Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Well here I am updating again. I have posted a lot of pictures and videos, but it will probably be after Christmas before I do anymore updating. We were very blessed this Thanksgiving to get to spend it with Mike, Melody, Gage and Ali. They usually go to his parents, but this year decided to have us come down there. I lefted on Wed. morning the 26th at around 5:30 a.m. I was going to leave on Tuesday evening, but was feeling pretty rough as I had went to the doctor that morning to find out I had sinusititis again. So they put me on a pretty strong antibiotic and told me to drink lots of fluid, because I was starting to dehydrate again. Anyways, Gages Preschool Thanksgiving program was that morning. We had to leave Mels by 9:30 a.m. It is about a 3 and ahalf hour drive. I arrived in plenty of time. Anyways we went to his school, where his daddy and his papaw and nana were already there. It was a very cute program. It is so cute to watch the little kids. They just sang a few songs. I videotaped it, which I have posted one of them. Then they had like a brunch I guess afterwards. We left there around 11:00 or so and went back to Melodys. Was there a few minutes, then Melody,I and the kids left to go shopping. We didn't arrive back at her house until 5 or so. We went to an Outlet Mall in Lodi, then to Buehlers, and Super Wal-Marts. It was fun. That evening didn't do anything except after dinner Melody and I and Ali had to make another trip up to Wal_marts. She had forgot somestuff. Then we came back to her house and I just sat around for awhile then I went downstairs to where I was sleeping. I used Justins bed that was still there. Actually all of his belongings were still there. He had moved down there the beginning of Oct. and had come home on election day, and ended up staying looking for a job up here. He finally found one about a week ago at PetSmart. He usually works 4 am- 11 am he really likes it. Thanksgiving DAvid and the boys came down for the day. They had to go back that night as Justin and Brad had to work on Friday and David on Sat. So they loaded up all of Justins belongings or all that they could fit in his van. It was packed. They lefted what they couldn't bring with them for me to bring when i came home. Thanksgiving was a fun day. We had dinner around 1:30 p.m. David and I and Melody was the ones who prepared it. We had turkey, stove top stuffing, mash potatoes, gravey, corn, green beans, deviled eggs, potatoe salad, rolls, yams etc.... pumpkin pie, and strawberry cheese cake and punch. Brad worked on Mikes laptop that he just bought installed a web cam on their regular computer, and installed the sight and sound website or whatever you want to call it so we can get on and I can see the grandchildren. We already do that with Ryan. It is so neat to be able to see him clear in CA. David did a couple of things that Mel needed done. After Gage got up from his nap, him and grandpa put his Gingerbread house together. Gage was so excited about that. I am sure David enjoyed doing it with him. I just sat there and took pictures and video taped some of it. David, and the boys finally left around 9:15 p.m. I was quite worried about them. Brad did the driving. Justin only got around 2 hours sleep before he had to be at work. They got home around 12:30 a.m. At around 4:00 a.m. Mel woke me so I could go upstairs and lay on the couch, as I watched the kids while they went Christmas Shopping. Ali woke up right after they left so I had to feed her. She went right back to sleep. She is so precious. It was so great getting to feed her and hold her close . This was the first time I have got to watch the kids. It was a joy. Gage woke up at 7:30 a.m. They say he gets up at that time every morning no matter what time he goes to bed at night. He will usually get up go into their room and say wake up its port a clock. It is so funny. He didn't this morning, as he realized his mommy and daddy were not there. I said Gage grandma is watching you. He just came and climbed on the couch with me. I put on cartoons for him after Melody explained how to do it. lol Ali woke back up around 8:45 a.m. and she was pretty wet through her clothes. I had to give her a bath which was my first time and it was great. Then I put a sleeper on her that I had bought her that I Love Grandma. When Mel came home she said how can I guess that you would put that sleeper on her???? lol I gave Gage his breakfast. They came home around 10:30 or so. Mel made breakfast which was very good. Her best friend Chris and two kids, came over to and had breakfast with us. Actually Chris made some pancakes. Then I took a quick shower, got dressed to head out. Mike watched Jax and Gage, and Mel and Chris took Ali and Braden. They went to Kohls, I went to JC Penneys and Super Wal-Mart. I wanted to pick some stuff up before one as that is when some of their really good bargains ended. Melody and Mike got a lot of good bargains. Got a lot of their Christmas shopping done. Really didn't do much the rest of the