Thursday, December 11, 2008


I ordered this little custom piece of artwork from Jessie of fame.
Her artwork features "Cuppie" her signature little pink cupcake:)
It is only fitting that my granchildren are depicted as cupcakes because they are so SWEET! Even grandchild number five(due in June) is included as the "bun(cupcake) in the oven." :) Baking sweets with my sweeties! Aren't they cute?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I was tagged by my daughter, Sarah(A little different from the last one)

8 things I am passionate about....
1. The gospel of Jesus Christ
2. Being a wife, mom and grandma
3. Baking
4. Blogging (to keep in touch)
5. Riley the pup
6. The internet
7. Chocolate
8. Food:)

Words or phrases I use all the time(#1 & 2 according to Jim)
1. That's my pet peeve
2. That's so cute
3. That's so funny!
4. Oh my gosh!
5. I love you.
6. To tell you the truth...
7. Riley, come in!
8. Do you have a Hershey's kiss?

8 things I want to do before I die
1. Get in better shape(and then die:)).
2. Get a bigger house
3. Be debt free
4. Take great pics
5. Quit working at Albertsons.
6. See all my grandchildren grow up
7. Be a great-grandma
8. Sell my cookies

8 things I want or need
1. New (double) oven.
2. Bigger house
3. Kids nearby
4. Kisses from my grandbabies!
5. Beach(vacation) home:)
6. Yard landscaped
7. Interior of house painted
8. Bigger kitchen

8 places I would like to visit
1. Armenia
2. Philippines
3. Palmyra, New York
4. Spain
5. Mexico
6. Jerusalem
7. England
8. Disneyland with the grandkids:)

8 restaurants I love
1. Chef Rick's
2. Olive Garden
3. Cool Hand Luke's
4. Tommy's
5. Cheesecake Factory
6. Brad's
7. Marie Callendar
8. Red Lobster

8 shows I like to watch: (basic cable)
1. News
2. Dog Whisperer
3. Today Show
4. Martha Stewart
5. Judge Judy
6.The Biggest Loser
7. American Idol
8. Oprah(not the celebrity segments)

I tag: Anyone that wants to do this! :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Full page ad in New York Times Dec. 5, 2008:Prop 8 Backlash is "an outrage that must stop" Group Says in Support of LDS Church (Click to enlarge)

Official Church Response to NYTimes Ad

SALT LAKE CITY 5 December 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed appreciation today for a full-page advertisement in The New York Times that decries the “violence and intimidation” directed toward the Church because of its support of Proposition 8.
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses its gratitude to the signatories of the full-page advertisement that appeared today in the New York Times. This was a thoughtful and generous gesture at a time when the right of free expression of people of faith has come under attack. We join with those of all religious faiths and political persuasions who have called for reasoned and civil discourse on matters that affect our nation.”
The ad was sponsored by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and was signed by scholars, dignitaries and religious leaders from a variety of faiths.
“Religious groups can’t claim some sort of special immunity from criticism,” the advertisement stated. “Nevertheless, there’s a world of difference between legitimate political give-and-take and violent attempts to cow your opponents into submission. Violence and intimidation are always wrong, whether the victims are believers, gay people, or anyone else.”
The statement in the ad continued: “Participating in ballot initiatives is legally different from politicking for candidates. It is perfectly lawful for charities, including religious ones. It is perfectly appropriate as well that all voices be heard.”
The statement by the group also called for others to add their names to the letter and concluded with a declaration of unified support:
“Therefore, despite our fundamental disagreements with one another, we announce today that we will stand shoulder to shoulder to defend any house of worship — Jewish, Christian, Hindu, whatever — from violence, regardless of the cause that violence seeks to serve.”

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tongue In Cheek

There are certain topics of conversation that are considered taboo and best kept under wraps to avoid hard feelings and contention, such as politics and religion.

Currently there is one subject that elicits the most heated debate of all...

Hmmmmm....Is it

Obama vs. McCain? No.

Prop. 8, yes or no? Wrong again!

What is it? When should you just zip your lip?

When you have read Twilight and did not care for the book(diplomatically put)!

Making such a confession will bring gasps and looks of disdain! Women of all ages will protest and angry mobs will conspire against you! Make no mistake about it, the frenzy is real and there is no escaping the "Edward mania!"

I realize that I am in the minority, but there are others that feel as I do...they shall remain nameless to protect the innocent.

