Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rainbow... Rainbow... Rainbow...

It is so hard to get a picture of Laurie smiling, but Mindy captured the best Laurie ever!! She plays on the piano, singing her favorite song "Rainbow" often, but this time we caught her in a smile!! She is so stinkin' cute! She is the light of all our lives. My son just loves to be around her and talks to her all day. I am so glad he has her for an aunt!!

Mindy's Baby Shower

The girls. I am so lucky to have a great relationship with my in-laws.
I cannot wait for my new niece to be born!!

Mindy and Jason are naming their baby Kaylinn Elizabeth. Such a great name! She will be named after Mindy's grandpa, Kay and Jason's mom, Elizabeth.

The food was delicious! Great job Grandma!
Aunt Stacey and two of her three girls. (Could they get skinnier?)
Speaking of skinny! Check out Mindy's friend Amy and her daughter! Amy is such a great mom and fabulous friend.
Jason's family were all at Mindy's shower. They were so great! My goodness, he has 6 sisters - all but one was in attendance.
This is Jason's little niece, Ally. She is absolutely adorable! And lets be honest, the camera loves her!

We played a really crazy game. You might have heard of smash candy bars in diapers and the guest must guess the kind of candy bar, by looking and smelling. It was a riot watching our guests try to figure out the different candy bars. Priceless.

Lovin' that face Mindy Kay!
Of course my husband had to get Mindy's baby a BYU cheer leading outfit! Mindy about died when she opened it. Paul made sure it was the right size for her to wear for this years' games.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thanks Grandma Konold!!

Dear Grandma Konold,

Grandma, you are special.
Your love knows no bounds.
A room takes on a special warmth whenever you're around.
You think I'm cute and talented and maybe, even wise.
But I know that's because all grandma's
see through loving eyes.
Every day with you is precious.
I'm so grateful for the time.
Of all the grandma's in the world
I'm thankful that you're mine.

Thanks for watching me this week!
Love, Stockton

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's The Little Things...

Little drops of water,

Little grains of sand,

Make the mighty ocean

And the pleasant land.

So the little moments,

Humble though they be,

Make the mighty ages

Of Eternity.

So the little errors

Lead the soul away

From the paths of virtue

Far in sin to stray,

Little deeds of kindness,

Little words of love,

Help to make earth happy,

Like the Heaven above.

Stockton is so funny! I love watching him marvel at the little things in life. When in the bath, he notices little things. He loves the suction feeling of his ducks on his belly. He loves this feeling and can do it for long periods of time.

Also, in that same notion of "little things", Stockton loves to watch water drip into the tub. This can be done for hours if I let him. He continues to get his duck wet then pull it out and watch the drips. I love to watch him figure things out and be so interested in the little things.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Disney Morning Fun!!

Just for kicks I hung a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tablecloth on our wall. Stockton went CRAZY! We went and got all his stuffed animals and had a blast with them in front of our backdrop.
Lovin' on Mickey
Lovin' on Pluto

We played around with the flash so that's why it's a little blue - but honestly it doesn't get any cuter!!

Happy July 24th!!!

Stockton got in Kristie's van and refused to get out! He had so much fun pretending to drive and honking the horn. I only wish these were live action shots because it was the happiest I've ever seen him. He loves loves loves loves cars!!
Stockton stood in the back of the van looking out the window shouting, "Ma! Ma!" over and over. It was a riot! He did this for several minutes and everyone got a kick out of him.

Honking the horn...I don't think the neighbors thought this was real cute, but I did!
Stockton and his babysitter, Kristie. We love her and don't know what we would do without her! She loves Stockton and would do anything for him. Thanks Kris!
What form!!
These 4 always go outside and throw the football when they are together. It is so much fun for them! Stockton kept wanting to get into the fun, but he's just little. I can't wait though until he can play with them...and kick all their butts!!
Tommy and Ethan
Tommy and Paul
Zach and his girlfriend, Annie
Zach was so cute with Stockton - teaching him how to ride a skateboard. Stockton played so hard that day. He ended up with bruised legs and road rash on his knees.
Stockton loved Logan's company. He taught him several things during the 2 days he was here. These two get along really well.

Horsing around, like usual!
Mindy and Jason - that baby girl will be born in just 3 weeks!!
We had Zach and Logan stay overnight at our house. It was great to be able to spend time with them, and see them spend time together with our family.
The brothers were so cute together! It was so great to have the three of them together!! Love them!
It was Michelle's birthday, too. Thought I'd show off her cute new glasses! She's 16 folks - stay off the road! Just Kidding Michelle, I love you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Estelle Getty of 'Golden Girls' dies at 84

Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84.

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home.

"Estelle always wanted to be an actress, and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams," former "Golden Girls" co-star Rue McClanahan told The Associated Press. "Don't feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia."

"The Golden Girls," featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff's belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

Three of its stars had already appeared in previous series: Bea Arthur in "Maude," Betty White in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and McClanahan in "Mama's Family." The last character to be cast was Sophia Petrillo, the feisty 80-something mother of Arthur's character.

"Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her," Arthur said in a statement.

When she auditioned, Getty was appearing on stage in Hollywood as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein's play "Torch Song Trilogy." In her early 60s, she flunked her "Golden Girls" test twice because it was believed she didn't look old enough to play 80.

"I could understand that," she told an interviewer a year after the show debuted. "I walk fast, I move fast, I talk fast."

She came prepared for the third audition, however, wearing dowdy clothes and telling an NBC makeup artist, "To you this is just a job. To me it's my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80." The artist did, Getty got the job and won two Emmys.

"The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us," White said.

Audiences particularly loved the verbal zingers Getty would hurl at the other three. When McClanahan's libidinous character Blanche once complained that her life was an open book, Sophia shot back, "Your life's an open blouse."

Zucchini Recipe...Yummy!

Since our garden has left us with many, many zucchini we decided to make something new. This zucchini casserole is fabulous and extremely easy.

Zucchini Casserol
2 medium zucchini; unskinned sliced in 1/4 inch rounds
1 green pepper; sliced
1 onion; cut into rings
2 tomatoes; sliced
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. basil
Sprinkle garlic powder
salt and pepper`

Butter bottom of baking dish and line zucchini on the bottom
Then layer green pepper, onion, and tomatoes
Top with herbs and cheese
Bake 350 for 50 minutes

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ally and Abby's 3rd Birthday!!

The girls looked fabulous in their new sunglasses and new chairs. They remind me so much of when Sarah and I were little!!


Of course, you can find Stockton with the balls, in the water.

The girls showing off their new Crocs! Thanks Gramdma!
Little Ally the Tarzan!
Stockton is in love with naturally he was attracted to this huge truck. The battery was dead so Paul pushed them around.
After Stockton saw his dad pushing the truck...he had to try. What a tough boy!

Stockton LOVED the swing!! Now I know I have to finish my yard and get a swing set...STAT!

They had a Nemo Pinata at the party. Stockton didn't quite get the bat thing, but he hit that thing around anyway. Abby was absolutely terrified at the other kids beating on Nemo. She screamed and cried the entire time. She told us through tears, "Nemo's heart is breaking!"
After the candy and toys were gathered, we taped Nemo back together. Abby wrapped him up in a blanket and got a baggie of ice for him. She is so sensitive and will make a great Vetranarian someday!