afternoon. That evening they put up their Christmas tree and I helped Gage put the ornaments on the tree. Ali was really cranky as she was not feeling well at all. Her poor nose was running continually. I will have to admit while sleeping downstairs, I kepted lights on . I am a big chicken. Sat. morning around 9:30 a.m. we left the house as Melody had a doctors appt. with the dermatogist sp? and then we headed for the mall in FairLawn. We had planned on doing a lot that day, but time got away, as unbeknown to Melody, Mike and Chris had planned a Surprise Birthday party for her that evening. i was to have her back home by 4:30 p.m. As the party was to start at 5 or so. Chris had told Mel that she was taking her out to eat, and I was suppose to be babysitting the kids. Anyways, at the mall Melody found Ali a very cute Christmas outfit to have her picture taken in. From there we went to Kiddie Kandids where they had their Christmas pictures taken. Mike met us there and so did his parents. The kids did a great job with their pictures. Then from there we went and got some lunch and then Mike left and we went to Build A Bear. Mikes parents had given him a gift card for there for his birthday. He just loved it. He picked out a horse. He named him Buggy. He picked out a Nascar outfit for him. So I took pictures of him there and a video. Then his parents left and we went and picked up the pictures. Well by that time we were suppose to be leaving, but I couldn't get Mel to leave. She ended up at another store. So while she was in there I called Chris and told her I couldn't get her to leave. Mel had stated that she had notmade plans until 5 or 6. I knew differently. Anyways to long of a story to tell you what ended up happening on the way home. But we didn't to go to any other stores, like Sprint, or Old Navey or to Connors grave. I had planned to go there and place something on his grave for Christmas. We got back to Mels and she hurried and changed clothes, Chris came to pick her up, and they left. Chris just drove around with her for a bit. In the meantime, Justin and Brad both had come down as Brad had taken their one computer home to work on it, as it was in a mess, oh this is funny as Gage was so upset when he realized that he was taking the computer home with him. He came upstairs on Thanksgiving night wringing his hands, saying what am I going to do? What am I going to do? Bradley is taking the puter home and now I won't be able to play Thomas. It was so cute. He also would like his nose and then he told his mom, he sneezed backwards. lol He says the cutest things. Anyways, Brad and Justin had been at the house, but they had left when we were coming there, so Mel wouldn't know. Then after she left I called and told them it was safe so they came and helped me get the kids in car seats and in Mels car. Gage didn't understand what we were doing, especially why I was taking his moms car. The party was at her friends clubhouse which was only 5 minutes away. I got over there and her friend Ann Marie, the ultrasound tech that had given her the ultrasound when she found out about Connor. She is still very good friends with her. Right after that Mike called Chris and told her to come. Mel was very surprised until she got of the car to come in, and then she saw Mikes shirt and saw the lights go out. Then she knew something was going on, but didn't know who was there. It was all of Mikes family, his parents, two brothers, wife, girlfriend, and kids, and Brother and Sister Davis who is the pastor of where they go to church when they go, and another friend of hers and her husband who just not very long ago had a preemie. I turned out very nice. Mike also surprised Mel by renewing their vows. It was very lovely. Melody was very surprised about that, she had no idea Mike would do that. It was so nice. I video taped that. The only bad part of the evening was my asthma flared up really bad for some reason. It was horrible. Sunday afternoon we headed home around 1:15 p.m. Got home around 4:30. I had a wonderful time at my daughters. Enjoyed being with her, Mike and my grandkids. I am so thankful that i got to spend Thanksgiving with them.

Well this evening, I was working on my blog, when Mel called and ask me to get on my webcam. So I did. Gage had never seen anything like this. I wish I could have taken a picture of his expression on his face. He was in shock when Melody showed him me and said Gage, there is Grandma. He was like wow!!!!! He was so excited and just kept bouncing around until he fell off the chair and she took it away from him and made him stand. I also got to see Ali. It is so neat. So I chatted with Gage for a few. They had made some cinnamon rolls, and were showing them to me and eating them, trying to make me jealous. lol Well I am sorry this is so long, but I had a lot to tell. I hope you enjoy reading, and looking at the pictures and videos as much as I enjoyed doing it.

Pastor Appreciation Dinner 10/25/08

These pictures were taken at our Pastor Appreciation Dinner we had for the Dodds back on Oct. 25th.