Wednesday, April 28, 2010

You family that have your own blogs:

I know that BJ gets our posts that we put on this family blog, but I doubt anything you post on your blogs is reaching her. Are you making a point to send them to her (as ANY new is better than no news) or shall I copy them and send them to her via
I await responses please.

Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

You can get it all is not lost.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Save The Date(s)...Nelson visit

FYI-- The Nelsons will be visiting utah in all of their glory June 11th through the 17th. This will be our only visit to Utah this year (due to funds) so we'd love to spend some fun quality time with anyone who is able.

We'd like to propose a over-night visit to the mountain property for old time's sake. I don't think I've been up there with everyone for 15 years! Christa says she is game to do it as long as people help out with her kidlets since Brigham won't be there. So, who's in?

I also think it would be fun to visit the highland splash park together.

We are so excited!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

old pics

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My email to BJ which you all need to know too!

Hey, Sister Groneman! Yer Aunt Kathy says that you only get 30 minutes MAX on the computer to do email out and in. So if you spend 25 minutes reading our blog and emails to you, you will have 5 minutes to write us back for the entire week. So far we haven't gotten anything. But I want to hear from you! So I will l print off and mail everything on the blog so that you can spend your entire time writing to us. That also means anyone in our family that wants to email you needs to send it to me to mail to her, or just mail it yourselves to her MTC address. Another thing: The computer you use will automatically cut you off when you have had your 30 minutes. And if you haven't got your letter sent until 31 minutes, we won't get a thing. In the 3 weeks that Micheal was in the MTC, they only got 1 letter because he was proof reading before he sent it and lost 2 of them. DON'T do that! Spend 29 minutes writing it and get it send B4 you lose it! We NEED to hear from you!

PS to the fam: You all remember how homesick you can be as a new missionary. I hope you will all find some time to send her some mail, via Snail mail...or me!

Plan on it

We've decided on a couple of things. The 2nd Sunday of every month we will provide dinner etc. for anyone that wants to show up....well, we'll do that any Sunday but we'll *plan* on the 2nd Sunday so folks know there is a plan.  That means we're planning on it on May 9th - Mother's day.  June 13th, July 11th, etc. etc.

Speaking of plan, Yer mother and would like to spend the 4th of July weekend at the mountain property. Of course come down for Church Sunday, but spending 3-5 otherwise on the mountain. We were kind of hoping that we could get other folks to come up and spend it with us.  That's the plan unless the clan decides on something else for that holiday.

Cambrie, when will you be here in June? You said:  "So I'm thinking that limits us to coming somewhere between the 20th and the 25th (we also must be in california on the 26th and 27th) or thet 28th through the 4th. Thoughts?"  Which is it? I'd like to make some plans around that too and plan some time off work.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Moving ....

Blogging from work again. I love it.

So we found a place to move to and we will be moving on the 14th-15th of May. The place is a 2 bed 1 bath house on a somewhat busy road. It has pretty much no yard but it is a 1-minute walk away from a park. It is also fairly close to the train tracks, but we all know that a person can learn to adjust to trains. It has only 2 very small bedroom and closets (no hall closet) and so it will be a challenge to get all of our stuff put away. We'll figure it out though--this move is going to save us $600 a month (not including the savings on utilities). Moving is a PAIN though. Especially when I'm a full-time mom, a full-time nurse, and Steve is a full-time dental student. We plan on doing all of it without me taking any time off of work. So I'll bet you all know what we are doing with every second of our free time. We are getting rid of a TON of stuff. Garbage ...I mean garage sale next saturday.

Today Steve and I went to see a psychologist. It is the first step in the process of surrogacy. We have to be screened to make sure we know what we are doing and are mentally ok. The pyschologist originally quoted me $500 for our appointment today. But it ended up just being a nice chat with her. We found out that she is LDS and has a son trying to get into dental school at Loma Linda so I'm sure you know where the converstation went from there. She didn't charge us for the appointment which totally made my day : )

Break in the clouds

I took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy outdoors. I fixed the broken wooden bench, I moved a woodpile away from the playhouse, I relocated the garden hose reel, and I put concrete curbing around the stump from the big tree. I then had some roasted raspberry chipoltle sauce on cream cheese with crackers for lunch (Marilyn's in SLC at Tyler Haslem's wedding and luncheon). I'm chillin' waiting for Emmy to come visit....then this afternoon I'll unwinterize the lawnmower and mow the lawns. Let the summer activities begin.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Does it get any easier?

