Thursday, January 8, 2009

Giving the hubby props!!

So...I have GOT to give Chuckles some props. He has been busy doing "honey -do's"!!
We (I guess I should say Chuck) put in a new dining room light. We (Chuck) had to cut a new hole so that our ENORMOUS light would be centered over our table. So I have had a hole in my dining room ceiling for about a month. We have been married long enough that I knew Chuck would fix the hole when it started to bug him or when we moved out of the house so I didn't bother nagging errrrr asking him to fix it. (I don't nag do I???) Well after only a month....he fixed it. It is a temp fix for now which I am so excited about... at least no small animals will fall thru our ceiling while we are eating din-din!!
But wait....there is more....
After 2 years - 6 months & 1 hour...(1 hour is all it took him to nail these up)
I finally have my baseboards nailed to the wall. WOOT WOOT :)
For 2 years - 6 months & 1 hour our baseboards have just been sitting against our walls. They would get kicked and fall down or you would trip over them or they would just fall when you walked by. Ruby actually made this one of her favorite pastimes. She loved to crawl around and knock them down. Well Chuckles did it. they are nailed and glued to the wall (to Ruby's dissapointment). I can't tell you how excited I am. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to my hubby. You are wonderful and so talented w/ a hammer! Big hugs!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Tuesday – January 6, 2009

…Gramma Foxy…
It has been 3 months since this amazing, adorable, ornery, stubborn, funny and gentle woman passed away. I have tried many times to write about this event but haven’t been able…emotions have just been too high. I guess time does make some things easier.
My Gram passed away on October 6th, 2008. Gram had just started to be her spunky self after 2 years of sitting on the couch following a broken hip. She was finally starting to walk a little again and actually had a more positive outlook on life than she had for a while. It was so good for everyone to see her like this.
She was on her way to another Dr Appt when she decided to take off walking by herself to the car –well she fell and broke her other hip (good grief).
So Gram fell on Thursday and was in surgery on Friday. The surgery went well…they were actually able to make her legs the same length this time. Bonus if you are trying to walk. Ha ha
We were able to go up and see her on Sunday and had a fun visit w/ her. She held Ruby, showed Mabry how she did her breathing treatments and talked about the economy w/ Chuckles. She was happy and the mood was great. She was scheduled to go into an assisted living the next day for some INTENSE therapy. No way was it going to take her 2 more years to start walking around again.
Monday morning came and I was getting ready for work. The phone rang about 5:30 am…never good when the phone rings that early. Gram had suffered a brain aneurism and was in a coma. They didn’t give her very long to live. I was already dressed since I was on my way to work, I called Kimmy quickly and she agreed to pick me up.
I was pretty numb ever since the phone rang. Not sure what to expect? How serious was this? Is this really happening? She was so spunky the afternoon before. I was just talking to her not even 12 hours ago. Why does this happen? Is there anything they can do for her?
It was difficult to see my family members so sad. Difficult to see my dad, who has always been ten foot tall and bullet-proof, with red eyes and a heavy heart.
I will spare the details of the hospital but the mood was dreary and yet…I had a very peaceful feeling in my heart. I know this peace was from listening to General Conference that weekend and feeling the positive spirit from the talks.
I didn’t want anyone to speak or move…I just wanted to feel the peace and know what I believe. Gram was going to be re-united w/ my Gramps after a very long 12 years. She wasn’t going to be in pain and wouldn’t have to go thru the dreaded physical therapy that we all knew she hated. Still…the loss of a loved one…the one and only Gramma Foxy would be so hard for us all.
The funeral was very quaint and brought even more comfort from the words that were said. The most common thing repeated were the words un-conditional love for her family. No matter what…you always knew that Gram was there for you.
Even if you got a butterfly tattoo on your ankle, didn’t make it to a family party or didn’t make it to visit as much as you should have. Gram was there w/ a smile or a song just for you.
Thanks for making life a little sweeter Gram. We miss and love and can’t wait to see you again! – Love – Chuckles, Karisa, Mabry and Ruby

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Years Resolutions...anyone??

Does anyone really do this.?. I mean really do this?
I always think of a bunch...lose more...spend less TV...wash the make-up off my face every night... blah blah blah - I don't really ever stick to them. So this year I have been thinking of some resolutions that I can actually accomplish!! I mean really accomplish.
Here they are.....
You may think I am being sarcastic but...I'm not...Breath and not be stressed. Breath and not feel like I have to go clean something. Breath, my kids don't care if my hair isn't fixed. Breath and enjoy the life I have at that moment.
*Get on that golf course*
I am doing it this year...moving from the driving range to the golf course. I realize this will be a bit of a confidence downer but I have GOT to do it man!!
Chuckles - I am looking to you for your "oh so tender and encouraging" words to help me w/ this one.
*Eat better*
This is the tricky one...notice I didn't say loose weight (I will just have to wait for a parasite to come and eat my fat away) but I am going to eat better. More veggies, more fruit, more cookies errrrrr I mean more good things. YES YES YES I will still eat cookies (I am not insane) but just not the whole plate in one sitting. Baby steps right!
So that is it. I know I have much more to work on but do not want to overwhelm myself...te-hee
I feel good knowing all three of you that read this will help me w/ my resolutions. (ummm Sherri....p-nut butter cookies are still ok. I will eat them w/ apples)
Welcome 2009...Bring it on!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Chuck's new toy!

Chuckles got a few toys for Christmas...well ok, they were actually bought before Christmas but I am counting them! He got a new computer - (I therefore got his laptop) he also got a new camera. For Christmas he got a 50mm 1.8 lens (thanks to Melis). Chuckles is normally hard to buy presents for (very picky) and he is hard to surprise. We got him good this year w/ the lens. He was so excited...he thought he was going to be getting a cordless drill. te-hee He couldn't wait to start taking pics. This was late Christmas Eve...I think this was the first time we sat down all day!!

Christmas pictures...

Mabry and Ruby in their Christmas dresses.


So Ruby found yet another cupboard to empty...this time it is DVD's. She is such a busy little one.