Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gift Wish List

I see some folks are thinking of holidays and starting to use the WISH LIST BLOG. Good job folks! I've added my greed list there as well.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Obama Seeks to Lengthen School Year

Obama Seeks to Lengthen School Year

Interesting. What do you think?

Hey Benjamin!

It's almost Halloween!!!! One of my favorite holidays.
Q. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A. A sand-witch.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall in Utah

We went to Marysvale to get our trailer and bring it back home this weekend and took a ride around to see the colors while we were down there. Not many Maples, but a lot of Aspens which were really pretty.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

not your average cruise

Steve and I just returned from our 5-day cruise to Catalina Island and Mexico. Half of the cruise was a blast and the other half was …um…interesting.

Day1: Super dizzy upon boarding the boat—oh man, I hope I’m not seasick the whole time. Too bad none of the food looks appetizing. Developed a painful cough about the time I got on board.

Night 1: Cold cold cold. Just couldn’t get warm and couldn’t sleep—was up wandering the boat in the middle of the night thinking to myself: “why didn’t people tell me to bring warm clothes on a cruise—I had no idea it could be so cold!” Thinking secretly to myself that I don’t really like cruises and I don’t think I’ll do another one again.

Day 2: terrible headache. Took some Tylenol and off to Catalina island. Had a blast snorkeling with Steve and his brother, Devin, and his wife Lena. That night was the “Formal night” on the boat and we ate lobster. Mine just wasn’t very appetizing—too bad --I must just have some seasickness. What is the point of all of the good food if you don’t have the appetite for it?

Night 2: COLD. Shaking uncontrollably because I’m so cold. Nauseated, dizzy, aching. Miserable night waiting for morning to come so I can get off the boat and hopefully feel better.

Day 3: A visit to the infirmary first thing in the morning. The cost to see the doctor: $80. I about decided to forget it and just get off the boat to see if I’d feel better, but the nurse took my vitals: Temp 101.5 (with Tylenol), Blood pressure: 82/40, Heart rate 103 (mine is usually 55). We decided to see the doctor. We later walked out of the infirmary with a doctors bill larger than the entire cost of my cruise, a diagnosis of influenza type A (50% chance it is swine flu), and instructions that I am to be quarantined to my room and I’m to wear a mask any time anyone is in the room with me. So much for going to Mexico.

Night 3: It is pretty weird to sleep with a mask on but I slept a lot better on medications. I had to keep getting up and changing my clothes because I was soaking my clothes with sweat. After I’d gone through all of my own comfortable clothing I started on Steve’s t-shirts (shhhh…don’t tell him!)

Day 4: Symptoms nothing worse than the common cold since I’m medicated. I’m pretty sick of being in this tiny window-less prison that tips from side to side. I don’t think I’ve ever not seen the light of day for so long! ‘They’re coming to take me away, ha-ha….’

Night 4: More sweat.

Day 5: So nice to exit my prison and see the light of day again. Too bad our car battery was dead when we went to start our car. This was particularly distressing since I called Steves mom and she told me she had taken Kiera into the ER since she was having difficulty breathing at 3AM. We got a jump, went to Steve's parents house, steve went and got a new battery in the car, and then we went directly to an urgent care where we were all diagnosed with swine flu (except steve who just gets to take the medicine just in case. They didn't bother testing him). Right after we got home from urgent care buff gave kiera some tylenol. 5 minutes later I found Kiear drinking the bottle of tylenol. Poison control said it wasn't enough to merit a trip to the ER though (good thing since that would have been ER visit #3 for Kiera for that day).

The positive out of all of this:

At least I didn’t have true sea-sickness. I don’t think ANYTHING is as bad as extreme nausea. I’ll take swine flu any day thanks.
Having influenza gave me something interesting to Blog about : ) PS—I wrote this blog all while stuck in a tiny window-less swaying room…..because I had nothing better to do with my time!

Emmy's favorite Animal

One of Erica's friends from work at BYU invited us to their house for Dinner, so we went last night. They live on the outskirts of Heber, and she's got several animals. They have a Horse, 2 dogs, 3 goats, and 3 kittens.

We took Emmy around to see the animals. First we took her to see the kittens. They're 8 weeks old - little fluff balls that run around and play. They frightened Emmy at first. We took her hand and showed her how to pet them. We let her pet one on her own, and she promptly grabbed one by the top of neck and squeezed. It's a good thing kittens have extra skin there. We took her hand away and I think we startled her, such that she didn't want to touch the kittens again. She liked watching them though.

Next we took her to see the goats. She liked the goats more than the kittens. She got brave and reached out and touched them on their snouts.