Take my advice.
In this instance...Mum's the word!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

TAGGED(by Summer)!

8 Things About Me

8 favorite t.v. shows( I have basic cable):
1. News(not so much lately)
2. Today show(sort of)
3. Jeopardy
4. Martha Stewart

8 things I did yesterday:
1. Went to work
2. Did errands
3. Made crafts at "Super Saturday."
4. Decorated cookies
5. Looked at blogs
6. IM'd with Jim(in Japan), and Lois:)
7. Emailed
8. Christmas shopped online

8 things to look forward to:
1. All my kids/grandkids here next month!!!
2. New grandchild in June!
3. Jim coming home and hearing his "Indiana Jones"
4. Pacific Grove anniversary weekend:)
5. Christmas Extravaganza at the melodrama:)
6. Nebraska in the spring:)
7. Baking Christmas cookies!
8. Hawaii with the family next summer!

8 favorite restaurants:
1. Cool Hand Luke
2. Olive Garden
3. Marie Callender
4. Brad's
5. Chef Rick's
6. Cheesecake Factory
7. Applebee's
8. Tommy's

8 things on my wish list:
1. Kids living nearby(closer at least)
2. Fireplace
3. Front border fixed up
4. Inside of house painted
5. New garage door
6. Cleaned out garage
7. Fix up backyard
8. More storage in kitchen

8 people to tag:
my(limited) blog connections have all been tagged, but if you want to...consider yourself tagged!

Friday, November 14, 2008

LDS Statement Regarding the Democratic Process

Once again, I am posting an official statement from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since the LDS (Mormon) church seems to be at the forefront of being maligned and attacked I find it only proper to present their statements since I have yet to see their full responses (I've only seen one partial sentence) published in any California newspaper.

Nov. 14, 2008 The First Presidency issued this statement about the democratic process

Since the people of California voted to reaffirm the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman on November 4, 2008, places of worship have been targeted by opponents of Proposition 8 with demonstrations and, in some cases, vandalism. People of faith have been intimidated for simply exercising their democratic rights. These are not actions that are worthy of the democratic ideals of our nation. The end of a free and fair election should not be the beginning of a hostile response in America.
The Church is keenly aware of the differences of opinion on this difficult and sensitive matter. The reasons for this principled stand in defense of marriage have already been articulated elsewhere. However, some of what we have seen since Californians voted to pass Proposition 8 has been deeply disappointing.
Attacks on churches and intimidation of people of faith have no place in civil discourse over controversial issues. People of faith have a democratic right to express their views in the public square without fear of reprisal. Efforts to force citizens out of public discussion should be deplored by people of goodwill everywhere.
We call upon those who have honest disagreements on this issue to urge restraint upon the extreme actions of a few that are further polarizing our communities and urge them to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It is the Soldier

by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien USMC

It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protesters to burn the flag.

And might I add-

It is the soldier
Who has given us freedom of religion
And the right to vote

Thanks to all the veterans this Veteran's Day!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Church Issues Statement on Prop. 8 Protest

SALT LAKE CITY 7 November 2008 The Church issued the following statement today:
It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.
Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States — that of free expression and voting.
While those who disagree with our position on Proposition 8 have the right to make their feelings known, it is wrong to target the Church and its sacred places of worship for being part of the democratic process.
Once again, we call on those involved in the debate over same-sex marriage to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility towards each other. No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Vote

SALT LAKE CITY 5 November 2008 COMMENTARY Since Proposition 8 was placed on the ballot in June of this year, the citizens of California have considered the arguments for and against same-sex marriage. After extensive debate between those of different persuasions, voters have chosen to amend the California State Constitution to state that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Voters in Arizona and Florida took the same course and amended their constitutions to establish that marriage will continue to be between a man and a woman.
Such an emotionally charged issue concerning the most personal and cherished aspects of life — family, identity, intimacy and equality — stirs fervent and deep feelings.
Most likely, the election results for these constitutional amendments will not mean an end to the debate over same-sex marriage in this country.
We hope that now and in the future all parties involved in this issue will be well informed and act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different position. No one on any side of the question should be vilified, intimidated, harassed or subject to erroneous information.
It is important to understand that this issue for the Church has always been about the sacred and divine institution of marriage — a union between a man and a woman.
Allegations of bigotry or persecution made against the Church were and are simply wrong. The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.
Some, however, have mistakenly asserted that churches should not ever be involved in politics when moral issues are involved. In fact, churches and religious organizations are well within their constitutional rights to speak out and be engaged in the many moral and ethical problems facing society. While the Church does not endorse candidates or platforms, it does reserve the right to speak out on important issues.
Before it accepted the invitation to join broad-based coalitions for the amendments, the Church knew that some of its members would choose not to support its position. Voting choices by Latter-day Saints, like all other people, are influenced by their own unique experiences and circumstances. As we move forward from the election, Church members need to be understanding and accepting of each other and work together for a better society.
Even though the democratic process can be demanding and difficult, Latter-day Saints are profoundly grateful for and respect the ideals of a true democracy.
The Church expresses deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the many Latter-day Saints and others who supported the coalitions in efforts regarding these amendments.

