We try to take a family photo every year. When I bring it up, it elicits a group groan, but then everyone knows it's a good thing, so they go into endurance mode and wear what I ask and get very cute and smile darling for the camera. I love them all for that. For 2017, we were in St. George for a really fun Thanksgiving, so we had Scott's brother-in-law, Mark, an avid and excellent photographer come and take the pics. Scott's sister, Patti, was also there helping get us arranged and getting the little kids to smile. They were both awesome. Above is the very first photo we took and ended up to be our best pic out of many many pics in four different locations. Below, the grandkids were awesome (once we got the boys down off the big rocks which they really wanted to climb). The last photo is my favorite from the photo shoot. I love the action shot of Mike's wife, Sierra, as she scurries to get out of the picture.
This family photos just makes me want to smile, laugh, cry, and shout THANKS!
It was a gorgeous October day when we were delighted by a visit from Aaron, Aimee and family! We decided to check out Logan River and the ducks at First Dam. It was a beautiful autumn day and every picture - whether of people or ducks or the scenery - was spectacular.
I woke up early one morning with the thought, "Emmett needs to go to Build-A-Bear for his birthday. (I guess I had been sleeping with birthday gifts on my mind.) So I sent an invitation to him via email and we were set! We chose a day that Grandpa could come too - a photographer is always good to have along. We had so much fun because it was the first time for all of us to build a bear.
Emmett chose Boba Fett for his bear. He's soft and cuddly yet very cool. Emmett WAS Boba Fett for Halloween last year, so he was super excited to make his favorite character. The clerk was great at promoting the excitement for Boba Fett. The bear got his own tent and a backpack for Emmett to carry him. Oh, and a heartbeat.
After the bear creating, we ate corndogs and visited the Lego store to look at...what else...Star Wars Legos. Scott is one of the original Star Wars fans. He seriously was first in line in 1977 to see the original movie when most people had never even heard of Star Wars.
Lizzie turned 5, and we were there to celebrate her birthday. It's always fun to go to Lizzie's house because she recruits us to play with her. She has crafts and blocks and lots of dolls and houses.
Suzie and Lizzie made this darling house for their Calico Critters. It has little quilts on the beds and scrapbook paper wallpaper and carpet. Lizzie loves arranging the critter families. And putting them to bed each night - in their pjs and getting them up and dressed each morning. A labor of love.
One evening, we went for a long walk in beautiful warm weather. And had a delicious birthday dinner...Winston is a master at steaks on the grill.
We also went to see several model homes - a favorite activity for Suzie and me. The homes and landscaping (pools) are always fabulous!
Happy Birthday, Lizzie!
This little girl turned 3! Hollis is a bright light in our family and a joy to her grandparents. When she was just learning to talk, she got straight to her grandpa Scott's heart by calling him "bompia" in a cute little voice. The name stuck, and for a long time we all called Scott bompia.
Hollie's birthday celebrations stretched out over about ten days. Between their travel and ours, we didn't get to celebrate on the day. But that doesn't matter to a three year old. She loved her gifts, and like everything in her life, she got right to playing and having fun.
And here is Hollis in her Elena of Avalor dress. So very pretty. Happy Birthday, Hollis Jean!
Our son, Mike, and his cute wife Sierra welcomed their first baby - a beautiful new daughter - on Monday, April 4, 2016!
The baby came a week earlier than her due date and surprised us all. AND she also suprised us because she came quickly. Scott and I got the the hospital just a few minutes after the delivery. We had expected to be there late into the night - but she came at 10:12 pm after a short (but intense) labor of about six hours.
We were all so excited when Mike announced her name. Ivy Raymond! I had been hoping for that name, because it's a favorite. I love our little Ivy.
The new dad.