Saturday, December 22, 2012

silly family pictures

A few weeks ago we had our family pictures taken at the Benson Grist Mill.  It was a sunny yet chilly day.  Along with the individual, sibling, and family pictures we took some time to do a few fun ones as well.  Seriously,  I thought the slide would break with all of our weight.  As each person got on I thought,  "this is it we are going down" but it held...... thank goodness. 
We had a good time together.
Afterwards we all went to eat at Tsunami. 
I am the only one in the family who doesn't eat sushi but I enjoyed the potstickers! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Isn't he the cutest??  Our little Rafe grandbaby is too sweet.  He is more awake and alert these days and that is really fun!!  It's funny how babies look different when they are awake than when they are sleeping.  We took our family pictures a few weeks ago and our photographer (Courtney Ryan, who has taken our family pictures for the last 10 years) got this darling picture of Rafe blowing bubbles. 
Man, I love that boy!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday Night Thanksgiving

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with our kids becauswe we are all going different ways on Thursday.  I wish that I would have taken more pictures.  One of the whole family. 
This is such a cute one of Rafe! 
He's our little turkey!
Both Kaitlyn and Alyssia got to be with us and that was nice.
Rafe likes to be held in this position.  It looks pretty uncomfortable to me:)

This year we wer blessed with warm weather so after our wonderful turkey dinner with ALL of the fixins'.  We ventured outside to play a game called The Pumpkin Roll.  It was a relay and the objective is to push  a pumkin with a broom to the end of the yard and back and then to pass of the broom to your partner who races to the finish line.  Rick was awesome!  He helped our team to win!

                                                 Rick and Sarah on the home stretch.

After playing this game we came in to play The Corn Pitch where we tossed candy corns into a bowl.  Skylar was the winner on that one.  Then we played a Thanksgiving Trivia game with miniature candy bars for prizes.  After that we played a memory game called Thanksgiving Dinner.  This one is where one person says...For my Thanksgiving Dinner I had....and then they say a food like turkey.  Then the next person says For my Thanksgiving Dinner I had Stuffing and then adds turkey to his.  It goes around the circle adding more foods until people forget what was named.  Anyway, that probably doesn't make sense but we had a fun time playing it.  We had close to 20 different foods to remember.  Crazy!  After the festivities we took some time to talk about our blessings.  I am truly blessed and I am thankful to ponder on what Heavenly Father has given me.  So, so much!  Now we are headed to St. George and then on to Vegas to spend Thanksgiving Day with the Hafen family. 
 I am so excited!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Date Night

Thursday afternoon Rick called me from work and told me he wanted to take me on a date.  We haven't had an alone date for a couple of weeks so I was ready and excited to be able to go.  Our first stop was at the top of the JSMB where we had dinner at The Garden.  This was our amazing view from our table.  Next week temple square will be ablaze with beautiful lights.  The workers have been putting them up since September.  A LOT of work!
Next we headed over to the City Creek to browse.  This outdoor mall is so beautiful.  Next to Nordstroms is a fountain that had an incredible show with water and fire accompnied by The Nutcracker Suite.  Really Cool!
Another neat sight were the display windows outside of  Macys.   These incredible ornaments are made completely of candy.  Notice Santa's beard is made of candy canes.  This one was my favorite!
This snowflake was made of cruswhed rock candy.  I'm thinking that the small silver snowflakes are Jordan Almonds:)
This ornament is a tribute to Utah.  It is a beehive with a bunch  of Santa bees hanging on and around it.  The yellow part is gummy lemons and the brown is crushed rock candy.  The top is made of swedish fish.  If your in town for the holiday stop and see these cool spinning ornaments.
Lastly, Rick and I took a romantic horse and buggy ride.  We rode around the temple and then rode up City Creek Canyon.  I don't believe I have been up this street before.  It was very quaint with the creek running down the middle of the street surrounded by grass and trees.  It was a quiet neighborhood with beautiful old homes.
Here we are under the lamplight of Memory Grove.

                            Thanks hun, for a fun night!  I love, love, love to be with you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


You know those old Pert commercials from the '80's where it shows a person with straight hair and then in the next frame their hair is all curly and bouncy and they excitedly say,  "I went from flat to fluffy!"  Well, the other night we had a "I went from fluffy to flat!" moment with  our Gary boy. He has been growing his hair out for quite some time and let me tell you it was SHAGGY!   I  have been encouraging him to cut it for at least two months but last week  (after he had been using my hair straightener...yes, truly he was using MY straightener.  I think it was to create something akin to a Justin Beiber look) he said to me that he was going to cut it by the end of the week.  Finally on Sunday night he halfheartedly said, "Let's cut it tomorrow."  I didn't know if it was really going to happen or not but on Monday night when we were visiting the Bakers he was peer pressured into it. (Thanks Aunt Kath, Jenny and Kallie) 
We had to get a picture to remember the moment and then.........
off came the hair!  
Man, he is such a handsome thing.  I don't know if he had next morning regrets (although I am pretty sure he did) because he was up early the next morning to travel to New Mexico to work for the week.  I haven't talked to him since.  I hope he's not missing his curly locks too much:) 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Little Halloween Pumpkin

