Saturday, January 6, 2018

December 2017

I love this picture of the Idaho Falls Temple taken by Josh Packer.  I love the temple and the feeling of peace that comes as soon as you drive into the parking lot.  Blake has spent a lot time in the early mornings in this building since it reopened in June.  He has been successful in seeing that hundreds of people have got their work done.  I have been able to go at least once a week, and sometimes more often thanks in part to Blake being willing to watch Ryder while I go.  It has been an immense blessing to us to be able to go so often.

December 2nd - I got to spend some time with Maden, Annie and Clark, we made some ornaments out of pipe cleaners and beads.  Then when Nikelle and Molly came, they made some too.

I love how these little cousins love to be with each other.

Clark thinks he's funny to climb on the stool just like the big kids.  Maden turned 8! (How did that even happen?) Ryder loves to play games with me on the IPad.  All the kids love Jared!

December 9 - Since Maden's birthday is on the 5th, and Jared's on the 11th, we celebrated them together on the 9th.  Maden turned 8 and Jared turned 27! They broke the wishbone from the turkey, it was as close to a tie as is possible.  We had a great lunch and cakes.

Then they opened presents, then had a bingo tournament with Grandpa Chin Chopper or Grandpa Paul as the bingo caller.

Maden took the kids for a spin on the sled.  Clark only wanted to ride behind Maden, Molly loved the sled from the start and Ryder decided he liked it pretty well too.

Later on, Jared and Randy took Molly and Ryder shopping, they thought the Mickey and Minnie cars were great!  Jared and Randy were so excited to find some little trucks and trailers like they had when they were little boys.

Annie had fun with the activity from the Kiwi Crate.  Blake and Ryder are playing a game with a car on the table.  Clark loved pushing this wheeled tub around.  Randy and Courtney joined Grandma Beth and I for fun game of Phase 10.  Ryder thinks he plays cards with us too.

Ryder got to help plow the snow for the first time.  He thought it was funny.  He talked the whole time about what they were doing.  Thank goodness he hasn't had as many chances to plow this year as he could have last year.

December 17 - We went to the Live Nativity at Jensen's Grove.  It was cold, and a long wait in the line, but it was also fun.  Blake took Molly and Ryder in the shelter by the fire to listen to the singers for a little while, the rest of us just stood outside waiting.  

Here we are finally all on the wagon.  It was a very nice depiction of the 1st Christmas, the birth of our Savior.  

December 23 - Blake and I tended Molly and Ryder while their parents went on a little snow machine excursion.  What one of these little people does, the other one has to do too.  So, when I fix Molly's hair, Ryder has to sit up on the stool too.  If one has juice, the the other does too.  If one is playing with a pillow, the other plays with a pillow too. If one sits in the chair, the other one does too.  It's a good thing they're good kids, because their grandpa had a good nap while he was in charge of them.  Nikelle and Courtney ended having to ride together on one snow machine because one got broken, but they said it was a fun trip anyway.  

December 24 - Clark got a fun new crane!  Brian's family came to spend Christmas Eve with us.  Maden had a fun time making a domino structure.  Clark and Ryder liked eating cheetos and watching Mickey Mouse.

Christmas! Molly woke up to a lot of lute from her parents and Santa! Annie wanted to watch me put my on makeup and get a little on her face too.  After the traditional monkey bread breakfast, we opened lots of presents.  

The kids were excited for me to open my huge round present.  It is a swing for them to use this summer! 

Still opening presents, while FaceTiming with Cindy and Ken.  

Annie loves her Rainbow little pony jacket, Ryder got a "Ryder" truck, Courtney got a soft blanket that's big enough to cover her whole body.  Molly is helping Annie get her gloves on so they can go outside. 

Annie loves the tree swing, even in the cold and snow.  She and Molly had a great time having Jared pull them on the sled behind the 4Wheeler.  All the big kids including Maden and and Annie went to Courtney's school to play a little basketball, Ryder, Molly and Clark got to stay home with Grandpa and Grandma.  

Maden lost another tooth! Molly got to stay here because Nikelle had to have her Gallbladder out.  I took her to Tracy's and we both got our haircut.  She was a very good girl.

December 29 - We took the Christmas decorations down.  Thanks to Courtney, Ryder, Jared, Nikelle and Molly, it went really fast! Ryder and Molly helped do the dishes too.  Molly loves to dance, she can really shake her bootie! But she loves to dance with her daddy most of all.

December 30 - Chambers Family Party.  We had a little holiday party at the Groveland Church while some of the Chambers Clan were in town.  The big kids had fun playing a little basketball, and the little kids even had a game.  Annie was thrilled when Matt lifted her up so she could dunk it.

There was a lot of games played!

The little kids had fun with spike ball, and sweeping, and finding different places to sit.  Ryan was such a good helper pushing Molly on Ava's scooter.

