Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ashley, Dayne and Crewe

Pretty Ashley and pretty Dayne in Tigers Boxter
Cute Tiger and cute Crewe

 Hewie Lewis and the News came to Billings for the Blues Festival in South Park.  It was a perfect evening and great company and great music, "the Power of Love."  But I will say this, old people shouldn't dance!  We had a lady that had a few beers in front of us that thought she could dance.  She had big wild pants on from her Woodstock days that kept creeping up her butt mostly her "dancing" was inappropriate.
Dayne just loves Finnley and Stella.  Each morning when she wakes up she hugs the pups and acts like she hasn't seen them in a long time.  The pups will miss her attention.

The pups have also loved all the attention that CP has given them.  He has two hands for petting two dogs.

Yellowstone and the Lewis and Clark Caverns

You can't come to Montana and not see Yellowstone Park.  We saw lots of buffalo too.
    The kids loved all the hot pots.

It was raining and chilly but Old Faithful is always so amazing.
But I think the hit for Dayne was meeting an "amazing artist."  He was so nice to her and visited with her while he was working on a water color.   We bought one of his wolf prints and he autographed it for her, she was so pleased.  She told him about going to art camp and he told her to keep painting and drawing.

We spent the night in Bozeman and the next day went to the Lewis and Clark Caverns.  They are so cool and wanted Rich to experience them.  

Rich really enjoyed Big Sky, white water rafting, Yellowstone Park and Lewis and Clark Caverns.  It was a quick fun 5 days.

We were all super hikers and we all enjoyed the caves.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer Visitors

We are always so happy to have visitors.  The California kids come for their annual summer visit. For the last couple of years Dane has had his annual Trial Lawyers Seminar at Big Sky. 

Ashley, Crewe and Dayne flew in on Tuesday and Wednesday right after Rich flew in we were off to Big Sky.
 On our way out of town we stopped at Brunos for the favorite meatballs and Dayne sneaking a little fire water from Tiger. 

We love Big Sky and stayed on the mountain side in a very nice condo with a loft. 
We went to the Farmers Market in the evening and one night Dane, Rich and Ashley went to the little movie theater while the kids and I stayed at the condo and ordered pizza and watched the cooking channel.

Wonderful pools that the water babies loved.

Dayne loved the trampoline
The kids are beginning to call Big Sky a tradition.  It's just what they do when they come to MT

Our favorite activity was rafting down the Gallatin

 It was so fun and Ashley and Crewe were so brave.  As we were getting into our raft a lady in another raft fell out of hers.  They hit a rock and over she went.  Crewe was sure we were all going to die.  But we didn't and he loved it.

The water was cold and we all got wet.  There were a a few 4's but mostly 3's and the water was petty low.  Crewe gave it a 9 and claimed it "so much fun."  Dayne was brave from the get go and it never was scary.

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.