Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I've mentioned before that when I was little, I was the son my dad never had. (My dad had 6 daughters) I read the sports page and followed the Giants with my dad. Back in 1962, my dad took me to Candlestick Park to watch the Giants play. (Such a great memory for me)

Stephen and Daphne and their little family are huge Giants fans. I mentioned that I would love to go to the Giants park--I've always thought it looked so cool on TV. Well, they got tickets and last night we went to the game. We had a blast and the bonus--THE GIANTS WON!!!!

So a few shots from the game:

Drew and his dad walking to the stadium from the car.
























Georgia received a certificate for attending her first game. She was such a good girl--I can't say she enjoyed the game since she slept through most of it.




















I got a little nostalgic walking into the stadium--seeing all the pictures of former Giants players like Willie Mays, Orlando Cepada, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal. I loved all the statues. It was just so cool--I sure thought a lot about my dad. (I wish B could have been with us, but he has been at a High Adventure Camp this week. Funny thing--his favorite umpire (who is very animated) was behind the plate. I tried to get a pic of him calling third strike, but I didn't get it.





















We got to our seats which were in the upper deck. I think it's all about the experience, so I didn't care where we sat.

















I love the park--it is GREAT. Drew and Hannah went over to the Coca Cola slide--SO COOL. They also went to the Build a Bear workshop and brought back some little friends. Drew also batted at the little park where he did a great job of hitting the ball. I did manage to get a picture of the slide.






















A couple more of my favorite photos--little Drew all dressed in his Giants gear.




























Like I said, I loved seeing the statues. This one really touched me because it reminded me of watching Juan Marichal pitch--he had a style that was so unique. (And, it was fun last night seeing the reliever, Brian Wilson with his orange shoes--unique.)






















Georgia with her mom and dad after the game. She was nice and warm all bundled up and I LOVED HOLDING HER BECAUSE SHE KEPT ME WARM ; )



















Drew held on to his little puppy throughout the game. (I loved his little Giants outfit--especially his little scarf)
















And yes, I did have a hot dog--along with a churro and some cotton candy ; )

It was an exciting game complete with 5 home runs and Buster Posey continuing his hitting streak. (Must admit it would be fun to go this weekend when the Giants play those pesky Dodgers ; )



SIDENOTE: My sweet husband overnighted photo CD's from our little elder. It was so fun to see them and especially to watch the little video clips. He's doing great. Too many picures to chose from, but because this one really makes me smile, I'll include it. The reason I love it--this is the day he arrived in Pocatello. When I see missionaries here when they arrive, they look so nervous--HE LOOKS SO HAPPY.


AND FINALLY, I will do a better job of visiting blogs once I get home--I'm just having too much fun with all the little ones here.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Smiling from Ear to Ear



This trip has been filled with so many wonderful things:
  • Obviously the highlight of it all was the arrival of Georgia Capri and being able to spend all this time with my son and his family. Hard to believe she'll be one week old tomorrow.

  • Surprising my sisters and attending my niece's graduation party. It was great spending time with all of them.
  • Going with my sister, Linda, to meet our Uncle Jerry, and going to our beach
  • Meeting my cousins--a few days ago one of my Uncle Jerry's daughters called to ask if I could meet them for lunch so they could give me the book that my Uncle Jerry told me about.
We had lunch in Vacaville and I was so very happy to get the book. I could not believe the photos that were in the book. I have never seen a picture of my mom when she was a little girl.

I was also so excited to see this picture of my great grandparents at the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Don't you just love it.

There were pictures of old family homes--and lots of history. Not so many names, but lots an lots of stories. I would love to figure out how many of my relatives were administrators or worked at the different missions in California.

I'm so glad that I have been here so long and have had the opportunity to connect with members of my mom's family. I am sure many of you spend time with family whenever you have the chance--keep doing it. Family is so important. I'm going to tell you all a little secret--about 20 years ago my mom's family had a reunion and part of my family attended. I don't know what was wrong with me, but I didn't take a single picture and didn't really visit with anyone. (I think something must have been wrong with me--4 of the family were still alive and I didn't even talk to them ; ( I'm so glad I've been able to connect with these guys.

And--next week I'm going to see the Giants play--I haven't been to a Giants' game in years. In fact, the last time I was there they were playing at Candlestick Park, so I'm excited about going to I can't wait to see my little granddaughter in her Giants outfit.

