Thursday, December 29, 2016

3 more months of Grandkids!

October - December, 2016

Enjoy some more kind of random pictures of our cute grandkids!

Ryder loves tractors, books and wheels and going to Walmart.  I love the picture of my Dad reading to Ryder. Molly had fun exploring the toys in our basement.

Annie made a tall, tall tower. Maden got to go antelope hunting! Molly wants to be a big girl at the table. She had fun at the corn maze.  Ryder got to ride with Jared in a big tractor. All the babies love Grandpa!

Ryder's helping Grandpa rake up pine cones.  Clark is a monkey on his daddy. Molly loves her doll stroller and riding in the wagon with Maden and Clark.  Ryder thought he needed to try out his walker again, silly boy. 

Ryder helping Grandpa, Clark playing on the ping pong table, Molly being a baby again, Ryder mowing up leaves, Clark playing connect 4, Molly had 3 dolls in her stroller, Annie playing a tune for Curious George and Molly with her balloon bear.

Molly and Ryder riding the little rides at the mall.

Molly swinging in the big swing at Tautphaus Park.  Ryder mowing up more leaves and swinging and helping his mom do the dishes, getting in our shower and playing on the slide. Maden lost his first tooth! Molly loved the slides at Tautphaus. 

These babies are all growing up! They are really toddlers not babies anymore!

Ryder was really worried about my new rugs. Molly's feeding Ryder.  Clark's sweeping. Molly likes to sit on anything and wear her daddies shoes.  Grandma Great is giving Ryder a ride on her walker.  He didn't want to get off the lawn mower, but he did like helping to wash potatoes.

Getting ready for Christmas! Molly and Ryder meet Santa, Molly likes him, Ryder not so much.  

We had the Chambers Thanksgiving at the Groveland Church.  Molly and Ryder liked playing ball with their dads.

This was the cutest thing, Annie and Molly dance together quite often. Well, on this day, Clark just watched and then when Annie quit, he moved in and took his turn with Molly.  Then, they went and stood by the couch and grinned.  It was so cute.

The kids all watching a VHS movie! Playing "trit, trot", coloring, eating and just being silly.

Jared, Nikelle and Molly in front of the Twin Falls Temple. Molly and Ryder in the cool cart in Broulims.  Ryder threw up and didn't have any extra clothes, but he didn't mind wearing one of my t-shirts.  He loves making a mess with my plastic bowls and lids, and looking at the Christmas tree.  Molly and Ryder liked walking on the sidewalk in front of Rita's.  Molly likes the carts at Home Depot too.

Clark and Ryder visiting at Grandma Great's house, and shopping at Broulims.  We were sad there wasn't one of their cool carts available.  Molly has to do whatever her daddy does.  Both Molly and Ryder like me ok when Grandpa's not home.  They like to brush their teeth at Grandma's house.  Ryder got to help plow the snow for a few minutes.

Clark, Maden and Annie are trying out their Christmas present! Ryder likes his new chair, and Molly likes her big bear.  Ryder wanted to try out the walker again, and Annie is having a fun tea party.  I sure love these kids, and watching them grow and learn. They are my pride and joy.  


December 23, 24 & 25, 2016

We decided to have our family Christmas at 9;00am on Christmas Eve. Brian and Celia and their kids came on the 23rd to spend the night.  It really was a Christmas weekend.

Ryder came to play with the kids on Friday night.  He had a great time playing and loved bathing with Maden and Annie.

Saturday the 24th: Isn't Clark a cute little elf? Everyone but Cindy and Ken were here for Monkey Bread Breakfast. Then we facetimed with Cindy and Ken and opened presents.  The babies all got bean bag chairs.  I didn't get a very good picture of Clark sitting on his chair.  

I didn't get a lot of pictures of the present opening. Brian and Celia got this toy box for Molly and the kids all loved climbing on it and putting things in it.

Maden and I put together a fun contraption that came in his Tinker Krate.  Molly and Clark thought the big boxes were fun, and they were such cute little dancers.  Molly thought she needed to help Clark drink his milk.  Everyone had fun trying out my VR1.

