Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yard Beautification

A week ago our neighbor mentioned that Petitti's was having it's annual buy one get one free hanging basket sale on Saturday.  He said it started at 7:00 am and ended at 9:00 am.  For some reason I thought all week we needed to get there at 9:00 am.  At 8:45 I looked out the window and saw beautiful new hanging baskets in our neighbor's yard.  They were outside so I said, "How did you get your basket's already?"  He reminded me of the time.  Jim said, let's head over.  It will only take 10 minutes to get there.  I called on the way and they said it ends at nine and we would be out of luck.  We headed over anyway.  Found what we wanted and stood in line.  When we got to the check out the cashier said, "Do you have a ticket?"  We said we did not and she said no matter, but you only have three baskets.  All over the store there were signs saying, "Buy two get one free."  Jim and I thought that was what the special was.  The cashier said, "Go on back and grab another basket." It turned out great!!!!  I LOVE the flowers.  They are gorgeous.  Hope they last a while.

Yesterday we went back to Petitti's to get flowers for pots, some garden seeds and soil.  It ended up being a larger expenditure than Jim had planned and a lot more work for me.  Happy Gardening!  More pictures to come.
Flower's for Mother's Day From Jim Jr Family 
Another View
Broccoli - It's looking even better now! 
Rhubarb - I made an amazing Torte - Jim would not even try it.
Two of my Pettiti Baskets
Got this one from the Buchanan's when they came over for dinner.
We got one orange for the deck because that is the color the neighbor's have on their deck 
The third pink one is in the front yard.
Jim Sr insisted on getting a storm door last year so we can open it in the summer and have screen access.  I still love the color he picked out for the front door.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Las Vegas - St George Visit

Jim had made plans to go for a Spring Break of sorts to Las Vegas and to visit Jim and Leslie.  Then Jim and Leslie bought a new home.  I decided it would be prudent for me to tag along because Leslie might need my help being pregnant and moving.  Lucky for us, Jim had all the furniture moved and I just needed to help with the unpacking and clean up.  We flew in on a Saturday.  Got to Vegas fairly early and drove to St George.  We had a great day running around, stocking up on groceries, etc.  We attended their new ward on Sunday.  Beautiful building.  We did burgers on the Traeger.  Jim J got in late Sunday night and he and Jim Sr went to play golf on Monday morning.  Jim Sr had a great game (I think maybe Jim Jacobs let him win).  Before Jim Sr went back to Vegas to meet up with Jim Jr, he discovered where the Major's lived and went to visit them.  Leslie and I worked hard on cleaning their old house and organizing the new one.  We got a LOT done and also had a great time.  Jim Jr rented a nice big vehicle and came from Vegas to St George on Wednesday.  We went out to eat and then drove to a park where we played in the sand, flew remote airplanes and visited a lava cave.  Thursday we headed to Vegas and spent it swimming, eating, attending the Tournament of the Kings, golfing and just being together.  It was great!  Jim Sr said he was rested and ready to go back to work, but now is excited about moving to St George.  Oh Boy!!!!  That will be a while though.
Two pregnant friends.  This is the Jacobs basement that needs to be finished, but once it is it will be awesome!
Playing in the sand at the park.
On our way to the Lava Cave.
Hunter making his crown for his birthday celebration at school. 
Cactus in bloom.
Jim read a book to the kids for Hunter's birthday and it was hilarious.  The kids love Jim!
Lava Cave.
Coming out of the cave in a different spot from where they entered.
Buried in the sand.
Handsome Hunter.
Flying the airplanes.  It was windy, but they managed to have fun anyway.

The Luxor at Vegas.  This is where Jim & Leslie stayed.  We stayed at the Tahiti Village. 
Another sand burial.
The night scene.
Mother and Daughter at the Park
St George Temple.  You can see it from Jim & Leslie's house.  Their ward building has another ward building right next to it.  Amazing!

Major's Home

While we were in St George checking out Jim and Leslie's new home, Jim paid a visit to the Majors.   Friends that used to live in Mequon, but moved to St George a few years ago.  They live in a gated community and their home is amazing.  Here a just a few pictures.

