddie seat on it :(
It was pretty crazy in there. They had the stuff stacked up in the big isles blocking access to all the smaller isles . Most of the stuff you couldn't touch to take (with employees guarding) until 5 AM. There were people who had been there all night who also had to wait until that magic moment! It was pretty nuts!

Thanksgiving was a bit weird here. Brett, Katie, Chad &Erica and Emmy came over for dinner Wednesday since they were spending Thanksgiving with the other side of the family...so we had Tilapia with them. That was pretty much our Thanksgiving. Yesterday, since we were done with the most of the family together, and since Kim has a project to work on in Provo (thanks, honey!) today, we put up Christmas on Thanksgiving! BJ helped us. She did a fabulous job decorating the tree, it looks GREAT! We did have the mashed potatoes, rolls and turkey and pie for dinner...but of course, what you eat is only a small part of the importance of the day...family together is what it is all about, so it just wasn't the same. I ate way too many rolls to be healthy...but it was sure good going down!

The best thing about not having the family here this year for Thanksgiving, is that next year, we should be in turn for the whole family here for Thanksgiving! And I hope that will put us on the same pattern for the future of having the whole fam together every other year here. So that is a good thing!
Well I hope there wasn't any casualties of our family in The BLACK FRIDAY MOBS!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!

This is Buffy... I can't get on my account for some reason to blog as me... but it is I... Truly, it is. So just so ya'll are aware, I am now officially employed by IHC at Primary Childrens Medical Center on the Neuroscience floor. I start on monday and I'm super duper excited about it!
In light of the previous announcement, I will be following the migratory patterns of other YSA's my age and will be going south for the winter to a warmer climate (be it a slight variation of temp.) That's right, I'll be moving to apartment 221 in the Centennial Apartments on monday after work. This brings me much joy and happiness as it also means I'll be able to make friends again with the locals :-) Anyways, that is all. Continue about your regular business....

What I am thankful for?


First, absolutely, is the gospel of Jesus Christ! It brings me so much happiness in every conceivable way. Because of it I am a consistently blessed. Because I have a prophet to give us counsel (which we followed), we have avoided a lot of the economic problems currently stressing people all over the world. Because of the gospel, my children and grandchildren don't have the problems of pre-marital pregnancies, drug, alcohol, substance abuse. They have no addictions. They are good productive members of society...not perfect but trying to become so, same as me. Because of the gospel I have peace, happiness, love, rejoicing, faith, forgiveness, more patience (than I used to have) and joy in my life on a pretty consistant basis. I have learned that living the principles of the gospel has it's own reward in bringing this happiness into my life, and although I know I don't deserve the blessings my Heavenly Father pours out upon me, I truely feel grateful and "stand all amazed at the LOVE Jesus offers me!" My cup runneth over frequently!
I feel so bad for those who don't have the gospel in their life to bring them meaning and purpose to their existance here on Earth! I am SO VERY GRATEFUL to be a Mormon!
Other stuff? I am grateful for good kids and grandkids, for my husband who is loving and a great provider, I am grateful for my nice home in such a fabulous neighborhood! This is the best place I have ever lived! I am grateful to be a citizen of this country, for while it has it's problems, it is still the best place on the planet to live, and this is also the best state to live in I think. I am thankful for food in the cupboard, and my husband's good job! I am thankful to have had the opportunity to see so much of this beautiful world that God's created for our enjoyment! I am grateful to be able to do geneology which makes me happy. I am grateful for my parents who loved me and taught me the gospel and gave me such a good start to my life. I have been able to avoid a lot of the traps that cause misery because of them. I am grateful for great family relationships in my family and my extended family. I am grateful for my MP3 that I can download General Conference, Education Week and Women's conference and lots more uplifting stuff off the internet and have it to listen to any time I want. That has blessed my life. I am grateful for the trials I have had to go through: they were my best teachers, and my life is so great now because of what my trials have taught me. Trials are really blessings in disguise.

Well, I could go on an on, but I have probably already lost my readers, so I might as well stop since I don't need to tell myself what I am grateful for! The bottom line is: MY LIFE IS GREAT and I thank the Lord above every day for it, but at this Thanksgiving time...I thought it would be nice to share what I love about my life with all of you! My final thanks is to all of you because some of what makes my life so great is my opportunity to rub shoulders with good people like you!

