Sunday, July 27, 2014


Lucky luck me got to go back to California for the swim Championships that Crewe got to go to and another meet that Dayne got to swim.

I got up at 4 AM to catch the flight to Oakland to surprise Crewe and Dayne. Ashley took Cp to swim practice and told him that she had an errand to do that would take her more than the hour of his practice so to bring a book.  She told Dayne that she had to pick up Sister Jones from the ward at the airport and she wasn't sure what she looked like.  So would she please look to see if she recognized anyone.  She looked hard and said the only person she recognized was Grandma, GRANDMA!!!!  I was standing outside waiting and it was a very fun surprise.  We got back to the pool about 20 minutes after his practice was over with and Dayne and Ashley went in to get him.  Dayne couldn't help herself and said that they had a surprise for him and then I walked in.  He was like Grandma? GRANDMA!!! His next comment was "isTiger hiding in the car?"  Sadly no.   
These two had the perfect response .

That evening Dayne had the "Meet of Champs"which is the meet for all the kids that didn't make the top 4 in their age group.  It was hot but fun to watch.  Crewe and Dayne cousins swam also so it was fun to cheer for them too.
Dayne swam a great free style, fly, back and a free relay.  She had fun which she is mostly interested in.  She finished first in her heat in the back which made her really happy.

end of Wednesday July 23, 2014

Thursday morning first things first, we walked to the donut store.  Got to get our steps in, right? Next had to get Crewe to swim practice. I was the driver so Ash could get some work done.  I'm getting pretty good at knowing my way around Livermore and I have a GPS on my phone.  Only 4 boys and 4 girls from each age group made the championship team.  

After practice we went for my favorite chicken tacos and a little shopping.  The boy needed new goggles as his old one kept coming off, not a good thing.   
Since it was sooo hot and Cp needed to test out his goggles we went to the pool for a quick swim.  It was delightful!!

 Friday morning the walk was to the bagel store.  
The kids are just so dang cute.  Then the nanny had to get CP to swim practice again and the Mother was working on meet stuff.  I love watching the swim practice too so I think it was a big help for Ash.

 She has worked so hard as the manager of the swim team and has done such a good job.  She is so nice to all the parents on the team even when they are unhappy. 

Ash had a meeting in the afternoon so I took the kids to In and Out.  Cp was suppose to "rest and stay calm" so it gave Ash and I a chance to check her out on my old sewing machine that I brought to her since I got a new one that I love!!!  Then off to the Friday night swim team kids parents meeting.

                       "Championships of the World"
The pool had 14 lanes but they only used 8 lanes and the others were for warming up.  It wasn't very good for watching as we were far away.  This picture was taken a 7 AM
Crewe did awesome!
 His IM relay team finished 5th
and he swam back.  3rd in the fly at 19.47 seconds   
 His free relay team cut 2 seconds and Cp swam 3rd.  They were in 5th and he got them caught up to 2nd but they ended up getting 3rd.  It was so fun and exciting.
 8 teams came and about 400 people.  We arrived at 7 AM and it was over by 1:30 and it was so hot 100.  Lots of fast kids and the kids have lots of fun playing games and being with friends.   
 The Rhonewood Sharks finish 5th with great competition.

Since it was so hot we had to cool off so we went to the pool for a little fun before the banquet.  
 Dayne got her trophey, she is 1 of 15 7-8 girls. 
 Crewe got his trophy, he is 1 of 20 9-10 boys.  

Crewe as well as his parents was most please that he got the "Coaches Award".  They said so many nice things about him, excellent example, swims fast and hard, never complains, is helpful, delightful and an all around nice boy.
 What an honor, and I so agree.
It was a fun fast 4 days.  Back to Montana and thanks for having me Rich, Ashley , Crewe and Dayne.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 Boxster

We love the new Porsche  
The 911 had a little tick in it so we loaded it up on a flat bed and sent it to the Porsche dealer in Orem.  After a $1500. tune up Dane deceided to trade it in on this brand new 2014 Boxster!!

 It is so cool and I love that is a convertable.  Dane use to say that the sun roof in the 911 was just like a converable, it's not.  Driving home Dane hit 129 mph and it was just fast.

 Since we were coming down to Utah for Addison baptism Aaron and Ethan kept the car for a week and got to enjoy the new ride, even E the younger got to drive it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday Family Night

After having a great weekend together, lots of laughter, games, good eats, and playing we went to a real neat amphitheater and had family pictures taken.  What is it about taking pictures that all the boys young and old acted like it was torture? The kids change so much and I just have to do it.  I will say it was HOT.  But I do think we got some pretty cool shots. 

