Sunday, August 21, 2011

Braxton's 1st Birthday Party

Yumm my first taste of Birthday cake

Uncle Shiloh playing with Brax

Mom & Brax

Brax loves to ride on Dad's shoulders

Brax loves his new bike from Grandma Lori
Yesterday Bret, Laura, Sierra, and us all loaded up in our car and headed to Mesquite to Robyn and Eric's for Braxton's birthday party.  We stopped at Walmart to get Braxton a birthday gift.  Bret & Laura bought him a really cute play cell phone, and I bought him a learning ball that plays music, and also has things that help kids learn. Laura wrapped the presents in the back of our car and then we headed to the party. I can't believe that a year has gone by. Time just keeps flying by.  Braxton is my g grandson and a great joy in my life.

Elmo Birthday Cake
Trying to help Brax blow out the candles
Robyn made Braxton's birthday cake, it was really cute and yummy.

Grandma Lori & Brax
Grandma Lori had a lot of fun with Brax.  She had him walking to her, and it won't be long before he will be walking all over the place.  He was trying to follow his Dad every where he went.  I am sure he is a Daddy's boy.  
Daddy playing with Braxton's toys

I don't know who was having more fun playing with all the new toys Eric or Brax.  Daddy is playing with the ball that we bought Braxton.  Eric is such a good father.  He fed Braxton some lunch while everyone else was eating the good chili and corn bread that Robyn made.  Robyn had to make another batch as there wasn't any left for Eric.  The first batch she made took forever as she made it with brown rice and it took forever for the rice to cook.  The second batch went faster as she had some pre-cooked brown rice.

Robyn helping Brax un-wrap the toys

Robyn opened the gifts for Braxton, and he played with each one.  He loved the toy cell phone that Bret and Laura gave him.  Eric would play with it and Brax would be right there to watch and then Daddy would give it to him and he would play with it. 

We had a wonderful afternoon visiting family, and it was nice to see my grandson Shiloh as I don't get to see hm very often.  I hadn't seen Lori in quite a while and we got to visit too.  Rue a cousin of Robyn was there and it was great to catch up on family with her.  All in all we had a lot of fun, good eating, ending with the cake and ice cream.  I got some baby hugs from Brax and we all left as Frank was hurting and we needed to get him home. 

I just want to add this for Kristie K.'s comment.  In case you drop by to read my blog again, I want to thank you for the nice and thoughtful comment.  Life can be so complicated and hard especially family things.  Sometimes we think we are the only ones going through what ever the problem may be, and in reality everyone has problems within their families.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yea!!! Dr. Bret is Home

Frank getting ready to go down on the table

Dr. Bret measuring his legs

Now for the treatment
Dr. Bret went on a vacation to Idaho for over a week.  The day after he left, my back was killing me. I have been having this strange thing happening with my back.  When I would go to get up from a chair, or step out of the car, I would have this searing pain hit me on the left side of my low back.  It would make me scream out in pain it was so bad. It was like a knife being twisted in my back, and it would ache after this happened. 

I finally found out what was causing it.  I wear a heal lift and when I had some special Diabetic shoes made, I asked if they could build the lift in my shoe. I knew something was wrong, and after talking to Dr. Bret about it, I decided  to to take out the insert of my shoe and discovered they had made the lift way to high.  So every day that I get on the "dreadmill" I was way out of alignment.  So any way, I made sure that I saw Dr. Bret on his last day before vacation, and sure enough the day he left I had the pain happen again getting up from my chair. So needless to say, I was a happy camper when he came home.  Both Frank and I had a treatment Monday.

On Sunday, I had a surprise visit from Bret and Sierra.  It was great seeing Sierra again as I haven't seen her since school let out.  She was so busy...........first girls camp, then she and her Mom went to California for a Shakespeare work class, and when she got home from that Bret and Laura took her to meet her grandparents in the Salt Lake area. Then she headed back to Idaho to spend time with her Grandma and Grandpa Allen.  We had a really nice visit catching up on all the happenings in our lives.

I was so excited the other day to see a friend who actually is related to my son Garen's wife.  She told me that my grandson Zachary had a mission call, and would be going to Washington DC.  I am so excited, and yet sad that I have to hear everything second hand, and then I won't be able to attend his farewell.  How did things get so bad????? I ask myself.  It is way to late now, the damage is done as my grand kids are all grown up, and at the ages that grand parents aren't on the top of their priority lists to keep in touch with. 

