21 June 2010


Wednesday we all had a down day. Most everyone was plain tuckered out. It was rainy and gloomy so we stayed inside and watched movies, read, and of course played.

Thursday morning Justin, Amelia, Phillip, and I drove down to Draper to Miekka's mother's home. Mary and Dorrel live in an amazing loft type home. It was a garage-ma-haul, but is now a home. Amy, Miekka's sister, had a baby girl about a month ago. She let me play photographer with little Annika. Annika fought sleep but eventually succumbed to the powers of a vacuum cleaner running and a warm hot pad. She let me reposition her about 6 times! Yes! More of those images to come.

We met up with the rest of the Calls at BYU later on that afternoon. Amelia eventually noticed the huge Y on the hill. She's heard a lot about BYU so when she saw the Y, it all came together as, Big-Y-U. BYU, is simply a big Y. Tickled my funny bone to no end. Spenser's girls and Reagan are die hard BYU fans. We started at the Bean Museum, then walked over to the bookstore. After ice cream at the creamery (super delish), and running around the quad we went back to our cars. All that took a couple hours and drained my energy juice right out of me. Justin totally hurt my dampered feelings by saying that we don't communicate well over directions. Funny thing, we both had our smart phones and the same directions. His snaps into a window thing so he can see the map, mine doesn't. My lack of sleep made me extra sensitive. Silly me. We headed to Sarah and Josh's home. Sarah is one of my most awesome friends ever. She made some delish waffles for dinner with fresh fruit. I delivered her huge mounted photo ordered last week. Then we talked until it was way too late. Man, I miss that girl. On our way home Amelia piped up from the back, "Aunt Charity's house up and walked away!...with my cousins in it!" She was very happy once we arrived to Charity's house and it was still there. She looked at the house across the street and exclaimed, "That house is serious, let's go to the party house!"

Visit to Logan


Scot and Raquel recently purchased a new home and were able to watch most of the construction phase. They moved in a couple months ago. We all journeyed up there to check out their new digs in Smithfield. Amelia decided to toss her breakfast right after we entered Logan. I barely had time to stick a cup under her chin before she chucked. She had three false alarms before this. Poor Ellie and Renee both had a nasty flu bug. Laura stayed home with Renee and little Anson for the day. We think Amelia's symptoms came per carsickness. Raquel has their new home prettily decorated. They have a magnificent view of the entire north valley. All the kids had a blast picking wild flowers, skating, biking, and playing with toys. My headache was still going strong much to my chagrin. The girls were so funny picking the flowers. Each found the best basket available to fill with flowers. I think Ellie stole the show when she found a shopping cart to pile her flowers in. Emma is about the cutest girl ever with the bluest eyes I've ever seen.

Grandpa Call treated all the kids to awesome kid's meals at McD's for lunch. Amelia is still to chicken to wander in the play areas, she watched her cousins from afar. I must admit a love affair with McD's diet and regular coke mixed together. It is hard to stay away from that devil juice.

Next we were off to the Fun Dome (or whatever it's called) to play in a soft tunneled/slide house thing. Pretty much take the McD's play area and multiply by three. Amelia loved the shake your booty video arcade next to the play area. I finally convinced her to enter the play area. She followed me around whimpering most the time. I think we went down one twisty slide together. I managed to slip away for a moment to check out DownEast Outfitters for some new undershirts.

While everyone else went home we stayed to visit my grandparents in Wellsville. My poor Grandpa is not doing so well, he needed some serious cheering up. I am not sure we helped much, but having two cute kids to cuddle seemed to lift his spirits a smidgen. My Aunt Mary is in the final stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. I nearly cried when we visited for a couple minutes. She seemed to be doing better than I anticipated but is still in a lot of pain. I think seeing our kids made her day as well. Grandma B and I made spaghetti for dinner, Amelia's favorite. Plate lickin' good! This year my grandma got 8 hens and a rooster. We watched the birds peck and scratch around for quite some time. I enjoyed watching them as much as tropical fish in a tank.

