Sunday, June 29, 2008

Surprise visits and summer fun....finally!

So I'm a little late, but I wanted to give a shout out to my dear Grandma who drove all the way from Calgary, Alberta to surprise me for my birthday. I heard the doorbell ring shortly after my sister had arrived from Kennewick to celebrate my b-day, and lo and behold, my Grandma was standing there with a huge card in front of her face!! I knew it was her right away and was so shocked and excited. I almost wanted to cry because when she had asked me earlier what I wanted for my birthday, I told her I wanted to see her more often! And she drove all that way despite horrible gas prices for just one weekend! My Grandma is an amazing woman and I love her so much!! Here she is surprising me at the door and my big happy family. Also, Tim has tried to beat my dad arm wrestling pretty much our whole marriage to no avail...until the infamous match at Olive Garden. My dad had to cheat to put Tims down. We'll never know who really won, and there's been some serious debate, but I think Tim woulda taken him down!! Go Hubby!!



Also, I wanted to say how incredibly grateful I am that the sun has finally decided to shine, and in celebration we have bought an outdoor slide for the backyard, a little pool for the kids to swim, and have gone on many outdoor adventures. Thanks to Kathy and Chelsea for taking me hiking! We went strawberry picking and I made my first batch of freezer jam! Thankfully I had some guidance from a veteran so it turned out ok! The kids have made me smile so much lately! Things are looking good for the adoption and she has officially been in our care for 6 months! Now the fun begins! We have all sorts of meetings and paperwork to look forward to, but I'm hopeful everything will work out smoothly. The things Dustin has been saying lately crack me up! I find it hard to get mad at him because he sounds so dang cute when he talks. He has a small little lisp that melts my heart. The other day he spilled his milk and looked up at me and said, "oh man, milk evywhre!" So cute. He's at an age where he can communicate enough that I know what he needs, but not so much that everything is a debate. Perfect! Here's some pics that made me smile!

14 comments:

Ann said...

Fun post! I'm so glad you guys are doing well. We have been loving the weather, too. I don't think I will be going to Eugene this Friday because I found out that our ward barbeque at the Mitchell's house is that day from 10:30 to around 1:00. Anyway...we still plan on going down to Bay street with a few of the other young families in the ward--we thought maybe we'd go a little early and eat dinner on blankets or something and let the kids run around a bit...So we hope you guys are still planning to join us! Can't wait to see you!

P.S. It was so fun to read about your b-day! I actually read about it a while ago on Rachel's blog. You look so gorgeous in those pictures, Jen!

carizolli said...

HELLO SUN - let the fun begin :)

You look so great in that family picture, Jen. And I almost cried reading about your grandma's visit. That was really really sweet of her!

Beth said...

COOL! I love surprise family visits :) Looks like you had a great birthday - and you do look totally cute in that family picture :)

Rach said...

Dustin is getting cuter and cuter!!!! I love that little boy! Not to mention sweet little audrie. You've got a cute bunch! Um, your birthday kinda rocked! I love grandma too.

Tara said...

What an awesome Grandma you have! That is so fun. I'm glad she came to see you. You look great and I miss you and your cute stinkin kiddies!!

Patti said...

Happy (late) Birthday! Cute family picture and your little ones are adorable. I'm glad everything is going okay with your adoption. Have a fun 4th of July!

Chelsea said...

Love the park pictures! I remember that day. And, thanks for calling me a veteran though I really must protest.

Coastierox said...

That boy looks just like Tim! Good luck!

GREG said...

Dad say's no way no how was Tim going to put me down.

Rachel said...

OK.
Here I am.
Leaving a comment! :)
Hope you don't mind that I follow up on your sweet family through your blog. You guys are such a cute family.
It was great running into you at Winco the other day and meeting that sweet little girl.
Hugs!!


My blog:
http://toadswildfamily.blogspot.com

Robins Blog said...

Love the pool and park pics! They are way too cute...

Rach said...

For shizzle! She's sooo great at hair! You'll have to give me a couple weeks notice of when your coming! She's so popular that if you don't schedule at least 2 1/2 weeks ahead of time, you never get a chance to get in there. When are you going to come visit?!? ......... :o) I don't know when Dad's coming, he hasn't mentioned it since the first time he thought about coming.

Lima Bean said...

I have always wanted to surprise a person by showing up at their doorstep from out-of-town. Seriously, that is such a fun surprise and you are well-deserving.

Kevin Becky Amarisa Garrett said...

Hey you! Look at you all growed up and married and having kids! I found your blog from Beth's you are adorable and look like you're sooo happy yeah for you! I love your posts you are adorable.