Friday, August 07, 2009

Okay. I have had some inquiries as to why have I not been blogging. Here is the reason. Starting from left to right at the top, Rachel, John, Sibyl, Brandon, Jeremy, Amber, Isabelle, and Rylie. This is where a lot of our summer has been, trying to keep them all happy, active and not fighting. Rachel, John, Sibyl and Isabelle are from Pahrump, Nevada. The other three, Brandon, Jeremy and Amber are from Tulsa, OK and Rylie is from Provo, UT. While there were some interesting times we also had a lot of good times.

Cheryl and I would take shifts in watching for blood and tears while the other one took a time out and laid down. I cannot speak for Grandma but whenever I went to lay down I had all of them come and bother me at one time or another. Guess I wouldn't have it any other way.

Took the boys fishing every day for a week and we went to different lakes each time. The best lake was where the bluegill are and all I did was take fish off, put bait on, take fish off, put bait on. The bluegill were really hitting but they were very small so we didn't keep any. Probably a good thing since neither Cheryl or I know how to clean and prepare them for eating.

Cheryl took the gang to the local swimming place where they have a slide that a portion of it is known as the "black hole" and I guess it scares the by gollies out of you. Even the adults were thinking before launching.

We dug a fire pit in the back yard and had wiener roasts, mosquito bites, smoors, more mosquito bites and a lot of fun. Poor Jeremy is allergic to any bug bites and a mosquito bit him on the cheek which caused him to swell up big time. Isabelle would freak out at any bug she put eyes on. Mercy!!!

I could go on but it would be boring to all who reads this so I will close by saying this; Cheryl and I love our grandchildren but we sure are glad they are back home now. We took the Oklahoma kids back and it was a very, very, vvvveeeerrrryyyyyyy long trip. Coming back we decided to not drive the freeways and really enjoyed seeing some of the rural areas of Oklahoma and Colorado. We were going to drive over the Royal Gorge bridge but they wanted $28.00 admission fee so we slowly backed up and waved adios as we drove away. We topped a mountain pass at 11, 200 feet and we both were suffering from lack of oxygen. I never realized it until my reactions became very pronounced and slow. When we dropped down I got quite the head ache.

Now we are home, the zucchini is overrunning the place, the spaghetti squash is really overrunning the place, the tomatoes are thicker than thick but still not ripe, the green beans were begging to be picked and we have one pickle. Cheryl has a recipe that makes the best dill pickles.

We are healthy and fine. School will be starting soon which makes me happy. Right now the county fair is going on downtown and the cowboys and cowgirls are having their rodeo today. Cheryl has never been to a rodeo and I haven't seen one since I was about 13 years old. I just don't care for them.

Hope this finds all of you well and happy. I didn't realize that there are several who read my blog but never comment until I have not posted for a while. Sorry about that.

Have a nice day everyone.


Jeralee .... Is Living It Up said...

You guys rock. That is a lot of work and a huge committment. What wonderful grandparents you are. I had my niece Maeli - Avry's daughter who stayed with us for 6 weeks who just went home last Sunday. And though I absolutely adore her, it was nice to get back to just the four of us!

Wish my few vegetables that I have growing were doing as well as yours. Sounds yummy!

Still just me said...

Looks like you have had a wonderful summer. Do you want a couple of more kids to hang out with?

Pamela said...

so... you guys have been feeling the grandparent energy drain, too.

No complaints here. Just reality check.

I think I would have enjoyed the rural drive home. How blessed you were to get to enjoy that!

LIFE IS GOOD! said...

It sure is nice when things are behind you. Glad you had a good time with all the Grandkids.