Saturday, September 20, 2014

Busy Week

Ammon was asked to be a spokesman for BYU Football's Thursday's Heroes this past Thursday on a radio program called Cougar Nation on 960 AM. We took him to the golf clubhouse at Thanksgiving Point where he met Ben Criddle (a past BYU football player) and then was the radio guest for a short segment. Ben asked me a question as well. I didn't expect to be on the program but he wanted me to talk about how the program has affected our family in general. It was a fun, quick trip. After it was over, I went back to work.

We attended Parent Teacher Conference on Wednesday night and Friday night Ammon and I worked on covering some boxes to use as the Pop Tab Drop for Ronald McDonald's House. Ammon made a short video about the program last spring but the school didn't show it. It will be shown on Monday and the drive to collect pop tabs will begin in earnest.

Friday afternoon Jim met with Ammon's video production teacher to learn how to use the GoPro camera and they discussed Ammon's video he is working on this year, "Butts & Bellies."

Today the boys went to Sadie Hawkins. Brenden's date picked him up at 1:00 with plans to do lots of activities all day. We aren't fans of spending a full day together but we had never met the girl so Brenden said he would check in as the day went along, which he did. Ammon knows the girl. She has been one of the peer tutors in their special ed art class. She is a nice girl.

Here is Ammon getting ready to go into the radio program.

 It's obvious that Brenden's date, Whitney Stubblefield has gotten to know Brenden pretty well when she showed up with matching Batman hoodies. She told me that's all he talks about in class. :)
 Kelaini Fifita asked Ammon to Sadies. We've known their family for several years but not well. They have a pretty large family. Kelaini has a twin sister named Karina. Ammon has known her for a while as well.
 I had never personally met any of these kids but Ammon knows all of them either because he has taken classes with them or they have been peer tutors for some of his classes. They left about 6:00 p.m.
We fit watching the Iowa game and the BYU game in today as well. It's been a really busy week. Next week nothing special is planned. We can catch our breath and slow down a little.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Approaching Fall


The colors seem to be a little muted this year. The quaking aspens are actually turning before the scrub oak on our mountain. I hope the explosion of color happens soon.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baby K


This baby Kathrynne has to be one of the most beautiful little girls I've ever seen. She had so many expressions this morning that I couldn't choose which one I liked the best. Kaitlyn asked me to come and take a few pictures with her in her blessing dress before she grows out of it. That was this morning's appointment.





 Somebody else got asked out to Sadie's today. Brenden doesn't even know it yet because he is hanging out with friends today. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dream Factory

A few days ago members of the Dream Factory visited our house to talk to Ammon. His application to have a dream fulfilled was accepted but there was one small problem:  the wish had to be completed before he turned 19 which meant they had about two weeks to get it all put together.

Ammon's dream was to watch a movie being filmed. He wanted to see how it all worked from the behind-the-scenes view point. We had put on the possibility of going to Disney Studios in California before we realized that we had such a short time frame to get this completed. Ammon said he would also be happy to do something locally. They continued to interview him to see what made him want to do this and why he was so interested in film. He told them about the documentary he is making in his video production class that he has entitled, "Butts & Bellies" (that's what he sees and this is about his view point of life).

Two days after meeting with us, they called and asked us to meet them at Payson Park at 1:30 today. I left work at noon and Jim picked up Ammon and Brenden from school. What a very, very special day Ammon had!!  There were four women that are all volunteers that work with the Utah branch of Dream Factory. This company is similar to Make-A-Wish except they like to grant dreams to chronically ill children - not just terminally ill children. Make-A-Wish will not accept any Spina Bifida child. I am so grateful to have found this group! They rocked the day!

Kelly Baadsgaard Leadward went to school with Adrianne and knows her well. Jen Clemments Clark also went to school with Adrianne and remembers her but wasn't as well acquainted with her. I was so impressed with the group of women. They love this job!


 Here are the women involved with this project. Jen is the short woman in the middle - Kelly is the one in pink behind Brenden.
 They presented a large bag of gifts to Ammon.
 He got a GoPro camera which will attach to his wheelchair which will allow him to complete his "Butts & Bellies" video.
 He got a $100 iTunes gift card.

 And he got an IPad which is something he has wanted for a long, long time.

We then went to main street in Payson to watch the last day of filming of a Christmas holiday Hallmark film being made starring Candace Cameron Bure. We are not allowed to publish any of the photos until after the movie has been released around the 1st of December. I have them in a folder on my computer if anyone wants to see them when you visit. Candace was extremely sweet and kind to Ammon. She is tiny! All of the managers, directors, producer, etc. talked to Ammon and welcomed him to the set. He was able to sit behind the director to watch what the director sees behind a screen. He saw them repeat the same short segment over and over and over. We asked a million questions and everybody took time to explain their jobs. It was one awesome experience for all of us! At 6:00 p.m. we went up to their base camp and had dinner with them, which was delicious. They were going to continue to film until midnight but my legs had given out on me and we convinced Ammon that we needed to go home. He wanted to stay with them forever.

