Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's beginning to look Alot Like Christmas

I put the tree up right after Thanksgiving and i just love it.  In the past we have blamed Stella for stealing picks off the tree and chewing them up.  We caught Finnley chewing on one of the picks and I think it was him all along.
I love Christmas
Once again Billings Junior Women's Club sponsored a tree for the Festival of Trees, which I was in charge of.   Our theme this year was "A Charlie Brown's Christmas."  We made lots of picture sugar balls, had 79 books and 21 stuffed characters.  Our tree brought in  $1050.00. 

My friends and I had a ornament exchange and breakfast at my house.  It's always fun to get together.  We all missed our friend Jeannie while she is on a mission so we made her ornaments too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Just What I Needed A Quick trip to CA

It was so fun to jump on the plane the day after Thanksgiving and go see these darlins.  The kids didn't know that I was coming so it was such a fun surprise.  I flew into SFO so after they picked me up we went downtown to see the lighting of the Macy's tree at Union Square.  Thousands of people were downtown and was so crowded.  There are was a demonstration going on downtown and we were trying to stay far away.  We hustled into the store so the kids couldn't see the masked people marching and the rock throwing.  It was a little scary but we were safe and the lights were beautiful.

We girls  had some pampering with manicures.  Dayne had 2 colors of turquoise put on her nails.
I just love these two.  Crewe is such a nice boy and is getting taller every time I see him. 

 Off to church with Richard, Dayne, Ashley and Crewe

While Ash and I were shopping we had a lady ask if we were twins.  Then at church one of the ladies asked if I was her sister.  Well I am very flattered that these ladies think I look like pretty pretty Ashley.
We went to see the Christmas lights at the Oakland Temple.  They were beautiful and the visitors center was very nice.  I think we should go back.

We had wonderful weather while I was visiting.  It hasn't rained in months in California so when it started to rain that was all people talked about and boy did it rain.

I was pretty impressed with this squirrel tail.  He looks pretty well feed and just might need some kind of back support to carry that tail around.  Now Dane would say "he's good eatin,"  like he would know.  It was so fun to be with this little family.  We shopped, ate good food, decorated the Christmas tree and hung out.  All just what I needed, thanks for having me! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Utah Sports Weekend

Aaron invited Dane and Uncle Stew to Utah so that they could go to a BYU game with the recruit, Ethan.  He got them frequent flier tickets and they were set up for a big weekend of sports and more sports.  They had a great time at the game but it was was pretty cold.

Dane and Uncle Stew got to be on the field with the recruit and Aaron and Richard were in the stands.When it got so cold lots of people left and Aaron and Rich got to go sit with Dane and Ethan.  They had a great time.
Ashley, Rich and the kids were visiting Utah for the weekend too and they got to go to the BYU basketball game.  Dane and Uncle Stew went to the basketball game then the volleyball game all in one evening.  They had all kids of fun and so did the kids.  Dane loved watching the cheerleaders and Ash had made her a shirt that said "my Tiger loves the Cougars and so does my Mother and some day I will be a Cougar too."
Dayne was so excited about the chocolate fountain at the Little America Buffet.  She had "only heard of them and she thought she would never in her wildest dreams get to see one."  While the adults went to dinner the kids had a little pizza.
Ashley and Richards sister in laws parents are the MTC presidents.  They offered to give Ash, Rich and kids a  tour  of the MTC.  We were like oh here is a room and here is the gym etc.  But Ashley said it was wonderful and and so interesting.  The spirit was strong and the missionaries treated the President like a rock star.  They learned a lot, thought it was very interesting and meet a sweet sister from the Islands that had leprosy.  She had been at the MTC since April and getting treatments.  Crewe and Dayne loved it and Crewe wants to go to Greece on his mission and Dayne wants to go to MexicoSo while they were all in Utah having fun the dogs and I held down the fort in Montana.  I stayed up late and sewed and ate whatever.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oh Crap winter is back.

