A hop, a skip, and I hope no one will jump (or fall)

by Jennifer on April 24, 2008

We have a new toilet, and it’s installed! Thanks for all the good advice since yesterday. I ended up calling my friend Mrs. B’s handyman, and he was able to install the toilet I lugged home from Home Depot.

Okay, so I didn’t lug it home. A nice man at Home Depot put it into my car. But I did help to carry it through part of my house. And Mr. Handyman even apologized for giving me the heavy end. Sure, it was totally an accident.

Seriously, though, I am so grateful to Mr. Handyman for coming over on short notice. Cross you fingers, everyone, that he won’t have to come back.


Tomorrow morning, we’re getting in the car and driving to here:

And then staying overnight here, at The Grand Hotel:

The Grand Hotel

Yes, we’re going to keep the kids well away from the edge of the canyon, but these days? We’re going to keep a really close eye, and maybe even a leash, on Papa.*


*(I just call him Dad, but the kids call him Papa. Using their name for him makes the stories funnier, if you ask me.)

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Nap Warden April 24, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Have fun…I’ve never been there:)

Lisa Milton April 24, 2008 at 9:03 pm

They have those cute little monkey packback/leashes now. I guess that would be awkward on Papa.

Have a great time. I want to make my way there someday soon.

flutter April 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm

seriously get that book I told you about

Ducky April 25, 2008 at 3:26 am

My, you all should have fun making jokes about it all weekend.

cce April 25, 2008 at 3:49 am

I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon and I’m desperately afraid of heights. So here’s me saying sit still at the edge of that canyon and don’t go too close to the edge. There, I got that out of my system. Oh and take some pictures for us!

Mrs. Chili April 25, 2008 at 5:27 am

Wowie! We’ve got NOTHING that looks like that in OUR neighborhood!

Have a wonderful time, take lots of pictures, and tell us the good stories!



DP April 25, 2008 at 6:13 am

So glad you got a new toilet!

I think you should get a really thick padded seat for next time Papa is over. Either that or install a trapeze bar he can hang onto when sitting down or getting up.

Still…it did give you some blog fodder, didn’t it?


Peace – D

Brenda April 25, 2008 at 6:16 am

Enjoy the view. Can you get to the North Rim? Maybe you don’t have time. I like it better, but the South Rim is the panoramic view that you always see in pictures, so everyone needs to go there at least once.

I like the North Rim better because it’s not nearly so crowded. Doesn’t even seem like it’s related to the same place.

I’m really excited about the hotel! Lucky to get one so close. But it has Starbucks (or close) and free internet! What more could you want from a mountain lodge? Of course, Mr. H never got you that laptop, did he? Maybe the perfume would work for a peek at a computer…..

Have a great time. Your kids will never forget it.

Jenn @ Juggling Life April 25, 2008 at 6:40 am

Ducky seems to have the scoop on how things will go.

Have fun!

we_be_toys April 25, 2008 at 8:22 am

Nice! I’d love to see the Grand Canyon someday – definitely keep the kids and the Papa-san away from the edge – hospital trips always put a bad spin on the day!
That hotel looked pretty sweet too…I’m very jealous!

melissa April 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

Cool! I’ve never been, so I can’t wait to hear your take on it.

Kellan April 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

So glad to hear you got the toilet fixed/replaced! Have a great trip – it looks magicial and fabulous!! See you soon – Kellan

Daryl E April 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

Oh I missed saying have a nice time .. because I was catching up on soap operas (sssh! its my one serious weakness after shopping) and then this morning Verizon screwed us over here at the office and fcuked up the internets! So see it can happen even to HUGE media companies…….I just stole another excellent blog label .. come steal it from me .. tho I dont find you anywhere near as verbose as I can be/am

Milena April 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm

My husband installed a new toilet a couple of months ago. It has a motor or something in it that makes it possible to suck a 200lb plus person through the hole (I just made that up). But anyway, the darn thing is THAT powerful. Good looking toilet mind you (as far as toilet looks go) but now no one wants to use it. The suction noise reminds me of plane engines. Have to go look at yours. Don’t know yet why you needed one but glad you got a new one.

On another note, wow, the Grand Canyon. Never been. Want to know what it is like. Hold on tight to the kids. Like Cce, I too am afraid (deathly) of heights.

Dave April 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Have fun at GC. I have only been there once, LOVED it. Words fail to describe it, so I won’t bother, lol. Have a nice hike for all us flatlanders in the Midwest, eh?

Angela April 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

I am quite jealous. If you take a SINGLE photo and post it up here, I swear I may just have to kill you.

Carolyn April 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I hope you’re having a LOVELY time at the Grand Canyon. What an amazing place. Hope nobody falls in.

Just Jamie April 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

When I was little I would follow my Mom into the bathroom (what is it with kids and doing this?) But I digress… I’d sit on the edge of the tub, teetering. She’d say, “Don’t fall in the river…!”

The toilet and Grand Canyon do such justice to that memory.

Enjoy your trip.

Lisa April 26, 2008 at 6:08 am

How lovely! Have so much fun!!!!

Tootsie Farklepants April 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Why are toilets so damn heavy? Good call on keeping Papa away from the rim. Um, of the canyon.

the mama bird diaries April 26, 2008 at 7:56 pm

A new toilet and a trip to the Grand Canyon. You are a blessed woman this weekend! Enjoy.

Grandy April 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm

My Dad was always Papa to my son as well. It definitely makes for better stories.

andi April 27, 2008 at 7:17 am

Hooray for new toilets! Hope you have a good vacation.

Akelamalu April 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I’m crossing my fingers for no leaks!

Kristen April 28, 2008 at 8:24 am

LOL funny! Loved the whole Grand Canyon/toilet tie in. Which reminds me, I need to get Mrs. B’s Handyman over here soon. Especially since one of the girls wondered if daddy was “kidnapped by the tidy bowl man” the other day!

JCK April 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Always good to have a handyman. 😉

Just catching up.

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