Saturday, October 27, 2012

Grandchildren--Pride and Joy #8, Hannah

I really need to get these done before the end of the year--although my big problem is when I start working on them I find myself spending a lot of time looking at old pictures and reminiscing.  Oh time passes much too quickly.  And getting ready for Christmas, going to see my friend, C, in Ottawa, will not give me much time, to do another 4 posts.  So maybe I'll end in January ; )

But let's move on to Miss Hannah.  Oh how I love this beautiful little girl

...I should say young woman.

This was taken at the hospital with her three older siblings:

August 2000, Allan and I had been in California to attend the wedding of one of my nephews.  I had great hopes that Miss Hannah would be born before we flew back to Utah to pick up the kids and start our drive to Winnipeg.  I wanted to see her and hold her.   But we flew out of Oakland early Sunday morning--and Daphne went into labor shortly after we landed and got on the road.  There was no flying back for me, just a miserable me once I knew I had missed her birth. Poor Allan had to listen to me for several hours.  AND IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY!!!!

We were so happy to go back to Cali and be there on her blessing day:

I just love this picture of her--the ice cream is almost bigger than she is ; )  It's funny because she is really not much of a sweet eater.

It was great to have a little one in the family again--it had been 6 years since B was born and we were all ready for a little one again.

She shares a birthday with her grandpa and I think they both love it.  This picture of the two of them was taken at his 60th birthday celebration--wow, that was almost 10 years ago!!! 

I have to say she gives the best hugs.  Each of the kids in that family have always done something that I love--while they hug you they pat you on the back.  I LOVE IT.

She loves her daddy.

With their cat, Sammy.

A favorite shot from Dance.

I love this picture of her and her older sister, Ki, taken one Christmas at the Oakland Temple.

With her brother, B, at her birthday celebration.

She is incredibly athletic.  

She has had a great time doing cheer with her big sister.

With her Uncle Kyle--yes, that's right ; )

On her brother, Jason's high school graduation day.

She was so excited to be baptized

With her very proud Grandma and Grandpa

She is a great big sister--Here she is with little brother, Drew

So excited to hold little sister, Gerogia

A couple of weeks ago she was very excited to go see the Bieber with her Mom and older sister.  In fact, her songs on my playlist for my marathon were Never Say Never and Somebody to Love.

I just love spending time with her and so want to bring her up to Winnipeg to have some grandma time with me.  

She recently graduated from Primary and I can hardly believe it.  She is growing up WAY TOO FAST!!!

Sure do love you, Miss Hannah.

Sidenote:  Just a couple of fun pics from the last few days.

#1:  On Sunday we had our semi-annual after Stake Conference dinner.  One of our guests gave me this to say Congratulations on doing the Marathon.  So made me smile.  And, no, I haven't eaten all the candy bars YET.

#2:  Last night Allan and I went out to our favorite restaurant to celebrate our 30th.  I needed a shot for my 365 and decided to do this one titled "Still Excited for Date Night".

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Day Late, But That's Okay

In the 5 years I've had this blog, I have NEVER missed our anniversary, UNTIL THIS YEAR.  I'm turning the comments off because honestly, this is not about people telling me HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ; )  Obviously, I love it when my husband says it to me.  It's fun to have the kids call to say Happy Anniversary because they know if it wasn't for our getting married 30 years ago,  they wouldn't be here--or in the case of Stephen, he wouldn't be part of Allan's family, and he is always quick to say how grateful he is for our marriage.  And what would I DO if I didn't have Allan's kids and grandkids as part of my family???

The point of this is to tell you some of the things I love about this man.  It's funny because as the years go on, I find I just love him more and more.  You'd think we'd get tired of being together, or talking to one another or even run out of things to say--NO WAY.

I am stealing this idea from Heidi.  I won't post 30 pictures, but will obviously post a few, but instead here are 30 words that describe Allan--in no particular order.   Now some may seem repetitious, but...I am going to do it anyway:

1.  Handsome:  Now that goes without saying ; )

2.  Caring:  Not just for me, but he is just a caring guy.  I think the thing I will always appreciate is the love he showed to his mom.  It still makes me tear up when I hear him refer to her as his angel mother.