What I'm thankful for

In no particular order:

  • Marilyn
  • Walmart's frozen food section
  • Toilet paper
  • Seedless grapes
  • Sci-Fi movies
  • The garbage man & his truck
  • Electric hair clippers
  • My bed
  • Indoor plumbing
  • The fridge
  • Kids
  • Grandkids
  • Kid & grandkid hugs
  • Pumpkin pie
  • DI
  • Whoever invented Peanut Butter

Gronemans in the Double-L

Now that we've had a chance to recover from our vacation, we can post about our trip to Loma Linda.

It was a fairly quick trip - we left for LL on Friday afternoon, and returned home Monday night. Emmy was very good for the traveling, except that she had a hard time falling asleep in the car. Erica and Chad were pretty good too, but got tired.

The whole Groneman clan was extremely tired while we were there. Emmy was so excited about being in California with girl cousins roughly her age, and with so many toys! So she didn't take her naps like she should have. Chad and Erica were tired from Emmy waking up at 4 AM, and late nights prior to the trip, so they went to bed earlier than any person in the Nelson household had ever even thought about going to bed.

Emmy loved being with her cousins. She was a little on the grouchy side because she wasn't taking her naps, but she loved following Kiera and Lydia around and playing with their stuff. She loved interacting with them.

It was fun to watch Kiera be such a nice cousin. We were giving Emmy a bath Sunday morning, trying to get her ready for Church. Emmy was a bit stressed, and did not want to be in the tub or touch the water (temperature was fine though), and was letting us know about it. Kiera came in and said, "You're so brave, Emmy!" We thought that was so nice of her. After Church, we were in the back yard playing, and we put Emmy in a swing. Kiera wanted to push Emmy, so we let her. Emmy loved being pushed by Kiera, even though Kiera would push her, let her swing once, and then stop her so she should push her again (see video).

Emmy loved watching Lydia and would follow her around. Lydia can walk, and Emmy would crawl after her. They had a hard time sharing, especially on the first day. We found out that Lydia is very possessive of toy strollers. Emmy had a hard time grasping the concept of not taking toys from Lydia when Lydia is playing with them. But overall, I think it was a fantastic experience for Emmy, and she learned from it.

Links to videos:

Kiera and Lydia dancing to Princess Music
Kiera helping Emmy swing
Emmy helping Lydia eat her Lunch

Picture Slideshow:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nice car accessory.

Your mom could use this for Christmas. Be sure to look at all the product images and to read all the customer reviews. Why should the police be the only ones able to use their laptops as they drive?

Black Friday ads

Find out what is on sale where for black Friday.
Our Cedar Hills Walmart black friday ad
Amazon.com black friday deals

If you have more black friday deals, just edit this post and add them.

A Public Declaration of Love

Silly me. When I was a young buck I talked a pretty and wonderful girl into marying me. It was a miracle...dunno why she agreed, but she did. I probably had better powers of pursuasion then than I do now. Anyway, here she is. This wonderful girl kicking around my house day in and day out. It's still a miracle.

So I was hassling her in a subtile way about something and of course she got mad at me....it got me thinking: How much does it hurt me to have cupboards and fridge and freezer and storage room stuffed to the point of explosion? If she wants to keep a bottle of pearl onions in the fridge for 6 years, so what? Cleaning supplies filling every bathroom cupboard and the shelves in the washroom don't hurt me at all. If she wants to grow a garden on top of the fridge, big deal. If she wants to hang dirty dishrags on the sink instead of out of sight it should be her right.

I'm announcing this publicly because I want something written anyone can refer to in the future if I start to slip. I'm officially not worrying about any of the above or anything else any more. If it makes my girl happy, then it is OK with me. She lives in the house 24 hours a day and I'm mostly gone to work so of course it should be comfortable for her. She also has taken responsibility for the house and makes it a comfortable place for me to live so what have I got to complain about? I no longer claim a shelf in the freezer for myself. This is *Marilyn's* house. My trying to get my way does nothing but cause me stress and trouble and usually finding myself in the doghouse. For what? Is my way any better than her way? Of course not. It's just a difference of opinons over things that don't matter.

I'm extremely lucky to have the girl of my dreams, especially after all these years. All the things I've been "worried" about don't make a hill of beans worth of difference and I've decided I'm not going to worry about them any more...period...at all. (The only exceptions are my tool room downstairs and half of the computer room. I reserve those spaces for myself.) I'm going to be less stressed, Marilyn will be happier with me and life will be good. Man, I've been stupid. Why didn't I think of this sooner? Loving kisses and back scratches while I fall asleep at night are worth 5000 freezers overstuffed with freezer burnt food.

