Sunday, December 24, 2006
Our familly has mostly celebrated Christmas with a gala Christmas Eve event. Of course, that means having a special evening with Christmas Eve dinner and program with family and friends. With all the preparations that go into making it successful, there is a lot of benefit for doing this.
For us, we celebrated an early Christmas with Nikki, Dan, and their children. Since this is a special time of the year, we are blessed to have our children come and celebrate Christmas with us, otherwise, it would be a very quiet one here below "G" Mountain.
For one thing, you can have an enjoyable and meaningful dinner for the family as you celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Ours has to do with a nice dinner and a special home evening. We read the Bible story of the birth of Jesus, sing Christmas hymns and act out certain pertinent scenes from Matthew and Luke of the Bible. The special part is that our grandchildren are now the actors and they do a great job with special help and coaching from their parents.
We enjoy the Nativity Story and then have some special gift openings and a nice dessert. By then, its off to bed for the children, more wrapping for the parents, and then to bed.
Our grandchildren get so excited that its hard for them to go to bed. I guess they inherited that from their parents.
On Christmas Morning, we awake and can have our Christmas Stockings to discover. Everyone has to wait until the whole family is assembled and then one of the children will be designated to hand out the presents. We wait each turn in opening so as not to be a free for all. Though it can be time consuming, we enjoy the excitement and the company.
Thats the way its been, and thats the way it will be. After all the presents are opened and we clean up, we can enjoy our gifts and gift giving. Meals or food is easy, left overs from the dinner on Christmas Eve. The day is spent together and just a family together time. Later, we may visit others.
Anna, Leslie, Troy, Emily, Christian
Spending time with family is the highlight of the season. To all, we extend our Christmas greetings and our most joyous Aloha.
Henry, Erin, Theodore, Mark, George
Sterling, Priscilla, Boyd, Jo
Family Tradition - Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
It's Almost Christmas !!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
- How about a coordinated family trip to Disneyland?
- Attend the family reunion in Hawaii, whenever that's scheduled.
- Have one of you host a mainland family reunion for our family?
- Have a joint family trip together?
As you consider these suggestions, also factor in that mom can't walk far, there should be reasonable shopping areas close by, lodging cost should be cheap or free, and there should be enough room for all of us. Also pick a good time of the year so all of us can attend. This is a work in progress but if each family can project a proposed time of the year with alternate times, we could make this happen. Give these thoughts some time to digest and let me know your ideas.
Well, tomorrow, Erin and the boys arrive in town for the holidays. I'm sure their will be some good "guy time" just as George and Henry call it. Next week, Leslie, Troy and family will arrive. We are going to have some great time, all of us. Anyway, we can't wait. Then later, we'll get to see Klai, Rykell, Shay and their parents. It's going to be a fun visit.
This is what the holidays are all about.
Now returning to the "Home for the Holiday" theme, we look forward to the excitement and fun. For those who we know can't be with us, we will meet
Monday, December 04, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Winter Chill Is Here . . . .
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Our Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same if it wasn't for family. We had a visit from Nikki and Dan and their children and also my nephew Jarom, who's attending the "Y". The children sure loved Jarom and it made our home filled with life.
The one thing about having turkey for the main course is that we prepared so much and after the dinner, had a lot of left overs. Even 4-5 days later, there were remnants of turkey and other left overs. It was all good.
As with tradition, we start to put up our Christmas Tree at this time of the year and with the extra visitor help, everything on the tree went up fast. The kids contributed alot and later we adjusted the ornaments and balanced them out throughout the tree. You know the drill, move the ornaments from the lower branches and spread them around. We all had fun and it was a festive evening.
We've been enjoying the visit of Nikki and Dan and the kids. Of course, there are some adjustments you have to make and give equal time to the other side for visits. Afterall, what is half a block away between families. It was all good and except for some rescheduling issues, it could have been better. (Enough said.)