New Year's Eve - We had an early countdown for Molly and Ryder before they went to bed. Then some watched a movie, and some played some games.  Blake and Jared went to sleep before midnight, Blake woke up just as I snapped this picture at 11:58.  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

November 2017

The first weekend in November found Randy and Jared going hunting, so Courtney, Ryder, Nikelle, Molly, Blake and I loaded up and went to Meridian.  We stayed in a hotel, swam in the pool, played on the stairs, in the halls and in the elevator.  Nikelle was able to go see her Grandma, and she and Courtney went to the Meridian Temple Open House.  It was kind of a fast trip, but it was a fun one.

I love these pictures of Clark, he had a blast playing with the magic track.

November 11 -- The guys went hunting again, the girls went to a baby shower, so I got to spend some time with these grand little ones.  They watched Mickey Mouse, played a silly game running a car on the table to each other.  We ordered pizza, and they all ate really good. Annie, Molly and Clark even got a little painting in.  It was a fun day.

Sunday, November 12 --  Sunday dinner with everyone.  It was nice enough that Annie could go swing, Grandpa read stories to Molly, Annie and Clark.  Clark and Molly got their toe nails clipped, and there was a fun game of Uno.

November 13 - Ryder got to go see Grandma Great and ride on her machine, then he got to go to Sam's Club, he took real good care of the paper plates.

Brian made raisin pie from scratch! That's a great accomplishment!

November 16 - 19 -- We got to have Molly come stay with us while her mom (and dad) were busy with the Miss Bonneville pageant. We had a lot of fun reading stories, getting stuck in the chair, fixing our hair, watching Minnie on the IPad while Grandma watched the Jazz.  Ryder came to play, and they had fun playing in the leaves at Aunt Merralee's, riding in the car cart at Keslers and playing with the toys.  They are so funny, if one does something, the other does too, everything has to be equal.

Brian, Celia and the kids flew to Michigan to be with Cindy and Ken for Thanksgiving.  Here are a few of the pictures they sent of their trip.  Clark liked the cats, but not all the cats liked him.  Maden and Annie loved walking Ruckus. They all love story time with Cindy, and taking the cans and bottles in to get the refund.

November 23, Thanksgiving
With Brian's family gone and Randy working, we decided we would have Thanksgiving on Friday.  

It was a very nice warm day (for November) so Jared and Nikelle and Molly had a nice time visiting Brody at the cemetery.  I love the pictures, they turned out really well, especially the light flooding down on Nikelle.  They also visited Grandpa Mark and Uncle Terry's graves, this picture is way cool with both of their headstones.  

Blake and I and my parents, Paul and Beth Chambers decided to go to Fort Hall and have Thanksgiving dinner with the Indians, haha.  They have a wonderful buffet, it was really quite amazing, tons of good food, with lots of variety.  

Later in the afternoon, Jared, Nikelle and Molly came down to spend the night.  There was more story time and playing with Ryder.  Grandpa had a nap with Ryder's Mickey blanket, and Jared taught Molly all about playing with trucks and trailers.

Friday morning, Blake, Jared and Randy put together this fun little table, when they were noisy with their drill, Ryder and Molly would cover their eyes instead of the ears. The table is just right for them, with room for Clark too.

Ryder had to have his hair fixed just like Molly.  

They made a trip to Walmart, Molly and Ryder both got new Minnie and Mickey blankets.

Here's the Thanksgiving dinner spread.  It was a good dinner!

Brian and Celia got their Christmas Tree put up before they left for Michigan, Randy and Courtney got theirs up before Thanksgiving.  They helped get mine up after dinner on our Friday Thanksgiving.  I appreciated the help very much!  Jared and Nikelle got theirs up the next weekend.  The grand littles all love the Christmas Trees.  I love that my wonderful fireplace mantle fits all 17 stockings, with room for more!

Just some cute pictures --- Molly loves her Minnie dress! Annie and Clark just like hanging around at Maden's basketball practice. Ryder's got some wild curls going on when his hair is longer.  He thinks he's playing cards with Grandma Beth and I, but really he's just throwing them on the floor.  Jared, Nikelle and Molly found Olaf!



Monday, November 13, 2017

October 2017 Occasions and Happenings

Oct 2 - Blake and his sister Marcele took his Mother to a funeral, then to Dixie Diner.  When they got back to Merralee's house, they took some more pictures with Merralee and Sharla.

Oct 2 & 3 - Spud Harvest! My 3 sons favorite time of the year.  Randy, Courtney, Ryder, Blake and I drove out to Goshen to get in some spud digging time with Bart. It is always a great time.  Blake and Courtney rode on the combine, Ryder loved riding in the tractor.  Randy got to help move the pipe out of the way.