Anyway, I love Marilyn...have since I was 16. She's spent countless years raising my kids and putting up with me....*not* an 8 hour a day job. She deserves a retirement to be able to go to the temple and do her geneology and read her scriptures when she wants. If it makes her happy, it will make me happy.

I plan to be less stressed and happier from yesterday on (I told her yesterday). I also plan to not take this wonderful woman for granted any more. Who knows, but this time next year, my picture may be removed from the dictionary entry under "stubborn" like Marilyn says is there now. It's my goal.

Monday, November 23, 2009

the post you've been waiting 4: Gronemans visit Nelsons



(see Nelson blog for more juicy details).

It was tons O fun to have Chad Erica and emmy come visit. They helped us to celebrate Kiera's birthday, we watched the byu football game with them, Erica converted us all to eating green oranges with salt (yummy!). Lydia and Emmy were persecuted by people trying to arrange cute pictures of them, we played games, went to the park, fed the ducks, went to a dog park, and had lots of fun. You all missed out.
I have cute videos too, but since I'm leaveing for arizona tomorrow I'd better go pack and be done blogging : )

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Noticing a Pattern here

Christa: Kim::
Benjamin: Brigham::
Kiera: Cambrie::
Emmy: Erica...

Brett and Katie, we have hunch what the first letter sound will be for your first born...don't break a family tradition

Buff, we already know what name you want, which means you better stop going out with guys unless their name begins with an "Ah" sound... is there an Ahndan out there?

Little Kiera is FREE YEARS OLD!!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ouch

Eggs - Pumpkins - Annoying Orange - Christmas Cranberries

Friday, November 20, 2009

Let your voices be heard!

So they are voting tomorrow on the beginnings of National Health Care in the Senate. Take a minute and contact your state Senators.... and tell them to vote no!
You can do a google search to find the phone # of your congressmen and senators. I know (cause I have called already) that Utah's Senators are voting against it...but you out of staters need to to let your voice be heard! If Americans knew what I know about Natl health care they would be up in arms about this! So we need to do what we can to sway our elected officials, some of whom are as clueless as the majority of other Americans!

The Elephant

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn't the same elephant.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

She takes after Gramps

Some folks tell me Lydia sometimes reminds them of me. I'm not sure what it is...the hair? The eyes? What do you think: http://tinyurl.com/yfpkcle

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Adventures of the Buffalo

So my adventures thusfar haven't been too exciting but i'll report them anyways since mom keeps bugging me about it.
Yesterday morning, I had my interview at Primary Childrens Hospital up in SLC.
It's on U of U's campus and only as I was driving past all the signs that say "home of the Utes" did I realize "hmmmm.... maybe I should have taken off my license plate frame that says 'the car may be red but the driver is blue. Go BYU!' I sure hope my car doesn't get keyed or anything..." I'm all for BYU pride but, if I get this job, i've decided that for my car's sake, it might be wise for me to take off the license plate frame.
Anyways, the interview went well I felt. She was very encouraging and seemed to be happy with the fact that I had some previous experience working with similar type cases with the kids on that floor (it's the Neuroscience unit I applied for). I should know by the end of the week if I got the job.
After the interview, i proceeded to drive to Kaysville to get my CNA license transferred back to a Utah License and then I drove down to orem to get my drivers license changed to a Utah one as well. It was a very eventful day and hopefully it all falls through quickly.
Last night was a meteor shower and my friend Mike invited me to go with him and all his fellow RA friends. we went up and watched it up at Sundance and we could see TONS of stars. It was really pretty and we had fun trying to identify constellations and watching the meteors. It was SUPER cold though. He has a convertible so we just put the top down and reclined the seats to watch but I had on my undershirt, my sweater, my jacket, my puffy coat, wrapped in a smaller fleece blanket and then a thicker big blanket, gloves with hand warmers, and then one of Mike's blankets over my lap and it was still rather chilly. but it was great fun and I got back home around 3:30 am.
That's about it except for the fact that I went apartment hunting this morning and I've decided to move into the Centennial apartments SE of campus. So yeah. That's all.

Speaking of Buffy, anyone seen her?

