Monday, November 27, 2006

Where to start with my update.........

Lets see, Chase was in the hospital for a short stay. He had Roto Virus which gave him a diaper rash which in turn gave him Cellulitis on his rear end. It was sooooooo bad. I will never feel the same about a rash again. He was given 10 rounds of 2 different antibiotics every few hours. Chase is doing better now. That was on the 7th.

We had a wonderful THANKSGIVING. We had most of our kids here. We were only missing 1 and he was working a double shift so the workers with children could be home for dinner.
My mom came too. It is my year to have my mom to dinner. I have to share her. The Kids helped me make a center peace of candles and flowers. Then we got out my grandmas china that we only use once a year. As I was washing them a rush of memories flooded my mind and heart. I remember the first time I ever seen these plates and the story behind them.

I was around 6 or 7 years old and we came to Utah from California to spend Thanksgiving at my Grandmas farm in Milford. It was always fun to go to grandmas farm because we could run around like wild animals and no one seemed to care. It was out in the middle of no where and my grandma and Uncle raised cattle, corn, wheat and hay on this family owned farm of 2000 acres. It was so much fun and my grandma was the happiest person I have ever known. She loved to dance and sing. She always had funny stories to tell us kids about my mom when she was a girl. I asked if I could help dry the dishes we were going to use for our Thanksgiving dinner. She smiled and said yes, then she told me the story behind these dishes I now use once a year on my own table.

She was never a very wealthy person but for the most part made ends meet which in her day to be a divorced woman with 3 children was not easy. She used mixed and matched dishes for many years before she had something nice and it all matched. How she got them was what I was so impressed with and to this day I still am.

When the grocery stores first came out with green stamps ( buy food get green stamps for every dollar you spend) you could buy china that was on display at the store. Each week there would be a new peace to the china set. My grandma wanted a set of nice dishes for thanksgiving so she started to collect this set of dishes. It took her 2 years to collect a service for 8.

On that Thanksgiving she proudly placed her new china on her table. She knew it was just cheap dime store China but to her and her guest that first year it was the most beautiful table in the world. That Christmas her brother surprised her with the matching serving bowls and plates.
She has had other sets of china given to her but she always used her dime store china. It was to remind her where she came from. My grandma told me when she pasted away the dishes would be mine.
When she pasted away in 1988 I was given a letter along with these dishes and it said always remember who you are and where you come from, remember me when you use these and know that I love you and will watch over you. As I looked at the wheat pattern on the plates and ran my finger over them I remembered her warm smile, dancing feet, and thanked her for all she had taught me and I ever so carefully dried the next plate and set it aside. Just then my daughter came in and said are you okay mom and I simply said to her " You're love of dance, that comes from your Grandma and could she cut a mean rug in her day"

My mom helped set the table and when she seen that I was using the dishes she held one close to her then ran her finger over the wheat pattern on the plate. I held her hand and we said nothing, we both missed her so much and were so thankful for her love and kindness and for these old dishes to remind us of her.

I miss you Grandma B.

Friday, November 03, 2006

50 things about me..........

I know it is 100 but I have to do this 50 at a time, this is the first half..............

1. Family is always first.

2. I have 9 siblings and I have 9 kids. And both are mixed families.

3. I hate to drive.

4. I love coffee and Long Island ice teas.

5. I love to ride horses in my bare feet.

6. I take very good care of my feet, I never want nasty feet and keep my toes painted.

7. I hate to go shopping just for fun. But I love to Christmas shop.

8. I have had 8 major surgeries. I have no guts, hehe

9. I love being LDS even if I am not the perfect picture of what one is. I have a deep belief in the gospel.

10. I love good debt's.

11. I wish I was a History teacher, I love History of any kind.

12. I was named after my Moms favorite Aunt who past away when she was young.

13. I don't like to receive roses, most people think it is funny to give them to me as per my name. But it is okay for my dad to give them to me if they are yellow.

14. I was born in Texas. So #13 will now make sense. You Know? Yellow rose of Texas she the only gal I love..........Dad still sings it to me. 42 and he still calls me Rosie Posie.

15. I am a daddies girl! I loved spending time with my dad when he was not overseas.

16. I am a Army Brat and damn proud of it!

17. Was married to service man who served in Desert Strom while I was at home awaiting the birth of our 3rd child.

18. I always have my babies at least 4 weeks early. Biggest was 5lbs 9 oz, smallest 3 lbs 5 ozs.

19. I have been lucky to have been deeply loved by 3 men in my life. One died 4 years ago, he was the father to my 3 oldest children and was my friend and a great dad. Dusty, the father of my 3 youngest children. He is my best friend and I see the love he has for me every day, in his kind voice, gentle hands, laughter he shares with our children and the love in his eyes when he looks at me.

20. I can't sing but I love to just to drive my kids nuts. I love to make up my own words.

21. I love my friends, and think I am a good one to them.

22. My fav color is purple.

23. I can golf, snow ski, play softball, basketball, ski drive, bowl.

24. I can't swim well, run fast or lose weight.

25. I love to cook but I can't bake very well.

26. Salt over Sweet anyday.

27. I am 42 and have no gray hairs yet, I just give them to Dusty. Sorry!

28. I still tell my mom EVERYTHING!

29. I am not to big on jeweler, but am always receiving it as gifts.

30. I love art.

31. I can quilt, sew, crochet but I can't knit.

32. I have smaller feet than my girls.

33. I love Christmas time!!!!!!!!!!!!

34. I love the rain! It does things for my soul.

35. I love the smell of fresh cut hay.

36. I think a baby smells like heaven until they can learn to talk.

37. I love being pregnant.

38. Dusty thinks I am soooooooo sexy when I am Pregnant too.

39. I am not a Grandma yet!!!!!!!!!

40. I am blind without my glasses or contacts on.

41. I have green eyes.

42. I love all music, but I love George Strait. I listen to all kinds of music.

43. I worry to much about little things.

44. I like dogs over cats any day. I am not a cat kinda gal.

45. I am a middle child.

46. I was born the day after New Years.

47. I have always been a night person.

48. I am affaid of moths and grasshoppers. Long story!

49. Money has never been important to me.

50. Love and family is the most important thing to me. Without them we are just an emety shell.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I Know it is kinda early but I love this time of the year.
I look forward to Nov. 1st all year long. It marks Peace, Joy and Togetherness for us.
We have tons of family parties and BIG family dinners together and it just gives me that warm feeling all over. Plus this will be the first time in 2 years that I will feel safe about Chases health that I might be able to go and do some of our family traditons without worrying or just flat missing them.
Yep I am excited to show him all of the wonders of Christmas. I have big plans for this year.