Sunday, September 27, 2009

We had our Primary Program this morning. Nana, Mimi, and Papa came to hear the children sing. Alison and Lindsay sang their first duet together. Their sweet voices were were touching as they sang "I feel my Savior's love". I know that they will remember this day and the spirit that was felt in the meeting. Sometimes I wish that my emotions were not connected to my tear ducts. I tend to leak easily. Justin surprised us by singing every song and entertained us with his exaggerated sign language movements.

I sure love this sweet little guy. He is "mine", but daddy would disagree.
Now that we no longer have babies in the house (which is very sad, by the way), we are able to have marbles. The kids love to play the "marble game". My grandpa made it for our family when I was little, and I remember playing with it for hours. They love it as much as we did. . .

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scouts . . .

The kids have already been back in school a month now, and Ryan has spent two of those weekends on Scout campouts. He especially liked camping on the beach. He learned how to surf, and loved it!! He has been asking when we can go back again.

Camping at Paso Picacho (in the mountains somewhere), enjoying a delicious meal.
The boys did some rock repelling here, after hiking in.
Great trips. Great troopers.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

St. George

St. George . . . 18 hour visit, 14 hour drive.
Somehow we fit all of this in . . .
We stayed cool with frozen custard and swimming with cousins

Our night was filled with music from Annie, See's candy, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, and first and second cousins. The play was held at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Being outdoors, it allowed for scenic rock, horse drawn carriages, cars, and even fireworks! The kids loved it.

Our reason for the trip . . . to celebrate Grandma's 80th birthday. We had breakfast with Grandma in the morning as memories of funny and touching stories were shared about her. My grandma has wonderful perspective. She has a beautiful smile and a soft sweetness. She is always so positive. She doesn't complain, she works hard, and loves life. She loves being a mother and a grandmother. She can find the good in any situation. She makes time to serve in every way she can. She is a modern day pioneer. She is my grandma, and I love her.
The great grandkids sang for her. This picture just captures a small portion them. The room was filled with many family members.
Before heading home, we stopped at a nearby "natural park" the kids called "Mars" because of all of the red rock. The clouds were beautiful. We had fun exploring. There were caves, stairways, tunnels, views, and imaginations. . .

Time for meditation. Reflection. Family. Sleep.
We love you Grandma!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tackled . . .

A few things were tackled this Labor Day . . .
Alie, making a great save, was compelled to perform a backwards summersault when tackled by her opponent in the La Jolla Tournament.
She did NOT drop the ball and lived.

The coaches were tackled after a sweet victory
Medals were awarded
Our Water Boy tackled his task of keeping the girls cool.
and so did our Babysitter, with the young ones, playing tag. The "Safe" pole.

BBQ and Swimming tackled our hunger and desire to relax
Good Times. (Sorry Ry).