Friday, May 29, 2009

Temple Celebration

What an AWESOME event! tonight was the the celebration of the Draper Temple. There was over 7,000 kids that performed in this event. Tanner was involved in the dance portion of our stake/regional performance. Our Regions time event was the "Railroad" There was 10 dances tonight and was broadcast throught out this side of the valley at several Stake Centers. I took with me Scott Walker/Tanners friend who is staying with for the next 4 nights because his parents are on vacation. and my mom and her friend Aleene Gygi. we took tracks down we left at 6:00 and it started at 8:00 the conference center was packed very few seat were left open. I am really glad Tanner to this opportunity to be invloved in this what a great experience this was for him something he will remember for along time. Good job Tanner! you did a good job!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

This being Memorial Day brings to my mind and spirit a reflection of my past. I remember when I was young the excitement of this weekend, it meant fun times! I loved the family times, going to a BBQ getting all the flowers for the graves of my Grandparents. and the times of going to the cemetery to put the pretty flowers on the graves, meeting up with cousins, aunts and uncles, just being with family and friends. It also meant the beginning of Summer! But now that I am a lot older and having many other life experiences this weekend means something more now! I reflect on the many Men and Women who have sacrificed their life and changed their families lives forever so the rest of us can continue on with our own lives being free to do what ever we want. I am truly thankful for their service to keep America the America we have always known. Then next I ponder about how death has changed my personal life and how different things could be if the people I love were still here. I think about how life would be with a 18 year old daughter just getting ready to graduate from high school with the rest of her life challanges ahead of her. Wondering where her road would be taking her, and what kind of choices she has made and will make? It all is a blur it has been so long since I have seen her, but yet I can still see her sweet round face with her big blue eyes. and can hear her little giggle. I wish for just one more embrace with her, to hear her say Mom. But this was not meant to be. I am sad at times and relived at others because she did not have the face the hard times of being a teenager trying to figure out who she wants to be, she knows who she is and what her future holds, it's the rest of her that has the battle to carry on to be the best we can be to get where she is. I am gratful for the peace that I have that she is Ok that I will see her again. I LOVE you Jailee with all my heart! To my Dad that has been gone nearly 12 years, the man I loved and still love. I am gratful for the presence you are in my life for all the wonderful things you taught me. You are the rock of our family. The one we went to with our concerns. you gave us peace and strength to do what was right. you taught us well Dad. Thank You. I miss you, mom misses you and so do your grandchildren. We are sso happy to know that we will see you again. Love you with all our hearts!!

So now you know why my feelings for this weekend have changed over the years. I just have one thing to tell you all and that is don't take your loved ones for granted. Life has away with changing things up and tomorrow you may not have the chance to give that last hug, kiss and to say I love you. so take that opportunity to day pick up the phone or take a drive, but by the days end tell someone you love them! I know I will!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The First Day of A Long Weekend

Yesterday afternoon, after Tanner got home from school Bill and Tanner headed off to Moab. It was kind of a last minute idea so they had no reservations and no plans other than to ride their little legs off on the mountain bikes. Traffic was heavy leaving the city, the maxium speed was about 45 MPH until they got to the Prcie area. They reached Moab about 7:30pm, it was raining and they were hungry! they drove around to many camp sites but all were full, even the tent sites. Our next door neighbors were planning on going down today for the rest of the weekend. Bill wanted to talk to them to let them know of the camping situation so I took my cell phone across the street so they could chat. I never heard back from them until this morning at 10:00am Apparently they ended up sleeping the car, not very comfy! and they ended up eating at burger king wow what a Great Birthday dinner for Tanner he turned 14 yesterday. so this whole trip was what he wanted to do for his birthday. They have found a camping spot this morning so all is looking up. After they get all set up they are going to head on a ride. I am sure glad that their weekend is looking up. I will post some pics when they return. As far as Landon and myself go we have some parties in store. let you know all about them as they happen. so stay tuned

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Since we remodel of our front room we wanted pictures to add some character to the room. About ten years ago we won a signed print of Brent Todd. Brent paints pictures of the out doors and mostly wildlife/hunting pictures. The picture we got has two lab puppies tugging at a hat out in a field. I loved that picture right from the start but just never seemed to have enough money to frame it. And after that many years I honestly forgot we had it. Bill found it when we started working on the front room and it had the right colors so went went ahead and had it framed. It looks really nice. We decided that we would like to get some pictures of all of us doing something we love. Bill was able to get a great picture of him skiing up at Snowbird in the powder, and we have some of Tanner biking down in Moab. we have found it difficult to obtain pictures of Landon skate boarding at the skate park. but last Saturday my really good friend LeAnn volunteered to go to the skate park and take some pictures of him for us. We got there early and as luck would have it on a Saturday morning we almost had the skate park to ourselves due largely to the fact that teenagers hate to get up early on the weekend. It worked out great! She was able to get some great action shots of him. I am sure that we will be able to enlarge one of these to frame and hang up in our front room. I am excited to finally be able to show some pictures of Landon doing something that he really likes to do. hope you enjoy these shots of him.

Good job Landon!

Thanks LeAnn for taking time out your Saturday to come and take these for us. They look AWESOME and I had a fun time chillin with Alex my little birthday buddy!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

To The BESTEST Mom in the whole world

I can honestly say that I think I have the best Mom in the whole wide world. I am sure about one thing and that is I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for her. There are many, many wonderful reason that I am so glad that she is MY mom and here is my list:

1. She has always encouraged me.
2. She is the best listener.
3. Gives great advise
4. has a great shoulder to cry on
5. knows how to buy the best surprise presents.
6. Loves to shop!
7. Loves to go out to eat (but never thought she would ever go again) just teasing mom.
8. Always helping me with baby gifts.
9. taught me that naps are a good thing.
10.knows just the thing to say about raising teenagers.
11.Loves all her children.(this includes her grandchildren)
12.taught me to appreciate a clean house.
13.taught me how to keep a clean house
14.She always put her family first.
15.taught me about honesty, faith, repentance
16.taught me to stick up for the underdog. wish I had caught on to that one a lot quicker.
17.taught me that helping someone in need is a GREAT thing to do.
18.taught me how to cook.
19.still can't make her gravey.
20.that no matter how old you are a hug and a kiss is a wonderful thing.

Mom I just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything you have a done for me. I am so glad I was sent to you! I mean it when I say I would not be who I am today if it weren't for you! You have always told me that I could do anything I wanted and I have! I LOVE YOU with all my HeArT!!