Saturday, January 31, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Anyway enjoy taking notice of the hairdo's, the big glasses, the 80's themed clothes and how young we all look.
The picture below is how we all look now. Take notice - Mindy, who is in the black & yellow striped shirt, is the little one on grandpa's lap in the previous picture.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
All of the cousins had a really good time getting to know each other (I'm not joking when I say that we really haven't seen each other and been all together for many, many years). We all felt like we don't want to wait so long to see each other again and so we are going to try to get together again soon (and not at a funeral.) Thank heavens for blogs so we can keep in touch with each other until then. Here are a few pictures.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Amy is so creative and did such a good job making them. They looked so cute hanging on the wall.
She had made one for Joe and I.
And one for her and Scott
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I'm sad because I wont get to see him again in this life.
Sad that I didn't get to spend more time with him the past few years.
Sad that my kids didn't know him better.
Sad that he died alone without me or my brothers with him.
Sad that we all have to get older, (which is starting to scare me a little bit.)
Happy that he is reunited with my mom and his parents and brothers and sisters, etc. (Can you just imagine the party they had as they welcomed him home?!!)
Happy that we got his house cleaned out and everything else taken care of last summer so we don't have to worry about it now.
Happy that he was as healthy as he was right up until the end and that he died peacefully.
And so happy to have the gospel and the knowledge that our family can be together forever.
Monday, January 5, 2009
As we walked in the automatic door wasn't working and was only open a few inches. Joe had to push it open so we could walk in.
I noticed that only half of the lights were on in the store.
My thoughts: "They must be having a slight power outage."
Joe's thoughts: "We better hurry. . . they must be about ready to close."
I sent Joe to find a couple items and I hurried down an isle to find a few more. I noticed several people talking to a lady over by one of the cash registers.
I assumed: "She must be having a hard time getting the cash register to work since the power is out."
Joe's thoughts: "This is weird!"
I grabbed a couple bottles of BBQ sauce and as I was coming back up the aisle . . . I heard a strange conversation between a man and a lady.
Man: "I'm just going to take it and I'll come back tomorrow and pay for it then."
Lady: "Yeah, me too. I need these oranges today so I'm just going to take them but I'm going to leave my name, address and phone number and I'll come back and pay tomorrow too."
Man: "And maybe you should call the cops!!!"
Lady: "Ok, good idea!"
Wait. . . WHAT!?!? Ok. . .I don't know about you but hearing the words "Call the cops" got my attention. As I got back to the front of the store I met up with Joe and we both looked at each other with puzzled looks on our faces.
I said: "I think we better get outa here. I don't think this store is open."
Joe said: "Yeah . . . let's HURRY!!!
So we put down our items on the nearest counter and quickly pushed back through the door and headed to our car. We saw the "orange lady" out in her car and I asked her what was going on. She confirmed our thoughts that the store was not open.
She had called the cops and they were on their way.
I said (While holding out my empty hands): Well you are our witness that we didn't take anything.
She said (Holding up her oranges): Well I'm taking these but I left my name and I'm going to come back tomorrow and pay for them. You could do the same thing if you need too! I'm sure it's fine!!"
WHAT . . . wait!!!!!
Weird - why didn't she just leave some change or a check or something for her oranges? Or why did she (and others) think that they could just walk out with out paying?
Strange - Why was the store open? Did someone accidently leave it unlocked? Or did someone break in? And if that were true - were they still in there while we were? Ewwww. . . scary!!!
Fact - Isn't "breaking and entering" a crime? The last time I checked. . . ummm. . . yep . . .
Rationalizing: Technically we didn't "break in" - we only pushed open the door that wasn't working and shouldn't have been open. We did "enter" but only for a few minutes!! And we didn't take anything . . . (but our finger prints our all over the place.)
Question - Were we "criminals" for a few minutes!!!!! Were we witnesses to possible crimes?
Reality - We didn't hang around to find out!!! We left and eventually found a store that (we made sure before entering) had a door that worked, lights that were on and was REALLY open.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Even though it wasn't a great game for BYU, Joe had a great time. They had excellant seats - 14th row on the 42 yard line. You can't ask for a better view than that. I have to say though that I was secretly cheering for U of A (don't tell Joe!) I had to be loyal to my roots!! haha
While Joe was gone to the game I met up with my niece and spent the evening with her. We went to a great place for dinner and then we did some shopping. Then she took me to a candy factory that had a neat Cactus Garden all lit up with Christmas lights. It was really different seeing Christmas lights on cactus. I don't think I would want the job of putting them on or taking them off. But I'm grateful that somebody did because it was really pretty.
We stayed at the Excalibur Hotel. I think the lady that checked us in liked us so she gave us a beautiful room on the 27th floor with a great view of the strip.
We didn't do any gambling or go to any cool shows (I guess we are kinda boring) but we had a fun stay in "sin city" and it was a great way to begin our vacation.
You can see in this next picture that Scott tried to take the picture with us and the WHOLE tree in the shot . . . but it wasn't easy to do since the tree is so BIG!
I took this picture standing at the base of the tree looking up.
It is a real tree that was cut down at Mount Shasta, CA. It weighs 20,000 lbs and is 115 feet tall. It took a 10 man crew 2 weeks to decorate it. There are over 23,000 lights on it and 17,000 ornaments.
Christmas in California was definately different - with no snow and being so warm. But when I saw this tree it really helped me get in the Christmas spirit. It was a spectacular sight.
They had their house decorated so festive
We made sugar cookies
which Santa loved by the way!!!!
We got a lot of nice gifts including a really big surprise
a 42 inch flatscreen TV from all of our kids.
We had so much fun spending Christmas with Scott and Amy.
They really made it special for us.
Thanks you guys - We had a blast!!!!!