Monday, September 28, 2009

Oops...sorry Linds

LindSAY and Steve.... Sorry Linds I spelled your name wrong! :~(( My mom still spells Jamies
name wrong after 32 years. I think it is my age...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

2 beautiful babies

This summer was great! We had 2 adorable additions to our family. Lindsey and Steve had a darling baby boy, "Mason Swint Bay". He was born June 20th, 2009. He looks just like his brother and Sister, Ike and Lana. I was able to spend a few days out there helping Lindsey while Steve went to scout camp. It was a lot of fun. Problem is, I don't get to see these kids very often, so the next time I see little Mason, he will not even look the same. Here are some pictures:

While there I was able to see Doug and Lee and their kids too. That is one of the pluses of having 2 kids in the same vicinity....well one airport. Doug and Lee and their two kids Kevin and Andy joined me and Lana and Ike one day up at the Strausborg train in Lancaster area, which we rode to a childrens farm. It was so much fun. The kids had a blast! Here are some pics of that:

Ike was so funny at the trains, he did not like it when the train itself whistled, he wouldn't say anything, he just would cover his ears. Lee bought all the kids their own train whistle which was much calmer on the ears. Here is Ike and Kevin being the cool farmers they are.

Even Doug and Lee joined in on the fun.

We also just had another addition to the family, Kristi and Jared had an adorable baby boy also. His name is "Reed Cameron Hamilton." He was born September 10th which is also his Grandpa's birthday ( Papa). So that was a nice treat. He was born after a long summer, of threatening to come at 30 weeks. Luckily Kristi was able to stay on bed rest until this little guy would be at a safe gestational age which was 36 weeks. But, I guess he finally decided that it was way too comfortable in his mothers womb and he was finally induced out at 39 weeks. He did kinda start on his own, but needed some encouraging. He was finally born and boy was Kristi and Jared glad. I think Jared was more relieved to have this baby here, than anyone. Here are a few pictures

Here is Kristi and Jared just moments before the birth. Kristi was going to try to have this baby natural... but, the pain was just too much and so she scrapped that idea! Smart woman!

Cameron was very alert as soon as he was born. It was fun, because he would just look around, checking things out.

The kids holding baby Cameron. Luc was all excited because he got to get out of school early to come to the hospital to see the baby.

That is all the babies right now, we are not expecting any other Grandkids at this time, but we suspect there will be a couple more coming in the next few years. So, we will enjoy those we have and look forward to more as they come.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blueberry Syrup and Waffles-YUM!

For my first step in being a better cook, I started off easy. I made yummy waffles and homemade blueberry syrup. Well it was Emeril LaGasse's recipe. It was the easiest thing ever and it was very yummy. Here are some pics.

The waffles were from Bisquick, and Emeril's Blueberry syrup was:(may have to write all this down, it is quite complicated!) haha
2 cups of light Karo Syrup
1 pint of blueberries.
Combine both ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and then take a potato masher and mash the blueberries. Keep warm until serving.
This picture was when the syrup was still really hot. It looks much better now in a container in the fridge, but still tasted yummy!
Hey -it's a start and if this is good enough for Emeril it is good enough for me.

Food glorious food....well sometimes.

I LOVE FOOD! So, you would think that after 32 years of being a wife and mother that I would have picked up some skill in the cooking field. I am addicted to the cooking shows on TV such as "Top Chef" and "Next Food Network Star". I love watching the Food Network channel and I love cookbooks. I am always picking a new one up at the store that catches my eye. So, you would think that I would be a great cook, chef, baker...but I'm not.

Last week at my son, Steve's house, I made one of Lindsays recipes. It was a chicken tortilla casserole It is a tasty casserole, one which she has made for us before, but for some reason when I made it, it was AWFUL! If it wasn't Sunday I would have ordered pizza after! Then last night, I made Chicken and Rice. I have made this many times, but last night it was dry and bland. Anyway, watching the "Next Food Network Star" has inspired me to put more effort into my cooking. I have to do it whether or not I like it, because I have a husband and right now kids and grandkids to feed- and it is embarrassing that I struggle with cooking a basic meal.

Melissa on Food Network Star, has inspired me. She is not a trained chef, she is a wife and mother who has turned a "chore" (as I see it) into a passion. We all have to eat so why not learn to love it and do it well. So, now that I am 50, entering a new decade, I am going to make an effort to try a new recipe a day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner- it's all free game. I will let you know what happens, and pass on good, easy recipes!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

memorial weekend pics

On Memorial weekend, Kristi and Jared and the kids came and visited. While there we celebrated Sami's 4th birthday which was on Memorial day.
We went swimming and to the Phoenix Childrens Science museum.

Here is Luc and Sami on her 4th birthday. We are at the Phoenix Childrens Science museum.

