Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grandma Elswood

my dad sent me this winner of a picture a few weeks ago.  And it immediately opened a floodgate of memories for me.  So, like it or not, ill share about 1/10th of them.  

theyre random, and bejumbled, but im telling em anyways.  think of this as my blog post, or journal entry.  i dont have a paper and pen with me, and while the memories are here, i want to make sure i have them written down....

this was at my Grandma Elswood's house, who i wish we would have taken more pictures with when she was alive. Her house was so cool to me,  all the old toys she had, she had a story for all of them, and i especially loved the ones of my moms....and just everything in her house, was so much cooler.  it was just normal, old stuff, but for some reason at her house it was amazing to me. and i was always pretty sure her garden had fairies living in there.  She had paths through the flowers that we would go through together, she would help me pick random flowers, rocks, and such, and we stuck them in a giant elephant ear leaf, and wrapped them up in it like a little package.   i remember waking up in the morning, and going to her room and crawling in her bed to talk with her when i was really little, and then again when i was over my too cool for hanging with adults phase.

i have a random, but really vivid memory of her teaching my how to properly wash my hands, and i still think of her every time i wash them.
(i told you this was random.)

My mom's mother, Margaret, died when my mom was only 5, and this is Margaret's mother.
She came over to the US, from Scotland when she was a young girl, and she moved to wayne county utah, where, ironically, has been one of Dustin's family's favorite places to go for decades! i had no idea, until after i met him and went there with his family, that she had lived there, too.  Since my mom's mom died so early, my Grandma Elswood was the only real bloodline connection to that side of the family,(besides uncle Richard Elswood ) all the family stories, and our history with that line, so it was fun to be able to find out more about them, through my trips with dustins family, down to wayne county.  i was able to find out where she lived, what her family  who stayed in wayne county after she lived there, did, where they died, etc!  

i remember what i was thinking when we took this picture,  i was somewhere between 12 and 14. i thought i looked so good with my sweet gingham shorts, matching plastic gingham purse, and matching red keds,  it was one of the few pairs of "short" shorts i owned, because i was too embarrassed of my skinny legs, but i was excited that me and grandma would be wearing the same pattern. haha.

i remember on another trip, the summer i was going to be a freshman in high school, i went shopping for school and me and my mom had bought overalls, and grandma wanted me to show her what we got. She saw the overalls on me, laughed and told me i looked like a slave boy.  She was always 100% honest with her opinion, and wasnt afraid to let us know what she was thinking, and i always valued her opinion...yet somehow i still wore the darn overalls.  

When i was 17, a senior in high school, i went through a pretty rough patch, and my mom and dad put me in home school, and my mom took me on a trip to see my grandma, just me and my mom, on the 5 hour trip to sacramento, we talked,  we cried, if i know anything about my 17 year old self, then i know i had to have gotten defensive at least once, and yelled. (sorry mom) and i remember gaining so much more respect for my mom during this trip, and  bonding with her so much more than we ever had. she knew all the things i had done, and she just talked with me and helped me through it all. It was probably the first time i saw my mom as a real friend, not just a mom.

Grandma was 97 and in the hospital,  we just sat in her room and talked to her for hours, went back to her house at night to help sort through her stuff, we knew she wasnt going to make it much longer. so we were getting everything ready for that time.  then we would go back the next day and visit her.  my mom had me tell grandma all the stuff i had been up to, and grandma let me know how she felt about that.
As soon as her nurse would leave the room, she told me, dead serious, that i should sneak her out to get some ice cream, because they wouldnt let her have any in there, she was 97 years old, who cares what she eats. (she had a good point). She passed away not much longer after that. and i really wish i had snuck her some ice cream.

i love this grandma so so much and miss her all the time, and i could go on about my random memories with her for ever

....random long, bejumbled memory...complete.


Monday, December 3, 2012

IT'S BAaaAAACK! Berlyns First Birthday!!!

