Wednesday, May 28, 2008

THE PILGRIMAGE

For those of you who miss this Gray family tradition every year on Memorial Day:




Emily's new car

Ok, David this post is for you. Dad took these pictures in April, but never got around to posting them on the blog. So here is Emily's car, that she doesn't really use to drive much...



Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

See previous montage

So I forgot to mention the funniest part of the Stake Field Day-nope, it wasn't when daddy beaned Jon-Jon in the head with a baseball. In the middle of the race-which was hilarious by the way. Pretty much a bunch of fat dads and their hyperactive kids running around the park. You can guess how much huffing and puffing there was...

No, the best part was in the middle of the race when Jon-Jon yells out to me, "Daddy, slow down! I'm running out of speed!"

Stake Field Day

We've got a name!

With a little coaxing from the pitosen William Benjamin Gray decided he'd give this world a shot and mozy out of his comfy jacuzzi, on May 23, 2008. Weighing it at a whopping 6 pounds 12 ounces and a gargantuan 17 inches long, he is the shortest and fattest of our brood (not in the least fat, we know). As Dad always suggests, we stuck him in our pocket and went home today. Diedre already seems more rested from the hospital, while Rob feels frazzled after taking care of Caleb and Peter for a mere few hours. Wimp. It is a wonder any kids survive. Rob has decided that if he were a mother, all his kids would have been ungraciously returned to their Heavenly Father by now.
In all reality, I am very proud of Diedre. What a toughy! S
he continues to amaze me with her strength and patience.
And Caleb and Peter are both so much fun, even when I foolishly handed a chocolate frosty to each of them for dinner, somehow imagining that their white shirts wo
uld remain that way. Unbelievably they both sort of forgot about their chicken nuggets. "Dad is great! He gives us chocolate caaa.. . . . .frosties!"
Peter is warming up to the idea of having a new baby around. When I first told him why Mommy was not at home he said, "Hate Baby!" and sulked. This morning he wanted to see the baby over and over. Caleb is determined to be the best, most helpful big brother. He jumps at the chance to do anything for his baby brother, and giggles the entire time when he gets to hold Baby Willy.

All of us are glad Mommy and Baby are home safe and comfortable.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Not funny!!

Charlie bit me...

Ok, not in the family, but so funny I had to post them.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day 2008

Wow! These come quickly these days.

Here's a tribute to my Honey-Punkin. You know a woman is truly becoming a mother when she will ask questions like, "(gasp) Where's Cooper?!" who is comfortably asleep on her shoulder. Or, "Have you seen my car keys?" which are dangling between her teeth. What a woman.

A bit cheesy on the video, I know. Still managed to bring a tear to me eye the first couple times I watched. Hope you like...
video

The quotes across the screen are too small, sorry. They are as follows:

"Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime."
William Shakespeare

"There is no limit to what a woman with a mother heart can accomplish."
Julie B. Beck

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
Abraham Lincoln

"Men are what their mothers made them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Happy Mother's Day"
Jon

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!


My favorite quote on motherhood as of late is by Elder Ballard: "The joy of motherhood comes in moments." These are my two "moments." They are so very cute and fun and lovable. So far this morning we have had all good moments (thanks in part to Rob helping out) and I am thankful for my family. I hope everyone (especially Heidi Mae, Dacia and Carole) all have fabulous Mother's Days! We love you all! -Diedre

Thursday, May 1, 2008

WOW!!!

This is a monumental day in the Diedre Gray household! I know, I will sound like a complete dork in one moment but this has got to be documented. All of my laundry is clean! Yes, that is right. There is not a speck of dirty laundry in my house (barring any clothes we are wearing or any hidden clothes not seen in a corner). Not only that, it is folded, hung up and put away. Okay, so not everything is ironed; I am not sure even Wonder Woman could accomplish that in one day but there is no dirty laundry in the bathroom, in laundry baskets or any lingering laundry to be folded. Again, wow! Please, do not be too impressed, this will likely never happen again. I just have to shout out to the world that I am caught up on laundry. Now, for the deep cleaning of those bathrooms...maybe one day. :)

My New Plates

Not to be outdone, I also got some 'vanity' plates. Mindy and I came up with a few good ideas and put them on the Jackson family website in the form of a poll to see which idea would come out tops. Both the family and Mindy liked this one (one of Mindy's ideas) the most:


2th Stud or is it short for 2th Student? We'll let you debate.

Our New Grill!

With the economy being out of whack, and the call for Congress to send out these lovely stimulus checks, we decided to do what the government would like us to do for the economy (but what economists would advise against doing) by deciding to spend it on a short term investment! A grill! Of course, we don't plan on it being a short term investment. Quite the contrary, we hope to put it to good use for many a year! We celebrated its inaugural use by having Paul, Anna, and their girls over for a quick BBQ. Here's a couple pics:

Starting to put the grill together... Don't you
love my headband? It matched my shorts nicely.

The finished grill: