Sunday, July 7, 2013

Brent's Graduation

Before I write about our half-marathon, I better write about Brent's graduation from BYU.  I can't believe I let all this time go by without writing about it.  Sorry, Brent.

We had to fly out of San Francisco to Utah.  The sad thing was that our flight out of San Francisco was late because of a storm in Denver and then the flight out of Denver to Utah was really late.  As it turned out, we would have been better to have driven our rental car from Sacramento to Utah--we could have gotten into Utah in time for dinner rather than getting there early the next morning.  CRAZY!!!

On Tuesday morning we just kind of ran errands.  That night we met the kids at Zupas.  It was fun to see them.  They looked GREAT.  I SURE LOVE THEM.



The next day I met my friend Suzanne.  It was great to see her.  We had a lovely visit.  After a quick trip to Target, we headed to Costco to get things for the dinner to celebrate Brent's graduation.  We picked up Heidi (Daniel was busy taking finals).  Stopped at a little place and got some fun shots.


It was fun to have a celebration of Brent's upcoming graduation.  Got to meet some of his friends. He looked so happy, and not just because he had ice cream cake!!!



The next morning we went to the Provo Temple with Heidi, Brent, and Bev.


After haircuts for the boys, we headed to the Marriott Center with thousands of other people for the commencement.       It was so fun to be in there and see him accomplish this--wow, am I proud of this young man.
(As a sidenote, Brent even got his picture in the Salt Lake Tribune.  PRETTY COOL.)





And, of course, he got to ring the Victory Bell--wish I could have gotten a picture of that.  That night we went to see Oblivion--not a bad movie.  I sure wish I had my camera when we headed out of the movie theater--the moon was incredible.

The next morning we were up and off to BYU.  Have I told you how much I LOVE THAT CAMPUS.  It is so incredibly beautiful.  I think there is no where like it to go to school.  (I could spend a ton of money in the bookstore--and not just on the chocolate covered cinnamon bears ; )

We met the kids before Brent had to be in the Fine Arts Building for him to receive his diploma.
We had time to take a few pictures.  Heidi gave me Stephanie Nielson's book, "Heaven is Here" for Mother's Day.  I LOVED IT.


A shot of the BYU students (past and future).


And, of course, a shot with our graduate--we were pretty proud parents!!!


Brent's very own cheering section--we made quite a bit of noise!


Unfortunately, Allan and I had to hurry out to catch our plane, but we were there when he walked and got his diploma.



Congratulations, Brent, we are SO VERY PROUD OF YOU!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

PART II OF THE REUNION



Let me begin by sharing something one of my boys said about coming to the reunion.  After he returned home, he was asked by a friend if he felt bad about missing another event that was pretty important to come to the reunion.  He said, "Going to the reunion was a no-brainer.  If I have a chance to be at anything with my kids and my parents, I'll be there!!!!"  He told this person that he realizes that it's been years for his mom to be able to be with her parents and his dad lost his dad 14 years ago and his mom about 4 years ago, so when he can be somewhere with both his parents and his children, he'll do whatever.

When I wrote the previous post I realize I didn't write about the shooting of our movie.  Brent wrote a script for a movie.  (Something that has been a part of our reunions since 1999--when the first Robison movie "Video Wars" was shot.)  This one was tentatively titled "Newalster".         Brent wanted to have the little ones each take a key role in the movie, so it was written with three heroes--who would be played by Drew, Garrett, and  Xander.

I ended with the Thursday events and now it's time to go on to Friday.

Stephen and Daphne got up very early to take Kiah and Jason to the Pocatello airport.  When they got back we were all busy making lunches for our trip to Yellowstone.  We were scheduled to leave at 9:00--and ended up leaving shortly after 9:00.  We had walkie-talkies so we could try to stay together.

I think everyone loved the trip through the park.  If you haven't been there, YOU HAVE TO GO. It is amazing.

We saw some amazing things, but the highlight for me (aside from seeing everyone enjoy the trip so much) was seeing a mama grizzly bear and her two cubs.  Unfortunately, we were not as close as others in our group, so I didn't get a great capture.  Oh, well, I have my memory and I'm still excited that I saw one ; )

We also came across a herd of bison and they were VERY, VERY close to the car--in fact, a little too close.


