Saturday, August 23, 2014


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.

New Calling

This past week I received a new calling that I was totally blown away by.  I kept thinking, "Are you serious?, Really, are you sure?" "It really can't be me that you want in this calling.  I'm too busy right?, that's what everyone thinks of me, even though I don't feel that way, everyone else does."

Then today I was sustained and set apart and in the blessing a question that I had about me being in this calling was answered by the person giving me the blessing that I had  prayed to Heavenly Father about and asked him personally about.

This was another testament to me that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us individually,and knows us by name.  

I know beyond any doubt that Heavenly Father lives and loves us.  I know this church is true with all my heart.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Good Samaritans

Tonight Jim wanted to go for a ride. Brenden suggested Lincoln Beach at Utah Lake so we took a few detours to get there. Brenden saw some goats. He always says, "Grandma! We need a dog! Grandma, we need a cat. Grandma! We need some goats." I always laugh and say, "When you graduate and move away we'd get stuck with the animals so.... no." He needs to work with a veterinarian. He loves animals!

 I really like the picture below. I haven't taken many good ones lately. But the two below I really like.

Last week I took the van to work so Jim could take the small car to SLC. As I drove into the parking lot and parked, steam came up out of the hood so I knew we had trouble with the radiator. Jim came and switched cars and found that there was a broken hose. He got it fixed and it was working well all week. So we go on this ride tonight. As we are leaving the boat harbor and go up the road a ways, we could smell antifreeze and the heat gauge went way up. We stopped by the road side to see what was going on and to let the car cool down. Several cars went by without stopping or even asking if we needed help. Obviously we needed help. The hood of the van was up and we were standing around waiting for it to cool down. We figured we'd try to get back down to the lake and see if any campers had a container for water. I watched the cars go by. Finally a couple came by and then backed up to see if we needed help. They were really nice. They went to the camp ground, found two buckets of water and brought them back to us.  The parable of the good Samaritan came to my mind. So many people passed by without even looking at us. This couple was willing to follow us all the way home if we needed. The man had two piercings in both ears and his arms were covered in tattoos. The woman also had a tattoo on her back. Despite those, they were a nice looking couple. Because of their demeanor, I felt immediately at ease. She introduced herself to Ammon and we had a short visit. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 2000. Her last name is Hess. One of you might know her. I'm glad that I am learning to reach out of my comfort zone and am willing to talk to anybody. I'm not sure I could have done that when I was in high school - or maybe even college.
We made it as far as the park in Elk Ridge. We had to stop again. I took Ammon out of the car and left Jim and Brenden there. I'm not sure why I left Brenden there. Ammon was in his manual wheelchair. I was supposed to go home, get some more water and take it back to the guys. I thought I was going to die about half-way home. Luckily, another good Samaritan came to my aid. A young man who just graduated from high school that knew Ammon asked if I needed help and pushed Ammon the rest of the way home. I am so beyond being proud! I welcome any and all help!
I hope I would be willing to stop and help someone by the wayside. I say I would but sometimes I wonder.  I'm just very thankful we got the van home and we were all safe.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Goings On

The other morning I went up to the temple before work. The sky was very smokey, making the mountains shrouded in a look of mystery. I decided to have some fun with these photos - wanted the outline of Angel Moroni to be the focal point.

Today was Thursday's Heroes. Jess and family came this year. We took Brenden with us, but he maintained the entire time that Iowa was a better team - even when he sat at lunch with Coach Tidwell. The coach said to me as he left, "We'll convert him." :)
 When Ammon was inducted in 2008, they team had the large boulder (below) in their screening room. They all had to chisel out this Y. It's done now and in place by the stadium. It looks nice.
 Michael Yeck. I work with his wife, Kelsey. They are a really cool couple. He is on a national watch list (can't remember which one right now) as a linebacker. He broke his toe last week so he will have to sit out 4 games.
 This is the main quarterback, Tayson Hill. He is not the least bit cocky. He is very kind and calm.
 This guy sat at our table for the entire lunch and he was awesome! His name is Josh Carter. He is a defensive center lineman. He is from Tuscon, AZ. He served his mission in Salt Lake City and said they were so busy he could hardly believe it. He was a lot of fun to talk to.
 Ammon has met Michael Alisa twice. He went to Ammon's middle school with a couple of women volleyball players for some reason and Ammon got to meet him there. He was injured most of last year so we'll see how he does. They moved him to a different position this year - he now plays the position that Kyle Van Noy played. Not an easy job to fill Van Noy's shoes. Alisa is a great guy.
It was a nice day. It wasn't too hot, the scrimmage wasn't too long and it was relaxing.
Tonight we are babysitting Kathrynne, Mia and McKay. All three are asleep at the same time! Miracles do happen.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Sarah & 4-H

Sarah has been in 4-H for about 3 years and today is the first time I've been to one of her shows. It was a lot of fun, bringing back sweet memories for me. Yesterday was the first show where they were judged. Today was the speed show. All the kids participated in three events: the barrels, pole bending and quadrangle.

 Nice tight turn in the barrel race.

 She kept her head up, which is what she's supposed to do.
 Coming home! She had a good time and I was very impressed.!

 This is the quadrangle. There are some poles set and they have to run around to the right around two poles and to the left around two other poles in a certain pattern.

 Goof balls!
 Pole Bending.  Sarah got a good time on this event as well. The horse has to weave around a line of poles. Sarah's horse, Scottie showed good form. He hasn't been trained in these events before but the two of them together are going to give the champions a run for them money next year!

 Today was a fun day for the kids. They dressed up and painted and decorated their horses.

It was a lot of fun! Everybody ought to go next year - to cheer Sarah on and to see what they do. It's pretty great.