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December 17, 2011

GRAND babies!

We are about the luckiest grandparents in the world to have two new Grandbabies within 18 days of each other on opposite coasts of the USA AND to be able to visit both of them within days!  
Bennett Richard Eyre was born in San Diego on November 18th and popped into the world at 9 pounds 8 ounces with one arm above his head, aka Superman (and he probably will be saving the world someday)!  He is absolutely adorable and we had three fun filled days with that cute family!  McKay kept us laughing, Lyla kept us running and Cubby kept us delighted!  And what a joy it was to see little Bennett talk to the angels in his sleep…as all babies do, but these angels were really special. Lots of smiles and rapid eye moment! 
Kristi and Noah were magnificent troopers as always and we wondered how in the world they were going to survive with that little mob and all it entails. But they will….with flying colors! 
Sadly I left my computer home and the blog APP on my Ipad crashed so I’m now writing with a different program from Anita’s computer in NYC….our next stop! 
On December 15, which was their baby’s due date we had been praying that little girl would wait for us because she was due that day and we didn’t arrive until about 11 p.m. that night. The next morning when I got out of the shower (we were staying with a neighbor’s house who had left for the holidays), Dad/Rick came in from a run and was reading a text from his Iphone about 9:30 a.m. which said “Pushing”!  I about jumped out of my skin!  They had sent an email at 2:43 a.m. saying that they thought Anita was in labor and that they would be heading to the hospital in a couple of hours.  We hadn’t checked email yet so we were astounded and over the moon excited. She was born just after 10 o’clock. Talk about SWISS PRECISION!  It couldn’t have been better timing!  We grabbed a cab to the hospital and by the time we arrived this is what she looked like: 
She weighed in at 8 pounds 7 ounces which is huge for a first baby!  Anita had gone with a completely natural child birth at the birthing center and according to the doula, was incredibly amazing!  She’ll probably be sending the details so I’ll leave it at that. A very hard labor but SO good to see that darling little girl safely into the world!  We came just in time to see her making her first “footprint”! 

Tal and Anita survived that day and night at the hospital with flying colors and we had some precious time to talk.  Look at this Antia walking out of the hospital this morningl!  In Utah they wouldn’t let us out in anything less than a wheelchair!  

Dad/Rick had the fun idea to pick them up first class.  When in New York….. We all liked the car and our nice driver Max who, in accordance to Tal’s directions didn’t go over 10 miles per hour all the way home…and missed every bump and pothole that was humanly possible! 

We got Tal and Anita as comfortable as we could, although I’m sure it was  a LONG way home for Anita after only about 27 hours after giving birth!

We were the proud guardians of the sleeping baby! 


                 Home at last to their amazing new apartment. Couldn’t be a more perfect place to bring home a new baby! !  

Anita was pretty happy to hit the bed after all that commotion and to bring this little girl home! 

Welcome to the world little Annina Eyre!  You look pretty happy to be here! We couldn’t be more delighted to have you join your extraordinary parents New York City!  “Heaven lies about us in our infancy.” (William Wordsworth)

December 16, 2011

Uprooted trees

Figuring out how to send blogs from my Ipad! Yikes! I need one of our kids by my side. Let’s see if this uprooted tree in the park next to the Looslis house during the recent min-tornado will go through. This is one of several thousand that were lost in Davis and Weber counties! 

December 15, 2011

Downed trees

Figuring out how to send blogs from my Ipad! Yikes! I need one of our kids by my side. Let’s see if this uprooted tree in the park next to the Looslis house during the recent min-tornado will go through. This is one of several thousand that were lost in Davis and Weber counties! 

December 9, 2011

Annual Children for Children Concert

Children can do a world of good for other children at Christmastime with just a little direction. Given a challenge, they are truly amazing!  For years when our children were home one of our traditions at Christmas was to hold a Children for Children Concert. The kids would ask their friends in the neighborhood and from school to get a talent ready to perform at concert on an assigned night during the holidays at our house.  When the night arrived kids showed up with their parents and grandparents for the big performance. We saw everything from a simple one-minute piano solo to kids who could had beautiful voices (and some…not so much, but they were earnest), to kids showing their artwork to kids who could tap dance.

The parents were then asked to think of their admission to the concert as a generous contribution to a great cause.  With their contributions our first year we helped to build a simple cinderblock school for children their age in Bolivia. Every year the kids discovered a great cause to support and were so proud to feel that they could actually help by participating in the concert.

This tradition has rolled on to some of our children’s families as soon as their children became old enough to organize the event. They have taken a good idea and made it abundantly better!  Last year our Arizona daughter Shawni who has a five year old daughter Lucy, with a rare syndrome which means she may lose her sight had their older siblings organize a Children for Children Concert to raise money for The Foundation Fighting Blindness. The kids excitedly crammed their home with people and their concert made a nice sum of money for this good cause.

Another daughter Saydi who lives in Boston sent websites to the parents whose kids were invited to the perform in the concert. She asked them to go through the websites for three stellar humanitarian organizations with their kids so that the kids could vote on which good cause they wanted to support with their efforts to participate in the concert. The kids got involved, voted and Mabuhay Deseret Foundation won. This is an organization that does free surgeries for cleft palette, cataract and other important surgeries on children who would otherwise be permanently maimed or blind. Interestingly Saydi and her husband Jeff spent six months in the Philippines working with this organization when they were first married. The parents involved in that concert loved having their kids see the needs of kids in desperate situations that they could help by sending money from their concert.

Last week our oldest daughter Saren completed a Children for Children Concert with a much larger group than would fit in a living room because an old Methodist church just around the corner from her home in Ogden had just been transformed into a community center.  Before she turned the reigns over to their oldest son Ashton to conduct the program, she introduced their fifth annual concert by explaining “the cause” which was to support orphans in Bulgaria where she served as a missionary many years ago. She has since gone back to Bulgaria with Deborah Dushku who helped start an organization called One Heart Bulgaria that has been supporting orphanages there for about ten years. She showed a three minute video of the beautiful children in the orphanages that she saw there. The heart-wrenching video was accompanied by a recording of Kurt Bestor singing “The Prayer of the Children. As always, a tear jerker! See the video on Saren’s blog post here.

The pictures below will tell the story. The kids usually do a nativity scene at the end and since there were almost 200 people in attendance, there were about 25 shephards and a multitude of angels.  The audience was chuckling watching Joseph be sure that each shepherd saw the baby Jesus up close and personal!

Those kids raised $1677 which was matched by a foundation which meant that they earned $3354. That is enough will support two orphanages in Bulgaria for a year!

The hard part on these concerts as parents is to stand back and let the kids really do it!  Of course there needs to be some reminding and some wind in their sails, but letting the kids do the calls, plan the program and conduct the concert is the key to helping them feel the real joy of giving something really meaningful to children in need at Christmas instead of feeling the often insatiable need for getting! 







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