Tyler showing us how good "minute maid" is~!

Sami jumping into Kristi's arms

Lucas "walking on water" after he jumped off the wall.

Tyler Jumping off the wall into Kristi's arms
Kristi and Tyler

Tyler, Luc , Grandma Carol (me) and Sami

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Before and After

The past 5 days, we have been doing a little updating in our kitchen. My father-in-law has been coming over everyday helping us bring some color into the kitchen. this is a before picture, by the stove....

Another before picture....The whole kitchen was white except for the drainboards. Yikes!

We put up tile along the drainboards/backsplash, and around the island.
And here is an "after" picture: This is what it now looks like, 1000x better than it was.
Another picture: So, if any of you need tiling done, call me! I now know how to do it!!
Thanks Dad Bay for helping us!!
Anyway, now if I can get the floor clean!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Monday night Jamie and I were putting up a new
Outside porch light, and these ducks came waddling up
the sidewalk, right up to us.

There is a male and female duck, I guess they
were on a Family Home Evening walk! :~)

I went into the house and got some bread and fed them,
They were so tame acting,,, and didn't seem to be
spooked by us. Finally they flew away over to the golf course
where there is water.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Paul, Dad, Me

Paul and Oakley

Cade and Tyler

Samantha, Papa Jay, Jayden

Lucas, Sami

Ty and Sam

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happiest place on earth for the big 5-0.

I Just booked the hotel for my 50th birthday getaway! For my birthday, I told Jamie that I wanted to go on a girls outing with 3 of my good friends! So, we are going to go to Disneyland and hopefully The Price is Right!! I am soooo excited. The friends I am going with are Correen, Joan and Cindi! They are all a blast and it will be a ton of fun!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ladybugs,Lightening bugs and dragonflys

I LOVE ladybugs...Dragonflys and Lightening bugs (fireflys). When we lived in Memphis, I was crazy about ladybugs... I think they are cute and they are the one bug that I can actually hold and pick up. I also like dragonflys although I probably wouldn't pick one up, but they are interesting to me. Since moving from Memphis, one of the things I really miss about Spring and especially summer are the Lightening bugs or fireflys. It is so cool to be outside at night and see them light up. They are fascinating. As far as other bugs go, I can do without them.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Hot" Dog Days

It was in the low 100's yesterday, and so in the late afternoon Jamie and Cody decided it was time to test out the pool. Cody was hesitant at first, but then got the feel for the water and realized it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be.
Here are a few pictures of his first swimming experience.

He loved it and kept climbing in the pool. When he is bigger, I think he will be a jumper and a diver. I hope I don't come out and find him floating face down in the pool one day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Safety pin

Anyone need a safety pin?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Update on Cody...

He is still alive!

Pet peeve

At work yesterday, I sat by a woman who was probably in her 40's. I am almost 50 so, I know I was older than her, but ALL DAY LONG she kept calling me "Hon" or "Honey". It was the most annoying thing ever! I can't stand it when people call me hon or honey who are not entitled to do so! Only my husband and my parents and inlaws are allowed to do that! Anyway, it REALLY bugged me and I was so glad to get out of there so I wouldn't have to hear it again!

hot or cold?

So, not that I am complaining, especially with those of you still battling the cold and the snow, but a few days ago, it was windy and cold... in the 50's -60's (I know that isn't cold to most of you, but to us down here, it is cold).
Today it warmed up to about 85 and tomorrow it is supposed to be 96! What is the deal with the weather.? It just can't make up its mind... cold one day, hot the next.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Update on puppy...

Well, it has been 4 days since the dog trainer came, 5 actually, but whose counting. Anyway, I must say I do see some improvement. Cody is much quieter in his pen, and doesn't nip as much. Still does some, but not nearly what he was doing. I think we just got a really crazy dog, with tons of personality, and cute to boot. I know a lot of people have puppies that are perfect from day one. This must be one of our trials!! haha....

I spoke with the breeder and she says that Cody's mom has pups like this, but they will eventually calm down. He will be a lot of fun, once we get him under control. For now, I must stick with the plan (today is a new day) and realize he is a dog, a puppy, and doesn't know better yet, he has no clue when I talk to him, what I am saying, except he knows his name. I have to treat him like a dog, not a human.

I am not giving up, although I would like to at times. He is sleeping better at night, but is an early riser. Once he is potty trained, I can just let him get up and roam while I go back to sleep. Can't wait for that!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dog days, but help is on the way!

So, in the context of Lee's daily list of happenings, here is a list of my own morning routine, living with Cody.