It is rumored that she moved back in here with us, but I sure haven't seen her for awhile! BJ, I think that it is about time to report your activities...job interview and the rest...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tribute to Buff!

video

Ransom note


I've holding a few things hostage around here. All of the following are in my possession:

Shower cap
Red towel
Scale
lots of gel, medications, shampoo, other random bathroom stuff
white purse
popcorn and slimfast, sweet and sour sauce
Bosch mixer
alarm clock

If you ever want to see your possessions again you must come down to california to claim them. WAAAA HHHaaaaa haaa!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Ya-ya" is now "Yid-ee-a"




Kiera is a step closer to being able to stay "Lydia".
Lydia is getting teeth in (in a very unusual pattern). Her 4 front teeth came in from right to left (instead of inner to outer). She looks pretty silly with 2 teeth on the right side and none on the left. You can sortof see it in the picture with grandma.
She has been a FUSSY little lady and an awful eater lately because of it. Kiera only gets in free to disneyland for 1 more week and I planned on taking my girls twice this week but with lydia being so fussy it probably won't happen.
Kiera would like everyone to know that there are only 6 more shopping days until her birthday....j/k

Emmy video & picture



From Best of Emmy - 9-12 Months

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like.......

Almost 4pm in the afternoon and it's 28 degrees and snowing outside.  It's a good thing Grandma and Buff put off their drive home until tomorrow...the weather *should* be better.  It does remind me of a  good joke for Benjamin though:  What kind of carpet do Eskimos have in their igloos?  Are you ready for it?.....BrrrrBrrrr.

I'm a LVN!




So just in case any of you missed out on my awesome news, I'm an LVN graduate! all i have left is to take my boards but cheesy ceremony and all, I've graduated from the San Bernardino Adult school Licenced Vocational Nurse program. I celebrated by eating half of a chocolate covered bananna, compliments of Cambrie, a bowl of ice cream, and watched the movie "Forever Strong" with mom (Great movie by the way). Ya'll missed out on a cheesy 1 hour ceremony where we lit fake candles and walked around with our white nurses dresses and hats. I did recieve the Clinical Award though... i'm just cool like that. Anyways, here's some pictures so ya'll don't have to feel like you missed out.

video

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Brett's Latest news -- BYU Idaho: I'M BACK



I think most of you know this already via Facebook, but for record-keeping purposes, this will be my last semester at the UV(SC/U).  I'm switching to BYUI's online RN to BSN program.  Even though I'm already done with one semester in the UVSC RN to BSN program and I won't be starting the BYUI program until after next semester (starting "Spring" or "Summer" 2010, depending on what your school calls it) I'll be finishing with it the same time I'd finish with UVSC's program. There's a few reasons for the switch:
  1. Online classes and homework:  Means I can (hopefully) get the work done faster if I want to.  Of course, as Chad pointed out on facebook, this will take discipline...  But that's what I have to do when Katie goes to teach school in the daytime.  
  2. Studying on the living room couch or in the back yard.
  3. UVSC was going to make me take classes 3 days of the week next semester, along with working 3 night shifts a week.  The switching back and forth from days to nights would be ugly doing it that often.  I don't see how I could have made it all work without working a couple of shifts before and after school days. 
  4. BYUI's clinical requirements aren't nearly what UVSC's are, so I hear.  
  5. While I'm very pleased with UVSC's RN program, I've heard that BYUI has a better RN to BSN program.
  6. Flexibility to take a trip if I want to.  I won't have to be chained to Utah Valley to make it to class 3 days a week.
UVSC has been pretty good to me, but adieu UVSC, adieu.


Meanwhile, Katie continues to have stellar performance as a first year teacher.  Her student's test results are right up there with  the experienced teachers.  Of course, she's well liked, and trusted by her coworkers.  They want her to stay.  And really, who could blame them?

We've joined the ranks and started our own blog.  While we were trying to get a blogspot address, I tried for http://brettandkatie.blogspot.com.  It turns out that there's another "Brett and Katie" somewhere.  And they're apparently LDS too, married in the Timpanogos Temple too, they live in Utah, and they took our same cruise we took (Different cruise line).  But they're not as awesome as we are.  Naturally.


The basement is awesome.  We haven't seen too many spiders crawling around as of late.  I think we have our 20 or so glue-traps to thank for that.  They're all holding plenty of spiders -- none if which are crawling.  If you want to be grossed out, I can send you pictures.  And as there's been discussion about people visiting people, we might as well invite you all over to our place too!  We can blow up an air mattress in the front room and let you play Super Nintendo all night, or better yet, you can sleep in the landlord's house.  They won't mind.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Amazing Spreadsheet of Joy and Joyness

Katie and I wanted to take a look at our money and how we spend it.  After being frustrated by the free spreadsheet templates that I found and their lack-of-usefullness (you know... they're free...) I decided that I can do better than all of them.

