Sunday, May 26, 2013


A mother is only as happy as her most miserable child.
Why must this be so?

Ni Hao Yall

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hiking the Bonneville Shoreline Trail

To celebrate spring finally arriving in Provo Brian surprised me one Monday morning by suggesting a spontaneous hike along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
After spending the night at our house for a self-proclaimed "spring break" Kellie drove us to our starting point in Springville. We set off from this craggy canyon and headed north towards Slate Canyon.
I need to brush up on my wildflower identification. Blooms were all along our path and, honestly, lifted my spirit.
These looked like they could be wild snapdragons.
(Utah Milkvetch?)
I term this some type of flowering ground cover. Beautiful.
(Longleaf Phlox?)
Brian is about as cooperative as Abby when it comes to picture taking.
We ran into a couple shelters/hide-outs along the way
and an old abandoned lime mine.
We quite enjoyed the view
UNTIL we spied this long snake stretched across our path.
Nevertheless, I loved our morning in the foothills and hope it becomes a habit this summer.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dear Rachel (#16)

Dear Rachel,

How did this happen? Your little brother grew up and went to Junior Prom!
He had a great time. Both he and Mallory had to run the 800 meter race at the BYU Invitational track meet the day of Prom so they went directly to their "day date" (paint balling with seven other couples) from the meet. In the evening they had dinner at Gloria's Little Italy in downtown Provo followed by promenade and the dance held this year at the new Utah Valley Convention Center. I wonder if Timpview is the only school that continues the tradition of a having a real promenade at prom?
Prom wasn't the only celebration on our agenda. I did indeed have another birthday. I am in awe that I am actually 49. How did that happen?
Grandma Stoker made me this awesome apron. She's getting back into sewing now that she has a new sewing machine. Any guesses what I'm making for dinner?
I went to IFA Country Store today to pick up some cat food, and I definitely felt like a city girl when this display stopped me in my tracks.
The sweet little chicks were constantly cheeping and easily startled. Poor things.
When the kids and I arrived at church on Sunday morning your dad and I discovered that we matched. A springtime couple picture was definitely in order.
Take a picture of you and David for me and enjoy your Atlanta spring.

Love you!