Love Those Grandsons.....

Posted by: cheryl

I spent yesterday watching those grandsons because their mama was busy working.  We were playing "catch" with small footballs and basketballs.  They both have pretty good arms on them....
We watched some T.V., then it was time for lunch.  I warmed up a pizza that I had brought from home.  I liked to have never convinced them that they could not eat it frozen, haha!  They like cold leftover pizza...YUK!!!   Well after lunch we played, talked, watched some more tv.  I had forgot about a couple of pkgs of those club crackers that I had gotten at a Sam's kiosk when the son and I were there last weekend, so I asked the boys if they wanted them and of course they did.  I had to leave the room, soon after leaving  I heard Calvin running to his room crying.  Braedy and I went to him and asked him what was wrong and he said "get outta here, I don't want to talk".....Well.........after a few tries I finally got it out of him that he was crying because he had eaten all of his crackers and there weren't any more.  I of course told him that Ni-maw could fix that little problem, and go get him and brother some of those crackers when their mama got home.  "I had to go to Sam's anyways for a couple of other items" That seemed to do the trick and he quit crying.  And .......it does help that Sam's is only 4-5 miles from their house.  Well mama got home and Ritzywife headed to Sams.  I came back with those crackers and all was well with their world again.
They were jumping on the trampoline so I walked up to it so I could give them a hug and a kiss.  Well Braedy was first and as he was kissing Ni-maw bye he said "Ni-maw, you're my best buddy",  I told Braedy that was so sweet and that made Ni-maw happy.  As I was telling Calvin bye he wanted to pucker up to give me a kiss.  After that he said "Ni-maw, I just love you so much"....I told Calvin that made Ni-maw's heart happy.  Those little boys, as all kids, have so much love to give.  Yes.....they have their moments when you want to pull your hair out, but they are only growing and discovering themselves and the "world" around them.
Ni-maw must be doin' something right  ;-)
It's  times like this that make it hard for Ni-maw to leave.........even tho I had gotten there at 9 and it was now after 4.  Lucky for the son and Ritzy that I had put dinner in the crock pot before leaving.  That thing has kept us from going hungry so many times while I have been watching those boys over the past almost 4 years, hahaha!!!!
Now, shifting gears to another part of the day.  Bradey had gone to the potty and he was hollering for me to come wipe him. (His mama has informed me that he is fully capable) I go in there and ask him why I needed to when he is fully able  and he tells me "if I do it, I have to go to school"....... That was so cute, and I try to explain to him that he doesn't quite understand  that is not how it is.  The deal is - they will be starting pre-K in the fall of 2016....their mama has told them that they need to be able to "wipe" to go to school.  In Braedy's little mind, he's thinking  'If I wipe, I have to go to school'.......
 I told his mama  when she got home that he doesn't quite understand what she is trying to teach him...
Their 4th birthday is quickly approaching, and it's still hard to believe they are growing so fast.  They were liking "Paw Patrol" this time last year and just recently they are now hooked on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".......Boys do grow up, whether we like it or not........and it's only 4 more months till little brother makes his appearance.  Then we start it all over again :-)
With that, Ritzywife is out..................................................


IT'S A "HE"

Posted by: cheryl

We found out at last what Braedy & Calvin are getting....a little brother......yippee....3 boys!!
Plus the  whole handful of ornery that comes with having 3 boys in the home.
Watch out Keri....it will be so much fun raising all those boys.  Their daddy also had two brothers while growing up and he has told us some of the situations those boys got themselves into and all I gotta say is LOOK OUT!!!
We finally got a bit of winter weather this past couple of days.  It's about time!!  Not hanging around long tho.  I sure hope the boys get to wear their snowsuits that we got them.
Ritzy was gone a few days last week with the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team to wind up work in Yukon, Ok after that ice storm from a few weeks back.  He returned home Friday evening.  The boys spent the night with us on Saturday and attended Church with us Sunday.  So it was a full weekend.
Well, it's short today, I am cooking super right now and I have nothing else to say for now....(we all know that won't last long)
 Ritzywife out.......................................................