So I did.

I made myself a spreadsheet that is custom-designed for our finances.  Our bank lets you download a "CSV" file of the transaction history.  I made it so that I could just copy and paste the history into the first page of the spreadsheet and all I would have to do is categorize the items, and the spreadsheet would figure out the rest of it for us.

It's complete with graphs and charts.  It's got a monthly analysis of expenses and analysis by category.  I'm pretty darn impressed with it.

If you have OpenOffice on your system, you should take a look at my awesome work here.  I changed the numbers and added some other this n' thats to it, but you can still see its totally coolness.  Save it to your computer and open it (so that it doesn't open in read-only mode so you can try some of the brilliantly amazing features). Make sure you check out all of the tabs along the bottom of the page.  That's where the coolness stuff is.

G'night.

Groneman Christmas Party (& Thanksgiving) take II

Looks like Brett & Katie can only do a Christmas Party on the evening of the 25th so that's when we'll have it.  Any problem with that Chad/Erica/Cambrie/Steve?

Is anyone planning to be at our house for Thanksgiving *Dinner*?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gronemans taking a little trip


This week I found out that I get to take mandatory vacation time over the holidays. That means I have to take my vacation I've saved up, whether I want to or not.

For better or for worse, my mandated vacation will be the entire week of Thanksgiving, and the entire week between Christmas and New Years. Fortunately, there's some of those days that are company holidays, so I'm only being forced to take five and a half days off.

So, to make the best of it, we've decided to take a little trip to the "Q"! That's right, we'll be going to visit the Dastrups for a few days before Thanksgiving. Emmy is especially excited to see her cousins. Of course she'd like to see her other cousins too. Hopefully we'll see them all at Christmas!

"We must be getting closer to the second coming!"

A direct quote from Steve following the miracle at his intramural game last night. That would be because I (YES, FOLKS THIS IS MOM/GRANDMA ACTUALLY WRITING THIS POST!!) attended Steves game (first game I have attended since Chad was 6-7 years old and playing flag football)! Is that not amazing?

BTW, Steves team are the top team at Loma Linda University...undefeated still. Steve made 3 touchdowns! And his brother made 2 plus did some conversion points too. The team wouldn't stand a chance without them :)

Steve is still trying to get over the shock, that I actually knew what was going on...I had to remind him that I used to be a tomboy!
Anyway, it was a fun game to watch. The other team didn't score. And it was a fun day at the zoo too. It is the best zoo, for sure, that I have ever been to. Great weather, beautifully landscaped, fun little ladies, and frisky animals because it was not to hot! Wish ya'll could have joined us!

California fun


This is Kiera sitting on "grandma's bed" talking on the phone to grandma the morning she was going to fly in. She was very excited. She insisted on napping in grandma's bed for 2 days before she arrived.




We've been having lots of fun with grandma around. yesterday we went to the san diego zoo. The weather was beautiful, the little ladies loved the animals, and they slept all 2 hours of the way home so it was a great day.



Can you tell Lydia loved the stuffed animals?


grandma did something last night she hasn't done in years...attended a football game.. to support her son in law. That is love.
Also,thanks to grandma for doing dishes. WE LOVE YOU.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

You all should be so jealous!

I am totally loving myself down here! These cute little girls are just so darling! I never saw such girly girls! Even little 15 month old Lydia ...I put her sunday dress on her this morning, and as soon as it was on she started dancing and twirling so I could admire her beautiful princess self! No prompting of any sort! She just does it! So very cute! Course, she has this big sister that shows her the ropes. But even when Lydia isn't dressed up in something princessy...she wants her necklaces on while she runs around in her diaper! Such a cute little munchkin! They are just so fun to watch that I have been giddy with joy! Sorry for you Gramps! Enjoy yourself in Texas though!

Tomorrow we will go to the San Diego Zoo...a first for all of us! The little ladies have never been to any zoo before, so it should be fun!