Next we took her to see the horse. We walked through where the dogs were to get to the horse, and the dogs followed us out. Emmy touched the horse, but that was the limit of her enthusiasm about the horse. But the dogs were running around while we were all with the horse, and Emmy thought they were hilarious.

Emmy just laughed and laughed at the dogs. We had a good time watching her laugh, and then we headed inside. The dogs followed us, with Emmy laughing all the way. Once inside (the dogs came inside too), we set Emmy down on the floor. One of the dogs came and started playing with her... the dog would kiss her and chase her around a bit, and Emmy would shriek with glee and turn and have the dog chase her some more. We were kicking ourselves for not bringing the camera.

At one point the dog got down into a pouncing position to play. Erica's friend got nervous about this (the dog is much bigger than Emmy - probably 60 lbs) and quickly called the dog over. The dogs were so obedient... so this one turned and headed over and sat down next to Erica's friend, and turned to watch Emmy. Emmy looked at the dog, and started crawling back and forth, right in front of the dog, trying to get the dog to chase her again. She went back and forth probably four or five times, and then the owner told the dog, "okay!", and the dog went back to playing with Emmy again. Belly laughs and glee shrieks from Emmy... priceless moments.

Emmy was in heaven.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Say a prayer for Nelsons, please!

OK, I hope Cambrie isn't upset with me...but from the sounds of things, she isn't going to have time to blog for awhile...They have Swine Flu, and Kiera has Croup and Sinusitus. Cambrie spent the last 2 days of her cruise in quarantine in her cabin. I don't think Steve has it, but with him in Dental school if he had to miss for a couple of weeks,I am sure it would be bad! BJ isn't sick yet...but because she has been exposed they don't want her coming to could kill one of those kids she serves. So NOT FUN STUFF!
Poor Cambrie quarantined on her first cruise! Bummer!! I am sure Steve wasn't able to enjoy that either...and I hate that my littlest ladies are sick! Anyway...add the group to your prayers, OK? OK Brigham...I know that the Gaskills got it and he said it wasn't that bad in their family. But it probably hits little ones harder than a 25-40 year old right? I know it can kill and that is why they have been making such a big deal about it. How worried should we be??? Do we need to have a fast?

Erica's sister (Ann Marie) has given birth to triplets!!

Erica's sister, as you remember, was expecting triplets. Well, she had them this morning, and so far they are seeming to do pretty well considering that they are 2 months early. Check out their blog:

What an adjustment they are in for! From one child to 4! She'll need a lot of help!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

OK, so I suspect there is a better way of doing this, but I don't know it. I got a chuckle out of this video, so I thought you might as well . Go to:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dastrup Blog

Most of my siblings have been checking our blog, but we are a little offended that it still hasn't made the Groneman Family Blog list. If you want the latest on our job search and cute kids, that's the place to find it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hawaii pictures

We took over 1200 pictures. This is just a few of them. Click on this and view it on the web site to see it in all it's glory.

The Gramps and Grandma return from PARADISE!