When we were visiting last year, there was a bison laying in the field and I saw a couple of people get WAY TOO CLOSE to take his picture.  I couldn't believe they were that stupid.  And then when I was in the information center I saw video with a guy that was thrown into a tree when he got too close to one.  (They should show that video to everyone as they enter the park ; )  When we came across one of our first bison and calf, they went right by this guy fishing.  I might have been a little afraid if I was him ; )


We stopped at a few of the falls--so very pretty.  It is more evidence to me of the beauty of this world.



And, of course, we had to take some pictures in front of the falls.  Thanks to Kyle for grabbing my camera and taking a picture of Allan and I.





We wanted to hit Old Faithful.  Unfortunately, the same thing happened this year that happened last year--we got there just as she spouted.  Most of us decided to stay another 40 minutes until she would spout again.  IT WAS WORTH IT.




When we got back we had a late dinner.   The Indiana Group put together a bake potato and salad bar.  It was FABULOUS--I think everyone enjoyed choosing their own toppings.

Allan and I had purchased a couple of puzzles of a Yellowstone scene and he divided everyone up into two teams and they got busy trying to put it together---talk about competitive.  It got a little crazy.
















When we got up Saturday, it was COLD.   We had a couple of things planned for that day:  We were going to skype with our grandson, Chris and his wife, Heather and the newest addition to our family.   We all felt really bad that they weren't a part of the reunion, so we had planned a "Welcome Logan Party".  Everyone had a gift for the baby and it was so fun to watch each of them present their gift and visit with them.  I hope it helped them know how much they were missed and how excited all of us were for their new addition.  Although I certainly would have enjoyed having that little guy in my arms, this was the next best thing!!!!

On Saturday we needed to finish up the shooting of the movie. We also did an indoor shoot of a town meeting with our mayor and a group ready to riot!!!!  Of course, one of them had a fun time with a would be whoopie cushion--our poor Director tried really hard not to laugh.


This shot was filmed the second day we arrived--it is our fisherman who are the first to encounter the monster!!!



We did some town scenes where the people have to scream and run, but unfortunately, I didn't take any shots of that--it would have been hysterical!!!!

We were pretty fortunate to have three fabulous actors who were the heroes in our movie.  Here they are in the scene where they attempt to WAKE THE NEWALIE!!!


The Mayor and the Scientist thanking the heroes for their incredible service!!!!


After a fabulous dinner of chicken and steak fajitas, we played a game put together by our son-in-law Tony entitled "How Well Do You Know Your Dad?"


The questions were tough.  I so wish we had a video of Tony in action.  He was too funny, and, of course, watching the kids would have been GREAT.  Six of them are INCREDIBLY COMPETITIVE and were not happy when they didn't get an answer wrong.  Kudos to Heidi who won.  With questions like how many ties does he own or chicken or fish, how was anyone supposed to win ; )

Kyle was a little concerned when little L took his glasses--how was he ever going to know any of the answers now???


These four were sure thinking pretty hard

But in the end they realized that it was all for fun and not knowing how many sets of scriptures Allan has owned was not that important.


Saturday night was so incredibly fun as we sat around and visited and shared fun stories.  I didn't want the night to end.

And I know it meant the world to Allan to have an opportunity to explain to his children WHAT HE KNOWS and remind them all that THEY CAN KNOW WHAT HE KNOWS!!!!  It is something Allan has wanted to do for years and I know he is so glad he had the opportunity to do it.


The next day everyone headed for home.  Always sad to see these events end.  Allan and I along with Brent and Kyle enjoyed an extra day.  We visited with Wendy and Tony until they headed for the airport around 3:00, and then Allan and Brent headed off to a special Church meeting.  Kyle and I had fun playing ping pong and visiting.  When Allan got back he and Kyle headed back down to the horseshoe pit!!!


That night we all watched The Great and Powerful Oz in the theater room--well, until Allan fell asleep.  I hadn't seen it so the boys and I watched it together.

The four of us left on Monday morning.  Sad to say goodbye but sure filled with GREAT MEMORIES.  Allan and I talked over and over again how it was all so much more than we expected.

Sidenote:  HAPPY INDEPENDENCE  DAY TOMORROW!!!!