1. Wake up at 5 to dog whining, take him out to pee-he does (have previously been up at 12 midnight and 3 am with dog).
2. Put puppy back in Crate
3. Try to go back to sleep
4. Fall asleep but wake back up at 6 am to dog whining
5. Lay there mumbling under my breath....use your imagination!
5. Finally get up at 6:10 am when dog howls louder
6. Take Cody out to pee... he does
7. Think Cody will control himself in the house running around bedroom-he doesn't he goes CRAZY!
8. Jumps up to bed and barks and bites at anything hanging over bed, including feet
9. Pick Cody up whilst getting nipped at constantly-feet, hands, hair, ears...
10. Put Cody in Pen in Kitchen
11.. Give him food and water
12. Take Cody out to pee-he does (7:30am)
13. Try to play with him,,,,more nipping toes, feet, hands, legs, pajamas, fingers, hair...etc.
14. Give up and put in Crate
15. Go hike for 1 hour --Yeah... free from puppy attack!
And the rest of the day continues, nips,bites,jumps,barks, pees, poops,nips,bites,jumps,barks,whines,poops ----which leads to shopping while dog is in crate!

After many days of this, I called a professional puppy trainer Kay, and she is coming tomorrow! Hallelujia!
I'll let you know what happens! Do your magic Kay!

Yep --you told me so Jen! But he sure is cute!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Puppy blues

So, it has been a little over two weeks since we picked up our puppy. I must say, I have probably hit every emotion since...excited, joyful, happy, frustrated, stressed, angry, melancholy, apathetic, pain, overwhelmed, elated, proud, tired, exhausted, ticked, incompetent, hopeful, discouraged, and today encouraged.

Having a puppy as all of you who have had puppies know, is not easy as you think. Sure they are cute and bouncy and fun, but they are a TON of work! It feels like I have a two year old and an infant all rolled into a ball of shedding fur! Getting up every two hours for potty breaks wears old after 2 weeks, but I am excited to say that Cody slept through the night the past two nights-YAHOO! I was beginning to think that I am too old for this, but I know I am not, and have a renewed hope that I can train this puppy.

I will post pics as soon as I find my camera battery charger so I can download on this new computer.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cody Bay

We picked up our puppy on Saturday. He is 7 weeks old and is an English Springer Spaniel.
Here are some pictures:

Here is Cody, keeping cool in the bushes in the back yard, it was in the high 80's today, so it was a bit warm for him...and me.

Sweet face...although, a bit misleading, he is a feisty one!

Here he is just posing for the camera

Giving Jamie kisses!

Trying to stay cool.

From a distance he looks black and white,but he is actually mostly brown. He is what they call a "sable" color. He has a mixture of black and brown, and white.

He is fun, although he is a nipper...we are working on that though and I am determined to win! His personality is coming out, but I'm telling you what, he has an attitude! It will be interesting and a bit of a fight for the power! I feel like I have a new born and a 2 year old all at the same time!

Friday, February 20, 2009

8 days

Only 8 days til we get our puppy! Yahoo!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I spent the last week and 1/2 visiting all my kids and grandkids. This doesn't happen often, and I am so glad I was able to do this.

We (Jamie and I) first flew to Nashville and helped Lee and Doug drive out to Maryland, their new home state, and helped them move into their cute, cute townhouse. It was so fun to spend time with little Kevin and Andy, and love on them for 2 days! Then we drove up to Pennsylvania to spend a night or two with Lindsay and Steve, and played with their adorable kids, Lana and Ike, who I am sure is going to be a linebacker for an NFL team one day!
Then I flew to Salt Lake to babysit the other three grandkids, Lucas, Samantha and Tyler. They are so cute and busy! I was exhausted by the time Kristi and Jared came home, but enjoyed the time I spent with them. I always think I am younger than I am and it is moments like this, that I remember my age! It was fun to drive the kids to school, to dance, to karate, and everything in between! Kudos to you Kristi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One very memorable things we did that week was that I took Luc, Sam and Ty to the Draper Temple openhouse with my mom. The kids were so good and reverent throughout the tour, I am sure they felt the warmth of the spirit there. Lucas talked about going to the temple all week and that it was his favorite thing we did. It was a wonderful experience.

Saturday night I went to my moms symphony concert and heard the "Kings Singers". They were very entertaining and I really enjoyed it.

On Sunday Jerry and Julie and their family gathered at a church building and blessed the 5 new little grandkids they had. It was a nice evening, and fun to see the family and those sweet babies. The next day, Mac (Dad Bay) got JoAnn and I up at 2:30 am, to drive home to Phoenix. Was he kidding? But, we survived and I slept most of the way thanks to merezine (anti-nausea) medicine! We got home around 4:30 pm, so it was a long day, and I slept good that night. Now I am back to my normal life, cleaning cupboards, playing piano, watching "Top Chef, and Biggest Loser" and enjoying the quiet!!!

Blogger talent?

