Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I had a group of sisters over today to say goodbye to Glenna who is moving to BC with her family. They have been in the ward longer than we have, but not sure how long in total they have been here. I have taught one of their daughters, Emma, in Young Women, and one of their boys, Brendan, in Seminary. It was a lot of fun having these women over. Glenna even brought her daughter, Katie, who was one of Heidi's friends and is currently living with her husband in Oman. So wonderful to have her relate some of her experiences. We had some good laughs--something we all need, unfortunately, more than we usually get. (When I looked at the picture after I posted it I realized there is now evidence that I put the chips out in their original bags--how tacky!!!)

I fixed Kim's delicious chocolate cake and I had found a wonderful recipe on someone's blog for a berry trifle. It was delicious. I had made the cake as a back-up because I was worried about the trifle not being very good. Some of us had both. I'm so mad at myself. I leave for China in less than 3 months and if I don't get it together I will not fit into anything!!! AND I REFUSE TO GO OUT AND BUY NEW CLOTHES--the trip will be expensive enough.

Monday, July 30, 2007


There were lots of mini trips in 1987--which was the year we left Castro Valley and moved to Laguna Niguel. My first BIG MOVE. (Little did I know that would be the beginning of many more!!!)

Allan had actually started working in So. California, so he was living in an apartment in Downey and every weekend would make that LONG drive back home. Over Presidents weekend, Stephen, Heidi, Brent, and I drove to Los Angeles so we could see Allan and I could do a little looking for a house. And, as we were going over the Grapevine, there was a snowstorm. They were actually escorting cars over. And I had ZERO experience in driving in the snow. Thank goodness Stephen knew how to drive in it. He took over and away we went. First stop (well, second stop) was Disneyland.

Not sure if this was the first character Brent met, but when you consider how much he loved watching Pinocchio, I wouldn't be surprised.

Stephen was such a good big brother. He was willing to ride the Alice in Wonderland ride--I really don't know what it was called.

Not sure if it's Chip or if it's Dale, but the kids sure enjoyed seeing him.

Brent was not a fan of Peter Pan, so I don't know why he was excited to see Mr. Smee, but I think he was fascinated with him. I'm sure it was he just didn't see people like him walking around everyday!!!!

Heidi was quite happy to meet Pinocchio and especially to get a hug from him.

Whenever I think of this trip to Reno, I am reminded about the stop at Burger King--I highly doubt if Chris will ever forget. I don't think he actually remembers it, I think he has just heard the story so many times about Heidi and the Burger Bundles!!!

Heidi was quite excited with her basket--especially that the Easter bunny had managed to find her all the way up in Reno!!!!

I love this picture of Chris "enjoying???" his candy.

What a cute group of kids!!! I wish you could see Brent's little tie--it had a green dinosaur on it. We all couldn't get over Amanda's Easter bonnet!!!


At Christmas, Nancy and Evan came out to spend the holidays with us. It was so fun to have them there. That little Evan was such a cutie. Neal, Jen, Chris and Amanda came down for New Years and brought Daphne with them. We went to Disneyland on New Years Eve and then on New Years Day we went to the beach. (Now, living here in Winnipeg, the idea of going to the Beach on New Years Day seems absolutely impossible!!!)

When I figure out how to add video to my blog, I will include the little segment of these two dancing here in Orleans Square. Oh my--who could possibly forget Chris doing his Frankenstein dance!!!

Evan was so increidbly darling in this little hoodie. I can't help but think of Nancy doing the whole dialogue from "Throw Momma From the Train"--which I also have on video!!!

Daphne rescuing Brent from Goofy. Not sure how he ended up there on his own???

Part of the group as we were getting ready to leave The Magic Kingdom. This is where we stood when Nancy did her infamous dialogue--I don't think I stopped laughing. Still as I sit here and type, I laugh all over again!!!

A great way to start 1988--a day at the beach. It was a beautiful day--not incredibly warm, but it was bright and sunny and everyone had a great time being together--especially the kids!!!

The littlest ones enjoy the sunshine. I was glad Evan kept his pacifier in his mouth because there is nothing worse then when they fall in the sand!!!

Stephen and Daphne relax on the beach. What amazes me about all these pictures, is that we're all in tennis shoes and socks--I guess these were the days before flip-flops!!!

It ALMOST looks like Neal is going to push Nancy down, but THAT CAN'T BE??? I'd have to blow the picture up and see if there was a little gleam in his eye!!!

It was wonderful to have New Years Day dinner together. I LOVED having everyone in our home. Of course, I loved my Laguna Niguel home--it's right up there with my Charlotte home as one of my favorites. Then again, most people don't have a bunch of homes that they've lived in. Living here in Winnipeg has been tough--I want to keep moving the furniture around so the place doesn't get boring!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2007


After Brent and Allan's birthday we went up to NorthStar for a few days.