Pay Family Reunion

Taking care of a baby red ball
 Phillip learned how to do the Indian mouth noise

Our morning was spent jumping on the tramp, eating sausages, and playing at the park. I snuck in a nice walk and a nap for Phillip. We stopped off at Grandma Debbie's home for a couple hours to visit my little brothers, Courtenay, and Mom. Jared is going to DC for 2 weeks to visit a friend, while there he is going to a SCUBA camp...jealous! Jeremy went to trek. Mom has the boys pretty busy all summer. Amelia was very sad to leave her cousins at Aunt Charity's home. She cried until falling asleep. Courtenay is ready to have her baby any day now. John was on his way home from SF selection, his training was cut short so on to plan number 2. Courtenay is glad John is home now and not a day or two before her due date. Amelia showed off her new potty training skills by wetting her pants twice and pooping once. Glad I brought her a change of clothes and shoes. I was exceptionally glad we took some time to drop off my sewing machine for servicing. After 4 years of hard use, it needed some TLC. I think we also jammed in some other shopping at an educational store and two electronics stores.

We had a picnic dinner, ala Cafe Rio, at Draper Park for the annual Pay Family Reunion. Each year those able from the family gather for a BYO picnic. I love getting hugs from Aunt Evelyn. The Aunt's told Justin and I some stories about Phillip's namesake. He apparently attended a funeral. On the way down he spilled fudge sauce all down his nice shirt. The family stopped for a new shirt afraid he'd be suspected of a murder due to the amount of reddish chocolate sauce on his front. Phillip was asked to step in the funeral procession. The procession came and went but no Phillip. His family worried until he arrived with a smile on his face. Phillip got locked in the men's stall and could not get out, he finally climbed over the stall nearly ripping his pants. On the ride home his granddaughter threw up all over his new replacement shirt and suit. Once at home his family asked him how the trip was, he replied that is was wonderful. His daughter reminded him about all the negatives to which he replied, at least I didn't rip my pants! Our little Phillip inherited Great-Grandpa Phillip's happy countenance.

Amelia really wanted to wade in the stream but did not want to dirty her skirt. She ended up pulling her skirt up to her arm pits showing off her underwear. She cracks me up! I had a REALLY bad headache/migraine by the end of the day. Ended up losing my cookies twice due to the severity of headache. Yucky.

Phillip did NOT sleep well the entire vacation. He pulled 2-4 hour awake times each night. Letting him fuss and cry to sleep was not possible because he kept waking up Mia and our room vented unto the other rooms. I felt like a bear by the time it came to return home. Vacationing with small kids is not so fun when they just can't duke it out at the top of their lungs. Amelia had potty issues if we forgot her Elmo potty and when she got too busy to tell me about her needs. For the first time I actually used all the outfits packed for her. LOL.

Chillin' out at HOTEL REAGAN

Our Utah trip was wonderful, fun, tiring, loud, and every other descriptive word in between. Phillip actually woke us up at 3:50 on Saturday. Neither Justin or I set or alarms trusting the other had set his/hers. Lucky us! We were on I-80 by 4:30 with sleeping kids thanks to a dose of Benedryl. Amelia was excited to visit another hotel after our last trip. We called it Hotel Reagan. No elevator, but lots of cousins and a trampoline! I love traveling with Justin driving because then I can crochet or embroider. I ended up crocheting 9 items and embroidering three shirts. Yes! We made our first stop in Rawlins for breakfast at 8 am, a little under halfway. By 12:30 we were in Park City enjoying some shopping at Gymboree. I was FINALLY able to spend a gift card for Phillip 9 months after receiving the gift. Found some darling outfits for the boy and a pair of rocking boots for Mia (probably won't fit her until she is 5).

Justin and Mia went in to visit with all the cousins while Phillip finished his nap. Charity definitely had a full house for the week. Participants included:

Bruce (Dad)
Charity, Kenny, Libby (10), Mason (9), Reagan (5)
Justin, Jenni, Amelia (3), Phillip (9 mths)
Spenser, Laura, Ellie (5), Renae (5), Anna (3), Anson (7 mths)
Melissa, Jonathon, Ethan (5), Grant (2), Newly announced coming baby (due sometime next year)
Raquel, Scot, Emma (6), Elijah (2)

That is 13 kiddos when everyone was in attendance. Charity has a super fun house decked out with a myriad of toys, plenty of cousins, lotsa educational activities, and more fun than should be legal. Charity is the "favorite" aunt. Amelia said, "Charity is in love....with me!" Silly goat. All the girls piled in for a large tubby, Saturday evening. Sunday we all went to church then had a yummy dinner. It was a bit cold due to rain, but still the kids played on the tramp and we all went on a nice walk to see the Llamas/Alpacas.