When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

November 20, 2009

My Little Helpers?

After Tonio's championship football game on Saturday some of my kids came over for homemade chicken noodle soup.

It was snowing like crazy Saturday. During the game Papa yelled to my two sons "Hey your mom made chicken noodle soup last night, should I call her and ask her to warm it up?" He said the whole crowd yelled back "YES," as they all sat and shivered.

Izzy and I stayed home, she didn't want to nap........

However, this is where we found her.

Later that evening Zeke came over. Mom and dad went out for the evening.
Zeke has learned to turn on the water and is quite impressed with himself. (He wouldn't let Papa take his onesie off of his head.)

We had to lock him out of the bathroom.

Little Will looks so sweet when he wakes up I just had to throw this one in.
Last night Tonio had his football awards dinner. Any of you who have been to one of those things know they last about 5 hrs. which is 4 1/2 hrs. too long.
Izzy came to spend the evening with us. I told the kids they could help me decorate my family room tree. I always put it up before Thanksgiving because I don't have the energy to do two trees after Thanksgiving any more.

The three Musketeers.

A little of their handy work.

Time for a break. I don't know what they are cooking up.

Some more of their handy work.
Tonio returned from his awards dinner victorious with all of his trophies. His team did not lose one game this season.

He is getting too big.

Also, wanted to share this flashback photo of Dad with Donny Osmond.

That's right, I'm droppin' names. Donny. Osmond.

The 70's star Donny Osmond of yesteryear....

Apparently Dad was working on a construction site for the Osmond Center (I think) in 1979. Donny would come to the site most days to check it out. Dad called Donny, "Don." Donny would correct him and say, "Actually, I go by Donny." This gave dad ALL the more reason to call him Don. So Don called him "Philly."

This photo is also bittersweet for anyone who knows much about Dad's condition called Ataxia that causes his body to deteriorate. It's good to remember him standing and healthy, but it's sad to know the freedom that has been robbed from him. But if you ask him how he's doing, he'll say, "Never better!" every single time.
Gotta Love my dad!!!

Happy Friday.


Midwest Mommy said...

Ha! My son wore those same blue striped jammies last night. I had to take a double take, lol.

TMI Tara said...

those kids are too cute. hope you don't mind my little addition ;O)

The Garden of Egan said...

You must be having a BIG Thanksgiving dinner at your house.
I don't have the energy to put up a tree before Thanksgiving.

I love the pictures of that innocent little boy at the sink with the onsie on his head. Looks like trouble.

wendy said...

What a great attitude by your dad. LOVE IT. and that photo of him and Don. (donny) AWESOME.
um, nothing wrong with name dropping.
and what do you mean "has been" Donny Osmond.
Hey, I went to his show Donny and Marie in Vegas last fall and Loved it !!
and haven't you been watching Dancing with the Stars (tee,hee)

love the tree

I miss tending my grandkids. I am going home Dec 11 to see everyone and plan on doing alot of tending

yes, I had 4 sons and that makes for alot of FOOTBALL BANQUETS...and also was once married to a football coach
long, very long

do you have any chicken soup left??

Anonymous said...

They are too darn cute!

Grand Pooba said...

Ok I was thinking that last part sounded a lot like Tara's post earlier today. Word for word actually. I'm guessing that was her little "addition" that she mentioned above?

Good thing because I was about to turn you in for plagerism.

Amanda said...

Ahhh, the clumping of the ornaments, all at the same height and all in the same spot ;). Super cute pictures of your adorable grand children!

Connie said...

What a cute Christmas tree and such cute helpers! Love the onesie on the head and the napping under the chair!
Great picture of your Dad and Don-ny. Your Dad sounds like lots of fun, even with his health problems.
Have a great weekend! You making more chicken noodle soup?

Mandy said...

Gotta love that photo!! Well all of them really are cute!! But I didn't know Donny could be so young!! :) I bet it is hard to see your dad losing more all the time!! What a great attitude your dad has!!
I just made homemade chicken soup tonight, I think that it really does keep the yuck bugs away!!
Love the Christmas tree and there is never anything better than help with it Especially when all the ornaments end up at the bottom!! :) You are a great grandma!!

Mimi Sue said...

WOW can I have your dad's autograph? The grandkids that look the most innocent are the one's that do all the damage. It's a law of nature. Love the onesie hat. Mimi

Mary said...

Hey I might totally steal that Donny photo and tweet it to him!!

I love these pictures of the kids, though I honestly don't know how you manage to keep up with them all. I just came from my DIL's birthday party with a bunch of young-uns running around and I swear I don't remember kids being that active when mine was young!! My son says I've just forgotten.

On the way home, we passed a house in our neighborhood that was already all decked out in Christmas lights. Makes me want to get decorating!

Thanks for sharing this sweethearts. Have a wonderful weekend!

Valerie said...

Aww, what cuties! I love the clusters of ornaments~ that's how my kids still do the tree!
Funny story about your dad and Donny! I love it!

Emma said...

Ok so there is so much I loved about this post.

Your grand kids so cute, I love how they decorate in only one area!!!

I love the pic of your dad. oh the good old day's!

the ungourmet said...

Kids are just the best! What great photos and Donnie Osmond too. How fun! I used to watch him on television when I was a kid. :D

Julie Harward said...

Hi there~Thanks for the visit to my blog and for your kind words! Your grand kids are all so cute, I can tell you love them like I love mine!
Come say hi any time :D

ModernMom said...

Where to start!
2 trees! I admire your energy...I struggle to find the time to get one up:)
Love your Dad;s attitude, your pictures are amazing and the picture of Donny! FABULOUS:)

Deanna said...

Yes, gotta love your dad. Treasure him...

I love it how kids think all of the ornaments need to be put on one branch. Cracks me up. Can't wait until the grandkids help me decorate my tree. Hope they will, anyway. Otherwise, I'll just have to do it myself!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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