Monday, March 8, 2010

The piano

Wow - I'm behind in my blog - oh well, that's what happens when life gets in the way!
I have a baby grand upright piano that was given to my Grandparents, then to my parents, then to me. I love it. Years ago my mom stripped off the black lacquer paint and refinished it. It is beautiful.
Last week my oldest granddaughter Laine wanted to practice piano. The conversation went something like this:
Laine: Grandma, it's really hard to remember the notes to play. Can I put numbers on your keys?
Me: No - you cannot write on the keys.
Laine: but I have too! It is too hard to remember!
Me: put the numbers on tape, then on the keys.

I really just want to add a cute tidbit with my granddaughter Elizabeth (Izzy to us). We did generation pictures Sunday (my mom, me, my daughter, and granddaughter). Izzy disappeared a few minutes and when I found her - this is where she was. I thought she did great without coaching - but apparently others did not. Just wish I could remember that when you turn the camera sideways, the video is sideways!

Monday, December 14, 2009

the zip line-skipping Thanksgiving continued

The zip line was my favorite part of the entire trip. I'm hoping the video will download. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Skipping Thanksgiving

We did Thanksgiving a little differently this year - we didn't do it. Every year we have had the entire Jackson clan here to our home for Thanksgiving. We actually enjoy it. However, this year has taken a toll in more ways than one. With the loss of both of Clem's parents, it just plain feels different. My energy level isn't the same and the enthusiasm just isn't there. So, when Clem found a cruise from Miami to Panama that was too cheap to pass up - we didn't. We went.
We flew out on Thanksgiving day (which meant cheese and crackers for our Thanksgiving treat). We spent Friday in Miami and then got on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and headed to a new adventure. The first day was at sea. We read and walked the ship to get our bearings, and ate alot!
The first port was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We've been there before, and it isn't my favorite place because the people are so pushy! You can't walk anywhere without someone putting something to your face "take a look, take a look".
The 2nd port was in Columbia (Santa Marta). We walked off the ship into a literal sauna. The temp was a kind 89 degrees with 79% humidity - so it felt like 105 degrees! They had lots of blow up Santa's and Frosty the snowman on the beach.
The next stop was also in Columbia (Cartegenia). Remember the movie "Romancing the Stone"? It was filmed there and we got to walk the wall that was in the end (but the ocean is a few miles away, not right there the way it was in the film). We took a 4 hour tour here and learned a lot about the country. I was facinated by the homes and flowers. We did minimal shopping - but at least they didn't take my arm to pull me into their shops like in Jamaica.
Costa Rica was next - my favorite stop of the trip. We hired a taxi to take us to the rain forest. They have a new preserve there that is just over a year old and has a butterfly garden, all the snakes from the country,and reptiles, and birds. Beautiful.
We saw monkeys, and sloths. On the way back we went to a Zip Line that was the highlight of the trip for me! I don't especially like heights, but it was awsome! There were 9 zip lines and some were so long that you couldn't see the next stop from the one you were leaving. You just went out over the jungle on this wire in a harness as if you were going repelling. I would definately do it again.
Another day at sea and then we were in Colon, Panama. It is like Provo to Salt Lake to drive from there to Panama city where we were staying. Our Inn was about a mile from the Panama Canal, so we took a cab to tour it and the surrounding area, then went shopping in the largest Mall I have ever been in - if I had lost Clem there, I would may have never seen him again. The largest store in the mall is called Costo. We kept hearing about going shopping at Costo and I kept hearing Costco. I couldn't understand why everyone was so excited about it - then I went there. Yup - It's big. Everyone checks out at a central location. It was weird. Then when we went into another store they stopped us at the entrance and made us "check our bag" into a holding center. They must have a lot of shoplifting. Can you imagine walking from Dillards to Nordstrom's or Penny's and have them stop you and check your packages into a holding area? Shopping could take all day just doing that!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

how long would you survive?

You could survive 579 days trapped in your own home

That's what the quiz I just took says. Clem says otherwise - "I'd kill you first".

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Day!

ok - I know I never put anything on my blog but about my kids and grandkids. Deal with it - they are my life.
Halloween night they all showed up at our house to "trick or treat" and show off their costumes. Lovely. The ultimate compliment is to have your kids dress up as you and your hubby. Not to mention that the parents seemed to pair up with kids this year. Jer - I'm not sure who you were pairing up with - but the Jedi fits.
Glad they all had fun - I know we did! I especially loved the song Elizabeth sang from Snow White.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

halloween fun

Last year we took all our grandchildren to the Scare Crow Festival at Thanksgiving Point. Romney had a hard time getting up the slides, Elizabeth wouldn't go on any of the balloon jumping things, and when it came time to get faces painted - Elizabeth wouldn't hear of it.
What a difference a year makes! Laine felt she wanted to spend time with her mom, so she didn't go with us. Uncle Jer and Sachie went. Romney didn't want to stop climbing the stairs to go down the slides, and Elizabeth couldn't wait to get her face painted. They were so cute together! Next year - maybe we will make everyone go.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

getting away?

Sometimes my hubby's idea of a "get away" and Mine are completely different. Take this past weekend for example: Clem: "Anne why don't we go spend some quality time together in Fremont this weekend?"
Anne: "Sounds fabulous"
Clem: "and lets invite the kids"
Anne: "ok"
Clem" "and let's take a few tools and get a little cleaning done while we are there"
Anne: "what kind of cleaning"
Clem: "Oh, nothing much, just thought if we were all there it would go really quick and then we could have some fun together"
Later that weekend:The 2nd floor of the "old" part of house in Fremont is nothing but floor boards and rafters. No walls, No ceiling, Nothing but bare wood (you can even see the sky through some of the logs)

Then the real fun began - break out the Beatles Rockband! Go Clem!