Friday, October 31, 2008


These are my new favorite Halloween cookies! They were so fun to make!
I made these for our orthodontist and his office...I think the first time our family set foot in Dr. Adam's office was about 18 years ago! I finally had my last appointment on Monday. Sarah, Summer and Jesse all have BEAUTIFUL smiles because of his handiwork and expertise:) My teeth are better than they were:) They all loved the cookies!
I forgot to take a picture of the haunted house'll have to wait till next year~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 27, 2008


CONGRATULATIONS to Jesse and Lois! Their first baby is on the way!
YIPPEE for us! Grandchild #5 is on the way! We can't wait!!! :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Big Sur!

Jim and I had a weekend camping getaway to Big Sur and had a great time! I especially enjoyed myself as Jim took over as "Camp Chef Extraordinaire" and handled ALL the food duties! His "killer" omelettes were blue ribbon quality once again! On the way we stopped at our favorite "secret" beach:) Our dog, Riley, had a good break from sitting in the car by obsessively retrieving the stick from the ocean...well, she is a Labrador retriever:)
To Karaline, Megan, Zeke and Jake...We tried to include the names of our grandchildren in the sand, but it was too difficult to read, so we settled for "We love U." XOXOXOXO

We did some geocaching while in Big Sur. Here I am in the "danger" zone checking out a clue:)

Jim and Riley on the trail to the cache.

On a rigorous hike, Jim stopped to munch on an appropriately named snack:)

View from our hiking trail...beautiful even with the fog rolling in!

On our way home...this is the typical view from the passenger side mirror whenever Riley is along in the car:)


Saturday, October 11, 2008


Happy 23rd birthday Jesse Boy! We love you!!!
Mom and Dad XOXOXOXO

Friday, October 10, 2008


Happy 26th Birthday SWEETIE! We love you!!! XOXOXOXO
Mom and Dad

Monday, October 6, 2008

Zeke is ONE!

Here's Zeke(with his mommy and daddy) enjoying his birthday cake! He turned ONE on september 21:)
One of these days, I'll get the pictures in the right order!?!
Here's the wagon we gave Zeke for his bday:) He looks like he's riding a wave:)

What a cute little surfer boy!

He was a happy birthday boy! We have him ready for his cake-diaper only:) He seemed to love his cake and his presents and we love him!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

A blessing in Omaha

Grandma(me) snuggling with Megan and Jake

Our newest grandchild, Jake, was blessed in Omaha , and Jim and I were able to be there:) My in-laws(Ann and Dick) also came. They DROVE all the way from California! We FLEW:)
It was so great to spend time with Summer, Brian, Karaline, Megan and Jake! We miss them very much! The kids grow and change so fast! Hopefully one day they can live closer(a lot!) to us:) Our visit there was way too short!

Jake sure is a handsome little fella! Look at those kissable cheeks! Jim met Jake for the first time and I hadn't seen him since he was two weeks old! He's a happy little guy and smiles readily:) His sisters love him and Megan especially loves to pat him on the back and give him kisses:) So cute!

Grandma and Karaline overlooking the Missouri River(behind the trees).
I love Karaline's big, cheesy (but cute!) grin:) She's so much fun!