The mothership has landed and other musings by an old man

Marilyn flew out yesterday to Loma Linda and is now happily playing grandma with two cute little ladies.  As a side benefit, she gets to spend time with two lovely daughters and a great son-in-law.  She's staying for a week, going to Buff's graduation, and driving back HOME with the Buffalo.  Yea!  Buff will be back in Utah!  Dunno what the Nelson's will do with all that extra space in the house.  Marilyn and I were talking, it's been quite a few years since we had a kid move in with us. (Basement apartment doesn't count since it's totally separate).  I suspect Buff won't be living at home for long as once she has a job here she'll most likely move out.  Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll actually blog about her plans. Anyway, it will be good to have her home and near home.   I have to be in Dallas for some training all this week which leaves Katie & Brett with the responsibility of holding down the house so it doesn't float away.   I like having them live so close (couldn't get much closer withou moving in).  I'm sure having your in-laws just feet away all the time isn't exactly the most fun way to live a newlywed life, but Katie is always kind, gracious, and fun to have around when we do see them.  I got to play with Emmy at Grandma Haslem's the other night.  She was so cute.  We were rolling around the floor and she found my keys hanging off my belt loop.  She was determined to get those keys off of there.   We also brought over the big brown soft stuffed dog and she spent a lot of time hugging it into the floor.  She was also having quite a bit of fun with our mechanical Ernie.   When she first got there, I was holding her and she was just so busy looking around at everything.  The way she was looking around told me she just didn't want to miss any aspect of this new environment.  Such curiosity.  You know what I can't wait for?  I can't wait for the older grandkids like Benjamin and Kiera to start writing on the blog (or having their parents type what they say into the blog).  Remember I print them out and it will be saved as a journal.   I changed the oil and cleaned the air filters in the ATVs yesterday..and hooked up the snowplow so I'm ready to rock and roll when the snow flies.  BRING IT ON!  Ok...enough rambling for me...I've kind of hit the entire spectrum here.  Bye.....

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Kiera is cute

Marilyn told me that Kiera wanted her to bring the playhouse to Loma Linda when she came.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Is anybody out there listening? Or reading?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMe5dOgbu40&feature=player_embedded

Go, grandma go!

Yesterday, we took dinner over to my folks...and invited the boys families to join us. Chad and Erica did,( making Kim a happy camper-he needed Emmy to help him smile).
Grandma doesn't like my dad's oxygen machine. He sleeps with it on at night. She used to come in the room where he was sleeping and turn it off, and he would wake up short of breath. So he moved it downstairs into the fruit room, and ran his hose through the floor to his room, so he could sleep with it on without it bothering mom. But, evidently it is still bothering her...she would go downstairs to turn it off, with the same results. So, dad removed the handle off the door in the fruit room, so she couldn't open it (he can with a tool he keeps handy, but she can't). So night before last, she went down to turn it off, but when she couldn't open the door, she picked up a fire-poker thing and must have beat on it for 10 minutes...there is a hole in the door about 12 inches in diameter...but she didn't get the door open.
Dad did hear her doing it, but decided against investigating.
What's next?
Other than that, once she finished waking up to a world she likes (Emmy), she did pretty well. It has to have been the drugs she was on that made her tell wild tales. She doesn't do that anymore.

The trials of being rich!


I just went visiting teaching over at the Charleston Assisted Living in our area. I visit teach a very "with it" lady named Jean Dean. Jean has a son who is a geologist and found and developed several oil wells in So. America. One of the more successful ones he sold for $700,000,000.00. She says that his money makes his life difficult though. He has to spend 10 days a month on location in Columbia, and he has to do his best to look like a looser hippie, or he would be snatched and held for ransom. He has to take a body guard where ever he goes down there. Even paying his tithing is a problem for him. SLC offices that handle money called him and asked him not to write his check and turn it in through normal channels because it is too much of a temptation to the many people who handle the money on it's journey to headquarters. He has been asked to hand deliver his tithing to SLC to avoid problems that could occur on down the line. He also has to be on guard constantly from people who try to identity fraud (or any other means) to his money. I would pass. I am happy with what we have...and I only hope that we can continue to live as well as we do now....but that probably won't happen. And it won't be the end of the world if it doesn't. We are better off than 99% of the people on the planet, and I am grateful for that!

