Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Kid .....

Courtnie was able to take a quick trip to California last week so Randy and I got to play "Gramma and Grampa" for five days! Ours is like a second home to Brody ~ he knows where his bed is and (more importantly to him) where all the toys are! He always motors straight for the tub of balls and starts to chuck 'em everywhere. The kid has quite an arm! His favorite thing to do is throw the balls down the stairs and yell "Git it!" (not "Get it!") -- fully expecting us to retrieve whatever he has thrown! He also loves to be outside where he can kick any kind of ball he can find. The kid has quite a leg! Quite possibly a soccer player some day?
The kid loves the outdoors! We enjoyed a day filled with sunshine at the park, going for walks, feeding the ducks, swinging, eating popsicles, running, making friends with other little kids, getting dirty, riding in the stroller, and everything else you do outside. But his favorite thing of all is to follow his Grampa anywhere he goes!
He knows the bedtime routine here -- a warm bath, a lotion massage from head to toe, a drink, and Gramma's lullabye. Voila ~ there you have it! The recipe for bedtime when he's at our house. And it works! He goes right to sleep and wakes up smiling. The kid has quite the personality!
One of the cutest things about Brody is that he loves (I'm talkin' loves) music! As soon as he hears anything with a beat, he starts dancing around. He bends his knees and bounces up and down and puts both pointer fingers up in the air, keeping perfect time to the music! The kid has rhythm! On Saturday we hiked to the top of Adams Canyon. It was gorgeous! Randy carried Brody on his back the whole trip. I swear he was a camel in his former life (Randy, not Brody)! Chelsie and I took lots of pictures and did our share of "oooo'ing" and "ahhh'ing" the entire hike. Totally magnificent! But there came a time when Brody had had enough of sitting in the backpack and that's when he began to howl. Boy oh boy, the kid has a set of lungs!
..... and just in time to hand him back to his Mommy who missed him more than words can say! It was a sweet reunion to see these two very special people back together again. As for Gramma and Grampa? We're gonna sleep for 36 hours ~ no throwing, no kicking, no toys in the bathtub ..... no kidding! And just for the record -- we really love that kid!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Proud of YOU ~ Shalee Booker!!!

Today we had the opportunity to watch Dustin's wife, Shalee, run the Ogden Marathon and come across the finish line ~ strong and beautiful and smiling! She has trained for this event for the past four months and we wouldn't have missed it for anything! She completed the marathon in 4 hours and 31 minutes. As she ran past us, Dustin handed Kaiya to her so she could carry that sweet little girl across the finish line. It was so touching and emotional! What a sight ~ Shalee running across the finish line holding Kaiya, Dustin proudly presenting her with flowers, and her family showering her with well-deserved hugs and kisses and lots of picture-taking! I can hardly type this without my eyes welling up with tears! It was exciting to watch all the participants -- young and old, short and tall, male and female, basically from all walks (or in this case "runs") of life -- giving their all and completing such a lofty goal. I stand in awe of anyone who works that hard at anything. But today ..... my respect and admiration goes to our sweet daughter-in-law who deserves this special recognition today! Love you Shalee girl ..... you rock!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day - Chapter 2 of 2

