You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. some may be significant only to you. some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience. - President Hinckley

Friday, July 27, 2012

Star Fun Days!

Every year Star has a parade and a lunch and some other small town events to celebrate it's greatness.   We go to the parade every year and it is so much fun!  Here are a few shots of parade excitement....the kids always score TONS of candy!

 I love this picture of my dad!  So typical - hat on in the sun, toothpick in his mouth, taking in the moment.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sometimes I need reminded.

You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?

-Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Oh Little Texas, now you're 6!

We had a fun little birthday party for Tyler at a local park with a splash pad!  We ate Popsicles opened presents ate cake and had lots of fun!  I can't believe he's 6years old and going to start kindergarten in just a few short weeks.  I remember bringing him home from the hospital - the most docile human ever.  He is still that way.  Heavenly Father knew I needed him to be in the midst of my family. 

A few tidbits about Tyler:
* He loves dinosaurs
* He loves to play with friends - especially his friend Andrew
* He loves cinnamon toast
* He is a peacemaker
* He could play "Club Penguin" (a computer game) all day long
* He can ride a 2 wheeler
* He hates to get his face wet, but he'll do it if he's asked
* He wants to have the Holy Ghost and can hardly wait to turn 8
* He loves to run and can run forever
* He wants to be good every day and when he feels like he failed, he is very upset
* He has a very old spirit (in my opinion)
* He loves to camp
* He loves to make "fart" noises with his hands over his face....(all boy)
* He loves to watch movies - especially batman, ironman, etc with Travis on TV
* He can be aggressive if he wants to

Tyler you are amazing. Happy #6!  Thanks for being you!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Service for GM & GP Carson

The "Carson" (my mom's family) reunion was planned during our Slade reunion so we made an appearance for a day and played with our cousins and family!  We were able to do a service project for Grandma and Grandpa at their house cleaning their yard and the inside so that it was more functional and taken care of - especially since they can't.  I think Grandpa really appreciated it although we were all very concerned at the level of his anxiety over all of us being one point he just laid flat on the couch because I think he had had too much.  Grandma watched the men and kids cleaning the yard through her front window and just sat there saying "oh dear, oh dear..." over and was darling.  She wasn't quite sure what to think of it all.  I worked inside with Lynn cleaning bathrooms (wow!) labor of love and worth every minute!  Grandpa had really cute things in his room and bathroom that Grandma could see every day - some of them years and years old but he kept them up for her nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Family Reunion!

holy pictures batman!  There are a lot of them.  We swam at the house we stayed at (Gwendalin and McKenna practically lived in the pool), Grandma had some games that the kids played and then got to purchase prizes, we went bowling at BYU wearing our Slade reunion shirts, and then we went and had lunch and ice cream at the BYU Creamery....the kids built forts, played ping pong, foozball, we took turns making meals.  It was such a great time.  the pictures tell a better story than I ever could!  It was sad that Scottie and his family couldn't be there - but still uplifting to be together!