Wow, it's 2016 Already?!?

Posted by: cheryl

This Holiday season came and went so fast.  I have Christmas 2015 all packed away and waiting for Christmas 2016.  This year was awesome.  The boys made out like bandits, as you can imagine.  It was so fun to watch them open gifts and see their excitement as they opened them.  "It's a box!!" I would hear...I thought -  well gee I could have just wrapped empty boxes, haha!!

Christmas 2015 at Ritzy & Ritzywife's 




 Told you the boys made out like bandits.....see......

Mama & her boys

I love this picture because all three of them have their heads tilted the same way,  so sweet...


Ni-maw had to buy gifts for "itty-bitty" even tho we still don't know if we are having a he or a she.  Hopefully we will find out at the end of this week.
Gee, this Oklahoma winter has been everything but that.  I am still waiting on that cold weather.  It was odd with it being so warm.  Couldn't wear those Christmas sweaters or you would get too hot :-(
Well, if you read the last post.....Nemo survived the stay at Ni-maw"s house.  Whew!!
He is home, safe and sound!!
Ritzy was out by the patio a couple days ago and told me the daffodils are already coming up thru the ground.  No.......... it's way too early.  Told ya we weren't having a winter........
Our neighbor who owns/operates the bait/convenience/cafe store across the road has recently made some changes to the outside of the building...It is so awesome....here....see for yourself.......
Winganon Bait/Convenience/Cafe
In case you are wondering what NVM on the population is it stands for - "NOT VERY MANY" :-)
Well I have "stuff" to do so I guess I better get started......not much....but still  has to get done, haha!
So I will see ya later........................Ritzywife out............




# 3

Posted by: cheryl

Ni-maw is so happy.  We learned a few weeks ago that grandchild #3 is on the way.  Expected arrival is sometime in May 2016.  Yes, it's only one this time but it's still not known if baby is boy or girl.
Should find that out on daughter's next appointment in 3 weeks.  Boys are so happy to be getting a little brother/sister.  Braedy says it's a little sister.  I'll take his word for it.
Plus, last easter when I ordered Braedy & Calvin's Easter baskets the two boxes came in the mail and I was so excited to open them up and give them to boys.  i could not believe my eyes when i opened both boxes and inside each box  was a girl diaper cake.  Are you kidding me?!?!? it could have been anything else.  At first I was ticked off, then I got to thinking about it and thought that maybe i might need them in the future...hahaha!  Well whether this baby is a boy/girl, they are getting used.
Also that Easter basket mix up made for a mad dash to the store.
This Holiday season seems to be quickly coming upon us.  I didn't even decorate inside for Fall.  I did some outside decorating tho.   Was just too busy.  Can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas.  I have all the gifts ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree and in the stockings.
The boys and I have been singing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town and Jingle Bells".  They love to sing and I hope they continue to love singing and appreciate music as they grow older.
They are on vacation this week.  It will be Friday before they come back.  Ni-maw will be so ready to see them and get/give hugs and kisses...   It was funny on Saturday before they left, Uncle Matt and I stopped by to get "Nemo" their beta fish and Calvin said " Well, Ni-maw you are coming with us....Braedy agreed.  I told them that no, ni-maw was staying here to take care of Nemo.  Last night I was talking to them and they both said they wanted to come to my house.  I said sorry boys, you are on  vacation with mommy and daddy, you are gonna have so much fun and Ni-maw will see you when  you get back.
Now, on to Nemo -- the beta fish.  I told my daughter that I will not be held responsible if that fish "bites the dust".....that is if a fish can do that.   A few years ago I thought it would be a good idea to have one of those fish... so I bought the fish, container, water, & food .....  Well let's just say that after the 3rd fish in one month's time I decided I was not meant  to have ANY kind of fish for a pet.
I reminded my daughter of that little fact, but she still let me bring him here.
Pray for "Nemo"....with that Ritzywife is out ;-) ...................



Where Did Summer Go?!?