I sure miss them!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I was tagged by my daughter-in law, Lois:)
Instruction: Answer the questions with one word or a little more, and then tag three friends. This is going to be fun!
1. Where is your cellphone? kitchen counter
2. Your significant other? Jim
3. Your hair? graying
4. Your mother? missed!
5. Your Father? too far!
6. Your favorite thing? grandkids
7. Your dream last night? don't remember
8. Your favorite drink? hot chocolate
9. Your dream goal? kids living nearby
10. The room you’re in? Living room
11. Your hobby? baking
12. Your fear? not being here to see my grandkids grow up!
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Orcutt
14. What you’re not? young
15. Muffins? yummy!
16. One of your wishlist item? Canon digital SLR camera
17. Where you grew up? Whittier, CA
18. Last thing you did? worked
19. What are you wearing? work clothes
20. Favorite gadget? kitchenaid stand mixer
21. Your pets? Riley, a black lab
22. Your computer? HP.
23.Your mood? content
24. Missing someone? Summer and family, Jesse & Lois
25. Your car? Toyota Forerunner
26. Something you’re not wearing? make-up
27. Favorite store? bookstore
28. Like someone? Jim
29. Favorite color? Fall colors
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31.When was the last time you cried? a few days ago
I tag: Summer and Sarah and Maxine!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Jesse and Lois' Wedding Day

Though Jesse and Lois were married on April 26, I am just finally posting my favorite images from that happy day! All photography is done by Tonya Joy Photography:) She(and her sister, Gena)did such a beautiful job!
These came up in the opposite order than I intended...My grandchildren came up first and then the wedding couple:)




Our Family

What a happy day!

Handsome Groom

Beautiful Bride

There was a lot of kissing going on that day! : )

Saturday, August 23, 2008

How to Kill Two Birds With One...CAR!!!

Yesterday was not a good day.

First, I lost my new glasses, which I really liked and only had for a few weeks! I am hoping they will show up somewhere:) I am very frustrated with myself and my carelessness! My daughter told me that I should get the chain that attaches to the glasses and is worn around the neck...I might as well print "OLD" on my forehead!
Secondly, I was driving down my street(on my lunchbreak)toward my home, when I noticed a pigeon ahead just resting in the roadway. I proceeded along assuming that the bird would fly off (as birds usually do!), but it didn't and ended up slamming into the grill of my car, up the front window, over the hood and onto the street behind me! It was obviously dead:( I know I should have stopped and cleaned it up, but I was rather upset that I had just rammed and killed it! Thank you to the good samaritan that did clean up the remains:)

Thirdly, Jim and I (and Riley) went out to Pt. Sal on a hike:) It was very foggy, but nonetheless it was nice to get out and get some exercise. The hike up was uneventful, but on our way down it was getting fairly dark and there were coyotes howling, too close for my comfort! YIKES! I(and Jim too) kept getting spooked by the bushes; they looked like animals(coyotes!?) watching us! I was very happy when we got back to the safety of the car, vowing never to start a hike at such a late hour again! We headed down Pt. Sal Road(I was driving at about 50 mph), minding our own business, when out of nowhere a huge(not so wise) owl appeared and crashed squarely into the middle of our windshield, shattering it on impact! We both saw the hefty owl, but it happened in a split second and there was no time to react! R.I.P. Mr. Owl.

What a day!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hiking In Our Own Backyard

Yesterday Jim and I (and Riley) went hiking in the Orcutt Hills. It was nice to "get away" by driving less than a mile to the trailhead:) It was pleasant and cool and the sunset lit up the horizon! Jim was able to capture the sun's rays against the rugged terrain. And I was able to capture Jim!

Monday, July 21, 2008

I miss you Mom!

Rose Manookian Bouza
July 21, 1926-May 3, 1986

Richard L. Evans

There was a wistful note in the voice that said it: "It is sad to do things for the last time." Certainly it is sad to do good and pleasant things for the last time. It is sad to part from beloved people for the last time, to part from useful tasks we have become accustomed to, to look for the last time upon the face of a friend, to leave behind beautiful and lovely scenes, to leave behind any cherished part of life. It is sad to see the present move into the past. But here and now, this is how life is lived. It moves one way; it moves forever forward; it will not wait; there is none of it that we can hold to, none that we can rerun. We must move as time moves-from the present to the future. But we pause a moment for searching, for reflection, for appraisal, a moment for seeing ourselves and our surroundings. In his long, lengthening days, Winston Churchill was asked if he would like to live his life over, to which he replied "Happy, vivid and full of interest as it has been, I do not seek to tread again the toilsome and dangerous path. Not even an opportunity of making a different set of mistakes and experiencing a different series of adventures and successes would lure me..." He seemed not so sure that he might do so well the second time as he did the first time through, nor could any of us be certain. We sometimes think we would, but we do not always do better, not even when we know better. In any case, we may well be grateful we have arrived as well as we have, and grateful for hope and faith and assurance for the future-assurance of an eternal plan and purpose that we can count on. No hour returns, no day, no year. But we have reason to be grateful that truth and intelligence, that memory and people are perpetuated in our Father's plan and purpose. "I desire no future, " said George Eliot, "that will break the ties of the past." Thank God for this assurance: that families and friends, that life and loved ones are everlasting; that we need not look for the last time on that which matters most. And as we look both ways at once, gratefully we recall this grateful utterance: "There is a Future, O thank God!"

"The Spoken Word," from Temple Square
December 26, 1965

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A New Baby in Tornado Alley!

On May 29, 2008 our new grandson, Jake Brian, was born! Off I flew(for two weeks) to Nebraska to help out(mostly) with Jake's big sisters, Megan(15 months) and Karaline(3 years). The girls are so fun! Karaline addressed Jake as "little buddy," and everywhere we went Megan waved to everyone with her signature "parade wave." So cute! It was a treat to help out!
We were very busy...we went to Build-a Bear, Chuck E. Cheese and the zoo. We read lots of books, danced, had tea parties, baked cupcakes and animal cookies and watched a movie or two. Of course we also spent time cuddling and kissing sweet little Jake:) He's a little cutie! I sure miss everyone!!! XOXOXOXOXO Love you all! P.S. Summer and Brian are phenomenal parents!

One night, at 2:30 a.m., I was awakened by my son-in-law, Brian. He tapped on my door and said "Sue, the tornado siren is on. Please get Karaline and come down to the basement." Needless to say, I jumped out of bed, went and grabbed Karaline and headed down to the basement! Having NO experience with tornadoes(only earthquakes!), I had no idea how long we would be in the basement and I needed to use the restroom which was up two flights of stairs! So, I took a chance and ran up there, wondering if the roof would fly off! Yikes! I made it back down safely:) The girls just thought it was great that we were all down in the basement(also the playroom) together! We listened to the radio and after about a half hour we were given the A-OK to return to bed...whew!

About three days later, in the evening, I noticed that the sky was spectacular looking-one section was bright orange and "on fire!' There were lightening bolts all over. In the other direction the clouds were very low and dark and it was WINDY and rainy! I called Summer and Brian to come and look. We noticed many people outside and some were taking pictures of the sky. To me it felt very foreboding considering that the evening before the tornado there had been TORRENTIAL rain! Uh oh...
Sure enough, at 7:30 p.m. the tornado siren went on! We grabbed the kids, pillows and blankets and hunkered down in the basement, again. This time Brian brought the t.v. with us so we were able to be better informed. Sadly, we learned that four boy scouts were killed at a camp that was about a half hour from us. Finally, after about two hours we were able to return upstairs:) Thankfully no tornadoes had touched down near us!
According to the locals, it was unusual to have so much tornado activity...Lucky us:) I'm just so grateful that we were not harmed!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Jesse and Lois are married!!!

On April 26, Jesse and Lois were married for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a beautiful ceremony and a very happy event!!! Our family was privileged to meet Lois' parents and grandparents and other relatives. This was the first time her parents had been to the U.S. and Lois hadn't seen them in nearly four years, so it was a happy reunion! It was wonderful to have all of our sweet children and grandchildren together with us! Jesse and Lois are a BEAUTIFUL couple and so in love:) CONGRATULATIONS! It's very gratifying, as parents, to have all of our children married to such kind, intelligent, outstanding people:) We feel so blessed!!!
By the way, Lois' aunt was very generous in putting on a luncheon reception down in L.A. for the newlyweds. Due to time limitations there was no reception in Orcutt. They honeymooned(a short stint) in Santa Barbara and then returned to HAWAII( The honeymoon capital!) on Monday!

I am going to add pictures in a few days when the photographer has them ready for us...we had a "sneak peek" and they are FABULOUS! I am not computer savvy enough, and too tired, to attempt to retrieve them right now from her blog:)

Fabulous at 50!!!

