Tuesday, April 14, 2015

And the Birthdays Just Keep Coming.

 Michael turned 48 today.
Forty. Eight. 

Every once in awhile when I see a glimpse of us in the mirror I say,
"Who are these people and how did we get so old?"
I know the answer...

... I blame these guys :)

Oh well, it's too late now-
Might as well make the best of it.

So Happy Birthday honey--
At least you aren't 50. 
(like your wife is going to be...)

 I think these Floridians said it best:


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break.

Spring Break started out a little "iffy" for us. Because of big layoffs planned at Michael's work that week, we had very underwhelming plans in case we were out of employment. Kind of puts a damper on things...however, things worked out, we are still employed and all is well. Here is a rundown on our week-- 

1. We helped Judie move in to her new place. 
We all were a little nervous about her being on her own, but she found a nice place in an assisted living center...things already have not worked out so well, but that's a story for another day.

2. We helped Janis do some spring cleaning. (Nothing says Spring Break like lot's of service, am I right?)

3. We went and saw the movie Freetown. Can't say enough about how great that movie is and how it brought back a flood of memories of our Africa experiences...

4. We took Buddha to have a "procedure" done. Nothing is more sad than his happy face on the car ride to the clinic, and his dejected face on the car ride home...

5. We went to the temple and did some baptisms for family. Since the Provo Temple baptistry is so busy, we went to the Jordan River temple. It was lovely. And very time savvy...

6. We ended our week at Lagoon. Because we hadn't been there in several years, it seemed like an ideal time. The weather was perfect, the rides were awesome and the company was fabulous. :)  
We won't mention the car's dead battery when it was time to go home. 

 Bethany, reunited with Rodney, the bunny of her senior year who now lives with 
Janis and is called Esther. Somehow in the process, Rodney changed genders?

Gorgeous flowers outside the temple. 
Spring has sprung.

Bethany had to document Buddha's misery...

Though I love roller coasters, I am old. My equilibrium just aint what it used to be...
I did every single one despite that ugly truth.

I did not do Rattlesnake Rapids. Getting wet in 60 degree weather would send me over the edge.
No one else seemed to care about that issue.

All in all, Spring Break was pretty okay.  
Especially the part about still having a job. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Birthday To My Dad.

Proud owner of Grandpa's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor-
but humble in every other way.
Love you Dad.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


 Really there is nothing better than Easter and 
Conference falling on the same weekend. 
Conference sure helps you stay focused on the Savior 
all weekend long.

But in between all of that awesomeness we found time for secondary Easter activities...

...such as decorating eggs.

We decided to forgo egg dye this year 
and stuck to decorating with paint and glitter.

I loved being able to watch the Priesthood session live this year.
In the amazing choir, I thought this boy looked a lot like my son over there in Washington.

   That is until I compared it with this choir picture-
not so much.

 On Sunday we had Easter dinner at the Backus household- 
I took about 2 pictures.

Then I discovered that Will got a hold of my camera....
and so I ended up with these lovely memories:

Perfectly captured the day I think...or not.

Luckily, I got this awesome shot of these two cousins 
thoroughly enjoying their time together:

Or not.

One more try...

 Yep, just not happening.
Oh well-

Despite that lovely daughter of mine-
Easter was wonderful.

My love is deeper, my faith is stronger, and my time well spent.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Anatomy of a Carrot Cake.

Just because you have the best carrot cake recipe this side of the Mississippi 
doesn't always mean it's beautiful.

But it's always delicious.
Happiness= Conference weekend + Easter +Carrot Cake.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


After two and a half years of intertwining 
this little family with ours, they have moved on. 

Florida called their name and they decided to answer. 

Needless to say, our house is in mourning. 
It's quieter- a little too quiet once again. 
It's time to figure out our new normal.

We'll get there.
Remember her birth story???



Valentina aka Bethany Jr.

Valentina and Sabrina....

Yup- it's a heart breaker....
Florida, be kind.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Missionary Cousins.

Something I have noticed over the years is that when a blogger is absent for a long period of time and then comes back with an entry that says something like " I know I haven't written much lately but I am recommitting to blogging a lot more," it's usually the kiss of death. 

I will not be saying that. :)

And so, a little about last weekend in Washington.

One of the fun parts of Elijah living there, is that I get to see him do things that he would never do here. For example, that little video of the dance festival rehearsal...and last Sunday,  he sang in a youth choir in Sacrament meeting. Beth was astounded that I would take a picture in sacrament meeting but I couldn't help myself --(that  pretty much makes her a hypocrite but that's another story for another day).

The reason that we made this whirlwind trip 
is because this cousin returned from her mission in Georgia...

...and this young man is leaving for his in Honduras.

They spoke together in Sacrament meeting.
You'll be relieved to know that I did not take any more pictures.

It's such an amazing thing to see and feel 
the transformation that a mission brings 
to these young missionaries' lives.
Even though Lindsey was an incredible young woman before, the depth of her testimony and change to her countenance is just undeniable.

 Lindsey and a few of her siblings....

 Proud mom and dad....

And take a gander at all them cousins...just a small fraction of them to be truthful.

I hope my kids know how blessed they are to have such a great group of awesome cousins that offer such positive and righteous peer pressure. 

We love every single one of them.

And great big hugs to these cousins still serving:

 Elder Paynter (on the left)

 Elder Backus (second from the left)

and Elder Neeley (on the left)

Happiness times three. :)

Shabbat Shalom.