My cute Grandsons!  They are all such good boys!
Alex 13, Crewe 10 1/2, Peyton 9, Ethan 15, Kade 9 1/2, Drew 11

Grandma and Tiger aka Jody and Dane

Natalie, Addison 8, Kade  and Ethan Schofield

Crewe, Ashley, Dayne 7, and Richard Palmer
Ethan, Drew, Natali, Aaron, Peyton and Alex Schofield

After the photo shoot Aaron made cookies and we played this fun game Heads Up where people describe something and you have to guess the word. Cousin Kurt, Ethans bff from AZ and his wife Megan and 2 year old son Kal came to Utah for the baptism and fun.  So the family walk with Ernie the dog was fun too.
We had lots of good eats but I think my favorite was the Water ice.  In fact we went 3 times and it's hard to say which was my favorite, the peach, the lime or the coconut with the vanilla custard. The first night Ethan's Mexican neighbor made these wonderful chicken tacos with green sauce.  After the baptism we had Cubby's cater their chicken and beef salads which were YUM.  Indian food out at restaurant where all the kids tried it and Sunday dinner Richard made his delicious pork.  

Oh the kids had so much fun being together.  It makes me so happy to be with all of them.  the first couple of nights we stayed at Aaron and Nat's and then we got a hotel half way between Aaron's and Ethan's in Prove.  The little girls spent the night with us and squirrled around most of the night.  It was fun having them.  In the morning they jumped in bed with Tiger.  We went to this natural history museum up on campus with all kinds of cool animals but I didn't get any pictures.  As you can see I brought sling shots for all the kids.  Not sure the parents though it was such a good idea but the kids loved it.  They mostly shot cheese balls and went to the dirt piles trying to chum in birds with dog food and then shoot them.                                     It didn't work.
It's really really hard to say good bye to your BFF cousin when you have had such a good time.  It was hard to leave all these darlins.  They are such great kids and their parents are the best!  It was a fun time!  Dane and I hoped in our new car and headed back to Montana.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's Great to 8 Addisons Baptism

July 5, 2014 is Addison's big day.  We are proud of her and here choice to be baptized.  She is such a sweet thing and we just love her to pieces.  Hard to believe that she is 8.

Right after Ethan baptized her she through her arms around him and hugged him and said "Oh Daddy"  It was so sweet.

 It was a wonderful experience for all of us.  Dane spoke about baptism and Cheetos dust and how the orange is sometimes hard to get off your hands.  That you need to wash them right away just like you need to repent right away.  I should of taken a picture with the huge bucket of Cheetos that he gave her.  It was a great talk.  Ethan confirmed her with Dane, Aaron, Richard, Paul, Natalie's step dad, Eric the brother, Cam the friend and the counselor standing in the circle.

What a cute, good, fun family with Oscar brown dog and old man Tyson and missing Tony the cat.

Ashley, Rich, Crewe and Dayne stayed with Ethan, Natalie, Kade and Addison and the kids had the best time being together.  Tiger = fun

Friday, July 4, 2014

It's great to be an American

Happy 4th of July

I love parades but apparently the rest of the family isn't as excited about a parade so just Dane and I went.  We found a great place to watch the parade on the court house lawn with 100's of our closest friend and a wonderful view of the Provo temple.  There is something about bands, brave people, the American flag and Dane seeing "Jimmer" that just brings on the tears.

Ashley, Rich and the kids flew in the afternoon and Dayne and Addison were so happy to see each other.  I think I heard Dayne say to Add "I am so excited that you are getting baptised" at least a dozen times.
We took the kids to the festivities downtown and for treats. It was about 100 degrees out.

Then back to Ethans for 4th of July fun, bbq, fireworks and a  rousing game of "Tiger Says"

We brought lots of gift cards but Ethan was the big winner.
A fun jump house and a big wading pool and lots of grab butt for the kids.
Kade 9 1/2, Crewe 10 1/2, Dayne 7, Addison 8, Peyton 9, and Drew 11 with Oscar the dog were so happy to be together and had so much fun playing.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mt Timpanogas

Dane and I flew down to Utah for the Addison Baptism weekend.  First order of business was to hike up to Timpanogas caves. 
We did it several years ago and I remember Dane saying never again but here we are ready to go. 

Acually it was 11,613 steps.

It is a 1.5 mile hike up 1,000 feet.  The caves are 45 degrees inside but it was hot out.
It was fun and we all enjoyed the caves and being together.   Martin Hansen, a Mormon settler from American Fork,  followed mountain lion tracks and discovered an underground cave with colorful deposits, beautiful formations, and clear underground pools in 1887.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Girl time

Dane flew home, back to work since "this vacation ain't paying for itself" and I got to stay a few more days.  The next week Crewe went to scout camp and the theme was space and this was the first day greeter. Cool huh? It was way over the top camp.  He had a great time and loved the archery, bb gun shooting and swimming the best.
While CP was at camp we shopped and as we were leaving the mall Dayne announced that she was ready to have her ears pearced.  Ash and I were so surprised.  So the third time was the charm.  She was brave and so pleased with herself.  She keeps announcing "this is the first time with pierced ears that I have ______"
Crewe was happy that he was a camp as we went to the fabric stores and ofcourse had to go for the pedicures, another one of my favorite girl activites.