Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mostly Smiles

This year Southern California was the destination for our family's summer vacation. Disneyland (and Disney's California Adventure) was our first stop. As expected, there were smiles all around--especially on the new Radiator Springs Racers.
WAIT. Someone is not smiling. Is that the look of pure terror?

The ride is just not that scary.

I still laugh whenever I see this photo, and to her credit so does Kellie. The only explanation she can give is that she wasn't expecting so many hills.
Abby could only persuade her dad to go on California Screamin' with her. They both LOVED it and somehow convinced the rest of us to give it a try the next day. "It would be such a fun ride for the entire family," they insisted.
Travis and I should have known better. Our faces say it all. It took hours for both our stomachs to settle.
There really were plenty of smiles--particularly when candy was involved.
I saw some smiles in the line to ride the Matterhorn
and at Autopia,
especially when it became apparent that Travis couldn't fit behind the wheel of his car.
I caught a few at the top of the Ferris Wheel, although mine was a bit forced. Heights are not my forte.
I did love the parades--something about the music and the dancing and the colors.
Mostly smiles and magical memories--it was a fun trip.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fifty Years

Fifty years ago today my parents were married in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(June 21, 1963)
Sadly, my dad is not here to celebrate. He passed away November 9, 2006.
My mom has been alone for 6 1/2 years now, but she is not really alone. My parents were married not only for the time they shared together on this earth, but they were married for all eternity.
I miss you so very much, Dad. I know Mom will be spending the morning in the Salt Lake Temple then visiting your grave in Clearfield today. Mom, Happy Anniversary.
Fifty years is a great start on forever.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dear Rachel (#17)

Dear Rachel,

School's out for us here in Provo so our days have slowed down a bit. Let me show you some of Abby's latest creations:
She isn't afraid of the sewing machine.
The Provo City Center Temple is coming along. It's interesting how they have dug the foundation out from under it. This view looks north.
This one looks south from the same spot. The Travel Lodge used to be right there.
I've been doing a bit of creating myself with new pillow covers to brighten up the house for spring.
It all started when the fabric store had all their fabric samples on clearance for $2 each. They were the perfect size and I got a little carried away. 
Memorial Day weekend found us at the Clearfield and North Ogden cemeteries as usual.
Abby and Kellie had played (and coached) the U14 State Cup Finals earlier that day. It was an awesome game, but we lost in overtime on the sixth penalty kick. I couldn't be more proud of these two.
I'm glad you had a good 26th birthday on Sunday. Thank goodness for Skype. Love you and David lots!