None of them want any thing to do with me, and must think that I am this horrible grandma.  If only they knew the truth.  Maybe some day they will.  I will take blame on my part for some of the things I have said, but there is a whole lot more to the story.  I love my grand kids and I hope someday they will know this, and will know how much I have suffered the loss of them not being a part of my life.   It has been heart breaking for me. I have great grand kids that I have never seen, and another one on the way. I know one thing for sure, I would never say anything bad about their parents to them.  I would never want to be that kind of a person.

I have to say here that I am so grateful for the grand kids that are in my life, and the two great grand babies that I get to see quite often.  I have step grand kids that love me and think of me as their blood grand mother  and I love them very much.  They have been really good to me keeping me in their lives.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tried A New Recipe

I spent the other day relaxing and reading my condensed Reader's Digest book.  In one of the stories, the main character made fried rice.  To my surprise the recipe was at the end of the novel.  It made my mouth water when I was reading the book, so I decided to try it.

First I had to go to the store and get all the ingredients before I could make it.  That took a couple of days and finally on Saturday I had all the ingredients and went to work chopping and dicing the vegetables that go into it.  I never follow a recipe exactly the way it is written.  Sometimes I don't like something that is in it, or I feel there is an easier way to do it.  What is so neat about this recipe is that you can add veggies that you like.  I think next time I may add zucchini and yellow squash to it. I did add some frozen peas.  Frank wants me to add some water chestnuts next time as that will add a little more crunch to it.

When it was all done I called Frank to come and eat and be my tester for the dish.  We both said it was a keeper.  A few months ago I found another recipe in a novel, and tried it and didn't like it at all, so this one was a pleasant surprise.  I cut the recipe down as this would make way too much for two people. We had it for lunch after Church today and it was still delicious.  Because it has chicken and ham in it all you need is a salad to go with it and you have a complete meal. 

Here is the recipe:


8 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
6 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil or peanut oil
2 cups boneless chicken, cubed
1 ham steak, cubed
8 cups of cooked rice---Chinese or an American brand rice such as Botan Calrose rice
Soy sauce a little less than 1/4 cup
Salt & Pepper

In a skillet combine 4 tlb of the butter, the chopped garlic, and the carrots.  Cook over medium heat until the carrots are soft but still a little crunchy.  Set mixture aside.  Add 2 tbl of butter to the same skillet and cook the white onions until soft.  Set aside.  Cook the green onions in the remaining butter until soft but still slightly crispy. Set aside. Cook the diced ham in a small amount of oil, being careful not to overcook. Set aside.  Cook the chicken in a small amount of vegetable oil until tender and cooked.  Chicken can be slightly browned, but as always, don't overcook.  Salt to taste and set aside. Scramble the eggs in a clean skillet.

Put the rice in a very large skillet or wok over medium heat.  Add the soy sauce and stir to distribute it through the rice.  Add the rest of the prepared ingredients, stirring as you go, adding the eggs last.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Friday, August 5, 2011

I Cried Uncle the other Day

Since our Cockatoo died a few years ago, I have been feeding birds in my back yard.  I guess to fill the void of losing Cami. I have this big bush close to my patio where we placed the feeder and I can watch out my dining room window.  I call it my bird bush.  It is a Mock Orange and just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.

It has been a lot of fun watching the birds come to the feeder.  There have been families of quail visiting underneath the bush as the smaller birds would dump seed when they were eating from the feeder above the bush.  The bigger birds would try and eat from the feeder and scare the smaller ones away.  Well guess where the smaller birds would go.......yes my patio.  I would go out to my patio and have to walk across bird poop.  It stuck to the patio like glue, and it was hard to wash off.  So the other day I cried Uncle and came into the house and told Frank "please move the feeder way out back, I am sick and tired of bird poop!!!!" 

So Frank moved it out back closer to our fence, and I am a happy camper now as the patio is staying cleaner, but today I noticed that some birds are still coming on to the patio and pooping.  It isn't quite as bad as it was.  I still throw some seed under the bird bush for the quail as they have been bringing their babies to eat there.  I love watching them as the babies grow and also how protective the papa quail are of their brood.  They chase any bird that isn't in their brood away, so guess where some of them end up...yep back on my patio waiting for the quail to leave so they can feed.  I guess I will leave it this way for a while, or I may cry Uncle again, and quit putting food under the bush for the quail and just watch them from a distance.