Nikelle and Jared got Maden a giant Jinga game.  Even Blake and Jared had to try it out.

After dinner, Celia, Maden and Annie went out and made a huge snowman.  Annie's Ahna doll got rolled up in one of the balls.  Brian had to go demolish the snowman before they left for home and rescue the doll.  It was a good day!

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25:  We woke up to a lot of snow! We even had church canceled! Randy and Courtney came about 10:00.  They parked just off the road in front of the house.  Blake went and picked up Courtney and Ryder on the four wheeler.  Ryder was getting snow blown into his face, but that didn't stop the smile.  Blake and Randy plowed our driveway, they even got the 4 wheeler stuck a couple of times, then they  went and plowed Randy's and a neighbors. Then they came back and ate, then went and plowed my parents driveway.  It took about 6 hours of work to get everyone dug out.  It really didn't feel much like Christmas!

Gingerbread Houses

December 17, 2016

We did our 2nd annual Gingerbread House party on the 17th.  Celia had bought some Disney kits.  Maden actually made one up earlier in the week.  Nikelle chose to do a Frozen castle.  I got to help Annie with hers! This is a fun activity, I hope we can keep up the tradition.

I had fun trying to get a cute picture of Annie, she was full of expressions that didn't include a good smile.  

1st Snow Machine Trip of this Winter

December 17, 2016

We got a good snow fall, so Blake, Randy and Jared decided to take the machines out for a ride.  They went to Fish Haven Canyon and said the snow was amazing.  

Jared's 26!

December 11, 2016

I can't believe that Jared is 26! We went to Texas Roadhouse the day before his birthday and he had to sit on the saddle while they cheered for him.  Molly couldn't quite figure out what was happening.  Then on his birthday, we had a party at their house. This should be a good year for him. He'll finish up his electrician apprenticeship and become a Journeyman Electrician! We're proud of you Jared and we love you!

Maden's 7!

December 5, 2016

I can't believe this boy is 7 years old! 

We had a fun party, with dinner, cake, presents and a bingo tournament.  Maden loved most of his presents, but the most classic statement of the night was when he opened a present from me that he wasn't exactly sure about he said, "Thanks anyway, Grandma". Maden is such a smart, cute, sweet boy.  I love playing games with him.  We love you Maden!

Big Announcement!

November 30, 2016

Our family is growing again!! Jared, Nikelle and Molly are going to have a baby in July! We are so excited!

Amazing Fall Weather!

November 9, 2016

It's hard to believe that this was November 9th! It was 60 degrees! We really didn't need our jackets.  The grass is still pretty green because of all the rain we got in October. Ryder had a great time swinging, popping bubbles and playing on the slide.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


The babies all seemed to have more than one costume for different events or reasons.  Molly was Supergirl when she went to an event at Snake River Landing, Ryder was Superboy when he went to "Tractor Treating" at the John Deere store.  Clark was going to be "Cluck the Duck", but it was too small for him.

Annie was the cutest Annie Oakley! Her boots even light up.

On the left, Maden is Raphael, the ninja turtle.   On the right, Brian is Raphael when he was about 8.  

Jared was Flynn Rider, Nikelle was Rapunzel and Molly was Pascal for their ward's Trunk or Treating.  

I just have to include this picture.  Jared is on the left when he was 18 months old.  Molly is on the right at 19 months.  Pretty incredible how much she looks like her dad.

More costumes: Molly being a cheerleader, Ryder being a skeleton, Clark a little farmer boy.

On Saturday, October 29th, we all went to Boo at the Zoo.  It was crazy busy, but the kids had a great time trick or treating and playing the games.

It was wonderful weather, and we all had a great time.

Molly went trick or treating to Grandma Great Purcell's house, she loved it when Grandma gave her candy.  Brian was Batdad when went we to Boo at the Zoo. Courtney wore a cute ghost Halloween shirt.  Blake and I went as Grandpa and Grandma.

