Saturday, August 29, 2009

Our Trip to Utah

We've been in Utah almost a week. Lots has been going on and it has been busy, busy, busy.
  • When we first arrived I was surprised at all the mail I had here--loot from two giveaways. Wedding photos from Chris and Heather's as well as Amanda and Darren's weddings
  • Kyle is settled in his dorm and seems to be adjusting, but then again CLASSES HAVE NOT STARTED YET ; )
  • Obviously we celebrated Allan and Brent's birthdays. I chuckled when I saw this term on a card for a husband and I thought it fit Allan to a T--hubbilicious ; ) Got such a kick out of this picture.
  • We visited Heidi in her classroom with her new group of 1st Graders. Wow, she has 25 this year. She is a great teacher. She even had a "Happy Birthday" certificate for her daddy.
  • Went to see Julie and Julia--such a cute movie.
  • Yesterday Allan and I took a drive to Huntsville to visit two blogging buddies. Their families own a restaurant called "Texas Pride Barbecue". I've read all about it and it was so fun to finally see it. It is so cute. (And they sent us home with some barbeque, salads, beans and some pecan pie--CAN YOU SAY DELICIOUS!!!!) Any of you who live in the area--it is so worth the drive. I have never been to that area--it is so beautiful. I loved meeting Sheri and Corrine. They are just adorable. We had a chance to visit for a little over an hour. It was wonderful. When we started visiting, it was so comfortable. That's what I love about meeting blogging friends--you already "know" each other so you just start talking like you were visiting the other day--because really you did visit on each other's blogs. It was fun meeting their husbands and children, too.
  • On Friday we had lunch with The M's. It is always so fun to visit with them. They are trying to get caught up on 24 (they missed 3 seasons)
  • I couldn't tell you how many trips we've made to the Distribution Center and Deseret Book. But, one of my favorite things has been being on campus--just have to restrain myself from following Kyle around Monday morning ; )
  • Had fun playing Rockband this afternoon with the kids--loved this shot of Kyle singing and playing guitar.
  • Looking forward to having Sunday dinner with my kids--I'm going to enjoy every minute because I doubt it will happen again until December when they come home at Christmas.



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Allan


First of all, thanks to all of you who went and visited Brent's blog yesterday and wished him a Happy Birthday. HE LOVED IT.

Today is my sweet hubby's birthday. I was going to just add it as a sidenote on yesterday's post, but i just couldn't. It's been a tough year for him and I just wanted to say that I love him and think he is such a fantastic man. I guess you could say I KIND OF LOVE THE GUY!!!!

So just a few pictures--for Brent's 24th birthday I did 24 for him--no way I'll do the same for Allan because that would be A WHOLE LOT OF PICTURES ; )

Wasn't he a cute little guy

He grew up in Reno--he has two sisters.

This is when he was at BYU--now his youngest is there. Allan and I both love BYU--so it is so wonderful to have Brent and Kyle both going there this year.
Our wedding day.

Our first New Year's Eve.
I am a very lucky woman. Allan loves to cook and is a much better cook than I am. Kyle will miss Sunday dinners at our house when Allan would make fried chicken or pork chops and gravy. Mine just isn't the same. (Here he is making Sunday dinner at Stephen and Daphne's--cube steaks, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Yum.
Besides being a great husband--THE BEST--he is a wonderful father. His kids love him. One of my favorite memories is our celebration of his 60th birthday back in 2003. All of the kids and grandkids flew to Winnipeg and surprised him AND IT WAS A REAL SURPRISE. The best part for him was he didn't have to do any of the planning.
Another favorite shot was this picture taken when we were in Japan during our cruise last September/October. It was so fun to watch him interact with the children. It didn't matter that we didn't speak Japanese.

Allan's also shares his birthday with granddaughter, Hannah Grace. She is such a cutie. Today is her 9th birthday. I love this picture which was also taken at his 60th birthday party.

We had a great birthday dinner for Brent and Allan at PF Changs. The food was great AS ALWAYS.

The picture at the top was Heidi's creation--Allan loves Ding Dongs so she put those on his car window this morning to wish him a Happy 66th ; )


Sidenote: Kyle got moved into his dorm room and seems to be enjoying everything. I'M SO GLAD.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WHAT I KNOW WEDNESDAY--We don't raise our children alone

My son, Brent, is celebrating his 24th birthday today, so my "What I Know Wednesday" is all about him. He is such an amazing son and I love him so much. It has been a real blessing for me to be his mother. i've written a great deal about him before and the struggles that he had at birth and as a child. He has overcome some great obstacles. So WHAT DO I KNOW--I know that we can always have help and guidance in our role as Mothers. As we raised Brent, I could feel the hand of the Lord guiding us in all that we did--especially in each of our moves. Our first move to Southern California was necessary for him to enter a school where he would learn so much and have a great speech therapist. Our move to Charlotte is where we found a wonderful Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist. Then our move to Reno and then Auburn gave us an opportunity to be near family--which is something very important to Brent. He loves family so much and those years helped him a great deal. Coming to Winnipeg was scary at first, but he found great help in school and some wonderful friends. It was so obvious to me that we were being guided in so much of what we did, and as I watch Brent today, I know the Lord was mindful of all of us.

Brent has a great love for movies and has a blog where he does reviews. We can always count on him to tell us what we should or shouldn't see. I have to remember that he's a lot like his mom--he goes to be entertained so if he enjoyed the movie he recommends it. Go by his blog and wish him a happy birthday.

He's very excited about starting BYU in a week.

In honor of him, I want to post 24 of my favorite Brent pictures.

Blessing Day--Brent had a rough start and after being released from the hospital we had to take him back. So he was not blessed until he was a few weeks old.