Well, here i am again, its only been like, what?...oh 3 years?  Nahh, that isnt so bad is it?  i guess i should start bye playing catch up!

i believe my last post was when Berlyn was 9 months old, since then, shes had a few birthdays, lets start with her 1st shall we?
here she is the morning of the big day!  i remember she was just barely starting to walk, and she was still a bit wobbly!  i loved those jammies!  look how little hair she had!!



















she LOVED her cake!  her birthday was a "circus" theme, and tyler and allison, kori, colby and addie, trent and the boys, veronica and jet, grandma jama and steve, and aunt Amy came! it was a lot of fun!  we love that little beast!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

4th of july weekend

so over the 4th of july, we of course went to Torrey Utah with El Steve-o, aka Grandpa Grizzly, aka Dustins Dad. It was pretty darn fun as usual, and Berlyn is really starting to love it there too. She especially loves the 4wheeler rides! Apparently the rough terrain is good for naps. We also went to the 4th of July parade in Torrey, it was really fun, and old fashioned ish. Anywho, here are the latest pictures of our adventures....


sometimes i lick fish i guess... these were some giants we caught up in "spectical"
oh ya there was a bit of a flash flood on the 4th after the parade...please note, this roaring river wasnt running through town till the flood...fancy huh?
Steve o really doesnt like touching them...
here he is after he cleaned half...oh sick
Dust with his first 2 big ones at the pond
Here she is giving you guys a good image of how big the fish actually were
Bee taking a nap while we were fishing up in "spectical", after the fun 4wheeler ride up ...Bless her little heart

Friday, June 5, 2009

yep...they're related




Yep...they're related

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Playing catch up!

thumbs up! She LOVES this thing!Playing on the mat with her toys and molly...


Getting messy with some food...

being silly with daddy...


this is her new face she does when she is trying to be cute... thanks a lot COLBY!
so i know, again, its been forever! a lot has been going on lately, but i dont know if any of it is quite "blog worthy" stuff... just growing, changing type stuff. Berlyn has grown up a lot even just since easter! she now says (but only when she wants to) "dada" "mama" (only when she is crying) "hi!" and "bob" not baba... just bob! silly baby! anyways, she also has discovered the hammock in our back yard, and absolutly LOVES it! it can be an hour past her nap time or time to eat and she will just sit in there happy as can be, and if you know her, that is pretty amazing!
Lets see... oh she is also officially a half year old and weighs 19lbs 2 oz, 28inches long and i just started feeding her baby food, she pretty much loves it so far! but she is the MESSIEST eater i have ever fed!

She LOVES her dad and tells him all kinds of stories all the time, he taught her how to make a farting noise from her mouth and she does it all the time...beautiful

Dustin finally is getting more work to do at work, and he is the project manager (i think, hes not to interested in talking about work after work) at a job in herriman. he isnt getting paid like an intern anymore, he is now on salary, but how things work out he is really only getting paid a little more than he was before, because of the hours he works. But, its still better, and he is getting noticed for all the hard work he has been doing.

I have finally started going to the gym again! which is pretty exciting, i used to love going, but then life got busy and i never had time! so now im just getting into the swing of loving it again! i dont see any results yet, but just knowing that im doing it makes me feel better!

alright...the part i like the most...the pics! they are all of berlyn...but like i said before, i am always the one taking the pics, so im never in them...bah! oh well, she is the cutest one everyone wants to see anyways!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Bee's First Easter!

annie (Grandpa Grizzly and Grandma Jama's doggin)
Gingie...she may be a spaz, but she is out whenever she finds a bed.

ooooooh molly......

she loves those keys....LOVES THEM
forget any toys that cost more than 50cents...the keys are all she loves now
ob...sessed...what camera
who took her keys....life is over
ya, thats a mad confused face
show us some leg
thats it! im done with you people and your cameras! Done i tell you!


well...better late than never! This year Dustin's parents decided to go down to Torrey for easter, so, we decided to go too! They also decided to celebrate my birthday while we were down there, which was very nice! we got a whole cake that we never had time to eat...its in our fridge right now...still full! haha! annywhooo... I had already bought bee the cutest easter outfit, and was bound and determined to have her wear it for easter! so, even though we were down there, and leaving that morning, i still had to get her into that dress! Right after this wonderful photo shoot, we changed her into her pjs and drove home haha...what an easter! No really, it was nice. Here are the pics of her, and our weird dogs...


FIN