Posted by: cheryl

It is already October, I feel like I missed Summer because of my being sick.  I finally have the medications under control.  I have been feeling better, except for trying to recover from 2 falls.  The first on was in my kitchen.  I had pulled the bottom range drawer out to put back 2 pans.  I should have put them in at the same time but i dried one.... put it in ....turned around dried the other one and stepped back and caught that drawer and down on my bottom and back I went.  Pulled muscles in the  lower back and thighs.   I was worried about the blood thinner, but I did not hit my head, thank goodness.  Well I was still sore from that when about 2 weeks later I was trying to catch a katydid for the grandsons and my right foot caught on a clump of grass and dirt and down I went again.  I could feel the muscles pull in my left leg and my next to last toe on left foot was bent in a way it was never designed to do.   I was so sore the next day I could hardly get around & for the next 10 days or so afterward.  After a month I am still sore when i stand, but the swelling in my ankle and toe has gone down.  I will be elated when I get back to "normal" again. 
Now the AWESOME news..........Ni-maw & P-pa are looking forward with great anticipation to our 3rd grandbaby sometime around the end of May 2016.  Woo-Hoo!!!!  And as far as we can tell it is only one this time.   The twins are so happy to be looking forward to a little brother or sister. 
I told my daughter that after those twins...one should be a breeze...haha!!
They start pre-school next fall. 
They have been coming to mi-maw's to play and they love it.  Braedy told me that this was his home and he wanted to live here.  That just melts my heart......If that's the way they feel then I have done something right ;-)!!!   Nothing fancy, just fun at Ni-maw's....see:

They do clean up pretty good tho....so handsome:
Ni-maw's boys
I have already planted the thoughts of Christmas in their little minds and we have started singing Christmas songs .  I have their gifts already bought just waiting to be wrapped and put under the tree.  If only we could all see Christmas the way a child sees and experiences it.
I was talking to them on the phone last night and told them to go look out the door to see the moon.  I told them that I was looking at the same moon.  Calvin says -Ni-maw, you can't see the moon, it's at my house.  I told him that it was awesome that I could see it and that he could see it too.  He said "well if you can see it and I can see it, then why can't I see you??"
So I took a picture of it and sent it to my daughter's phone...he still figured that if we both could see it then he should be able to see me.   
He will figure that one out one of these days!! 
Grandparenting is sometimes exhausting, (i am pooped by the time they leave) but it is far more fun and very rewarding........
With that, Ritzywife is out...................................

Oh My........ What A July

Posted by: cheryl

I really don't know where to start so here goes.....After Kaysie's funeral service things were starting to get back into routine then about 4 weeks later at the end of June my sister-in-law's grandmother and a neighbor I have know all my life passed away. 
Since I play the piano at church the family had asked if I could get some music together for the service but in the meantime I am also on the dinner committee at church and on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 the lady who heads that committee and I went shopping for the groceries needed for that meal.  I know that the weeks leading up to that event that I was seriously stressed, dehydrated, and just not rested.  After unloading the groceries at church, we grabbed a quick bite that we had purchased on our way home and then each of us went home.  I had just got home, grabbed some sunflower seeds and my diet coke and headed to my swing.  I got seated and felt an all too familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach.  It has happened numerous times over the years and I always chalked it up to something I ate or anxiety.  Well this time it didn't go away and my heart was beating about 175 times per minute.  I called Ritzy and asked him to stay on phone with me til he got home in case I passed out.  Our neighbors viewing was also that night at 6.  I felt like i needed to be there for my sister-in-law. So.....we went even tho I wasn't feeling right. Well after the viewing ended at 8 my family wanted to go to the church to practice the songs that were going to be sung, i did NOT feel up to it but went anyways.  I still had to get the music together for my to play before and after the service.  I ended up laying down at midnight and getting up at 6 the next morning.  Had to be at church at 7:30 to start lunch for family.  All this time I felt like I could not let the family down.  I don't know how I did it but I got to sleep that night and woke up to the same thing the next morning. Well the day came and went and fast forward to July 4, 2015---I am still having the fast heartbeat and after coming home from mom and dads after lunch....I tell Ritzy that he is going to have to take me to the ER. 
We get there and no meds they give me will slow the heart rate.  One of the people back there casually says.....well, your heart is in AFIB.......WHAT?!?! this may be casual to you but to me it is a shock!!!!
I spend the next 4 days in the hospital, monitoring my BP, heart rate, get started on blood thinners.  My whole life just changed.......They finally had to transfer me to Tulsa St. John's to shock my heart back into normal rhythm.  All this was very scary for me.  I had to have Ritzy be with me all the time, I was afraid to be alone for almost a month, and when he couldn't a friend or relative would come stay with me or I would go to their house.
2 months have passed and I am finally beginning to feel like "me" again after getting used to the new medicines I have to take.  All this time I could not have the boys over and that broke my heart.  Ritzy and I finally let them stay last saturday night.  I missed a whole month of church. 
I am still trying to get this under control by learning to eat the right foods, drinking enough water, no more caffeine, starting to get exercise, keep losing the weight.  Things that are good for my heart.
At times I admit  it is still scary.  But  I trust God to get me through.
Not the Fourth of July I had imagined, with that Ritzywife out.....................................


