Sunday, December 27, 2009

Catching Up - Nov 09

The Cabin

In the 1970's my dad bought some property in Provo Canyon above the Sundance Ski Resort. The first couple of years Mom and Dad put up a tent or backed their camper onto the lot and stayed there occasionally during the summer.
Then one year my dad bought a 'cabin kit' - kind of like Lincoln Logs - and he and my brothers put together a simple 3-room cabin with a small deck. It had lovely view of the north side of Timpanogos with one of it's waterfalls. My mom and dad used it for several years, taking friends and family there for fun weekends, dinners, game nights, and holiday get-togethers. Then they decided to sell it and buy a condo in St. George to use as their winter home and make more great family memories.
Well the new owner, a man of means, should I say, from back east, bought it and made a few changes.... and he offered it to our family when he wasn't using it and when it wasn't being rented out. I hadn't been there for years and neither had my dad, so in November Sara and I took grandpa back to see the 'cabin'. It was an amazing coincidence that the man who did the original remodeling, and a friend of our family, was there in the driveway working on something outside. He recognized my dad and invited us to walk through. It now has three stories, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, kitchen, dinning room, upper and lower deck, hot tub, family room, game room... Get the picture? Sara and I thought how great it would be if we still owned it. But selling it made other important things possible.
My dad was a humble printer from Southern Utah but he made a lot of great things happen for our family throughout his life because of his hard work, common sense and thriftiness. I don't know a greater man.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three months in a flash>>>>>>>>>>

Memorial Weekend with Ben and Janae.
The awesome flag cake.

Playing video games like the old days.

Harvesting my basil and tomatoes! (The cilantro died. And the pumpkins Caleb helped me plant never came up but he still keeps asking where they are.)

Sara passes her big test. The last test. No more. Hurray!

Trip to Utah. The Oquirrah Mountain Temple open house.
After Moroni was struck by lightening and had to be reguilded.

Ben's concert in Orange County -
Getting back in the wedding dress!!

Father's Day

My birthday at Woolgrowers... don't ask.

Lucky me.

God bless America!!Fourth of July ride!

Do these goggles make me look fat?

Sara not only went to Thailand - she also came home from Thailand!
Summer Family Picture
complete with Jesus' battle scars.

Ice cream at Dewars!

California State Junior Miss Girls

Thirty- fifth anniversary. Hard to believe.

Ben's birthday in Huntington Beach.

Thanks Alison for the new blog page.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mother's Day

This picture is all I wanted for Mother's Day. (Except all those other things...)
Thanks kids.

Friday, May 8, 2009


DISNEYLAND - Ben and me at California Disney.
But first:

Sara and Alison were having a 'moment' last week and tried on their bridesmaids dresses... Aren't they lovely. I think Alison has plans for the purple one (Stephanie's, out of raw silk,
and Janae's.)

Sara and I went to Utah last month for my nephew Nick's wedding.
This is my sister-in-law and brother at the temple. I love them. They are great people. Doug will be released from his calling as Branch President at the MTC this month. He is the kind of man Heavenly Father has used for great things throughout his life. Not to leave out the rest of my family who are of the same caliber. I am very lucky.
Luckily the wedding, lunch and reception were the day AFTER the blizzard!
Provo, April 15, 2009

Nick and Emily

Sara and I- at the SLC Temple.

We went to Disneyland yesterday. Hurray! Cory has quit his job with CBIZ - his dad's CPA firm.. and took a week off before he starts his new job with A & P Growers (the Almond and Pistachio Co. - one of CBIZ's client's) So we took advantage and went to Disneyland.
Here are Cory, Caleb, Jesus and Patrick at the Hotel pool.
Higher daddy! Higher!

Bad catch Jesus. Guess Cory will have to do it...

"I'll race you to the other side with one foot behind my back."

It ain't the Ritz - but it will do.
"Room Service!! - if you're not up here in 5 minutes with my extra pillow there will be trouble!"

"Ah, the hotel life. What time are our massages?"

"I promise if we sit right here Ariel will come by this very spot!"

"Gee dad, it's not that bad..."

With my girls.
And my boys.
It's the real BUZZ LIGHT YEAR!
Wouldn't it great if we all had masks with permanent smiles painted on them. He was so happy even though it was probably *110 inside his suit.

While everyone else went to Pirates and the Jungle Ride Ben talked me into going to California Disney - I'd never been there before - to ride Soaring over California. Let me just say that it was breathtaking! even emotional at times. I loved it. And on our way back to Disneyland I saw Mater and Lightening McQueen - so sad Caleb and Patrick weren't with us.
(See picture above that I accidentally deleted here.)
Janae's uncle owns a Hotel across the street and got three of us in for free! We love Uncle Brandon!
Doesn't Mickie look as young as the first day Disneyland opened. I wonder if he's had work done.

Disney was a smart man, right Sara.