We went to the cellar after visiting the field.  Blake and Randy picked some great spuds right out of the truck.  Jared, Nikelle and Molly came to check out the spuds and smell the spud dirt. Molly loved her ride in the tractor with Nikelle and Bart, and Jared got to ride the combine.  Brian's family went to Goshen the next day, they had fun finding some unique spuds,  and riding in the tractor.

Molly and Nikelle went to a pumpkin patch, and were so surprised when Annie showed up with her preschool class!  Annie and Molly were so glad to see each other!

Oct. 7 - My parents, Paul and Beth Chambers and Blake and I took a little drive to the Star Valley Temple.  It is a beautiful little temple nestled in a wonderful valley.  We loved our time time there.  I especially love the picture of the spire covering the sun, making a partial eclipse.

I took some pictures of the leaves as we drove around Palisades.  They were especially pretty with the sun shining and making them bright.  We were amazed at how full Palisades still is.  

October 9 -I lost one of my best friends.  Billie Crew left this life.  She was such a good friend to me and my family for about 28 years.  She was such a good example to me of Christlike love and service.  She did more for people than I can even imagine.  She babysat Jared for many years so I could do so many fun and needed things.  She made so many quilts for us and for our family and friends.  She served with me in the cub scouts and activity days.  She made an impact on so many people.  Ryder loved to go visit her and play with the truck, tractor and magic track. She was so thoughtful to Jared and Nikelle.  I miss you and love you Billie!

Just some random pictures - Molly, Annie, Ryder and Clark are having fun with a movie and popcorn.  Jared, Nikelle and Molly at the pumpkin patch, Ryder loved the go cart at Cal's.  Molly just relaxing at the playground.  Celia went to visit Cindy and Ken, and they went to a pumpkin patch too.

Oct 13 - While Celia was in Michigan, I was able to go up and stay with Maden, Annie and Clark for a day.  There is no greater joy in my life than spending time with my Grand little ones! Clark joined Maden with some IPad time.  The Bonneville Homecoming Parade went by one street over from Brian's house.  Annie, Blake and I walked over to see the floats.  We saw Nikelle on the Miss Bonneville float! Randy came up and helped Blake take the dead stuff out of the garden while Brian was at work.  They took Clark and Ryder to a store, and they loved sitting in the side by side.  I did Kiwi and Tinker Crates with Maden and Annie (I didn't get a picture of Annie doing hers).  We went to Texas Roadhouse when Brian got done working.  I had to take a picture of the snow the next day.  I think this is a cute picture of Molly, while she was in Utah.

Oct 15 - On my birthday, Randy and Courtney fixed dinner, along with help from my mom. Everyone came to help celebrate.  I think those 5 little munchkins that are watching a show in my bed are the cutest things ever! We had good food, and the kids love singing and blowing out the candles.

Oct 18 - Blake and I got to tend Molly and Ryder one day, Their energy, and excitement for life is kind of contagious.  I'm sure glad that I didn't have twins though!

Oct. 23 - Blake and I went to Boise for work, and this is what we came home with! It's a 2017 Ford Explorer, and it's not red!  It's a real nice, fancy car! While we were there, we also went to the Meridian Temple Open House, it was beautiful and we loved it.  I didn't get any pictures, though.

October 28 - Annie's party! Annie and her friend Evie loved the PJ Masks and capes that Cindy sent.  What a fun Sticky Donut "Cake".

One of Annie's favorite things to do, is to put on a show on her stage.  It started out with Annie and her friends and Molly, then she would call more people from the audience up to her stage.  I think it just might be one of Nikelle's favorite things too!

Oct. 28 - Boo at the Zoo - Minnie Mouse Molly, Ryder the Lion, Tigger Clark, Pikachu Maden, Catboy (or girl) Annie.

We went really early and waited for quite a while.  This is how the kids entertained themselves as we waited.  Annie and Clark were so cute as they danced.

Tinker Bell and Peter Pan and family!  Cute family pictures of everyone.

We had a special treat while we were in the zoo, the lion cubs were so fun and entertaining to watch. 

Oct 29 - My sister in law, Julie lost her father when he died in a tragic car accident.  We all went to the viewing.  It was a long wait in line for the kids, but they were pretty good.  Julie and Annie had matching dresses, and Julie was so cute asking to get a picture of them being twins.

Oct 30 - Annie's birthday! I got to go watch the bowling party for Annie's birthday.  Her friends Evie and Addie got to come too.  Everyone had a great time.

After bowling, we went to Texas Roadhouse, Annie was so excited to sit on the saddle and get the Texas Roadhouse Yeehaw! It was a bonus that it was Monday and she got her face painted too!  I sure do love you, Annie girl!

Some fun Halloween pictures - Donald and Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse, Minnie Mouse Molly went to see Grandma Great.  Trick or Treating with Pikachu, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.  Minnie and Jared trick or treating.  Poor Ryder got sick just before the trunk or treat started, so he spent the the night chilling on the couch.