Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cobalt 220

It's been a dream since I was a teenager:  to own a boat.  I've always loved boating - not so much the skiing, tubing, and water sports, but more the freedom and peace I feel sitting in a speeding boat in the sun.  We've been boating a lot with friends over the last year or two, and I finally got John on board to buy a boat.  The boat was signed, sealed, and delivered on July 11th.  It has been everything we have hoped for.  We were able to take it out over 11 times before we had to winterize it.  I'll post about those trips later.

We bought a Cobalt 220 with an open bow.  The kids love it, I love it, and so does John.  I've learned how to back a trailer up now so I'm not quite as nervous as I was when we first got it.  

When we are in the dock area, going wakeless, and approaching the buoys, Maddens favorite thing to do is say "wait for it, wait for it, wait for it..."  That is always sure to get a smile on my face.  Usually he falls asleep during boat rides, but I bet it is perfectly relaxing for him.

I'm excited to share the boat with other families that we love, and also to be able to spend that close time with my family.  I'm so glad that John did this for me and I think that we will have lots of fun memories aboard!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our Shipp Sailed

It's been a whirlwind of emotions with Grandpa Shipp being gone.  He turned 90 years old this summer and was in great shape.  On our way back from Bear Lake, we stopped in to see Grandma and Grandpa.  The front door was unlocked as it always is, so we quietly knocked on the door indicating our intent to open the door.  Charley the dog didn't bark, and my family walked in.  Both Grandma and Grandpa were asleep in their recliners.  It made my heart skip a beat for a minute because they didn't wake immediately.  We made a little bit of noise, and they finally woke.  Grandpa asked me to make him some sausage and toast.  I gladly did.  Grandpa counted out dollar coins for the kids, up to their age, plus one to grow on.  I don't think I'll ever forget his hands touching the kids' palms while placing each coin carefully in their little hands.  We spent a half hour and then headed home.  It was a tough visit.  They seemed to be getting tired.  Grandpa seemed to be getting worse.  That was around August 20th.  A week later, we started discussing moving both of them down to Salt Lake to a care center.  So, reluctantly, they came down.  My mom said that as Grandpa was pulling away from his house he would say, "Goodbye house, goodbye USU, goodbye Smiths..."  They arrived in Sandy on Saturday August 31.  My mom picked out a beautiful care facility so that they could enjoy their time and each other while they were cared for 24 hours a day.  Plus, what a blessing it would be to be able to have them close and be able to visit often.

 Grandpa was irritable and uncomfortable, we just assumed that maybe he was overwhelmed.  Many times during the day, he would say that there were too many people in the room (even when it was just grandma, my mom, and him).  I think at that time, we didn't realize how close he was to slipping through the veil.  John and I took the kids over for just a minute on Sunday to check in.  Grandpa sat in his chair, still uncomfortable and asking to go to the hospital.  We waited most of the day Sunday to get a doctor in the room to help comfort him.  We didn't visit Monday because we didn't want to overwhelm him.  Tuesday, first thing, I got the itch to stop in and see them with Jack and Madden before Jack went to school.  I arrived at about 9:30.  Casey was in sad grandma's room sitting with her, holding her hand, and talking to her.  Once Casey saw me, she excused herself and started to head out.  I asked her if everything was okay and she just cried.  Casey felt compelled to go first thing in the morning and ended up staying for a few hours!  Grandpa was asleep, on Morphine when I arrived.  I talked to Grandpa, though he was asleep.  I kissed him and hugged him, told him that I loved him.  Then I moved in to Grandma's room.  She was just sad.  During the next few hours, my mom came, Randy, Cindy and Kristy, and Kelly stopped by.  I left and took Jack to school, but felt extremely impressed that I should go back.  So, I brought Madden back.  Just before we said goodbye to Randy and my cousins, I was looking into grandpa and noticed that he seemed to be more translucent and blue than I had thought he had been.  I pointed it out and everybody went in to check on him.  He was still breathing and other than color, nothing seemed to change.  They left.  My mom, Madden, and I went into Grandma's room and talked to her.  She had been laying on her bed all morning- hadn't moved from her fetal position on the bed.  I thought it was odd that just out of the blue, she said that she needed to go to the bathroom and then she wanted to go talk to grandpa.  Madden and my mom walked her to the bathroom and I stepped out to take a phone call. When I came back in to their room, Madden and my mom had just taken grandma to grandpa's bedside. Grandma said, "I love you, John."  She kissed her two fingers and placed them on his lips.  Grandpa died immediately after her sweet, simple goodbye.  It was an extremely sad moment, but it was incredibly sweet!! How grateful I was to be there to witness such a beautiful thing.  More importantly, I am go grateful to have been a part of his life and to have known him.  I love Grandma and Grandpa Shipp-- they have made a tremendous impact on my life.  Grandpa, you will never be forgotten.  Til we meet again...

I'm Back on Board

I'm back and I'm excited to jot down my thoughts and add pictures of fun things that are happening.  It's been too long.  For my own sake,  I'm making a list of what is to come.

-Updates on the kids
-Las Vegas with Holly
-School's out
-Lake Powell #1 (kick off to summer)
-Walk for Hope
-We bought a boat!
-Maiden voyage
-Las Vegas with Kirt and Leslie
-Yuba Lake
-Max Cup socer tournament
-Deer Creek
-Bear Lake
-Utah Lake
-The Shipp Sailed
-School starts
-Things Kids Say
-Lake Powell #2

That's my list for now, but I'm excited!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm Not Going to Judge

I showed Jensyn (half jokingly) this picture of a cat.  She looked at it and got quiet and then said, "Oh, it's cute!  Mom, I'm not going to judge it because it has wrinkles."  What a sweetheart.  I am glad that somewhere we are teaching her something!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Santa and Toy via Santa Clause Lane

Every year we look so forward to having Santa and Toy make their appearance on our street.  It was SO cold this year, but it was fun still.  Madden was scared and didn't want much to do with him, but he loved Santa's horse, Toy.

Again, I am so grateful living where I live.  We have wonderful neighbors and a fantastic neighborhood.

 This is the crew who makes this fun event happen.  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Matt's Hilarious Nightly Family Prayer Fight

I've gotten approval from our Relief Society President and the Bishop to have this awesome man come speak at a Relief Society night in January.  I love watching him on Studio 5...he's so funny because everything he says is SO true!  I only hope that I can get our ward members to come see  him.  I would be totally embarrassed if only our presidency and the RS committee was there.  That would be bad.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I am 110% positive that I married the most handsome and kind man ever.  He is definitely my other 'three-quarters' (because I can only perform a fourth of what he can do...thanks for picking up my slack sweet John!)  He adds so much to my life and I am so grateful to have him!  I am looking forward to a great winter with him home!