It was short but to me, very sweet. Something about us all being together at "home" felt really special. Can we all agree to get together again soon? Did we ever figure out Thanksgiving and Christmas? Will everyone be out here right after Christmas besides Randa?
Here's mom and the divider- taking it all in. the Clones and Eter. The good photography chair in poor lighting. I had to include this one for Jeff's face :) does anyone else think Jeff's becoming quite photogenic? Must be another Carrie-influence. It was really neat listening to what grandpa had to say. (Another thing I should've videod!) You both have a bit of an eyebrow lilt going. I'm gonna have to work on that. Actually, maybe just Rand. Cuuuute. aint no party like a Giles house party. Hey! Ho! Nice to just relax and enjoy each other for a little while after the party. And I had to add this for Eli's very special balloon. And it's cute of mom. I really miss you all already. Camping this summer. 5 days. Let's do it.
Amidst last week's excitement of lightning striking our backyard, Eter having a part-time job (which we hope will last a while) fall in his lap, and our FREE 6 month anniversary trip to Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel....
I've been busy making some prototypes for a new product I hope to start selling, online (Etsy.com, maybe ebay, maybe our own website), by word of mouth, and possible at some kind of boutique things in AZ that Amy just told me about.
It's re-usable gift couture (?), which saves time, the environment, and your great aunt's hands by getting rid of the old style ribbon and replacing it with (something like) this easy-on/easy-off number:
There are three sizes here. All of them are first tries, and I'll post them individually so you can see them better. The ribbon is elastic, so there is no tying when wrapping or tugging when opening. And it can be used over and over.
I think this one is the most successful so far. It's a DVD inside, so that's the size. It also works for book size and any smaller box in that general range. I wrapped it with a grocery bag--easily recycled. Do you think it needs to be blinged up? Like bejeweled? I like it kind of simple like this. I guess there could be both options.
This would be the smallest version, and only really works if it goes on straight (vs diagonal). You can't see the ribbon in this picture but it is a light green. This is just a box I already had, but I could get different colored boxes in this size pretty easily and sell it with the box. I've also thought about doing a kind of coordinating set of three with different sizes.
Try to imagine this one with some cute wrapping paper. I'm actually considering selling boxes where the top is covered in fabric--making it reusable and eliminating wrapping paper. But I need to check on how reasonable shipping rates are for these bigger boxes. I don't think they could fold with the fabric glued on. This is my first attempt at Christmas, which will hopefully be the big push and jumpstart. I also need to get some good green ribbon. I've got the light one, and a dark one that is more bluish-teal. It looked weird, so I went with the brown again here.
Anyway, what do you guys think?
I also need to come up with a name. At least for Etsy, but it would be nice if it could just stay the same. And Eter is working on a logo/background.
Here are some names so far, and please suggest more if you think of any:
Sally's Flower Box Shop Flower Box Gifters Gift Box Couture The Green Ribbon (meaning eco-friendly)
Or any mixture of such?
I need to channel this family's creativity, please! TATUM!!!
I realized I didn't really tell anyone, so I'll post it here. (Also because I can't stand seeing this same post here anymore. No one uses this blog now! Come on, people!)
Eter's green card came in the mail on Saturday. We got home from the temple, checked the mail, and there it was! About 2 hours later we were in Mexico, at his mom's house. It worked out perfectly because this annual stake party was happening that day, so we went and had some great Mexican food for free (gotta love the church everywhere!), and Eter got to see a ton of people. Then his brother Israel, with his wife Marisol and baby Andrea came over to his mom's. Eter finally got to meet his niece! I went and saw her when she was a week old, but now that she's two months, she's getting cuter and cuter. She even smiled at me. Some people are saying she looks like Eter. Maybe. We think she also looks like her mom.
To talk about Thanksgiving? I know our family is more accustomed to last minute planning, but I love to think ahead to nice autumny things and divert my attention from the heat. So what do you think? I didn't just get to see everyone like you all did and wouldn't it be great if we could all be together for one of the holidays? So lets have a blog conversation.