Just some snapshots of more Halloween fun.  Maden and Annie had a great time trick or treating in their neighborhood.  Annie and Molly met up at the Library, and Molly wanted to ride on Annie's horse too.  

Annie's 4!

October 30, 2016

I can't believe Annie is 4! She is such a delightful, fun loving little girl.  Her smile and laugh are infectious. I absolutely love when she runs to me and gives me her special Annie hug!

We had a fun party with all the family and some friends.  She loved her "sticky doughnut cake".  I love that Maden wore his Halloween costume because I told him I loved it.  We love you Annie Girl.


October 22, 2016

We watched Maden, Annie and Clark again while their parents were hunting. Maden really wanted to go to an indoor trampoline park called IJump, so we figured out how to take them there.  We met Nikelle and Molly there too.

The kids loved it, even if they got knocked down a lot.  Maden joined in for some dodge ball.  

It was hard to get pictures that weren't blurry because the kids were moving so fast.  Molly loves Annie and they were so cute dancing on the tramps and falling in the foam blocks, then walking out to the car.

Birthday Celebration

October 16, 2016

Brian and Celia were kind enough to have a little birthday dinner for me at their new home on Sunday the day after my birthday.  The kids were not tired of celebrating and loved it all.

We had a great carrot cake and I love all the help to blow the candles out.  These babies all love their grandpa, and he loves them.  He spent the whole time with one, two or three of them in his arms.

Monday, November 7, 2016


We have had several occasions this year to "babysit" our grandkids. We love every minute we get to spend with these grand little people.

Brian and Celia took a little trip to Las Vegas for their anniversary, so we got to take care of Maden, Annie and Clark.  We had so much fun, making german pancakes, going to McDonald's, and just playing and playing. They were such good kids.  When it was time to pick Brian and Celia up at the airport, Maden and Annie were so excited to show their parents the posters they had made.

In June we got to tend Molly for a weekend while Jared and Nikelle went on a little get-a-way.  We went to a dog show, and to Pango Mango Frozen Yogurt.  We thoroughly enjoyed Molly and all her little antics. 

Then just a couple of weeks later, we got to have Molly again! We had so much fun. She is so full of life and is such a good little girl. Ryder came to visit and they had to play in the baby jumper, silly kids.

At the end of July, we got to have both Molly and Ryder for a weekend while their parents were camping.  It was definitely double the fun! What one wanted or was doing, the other wanted, especially if Grandpa was involved.  We laughed and laughed. I have a new respect for anyone who has had twins.  Luckily, they are both really good sleepers!

In August, Randy and Courtney went on a little Anniversary trip, so we got Ryder for a couple of days. He got to play games with Grandma Beth and I. We had a lot of fun! He loves stories and books.

During July, August and September, Brian and Celia played on a mixed doubles tennis league. So, Blake and I would go tend Maden, Annie and Clark while they played.  When the matches were at Tautphaus Park we took the kids to playground. Maden and Annie always found other kids to play with at the park. They loved it! Clark got really brave and would go down the slides by himself by September.  We also took them to Rita's one time, which is always a great treat.  

On October 1st, Nikelle and Courtney wanted to go antelope hunting with Jared and Randy, so they left Molly and Ryder with me! Yes, just me because Blake went hunting too! So, I called in my mom (Grandma Beth) to help! We had so much fun checking out the flowers, swinging and blowing bubbles.  

October 14 and 15 - Brian and Celia went hunting with Randy and Jared, so we got to have Maden, Annie and Clark again.  It just happens that my birthday is the 15th, so I had some great help celebrating.  We had some great fun activities.  We put candles in the muffins at breakfast.  The kids went to Walmart with grandpa, we made sugar cookies, carved and painted pumpkins.  Grandma Beth brought pizza and brownies for lunch, so we put candles in the brownies.  Ryder came to play and celebrate too.  Such a fun day. 

We tend Ryder 2 1/2 days each week during the school year.  He is so fun the tend, and he loves "Papa". Mowing the lawn is one of their favorite activities. He loves playing with tractors, reading stories, going to Walmart, making a tall tower with some stacking buckets.