That's the question Erica asked of me at lunchtime today-(about sending my children on missions of course). The answer is yes and no. Easier than sending my first child to a 3rd world country and having not a clue how bad it could really be (my imagination was bad enough)...that was hard! But no, practice doesn't make it any easier. The pain seems to come in waves. I will be fine for a while, and then, for no explainable reason, it feels like something has physically been ripped off of my heart...and it just really aches...followed by tears.

I have always wondered the medical explanation for why your heart seems to be in physical pain when separated from someone we love very much. (Brigham? ) And it is not like I haven't been separated from BJ before. She spent 2 1/2 years in So. California. But it is harder this time, because we can't see or contact her any time we want to. That changes everything!
I absolutely have no regrets about her decision to serve a mission. I think it is the best decision she ever made! But it is still hard to let her go! I was happy to see her smiling as we pulled away (through my tears). It was cute: when we pulled into the MTC, there were a bunch of Elders by the curb -waiting for a shuttle bus or something-, anyway, as we drove by most of them waved at us...probably about 50 of them. I told her she had never been so popular in her life! And then when we stopped, there were some elders there to take her suitcases and lead her into the MTC. We didn't get to get as many pictures as I wanted to...and I would have liked more time there to say a slow goodbye, but with Elder's waiting, I didn't feel we had that kind of time. So it was short. And she's gone. And I am going to bury my heartache in a movie and popcorn tonight.
I will be anxious to get Buffy's first Email!

Dropping Breanna off at the MTC

  Bye Bye Buffalo!  Yer mom cried of course, but I did like the dropping off at the curb much better than sitting through the movie and drawing the goodbyes out.  As you can see from the pictures, Buff was ready and excited...smiling constantly.  I'll miss her.


Here are some really surreal volcano (Iceland) pictures.

Happy Birthday Cambrie Annie!

Happy birthday Punkin'.  May you have a day filled with bluebirds flying around your shoulders, racoons and squirrels running around your feet, and conversations with a talking teacup or candle holder.  Oh yea...and pink ribbons....lots of pink ribbons.   In other words, have a magical day!  One more year and you'll be as old as I am.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bye Bye Buffalo!

Tomorrow the adventure begins! We are so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about everything. We are sad that you won't be around when we finally move to Utah, but we'll be there when you get back! We wish we could say our good-byes in person and see you off, but no such luck. So bye-bye, Buffalo! You will be in our prayers! See you in a year and a half!

Monday, April 19, 2010

I hope this works. I don't know how to do it besides this way and if this doesn't work, I'll have dad help me when he gets home. Click on the link below to look at Buffy's pictures from the trip. Enjoy
Groneman's visit

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A day at Laguna Beach!

I will have to request that someone else add pictures to our blog, as I don't have the know-how. But we did have a fun day at the beach! It was funny: As soon as we arrived, and put down the coolers, and spread out the blanket...before we even had the umbrella up, Lydia kept saying: "All done!" with a bit of a quiver and trepidation in her voice. She just stood transfixed watching the waves roar in, one after the next. They made her very nervous! Kiera too wasn't at all sure that she liked the idea of that roaring noise that the ocean made, but she warmed up to it. Cambrie had brought the little green lawn chairs that sit about 4 inches off the ground and I was sitting in one. Lydia approached me and grabbed my hand and said "'mon" (come on, grandma) and pulled me to get up. As soon as I got up and asked where we were going, she sat down in the chair and was done with me! (I just get NO respect around here!)

Lydia, I don't think remembered the ocean from last year (not surprising as she wasn't even 1 yet) she spent a long time just standing and watching the surf. We built sand castles. Brett and Katies won the beautiful castle award, but theirs got washed away in the waves, so ours won the endurance award.

There were tide pools there too. We climbed among the rocks and found lots of mussels shells, anemone, LOTS of hermit crabs. It was a fun and beautiful day at the beach. We had nummy food galore and great company (wish you all could have been there!)
Good times were had by all! Currently, Cambrie is at work, Stevo, Brett and Katie are at the REAL Salt Lake/ whatever pro soccer team in LA game. So the fun continues. But we will pack up bright and early and head for home. We are all grateful that we aren't going to have to fight Vegas traffic coming this way on our way home! :( That would be BAD!

It's spring!'s warm.  I turned my furnace off Friday night and it's still off.  Today I put in a fence on our side yard to keep munchkins in the back yard and was sweating doing it.  I also had to get the lawnmower at our duplex running...and replace a wheel (how do you lose a lawnmower wheel and not know where it went?....)  Once I got it running, and a new wheel on, I mowed the front lawn with it for the first time of the season (yuck) I also turned on the water to our sprinkler system.  Water is in our stream and there are kids wading in it.  It's definitely spring!  I hope the 4 Groneman's are safe on their way back home tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to having my sweetheart back home.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sex offender in our ward

Christa was right...we have a sex offender right in our ward.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Chad!

