Saturday, July 31, 2010

Northern Weekend

This past weekend I traveled North. My dear sweet mama had yet to meet the twins, Jenny and Claire. Baby Claire is named after her and you can tell by her expression that she was really excited to be there.

We had the best time playing with the kids, having a slumber party and telling bedtime stories!

On Monday it was a complete shopping day for Ivy! We took the twins and Layni but got a sitter for Lukas and Henli (the X Factor, nicknamed by her grandma Becky). We left at 9AM and got home around 6:30. WOW..........can we shop or what? Ivy had a wonderful day out and got tons of new clothes, jewelry and shoes! We had a wonderful time just being together!.
I am so grateful for my wonderful and loving family! I love you all so much and I am so glad that you are all..... "My Family"!!!!

Oh Them Cute Babies!!

Sweet baby Jenny!!

Sweet baby Claire!!

Who Doesn't Love a Sundae?

I took along all the fixins for ice cream sundaes last weekend so the kids could have some fun. Layni made up a cute menu of all the ingredients that one could possibly want and placed a number beside them. She then went around with a little note pad and took everyones order. It really was fun and yummy too.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's A First!

I have just seen my first Flame Colored Tanager.....I am so excited. I have seen alot of the Western Tanagers but "NEVER" one of this variety. It is a wonderful day!
Cross that off my bucket list!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Current Read......

I appear to be on a Abraham Lincoln reading frenzy! Visiting Washington D.C. has just stirred that part of my brain that loves American History. This book starts with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and then the manhunt begins for John Wilkes Booth and his band of conspirators.
Let me just say this...........GRIPPING...
I almost feel as if I am there in the background watching it all take place! I love a book that takes me away, that takes me to an earlier place in time.
Highly Recommended by me!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Beautiful Zion Canyon

This photo was taken yesterday about 5PM on my way back up the mountain from a "town day". I kept hoping and praying that this meant some much needed rain for us here in the Canyon.
Would you believe it didn't bring one sprinkle! Oh......Pray for rain for us please!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mountain Meadows

Well..........Mother and I were actually headed to Salt Lake this morning to visit my daughter and her family and take Ivy shopping tomorrow. But our plans soon changed when mom tells me she has had a sharp pain in her tooth off and on since yesterday. She has had some recent dental work and I just did not feel good about heading north until she had it looked at. She will be at the dentist office first thing Monday morning. With great disappointment I called Ivy and gave her the sad news that we would have to come the following weekend. We are soooo looking forward to being together.

We had gotten as far as Cedar City so I figured we would go back to St. George via Beryl Junction, Enterprise and then Veyo. Mom has always wanted to visit the Mountain Meadows Massacre site. She has read the book written by Juanita Leavitt Brooks and this has been on her bucket list for quite sometime now. Well mama.........cross it off!!

For someone who is not a member of the church she seems to know more church history then the members do. I am glad the day wasn't a total loss. When we got to St. George I drove her up to the Juanita Leavitt Brooks house. I guess we share a special connection with Juanita..........After my youngest daughter's wedding we didn't know what to do with all the beautiful flowers so mom and I both looked at each other and said "Juanita's grave"..... We took them and found her grave at the St. George Cemetery. Her books are amazing and her own life story is so encouraging. She was a beautiful pioneer!!

Mountain Meadows

I wandered around looking for rental applications! It's just my size!!

Who Doesn't Love Pie?

On our way back from Mountain Meadows we stopped in Veyo to actually have a bite of lunch. But.....the place I remembered as being so delish was closed on Sunday's. But wait....what is this I see across the street? A Pie Shop! We ended up having pie for lunch and as it should be!! Mom had Banana Cream and for me a piece of Cherry Raspberry please!

Creepy Crawling and Flying Bug Week

When you live in the desert what else would one expect! We have had really hot temperatures this past week and that usually means all the weird bugs come out......or should I say "want to come in". This creepy little guy was on the outside door frame this morning. It appears to have wings but how very odd looking! I was dying to touch it or tap it lightly with a stick. But I didn't. He was gone by the time I got back home.

When it gets really hot here in the canyon the flying ants come out. It kind of reminds me of the "mormon flies" back home. All these thousands of flying ants come out at night and when you go outside they are just everywhere! Hundreds of them.......on the pavement, on the window screens........everywhere. And you have to be quick at opening and closing the door because they are in.....just that fast. Hence my midnight swatting frenzy, only to be woken up later to a mouse on the sticky trap jumping around the room. Oh restfull sleep where are you?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

With Deep Sadness!

It is with a heavy heart and a great deal of tears that I must say so long to my friend Kathryn ....but only until we meet again.
Such a sweet, strong and quiet spirit.... A young woman who had already lived a life time in her short time here on this earth.
My Library buddie.............My Twilight friend!
I am so blessed to have known you and to have shared a few laughs with you. How blessed we are to have the knowledge of the know that we will meet again.
Safe sweet friend. Zion Canyon will miss you but you will never be forgotten.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This past weekend I traveled north for the Blessing of the twins. It was a wonderful time.
We enjoyed the fireworks on Saturday night and the kids loved it even though it was actually cold and very windy. We had a nice luncheon at the park and had alot of family that attended. It's always so nice to visit with everyone and catch up!

Family Weekend

Henli always makes the craziest faces when we are doing pictures. They just crack me up!

Getting ready for church and the Blessing of the Twins!

It's hard enough to get a good picture of one baby let alone two!!!!

Just ignore the hand! Ha Ha....

We had a nice luncheon at the park afterwards!

This is how you enjoy one of Grandma Hunter's Super Delicious Brownies!!!