Not sure if you call this a sort of office/library?
This is the theater room.
This is a covered area, but outside.  It has a nice fireplace too, not pictured.
This is the kitchen outside in the pool area.
This is an outside shower.  They have several inside, but this one is outside the master bedroom and a bird keeps trying to build it's nest on a small ledge.
This is part of the master closet.  There are wood or glass doors on all the clothing areas and this large table in the middle.  There is a small washer and dryer combo in the closet as well.  That is not the only washer/dryer though.
This is a great room off the kitchen area.  It's breathtaking.  You look out at the lazy river pool and the mountains.
Not sure where this is.  I think its part of the kitchen/great room area.
Part of the kitchen facing the front yard. 
This is the kitchen stove area.  The hood over the range was designed by a famous artist.  They hardly ever cook, they go out to eat usually.  This is one of three kitchens.  There is also a kitchen area in a Cassida (extra living area) they have for guests.  The other kitchen is pictured above and it outside.

Dining Area
Close up of the clock over the mantel.  It came from Milwaukee.
Front Entrance
Spare Bedroom
Had to include this one because the mirror took a picture of all of us while I was taking a picture of the bathroom.
Another neat clock.
View from the back yard.
One of the fireplaces in the back yard.
Another back yard view.
Lazy River Swimming Pool in the back yard.
Front yard.
Had to get a picture of this Spanish Chest.  Mike was especially excited about having found just what he was looking for.  Unfortunately it was in Spain and he had quite a struggle getting it shipped and delivered.  He was happy to find the picture above it which goes perfectly with the Chest.

St Patricks's Day at DEI

This is a picture from our St Patricks Day celebration at work.  We were supposed to dress up for St Pat.  The President said he could not decide who represented St Patrick better, me or Sean.   He gave us each $50!!!!  That was totally worth dressing up.  The thing is, there was a Relief Society Birthday Dinner at church that night and that is why I was dressed up.  I thought since I had a beautiful green suit, I might as well kill two birds with one stone.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tralee's Baptism

Jimmy is my hero.  He helped get an airline ticket to St George for Tralee's baptism.  We were worried about the flights between Denver and St George because I only had 30 minutes to transfer.  All worked out.  It was great being in St George while Avon, Ohio had blizzard conditions.  To make matters more difficult for my hubby, he was not feeling all that well and we were taking care of Lucy (neighbor's dog).  Jim is better now and I am shouldering more of Miss Lucy's requirements.  

I arrived about 1 pm Friday and Jim J was working in Las Vegas.  Leslie picked up a fantastic Thai Soup and Entree for dinner that night.  I got started organizing Leslie's Pantry, which was one of her requests.  We also got her laundry caught up.  She wanted help organizing Tralee's room, but I did not make much progress with that.

My Grandchildren are so adorable.  We had a LOT of fun together.  We read from the Friend, worked in their activity books, played on the computer, watched Maleficent.  Leslie and I taught Tralee to play Monopoly and she beat our butts!!!!  I learned something from her and her dad.  Once he came home and the two of them played together, whatever they decided they needed to shake on the dice happened about 85% of the time.  I learned that you have to set goals, know what you are reaching for ahead of time and you will have a much better chance of arriving at your destination.

Monday Leslie allowed the children to miss school so they could spend time with their Dad.  It was his first whole day home after more than a week.  They would also be able to see Grandma Charlene off at the airport.  We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  Then we drove to Dixie Point and did a little scouting around.  What beautiful country.

We did a little shopping on Saturday after Tralee's baptism.  I hoped to find a couple cute outfits for the new baby and a maternity outfit for Leslie, but instead we found some cute things for Hunter and Tralee.  They picked them out.  Hunter was very sure about what he wanted and put it on as soon as we got home.  He wore the nice warm fuzzy PJ's for two days straight.

 Front yard right before heading to the Stake Center for Tralee's Baptism.
 Family Picture at the Stake Center before the Baptism.
 Daddy and Daughter Picture.
 In their Baptism Clothing practicing Karate.
 Jay's family.  He works with Jim.
 This is Brinley.  She belongs to Jim's Brother John.
 Hunter and John's son Brody.
 John & Cassie - Jim's brother and sister-in-law.
 Some of the refreshments after the Baptism.
 Hunter & Jim at Cracker Barrel.
 Leslie at Cracker Barrel.
 Family at Dixie Point.
 Jim sent Tralee and Hunter up the Mountain through this crack in the rock, then he could not make it through.  He had to squeeze his way out and find another way up.
 Leslie at Dixie Point.
 Leslie at Dixie Point.
 Mother and Daughter - Dixie Point
 Jim lifting Hunter so he can see farther.  Hunter was not a fan.
John, Jim's brother and their oldest daughter.