Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Things, as in possessions, and Miscellaneous Stuff
My husband has a birthday coming in a little over a week. I have been wanting to get him an iPad. For awhile when he would travel he had to take two laptops because he couldn't get into his regular mail using his company computer. Although he packs lighter than I do, he still carries a lot of stuff. I wanted to try and lighten the load and thought an iPad was the answer. (I didn't realize that he solved the problem with needing to take the second computer)
We went to Best Buy and looked at the iPad. Yeah, he thought it was cool but then he broke the news to me--he really didn't want one. The most shocking news of all, when he said, "When you get to my age you realize you really don't need all those little toys". WHAT!!!! I don't think I'll ever get THAT old. I love toys. And fortunately for me, he knows I love them. When Elder Rob left on his mission he left his iPod touch with me to use. One night when I was coming upstairs it fell out of my hands and dropped onto the kitchen floor--and I was shocked because the screen cracked. I was sick. When I came home from California, I found a dozen red roses, a beautiful card and a new iPod touch.
I am happy to report that I did find a great perfect birthday present for him. I booked us a trip to Banff. Allan loves the mountains (and we live in the flattest places on the planet), so going to the Canadian Rockies is the perfect spot. When we lived in Toronto, we took our first trip to Western Canada about 6 weeks after Kyle was born--that was 19 years ago. It was wonderful. The kids loved riding the tram up to Sulphur Mountain--goodness could these two already be in their 20's??? We flew to Calgary, went to Banff and Lake Louise, drove to Jasper and ended up in Edmonton--spending time at the West Endmonton Mall. (That's when my little kids learned how cool I am--they were in awe when their mom got on the upside down rollercoaster. (I'm happy to report that today they all love (well, tolerate is a more appropriate word) rollercoasters)
It was a great trip--in fact, we took a similar one a few years later with Allan's folks--no West Edmonton Mall ; )
Tomorrow, my 5 year old grandson, Drew, starts Kindergarten. I can't wait to hear how he does. His mom and dad are just hoping he doesn't yell at the teacher ; ) Can you imagine that cute little boy yelling at anyone--YES, I CAN.
In other news:
Elder Rob is doing great. I love Mondays and getting my e-mails from him. It is so touching to hear him talk about the people he is teaching and serving. Missions are great--they grow so much. I'm so grateful he is having this opportunity. I know it will bless his life FOREVER. I have to admit it is still so hard for me to imagine him teaching--this is what I see in my head when I imagine him out there. (Perhaps it is because he will always be my little boy ; )
And speaking of little boys--Very hard for me to imagine this little boy is the father of 6--two of those 6 in college. In honor of football season fast approaching--a little video clip from 20+ years ago when he played high school football. (His wife was a cheerleader) I miss those days. His second boy is playing varsity football this year--maybe I'll get out to California to see him in a game ; ).
And, I bet you thought there wouldn't be a picture of Georgia here--GUESS AGAIN. Her big sister is moving to Utah and so Georgia, Ki, and their mom made a trip out there a couple of weeks ago. I know Ki will miss her.
I have said it many times--wish I could visit with my family more often. On our way home from the temple this last weekend Allan and I were talking about a road trip after he retires. We will get in the car and go all around the country visiting our kids and grandkids. (Yeah, we make plans WELL IN ADVANCE ; ) In between missions we will be doing lots and lots of visiting.
Of course, Neal is making it a little easier since he and his family are moving to Texas--so we won't have to go so far East and it will be a bonus to get to see Chris and Heather, too. I know that when the baby comes in January we'll have a chance to see them again.