Back to Jean's son: He owns a drill, of course, and has been working with the churches Humanitarian Aide program and they were going to use his drill to put in some water wells in desperately arid regions of I-can't-remember-what-country. Everything was going well, and it was going to happen, but then the king of the country said that they would be allowed to bring the drill rig into the country to drill the wells, but they would not be allowed to take it out. Beings that the drill costs over $1,000,000.00 that was a problem. Not going to abandon it! And so the project has been halted! It is amazing to me that a king would be so GREEDY that he would refuse help for his people to live a less miserable lifestyle, simply in an attempt to grab something of high value. They aren't coming with the drill now...the king doesn't get to grab what is not his...so the only losers are those thousands who could have had the benefit of clean water, but don't now. I would hate to be that king, come judgment day!!! Not even willing to give thousands of his people an easy drink!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Answer me this!

Why is it that if a person's core temperature gets too cold, they die...even if they haven't really frozen, but they freeze eggs and sperm to thaw out later and they are fine and alive? Something I have wondered about for a long time...and I was brought to think about it again today as I was eating raspberries out of my garden that has frozen a least a dozen times, but the raspberries are fine (see facebook).

I sure have DANG CUTE GRAND KIDS!!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

BrainBashers Common Answers - October

Whoa Bretsker!
20 Brett Groneman      1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 44.66%
81 Chad Groneman       1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 15.57%
143 Cambrie Nelson     1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 3 1 9.61%
201 Katie Groneman     2 1 1 1 2 1 6 1 1 1 5.96%
481 Christa Dastrup    2 1 1 5 3 1 2 2 1 1 1.19%
1663 Kim Groneman      1 1 1 8 3 2 2 8 3 2 0.00%
My problem is a generational thing this month.  John Glen is more famous than Neil Armstrong, and Cher is more famous than Madonna....at least for people my age. [grumble grumble].  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

pink curlers







I spent my childhood in pink curlers. Every saturday night I had a poor nights sleep from some curler jabbing me or pulling my hair too tight. So, I didn't feel very abusive when I pulled out new pink curlers for Kiera for halloween. She SCREAMED like I was killing her as I put them in but I convinced her she was ok (even if she looked temporarily ugly) and got her to play outside in the sunshine for 30 minutes to dry the hair. She LOVED the result so I might be able to accomplish it again. But I won't make the poor thing sleep in them.

Buffy, where are you! You are needed!

It is Halloween, and where is my darling daughter to answer my door for all the little goblins! Slacking on the job I would say! Anyone else want to volunteer???

We have a new side by side fridge, and I am going to love it! It doesn't block the way anymore when the door is open! Yay for home improvements! The old one is in the garage till we see if the Dastrups need it when they move.

Don't forget to turn back your clocks tonight!

Dear Benjamin & Kiera


The day is finally here.  The day the Great Pumpkin comes!  Are you guys going to go get lots of candy to share with your family?  Guess what?!?  I made a railing on the bed in the computer room so you can climb up the ladder and sleep in the bunkbed next time you come to Gramps' house and not worry about falling out.  Here's a picture of it.  Grandma made me a triple berry pie yesterday.  Mmmm  it is good.  I wish you were here to share it with me.  I took this week off from work and was able to get some things done.  Let's see...besides the railing on the bed, I made full extension slide drawers for Grandma for her kitchen cupboard.  I made a screen to put in front of the TV to save it from little curious bodies.  I bought a new car.  I bought a new fridge.  I had to take the Jeep in to get something fixed that has been waiting a while for me to do it.  I raked leaves, I'm about to install Windows 7 on Grandma's computer, and I thought about my kids and grandkids a lot.  I love you guys.  Tomorrow you can start looking forward to TURKEY DAY!!!!   YEA!!!!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Free stuff!

So I just got this as an email, but it sounds like something you might be interested in pursueing. So I will just copy it:
I've been working with Deseret Book and they have made 8 of their books
available for FREE DOWNLOAD at http://deseretbook.com/free. Several of the books are ones I thought you might be interested in. The books are:
1. Please Pass the Scripture (by me).
2. What I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was Single (by John
Bytheway).
3. Women at the Well (by Richard and Jeni Holzapfel).
4. Digging Deeper (by Robert Eaton).
5. 10 Secrets Wise Parents Know (by Brent Top and Bruce Chadwick).
6. Growing Up: Gospel Answers About Maturation and Sex (by Brad
Wilcox).
7. Saving Kristen (by Jack Weyland). (fiction)
8. The Hidden Path (by C.B. Andersen). (fiction)

Also, Cambrie just called. For today only you can go to Ophra's website for 50% discount couplon for 50% off all shoes at Payless Shoes. So if they are on clearance for $5.00 then you get them for $2.50! Party on!