Here we all are at the front steps of the house we rented. (I'm assuming that Bev is taking the picture)--although, sorry Bev, I have no pictures of you on this trip. And yet, I'm in a picture. What a shock!!!

Nancy and Wendy took Heidi and Brent to the pool and they had fun. I really can't remember a time we were up at NorthStar that we didn't have good weather!!!

Brent got this little turtle sandbox for his birthday and we took it with us. We managed to plug the hole and fill it with water and he and Heidi had a great time splashing around in it. A great and easy way for them to cool off.

I guess watching Heidi "drive" all those times, Brent figured it was his turn to give it a try. I wanted to tell him not to be in such a hurry to drive--it would come soon enough. And as always, time flew by.

It was fun to celebrate Brent's 1st birthday and Allan's (well, it wasn't his 1st birthday ; ) It was always so fun that they could celebrate their birthdays together.


Doc and Priscilla were going on a river rafting trip down the Rogue River and invited us to go. It sounded like great fun. We would drive up to Grant's Pass and then there were guides that would take us down the Rogue River. Each night we would stop at a lodge and have dinner--family style. It was such an amazing and fun trip. Bev ended up going with us and Dave and Brynn from CV I Ward went with us. We stopped in Grant's Pass and visited some friends. It was great to see Mike and Deanna. I hadn't seem then since I worked with Mike at the seed company.

Here we are before we got ready to get into our boats. Hadn't spent much time around Dave, but he and Brynn were so much fun. It's nice that Allan still keeps in touch with Dave today.

Bev and I on the shore. The weather was perfect and the group was great. We would stop on the shore at noon time for lunch and wow did the food taste great.

It was great to just get on a tube and float on the river. I loved the whitewater spots, too, We have a few pictures of that, but they're not the greatest. I would love to go back and do this trip again with the kids. I think all of them would love it.

If there was a hoop to be found, Allan would have found it. I must admit, I am surprised he and Richard weren't out there playing ball together.

Friday, July 27, 2007


When we moved into our Winnipeg house in February 1996 (yes, it has been that long!!!) we put this family picture on the wall in the entry.

Needless to say it is a little old. The picture was taken when we were on a family vacation at Disneyworld in December 1992 and was a gift from the kids. We are missing several members of our family. Whenever people come to the house, Allan plays a game with them and tells them he'll pay them big bucks if they can match the kids to their parents. Some people have done fairly well, but no one has gotten a penny!!! Today I CHANGED THE PICTURE. I put one from our family reunion at Herrington's in July 2006. Of course, it will change again next year when all go to Hawaii to celebrate Grandma's 90th birthday.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


It may seem like there are a lot of pictures of this--but hey, there was a whole lot going on and a lot of people involved.
We went out to Strawberry for the Robison Reunion over the 4th of July 1986. I don't remember where we stayed--I think maybe it was the little hotel in Ely where Heidi had her screaming fit (that was a horrible experience!!!) This was a huge gathering and it was so much fun.

We all met up in Reno and had dinner together out on the patio--gosh, it seems like a lifetime ago. What fun memories. Anyway, we gave Grandpa this pair of pants and jacket for his next cruise. Can't you just see Grandma letting him go to dinner in it--better yet, can you see HIM wearing it????

I absolutely love this picture. We all had t-shirts that said "N J Robison Family". It was so fun to be together. I just wish Heidi and Brent had turned around.

Such a great picture. They are just the best. We have all been so lucky to have them as our examples--could you find any better people to look up to. I remember when we went on the cruise to Alaska in 1989 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. People sent letters about them and WOW are they ever loved and admired!!!

Allan and his dad preparing the chicken--there were others helping, too--obviously. I can't believe how they did everything they did with so many people to feed. The food was fantastic.

Uncle Melvin adding oil to the pan. I know there was some dutch oven cooking going on, but can't find a good picture. I hope dutch oven cooking is not an art that is lost in our family. I know David has tried really hard to keep it going, and I sure hope he can.

I should have Chris and Heidi write about this picture. I'm sure each of them would have something funny to say about the other. I do have to comment on the dress Heidi is wearing--I made her and Brent outfits for the 4th of July. I loved them!!!

Grandma holding Brent who is wearing the little outfit I made for him. What a cutie!!! When he was about a year he was smiling most of the time.

I love this picture--what a life. To just sit there and have someone carry you every where you want to go. I don't know if people even use backpacks like this for babies--they all seem to put them in the packs in the front.

Chris on one of the ATV's. I think he and Heidi would have loved it if they could have taken off and had a ride all over!!!