OK< CAN I JUST SAY AWESOME, AMAZING, INSPIRING, UPLIFTING, BREATHTAKING, EXHILARATING...I could go on, but I think you get the picture! I LOVED OUR CRUISE! It even even bumped out Alaska!
I had no idea I would love that cruise so much! The food was nothing to crow was ok...but the places we went to made up for it!
When I went to Hawaii in 1981, really the only place I got to go see was the Polynesian Cultural Center, and I LOVED IT! But, I really didn't have much to compare it with...the only other memorable thing we did on that trip was body-surf on the north shore area of Oahu. We were on our way back from Japan and just paid $25 extra to stop over in Hawaii. We were out of money...thus the tight budget. Anyway...Kim is in the process of pulling pictures to put on the blog and a picture is worth a thousand you will "get the picture" (heh, heh!)
My favorite places? Wow, that is hard! We loved the Captain Zodiac adventure to this WAY AWESOME tropical reef where we snorkled. I saw critters I never even knew exhisted! (which I found out is called a sea lily) I even saw an Octupus! On our way back to the ship, we jet boated around, explored more closely some sea caves, lava tubes, and we had dolphins on all sides of us! It was GREAT!
Of course then there was the trip into Volcano National Park where we saw 2 live eruptions going on...and the walk in the big lava tube was SO cool! Check out the 12 foot tall ferns outside the tube...this is the area where they filmed a lot of "Jurassic Park". Just natural stuff that grows there...but it was so unusual, it felt like you had arrived on another planet. The pictures don't begin to do it justice!
And my FAVORITE place ABSOLUTELY was the Na Pali Coastline on Kauai. You can only see it from boat or plane. It was simply breath-taking and inspiring as I thought about the beauties of this Earth that God has created for us to enjoy. And with all the spires of rock, it reminded me of the temple...lifting my thoughts once again to Heavenly Father and feeling so full of gratitude for the opportunities we were having seeing so many wonderful things....things that 99.9% of people on the planet will never see (which is a shame!) Kauai is absolutely my favorite island!
But there was the several State Parks that had amazing sea arches, waterfalls, blowholes, etc, watching the lava at night flow into the ocean (quite an experience), snorkling at Mulokini Crater, Waimea Canyon Overlooks (also called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) in Kauai. Then there was the sea turtles that were swimming all around us, and I went to the Allergan National Botanical Gardens in Kauai that was awesome! Then there was the Polynesian Cultural Center which was also very cool (but the food was disappointing there this time-we didn't go with the "Ambassador" resturant :(
It was funny: On Maui, we rented a convertable Mustang with some friends and went on the "Road to Hana". It is a narrow, winding road...paved all the way, that has over 600 plus tight curves, as it follows the coastline (picture included with this post). And it has many single lane only bridges to cross, and is a major tourist attraction. But it had this big bad reputation on the ship...some of Kims Sysops really wanted to do it, but they had heard about what it difficult road is was to traverse and didn't dare do it. There were "I survived the Road to Hana" t shirts for sale all over the place, and people were buying them. What was funny about it was that it was like taking a drive up American Fork Canyon...the only difference there being there are no single lane bridges in AF Canyon, and not so many curves. I guess if your used to your roads stretching straight on into the far off horizon, it was scarey. We were very amused that it had such a bad repuation!
Kim still liked the Alaska Cruise better, and for me it was way close to being as good...just not quite as good. And Hawaii to do what we did, would cost $3000.00 per person...Alaska wasn't that I still think it is best that we keep our aim for Alaska Cruise in 2010 (or was it 2011?).
One last warning...the pictures don't do any of it justice...just so you know.
What a great trip! But I am happy to be home!

A first for ME!!

I got to shake hands with a prophet of God today! Elder L Tom Perry just spoke in our Stake Conference, and I got to shake his hand after the meeting! That was a first for me! Our plane arrived at SLC international at 1 pm, when the meeting started...but with the quickest exit from the airport in the history of the world, I was in our meeting in Cedar Hills at 2pm and he spoke at 2:30 pm! I have seen in person, many times at the conference center, the AF Tabernacle, and the McKay Events center...but never in my little church in po-dunk Cedar Hills
So, here is how the miracle went down! Kim and I had been assigned to seats on the plane about 20 rows apart, so we asked at the gate if they could switch us. Not only did they switch us, we were in the first row, right behind first we were first in the non-rich class to exit the plane. We bee-lined it to luggage and (REALLY) it was already there! Counting our amazing blessings already we walked out on to the curb and here came the shuttle already! So we got on, and yes his FIRST stop was our stop...thus I was able to have that heart desire fulfilled. Definitely a tender mercy of the Lord!

Emmy learning about the letter D

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another Great Deal

For those of you like myself who wish they had whiter teeth, check this out: click here. I'm going to give it a go, and we'll see what happens.

Friday, September 11, 2009

pictures and video

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Harper's Island

If you like a murder mystery along the lines of "10 Little Indians" but a little more modern, check out Harper's Island (watch for free on which is one full season of a murder mystery where a group of friends go to an island for a wedding but get picked off by a murderer one by one...and you try to guess whodunit. All is revealed in the last episode of the season. Not for the squeamish.

ALL I want for Christmas is....

OK, yes, I am aware that it is Sept....but I am going to the Dastrups in early Oct and beings that I have always had a great dislike of mailing boxes, I would like to take their Christmas with me when I go. AND if I need to start planning on buying theirs, then I would also like suggestions from the rest of you all. Doesn't guarantee a thing! You may just get that proverbial "Electric piano" again! Or COAL! so you better be nice....
But if I get no suggestions, you will be stuck with what we decide, which may not be what you would have wished Suggestions are being accepted at this point! No boats, houses, or cars will be accepted. Not valid in Florida, Maine or Texas...batteries not included....Do not operate this equipment without the proper use of safety goggles and rubber gloves.....
Fire up the Groneman wishlist gramps!

Job fell through

I'm a bit upset right now since due to a minor error on the part of my employer, I no longer have a job doing flu shots this flu season. they "FORGOT" to send me an email notifiying me that I could sign up for shifts (which were on a first-come-first-serve basis) after they had sent us an email saying "our scheduling system is down-- don't attempt to log on and don't call us...we'll email you once it is fixed and let you know when you can sign up for shifts". OOOPS. Well, there went that prospective income. The good news is that I still have a very strange single attorney lady with UGLY hairless cats who lives across the street from me who said she'd pay me for pet-sitting, cleaning, filing, and all sorts of other random help. So, there is still hope for some income.

