Monday, September 1, 2014

Birrell Family Reunion

Our Birrell Family Reunion was in July. Ashlee and her cousin Sandi planned the activities to the two days. Friday evening, we went up South Fork Canyon for a wienie roast, ball game and an outdoor  movie of Princess Bride. It was perfect and so nice to be with everyone that could come. I love Larry's family. In the morning, we woke up to a homemade french toast breakfast and then a hike up Stuart Falls. We cooled down in the pool afterwards. For me, the nicest part of the reunion was that it was planned by the grandkids. I believe the torch of family has been handed down quite nicely to the next generation and we are in very good hands.


A waterfight can break out anytime at home, some take us by complete surprise and leave us dripping wet. Soggy. It was fun to hear Conrad squeal with laughter as he fought the water battle with Paul this time. In the end, I think we all won, even Phoebe who can't stand getting wet in regular clothes...

Digging up Worms

I don't think I will ever have a picture perfect backyard in the magazine sense of the word. But when I look around at the little holes that are dug and the messiness that kids can bring, I smile. I think of each one of my grandkids and know that I wouldn't want it any other way. I sure wish we had more space to roam and play. Today they were fascinated with the worms in the ground and had plenty of fun digging holes.

First Day of School

School has started to the grandkids. First grade for Conrad and Preschool for Phoebe. Both are so excited to learn and love school, which is a huge blessing. I love this idea Katie had of writing having them write on a chalkboard each year. When I asked Phoebe if she know how to write her name, she said of course I do silly and began writing. Jack was in the backyard too and wanted a picture with Ra Ra too... his name for Conrad.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wickedly Good!

We have been looking forward to going to The Capital Theatre in Salt Lake to see Wicked all summer long... We left early to get some dinner and headed to Cheesecake Factory. Under a time crunch, my begging, got us quick seating and we enjoyed a yummy dinner, topped off with favorite slices of cheesecake. Then we were off, with no minutes to spare to the theatre.  Intermission brought us a never ending line out the ladies room, but after much waiting, those who could wait no longer headed over to the men's room. I am looking forward to seeing it again and again. 

Batter Up

The early morning hours of summer can find Jack in the backyard with a bat and ball... clothing optional. He will happily run and pick up the ball, but after a few times, will be telling us to get it. The best time to hug Jack is right after his bath when he is squeaky clean and smells so good and I can grab him and pinch his buns!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Sometimes projects look like they will be done in lickety split timing and 3 hrs later it is finally done... a bit slower, but I think well worth it. Harmons, our favorite local grocery store sells Hatch Chiles by the 20 lb bag and will roast them for you on the spot. They seal them all in plastic to take home and sweat in the fridge for 2 hours and then the skins slide off easily. We froze a bag last week and tonight we are experimenting with canning and dehydration... come winter time we will be so grateful we have them.... and yes I told that to my family 100 times when they jumped in to help me. I do tend to leave them on the counter for awhile so I can look at them and feel I have accomplished something pretty domestic.