Kendra has been bringing Rafe over in the evenings because Brach works until 3 AM.  We have really enjoyed having them with us.  I love to hold and snuggle that little guy.  Aunt Kathy bought a couple of halloween outfits so I thought I would show the world our little Halloween Pumpkin!  Rafe loves to have his hands up by his face and he loves to have his legs in the frog position as you can see in the first picture.  This one was taken on Halloween Eve:)  Sorry I don't know how to turn it.
For Halloween night she brought him over in this cute ourfit.  He was REALLY darling!  Unfortunately he peed out of it before Aunt Kathy could see him in it:)  After passing out candy to  all 7 of our trick or treaters we went to visit the Bakers and then came home to fall asleep to "Arsenic and Old Lace".  All in all a good night!

Halloween Party 2012

I wanted to post about our Halloween Party.  This  is our 23rd year of hosting this party and it sure has been fun throughout the years!  Most everyone came in costume although they didn't stay on to long because everyone wanted to be comfortable throughout the night.  We had a dinner of appetizers (taquitos, buffalo bites, artichoke dip with bread, and shrimp cocktail),  soups (chicken noodle, clam chowder, and broccoli cheese), breadsticks, and of course our traditional homemade rootbeer.  We also had a couple of fun desserts to try.   Food, Family, and Fun!!
Darla and Larry came in their Roman motifs.  Darla looked great with her Cleopatra outfit and Larry was a hoot with the bush on his head:)  Darla took the vines off of her draperies and didn't want to cut them so he came with the whole vine on his head!  It made for a good laugh!
Trent ande Kathy were a car and freshener.  Kathy was plenty hot in  all that fleece and couldn't wait to get that tree off of her:)
Rick and I went for comfort this year.  A surgeon and his assistant:)
Dennis and Karen had some fun masks this year.  I love Karens'  feathers and just yesterday I found Dennis' horns tucked away behind one of my decorative pumpkins.  If you guys want it back you know where to find it:)
I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the whole group.  I only got one shot (that Gary took) and it came out blurry.  Darrell had a great costume.  He looked like Dumbledore and DeeAnn was his beautiful assistant.  Brad did NOT come in costume (that hasn't changed in the last 10 years:) but Ruth came as a witch with a green painted face.  Ken and Robbie came also came and that was fun.  This year we missed Hal and Janis and Brent and Lar.   We played a few games (which I just couldn't get into for worrying over Kendra being in labor but hopefully everyone enjoyed visiting and just being together.  Thanks for all that did come and we'll plan another one for next year!! 

A night and day in the city

A few weeks ago Rick and I had a little getaway into Salt Lake for the night.  We set out Friday evening and had a dinner at our favorite restaurant "The Five Alls".  We had a window seat and got to look out over the valley as the sun set.  It was very romantic:)  The Five Alls has been a fun place that we eat at for special occasions maybe twice a year.  We love the food and the atmosphere.  After dinner we drove down the street to our room at the Anniverary Inn.  This time we stayed in the Lake Powell Room.  It wasn't my favorite but it was one we hadn't stayed in before so that was fun. 
The next morning we went over to Pioneer Park for the Farmer's Market that they have each week through the summer and fall.  We had a great time sampling the goods.  We came home with some spicy salsa, some lavender oil, a cucumber, and a plethora of bakery goods.  I love those huge loves of bread that the bakeries sell.  Of course,  we had to get the pastries as well:)
Here's Rick chatting with the Italian guys
Street side at the the look on Rick's face:)
After the market we went over to Tracy Aviary to check out the birds. 
The older I get the more fascinated I am with different birds.
Here's Rick ande the flamingos.
After the Aviary we stopped for lunch.  We found a great new pizza place downtown called Settabello.  If you like authentic Italian pizza this is the place.  We sat at the counter and watched our pizzas being made and then put into a 1000 degree oven for about 1 minute. 
Yep,  it was good pizza:)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Baby Boman is here!