Big news!

Brigham got an offer to interview at a hospital in Draper! We have no idea on the details of the job yet, so we don't even know how interested we are, but I thought I'd share anyway. He'll be interviewing sometime in October after Mom leaves.

Monday, September 07, 2009

So a few random things have been happening around here:
1st of all, just to let you all know (not that I expect you to be there), my official graduation date is Nov. 13th! Woot Woot! I'm super excited! We're just getting into the fund raising aspect for our end of program fees and everything. So if any of you feel the urge to get your car washed or to buy a raffle ticket for an I-Pod Touch, let me know ;-)
There is also a good samaritan somewhere in this vicinity. So, I've had a big ol dent in the back bumper of my car for a while from when someone hit me in the parking lot where I work and didn't leave a note. I had JUST fixed another dent 2 weeks previous and just decided to fix it when I moved back to Utah. Anyways, about a week ago, my friend Mallori asked me "so when did you get the dent in your car fixed" I told her I hadn't and she informed me that it wasn't there any more. I walked out to see for myself and sure enough, someone had popped the dent out! There was still some scratches but it's not very noticeable. How very kind of someone to do that for me!
Oh and about 15 minutes ago, I heard what sounded like someone walking outside my window... it's dark so it was really creepy... I peeked out to see what it was that was making the noise and there was a family of 5 racoons looking back at me. Oh joy. I guess they have taken up residence in the wood pile outside Cambrie's/Steve's bedroom window.
So yup.... thats about it. ta ta for now

How I spent my holiday weekend

We went with our friends the Kirk's to their cabin up above Jordanelle reservoir on the upper Provo river and spent the long weekend playing games, eating good food, walking along the river, reading, etc. Good time was had by all. Hawaii is Friday.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Weekly post

Nothing huge to write about but I'll do my weekly post. We went to the beach on friday evening. It was lovely. There was a jazz band playing in the park right next to the beach so we stopped to let kiera watch. She loved the chic singing and was upset after watching for 15 minutes when we told her it was time to go.
We watched the BYU football game at Steve's parents house. Good game : ) Watching football with little ladies running around complicates things a bit though. I did a lot more chasing than watching.
Steve will be done with this quarter in 2 more weeks and then we are going on our cruise. I'm SOOOO excited!
I just finished a great book called Playful Parenting that I highly recommend. I'll give it 10/10. Good book-- good concepts.
I wish it would cool off a bit around here-- too hot!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

More of Benjamin's Birthday

After the party was over, Jacob waited until Brigham and I were busy getting kids out the door and then grabbed a big handful of cake. From the trail of cake crumbs and frosting, we gathered that he ran across the living room with it, stopped and wiped a hand on the couch, and we found him licking crumbs off of his hand while sitting on the Love Sac. Unfortunately, it was decorator's icing-- meaning it was half butter and shortning. What a mess! You'd think he hadn't almost thrown up from eating too much cake only a half an hour before!

Benjamin's Birthday

A great time was had by all!

I just had to say


A win would be great, but let's just not embarrass ourselves on national TV, okay?

Friday, September 04, 2009

Lydia stats

1 year well baby check yesterday. Lydia is 10th percentile for everything. I also noticed that about 2 months ago she was 1st percentile (or however you would say that) for weight (after she had been sick). She is wearing 6-9 month clothes and it one tiny lady.
She is anemic, but I've NEVER had either one of my girls not been anemic despite all my efforts.
She had 4 needle pokes yesterday for immunizations and then 2 more this morning for more allergy testing. She was SO MAD!

Thursday, September 03, 2009


So, we are a day early, but since we are going to the Mtn property today and may not be back until Sat AM...we will not be able to do it tomorrow! BENJAMIN!! YOU ARE SIX? Woah! Before your parents know it you will be baptized and then turn around twice and you will be on your mission and gone! You're growing up so fast! Hopefully, your mom will take a movie of you opening your present like she did with Jacobs. I want to see you opening your gift! I hope you like it! I am way excited about coming to see you and your family and the balloon festival in Oct! That cute little Ty is growing and progressing so fast...and I want to enjoy some of it!
Well, we hope your day is fun and fabulous for a fun and fabulous kid! I am so proud of you that you are growing up to be SO VERY GOOD! In SO MANY WAYS!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Free Precious Princess DVD

You folks with girls might be interested in this. You can get a free DVD (although it is only like 12 minutes long) by clicking on the tab on the right hand side.