Me, Jack, Johnathon, Leslie, Brett, Janette, and Lisa
Johnathon and me!
We FINALLY got a few of us Atwood cousins together on Memorial Day. Leslie hosted, which worked out great because she really is centrally located between the 4 of us cousins. We kept trying to figure out the last time we saw each other. The last time I saw Janette was at our grandfather's funeral in '92, and Johnathon was in '97. That's just wrong! Another cousin was hoping to make it, but we had to change the day of the get-together so it didn't work out for her. [We missed you, Debie!] We had yummy rosemary kabobs and many yummy side dishes. Johnathon's guacamole was amazing! We just chatted and laughed ... and laughed some more. Lots of memories and lots of catching up. I came by myself because my boys already has some plans and G had to take on-call at the hospital. He had a great day with the boys. When I arrived home, they were in the middle of an exciting game of Uno. Anyway, I had a wonderful time visiting with everyone. And, I was SO happy that I didn't hit any traffic going home! I was gearing up for a mess, but it was clear. We are all wanting to get something on the calendar SOONER than later, so that time doesn't slip away from us.
6/11: T was playing around with his new CTR ring, a glow in the dark one. He then asked: "Mom, if good people choose the right, do bad people choose the left?" -- Ah, good question!
12/10: J informed us that he KNOWS Santa is real due to the fact that "you guys are too cheap to buy us the good stuff that Santa brings!"
T wanted to know why some of his friends had paperclips on their teeth. We figured out that he was talking about braces!
10/10: T "Dad, I want to be a cowboy. J can be my horse!"
6/28/10: J: "Dad, what does a sweet tooth look like?"
6/10: When J was just about done practicing the piano, he said, "I'm almost done finishing!"
11/24/09: While we were shopping at the gift shop in Yosemite, J was very puzzled. He picked up an item with "Yosemite" written on it and said, "Mom, they keep putting a Y in Gethsemene?!?" He thought Yosemite was Gethsemene.
11/25/09: T was pointing out that since we've been to Yellowstone, we should go to Purplestone next.
10/08/09: G and T were looking at the plastic planets hanging from N & B's ceiling. G was explaining things about them when T asked: Are there tacos on Mars?
8/19/09: G asked T, "How many fingers do you have?" T replied, without hesitation, "All!"
6/09: When my nephew, C, was visiting, he didn't remember N's name. He was trying to tell me something about N by saying, "The Long One"! I knew EXACTLY who he was talking about! My 5'9" 13 year-old!
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"-- John Adams
"It takes hundreds of nuts to hold a car together, but it takes only one of them to scatter it all over the highway"-- Evan Esar
"The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced" --Vic Gold
"How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct" -- Benjamin Disraeli
"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority" -- Ralph W. Sockman "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve" -- JRR Tolkien
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words" -- Unknown
"Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly" -- Unknown
"About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends" -- Herbert Hoover
"Life is a long lesson in humility" -- James M. Barrie
"The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness" -- Eric Hoffer
"In the soft and gentle arms of a mother's love, children can come to know the voice of the Lord" -- Dwan J. Young
"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition" -- Poet Alexander Smith
"One thing talk can't accomplish is communication. This is because everybody's talking too much to pay attention to what anyone is saying" -- P.J. O'Rourke
"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it" -- Jonathan Winters
"You can't leave a footprint that lasts if you're always on tiptoe" -- Marion C. Blakey
"The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others" -- Doug Larson
"Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not". ~Samuel Johnson (thanks for the quote, Raimi!!)
"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything" --President Gordon B. Hinkley
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