Woo hoo...Jim is 50!!! To celebrate, eight of us went out for Japanese food, and Jim ate sushi to his heart's content:) We even had our own little private room and sat on the floor(sort of) Japanese style. It was a lot of fun!!! At the end of the meal, Jim was brought a cute little dessert "on the house"and of course I passed out cookie favors to our guests in honor of his birthday:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM!

I know this is late(his bday was April 19th), but I'm trying to do some catching up!

Monday, March 17, 2008


I made some cookies for St. Patrick's day and it was a lot of fun! Next year I'm just going to make the leprechauns, my favorites! Here's a traditional Irish blessing for you all today...May the leprechauns be near you, to spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels, smile upon you St. Patrick's Day. :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tag...I'm it!


A. Post the rules.
B. Answer the questions about yourself.
C. After posting, tag 5 people by going to their blog and
leaving a comment.

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

Hmmm...I can't even remember what I was doing 10 days ago!? Let's see...I had all my children at home, so I was busy taking care of them and going to their various events/activities(many times also volunteering) relating to school, sports and church.

2. 5 things on my "to do" list today...

Watch Zeke
Pay bills
Put clothes away
Buy dog food
Buy "101 Dalmations" dvd:)

3. What snacks I enjoy...

A bowl of cereal
A bagel
A banana
Peanut butter

4. What would I do if I were suddenly a billionaire?

I would pay off all of my kid's debts(educational and business) and
our own, buy them each a house and a car and set up a trust fund
for each of the grandchildren. We would build a new home for us
(with a spacious gourmet kitchen) with land
(for more pets and for the grandkids to explore) up near/in Big Sur
(Jim would LOVE that!) and of course, send Jim(me too?) on his dream trip
to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest(with Sherpas, not me!)...I would go to Armenia, Spain
and Mexico to discover more about my roots. I might go to culinary school:)
I would donate(in a BIG way) to ovarian/breast cancer research and Operation Smile!

5. 3 bad habits...

Interrupt and talk too much instead of listening!
Not nearly patient enough!

6. 5 places I've lived..

(in order)

Whittier, CA
San Diego, CA
Provo, UT
Seal Beach, CA
West Los Angeles, CA

7. 5 jobs I've had...

Carl's Jr. waitress(?)
Kitchen Aide at Grandview Sanitarium
Dispatcher at Liberty Mutual Ins.
Billing clerk at the Evening Outlook
Noon-aide at Dunlap Elem.

8. 5 things people don't know about me...

I did the Solvang Century(100 mi. bike ride)
I(we) sponsor a little girl in the Philippines
I would LOVE to start a cookie business
I wish I'd had more children
I was voted "Most Fun" in high school..HAHA

Now I pick 5 people to tag and I tag..

They're all taken! My kids; Sarah & Johnny, Summer & Brian and Jesse & Lois, have all been tagged and basically those are the only blogs I keep up with...Jim was tagged too. Hmmm...I know, I'll tag Maxine! I watch her blog also:)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Birthday Buddies!

Here's a picture of Karaline and Riley at Avila beach having fun together! Karaline and Riley were both born in February 2005 and they are good buddies! Actually, all of the grandkids love Riley...Megan first began crawling (with gusto!) when she spotted Riley across the room and just had to get her hands on her! Zeke lets out a full belly laugh when he watches Riley run around:) Riley takes all the lovin' and roughhousing in stride. We may just start calling her "Nana.":)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Valentine cookies!

I really enjoy baking and decorating sugar cookies and just thought I would share my latest efforts:) Happy belated Valentine's day!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Grandma's Treasures!

Last week I had all my grandbabies here together! Summer, Karaline and Megan were able to flee the frigid Nebraska winter and soak up the California sun. During their visit Auntie Sarah and Cousin Zeke were able to spend lots of time with us:) All of us(including Papa and Uncle Johnny) went on a hike above Sycamore Hot Springs complete with an ocean view, and later that evening went to Chuck E. Cheese for an early celebration of Karaline's 3rd(Feb.16) and Megan's 1st(Mar. 15) birthdays! With Papa along we were also able to go to Oso Flaco and enjoy a scenic trek. As usual, good times pass too swiftly and and we had to say a sad good-bye...but we look forward to seeing the whole Glazier family(Brian will be on spring break from dental school!) here at the end of April when Jesse and Lois are married!
The morning that Summer and the girls left, Sarah and Zeke dropped by and I was finally able to be photographed with all of my beautiful grandchildren! Not that easy:)