Monday, September 24, 2007

Grandchild #4 Lily Elaine McDonald 6lbs 12 oz 9/15/07

She's here! And she sure is cute! And tiny! And kissable! And she looks and acts just like Danica. A dream baby who just eats well and sleeps alot.I'm in Rexburg Idaho. My favorite trick with her is I kiss her when she's hungry and she is really strong for a 1 week old human being and she tries to suck my cheeks. I'm going to put some px of her on my blog when Danica and Dave wake up. Dave just built himself a new computer and it has a dual processor and he said it's twice as powerful as his old one and a high definition graphics card. I run around after Jensen most the day. He is a dynamo of energy. Danica and Dave live next to friends who have a boy Jensen's age. This is the process Danica has to go through just to do laundry. #1. Go to the store and pay 10 bucks for a roll of quarters. Oh, and it's really more complicated than that because it takes 1/2 hour to get the 2 babies ready for the store and another 15 minutes to get them both buckled into their car seats. #2. Sort all the dirty laundry. Each kid gets 2-4 outfits dirty every day. #3. Take the kids over to Mandy's apartment while you make 2 to three trips to lug the baskets of laundry down steep steps to the coin operated machines in a separate building. Put 3$ in quarters in. #4. Pick up the kids from Mandy's. Go back in 37 minutes Take the kids to Mandy's again and move the three loads into three dryers. Put another $4 in quarters in.Pick up the kids. #5. Take the kids to Mandy's again while you make two trips to lug the dry laundry back up the stairs to the apt. Pick up the kids #6. Spend the rest of the day trying to sort and fold and put away the Laundry while you are nursing the baby and trying to keep Jensen away from your work. Oh my gosh, I forgotten how much work 2 babies are! I don't know how Danica is going to do this! I need to write a 20 page paper that is Due Monday on Pentecostal Christians and I need to prepare my live chat for Monday night and grade!!!! ACH. I have to run, Jensen the human terror, the powerhouse of destruction is waking up! He stole a cupcake off some child's plate at the neighborhood BBQ and smeared alot of it on his face but the part that reached his blood stream made him into a supercharged atomic particle.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day Driving Vacation

Friday the 31st of August, Mark had business in Provo, so I got to play and go running with my grandchild Sammy. Sammy makes me feel special because he speaks Portugese all month to his parents but when I visit him, he switches to English. What a brilliant kid. He came up with this cute ritualfor singing his birthday song. He swings his Lighty McQueen(from the Disney movies "Cars") birthday bag and sings Portuguese style and then he pulls out his presents. He seemed to enjoy it and he'd always say "again" at the end so we did it 57 times. I've included the movie. Marcinia told me that she wanted to buy Sammy some Lighty McQueen underwear. Sammy jumped up and down and sang "underwear! underwear!" Then he said "Mommy, do I like underwear?"
On the way home to Denver, by way of Aspen, Mark planned a surprise for me. After 16 years of living in Colorado, we saw one of it's most spectacular beauties. We hiked up to Maroon Bells. It's my new favorite place. These 2 metamorphosed mountains have a maroon tint to them in the sunlight and are shaped a little like bells. There's several gemstone colored lakes to reflect the mts. Because there are so many aspen trees there, and the beetle kill is negligible, we are going again for the fall leaves and it will look like this px.