The joy of our lives is to visit with our grandchildren. It was so much fun and exciting, they are all so sweet. This is to mean all of our grandchildren, from the east coast to the west coast and to the islands of Hawaii. We love them all. They are great. Of course, we don't have to put up much with the cranky lack of sleep, or don't want to go to bed yet issue, and even the smell of surprise when you pick one of the little ones up. Their parents are so loving that they take care of those issues. Still, its all good.
We can't wait for visits from our other daughters and their families. It will help boost the low spirits around here, especially when we get that way as the children return to their homes. How come they can just live close by. Isn't there a rule or law that states this? Anyway, we've had a great time and its been good.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sorry for not updating the blog page more often. Sometimes there isn't much to say or add to the happenings from below "G" Mountain. We are well and have been doing the normal things the fall season brings to this area. That is, rake and lawn vac the leaves. I don't mind having to rake up the leave from our trees in our yard but the one that gets me is the one that hangs over from our neighbor to the south. They are such nice people and we have gotten along very well since we move here. Their tree puts out big leaves. They mostly fall onto our yard. Thinking back, I believe our kids didn't appreciate having to rake them up also.
I'm almost to the point of taking my chainsaw and cutting a portion of that tree down, the portion that hangs over the brick wall. As far as leaves from our tree, I even get the ones that fall on the road and onto the gutter and take care of those. Now, if the wind does blow them over to the other side of the street or down the street in either direction, that I classify that as payback or just the way things are in the neighborhood. Is that not being nice or what?
Enough of the leaves since we are having our first winter storm this afternoon and for the next two days. I don't mind it though, just don't like to drive in it. There should be a law where the snow only falls on the mountains and stays there till late spring or summer. How come that never happens?
You get the feeling that this is a gripe session or an outward appeal for help? Well, there is some benefits to living below "G" Mountain. They are: hmm . . . Well, we've established a place where our children and their families can come an visit. Ok, it's not Disneyland but visiting in times other than when it's snowing or utter cold is the best. Our home is a landmark, the kids have put their mark on the place, like when I poured a cement pad at the back door, some of our kids wrote their names in the soft cement. There was also some carved initials in one of the trees in the front yard which has since gone they way of the earth. There are other good memories here and it always comes to the forefront of our mind when our kids and their families come for visits. There hasn't been any exception to that statement ever.
Anyway, the town below "G" Mountain is growing, traffice is getting heavier each day, and more stop lights have been put in on the roads. You can never have it like it was, such is life.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
This time of season is supposed to be joyful, but to tell you the truth, for Jo and I, it means a lot of work. For Ipo, it's a time of great joy and excitement. For the past month or more, she has steadily been checking the apples, actually sampling them when it suits her. Jo has taken great care in removing those that bugs have gotten to or birds have eaten. Either way, its sort of pruning out the crop to get a better crop.
Letting the dog out to do her business has always been a challenge since she doesn't always come back in the house after a reasonable amount of time. There is too much temptation with those juicy golden delicious apples, just within her reach. Ipo has learned how to stand on her hind legs to reach up to pick the apples with her mouth. Anywhere else but here, she could be classified as a worker dog.
Today, Jo went out to check and see if the apples are ready as far as sweetness. The cooler weather we received has help to change their taste and make them much better. Well, our inspector dog already knew that.
Ipo was excited to see Jo and I out there with her, as she picked up on the easy ones that just fell off the tree.
Jo and Ipo picking apples
Jo sorting the good ones from the bad ones
Ipo being tempted with an apple!
Picture of Y Mountian
Jo and Ipo
Friday, October 06, 2006
We've lived at the base of Mount Timpanogos for more than a dozen years. As the seasons change, so does the view of the mountain. A few times we've gone up into the canyon and up the Alpine Loop, but for the past several years, we say we would go for a ride but end up never going.
On conference weekend, after the first general session on Saturday, we made up our mind to take a trip by going through American Fork Canyon to the Alpine Loop. It was a beautiful day, sun and sky was just great.
