Well, black friday is here! ummmmm, Lara isn't so I was not at all motivated to look at anything. but I discovered someone who is interested...............................JON!! We slept in until 9:00 a.m. and in walks Jon, with an armload of goodies!!! And so proud of them at that!! He had alot of his Christmas shopping done, as he pulled out each item saying....."This is for Chloe, this is for Brayden and Daxton, this is for blah blah..........!!1
So next year I think I will tag along with Jon! He waited until the crowds died down, went to Walmart and Target got some great things for next to nothing. I'm tellin ya, I've got another black friday buddy again. Soooo, Jon, let's plan it out next year, very carefully and strategically, so we can sleep and we can miss the blast of people!!!
Lara encouraged us all to write what may bug us, but for which we are really thankful for, soooooo the stuff I have that I am not grateful, but really am is:
Cleaning up after others in the house, the dirt that comes in with the shoes, the dishes that are left all around the house, the towels and dirty laundry left on the floor in the bathroom, or the lights left on and heat left up high.
This makes ME realize, I have people whom I love around, living, breathing, talking., playing people. This shows me that I am still healthy enough to move and bend to clean it up! That there are lights to switch on so easily, and off! That we have soft towels that make us feel delicious after showering and that we don't have to use them over and over and over again. That we can sit down an enjoy a book or a show and relax and eat whatever we want, whenever we want!!
This just leads me to think we are like the queens from past history, that we're prosperous and so well to do! Queens, yeah, that IS what we are, we can turn on the faucets in a tub and out comes hot and cold water, and we can just soak with the beautiful scents or bubbles. Yep, just like the queens of old!! We are so blessed. WOW!
Thank you for EVERYTHING I have, it is sooooooooooooo good.
Okay, so this takes the cake! I saw my glasses on the kitchen island while I was cleaning up! So I thought to myself, that is where your glasses are, Deni. Then going about my business doing dishes, doing laundry, and various sundry things, I was now ready to watch a program with Mike. I couldn't find my glasses anywhere! I was chattering to myself, and to Mike, Did you see my glasses, and then Jon walked up from the apartment, and I suddenly realized, hey, I can see him clearly, Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I have them on my face!! My goodness, I remember when my mother did that sort of thing, of good gravy, I'm getting old! Holy Cow!!!
I have seven very talkative and very smart grandchildren thus far in my life! 4 girls and 3 boys to be exact! I am very fortuante to get to talk to them and have very interesting and fun conversations with them. I find them bright, funny, interesting, and thought provoking! They each have very distinct interests and wonderful individuality, just like their parents. So today, I want to show what one of them looks like to me as a gramma, and what his cute conversations are like!
His name is "Tychon Stanton Preston", 6 years old going on 25 and full of life and full of personality. He called me yesterday to just talk. His first words on the phone is "Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Gramma!!!!" And I always respond, "Isssssssss thissssss who I think it isSssssssss????" And he will say, "YES!, it's Tychon!!!"
Oh, my goodness, this little guy knows I know who he is and knows just how much I love him. I told him, "Tychon, I really miss you, and we really like to talk to each other, don't we!!" and he immediately responded: "Yeah, gramma, that's why I called you!!!" We usually spend a good 45 minutes to an hour talking about everything from what he is doing to what he is thinking about.
One of my questions yesterday was, "Tychon, what do you want to be when you grow up??" He said: "Uhhhhhhh, I really want to be an archeaologist!" "I would really love that!" So I told him about a friend who is one, and that he was down in Guatamala digging and finding what he thinks to be the City of Nephi! Tychon says, "Wait, what is his name??? I think I heard his name and about all the things you just said, exactly." (We are talking about a 6 year old knowing this story!!) Incredible!
It is like I'm talking to Lara, Nate or one of the other kids, who are our adult children!
Tychon also has entreprenurial blood in him, he sells rocks at races he attends with his parents and he told me that just a couple of weeks ago he made 9.00 in ONE DAY!! I told him, "Tychon, if you can sell rocks, you will be able to sell anything, what a gift you have!!" He laughed and said he will be selling his old books he has read next time. So we will see what his success rate is with that!!
I generally send him and Estee a package pretty often and THEY LOVE getting them. So I sent Estee a beautiful petticoat like Sophia's and Tychon told me that Estee put it right on and danced in it. But that is not all......Tychon said......."she is sooooo cute in it gramma!!!!!" (isn't that precious????)
At the closing of our visit, he told us he had to go to Ace Hardware to buy a couple of wires he has been wanting to buy! Ummmm, Tychon, buy WIRES, for what and with what???? He toldf me he uses his money he earns selling rocks and he will use the wires to build things that run, like boats and rockets. WOW! All I can say is.......Just like his Dad!!
I love that his parents encourage this in him and give him the belief that he can do what he loves! BUT mostly I just love to hear him tell me ALL about it!!!
I am dedicating this blog post to one of my dear daughters-in-law whom I am coming to know better each day. She is a beautiful girl inside and out and her name is Rachael. She is just one of the family members whom I adore, but I would like to introduce you to her ever so strong strengths. First of all, she will come up and talk with me and ask me searching questions, thirsty to learn and open to hear. Not many people are like that. I hope she knows that whatever I say is only an opinion and she can do with it as she wants, trash it, use it , wear it, or laugh at it!! Because that is what it is, an opinion!! I so appreciate this strength in her, as I can relax and voice what I have come to know in life, ever rational or irrational it may seem. Another strength is she smiles, ALOT, and she wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings if she tried. She would get out of there first before she would ever want to hurt someone. That is a great strength because she is trying to think of the other person first. I know this of her. Even if I say something that could be taken wrong, she seems to give me the benefit of the doubt, what greater blessing is there by someone you love??? She enjoys trying to sort things out and through and over and around etc. etc. I am grateful I am there to be the one she sometimes asks. It is a blessing. If I have the time, I really like to listen to her and try to put things in a different perspective when not emotionally involved. Heaven knows when we are emotionally involved we never see things as clearly as we would like to think we do. I appreciate it when someone will hear me out too!! So I love that I get to do that at times. These are just a few of the strengths I see and have the priviledge of partaking of when rubbing shoulders with Rachael! Aren't I lucky?
This was put out by the nation's political cartoonists! Thanks to my son who sent this to me. So true, so true!! And we bought it!
The Audacity of Unawareness
April 15th, 2009 5:03 pm Barack Obama, through his spokesman, claimed today that he wasunaware of the tax day tea parties. Granted, the MSM has done a good job in suppressing any sort of coverage ahead of time (and the little coverage they did provide was derisive at best). but how out of touch is the Community Organizer in Chief, really?This much we know: - He was unaware that he was attending a church (for 20 years) with a racist pastor who hates America .. - He was unaware that he was family friends with, and started his political career in the living room of, a domestic terrorist. - He was unaware that he had invested in two speculative companies backed by some of his top donors right after taking office in 2005. - He was unaware that his own aunt was living in the US illegally. - He was unaware that his own brother lives on pennies a day in a hut in Kenya . - He was unaware of the AIG bonuses that he and his administration approved and signed into a bill.. - He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Commerce was under investigation in a bribery scandal. - He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services was a tax cheat. - He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat. - He was unaware that the man he nominated to be the U.S. Trade Representative was a tax cheat. - He was unaware that the woman he nominated to be his Chief Performance Officer was a tax cheat. - He was unaware that the man he nominated to be #2 at the Environmental Protection Agency was under investigation for mismanaging $25 million in EPA grants. PLEASE,,, there are people in comas that are more aware of world affairs than this guy. You have three years, nine-and-a-half months to come up with an answer .