27 May 2008
25 May 2008
Day 3 began with a bang. At 6:45 a.m., Todd met us to drive up to Temple Square for Debby's setting apart in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We had juice, yogurt and Krispy Kreme donuts compliments of the camp breakfast. At the conference center we met up with James, Tricia, Olivia and Gavin and then went into a little room where the President of the Choir spoke to just Debby and us prior to her setting apart. It was terrific timing for me to be there while this Father/Son camp was going on. You see a couple of fun pictures above prior to us watching Music and the Spoken Word, which Debby then sang in! I am so proud of my "little sister"!! I am not sure where my son gets his funniness around the camera! :)
Music and the Spoken Word's theme today was one for Memorial Day. Of the five pieces performed, I really enjoyed "Hymn to the Fallen" and "Amazing Grace". We were able to sit very close to the front and see bagpipes performed during "Amazing Grace". Very cool!
Zach and I then walked around the conference center...you see a picture of us from the top of the conference center with the Temple in the background. We then went to a special sacrament meeting just for our camp in the Assembly Hall. The coaches blessed the sacrament and they got some of the deacon age boys from the camp to pass. The speakers for the meeting were Lloyd Newell (Music and the Spoken Word) and Coach Rose.
When the sacrament meeting was done we boarded the buses and went to "This is the Place" park. The picture you see is Zach standing in front of one of the monuments....Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and Wilford Woodruff on top. The statues immediately above Zach are Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow. Zach is a descendant of Orson Pratt (from Jen's side of the family), and Orson Pratt was instrumental in bringing the three above to that location. It really is impressive looking out on the valley as Brigham Young did so many years ago.
We finished the day with a trip back down to campus, dinner at the Cannon Center (back at the dorms), a fireside given by Jimmer Fredette (current BYU player) and Devin Durrant (former player who also played for the Indiana Pacers for a short while), and an ice cream social back at the Cannon Center.
Another great day!!
24 May 2008
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19 May 2008
Ashley and her friends had a fun time playing miniature golf and eating pizza. They also had a great time decorating picture frames (highlight markers glow in black lights). Zach invited a friend and they had a good time together.
We had our own little family celebration after her birthday party and the kids loved giving her the gifts they had made or bought with their own money.
We let Ashley stay up very late tonight. She was born at 11:11 pm, so we let her stay up and we took a picture of her when she turned 11 at 11:11 pm. After all, it will only happen once! She thought that was really awesome. We are so glad to have Ashley in our family. She is a very gifted writer, loves to read, play piano and be with friends. She loves sports and her family and is a good big sister. We all benefit from her creativity and caring. We love to watch how her testimony is growing and she is developing a more mature relationship with Heavenly Father. She is a blessing to our family!
One of the nice touches to the day were little remembrances of her legacy, like the beautiful stockings she knitted for all of her family members. Also, Cindy brought some examples of her delicious Christmas cookies, and we all enjoyed chocolate truffles- one of Grandma's weaknesses! What a wonderful lady! Our children are so lucky to have known her and to have her love as an example.
One very cool thing we did today was to go to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It was a powerful experience and I would strongly recommend it to anyone! I was particularly struck with the adversity Abraham Lincoln encountered and the tragedy he suffered, and yet he was strong enough to make extremely hard decisions ruled by his concience. He was not a popular president until after his death and never felt the love and appreciation we all feel for him today. Here we are taking a picture with the life size models of his family.
05 May 2008
This is a view from my front porch. I love how beautiful our japanese maple and flowering crabapple look together. I've been working in the yard to keep it weed free and Will just mowed. Everything is so green and fresh in the spring! Didn't Heavenly Father give us a wonderful world?
04 May 2008
Ashley was in charge of the treat and she made cookies all by herself for the first time! She made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and they turned out delicious and very chocolatey! We are proud of how she is growing up!
01 May 2008
Grandpa and Mom. There were many glitches in production, but the end result was a pretty cool car. His fellow Cub Scouts were very impressed with the flames coming out of the tail pipes! Will was in Miami for a conference but didn't want to miss this very important event, so he flew here for the Pinewood Derby and then flew back to Miami the following morning. Zach was very glad to have his Dad here to cheer for him.
Zach had his car's number painted on his face by the Cubmaster. He was so excited for the races. Our goal was that the car stay together on its trip down the track, and that the car wouldn't be the last one. The first part of the goal was met! Zach felt a little disappointed when his car came in last 4 of the 5 runs (the 5th run he tied for 4th), but he was a good sport!
All was well, though, at the end, when his fellow scouts voted his car "Best of Show"! That helped bring a smile to his face! We love our little Scout and are so proud of the great kid he is becoming!