3.  Honorable:  When I thought about the word honorable, I am reminded of the story of President George Albert Smith "what have you done with my name".  I thought of what it means to him to be a Robison.  He would NEVER do anything to dishonor his name.  As well, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has taken upon him the name of Jesus Christ and would NEVER want to do anything to dishonor Him.

4.  Thoughtful:  It was so fun to have him there with me when I ran my marathon.  He got in his car and found me every couple of miles.  I was so excited when I would see him up ahead.  And there he was ready to give me some encouraging words.  It was so cute how he told the people at the different stops all about me and they would call me by name and say something positive.

5.  Attentive:  Being single for 31 years made me a little independent.  When we got married and were on our honeymoon, I developed a little infection and he wanted to be right there to take care of me.  I was not used to that and frankly, didn't want him hovering.  He has learned when to hover and when not to ; )

6.  Organized:  Oh, yes, sometimes this drives me a little crazy, but at the same time it is so helpful.  He always knows where things are (unless I put them somewhere).  I still laugh when I move something on his desk and am in his office talking to him and he looks down and sees something a few centimeters to the left or right and he has to move it to where it was ; )

7.  Punctual:  I never have to worry that we'll be late somewhere.  It is another one of those, sometimes drives me crazy things, but if we are to leave to go somewhere at 7:00 pm, I have learned that means we will be leaving BEFORE 7:00 pm.  When I had little ones to get ready, it wasn't always easy, but it has helped me become a punctual person.

8.  Selfless:  I think it drives the kids crazy when they ask what he wants for his birthday, and they get the usual response, "I just want my kids to be happy".  It is never about him.  WHAT A GUY!!!!  He is always ready to serve whenever and wherever he is needed.

9.  Fun:  He is so fun.  He will go along with things the kids want to do--even when they want him to put on a "clip-on" earring for a photo ; )

10.  Funny:  Not the same as fun, but he has a great sense of humor.  I love to hear him laugh and he makes me laugh.

11.  Loyal:  He is definitely loyal to his family, his friends, his employer, Church, and God.  

12.  Honest:  Honesty is so important to him.  He wouldn't even dream about lying about anything. He tells the story of his mom making him go back to the store because he got too much change when he bought a candy bar.  He bragged about the extra money and his mom made him go back to return the extra money.  It is a lesson that has stayed with him all these years.  He will take things back to the grocery store and I think they are amazed at his honesty.

13.  Smart:  There is not much he doesn't know, but he never makes me or anyone else feel dumb.  He is so willing to share his knowledge and help me learn.

14.  Understanding:  With each of my pregnancies he was right there to help me.  I still remember how much the smell of soap after he would shower made me sick and I didn't want him anywhere near me.  I would just look at him and motion to "go away" and HE DID!!!

15.  Helpful:  Goodness he is such a help around the house.  He is a great housekeeper and I never had to worry when I would go away that I would come home to a messy house.  In all his "spare time" he does the grocery shopping--he is a much better shopper than me.  And he is a GREAT cook and helps whenever we have people over for dinner.

16.  Kind:  He is kind to everyone and he makes time for people--which I appreciate so much.  As busy as he is, I don't think people ever feel like he doesn't have time to visit with them.

17.  Hard Working:  I appreciate how hard he works.  He goes to work and while he is there, he works hard.  And an honest days work for an honest days pay: AND THEN SOME MORE!!!!

18.  Exemplary:  I don't think my children could have a better example to follow than him.  I love when they call to ask his advice.  They know he would never steer them wrong and they would never go wrong if they thought "What would dad do?" in any situation--well, in almost any situation ; )
(I really should have put this picture under "fun"

19.  Non-Judgmental:  He just doesn't look for the bad in anyone.  Obviously, he has to make judgments but he is so great and I admire the way he sees people

20.  Gentle:  I used to love to watch him with the kids when they were babies.  Here was this big guy and these tiny little ones, but he was so sweet with them.

21.  Patient:  Honestly he is the most patient man I know.  I lose my patience rather quickly, but some how he just stays calm--and I don't have a clue how he does it.

