Friday, July 25, 2008

Back to the reality of life

Now that the company is all gone for Anthony and Chelsea they are back to the reality of life. Anthony back to training for disasters. (These pictures were posted online in the Moody Volunteer a newspaper reporting on Moody AFB where Anthony is stationed.)
Chelsea is back to errands, house work, and most important caring for our adorable grandson, that they try to convince us is a handful at times. I don't know, look at that face- so innocent and perfect. Even eating his Popsicle so tidy.

Its hard to imagine him out of control or upset.
However, most importantly, they are all happy and healthy.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Family time in Portland

Patty and Hank came to Portland for a couple days with there two grandsons Tiger & Trae. Both the boys have really grown since the last pictures I've seen, and really kept everyone on their toes. They enjoyed playing games on the computer, the slippery slide, and the highlight was "Chuck E Cheese" which ironically is the most expensive pizza in town and it doesn't even taste good! With their visit being so short we tried to get the most out of it, which probably really tired out mom since all of us were over at her house most of the time for meals or play.
Hank had his birthday while here in town. So all the boys, including Thom, got together for a golf game, then back to mom's for cake. I was glad that Patti had the time to go to Dad's grave site with mom, and have some one-on-one time.
It's hard when they live far away we don't get to see one another very often, so we all tried to make the most of the time we had with one another.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Grama & Grampa Morse in Georgia

It was nice to hear from Marilyn and Dave about their trip to Georgia to visit the kids and spend quality time with Ethan. Needless to say with all the extra attention he was a bit of a handful for mom and dad once they were gone.
Anthony and Chelsea enjoyed a couple nights away in Orlando Florida to celebrate their anniversary, while Ethan had one-on-one time with grama & grandpa. Ethan is quite the little mimic which I'm sure kept them on their toes.
They were also in town for Chelsea's birthday on the 4th of July. She felt very special and spoiled with all of the attention. (Something we all enjoy and need now and then.)
The best part of the 4th of July for Chelsea is Sparklers. However Ethan has not yet gained that same appreciation. He was a bit fearful of the fire, as well as the loud bangs that were going off down the street.
Ethan got his haircut in style while sitting on the John Deer tractor. It seemed to keep him occupied most the time, though Anthony still had to move fast. What a cute little man.
Chelsea said that all the grandparents except me have enjoyed seeing their home and visiting them, so when it is a convenient time, I hope to have my turn. Maybe I'll be able to visit first thing next year...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

child proofing our home

This past week we enjoyed having Peter, Jessica, and Ezekiel come visit on their way from California to Rexburg Idaho. Ezekiel has grown so much, and with a little persuasion he finally got to the point that Grandma and Grandpa D were OK to go to. We even enjoyed occasional hugs without tricking him.
As you can see he was so quick to discover the many things we had down at his level, so Jessica ran around moving things up. His biggest fascination was anything that plugged in. He loved electrical items, so we would move furniture to cover plugs, or just unplug items.
I do have a basket of toys which kept his attention occasionally. Especially the stick horse. He didn't know to ride it, but he would hold onto the stick, and drag it around basically sweeping the floor.
Next time we meet we will need to go through the get-to-know-you-games all over again, as we will with Ethan and Savannah. But we will focus on getting the house child-proofed before next months visit with Ethan.

Tony, Rodney and I have also spent this week picking cherries. This has been the biggest crop of cherries we have ever had. Usually just the birds are privileged to enjoy them, however this year they were a bit overwhelmed, so we managed to pick about 34 gallons to share, can, dry,freeze and use for fruit smoothies. Peter and Jessica enjoyed eating them, but Ezekiel preferred bananas.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008