Monday, October 25, 2010

Take Time to Remember It

I'm getting so busy with planning Jordan's wedding details for Utah that I am forgetting to take time to record the things that are happening here at home....
Del is in Idaho with his father. He emailed me yesterday and today, sharing some tender moments and memories that he is having with his father. They are such cherished events and those moments have been extremely profound for Del right now. His emotions and feelings are so close to the surface that he is finding himself in tears many a time in the past two days.
One of those occasions was accented by Jordan arriving and making the memory with his father...three generations there together and Jordan found his father in tears. Hard for Jordan to handle as he has only seen his father maybe once or twice in tears before. I was touched that Del found it significant enough to email me and share it with me this far away. I wish I could be there to experience it first hand, but I'm not quite sure it would have happened the way it has if I had been there. I'm not sure Del would have felt free enough to be as expressive as he has been without me hovering over the situation. I'm thankful Del was able to go.
Yesterday, Kathryn's boyfriend Brett came with us to church. It was nice to see her interacting with him and having him help her with her Primary responsibilities. They make a cute couple. After church, Mike and Kylie and Brett and Kathryn came to dinner. YUMMY ham and funeral potatoes with green beans and rolls - sooo good. And everyone had so much fun- we took pictures, played games, played with Preston, watched family movies and just laughed and laughed all evening. It was so comfortable having us all there - everyone seemed relaxed ..just a great time.
I don't need to go into any details but we're all pretty sure that things will progress nicely with Brett and Kathryn and in time, we may have yet, another wedding. They seem to be very good for each other - and very much 'in-like' with each other. We will see what the future brings.
I went to bed last night missing Del terribly, but very content knowing where he was and what he was doing - I was pleased knowing how much fun we had had that evening as family - and wished Jordan and Lexi could have been here too to be part of it all.
But all in time - everything in it's time and season. They are where they need to be right now - and we are here, holding down the fort until we can all be reunited in January for the wedding.
I'm looking forward to then...
Until our grandson the cutest thing in the world or WHAT!!!???

Friday, October 22, 2010

Too Much to Detail

And no pictures...
But I'll try to remedy both those situations later...
With Del - my father in law has been ailing terribly the past few months. In and out of the hospital and in and out of near death days. Del is flying up to Idaho tomorrow to spend 4 days with him before he 'passes', as THAT day could be any time now. When it does happen, Del and I will then fly up for the funeral.
It has been an overwhelming emotional roller coaster, but also a very spiritual experience for Del as he has connected and tackled this occasion with the love and support of each of his 6 brothers. They have spent endless evenings on conference calls coming up with plans on how to care for and assist in the passing of their father and it has been very touching to see this band of brothers coming to the aid of their step mother.
Del is also in the process of sending out his resume to several (4-5) different places, all of which have shown great interest in Del's financial abilities. He is mostly wanting to be hired by another department within his current company, Hewlett Packard. This will all pan out within the next 2-3 months but hopefully will land him with new possibilities and a higher paycheck. He is currently working many nights until 9:00 p.m. and even several midnights. Very taxing on his mental and physical state.
Jordan: engaged and going to school. He is needing a job and to get ready for his new life. He's not liking being away from a new nephew and looks forward to seeing us all in January when he and Lexi get married. He's wondering how he's going to juggle it all...baha..welcome to being an adult Jordan!!! He will be applying for some grants etc also, which in and of itself, is quite the process!! He needs to get married though. He can't seem to take care of himself very well. He only lives in survival mode without a mother or a wife! Good luck Lexi!!!
Kylie: Motherhood is a divine calling of which Kylie was born to be!!! She loves Preston so much and couldn't be more loving and tender with him than she is. Things have gone well although she has quite nursing as far as the actual 'act', but does still pump her breast milk and feeds him the bottle. Preston doesn't seem to want the milk the other way any more.
And Kylie seems to go with the flow of this big change in her life. She is, of course, back into her size 2 jeans, takes care of herself, her home, her husband and her baby all in stride. I couldn't be more pleased with the good life she is living and the choices she is making.
Preston is adorable. We cherish every moment we get to spend with him. Del especially loves to hold and be with Preston, watching him hold his head up and exercise with him. They are adorable together.
Kathryn: She is working two jobs right now - a hostess for both LaHacienda and Texas Land and Cattle...and she's great at both!!! But I guess her biggest and most exciting news would be that she is dating a really nice young returned missionary named Brett Clark. He is the brother of Bradley Clark who works at Apple Orthodontix and that we have known for years. Both Kathryn and I love Brad...we have enjoyed working with him and find him a dear friend. Well, he set Kathryn up on a date with his 'only home from his mission for 6 weeks, 6'5 brother' Brett and they double dated with Bradley and his wife Vanessa... and it's been history ever since. They have been inseparable...go to all single adult activities together, Institute, dates etc etc...on the phone constantly, from morning til bedtime. They are cute together, but geez, Kathryn isn't even 18 yet - still 2 months away! So time will tell.
Then ME??? Life is good. I'm busy with each of these people in my life, but I wouldn't want it any other way. This juggling being wife to a husband who's changing jobs, father dying, new grandma, planning a wedding, dealing with puppy/doggy love and working full time has it's days of exhaustion. But joy and happiness abounds every where so I'm not complaining in the least.
That's my update.
I'll be writing more as I get pictures and a few more details of each of these significant people in my life. This was just an update of the past few weeks.
Didn't want people thinking a lot wasn't going on around here, because there is!!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Good Intentions