A couple Sunday's ago, it was announced in Sacrament meeting that it would be a good thing to take a few minutes, go out to the Gilbert temple site and snap a family picture before construction begins. We're so grateful to be getting a temple of our very own :) Especially since the Mesa temple takes like a whole 15 mins to drive there! This will be like 10. Whew! But really it's exciting that the Mesa temple is so busy that there is a need for another one so close. It's neat to think that some of these cousins may get married there someday! (not to each other :)
The kids waited and waited... and finally they came! It was so fun to see you guys for a little bit! And then we left to go camping with 3 other families in our ward. when I see the food in Sadie's mouth it makes me wonder...am I the only one who could think this picture is adorable b/c I'm her mother and everyone else is grossing out at the "seafood"? After we got back home I found out that Holly's hair was camouflaging a layer of dirt There were 2 dogs up there which the kids played with a TON. Emma most of all. All the other parents kept saying that we need to get our kids a dog. I usually brush off that comment but I have to say, watching Emma play with them so happily all weekend, I began to feel a little guilty about it. Eli got down and dirty of course. BTW, he started a blog of his own today (Elisblog8.blogspot.com) and already wrote 3 posts! I sent you all invitations, but could someone try and look at it before they accept just to make sure it's private? Thank you! The kids assumed Branba would still be here when we got back and were not happy campers (kugkug) when we returned to an empty house. Did you leave us a box of "Ohs"?
Also, as part of the kids summer schedule, they'll be updating their blogs once a week so you can check them more often.
Dan and Amy decided to take on the project of having a booth at Relay For Life this year. They took even more time out of their super busy lives to contribute to this cause- and do a little marketing along the way. Amy went to massage schools and got students who are close to graduating to volunteer their time. People had to fill out some info and get a "once over" by Dan who was fun to watch doing his stuff. Amy, Tatum, and Eli (he loved this job) stood out front of their booth and offered passers-by free massages (donations appreciated). I returned for the 5am shift. I could not believe the music was still blaring and how many people were still there and wide awake at that time! I enjoyed the sunrise. Emma asked if she could come with me. That girl sure loves to talk! The Froerer's slept their in a tent so Tatum and Jane joined us for the last couple laps. It was fun being part of this great cause- even though I didn't really do anything hard for it this year (like try and earn money). But Dan and Amy definitely did. Hats off to them- they are a couple of amazing people :)
So, as you may know. My viewership of sports has increased dramatically in the last year owing to Senor Bubba's sports-likingness. He tells me that there is a possibility that the Suns and the Mavricks (his team of choice, from Dallas) may have a play-off game in the next month. If this should happen he would like to come down to AZ either attend the game (tickets appear to be about $30) or to at least watch it. We know that we have seen a lot of each other lately, but really there hasn't been much during wedding craziness to actually hang out and relax together. So this may present an excuse for another get together. We will keep you posted on the game possibilities. So, maybe we'll be seeing the AZ crew in May.
PS, Great photo, right? Nice spare tire and relief society arms. Nothing like a really really awful candid to motivate.
So I'm spreading out the love. Since I don't want to overload my blog watchers too much with Sally's pictures, and I know all of us can handle it. quite happy with this one- and the above. I love this one but thought I'd put it on here just in case Sally doesn't like it for some reason. A lucky shot. so cute! so cute again (sorry again Ame) me. loved seeing you all!
* When Dad was in the hospital, and had been for a couple weeks. Tatum had been taking a little community tap dance class. Often when we were on our way home from school or anywhere we would stop by to say hello. Tatum wanted to show Dad her dance she was learning. Mom said "oh no, not here honey its just too loud" Dad quickly answered " No I want to see" Tatum was thrilled and Dad loved it or at least pretended he did.