We new it couldn't be long before winter arrived.  We had a beautiful long fall but it came to an abrupt halt November 11, 2014 and today it was below zero when we got up.  I'm not sure I am up for this yet.
The pups still wanted to go out.  We are good dog parents.
We had a new client today, she kept pecking at the door like let me in

She was a little cold.  I was a little concerned that she would try and cross 6th ave N. and become turkey panini.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Boise Take Three

Dane and I were at the Church Halloween Trunk or Treat and Dane announced that we needed to go to Boise to help Ethan and Natalie move into their house.  The loan was finally closing and they were finally getting out of the hotel.  Ethan thinks he can move it all himself.  So we jumped up at 5AM and hoped in the Porsche and away we went.  We talked to them several times during the drive but didn't tell them we were coming. We found out where their storage unit was and talked our way in and drove up.  Ethan looked at us kinda funny and then it registered with them both that we were really their and started to cry.  The Cavalry had showed up, a carvery of 2 old people but we were ready to help.  They were grateful!!!  It was fun to surprise them.
Tired Tiger!  He stunned himself when he walked into the trucks door and hit and cut his head good.  Ethan bandaged him up and he looked like he was in the civil war but they got it done.
While Dane and Ethan went back and forth to the storage unit Nat and I took the kids over to Addi's friends to trick or treat.  Hundred's of kids, tons of candy and it was fun.
While Dane and Ethan loaded and unloaded I put things away and built beds.  It was a ton of work but it was good to be their and helping.  I'm not sure how Ethan and Nat would of gotten the washer/dryer up the stairs. 

I put Adds bed together all by myself and had Kade and Addi help put the top mattress on.  We struggled and pulled but we got it.  Kade kept petting my arm and saying "Grandma you are so strong." :)  We left them with lots to do but they have a very nice roof over their heads, food and places to sleep.  The unpacking is coming along and they all seem to be happy.  Ethan is loving his job, the kids are making friends and Natalie is making their cute house a home.  So back to MT we go.  Great roads for the 3rd of November no snow :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boise Take Two

Ashley, Rich and kids and Dane and I flew into Boise for a fun weekend and for the boys to go to the BYU Boise State game.  We were hoping that the kids would be in their home but they are now residents of the Country Home and Suites.  The Cougars are having a rough time on the field but we had a great weekend.  The kids were so happy to be together.
Addison and Dayne were so happy to be together and had so much fun.  Tyson the dog was such a good sport to let them wrap him up and play house with him. 

The kids swam every day at the pool and even rode scooters in the hall between rooms.

Kade and Crewe slept in our room with us.  They are reading the same book, playing the same games.  I love how they get along and can pick right up being friends.  Boise was a wonderful downtown and farmers market.  Also it is fun to have the little girls dress alike when I am with them.  They are the sweetest little things and I love them!

Boise also has a very nice outdoor shopping area with lots of good places to eat and shop and the nicest movie theater with a fun arcade that the little boys loved.    
Love these Darlins!
The king of the zoo.  Isn't he handsome with his pretty lady.

Boise has a great zoo.  It was Boo at the Zoo so lots of kids in costumes and free candy.  The kids thought it was fun to be in the ground hogs home.  Oh and Dr Nat Addison and Dayne need your help with their bites. 
Fun to be with these pretty girls.

A beautiful fall day at the zoo and just fun to be together. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Springville to Boise

With Ethan's new job as a Cleveland Golf Rep the Ethan and Natalie Schofield family are moving to Boise Idaho.  Natalie left a few days earlier as she was transferring with Costco and had to work.  Ethan, Dane and several of Ethan's buddies helped them load up the 2 U-hauls and said good bye to their first cute house, the one they brought their babies home to, and the neighborhood they loved.  After watching the 1st session of Sunday conference Dane took off and the kids and I had to take Ethan back to the house as he was leaving the next day.  We were behind Dane about an hour but caught him quickly as he was only going 60 mph at top speed and we had Ethan's nice car that just cruised right along.  The kids watched movies and read, an easy drive and we got to Boise in 5 1/2 hours.   
The cute new house in Meredian which is a part of Boise,  but not yet as they are waiting on the loan so their home is the Country Inn and Suite boooooo

We loved Boise, great places to eat, the beautiful Temple and fun downtown.  I think they are going to love living here and we are going to love visiting.

Cute Natalie, swimming babies and their co pilot Tyson

After being with the kids for a week it was really hard to tell them good bye.  Kade and Addison are signed up for school and will start in a few days.  We will be back soon.
 Happy Happy Birthday to my favorite!