I'm not a morning person. Just ask my husband.
I'm up at 6:45 every morning to get ready and be at work by 7:30.
On weekends, early is 9:00 a.m.
On the other hand, half of Del's day is over by 9:00 a.m. He gets a LOT done by the time I'm rolling out of bed.
Del likes to go to the temple Saturday the 7:00 session no less. He hates me, I'm sure.
So I try sooo hard to be pleasant and accommodating to his desires but never pass up the opportunity to let him know that it's not MY idea to be up that early.
This morning, my alarm goes off at the appropriate time for me to be up and showered and ready to go so that by the time he gets back from his walking Lacey, I just need to wait for him to finish up his shower and dressing. It's then that I hear him say, 'We can't go to the temple!'
Because I'm sure I haven't heard him right, I go into our bathroom where he is half dressed - pants on but no shirt.
"I don't have a white shirt".
Of course you don't, they are at the dry cleaners where Kathryn dropped them off two days ago!!!
Can you receive exaltation because of 'good intentions'?
Del says, 'The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions.'
GREAT! (moan)
I'm going back to bed then.

A New Set of Wheels in the Driveway

Del takes our dog, Lacey, for a walk every morning; usually between 5:00am and 6:00am.
Usually it's Lacey who comes home with something she's found along the way; a bone, dead animal, left over food etc....
Today, it was Del who came home with the find of the day.
A garage sale that hadn't even opened up for the day caught grandpa's eye and wallet. A steal - only $5 and we have a new set of wheels at our house.
Not to be used for at least 3-4 years, but they come equipped with training wheels and a new shiny seat.
I'm sure a horn will be added over the years but otherwise, it appears that Preston will have his first 'set of wheels' - keys included.
Oh grandpa!!!

Primping Princesses

Even though it was Preston's photo shoot of the day, it was these two who were getting all doll'd up for the photographer!!
Not really - they were just putting their make up on for the day but I just had to get a picture of it as it looked sooo funny.
Okay - so the photo shoot was interesting - to say the least.
Preston doesn't cry. I have heard him MAYBE twice since he's been born, both times when he was having his diaper changed. He HATES to have his diaper off.
Well, have you SEEN newborn baby photos??? No diapers. Lots of crying.
Both Kylie and Shelley came out of the nursery in a sweat, but Shelley assures us there are some great shots. I will hope so after all she had to go through to get them taken...he pee'd and poop'd on at least three different blankets, 2 different outfits and 3-4 burp clothes.
All in total? One load of laundry, of which I started as soon as the photo session was over.
Mind you, Preston was a little 'put out' also.
Kylie had just fed him so he would at least be pleasant with a full tummy. But of course, he usually then sleeps for 4 hours.
Not to be...he was being poked and turned and plumped up on this pillow and that blanket. I'm sure he felt like a turkey being basted for the holidays.
And all he wanted to do was sleep.
And then the whole 'no diaper' thing just had him fit to be tied...MAD even.
So at the end of the 3 HOUR ordeal, Kylie gave him a nice cleaning up, put a new diaper and clean outfit on him, nursed him to pleasantly full again and snuggled him up close.
He'll never remember the worst of it.
I used to wonder what he dreams about at this age.
He now has his 'first nightmare'.