Sidenote: I'm going home next Friday. It will be great to see my husband again--it feels like it has been A REALLY LONG TIME.



Monday, July 19, 2010

Let Me Introduce You to Georgia Capri


I'd like to introduce you all to the newest member of my family: Miss Georgia Capri. (When I first did the post she didn't have a name)

It was quite an exciting day. You all know that we have been waiting for quite awhile for this little one. She was due on the 8th of July, but Stephen and Daphne both thought she was going to come early--part of the reason I came out as early as iIdid. Because of all the things that happened that allowed me to meet my uncle, I'm more than happy that I was able to come early.

Today we went to Church and she was feeling fine. When we got home Stephen and two of the kids and I went to the park so Daph could get some rest (she had a friend who was going to come over from Church to give her a massage). Anyway about an hour after we were home, Daph said to Stephen, "I think we need to go to the hospital. I've been having contractions for a couple of hours and they're fairly close together". So Daph, Kiah, and Stephen all headed down the hill. The kids and I hung out here and waited. A couple of hours later I got a text from Stephen saying things were happening pretty fast and we should probably head there. We got there about 5 minutes before she was born. The kids were very excited when they heard her cry. Daph's first baby, Jason was a C-section, so that's always been a concern and we were so glad that Daphne didn't have to go through another C-section.

After a little while we were able to go in and see her. Daphne and Stephen wanted Kiah to have a chance to really get to know her sister, so she was in the room when Daph delivered the baby. It was quite an experience for Kiah. (I can't believe I didn't get a picture of her holding the baby.)

But, I do have other pics. My beautiful daughter in law who has been a trooper through this whole pregnancy. I don't think she has slowed down AT ALL. She had every intention of having an epidural but had NOTHING. I'm amazed how great she looks less than an hour after giving birth to a 8 lb. 12 oz baby.

























The little ones were so excited. Drew is so thrilled to be a big brother. When we got home and i was pouring him some milk before he was going to bed he said, "I'm so happy I have a baby sister. She is adorable." When he saw her he wanted to play hide n seek.



















We haven't had a baby girl in our family since Hannah was born 10 years ago. Interesting little note--Daph was born on a Sunday 39 years ago, in 1990 Kiah was born on a Sunday, in 2000 Hannah was born on a Sunday, and in 2010 this little girl was born ON A SUNDAY ; ) Hannah was talking about how much fun it is going to be to share things with her little sister--well, we'll see when she is 13 and the baby is 3--very much like it was when she was 3 and Kiah was 13 ; )


















I got a little too emotional and didn't wear waterproof mascara, but I guess that's life. I'll make sure that doesn't happen in the next ones.






















And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture of the whole family--well, minus Jason who lives in Oregon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Still Waiting

We are still waiting for the baby. The hardest part about thinking a baby is going to come early is the waiting when she doesn't. She actually was due on July 8th, but I have been here at Stephen and Daphne's since June 29th. I'm hoping she has the baby sometime this weekend--if not before.

For several months I had been saving for a Digital SLR camera. Before I left for California, I made the big purchase. So for the last 3 weeks I have been having a great time taking lots of pictures. (I really wish I had purchased it a week before I left so I could have had my one-on-one lesson at the store where I bought the camera.

I have been fiddling with all the settings. (I wish I had the eye and the talent that my DIL, Macy, has--she has given me some advice--but advice only goes so far ; ) One day hopefully I'll be able to spend some time with her and have her walk me through some lessons. My friend, Gina, sent me a book that she bought--I really need to take more time reading and practicing.

Yesterday, the little ones and I went to the park and I spent some time practicing on these cute little models. I have to work on the lighting--I think that's my biggest problem.

Miss Hannah was very cooperative.



































Unfortunately, my little Drew was not so cooperative.

















Today he decided he wanted me to take pictures when he created a little house for his little Webkins. I have never understood the whole Webkin thing, but today Hannah and Drew were teaching me all about it on my laptop ; ) Here he is with some of them.
















I realize I didn't write about how great it was to have Heidi here--even if it was only for a few days. We went out running together--well, kind of--she left me in the dust. On Friday night after we all went out for suishi, Heidi and I went to see Eclipse. It was actually pretty good.























