Friday, August 5, 2016

We are Having Pizza, but Not from a Box?

Papa, Sammie and Bradley got up early again to catch some fish.
They had a blast!
Papa caught one, also.  It was a catch and release day.
We had cheese sandwiches for lunch, with some having ice cream for dessert.
I chose cheesecake.  This would be even better tomorrow if there were any left.
Bradley and I worked together on our Harry Potter master plan.  Sammie asked me to watch the end with him so he wouldn't get scared.  Yes.  Of course.  I had no headphones, and thus no sound, and I was still terrified.  Occasionally Bradley would reach over and tell me it was ok.
We took a magnet break.  This a turtle who can actually open his mouth and eat food.
When Mom arrived from SLC, she chose to watch the last movie with Bradley.  Papa and I joined them.  We kept the lights on so I wouldn't be as scared.  Didn't help.
After the movie, we all took a peanut M&M break.  No grandchild knows the history of this little machine.  All they care about is that it works and somehow it magically always stays filled.
Bradley made his and his dad's pizzas tonight.  He seemed surprised that my pizza doesn't come from a box.  Surely I misunderstood.
He loved it.
At my age, I can eat what I want.  That means no to pepperoni but yes to pineapple.
Papa and I have had a great five weeks.  Truly, we've had a blast.  We've eaten well and enjoyed spending so much time with family.  As a side benefit, I have inadvertantly been able to clean out my pantry and freezer.  Tonight's pizza was a tremendous aid in that objective.  Mum's the word...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

According to Plan

Bradley's mom rushed him off to Salt Lake City this morning, but he did get started on the 7 Part 1.  I picked up 7 Part 2 from the library this afternoon.  Showing respect for the things grandchildren find important builds bonds.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Eating Well

Bradley did not forget that I own 6 Harry Potter movies.  He reminded me of that yesterday morning when he woke up.  I checked online and learned that my library had 7 Part 1 on the shelf.
However, it was only 7 am.  He and I played together until the library opened.  In the meantime, he found a missing part to a very old toy, which satisfied an itch of mine.
Bradley fractured a bone last week.  He knew how to get his boot on and pump it up when it was time to get in the car.
In no time, we had the new movie in our hands.  His goal was to finish 4, and watch 5 & 6 as soon as possible so he could get to 7 Part 1.
Papa Ben and Dad had other plans.  Early this morning the three of them went fishing.  On Bradley's second cast, he caught a fish.
Dad was very proud, as were many onlookers at the lake.  Papa also caught a fish.
Papa cleaned and cooked the fish for lunch.
I do not believe I have ever eaten trout with Ben before.
Mom and Dad did not join us for lunch, but that doesn't mean they weren't excited.  They ate cheese bagels instead.
Bradley loved the fish!  Truly, Papa and I both loved our fish, too.  Mine was the lone fish we caught last week which had been in the freezer.  I was pleased that I had not forgotten the simple steps of deboning a fish.  I coached Sammie who prepared Bradley's trout.
This is how I know I've never eaten trout with Ben before.  He cut out the cheek meat for Bradley, who enjoyed it very much.  Ben says he always eats the cheek meat.  I'm pretty sure that not only would I have remembered that, but I'm certain my father did not know about the meat on a trout's cheeks.
We played all afternoon.  You are looking at a world record 19-story magnet tower.
Company was invited for dinner.  We had to wait for the prime rib even though it  cooked an hour longer than it regularly does.
We were all hungry but I was the only one willing to eat rare meat.
At 124 degrees, Sammie opened the BGE.
My slice was from the middle and was perfect.  Perfect.  I ate every bite.
Fortunately, the watermelon was just a little pinker than my meat.
Melissa made Sammie's favorite birthday dessert.
This is an Italian cheesecake.  Oh my.
Bradley chose ice cream.  What a guy!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Return of the Dynamo Duo

They're back!  Plus Mom and Phoebe.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hiking Hijacked Fishing

The girls and I saw a fun exhibit at the MOA yesterday.
We had a good time together.
Colored string was their favorite.
In the afternoon, Luke and I played Hangman.
He completely stumped me with his second word.
We took Jeff fishing this morning.  He caught a fish right off the bat.
The fish wasn't big enough to keep.  Ben gently worked with him until he swam away.
Luke had fun at the playground.
These two play very well together.
Ella loves to fish.  She also loves to tease her dad.  Notice that I was across the lake.
Ella joined me, and then realized she could go up.
Ben climbed up to catch her.
Then Luke.
Then Jane.  They invited me to follow.  I knew I could get up.  I wasn't sure I could get down.
By this time I had run around to the other side of the lake so I could take their picture. 
Thank goodness for my zoom lens.
Ella decided to go higher.
The little kids weren't strong enough to pull themselves up.
At first Ella encouraged them.
Then she enjoyed the moment.
She was quite pleased, in fact.
She took pictures of the beautiful scenery.
Jeff finally set down his pole and encouraged me to climb up.
I decided I'd rather take pictures.
Jeff encouraged everyone.
They smiled for me.
I'm not sure they knew everyone around the lake could hear their laughter.
I used my zoom lens to watch them climb down.
Ella has been a joy this past week, helping everyone.
Papa Ben didn't miss a thing.
Jeff made one last effort to catch another fish.
The kids waited patiently.
While many people napped, Papa Ben and I challenged Luke and Ben in Mexican Train.  Luke was ecstatic to win the first game.
In my house. a dance is required when the winner pushes the button.
I played a five on Papa's domino for my victory.
Kate found a place to be quiet.
I unexpectedly needed a document from the safe.  I knew this would be fun for the boys.  Even with the combination it took them half an hour, but they finally got it open.
Luke found my collection of Matryoshka dolls.
Jane loved finding the smallest baby.
Then Jeff and the kids climbed Bridal Veil Falls.  They all came home very excited and happy.
And hungry.  Saturday's Cafe Rio special is shrimp tacos.
And to top off the evening?
Our last mini-ST-marathon.