Knowing that this day has not been one of my favorite annual celebrations (see previous post), Randy took a different approach this year. He came home on Friday night announcing it was "Ocho de Mayo" (May 8th)! He explained that I was not his mother and that this year he simply wanted to celebrate "womanhood." I must admit, this got my attention! So I opened the first gift he gave me -- a figurine of a man and woman in a "slow dance" embrace. We mirrored the figurine and began to dance without music! I know, I'm a hopeless romantic, what can I say? And he's such a good sport! Then I opened the next gift -- a beautiful book entitled "Daughters of God" by M. Russell Ballard. He had a few comments about that gift, but I'm keeping them to myself. The last gift was a box of chocolate truffles which we tore open and shared right there on the spot! Is this sweet or what?? I had already begun to label this weekend "the best Mother's Day ever" ..... It was Dustin and Shalee's idea to meet at the zoo on Saturday and spend the whole day together celebrating Mother's Day. It was so sweet to hear our two little grandchildren (Kaiya and Brody) as they "ooo'd" and "ahh'd" at every stop! Randy and I loved spending this time with Courtnie, Chelsie, Tiffanie & Ben, and Dustin & Shalee. The weather was perfect, the animals were amazing, and we took our time just strolling through the zoo enjoying every bit of the day! We got a couple of very unique pictures -- a giraffe's eyelashes and the bottom of a tiger's foot ..... yep, "amazing" is an adequate word, don't ya think? Then on Sunday, Tiffanie and Chelsie came to our house and fixed dinner for Jill (Tiffanie's mother-in-law), Courtnie, and me. Of course we shared with those who were not mothers (i.e., Randy, Lowell, Brody, and Ben's sister Carrie)! These two special daughters brought everything to make two kinds of quiche, spinach salad, asparagus, and rolls. Delicious! And so so so very appreciated by the three mothers they honored. They gave each of us a work of art that was almost too beautiful to eat ..... ..... an edible flower pot! Oreo cookies that looked like dirt and flowers made of red velvet cake (my favorite), dipped in white chocolate, and decorated with candy! Too cute to eat? Oh no! As you can see from the picture above, Jill and I were very anxious to taste this magnificent creation! How very sweet (literally) and thoughtful! Lovely cards and thoughtful phonecalls from the other Booker children and grandchildren who live far away truly warmed my heart. Thank you all for making this a simply marvelous and very special day for me! I will never forget it! Oh, and for the record? I'm looking forward to Mother's Day 2010 ..... only 364 more days!

Mother's Day - Chapter 1 of 2

I've heard that Mother's Day has a reputation for some (not all) mothers which (for me, in the past) goes something like this: wake up *** get ready for church *** can't find a shoe *** put dinner in the oven on timed-bake so it will be ready when we get home from church [starving] *** still looking for that shoe *** hoping child number "whatever" will call either before or after church so I don't miss their call *** feeling less-than-worthy of the beautiful card from husband *** wondering if child number "whatever" thought to buy/address/stamp/mail a card for this once-a-year acknowledgement of labor/delivery/raising of said child *** still looking for that darn shoe *** feeling less-than-appreciative of my own mother/mother-in-law *** will they like the card/gift I selected especially for them??? *** realizing that I forgot to buy rolls for dinner *** wondering why I created the habit of having rolls for Sunday dinner anyway *** forget looking for the damn shoe and settle for another pair that doesn't even match what I'm wearing *** listening to talk-after-talk-after-talk about someone else's [perfect] mother and wishing I could be that mother instead of the one wearing the stupid shoes that I hate and didn't want to wear anyway *** silently thinking that the flower I was just handed at church will probably wilt and die *** come home from church and check the answering machine *** make long-distance calls to mother and mother-in-law *** eat dinner which would have been better with rolls *** fall into bed -- dead tired -- and remind myself that there are 364 days until next Mother's Day ..... I just know it will be different .....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gonna Love This Weekend!

Dustin called and suggested that the whole gang spend the day at the zoo on Saturday. What a grand idea! I'm really looking forward to being outside ..... with my family, enjoying the sunshine, doing some (what the professionals call) "inner child" work, and seeing the wide eyes of little ones like Brody and Kaiya as they see some of God's creations up close and personal! Look out Hogle Zoo, here we come!! And to top it off, Tiffanie is making dinner for Mother's Day on Sunday. Don't know what all she's got planned, but whatever it is, it will be wonderful and very much appreciated by this Mother! Yeah, I'm thinking that moving back to Utah was a pretty good idea ..... I'm smiling ..... I'm pretty happy ..... I'm looking forward to a great weekend!