I wish I had gotten a picture of the two of them side by side. Really don't know why I didn't do that. I'm sure they would have loved to race each other. Can you imagine???

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I had been pretty sick most of the beginning of 1985. Thank goodness Doc Crockett and Priscilla were back from their mission. Richard was great to come and give me B6 shots when I needed them. Finally we went on a trip and headed up to North Star over the 4th of July in 1985. Nancy brought along Lauren W. and Stephen brought Kenny L. It was a great few days. I still remember Bev bringing her Video camera which was huge and she had to carry a pack along--it was like it had a VCR attached. (Can you imagine--how times have changed when you think how small they are today!!!) We're not sure if it was on this trip that Heidi was bitten in the face by some huge flying insect--after that, she would have a fit when any insect came flying hear her face.

I always love being with Grandma over the 4th of July because it means we get to celebrate her birthday--which we did while at NorthStar.

It was so refreshing to go to the pool--here is Heidi wearing her water wings and having her hero help her swim.

Nancy and Lauren at the top of the tram with Heidi. Funny thing, I don't remember Nancy and Lauren riding the tram down, but they must have.

You always have to ride the Alpine Slide down the mountain. Here are Heidi, Aunt Gerry, and Allan waiting (I think) at the top for the slide.

Heidi had a ball riding the slide down the mountain with her dad. Maybe that's where she got the desire to drive so fast--after FLYING down the mountain. Just think, if she'd come down the mountain with me she might not have all the speeding tickets...

All of us in the house that we rented. It was a beautiful home with a loft and it was so fun. I think Heidi's looking at Bev because she had set the timer on her camera and probably ran to her spot for the picture. We had such a great time being together. North Star was one of my favorite places to visit--and I would love to go back someday.

And, shortly after we arrived home, Brent James was born.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I took my guys to the airport this morning for a 9:15 flight to Montreal. As I got into the car, I thought "O.K. NOW WHAT DO I DO???? Lots of ideas are running through my head. I have an easy life. Kyle is very self-sustaining--other than cooking dinner and doing his laundry there isn't much I do for him. (An occasional ride somewhere, but other than that he rides the bus or bikes). As far as Allan is concerned, goodness knows I am the luckiest woman there is--he is so easy going and has NEVER BEEN DEMANDING. In fact, I can't even imagine... But, just knowing I can do anything and no one will interrupt me is wonderful. I could:

--Go home and go back to bed and stay there as LONG AS I WANT!!!
--Go home and pick up my Harry Potter Book and not put it down until I'm done!!!
--Get out my scrapbooking stuff, rummage through photos all over the bed and scrapbook as
long as I want.
--Cook if I feel like it or just grab toast, cereal, yogurt, whatever.
--Basically, do whatever I want.

I do know that the house will be too quiet--especially now that Bashful is not here. At least when Bashful was alive, if there was a noise I could always tell myself it was him. Now, I can only imagine what the noises might be ; )

One thing is for sure, I will miss these guys!!! I hope they have a wonderful time in Montreal and that poor Allan's back gets better. I wonder what Kyle will do without the piano, keyboard or guitar for 9 days--not to mention his cell phone or iPod!!!

Monday, July 23, 2007


This is the trip I don't think ANY OF US will ever forget. Not so much the going as the coming home. (Although I do remember the snow was crazy when we were driving out, but what's a little snow???) Those who were there--do you remember now??? We drove to Utah for the sealing and we were there for Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day, poor Heidi got the flu. So I stayed at the hotel room with her, while everyone else went to Aunt Gerry's for dinner. While we were there, Allan and I attended our first BYU Football game. When we drove home, people started to feel sick about the time we stopped in Reno. As we were going through the "bug" station, the traffic was horrific--backed up for miles and EVERYONE in the car was getting sick to their stomach. People were using pillow cases to get sick in. I felt very sorry for Grandpa Les--I'm not sure if he was sick or not. (More than likely by the end of the trip he was sick!!! It was awful. Allan ended up turning the car around and we all went back to Mom and Dad's.

Grandpa Les rode next to Heidi. I'm sure he took every opportunity to turn down his hearing aid when he needed to--I always thought that was how he could be with all the kids and it never seemed to bother him ; )

Doug H. happened to be in Utah while we were there, so he and Stephen went up to Snowbird and went skiing for the day. They had a great time.

Heidi was always eager to take the wheel and drive--even on this trip. We went to Temple Square to see the lights.

We stopped at Bridal Veil Falls and Nancy showed off her many talents. I bet she could probably still do that today!!! (I don't think I could have done it then!!!)

Here the three girls are just having a good time--something they always seemed to do.