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Monday, October 16, 2017

I'm sitting here

at Tiffany and Justin's house feeling grateful. 

We arrived at the airport on the 9th to a welcome sign for all the grandparents flying in to stay with the kids.  All the Idiart couples are traveling in France and the Basque country where their grandparents immigrated from.   A wonderful opportunity for them and a wonderful experience for us as grandparents.




  
All the Grandparents.  It has been fun to get to know the Nadalds and Gardners better.

Then we had more special greeting gifts.


 Since we've been here for the last 9 days, we've been to soccer games:




Gymnastics:



Powder Puff football for Eliza:





Taken Ashton to his Eagle Scout interview, which he passed with flying colors.


Gone to Football games:




Had a sleepover with lots of cousins bouncing around on the mattresses placed in the living room.  Why did I not take pictures????

As Gary and I were hanging out on the bed with lots of noise and activity going on in the living room, Luci walked in and said, "My parents would usually be asleep by now."  So, with that endorsement, we decided to go to sleep.  They are such good kids, that I had no worries.

Sunday morning before church we had a lazy day.




After church and dinner we went to their cousin Elise's birthday party.  Again, why did I not take pictures?  The Idiart family is very blessed (and, yes, I admit I am a little jealous) to have all their children and grandchildren live right here in the same ward and neighborhoods.  Just about every Sunday they get together for dinner and the cousins are best of friends.  I am so grateful they have that, as that is how I grew up with my aunts and uncles and cousins, and our daughters grew up surrounded by grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. 

Tiffany left this schedule for us:




 And the kids have done all their parent's requested without us even having to look at this list.



And the couples have been having an amazing time.  I'll post some of their pictures tomorrow.














Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hyrum

turns 17 years old today.  I love this young man!

Here is Hyrum's interview that took place on January 1.


Where do your first and last name come from?  Hyrum from Hyrum Smith.  Bishop from my Dad.


What is the most important lesson your parents have taught you?  Honesty

What is the one thing you want to do before the year ends?  Get a college scholarship

What is your favorite thing to collect?  Money

What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?  Indoor plumbing

Is there a household chore that you actually like doing?  Cleaning my room

Who snores the loadest in the family?  Grandpa Ashton


What are your most and least favorite family activities?  Most- Shooting guns.  Least - Family Home Evening

Using one word, how would you describe your family?  Chaotic


If you could go on a family vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Hunting in Australia

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with your winnings?  Buy a 2017 Camero

Which of your relatives should get the Drama King or Queen award?  Jackson

What is the luckiest things that has ever happened to you?  Not dying in a car crash in November.  Someone was running from the cops.

If your parents misbehaved, what punishment would you give them?  Play playstation upstairs

What is your earliest memory?  Being at the BYU football stadium on my birthday.

What is your favorite mode of transportation?  Motorcycle

Is it ok to tell a lie to protect someone's feelings?  Yes


We love you, Hyrum!



 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Luci

Us with Luci in December
 It was very cute when Luci came in August.  She said, we have to be sure to do our interview.  Annie and I told her we do those at Christmas.  But I told her we can do another one to see if anything had changed since December.   But then we forgot.  I wish we had.

So here is the interview from December.

What is something that was exciting this year?   It was a special birthday, because I turned 8.  I was baptized and went to California.

What was a new thing did this year?  Started gymnastics (editor’s note – Luci spelled that for me).  Taking classes with cousins and a ward friend.  Likes bars, not beam!

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Watch TV -- the Cheernastics2, which is about a 3 girls that do gymnastics and cheer.

Favorite color:  Turquoise and Grey

If you were cooking your dream dinner for your family, what would it be?   Crepes

What is something new you learned this week?  Never take family pictures in the snow.  It’s freezing!

Would you rather win an Academy Award, an Olympic medal, or the Nobel Peace Prize?  Academy Award


Who do you think has it easier, girls or boys?  Boys.  They don’t have to go through pain having a baby.

What is your fondest memory of a family summer vacation?  Going to Disneyland

What is your favorite time of the day?  Breakfast time.  I love breakfast
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What accomplishment are you most proud of?  Moving up a level in gymnastics. 
 
If you could go on a family vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Hawaii

What is your earliest memory?  Taking my first steps (because Eliza took a video)

What superpower do you wish you possessed?  Read people’s minds to see what people think about and if they’re mad at me.

