Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving--Part 1

We had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving this year! All the kids were home and even Grandma and Grandpa came! Kara showed all the girls how to make these cute flowers out of fabric.

We played lots of Aggravation!

Kara led the girls in another craft project...folding our dinner napkins in the shape of a lotus flower. They were darling!

Grandpa enjoyed seeing Koa again...and thoroughly spoiled him rotten!

These were our uninvited Thanksgiving guest...yes...all five of them! They enjoyed all the willows and berries around the house and then headed for the pond.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving 1997

As we look forward to Thanksgiving this year, I am reminded of some wonderful memories of Thanksgivings in the past. This one was in's the lowdown....we had moved to Wyoming and had been there for 5 months...gave birth to Sage 6 weeks parents had gone on a mission to Nauvoo and had been there for 6 months. We decided to spend Thanksgiving in Nauvoo and to introduce them to Sage. Here's a photo where the girls can't get enough of Grandma...and she's trying to get acquainted with grandchild #27!

Grandpa showing Ty and Kara something about the house they were hosting.

Grandma...why is there a rope there?

Cute family photo...with missionary grandparents!

Thanksgiving dinner with a few of our closest friends...around 200 missionaries!!
How are your Thanksgiving preparations coming? This is what I know...there will be tons of food....Grandma and Grandpa are coming....all my kids will be here...and maybe a few more friends!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree...Oh Christmas Tree...

It was the state of Wyoming's turn to "gift" the U.S. Capital Christmas Tree this year. The tree was selected from the Pacific Creek area of the Bridger Teton National Forest. (approximately 1 hour north of Jackson) It was fun for our small town to have this celebration.

Little saplings were given out for free so we could all plant new little trees. The community band provided the music and the culinary students from the high school (of which Star and Sky are part of) handed out homemade, warm applesauce and ice cream.

Here's the tree just as it entered north of town...all the action was happening on the town square.

Here's the view as it passed by where I was standing.

The tree was stopping while some school kids were going to sing a special song written for the occasion. We are the only town to see the tree before it makes it to Washington, D.C. From town square it went to the fairgrounds where it was cradled and crated to make the long haul across the nation. It's heading to Georgia and then turning north to it's final destination.
This morning, as I was taking Lea to work, we noticed a bunch of police lights and realized that the tree was leaving Jackson on it's journey to the capital. It was completely enclosed so it couldn't be seen at all. There was also another truck following the tree and it contains several small trees that will be housed in various federal offices. It was a cool thing to watch and it was fun to see friends gathered together to welcome the tree and give it a festive send-off.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lea's door

at Disneyland in probably all know this door...well it caught our eye "way back then" and now every time we go to Disneyland our trip is not complete until we get a picture of Lea and "her door"!

there's about a 17 year difference in these photos!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


trick or treater! Yep, actually got one this year...OK, so he lives down the road past my house. He's our buddy Carson and as you can see he was a gorilla for Halloween. Isn't he cute?

He came over and showed us "his gorilla-ness" by attacking Kirk!

I could just eat him up! Sweeter than candy!