Wednesday, June 27, 2007


That's what Cohen calls me sometimes. I have the two boys this week in McKinleyville while Kelly adjusts to being a new mom again. I am missing out on sleeping in late and not just running out and doing what I want to do at any given moment but other than that it has been a breeze. These two little boys are angels. Cohen goes down for naps and bed easier than any child I've ever seen. He eats continually all morning and loves frozen mini pancakes. He calls them "eggo cookies". He grabbed one the other morning before I could nuke it and loved it. I was lighting the grill to bbq the other night and when I lit the match he started singing "Happy Birthday!" He is seriously adorable.
Ammon sleeps with Lee and I every night. Well actually I slept one miserable night with them and have since opted for the spare bed in Cohen's room. Ammon was asking me why I didn't sleep with him and Lee the next night and then started saying his mommy and daddy sleep together. Then he asked, "Is that so they can get pregnant?" Where did that come from, Kelly? Pretty early sex education!! He is glued to the hip of Lee whenever he is around. He also loves his dog, Harley, and Aunt Alex. He always wants to plan a fun thing to do each day like: Go to the Dollar Store (his favorite) or go to McDonald's to eat (well really just to get the toy in the Happy Meal). We will probably try and go to the Ingomar and swim tomorrow. I asked him if he missed his mom and dad last night and he pouted and said, "yeah". I asked him if he wanted me to take him home and he said, "I'll see them at the lake." We head to the lake on Saturday with Jody and Kelly. Cohen hasn't asked about mommy either. Sorry, Kelly.

Monday, June 25, 2007


I guess these pictures are almost identical. Oh, well. Rock still goes on the lower sections and dining room outside wall (adjacent to pillar on right), also on lower area of pillars. Today they are blacktopping th driveway. Slowly, but surely...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

House Update

The house is now painted on the outside with lights up. Front carport pad is in and stamped. Deck started in back. They should finish sheetrock this week and be ready to paint interior the next week. Hopefully rock will go on this week. What do you think of the colors? Imagine a big black door in front. Oops, after I put the picture in, I realized that I had taken 2 pictures straight on of the house but they aren't on the camera. Will retake one tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I am here in Santa Rosa helping Kelly recover from giving birth to Rylee. Who incidentally, is adorable. The boys have been great-very easy to watch. In fact I took them to Surf's Up a new animated kids movie yesterday. It was Cohen's first movie at the theatre and after about 20 minutes he said, "I want to go home granma". Popcorn, candy, and lemonade convinced him to last the whole movie though. Ammon loved the show and halfway through turned to me and said, "I'm Cody, grandma." Cody is the main character in the movie who is a penguin who surfs. On the way home he told me he had to find a "board". He found one. It's the top to one of those large tupperware type of storage bins. He also had to sleep with his board last night. Of course he is sleeping on an air mattress with me every night. I could feel his board poking me in the middle of the night so I moved it off. A little while later he woke up, looked for it, and replaced it. He throws it on the ground and pretends to surf. He also took it in his bath today. What an imagination!!

Today Cohen locked himself in the bathroom while I was watching them while Kelly was sleeping. I tried for about 20 minutes to get him out so I finally had to wake Kelly up.
She was looking for some tool that I had thrown out. I dug through the garbage and finally found it! Whew!

I didn't realize Santa Rosa could be so hot! Most houses don't have air conditioning so it can get a little stifling. Of course, this has been an unusually hot week. Now, I love hot weather but not without air conditioning. It is a good think it cools down at night so much!

My allergies have been killing me here-way worse than in McKinleyville. I get a runny, itchy nose and itch in the back of my throat but the symptom that is driving me craziest is runny, itchy eyes that I tear into constantly. I have been taking Claritin, Clor-Trimeton, and using allergy eye drops with only minimal relief. I want to go out walking in the evenings but when I have, I really pay the price with sneezing, eyes itching more, etc. It doesn't help that we have to leave the windows open for a breeze either. Any suggestions, anyone??? I may be avoiding Santa Rosa during allergy season unless I find some relief.

We are going to McKinleyville on Friday. Kelly and Jody are coming to and we we will have a birthday party for Ammon on his birthday, Saturday. Then the boys will stay with me while they go home till we meet at the lake the next Friday or Saturday. I can't wait to see my house-the exterior painting is done, they started doing the carport pads and deck in the back and are taping the sheetrock. I am anxious to start going through boxes in my garage and throw out more. Now that it is lake time, the time before I get to move in will go by quicker. In fact the weeks I work will be busy as I try to organize and prepare for moving in!!

Friday, June 15, 2007


Rylee was born yesterday, June 14th a little before 4:00. She is absolutely perfect. She has a round, adorable face and long slender fingers and toes. I am loving her already.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Slowly, but surely

Here's the latest picture of our house. I cannot begin to relay the frustration we are having with our carpenter in building it. We should be almost ready to move in now but probably won't be in until August. He is never there and meanwhile interest rates are rising. They started painting the exterior today, hence the left side is painted so you can see the color. They will finish sheetrocking, taping and texturing on the 20th, then comes all the finish stuff. Someday...

Iowa Pics


I went down on June 1st to help Kelly moved and left Santa Rosa on the 4th to go see Kasey and the kids. It was a great trip, love those kids and Kasey so much, but I was not a lot of fun. I was exhausted!! Lesson learned: Don't try to crowd so much into so little time. I had gone to Kaui May 20th, came home and worked HARD 5 days learning a new position which is always more tiring, went and helped Kelly moved and then traveled all day to Iowa. However, I was able to watch a hilarious t-ball game and Kasey was right. Kaden loves it, is extremely competitive and talented. Alexa is pretty oblivious that there is a game going on but she loves to smile and wave. Seriously, she is the funniest child around. I call her my "ditsy diva". She is always talking a million miles an hour and is silly, silly, silly. Sienna is a perfect, beautiful child. I absolutely love how she lays her head on my shoulder everytime I picked her up. Granted, she will do that to anyone but still.... Luckily, they are all coming here this summer when Kasey and Matt go on their beach trip so we will have lots more fun then. I had fun going to Des Moines to the zoo and eating at Cheesecake Factory (ymm!), seeing my nephew Alex and shopping at the outlets (what a good sport and great kid Alex is), and going to the North Liberty parade and just hanging out. I love my Iowa grandkids!!! Pictures to follow.