Where do your first and last name come from?  First name from a movie called “Flyboys,”  and my last name from my Dad.

What movie could you watch over and over again, and why?  “Sing”  Because I like the piggy’s. 

What is your favorite mode of transportation?   Airplane

What is your favorite family tradition?  Going to Utah for Christmas.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money:  Buy a flat screen TV in my own room.

If you could skip school or work for one day how would you spend your free time?   Play with cousins and friends.

When you open your eyes in the morning what is the first think of?  What I’m having for breakfast – like eggs, waffles, and crepes.

Who in your family do you most resemble?  My mom

What is the most important lesson your parents have taught you?  How to walk (Luci demonstrated crawling like she would if she couldn’t walk)

What is one way your mom or dad embarrass you?  Saying “This is my baby.”

What is the hardest part of going to school?  What is the best part? Hardest part is math, best is crafts (paper crafts and coloring)

What has a family member said or done this week that was thoughtful?  Mom snuggled with me when I had a stomach and head ache.

If you could earn $250 by eating the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire month, would you?  Crepes

What is your biggest fear or phobia?   Llamas and Ostriches.  I was at someone’s house and they came right up to my face.   (Demonstrated how they came right up to her face)  

Demonstrating how the ostrich came right up to her face.

 We love you Luci! 

Luci eating Crepes in St. George this summer,  Imagine that!









 

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Jackson


Finally!  Jackson's birthday was a month ago and Lucienne's is tomorrow, so I finally sat down to decipher my cryptic notes from their interviews in December.  I didn't write down the questions, but had the great idea to take pictures of the questions and number them.  I can't even explain how confusing it has been.  I will definitely take a different route next year.

So, I just told Jackson that I was finally doing his interview, a month later, and he said, "It's OK, grandma, I still love you."   Sweet boy -- or should I say 21 year old man?

So, here is the interview as far as it is translated correctly:




What do you think you will be doing in 5 years?  I’ll be married, finished with college with a business degree.


If you were cooking your dream dinner for your family, what would it be?  Grill Rib-eye steak with BBQ baked bean, mashed potatoes and gravy, and grilled vegetables.

When you open your eyes in the morning, what is the 1st thing you think about?  Usually on a regular day, I would think what my schedule is.  Ask do I really have to get up right now or can I mosey around.


What is something new you learned this week?   Trying to learn patience and love.


Would you rather win an Academy Award, an Olympic medal, or the Nobel Peace Prize?  Olympic Medal for baseball.

Who do you think has it easier, girls or boys?   Boys.  There was a family on my mission who had 19 kids.
What is your fondest memory of a family summer vacation?   Camping all around the South, having pine cone wars.  

What is something that has been impactful to you this year?  Finishing my mission.  It has been a major transition adjusting from being a missionary.  I’ve had a mixture of emotions, but I’m getting the hang of it.

What is your favorite smell in the whole world?  Gooey Butter cake, Carly makes it

What is your favorite time of the day?  About 9 pm everything is getting started (He's on a bit different schedule than me and his grandpa)

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?  Buy favorite Ferrari, buy a house, invest the rest.
What is the nicest thing anyone has done for you this week?  Grandma and Grandpa allowed us to run the house and not complain, other than about the toilet.  

What is prejudice and have you ever encountered it?  I’ve just heard about segregation.  But have experienced pre-judgment in high school for being a Mormon.

If you could skip school or work for one day how would you spend your free time?   If I was home, I would four wheel and shoot guns.

Which historical figure would you want to meet?  Hitler, because he was such a sick man.  Bob Gibson, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.   Joseph Smith, prophet for LDS church.

What class would you like to take in school that is not offered?  Skeet Shooting

What could you sell if you created a family business together?  Lumber

Who in your family do you most resemble?  Physically - Hyrum.  Personality wise – Everyone says I resemble mom, but I say Marshall.

Jackson on December 30, 2016

Jackson modeling his new work attire for Brick Oven last week.  He's not loving the fashion statement, however.





 Right now I'm listening to Jackson sing along with music as he gets ready to go into work for the first day.  It is so fun having him stay here with us while he waits for his apartment to be available.  

Love you Jackson!