Newly Employed

It took just one day, two interviews and she was offered both jobs. So, she took them!!!
One is during the day as a day hostess for the restaurant LaHacienda (otherwise referred to as LaHa) and the other is a night time job as the hostess for Texas Land and Cattle (commonly known as TLC).
I am SOOOO proud of her. These are HER jobs..SHE found them, SHE called them and SHE got them!!! THAT'S what she needed to happen.
So, back to work she goes starting Monday morning.
Go conquer the world baby dolly!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Refrigerator Door

As it is with most mom's I know, my mother used to put all my elementary artwork on the front of our refrigerator door, along with graduation announcements, wedding announcements and special dates and occasions. As her children left home, married and started having children of their own, the artwork was replaced with photos of grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. I remember a time in Utah, that my parents refrigerator door was covered, from top to bottom almost, with pictures of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
It got to be too much.
They have now removed all the pictures and started the same concept but on a bulletin board type thing down the hall near their back door.
I am one of 12 kids - who each have 4 children or more - who each have children starting of their own also. The fridge door couldn't possibly hold us all.
But the tradition was great none the less.
So the tradition starts again with my family.
Preston Michael has taken his rightful place on the front of our refrigerator door where we can smile and enjoy his sweet face each day of our lives.
I like this tradition and I hope to fill my refrigerator door just like my own parents did for years and years to come.

It's a Rebuilding Season

Every fall, come football season, I go a little crazy. Okay, that MAY be an understatement. Okay, FINE - I go downright NUTS!!! Between college football and the NFL, I'm watching football all day long on Saturday's while I do the laundry and keeping tabs of the scores in Sunday's games on the internet.
Yes, there are occasions I will actually WATCH a Sunday game - mostly teams with BYU alumni that I've watched over the years. Austin Collie, Kelly Popinga and some others are my favorites.
Of course, this week when it was announced that Max Hall , an undrafted BYU player would START for Arizona, I went a little nuts...he will play last years Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees, of whom I love too, but of course, my loyalties are ALWAYS to the BYU player.
So - speaking of BYU.
It's a rebuilding year. That has become my quote of the season.
We are currently 1-3 for the year.
It hasn't been pretty.
I have remained faithful and loyal each game but have added a few words to my 'gameday' vocabulary - most of them not appropriate - but I mostly just repeat my new phrase of 'it's a rebuilding year'.
Patience and calm have become the goals of each weeks games.
But, I am a BYU fan - like a marriage covenant, it's 'for better or worse' and right now, it's not so much the 'better'.
So each week, I breathe in and breathe out, calmly sigh and speak my infamous words...
'It's a rebuilding season'.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Grandma Updates

Mike and Kylie brought Preston home on Friday, Oct 1 and started the rest of their lives.
This baby is adorable...absolutely adorable.
And BIG.
I do not know how my teeny tiny Kylie had such a big baby, but she did.
I spent the day at the hospital the day after Preston's birth, just helping Kylie with things she needed and to make sure she was okay. Although her delivery was great, this was all new to her and I just wanted to be there for any questions she might have.
But Kylie is a natural. This motherhood role couldn't come any more naturally for her and it's what she was born to do.
Her breastfeeding has been perfect, her recovery has been perfect and her mothering has been perfect so far. Preston seems to already be on a pretty good feeding schedule - every four hours - and he nurses well.
We've seen him just about every day and Kylie even brought him over for General Conference Sunday and then to my office on Monday to meet all the staff.
It has been so great to be a grandma.
I can't even express what it was like to have my own daughter deliver her own child - my grandson.
Great days ahead.

Preston Michael Crump

He HAS arrived -
My grandson Preston Michael Crump arrived Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm.
He weighed 9 pds. 8 oz and was 21 inches long.
Michael, Kylie and Preston are doing great.
Details to follow...

No Purple Tie for Jordan

Jordan has a collection of the most girly colored, coral, yellow and a few others...all that he has collected from either being the 'best man' or a member of a wedding party.
Well, there's a new color being added to the ties, but finally, it won't be HIM wearing it. Purple is the color, but he'll be in black. No purple tie for Jordan.
Jordan will be the groom.
Jordan is getting married to Alexis (Lexi) Caroline Harris. No exact date set yet but most likely in January and it will be in Utah in the Mount Timpanogas Temple with my daddy doing the sealing.
We are excited.
I don't know Lexi very well, not having been able to spend a lot of time with her when she came in August, but I know that Jordan adores her. She appears to be a lovely young lady - very pretty and very sweet. Hopefully, before they get married, we'll be able to visit with her a little more and get to know a few more details.
I guess he proposed to her on his birthday, the 25th while they were out to dinner. I'll have to get the full story from her sometime but she obviously said yes and apparently, both of them are floating around on a cloud somewhere.
So, some wedding plans are in the process and as we get closer, I'll share more and more information about the whole thing.
Congratulations to both Jordan and Lexi.
I do know he won't be having THIS purple tie in his closet.