Saturday, December 10, 2011

Knee-deep in Christmas Preparations

I'm almost finished with Christmas shopping, I got shots a couple of weeks ago in both knees so I'm walking pretty well, and the house is as decorated as it's going to get.  I finished the first major phase of the edit for my next book which will be out in March, so I thought I'd take a minute to share a few pictures taken during the past week.  Calton and Alena participated in their first piano recital Thursday night.  They've only been taking lessons a couple of months so it's obvious they both have their dad and mom's musical genes.

I usually tend little Jennifer on Tuesday mornings so Mary Jo can help in Brandon's school class.  It didn't take her long to find the candy canes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


These are a few pictures that don't seem to fit anywhere inparticular, but I like them.  The first one was taken at Cedar Breaks.  The next three were taken at Cedar Breaks in July. The potato came from our garden.  Boyd thought it looked like some kind of weird bug.   Then comes Calton's birthday, followed by the Robinson boys watching a ball game in Mary Jo and Rich's bedroom while everyone else was eating.  Finally little Jennifer checking out Mom's camera.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Grrrrr! A cute little tiger and a motorcross boy! Aren't they cute!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rolling over

Baby Jen can now roll way. This make her happy and then very unhappy. Three more months to go :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A couple of new pictures

My last post was an accident.  I thought I was posting to my Notes from Jennie's Desk blog instead it appeared here and it took a little while for me torealize that the first time I posted, I'd placed it on the wrong blog.  Today I'm just going to post a couple of pictures.  You may have seen this one:
She's wearing the little dress I crocheted for Mary Jo to be blessed in.

Here's the second one.  It's a picture Boyd took of me and I'm wondering if I should use it for my author
 picture in my next book.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Accidental Kidnapping

I never thought kidnapping could be an accident except when a parent is foolish enough to leave a child alone in a car while she or he dashes inside a house or store for just a moment--- until I got caught up in an unexpected child snatching venture.  It happened ten years ago, but a recent invitation to be a guest speaker brought back the memory.

It was a different speaking experience for me. I'm often invited to speak to book clubs, at firesides, and to other book oriented groups, but Tuesday night I spoke at a Spanish Book Club. I don't speak more than a handful of Spanish words and I wasn't sure how much English the club members understood, but I accepted the invitation and there I was. The group was super friendly and their smiles made up for language gaps. And I had a lot of fun.

Why was I invited and why did I accept? The sweet lady who invited me worked with me a few years ago when I worked for the Salt Lake City Library. Occasionally we didn't understand everything the other said, but we had an almost immediate bonding between us. (Her English is much better than my Spanish.) I love that lady! No way could I tell her no. Seeing her again reminded me of an awkward, downright scary experience we shared.

I have Asthma and she has some severe allergies. One day while I was eating my lunch in the library lunchroom, she burst into the room, gasping for breath, and unable to speak other than in frantic gestures. I realized she was having a severe allergic reaction to something, so I grabbed my purse and gave her an allergy antidote I always carry. She was in serious trouble and I knew she needed medical help. I was also aware her two young children were in the library and couldn't be left unattended.

Dashing upstairs I informed the manager I was taking my assistant to an emergency room, grabbed her children and raced back downstairs where I proceeded to load all three into my car for a mad dash to a nearby Instacare. I pulled into the emergency loading and unloading area and told her daughter, Betsy, "Stay with your Mom while I park the car and tell them I'll be right in. "I'll keep Alfredo with me." She looked at me blankly for a moment, then said, "He isn't Alfredo," just before she slammed the car door and followed her mother who was being helped inside the emergency room.

Horrified, I actually looked at the little boy sitting meekly in the backseat. He wasn't Alfredo! I'd grabbed a child I'd never even seen before, but who was about the same size as my friend's five-year-old son and who had been sitting at one of the tables beside her daughter, Betsy.

Unsure what to do, I took his hand and he accompanied me into the emergency room where I filled out some papers and called my friend's husband. My friend was almost unconscious by this time and things were pretty chaotic for awhile. I hoped the boy wouldn't be missed before I could get him back to the library. I'm not sure he understood anything I said to him, but he seemed to know Betsy and stayed close to her, so I concentrated on my friend until a doctor took over.

It all ended well. My friend's husband arrived. Betsy informed me that though the boy wasn't her little brother she was tending him for a neighbor, and her Dad said he would see that he got home safely. Her brother was safe at a friend's house and hadn't even been in the library that day. And yes, my friend, was okay too. I was shaking as I drove back to the library and thought it was a miracle I didn't have a heart attack!  An extreme allergy attack is scary enough, but I couldn't believe I'd actually kidnapped a child!

The Spanish Book Club

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Baby Jen cooing

She is a happy baby! We love to hear her cooing!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

We planned a cookout at Janice and Jason's house for Mothers' Day, but it rained.  So the only one that went out was poor Jason who grilled the hamburgers in the rain while the rest of us stayed indoors. He got drenched, but the hamburgers tasted great.  We had great fun and I played around with my new camera, mostly taking pictures of my new granddaughter, Jennifer.


Esther and Bob

Me holding Jennifer

What a cutie!
Jennifer looking up at Alena

Spencer and Jennifer


Bob.  He really isn't asleep; he's texting.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011


Rich and Mary Jo received a major surprise last Thursday night in the form of a baby girl.  She's two months old and beautiful.  They thought they were just keeping her overnight, but on Friday they learned they could adopt her.  This morning the papers were signed and little Jennifer Kay is now their daughter and my precious granddaughter.  It's about time we got another girl around here.  Mary Jo took some pictures, but the ones with Boyd and I are terrible of us; Jennifer looks fine.  The one of Rich with both kids turned out really well.  The computer program she used isn't compatible with mine so I can't enlarge the pictures or remove red eye.  I'll post ones I take with my camera soon.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Morning Conference

I've always consider being able to watch Saturday morning conference a kind of luxury.  Life seems to have a way of interfering much too often, but this morning I was there in front of the TV for the whole thing.  I found the announcement of three new temples exciting.  The first Fort Collins, Colorado is great.  The second, Meridian, Idaho took me by surprise.  That's so close to Boise and I find it exciting that there's a need for a second temple that close to the Boise Temple.  Manitoba, Canada is a big place; I'll be anxious to learn the exact location of that one.

The speakers were great and I didn't miss President Monson's and President Eyring's emphasis on three areas; temples, service to those in need, and missionary work.  I was particularly pleased with a small statement made by President Monson concerning making scooters available to missionaries and members to deliver humanitarian supplies to those in areas who are inaccessible by cars or trucks. I found it satisfying to hear of the work the Church is doing to aid those affected by the severe natural disasters of the past year or two.  It also prompted me to tear up the check I've written for Humanitarian Aid and write a bigger one.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Connor's Baptism

Connor turned eight a few weeks ago and was baptized last Saturday. 

Here he is with his Dad.
Ready to get wet.
Connor's new suit.  (Sorry about the glare on his glasses.)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas 2010

I think it's time for a new post.  Halloween is long past.  So here are some pictures taken on Christmas Eve.
Our annual Christmas grandkids on the stairs photo.  Notice Chris's girlfriend Kate is included.
Angel and shepherd.

Mary had a little difficulty with  her shawl.

Spencer smiles encouragement to David and Nathan on the guitars.

Kayla didn't feel well, but she was an angel anyway.

Getting that grandkids shot wasn't easy!