Rafe Douglas Boman was born Friday October 19, 2012.  He weighed 7 lbs and 14 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.  Kendra had been at my home that evening helping me to get ready for our Halloween Party and at 5:00 she walked out of the bathroom and said, "I think my water just broke."  We talked about what was happening and decided that it was true that was what was really happening.  She got this scared look on her face and said, "I don't know if I'm ready for this." I assured her that she was and that she had been prepaing for this for months and then she said, "I better go home."  After getting home to be with Brach and calling the mid-wife she was informed that labor should start within 12 hours.  She hadn't felt any labor pains up to this point except for some back pain that she had a few days before so I was thinking that it might take a while for things to get going. 
In the meantime we went on with our party. 
After having dinner I looked at my phone and saw that the volume was turned down and that I had missed two calls from Kendra.  (My volume was turned down....For crying out loud how did that happen?)  I called back and Brach answered and said that Kendra was in a lot of pain and that contractions were coming evey 4-5 minutes.  They were already at Better Births and things were progressing pretty fast.  OK, now it's time for me to get worried.  How did this all happen so fast?  It was 8:30 and she was already in stage three transition  (I had to google that just to see what that really meant.  I never went through traditional labor and delivery so I was a little unclear.)  Meanwhile, back at the party DeeAnn suggested that we kneel down and have a prayer that all would be well with Kendra and baby.  I was thankful for that.  I couldn't get too much into the games we were playing because of my worries for Kendra but finally at 10:45 as I was dozing on the couch my phone rang and it was Kendra Dee telling us that our grandson was here!  She said,  "Do you want to know his name?"  We said yes and then she said, "Rafe Douglas Boman."  We laughed and I thought to myself....What??? What happened to the other names that you were leaning toward?  You know, Boston or Clancy?  They totally surprised us!  I said to Rick,  "We've got to leave to go see her right now!"  So we headed up to Better Births and met our beautiful new grandson.  He really is a doll!  He was born with a HUGE conehead....the likes of nothing I'd ever seen before..... but he was just perfect.  Kendra did SUCH a great job in delivering him with no meds (not even her essential oils that she had been preparing for....there just wasn't time)  She said she didn't cry or scream even though it hurt A LOT!  In fact when I saw her that night she was just chipper and happy and didn't use words like hurt or pain she just said, "Mom, that was really intense!" 
Oh, how I love my Kendra girl!  so on to the pictures.....
I love this full body shot!
The huge conehead:)   It was looking very normal in just a few short hours:)
The Boman Family 
 Doesn't Kenni look great after just delivering an almost 8 lb baby!
Brach is an excellent daddy!  He is a very hands on dad.
Baby Rafe and Grandma
Uncle Skylar and 2 day old Rafe
Grandpa and Rafe.  It is cute to me to see how much Rick loves this little baby. 
He's teared up a few times in just talking about him. 
He loves to hold him and laugh at all of Rafe's funny faces and baby noises.
Oh,  he is so sweet!  We love you little Rafe!  This morning when Brach left for school and while Kendra was sleeping I got to spend 3 hours of uninterupted time with him.  He was alert and awake and gazed right up into my eyes as I spoke tender and loving words to him.  I have a feeling this is going to be the beginning of an incredible journey:)

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Pumpkin Painters

I am happy to report that I have two children (one happily aquired through marriage) that are very creative.  Skylar and Sarah painted these pumpkins on Monday night for a family night activity. They didn't even use a stencil.....yup folks that's freehand.  I couldn't be more proud!
ps.  How 'bout Sky's new glasses?  Pretty sophisticated, huh?


I love September!!  I think it's the best month out there.  Sorry April, June and December.  I love you too....just not as much.  For my birthday (yes, in September)  Rick and I went to the St. George house and it was great!!  We got to eat out, swim, visit my mom and two of my sisters in Vegas, and one day on the spur of the moment we took a drive up to Kolob Canyon with my parents and my sister Deanna and her husband Kelly.  They have been building a cabin up there for the last four years and it is finally finished.   It looks great!   Rick and I got to take a drive on a 4-wheeler around their property and then up to the resevoir.  The fall leaves were beautiful and we had a good time.  After our ride we came back to a delicious dutch oven dinner prepared be Kelly.  It was nice to be with them.

Then just a week later we got to stay two nights up Little
Cottonwood Canyon at Brighton with Rick's side of the family.  The beds weren't anything to write home about but again our walk around Silve Lake was gorgeous!  We also took a drive over Guardsmen Pass into Park City and that was spectacular too.  Anyway the Fall colors have been alive and well in Utah!  LOVE IT!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I think it's kinda funny how guys like to stick out their tummies to see how big they can get.  We girls like to push our bellies in as much as possible.  Kenni's due date is tomorrow. 
We're waiting....but not very patiently!  Come on Baby Boman!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kendra's Baby Shower

A few weeks ago we had a fun baby shower for Kendra Dee.  Kathy, Jenni, Kallie, Julie, and I had a fun time putting our ideas together for the shower.  We thought a cowboy theme would be right up Kendra's (and Brach's) alley.  Julie made the darling cowboy cake and all the cupcakes that we had for dessert.  Kallie and Jenni set up the candy bar (which had goodies like cow tails, cotton candy, moo milk straws, snickers, gumballs, rootbeer barrels and more) which turned out really darling.  Kathy and Jenny made the wishing tree which I thought was really fun.  For the buffet we had a variety of different soups with bread and fruit.  Another fun thing we had at the party was a "wanted photo booth".  I wish I could have uploaded all of the fun pictures from that. 
Everyone was so generous with Kendra in their gifts and there were a lot of fun baby clothes and beautiful blankets.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported Kendra as she prepares to become a mother for the first time.  I am truly excited and anxious to meet my new grandson....any day now!