SAD :-(

Posted by: cheryl

My niece who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May of 2009 passed away May 28, 2015 -- 11:45 am....6 years later.
I found out she was only given 2 years at the time of diagnosis.  It was a hard fought battle but even tho we lost her she did not lose in the end.  She is in heaven with her Redeemer and Savior and the loved ones gone on before.
Her kids and her mom ( my sister) and dad and sister are always in my thoughts and prayers.  Granny& Papa too.  My sister-in-law and I also spent a couple of nights sleeping on couches, or chairs so we could be close when and if anything changed during the night.
The last night I decided to just spend the night to help support my sister.  .  I had gotten up at 6:00 am and went to Bartlesville.  At 10:00 pm everyone else was leaving and I made the choice to just stay up for the night so my sis and her hubby could get some sleep. The brother-in-law's aunt and uncle had stayed but they were sound asleep.   Kaysie's breathing had changed and we knew it was not going to be long.  Around 2:00 am on Thursday morning the breathing became more labored and that's when Debbie (my sister) and I started staying by her bed.  At 5:00 am we noticed more changes and that's when I called Granny & Papa ( mine and Deb's parents) and told them it would be wise to get over there.  Also let my brother and his family know.  That's when Debbie and I put away 2 pots of coffee to get us thru the night and next day.....  At 6 I called Ritzy and asked if he could bring me my meds and my toothbrush (70 mile round trip out of his way) which he did.  Thanks Ritzy, I appreciated it!!
A nurse came in around 8:00 am to take her vitals and could find no vital signs as they were too weak to register.
When her personal nurse came in an hour or so later he just looked and told us it would be anytime to 2 hours and she would no longer be with us.  Debbie and I had been sitting by her bedside just loving on her and telling her we loved her and just giving her our touch.  When the nurse got ready to leave he told us to just keep doing what we had been doing, which was showing her how much we loved her .  A couple hours later my sister made the comment that she needed to go to the bathroom and coincidence or not, that's when Kaysie's breathing got very weak and we knew it was the end.  Her mom stayed and I told her dad to get up there by the bed NOW!!  After a few weak breaths she was gone.  But......she was surrounded by her loved ones who were praying for her, loving her as best as they could and an hour or so before I had asked my Dad (Papa) to pray as we all held hands around her to give the peace that was needed for this event.  It was very sad but awesome in the sense that we all knew her suffering/pain brought on by this tumor/cancer was over forever!!! 
All of that to say Ritzywife is gonna miss her very much....I am praying for those kiddos that they will be cared for and raised the way that God wills.  For my sister who is going to miss her daughter... and try to remember all the good and even the bad times.  For it is the bad times in our lives that make us appreciate the good that happens.  Our family has been very blessed in that this is the first difficult time of dealing with the death of an immediate family member that we have had to experience.  For reasons I will not mention I also pray that God's will is for those kids be raised by their Nana & Doodah!!
Kaysie...Aunt Cheryl loves you.......Ritzywife out.................