In honor of Poetry Month, here are a few poems I wrote just for you.

Birthday Haiku

Birthday boy you are
Wishing you a happy day
And many to come

Birthday Limerick

I love my husband Chad
He's also an amazing Dad
He's thirty today
And we just want to say
You are no longer a lad.

I love you, Sweetheart! Have a happy day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oh my achin' back

Oh my achin' back.  Last night I got one yard of compost and Marilyn & Brett helped me unload it and wheel it to the back yard.  This morning I got two more yards of compost which I unloaded mostly by myself (Marilyn was spreading it around...she's good at spreading that kind of stuff around...).  I'm too old for this!  I also sit way too much in front of a computer.  I think it's an Advil night tonight.  I sit in one place for 5 minutes and riger mortice sets in.  It will probably take me 3 minutes just to get out of this computer chair!  *$*)*#&! flower gardens anyway. [grumble][grumble].  Oh and I watched New Moon with Brett/Katie, Marilyn, Buff last night.  Gag.  It's one big teengirl mood love crisis movie.  It's so cliché! Take every chick flick ever long as nobody smiled in it, put all the sappy parts together and you have New Moon.  Yea, there's a couple of  vampires that sparkle and a love sick werewolf, but that doesn't make up for the ick.  Brett slept through it.  Lucky him.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Our Smart Boy

I can't post this on our family blog because I don't want to make any of my friends vomit or start questioning their parenting, but since you all are family (and no one has kids Benjamin's age to compare to him), I wanted to share.

Benjamin's parent teacher conference was about a week ago, and of course his teacher only had great things to say about him. The thing that did surprise us, however, is that she said that she thinks we should test him into third grade next year! We don't want to-- not because we don't think he could handle it-- just because we don't want him to be 2 years younger than his classmates. (He might not ever forgive us if he couldn't date or drive until his senior year of high school!) Not bad for a kid who should be in kindergarten, huh? We're proud of our Benjamin!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Support Family Values

Wahoo!  Family oriented entertainment.  Friday April 16th on NBC.  Watch the trailer...looks good.  I'll support it by watching.  Dinner/snacks if anyone wants to watch it with me:  SECRETS OF THE MOUNTAIN

"Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex’s wedding and her kids’ busy schedules, Dana James  is noticing her tight-knit family starting to unravel. An unexpected offer to purchase her family’s mountain property sets up a weekend road trip, which she hopes will bring her family back together. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before. It’s an edge-of-the seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don’t run away from problems – they run back to each other"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

we're expecting

No, we are not pregnant.... well, sortof. We are expecting a baby (possibly 2!) next april. yes, we have found a surrogate. This one is for sure. We are starting the process right now-- the medical and psychological screenings, attorneys, contracts, etc.. We expect to do the transfer in late June or july (these things can't be planned to the exact date. I'm SOOOOOOOOOO excited about it. Our surrogate is LDS and lives an hour from us and she is willing to work with us financially because she too wants it to happen in June/july for her own reasons.

Next item of buisness: we are planning on coming to Utah in June. The question is when. Steve is out of school june 11th-july 4th. He has a scout campout in st george area starting on the 14th that will probably last a few days. I know the dastrups are not available the 16th-19th as well as the 25th-27th. So I'm thinking that limits us to coming somewhere between the 20th and the 25th (we also must be in california on the 26th and 27th) or thet 28th through the 4th. Thoughts?


If you get tired of the same old brain exercise games, here's another good one that's fun: SKYSCRAPERS The premis is simple.  Each number (1 thru 4) represents a skyscraper that is that many floors tall.  The numbers around the outside tell you how many skyscrapers you can see from that point.  Your job is to fill in the numbers.  For example, if you put a #4 in the first square, you can only see one skyscraper from that point because 4 blocks the view of all less tall skyscrapers in that line.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Da Plan

Here's our plan for helping Dastrup's move.  We'll be driving down to Albuturkey on May 25th, help pack stuff up on the 26th, make a feeble attempt at helping load the truck on the 27th,  and take it all back to Utah on the 28th.  We'll take our own bedding and some food to share.  I've heard comments in the past about others possibly coming down for the fun/games as are those plans going?