SIDENOTE #1: I'm REALLY, REALLY missing my husband. I was supposed to be heading home on Friday, but no baby yet, so don't know when I'll be going home. Thank goodness we get to talk every day. (I left him with a card for every day, so he didn't miss me too much ; ) However, the cards stop tomorrow and I changed my ticket today, and I feel bad that he doesn't have any cards.

SIDENOTE #2: I'm having a tough time getting up in the morning and to beat the heat I have to run early in the morning. The other day Daphne, Drew, B and I went to the pool and I didn't get enough sunscreen on my right shoulder. OUCH. I really would love to go to the waterslides, but could do it only if I could wear a shirt over my suit--the last thing I need is more sun.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I LOVE AMERICA

I wasn't going to post this, but then I decided that if it's not here I won't remember what I did to celebrate the 4th.

I live in Canada and I love living there, but I will always be an American. I get choked up whenever I hear the National Anthem. It was a real treat for me to be in the United States for the 4th of July and to be able to sing the National Anthem during Church.

We had a wonderful celebration. We went up to Lake Tahoe so the kids could enjoy fun in the sun and watch the fireworks.

Drew loved being in the pool















Hannah and her cousin Alec had fun playing in the sand.
















B is such a fun kid--I think he's using this on his facebook profile.




















We were hoping to have the newest little one born by the 4th, but I'll settle for a picture with these cute kids.














I sure hope poor mom doesn't have to wait too much longer to have this baby--her due date is today, but I just don't know.



















We had a long wait for the fireworks, but it was so worth it. The kids were very patient.















I'm only supposed to be here until the 16th, but since there is still no baby, I think I'm going to have to change my ticket. In spite of the fact that I left Winnipeg on the 25th, I wouldn't have changed anything because it was so fun to surprise my sisters, be there for Kelly at her graduation party, and spend time with my Uncle Jerry. I just hope Stephen and Daphne don't get tired of having me here.

Sidenote #1: Congratulations to my son, Brent, who ran his first 5K race the beginning of the week. Without any training he ran it in 27:38. Of course, I shouldn't have been surprised, I can barely keep up with him when I walk with him anywhere.

Sidenote #2: I'm happy that Heidi has gotten here. She went out running with me this morning--well, she was ahead of me the whole time, but it was still fun to have her there.



Saturday, July 3, 2010

It's Been a Fun Week

I've been in California a little over a week. It has been great spending time with friends and family. The past few days I have been enjoying my time with my kids and grandkids. They have had fun playing with the Lincoln Logs, going out for ice cream, and playing at the baseball field. It's been so cute to hear all the fun things they say. I had to laugh when little Drew fed Barron, their Black Lab. He put the dog dish down and said, "Bon Appetit, Bare". I was sitting here just chuckling.

it would all be so much better if the little one would come--I'm only here for a couple of more weeks and I want to have more time to play with her. I went to the doctor with Daph--no change, but we're hoping.

Daph is such a trooper--today we went out to go mini-golfing and riding the go-carts in the heat of the day. (No, she didn't ride the go-carts.

I think Drew was very happy that his big brother, Jason, came home for the weekend so he could ride the go-carts with him.

Hannah rode with her dad

Brandon rode alone--poor guy, I think he had the slowest go-cart. (Drew was very happy when he and J overtook B's car.)

I do have to admit, I wonder what this little guy will do when he is no longer the baby ; (

It was so fun to see that some 30 years ago, he was playing

And now, he's out there coaching a ten-year-old All Star team. The other night we went to watch a practice game. I loved listening to one of the moms talk to Daph about how they are trying to figure out how to get their son on Stephen's team. He really is a great coach. The kids love him.

I hope to have some pictures of the little baby in the VERY near future. We were really hoping she'd be born today--it would have been my MIL's 92nd birthday. The blanket just needs to have the ends finished off and I have to do the trim.

Sidenote: Allan had a great time in Utah with the other kids. Heidi will be flying here on Wednesday, so I'll get to spend a few days with her, too. Can't wait. (Hopefully, we'll get a chance to go see New Moon--I still haven't seen it. (Oops, when I published this I said "New Moon"--meant "Eclipse".

HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT 4TH OF JULY--I'm so excited to be in the U.S. for the 4th.