I love this pic of Heidi and Brent wearing the outfits I made for them for a family reunion in 1986

In 1988 we gathered at a friends to have a family picture taken--I love this pic of Chris and Brent.
Thanksgiving in Reno 1988.

With his dad in the park in So. California--we lived there 1987-88

Stephen and Daphne came down with Jason for Heidi's birthday in 1988. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. They have a great relationship--I know they would love to see each other more often because they have a great time whenever they are together.

We lived in Charlotte, NC, from 1989-1990. At the time they were home to the Hornets. One afternoon Brent got bit by a HUGE horsefly--it drew blood. Here he's explaining to dad what happened (using the Hornet as a prop ; )

Helping his dad clean up after Hurricane Hugo--September 1989
While living in Charlotte, we took a trip to Dollywood--what a fun place to visit.

When we lived in Toronto, quite often we would go to Niagara Falls. When Neal was visiting (and I was in the hospital during my pregnancy), Allan took Neal and the kids to Niagara Falls. This is one of my favorite shots. Brent loves Neal so much and calls him all the time. He loves hanging out with him.
Right after Kyle was born we took a trip to Western Canada. Here's Heidi and Brent at Lake Louse. (It was a GREAT trip) Heidi and Brent have had a great time being in Utah together. Heidi has been a great big sister to Brent. When he was young, she always watched over him and took such great care of him. It was so sweet when I talked to her the other day and she mentioned she was nervous about her first day of school and called up Brent to give her a blessing.

Over Spring Break in 1994 we took a trip that took us to Yellowstone.
Just a few months before we moved to Winnipeg.
When we first moved to Winnipeg, we were not sure how long we'd be here, so we had Brent do the Lone Scout program, as well as the Canadian Scouting program. Here he is receiving his Arrow of Light. When we realized he would be able to earn his Chief Scout Award, we decided he didn't need to do both--I'm sure he was RELIEVED.


Grade 6 picture
With his nephew, Jason, August 2003.


Finding his mission call in the mailbox
This is a memory that is burned in my heart forever. When we took Brent to the MTC it was an amazing experience. When it was time for him to go he hugged us and suddenly he was gone. I got outside just as they were getting ready to go on the bus and yelled "Brent, look over here" He did the 'see you in two' sign and was gone. I get teary eyed just thinking about. He was so excited and so ready. He had a great mission.
With his first companion. It was so fun when we were waiting for Brent at the airport when he returned, this Elder was waiting for his connection to Oregon--and I recognized him from his pictures so went up and visited.
At the airport with his grandma when he came home from Arizona.
With his nephew, Drew, in Hawaii June 2008
Parasailing with Heidi in Hawaii.
Last April he graduated from LDS Business College. We celebrated at PF Changs and the B's (his former Mission President and wife) came down to celebrate along with Elder P (a former companion)
With Chris, Heidi and Kyle at Amanda's wedding last month.

Happy Birthday Bud--I love you.

Sidenote:
Today is moving-in day for Kyle. We ran a ton of errands on Monday and spent time on campus--and look where we found Kyle.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What Do You Think???


I was looking at these pictures from the wedding, and I just noticed Neal's expression. Doesn't it look like he's wanting really bad to stick out his tongue at his dad (in fact, if you look real close I think his tongue is partly out). What do you think?

Almost as good as this one (a Macy photo)--Allan is obviously talking about something important and I look like I'm thinking "What shall we have for dinner tomorrow night?" Allan said it looks like I'm thinking, "Why did I sit here?"

Sidenote #1: We made it safe and sound to Utah. The drive down was pretty uneventful--just felt long. I think because we normally don't drive when it's very dark, and because we left after Sacrament Meeting on Sunday we drove until about 10:30 so when we arrived in Billings it felt very late.

Kyle's party with his friends went well. I think it is starting to hit him that he is gone from Winnipeg--not just on vacation. I keep telling myself he'll do fine. I think I'll be fine until I drive away.

Sidenote #2--Went out for my run this morning. Goodness it's quite different running where you are at 4600 feet above sea level as opposed to Winnipeg that pretty close to sea level. Also Winnipeg is flat--IT IS NOT FLAT HERE.



Saturday, August 22, 2009

PACKING

As I've mentioned before, Kyle is very much like his dad--INCREDIBLY ORGANIZED. So for him, packing hasn't been too bad. Because we will hang his clothes in the car for the drive down, he brought things out and put them on the rail. When he was counting shirts, I asked him about a particular t-shirt and I chuckled at his response, "It didn't make the cut" ; )

The new mat for the trampoline arrived so he and his buddies have been jumping and jumping. I laughed when I went downstairs and saw them on their computers together. I will miss those boys, too. Kyle is the only one leaving the city to go to school, so tonight they are having a going away party for him.

This kid is so fun. Look at this pic of him with his brothers, Brent and Neal, and nephews Chris (with his wife, Heather) and Garrett at Park City. (Another great shot by Macy. BTW, she just posted pictures she took at a wedding at the Washington DC Temple. I do not know this couple at all, but after looking at her pictures came away feeling like I really got a sense of who they are. Now, that is TALENT)

Sidenote #1: Today is Seminary In-Service--feels funny that I'm not going.

Sidenote #2: When I went to my running class Thursday night it was raining and I mean raining. I had said I ran in the rain before, but I have never gotten drenched like I did Thursday night. It was NOT FUN. (Also, I am extremely competitive, therefore, being at the back of the pack EVERY WEEK is KILLING ME. But, I keep reminding myself AT LEAST I'M DOING SOMETHING. I have to remember I'm the oldest one in the class--I think ; )

Today it was great to run in the sunshine. Did my first run for 4 minutes/walk 1 minute. Felt good. And I was FIRST and last ; )