Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shapes & Colors

There were so many interesting shapes, lines, texture and colors in Capital Reef that I couldn't quite take it all in. Here are a few more in the canyon or just outside of it.

This top picture was near the top of the hike to the Tanks. Kind of a scary hike for somebody with shaky knees but I made it up and down, only falling down once. Thanks to Jess, he provided a steady shoulder on the way down.
 Jess took this picture of Jim. Proof that he was there!

 Jess had a picture of the names on the wall on his blog - I put this one in so you could see how high up the names are that are carved into the rock. This is called the Pioneer Registry. I don't know if they were at ground level when they carved those names in the 1800s and erosion moved the road bed downward or if by some magic they climbed up there. It is pretty amazing.

 This was my favorite little spot. It is a perfect bowl to climb into.
 I wish I hadn't blown out the background but this rock is dramatically slanted. Love the lines.
 A child's dream playground.

 Jim took this picture. Gnarly tree that is really cool.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fish Lake

This tree is for Ted. One day he needs to find Kathy. And it's a heart for the Richard's family.

 This isn't Fish Lake, obviously. Just one little ledge that caught my interest in the Grand Wash at Capital Reef.
 Although most of the leaves had dropped, Fish Lake was spectacularly beautiful. I have always loved quaking aspens, even without their leaves. Some of these pictures will be printed off and hung on my wall going down stairs. I love these pictures.

 This is the entrance to Doctor's Creek trail head. Most of us have been up that hike. I love the leaning parallel lines of the trees in this photo.

 Two interesting trees with etchings from some creative people.
I have so many pictures of this trip I don't know what to do with them all. Few needed editing because the lighting was so perfect. Guess I'll print them off and make an album because I never want to forget this weekend. The world is so beautiful!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Thanks to Jess & Jen, we were able to enjoy a 3-day vacation. It was a much-needed break. We met them at Jen's grandfather's ranch east of Bicknell. We spent time riding on 4-wheelers (Ammon and I both for the first time in our lives), hiking, taking lots of pictures and enjoying each other's company. Thank you! We had a such a good time. Make sure and thank Mont for us again!

 When Ammon got back from his 4-wheeling ride he said, "Wow! That was a rush!" He loved it!

 This is the grist mill across the road from the Ellet's ranch. This is the natural picture with no touch-up. The lighting was perfect.

 Brenden learned to drive a 4-wheeler and seemed to love it.
 Spider man.
 We hiked through the Capital Wash at Capital Reef. The kids had a blast climbing in every cavern and hole they could find.

We spent the last day at Fish Lake. Those photos will come later.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Waning Autum

These are the last photos I will take of leaves and the mountains. The reds are fading quickly. It was beautiful but didn't last very long. Today is cold and cloudy. We will still have some nice days later on in the week, but autumn is waning.

 This is as far as I can get into Loafer Canyon. Gates are locked and cabins are private so I can go no further than the gate. Bears are frequently seen in this canyon.
 To the right of the picture above, just around that out cropping of rock and up a little canyon is the largest tree in Utah. One day I'm going to go find it. Schools used to take elementary students up there to see the tree but now that it is closed off for private use only, we can't easily get up there.
 Below is the top of Loafer. From this view it looks doable - but I know better. :) Doesn't this make you want to hike up there and hike through all the woods? It's calling me. One day in the next life.

This is my post (Mom). Blogger is being temperamental and won't let me sign in under my account.

Saturday, October 04, 2014


Quiz of the day...

Answer these question, but be careful...there is a trick in it, that you will miss if not careful!

What is the # of the states in "New England"?

How many leagues are there in a mile?

How many years is a US senator's term?

How many sides does a hexagon have?

How many lines are there in a Star of David?

How many "geese a-laying," are there in the Xmas carol?

How many is a double trifecta?

How many legs does an insect have?

How many feet in a fathom?

How many days did it take to create the earth?

How many feet under are you buried?

How many sides are there on a dice or cube?

How many make up a 1/2 dozen?

How many kids are the Clarks (Adam and Amy) going to have come next May?

How many strings on a guitar?

How many players are on the ice at one time for a hockey team?

Did you get them all right?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Doctrinal Question

A couple of weeks ago, I was teaching about the Aaronic Priesthood restoration in seminary. I try to challenge my students (even at 6:30 in the morning) to think a little more about the gospel then they have in the past. I remind them that some of them will be serving missions in a year or less and that they need to be prepared for difficult questions. They don't necessarily need answers to every question but it should be apparent that they have given some thought to various doctrinal principles.
As I was preparing the lesson, I came upon something that I had never really given much thought. The issue was if John the Baptist conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on Joseph and Oliver, why did they in turn confer it upon each other after they were baptized? I'm curious to hear what you think. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Doorbell Ditched

Tonight we were doorbell ditched.  I answered the door and as I opened it, I heard a girl's voice say, "Go, go, go!" And off took a car with two girls in it.  I didn't have my glasses on and couldn't describe the girls to Brenden, but we thought this was pretty cute. He has no idea who this nice note was from but I'm pretty sure he'll find out somehow.

We all laughed saying, "Well, the good thing about anonymous is that you tend to be friendly to everyone." 
Looks like Brenden is doing pretty well at school. We're going to have to beat the girls off with a stick.


I've been on 4 of the hikes listed on this website. Can you guess which ones?


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.