We had a great time last weekend with the "babies." Lindsey was here waiting to move into her house, so we had the Peterson girls over so that mom and dad could have a well-needed "adult night out." (We had more fun, though.)
Mabel and Violet were the cool "oldest kids."
We had cooking lessons (wish Bex were here) and made Levain chocolate chip cookies. And I was nice and shared my aprons. Aren't they lovely? (hehe)
Everybody climbed in our bed (except DTB) and watched Frozen, until they were asleep, when we transferred bodies to their final resting place.
To complete the party, we had Shipleys donuts for breakfast, and sent everyone home on a nice sugar overload. You're welcome. ;)
Definitely a must do-over.
We spent July 4th at a fabulous resort in the Hill Country. We had a great time playing, relaxing, and eating (yeah, baby!)
We stayed at the Barton Hill Resort in Austin, with the nicest golf course in Texas.
Of course, we got in some exercise hiking and biking. We didn't realize there would be a swim hole here. Big mistake!
Being the "foodies" that we are, we had to try out the hot spots for good grub. This one didn't disappoint!
We also tried out Hopdoddy's (I believe there is one in Houston now. First try we went to the one on 6th Street and the line was out the door and down the street. After waiting 40 minutes in line and only moving a few yards I got anxious. The hotel was shooting off 4th of July fireworks and I wanted to see them, so we went next door for some "street tacos" (not very good) and headed back to the hotel for a fabulous fireworks display.
We talked to the staff at the hotel for advice. When we told her we had been to the Hopdoddy's on 6th street, she said, since that's where the "hip" people go, it would be much more crowded. (apparently we're hip!) So we tried a different location the next night. Still a long wait, but worth it!
Although it was only a long weekend, we had a great time, and can't wait for our next get-away!
(That will be September in New Jersey for the triathlon)
With the birth of Siena, we are now at an even dozen grandchildren! And we're pretty happy about that!
She couldn't be cuter, and we couldn't be happier that she was born healthy and without complications. We're SO grateful we have the best OB on earth in our family! Lindsey did fabulously and was up and running around a couple of days later. Which relieves my intense guilt that I didn't have vacation days to take to stay with her and help her out. She's been amazing! Violet and Charlie are absolutely in love with their new sister.
Yes, she's precious! And quite popular, as you can see!
We love our little Siena June!
On Sunday morning Adam was blessed by his father. In our Church, it is a tradition to officially give each new baby a name and a father's blessing soon after birth. It is typically done in church the first Sunday of the month during Fast meeting. Because Ashley and Landon are in between homes - just leaving their home in the Big Apple, and beginning life in the Big D, they are, shall we say "transients" - in between homes. So instead, we had the blessing at home - our home, that is - given that everyone was here from out of town. Thanks, DTB for making that possible! Landon, the new dad gave him a wonderful blessing! Shady then took family pictures, and we all went to church for Easter Sunday services.
Dad-the-Bad pulled off the biggest surprise of our marriage! He arranged to have everyone together to celebrate my 60th birthday. Yes, that's right - the big 60! Can you believe it? Yikes!
That's right. Actually, it was a week early, which made it even MORE of a surprise! And it was Easter weekend, which made it even MORE fun! He had it all planned out - I came home from work, walked in the kitchen, and this is what I found!
He flew in this awesome baker from Nashville to make my cake. She and her "helpers" did a fantastic job, as you can see. It even tasted better than it looked - if that's possible.
Friday evening we went to one of our favorite restaurants - reminiscent of Brazil - a churrascaria "Nelore" - in the Montrose area. Unfortunately, we had a few setbacks - Leah and Annie were sick, so Bethy came with Mabel instead of Brandon, Ryan couldn't find a babysitter, so Brianna stayed home, and poor Shady got in an accident on her way to dinner. The accident totaled her car, the car that hit her, and she was too shaken to join us for dinner. We picked her up and took her home, then joined the others. (See her hilarious blog post about the entire incident at babytheshady.blogspot.com) We're very grateful she is safe!
Saturday was a fun-filled day at Brazos Bend State Park - one of our favorite Houston sites. Dad's plan was to have a family photo taken in OUR "family tree." Unfortunately, the park was pretty crowded, and someone else decided it was their family's tree. The nerve!
Here's the gang - (minus Ashley and Landon - baby Adam was not cooperating)
This big daddy was next to the shore, just waiting for some bait!
Ainsley insisted on pushing her sister and cousin.
Poodle is always a favorite with the kids!
It was fun to have everyone home for Easter Sunday! The grandkids LOVED being together. In official Reed tradition, we had the kids hide eggs for the ADULT Easter egg hunt. (It works better that way) The kids love hiding the eggs and the adults love trying to find the GRAND PRIZE egg!
Note the handsome guy below. Thanks, GRAYTOP, for the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Thanks to every one of you for coming -I love you!
This past weekend we traveled to Nashville to attend Caroline's baptism. It was a whirlwind trip, but we had tons of fun!
We love visiting the Funks!
The baptism was great! Carrie made sandwiches and tons of cupcakes, which were devoured! Tons of people came from their ward. I was amazed.
Caroline was baptized with her best friend, Annabeth.
After the baptism we took the kids to Target where they could pick out anything they wanted. Graham chose a plastic lizard (he named him Oscar) from the dollar bin. I tried to divert him to something I thought would be more lasting, but he insisted. I finally told him he could get something "besides" the lizard. He made sure that if he picked something else he would still get to keep Oscar.
We had fun walking the streets of downtown Nashville.
and Carrie made dad a delicious chocolate cake for his birthday (much better than the "fancy" one I paid way too much for for when we got home.)
My aunt Ivy passed away this week. She was 88 years old, and worked at "the shop"- (the family glass business) until a week before she died. She was my mentor. Ivy taught me how to cook. We spent countless hours together baking cookies and making goodies. She paid me to clean her house when I needed the money. She allowed me to be her "business partner" in her short-lived catering business. Ivy believed in me before I believed in myself. If she had one fault, it would be her generosity. She made sure those around her had everything they needed and never worried about herself. Ivy was selfless. I hope to keep a little of her in me. She also had a sense of humor.
Last time I was in Salt Lake, I stopped by to chat with my cousin, John, and he related the following story:
Their family decided to take Ivy to the High School football game to watch Olivia dance during half-time. Ivy took great pride in her grandchildren. She had just been to her beautician and had her hair done, which she does faithfully every week. During the half-time event it began to rain, so John ran to the car to get an umbrella. Fearing her hairdo would be ruined, Ivy could not wait for John to return. She pulled from her purse a package of Depends panty liners, removed the disposable strips and began pasting them on her hair, in an attempt to protect her beautiful hairdo. John returned to a scene of hysteria. Ivy had captured the attention of the entire audience, panty liners covering her hair. The adults were laughing, and the teenagers were jockeying for position to get a photo with their cell phones. He apologized profusely to those around him, but they just laughed, saying they hadn't had that much fun in years.
Although I will miss Ivy, it was her time to go. And every time I think of her, I think I'm going to smile.