Last night he also had a very sweet, wonderful experience. Todd Hansen, host of the BYUtv show "Story Trek" came to our ward to give a fireside to the youth. It was a very spiritual meeting and very interesting to hear how he comes up with the place to go, the people he finds, and the stories he records. He said he has an "Executive Producer" for this show - and that is the Lord. 

Putting the two days together was almost overwhelming! While we didn't get a trip to California, we were thrilled with what we did get - in fact, it was the perfect wish for Ammon. They did far more than we expected they could ever do. Have I ever said how much I love Hallmark movies?! Well, as soon as it is advertised, I'll let you know which movie to watch for Christmas holiday cheer.

Thank you, Dream Factory! I will spread the good word about your fantastic organization every chance I get. We are most grateful. You will all have to call Ammon to ask him about it. He'd be more than happy to tell you all about it.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Summer Wrap-Up


A week ago Kathrynne was given a name and blessing by her daddy. She is a beauty. Kaitlin and Chad had all the family come to a brunch in their backyard before church started at 1:00 p.m. The food was delicious and it was a great occasion.



 Unfortunately for me, I had an accident while helping Ammon down the back stairs to the yard at Kaitlin's apartment. I couldn't maintain the weight on the last two steps and the wheelchair pulled me down and over. I was trying to hang on and save Ammon but in doing so, I flew over and tipped Ammon over as well. I was horrified when I saw him face down on the grass. I couldn't get up and knew I was hurt. Ammon was fine and very calm. He later told somebody that his "face stopped the fall." I was supposed to accompany Chad in church while he sang a solo so I was worried I might not be able to play for him. I couldn't lift my right shoulder. After the pain subsided a little, I was able to play the piano so we stayed through sacrament meeting but left right after that and went to the ER.
I have a separated shoulder. Last night was the first night I was able to sleep in my own bed. Tonight I bottled peaches and shouldn't have done that. I hurt!
 Jason and Michelle came out for Brenden's birthday on Saturday. We kept it a secret and it was funny to see his confused reaction at 11:00 p.m. when Jason went into his room, flipped on the light and said, "Brenden. Get up. It's time for seminary." They spent all of Saturday with Brenden and I believe they all had a good time. Scott also came and he hung out with me most of the day.

On Sunday we attended church with Chelsey's family and participated in Brent's setting apart as the new bishop in their ward. It was a very special day. He will be in our prayers all the time that his health will be good and that his job will treat him well so he can be as effective as he wants to be.

On Monday everybody came down for a BBQ. Since I'm not up to cooking too much, I got the brilliant idea to having S'Mores for dessert. We toasted the marshmallows over the grill. It was the perfect dessert! Jess and Jen shared theirs......icky, gooey.

 Happy birthday to Brenden who is now 17 years old!
 Three generations. Good looking guys... Scott, Brenden, Jason and Santa Claus.
It has been a wonderful summer full of family!  And now it's winding down as we get ready for deep fall, school and a normal routine that won't be nearly as fun as playing.  The summer is officially wrapped up.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Arrggghhh!

I don't remember Utah having the kind of weather we have had for the past two weeks. We've had rain, thunder, clouds and cool weather every single day. It starts out quite sunny in the mornings and then the clouds roll in every afternoon. It rained all night last night. It got to about 59 degrees last night. When we woke up this morning there was snow on Loafer and quite a ways down on Timpanogos. The clouds have only revealed a little of Timp today. It is mostly shrouded in clouds. Arrrgggghhh! I like the cool weather, but I really don't want summer to be over.

 Morning clouds almost every day before they clear out for a new batch to roll in.
 This is as green as the mountains at Rock Canyon ever get - even in the spring time. If you look closely, you will see the first autumn leaves.
 Jim and I finally finished the picture project in the front entryway. I really like it. It's fun and different. Jim has matted all the pictures and he's done a great job. Matting is difficult!
 Snow on Loafer about 20 minutes ago.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Temple Trek

I got a little damp today on my noon-time walk because of the drizzle. The lighting was just right but I've completely lost my touch. I shake, I guess, when I take pictures. Too many are fuzzy. I am discouraged. I've gone backwards instead of improving over the summer. I was able to get a few decent ones. The Provo Temple grounds are peaceful and beautiful. I love to go in the back of the temple because few people (if any) are there. It's a nice place to unwind.








Monday, August 18, 2014

Gorgeous Morning

Today is the last day of summer vacation for us. I have been sad that summer is now over. It's been such a good, busy summer that I have not wanted it to end. School starts tomorrow. Our busy, run at break-neck pace will begin at 5:30 a.m. in the morning.

The scene that greeted me this morning was pretty awesome.





Happy school year to all the kiddos - hope you have a great year!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Isaac's baptism

We had a special weekend where Isaac got baptized!  Dave and Tana came and we had such a good time with them!  I wrote about it on my blog so go check out all the pictures.  Here are a few though.