22.  Courageous:  Because of his great faith he never seems to be afraid.

23.  Disciplined:  I think that is a great word to describe him.  He is routine oriented.  He is a list maker and checks things off his list.  He awakes like clockwork at a certain time each morning and I know about how long it will take him to get ready.  

24.  Humble:  I look at everything he has accomplished in his life, and am amazed that he can remain humble, but he truly understands why he has been able to achieve the things he has achieved--he knows where the strength and ability has come from.  I so love that about him.

25.  Generous:  He is generous with his time and with his means.

26.  Devoted:  He is willing to do whatever he needs to for his family.  He is devoted to all of us and I love him for that.  In fact, even when it's freezing cold, he braves the temperatures to barbeque me a steak!!!

27.  Loving:  I will forever cherish each and every note, letter, and card he has given me throughout these years.  I have been the recipient of so much love.

28.  Athletic:  I have been typing his personal history and it has been so fun to read about all his athletic experiences when he was young.  I know he misses playing basketball (something he did for years), but I love that he stays active.  He goes out and walks whenever he can--he is not a sit around kind of guy.

29.  Positive:  I love how incredibly positive he is.  He always sees the bright side of everything.  He tells me it doesn't do any good to worry, and one day I will be able to do that!!!!  He doesn't let things bother him at all--oh how I wish I could do that.

30.  Faithful:  Oh, how I love being on this journey with him.  He demonstrates such faithfulness each and every day of his life being obedient and striving to have the Spirit.  He always helps me to remember where we need to turn for answers and direction.

I truly am blessed to have him as my eternal companion.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Interesting Place for a Reminder or a Lesson

I do not enjoy shows like American Idol because I do not like watching people get critiqued.  I imagine those that were told IN FRONT OF THE WORLD what was wrong with their performance and then sent home, crying into their pillows, and it makes me very sad.

For the past few weeks I have watched a show on Canadian Television entitled "Over the Rainbow".  The reason I have been watching is because the girlfriend of one of Kyle's friends has been a contestant--in fact she is one of the last 5 contestants.  I have enjoyed watching her perform and have been excited for her.  Monday night, I watched the results show, and as is the case each week, the girls who were the bottom two had to participate in a sing-off, for the judge to decide which one of them she would "save from elimination".   The judge explained that what they must all understand is that they are being judged as a future Dorothy from the moment they come on the stage on Sunday night.  Everything is taken into account.  During the sing-off, it is their chance to deliver the story so well, so powerfully, that the judges would listen and have to conclude, "You have to stay!"

After they both sang, the judge announced which one she would save.  First she told one of the girls that she knew this was the 3rd time she had been in this situation.  She told her she had such a fabulous ability to sing and tell a story, but that tonight she didn't do that and the judge wondered if that was because this was the 3rd time she had been there, and she was giving what she had, and she didn't have the feeling of hope!  And because of that she was the one who was going home.

She then turned to the other contestant and said she told all the other girls she wanted all of them to listen to what she had to say.  And what she said really hit me.  She told this girl who was staying that that particular performance she delivered something she had not delivered in the past.  The judge didn't think she could sing to that level and that depth because they had not seen her sing like that before--the difference:   she was singing for her life (so to speak).  She told all of them, if they want to play Dorothy, they need to give it everything they have.

So why did this effect me?  Simple because if I learned nothing else during my marathon, I learned you have to believe in yourself and hope is everything.  We really have to have hope.  I thought about the things we do and how important it is that we have hope that we can accomplish them, make a difference, whatever it is--even FINISHING A MARATHON!!!!  HOPE IS POWERFUL.

Monday, October 15, 2012


I am so happy to say that I DID IT and what an amazing experience it was.  It was a small marathon--something like 450 runners.  Quite a bit different than Chicago which has like 37,000 runners--and 17,000 of those are female runners.

Before I share with you the details of the race, I just want to tell you that it was a miracle, that I was even able to race.  I did something to my knee on Friday morning and could not even walk.  It was horrible, so the fact that I could run on Saturday was truly a miracle for which I am very grateful.