We haven't actually celebrated easter officially since I was in AZ Easter morning. But we've been hiding plastic eggs with fishy cracker, raisins and cereal in them all month so I don't know if they will think it is special when we do it next week anyway.
These picture are from a primary activity. They put some eggs really close to the go-line for the nursery kids and sunbeams and then put them all over a huge park/field for the older kids to find. Each child was supposed to get 12 eggs. I was there by myself with my nursery child and sunbeam. Of course, the older kids went right for the close ones and snatched them all up before running full speed to get more. I couldn't keep up with them with my 2 crying kids who wanted more than the 2 eggs they got. I was carrying lydia and her basket in one arm and dragging my crying kiera with the other arm and trying to run to a spot where my girls could get some more. Probably looked pretty funny. Oh well :)
Easter will be celebrated next saturday morning for us as it is the only time this week (besides sunday morning) that Steve and I will both be home.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter at the Groneman House

Well, with the news your mom announced below, it's kind of hard to have a normal Easter, but for you kids' sake, we're going to go about our lives as if our situation were normal, at least for the time being.  Anyway, Saturday was the Easter celebration at our house with Both the Gronemans and the Gronemans coming to the Groneman house for the easter egg hunt and turkey dinner.  Emmy was so cute....gathering up the candy...and hording it.  It took her a while (20 minutes?) to realize it was candy...but when she did, she enjoyed it.  The highlight of the afternoon was when we were around the table, Brett & Katie came up the stairs but Erica hadn't noticed (she had her back to the hallway).  Brett let out some sort of "rar!" noise and Erica about fell off her chair it startled her so bad.  LOL!
Kim and I have been trying to figure out a way for a long time to share what will probably be devastating news to you all. But, we feel that it is for the best that the truth be told, and as you are all adults now, you should be able to come to grips with such disappointment (especially the ones of you who are married, as you will have support from your spouse to help you to deal with the disappointment and pain). This has been a long time coming and we knew that most likely it would come to this someday but with you kids all out of the house, we decided it's finally time to do this.  Breanna, I will just have to put in extra prayers for you, that you may be comforted in your dealing with this situation while you're on your mission. It is with deep regret and sorrow in my heart that I have to let you guys know that there is no Easter Bunny and I hope you kids will forgive us for keeping this from you for so long.

OK> so, I had to actually tell Breanna face to face last night on the way home from the play. She really took the news fact she was beating me up 1/2 the way home while I shrieked in hysterical laughter, tears pouring from my eyes, and nearly wetting my pants! She was still struggling with the news at 12:30 AM this morning, so you may want to send her a sympathy card. And maybe some Easter candy to soften the blow!  (Note from Dad:  Yer mom was laughing as she went to sleep last night and was laughing when she woke up this morning)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Benjamin Breaks Down the Final Four

I never thought the day would come where I would have to make rules in my family regarding how much basketball would be discussed at the dinner table. Had I not though, Benjamin would have never spoken of anything else.

Here is just a small snippet of what we have been hearing about constantly for the past several weeks:

Easter joke for Benjamin!

Hey Benjamin!  What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?  Hot, cross bunnies!!!!!   Oh...oh....and why was the egg scared to ride in the easter basket?  He was a little chicken!  HA!  (Benjamin....are you out there?.......)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

So, I just found out that a few very important things for you all to know for while i'm on my mission:

My MTC enter date/time: April 21 at 12:45pm
My Email account (it's just supposed to be for family):
My MTC address: Sister Breanna Groneman
Georgia Atlanta North Mission
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, Ut 84604
My Mission address (for while I'm in the field):
Sister Breanna Groneman
Georgia Atlanta North Mission
1150 Cole Dr SW
Lilburn, GA 30047

This is all crucial information for you all to know so don't forget!

Common Answers for March

82 Erica Groneman
97 Katie Groneman
277 Breanna Groneman
724 Cambrie Nelson
809 Chad Groneman
879 Kim Groneman
 Enter the April Contest Here

Katie's Birthday

Brett shared this picture he set his camera to take on the morning of Katie's birthday.  What a thoughtful husband.

A group of 40ish girlfriends discussed where they should meet for dinner.Finally, they agreed they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the waiters there were cute.
Ten years later, the group, now in their 50s, once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed they should  meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the food there was really  good and so was the wine selection.
Ten years later. as they entered their 60s, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet and the place had a beautiful view of the ocean.
Ten years later, in their 70s, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because it was wheelchair accessible and it even had an elevator.
Ten years later, now in their 80s, the group once again discussed where
they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they had never been there before.