* Dan was reminding me the other night about a story I had forgotten. Many of you probably remember how afraid of men Tatum was. Although she LOVED Dad and Jeff even though she hardly saw them. When Robin and Nick got married Mom and Dad came up for the wedding and stayed in a hotel. We came down from Provo and met them. As we were in the Lobby wating for them to come down,the elevator "dinged" Tatum turned to see and it was "Pappa" Tatum (about 2 yrs) just stood in one spot running and waving her arms! So excited that he was finally there. Dad with his big sweet smile walked over and scooped her up.
*I remember how whenever we went to Big Bear in spite of the fact that he'd been driving two hours. Without fail and without going into the house he would disappear with the blue Yamaha motorcycle. Then he'd be gone for as a much as two hours. Of course when he came back at least two of us kids would be waiting for him so we could go on a ride. The funnest thing for me was when he finally let me go it alone. I was about 12 and he let me red an old Honda. I fell and distinctly remember him saying something like don't tell your Mom about this.
*My biggest road trip with just Dad was going up to Idaho for my first semester. After leaving Joyce’s house on the second day we were passing Kolobe Canyon (which I pass all the time now) and he just took the exit, I don’t think he even asked me if I wanted to see it. We drove up the canyon a little ways and got out and looked around for a while. I had a disposable camera and we took some pictures. It was really beautiful, but mostly I was just happy to be with him--one of those rare spontaneous moments. Too bad I lost the camera somehow when I got to school.
*When Dana comes home from work the kids get excited and run to him and say "Daddy!" Lately, he's been saying "Yay!" in reply. I love it because I remember dad used to say the same thing a lot.
*Thinking of birthday cakes today, I remembered the first (and only) birthday cake Dad made for me. We weren't even engaged yet, and he was trying to make an impression. So he decided on the extraordinary plan to make a cake that would taste like a fruit salad; I suppose he was thinking ambrosia. He used an orange cake mix ( I don't think they even make them anymore) and strawberry flavored frosting (also thankfully retired). This must have been very early in the relationship or he might have guessed chocolate would have been more effective. I think I was polite, but I'm sure that cake never was finished. You all know he wasn't much of a cook, but I loved him for trying!
*Another funny memory I have was when Jeff was driving Mom's white car and it caught on fire. (We were living there with Mom and Dad) so we were all kneeling around the bed for prayers when jeff called. Dad anwsers, Jeff and said "the car is on fire, and the fire dept had to come put it out... kinda scared to tell I think. Dad yells YAAAHOOOO! Let it Burn! He was thrilled to be done with that car finally. And off he went to pick up Jeff!
* I was at the DMV the other day registering my new van (YEA!) When I remembered once running into Dad at the DMV in CA. It was so funny b/c he was dressed as usual in his roofer garb. Old dirty jeans and t-shirt and hat but the best part was that over the hat he was wearing those headphones the big ones with the little antanae sticking up on the side. Just standing there listening to whatever station he could get reception to in there. He was so funny I had to think for a moment to I really want to walk over and say "HI DAD!" Of couse I did. I'm glad for all those memories now.
*I just remembered a time when I was about 11. It was Sunday afternoon, I was wearing my cool new jean shorts, and dad was chasing me around the house. We were in the entry when he grabbed on to me by the belt loop on the back of my shorts. I pulled away really hard, and the loop ripped right off leaving a hole in my back side. I was so mad, but dad was laughing and laughing, so I started to laugh too. I’m sure mom was in the kitchen giving her usual opinion: ‘It’s all fun and games until…” Randa
*One of my most treasured memories is from when I was very little. For some reason I just loved when dad would hide behind the cereal box and then peek out at me from different sides- and the real suprise...the TOP! I loved that he really liked it too and played that game with me frequently. Very simple but very meaningful to me at the time. Katie
*One time driving to Utah with Dad, when I was 15 or so, we kept seeing signs for Hogi Yogi in Southern Utah. First we made fun of the goofy name. Then it started to sound good. Then we decided we'd have to stop and get some at that exit when it came. The exit came and we missed it. Dad got off at the next one and drove about 20 min through a small town, backtracking to the Hogi Yogi. We laughed about it the whole time. I love that Dad would go along with stupid kid stuff with us. Sally