Jo packed a picnic lunch and off we went. As we drove up the canyon, the toll booth was closed, with a sign saying to have a good day and a number to call in case of emergencies. I guess everyone in the valley had the same thing on their mind because the traffic was horrendous. We made our way up the switch back road, stopping where we could safely pull off and there was a place to park. I got out of the car to take a few pictures along with the throngs of photographers doing the same thing.
The leaves on the trees were already turning color and it was a sight to see. Everyone on the road seemed to be enjoying the sights and also driving slowly so as not to get into an accident or drive off the mountain side.
Where we could stop to take a pictures, other were already there, so we had to wait to find a safe parking spot. We found several cars parked with picnic blankets out on the hill side but the car stereo loudly broadcasting the session of General Conference. That seemed to be a great way to enjoy the majesty of Gods creation that Saturday Afternoon.
There were great views and even greater ones if you pulled off the road and hiked in a hundred yards or so to get some even greater sights.
We certainly enjoyed the colors and the cool mountain air. Of course, we enjoyed the picnic lunch and I had fun with my new digital camera. I hope you like the pictures. I would have loaded more photos on the blog except the photo files were too large to upload. I've been working on the files to make them smaller to upload.
I'm really enjoying my birthday present and learning how to work the camera better. Its a Nikon D80 with a 18-135 AF-S Nikon Zoom lense.
Anyway, if you don't get to see great color changes of the season, you sure missed a good one this time from here along the Alpine Loop. We hope you like the pictures.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Here we have the Ipo doggie anxious to check out the apple tree. She just complains when we don't let her out as often. Then when you try to get her back into the house, she has to be bribed. Anyway, the pictures are of Ipo's favorite sport, picking and eating apples.
Smart dogs bide their time until the can get out.
A view of the trees
Almost ready for harvest.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
From the beginning of the month, its be go, go, go, and now we're just tired out. With Erin and her sons visiting, we made a trip to Ephrata, WA to visit Leslie and Troy and the children. It was such an enjoyable time with all of them together. We especially liked visiting the area and spending time with at least five grandchildren. Our time there was all too short and we had to make it back to Utah.
On the morning of our departure, I took some pictures of the scenery from the patio door of leslie and Troy's home. It seemed fitting since everything was quiet.
The car was loaded and we just had to bring ourselves to get in and get going. A 750+ miles to home but we made it in 14 - 16 hours. Of course we had to make the essential stops.
The evening before leaving, Troy and I finally found time to put Leslie's new quilter frame together. So, this picture is of the finished project and shows Leslie enjoying her quilting. Of course, it was fortunate that Jo was there to help give some instructions on how to operate it. So, Happy Quilting, Leslie.
Upon our return, I check the garden and here is a picture of the progress, ripe tomatos. Fortunately the garden got watered, with the help of a drip system and timer.
Another view of my garden this year.
Well, after the weekend of our return from Ephrata, we had the sad task of bidding our grandsons farewell, especially early in the morning. They brought us so much joy and fun, and with the noise, our home resembled a normal home.
Bidding farewell at the airport.
A couple of days after Erin and the boys left for home, I travelled to Portsmouth, Virginia to attend a conference for work. There was so much history in Virginia and got to see a few historic places.
A monument remembering the confederate state and there involvement in the civil war.
I talked to our son Jesse who is living in northern Maryland and arranged to meet him half way so I could see him and his family. He drove south to Ocean City, Maryland, while I drove north from Portsmouth, crossed the Chesapeak Bay, a long bridge and a tunnel under the bay and on to Ocean City.
Little Jesse and brother Jackson (Jack Jack)
Jesse and his two sons.
Grandpa Calabio with Jesse, Jackson, and little Jesse.
I received an award, being honored by our national association of college and university mail services. It was for mail manager of the year. It was a great experience to be recognized.
Anyway, the month was busy, busy, busy. To top that off, Jo did my irrigation while I was away and had the misfortune to break her foot and fracture the side of her forhead. Needless to say, she is scheduled for surgery to repair her foot, but there isn't anything they can do about the fractured skull. She's already let me know that she'll never do irrigation for me again.
Though the month's been busy, I'm glad its over.