Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Rick and I took another quick trip down south again. This time it was an overnighter in Vegas for my niece's blessing. We got there at 8 PM Saturday and left at 2 PM the next afternoon. I actually think that is the fastest trip we have ever made. Here is a picture of Boyd, Mare (my sis....short for Mary Ellen) their 16 year old daughter Gabby, and little Scarlett Lucia. She is squalling in this picture because she is hungry but ooohhh is she beautiful! Doesn't my sister look great! She is an awesome mom.
Scarlett is such a miracle all the way around!
Boyd gave her a beautiful blessing.As Rick and I pulled into the parking lot of the church I spotted my childhood friend Lynn Reynolds (Musso). I couldn't miss her because amongst all the mini vans and suburbans I spotted her Nissan 350 Z (a totally sweet ride)! I hopped out and sure enough it was her and her husband Bill. They are not members of the church so it was great to sit with them through the meeting. We have been friends for 38 Years! Almost to the day. She is a year older than me but she still looks like she is in her 20's. It was great to see her!
Needless to say I was anxious to get back home. I am about road tripped out. Thank goodness next weekend is General Conference. A good reason to stay home. We're leaving for Mexico City in a week and a half.
I am very happy we are not driving there:)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Wedding, a Sealing, and a Birthday

Last weekend our sweet niece Jenni Lyn got hitched! YEA! She married Brandon Orr and they are such a delightful couple. We are so happy for them!
They are on their honeymoon on a Carribean cruise. Saweet!Brad and Ruth are the happy parents.

Kenni and Gare foolin' around at the reception.

The very next day we traveled down to St. George for the sealing of my nephew Andrew and his wife Mary Ann and their 1 month old son, Brody. Andrew and Mary have been married for exactly one year. She was baptized just prior to that so I am VERY happy for their little family and this special time in their lives.

Yes, I had a birthday!!! It was great! Rick and Kathy (his sister)cooked and cleaned and made the day wonderful for me. We had some visitors that night and we had fun visiting and laughing. OK, so I was not going to post this picture but Kendra and Brach did a mighty fine job decorating my cake. Plus they are just sooo cute together:) I think they kinda like each other;-)

I have no idea why there are two S's by my J initial.
I think they got a little carried away with the pastry bag.
(Actually kendra was trying to put some swirly's on there)
It's the thought that counts.
Gary and Austin are just waiting to get a taste.
Thanks everyone for a fun night!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Weekend

Last weekend was nice. Rick and I took Fern up to Brighton for an overnighter. We got left a little late but we made it to the lake (Silver) before it got to cold.
It sure was pretty.
After getting settled into our condo we drove back down the mtn a few miles to have dinner at the Silver Fork Lodge.

On the way back up we found this beauty along side of the road!

On Saturday afternoon we went skeet shooting with Kendra and her "new friend" Brach. You see that smile on her face. It's been there a whole week now.....since they met. He's in her ward in Tooele. Personally, I think she Wowed him with her shooting. I know I was impressed. After a little cajoling I gave it a try. I don't think I'll be doing that again. I didn't hit anything. I only shot 5 times because IT HURTS! I was happy loading the skeet thrower and watching everyone else. Kendra was a trooper. She kept shooting even though her shoulder was sore.

The only bad part about this outing was the 3 dead racoons that were just about 30 feet away. They smelled awful.

My parents showed up after midnight on Sunday/Monday. They traveled up from Vegas to go to the State Fair on Monday. We had a good time. It was sad for me though because Rick had to work and couldn't come:( My favorite was watching the team penning at the rodeo grounds.
A fun weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Last Thursday night my mom and dad came to visit! It's tradition that they come up for Swiss Days held in Midway every Labor Day. We got there about noon on Friday and had a great time. We shopped for about an hour when Rick wanted to go get a bite. He wanted to eat early so that he could wait a bit and then go for his beloved pie and ice cream!!
Kendra took the day off work and came along for the ride. Ken found a hat.....the only thing she bought!

After about 3 1/2 hours of checking out all the fun booths (in the HOT sun) we sat down to watch the band Joshua Creek perform.
You can see Kendra loved 'em:)

I found a totally cool booth that had some vintage looking Halloween stuff. My fave purchase was the witches hat (soooo cute and matches my new family room) and some handmade fabric pumpkins. In the same booth a lady was selling witch boots (Wicked Soles was the name of her company) and I really wanted one but I couldn't bring myself to pay what she was asking:( They were all one of a kind and she named each boot personally.
Maybe next year.

I have been wanting to go to the farmer's market since last year when I first heard about it. We got up early and had a fun breakfast (I tried out some new recipes:) and headed over to the market in Pioneer Park. It was really fun! I brought home some fresh sourdough bread, some fresh flowers and some fresh peaches. Jackpot!

Mom and Dad waiting for the chaueffer.

That night after a really fun BBQ dinner (enough food for an army) out on the patio we took the Ranger up South Willow Canyon. Of all the times my parents have been here we have never taken them up our treasure of a canyon. It was a delightful ride! Here we are up at the loop. It was just starting to get dark as we took the picture. We counted 10 deer. It got a little chilly on the way down.
Fall is definitely in the air!

Look what we found crossing the road! A real live tarantula!! About 13 years ago we saw one in this same canyon and have watched for another one all these years. Rick and I hopped out where (of course) Rick gets a stick and starts prodding it and I (of course) have to get a snapshot. It was really cool to see....and fast. As we were getting back into the Ranger, Rick acted like it was right behind me and made me scream!! Everyone had a good laugh about that. Why is it that husbands like to do that sort of thing? All in good fun!!
My parents up and left early Sunday morning. It was WONDERFUL having them here!


OK, So here's the funny picture of Kendra being startled by an ape from the show TARZAN! He came from behind....I saw him coming but Kenni didn't:-0! Notice the guy on top of the rock. That's where this one came from!!! Rick thinks he looks like he belongs in the rock band KISS. Whattaya think? No matter......the show was AWESWOME!
If you get the chance hop on down to St. George to see it.
Now that the weather is cooling off this is a great time!