Here is the start of the race--I'm near the end of the pack.

One of the funny things was, I had changed my iPod a few days before and hadn't played my playlist on this one, and when it started it was SO LOUD--it had been Kyle's and I guess he had it really blasting.  It took me a couple of minutes to get it at the right volume, so I crossed the start line, I was holding the iPod and trying to adjust.  CRAZY.

Something I forget every time I race--hit the start button on the Garmin.  But that was okay.

My little playlist with people running different miles with me was PERFECT.  I showed you the pictures of Heidi and Daniel that they sent me.  This is what my friend C sent--she was with me on my first mile.  She and her husband went out and walked the first mile--she had just had her first bout of Chemo last week (what a trooper!!!).  This so made me smile

I smiled as I hit each mile and the new playlist for a different person would come up.  I ended up being a little slower and had to make some adjustments, but it was fun to hear songs like:   "Anywhere in the World" which was for my grandson, B, who turned 18 last week and is going to be submitting his papers for his mission; "Moves Like Jagger" for my grandson G (who is 5 and likes that song); "Never Say Never" for my granddaughter, H, who went to see Justin Bieber a week ago; One of the slowest songs "Georgia on My Mind" for Georgia, which meant I needed something really upbeat after that and so I used "Fergalicious" and could really speed up; "September" one that my granddaughter K really likes--since she was born in September ; "Lazy Eye" for Kyle--one of my favorites to play with him on Rockband;  "You're the Best" for Brent because it always reminds me of The Karate Kid, one of Brent's favorite movies; "Love is a Battlefield" for my step-daughter, Wendy--Pat Benatar songs remind me of her; "Crazy in Love" for my son-in-law, Daniel--who I know is Crazy in Love with Heidi; "Try It Again" one Heidi picked out, but for me it was "Dancing Queen" that reminded me of her ; "1999" which reminds me of Allan's daughter, Nancy; "Soul Meets Body" which my grandson Chris and his wife really like, and so appropriately named; "Carry on My Wayward Son" for granddaughter Amanda and her husband--who are not wayward, but when I mentioned I couldn't use it for them Darren, Amanda's husband said, he really liked that song (frankly I was surprised he would even know it ; ).  I have to add that the Best placed song on the whole playlist had to be "Don't Fear the Reaper" which was when I was nearing the finish line and DYING!!!!  And of course, two reasons for Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time"--first of all for obvious reasons I sure would have liked to have a younger body and second, really wanted to do it in 5 and a half hours and if I could have turned back time, the timer when I crossed would have read 5:30:01 ; )

Now a few photos that Allan took as I passed different aid stations--I don't think Primping Stations would have helped AT ALL!!!

Just approaching Mile 8

Stopping to get some water:

I think this is about Mile 19, but I'm not sure

Time for Gatorade--this is about Mile 22
Now, if you see the lady in the red behind me, we kept juggling for position and in the end SHE BEAT ME.  It was a little discouraging because SHE WAS 71!!!!  

Crossing the finish line--but hey, AT LEAST I AM NOT CRAWLING ; )

And here I am with my medal

So some things I learned that I will do differently next time:
  • I had talked about my posture before, but I REALLY, REALLY need to work on it.  I noticed I put my head down a lot and that gave me a pain in the neck ; )
  • Don't do the last marathon of the season--if something happens you really have no other option!!!
  • Do a half before just to get ready
  • Do hill training to improve endurance--even if there are no hills during your race
  • Work on improving my speed--or should I say, getting some speed!!!!
  • Save something for the end, so crossing the finish line includes a smile and they don't ask: "Are you okay????"
I am so happy that it was a great experience and that I want to do it again.

I am reminded of something Elder Neil Anderson said at General Conference 6 months ago that "Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, nor is it fully comparable to a lengthy marathon.  In truth it is a lifelong migration toward a more celestial world."  I think of how many times through the marathon I thought and even said, "You can do this."  I love the idea of likening the training for the marathon to spiritual preparation for this journey through life.   There are things we need to do to keep us fit and ready.

Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive through this journey.