I think people are born with a 'blog talent'. Yep, as hard as I try, I just can't be consistent like Lee or Mary or Jen with this blogging thing. Maybe I have an uninteresting life, that I don't feel ya'll want to hear about, such as; keeping the laundry in the washer over night, and having to rewash it like 2-3 times, or how my cupboards are a mess because I have too many cans of food to fit in them, or that I am really excited that the 2 guys I voted for on American Idol Tuesday night were voted into the top 12! Yep, I really think there is a talent at keeping a blog. I guess I am one that has to work harder to develop this talent than others. What's new anyway, I am like that with most everything!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hiking at South Mountain

So, I have told you previously that I have been hiking with a friend, several times a week and have meant to get pictuures. Well, here are a few. We are fortunate enough to live just 5 minutes from this park, 'South Mountain Park' it is called, and so it is very convenient. In the summer time we usually go at 5 am, but in the winter it is too chilly at 5am, so we go at 8am. Much nicer. Now, those of you who live in the northern areas of the country, where you are dealing with the cold and snow, sorry....these pictures were taken a few days ago, when it was a balmy 60 degrees at 8 am. Gotta love Phoenix winters!

Above is a view from the first part of the trail.. we have about 1/2 mile of this semi-paved trail, and then it turns into dirt/rocks. The goal is the dip or bottom of the 'v' where the sky meets the mountain.

About 3/4 of the way up the mountain, I needed a breather and took this of our state plant.... the saguaro cactus. This is a fairly young one, only a couple hundred years old or so. ;-)

This is a view from the top... well, the first stop. you can continue which we do sometimes do, but lately we have stopped here and headed down. You can see the trail below. It is quite the hike, and I am surprised my heart hasn't given out yet. Apparently the more we do this, the easier it is supposed to get.... hasn't happened yet!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


By the way, the puppy is a male. Haven't thought of a name yet, just waiting til something jumps out! Any ideas??

Monday, January 19, 2009

A new years goal...

What is it about a New Years? It is a strange phenomena, one day (Dec 31) we are burdened down with the economy, elections, the housing crash, weight gained and lost and gained, sorrows and joys we felt the last 12 months, and then bam...we go to sleep and wake up the next morning (Jan 1) feeling renewed... like all our previous cares of the day before are gone. When in reality, it is the same week, and we still have our burdens, but for some reason we feel hope for better things to come. We feel like we can set goals and succeed, we look forward to writing a new year on our checks just because it's tomorrow.

I must admit, I am terrible at goal setting and every January, I sit down and write down my goals. This works for a week or two, and then I go back to my old self and go back to my old, habitual ways.

Well, this year, may be the same, but I have a new incentive. I only tell you this because, I am hoping that if I write it down and somebody besides myself reads it, then maybe I will work harder to achieve this. Now if you know me well, you know that I HATE my teeth. Yep, they are not teeth I can be proud of, and for years, I have envied anyone and all who have shiny white, straight, perfect teeth, well perfect in my eyes.

So, my good husband has challenged it wasn't entirely his idea, I planted it in his mind not really realizing it, but it is brilliant. Now again, if you know me well, or not so well even, you know I HATE to exercise and diet... and I have battled with my weight for years now, only to become a living yo-yo. You ask, 'what does this have to do with my teeth?". Well, I will tell you.

The other day, we were driving home from Vegas and I mentioned to Jamie that I would LOVE to have a nice set of teeth....not dentures, but I wished my teeth were different, white, lovely etc...He told me that if I can get down below a certain weight, (no, I am not telling you, but trust me it is substantial), that he would pay for me to get my teeth fixed, capped, veneered, or whatever.

Now he didn't tell me this, because he thinks I am a fat slob, but because he knows I am trying to lose weight and have had trouble with finding an incentive to lose it. So in front of the 12 people or so that read my blog...I am going to strive for this goal, however long it takes! I am hoping though, that by June I am well on my way, because I have a cruise to go on!

Puppy love

Kattie the mom...she is a beautiful dog...we fell in love with her and her pups. Ours is the one in the middle -bottom of the picture...

Today is Martin Luther King day and since Jamie had the day off we drove down to Tombstone, AZ to look at some Springer Spaniel puppies. We have been contemplating on getting a dog again, and have narrowed it down to a Golden Retriever (Jamie's favorite) and a Springer Spaniel (smaller and what I am leaning towards). Jamie coerced his parents into driving down with us, which was a lot of fun, and we went down to check out the puppies.

It's our new puppy....well almost!

After driving 3 hours we arrived at the breeders home. We instantly fell in love with Springers, they were all so sweet, and loving and friendly. Once we saw the puppies, I knew this is what I wanted. Two hours later, we walked out of the house as future Springer Spaniel owners. We found a puppy we loved, and put a deposit down on it. We will be able to pick it up the end of February.

Front view of our puppy.

Sleeping puppy