Summer Scrapbook

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while, I know.  Things have been pretty crazy over here, so blogging has been put on the back burner…that and I got a serious case of the blogging blues.

Anyway, if I were a scrapbooker, which I’m not (because I’m horrible at it) I would have a scrapbook excerpt that would look something like this:

What we’ve been doing this summer:

 

  • Graduations and a Blessing

Galen (brother-in-law, who I swear was ten only yesterday) & Cody both graduated.  Cody is Ash’s husband, who just finished his Bachelor’s in Accounting, I don’t have a pic of his graduation because I was lazy and didn’t use my camera, and LiLi was having a melt-down that day, so pics weren’t the number one priority.  It was a lot of fun to join in the celebrations.

My niece Gracie, Aidan & Raquel’s little angel was blessed as well.  She is so beautiful.  All it took was about two seconds of me holding her to fall completely head-over-heels.  They’ve been waiting for a little girl for a while, so Gracie coming is super exciting.  You can go to their blog to see more about the blessing.

  • Blueberry Muffin Mornings

I made these the other day, because it’s blueberry season. I love summer. I used to hate blueberries, until I went to Oregon a few years ago. We stopped by the grocery store and my mom handed me some trifle, which I devoured, and then asked what those amazing berries in it were. The answer? Blueberries.  Of course. Why is it that I hadn’t had decent blueberries until then? So tragic to be twenty something and never have experienced them. Don’t let this happen to you. Make some fresh jumbo blueberry muffins. They will make you dance and sing. I made some for LiLi, and she actually did dance and sing.  And so did I.  I’ll try and post the recipe later for these, if you’re all good and play nice. (And leave comments on my blog so I can kick those final blogger blues.)

 

  • Gardening

I have completely fallen in love with gardening.  Right now we’re in the process of building a fence around our veggie garden.  It’s wonderful that Don is such a handy.  I love that man.  I love my fence.  I love the fact that Lady can’t get in it and dig up my plants, or poop in my garden, or dig holes in it.  I don’t like Lady right now.  She’s a poo-head.  We have one all kinds of wonderful things in there, grape vines, raspberry bushes, tomato plants.  I’m a plant freak.  I’d rather spend money on plants then clothes or food.  Anyway, I bought LiLi a little plastic rake so that she could help me garden.  But all she really used it for was to chase Lady around the yard and beat her with it when I wasn’t looking.  As mad as I am at Lady, I figured no one deserved that.  So I put the rake where LiLi couldn’t reach it.  Apparently, Lady got her revenge, because the next day I found it, with a Lady-sized bite taken out of it.

 

  • LiLi’s Second Birthday

Can I just tell you how much I love this girl??  She is my heartbeat.  I can’t believe that she’s two already.  I try not to think about it, to be honest, because my throat starts to get tight and my eyes start to water.  She’s so much fun to be around, and a bundle of energy.  She’s also very literal.  For example, every time I sit down to eat, I’ll turn to her and say, “Let’s say prayer”, to which she’ll say in an excited voice, “prayer!!”  Then Don laughs, because he does the same thing too, just to tick me off.

The other day I was looking at something on the computer and holding LiLi in my lap, irked, I grumbled something like, “coupon code, my eye!”  LiLi, happy that she knew what I was talking about, then chirped, “eye!!”  and poked me in the eye with her chubby little finger.

I need to watch what I say.

And last but not least–

 

  • The Princess Festival

Thanksgiving Point had their 4th annual Princess Festival.  It was a blast, they had all kinds of plays and activities.  LiLi was a little bit young to do them but she did LOVE the Noah’s Ark fountain, and the hill that had a sign saying, “Run and Tumble”.  She went with her cousins, Madi, Brynnleigh, and  Jaden.  (Jaden had to go because no one would babysit him.)

 

So, now you’re caught up.  Whew.  If only I had a real scrapbook with all of these things in it…baby steps.

Enjoy your summer and 4th!!

 

~Erin

Heartstrings: Special Guest Post by Ashley Webb

“Oliver R. Chase invented a machine in 1847 to cut lozenges from wafer candy, similar to Necco Wafers, and started a candy factory.  Daniel Chase, Oliver’s brother, began printing sayings on the candy in 1866. He designed a machine that was able to press on the candy similar to a stamp. The candy was often used for weddings since the candies had witty saying such as: “Married in pink, he will take a drink”, “Married in White, you have chosen right”, and “Married in Satin, Love will not be lasting”.[3]

The heart-shaped conversation candies to be called Sweethearts got their start in 1902. Other styles were formerly produced such as lozenges, postcards, horseshoes, watches, and baseballs.”

Grandma Webb passed away February 5, 2011.  One of her favorite songs was “Over the Rainbow”, and her favorite candy was Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts.

She was one who was well acquainted with sorrow.  She saw much tragedy within a short time, and yet she held her head high with her faith, selflessness, and unconditional love for everyone she met.

This Valentine’s Day I wish to pay tribute to her, the person I feel privileged to have known.

Geniel Hymas married her high school sweetheart, Albert Leon Webb.  One sunny day in 1949 when they were barely 18, they decided to elope.  They drove to Idaho, got married, and drove home to Richmond, UT.  When they arrived home they were too afraid to tell their parents, so he went to his house, and she went to hers.

Grandma Webb told us this story right after Cody and I were married.  She said, “Now Cody, you CAN NOT tell your little sisters.  I don’t want them getting any ideas!”  Unfortunately, I don’t remember all of the details as to how they finally told their parents.  They were later sealed in the Logan Temple.

Geniel and Leon went on to have six children.  The oldest, a daughter named Jenis, was followed by five little brothers:  Reed, Jay, Lynn, Lloyd, and, the youngest being Cody’s father, Robert.  As her children grew they learned the value of hard work, while living on the family farm.

It is during the coming years that tragedy struck.  She first lost her father at a young age.  Following, her Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Medicine, and medical technologies not being what they are today, her mother was not able to sit down for about the last year of her life.  She had to ride in vehicles, in the back, on her hands and knees.  She was forced to stand constantly, instead of having the luxury of simply sitting down in a chair.

After her Mother’s funeral, she and her sweetheart were informed by doctors that his fight with diabetes was coming to an end.  He passed away when their youngest was not even out of high school.    Four years later due to health issues her eldest son, Reed, was taken from her; next, her brother, Bruce, lost his life in a fatal plane crash.

The final blow came when her son, Lynn, went in for a standard operation but did not make it home, leaving a widow and five children.  After the loss of her two sons, she did her best to step in and comfort the families they left behind, being there for anyone who may need her at any time.   She truly understood the fragility of life, and she did not waste a second of it.

This incredible woman spent her years cherishing each and every relationship.  If she met you, she would never forget your name.  Each grandchild would swear that they were the favorite.  She could tell you about every cousin, their spouses, their children, second-cousins’ spouses and children, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, who they were dating, and what was going on in their lives.  She was an excellent listener, and she never forgot a birthday.  She was known as Grandma Webb to everyone.

After her passing, everyone agreed that there was a grand reunion in Heaven.  Finally, after three long, hard, lonely decades she gets to be with her husband on Valentine’s Day.

P.S.  At her funeral, there was a huge bowl full of Sweethearts candy.