Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Yeah!!! Way-to-go Lance and Todd!  Our family reunion was great.  This year we centered it around the Teton Dam Marathon.  It was such a thrill to watch Todd and Lance come through the finish line.  This was Lance's first marathon, and he did great!  Trev felt bad that he couldn't run.  He had an injury that kept him from running the marathon.  We'll run next year! :)  Anyone want to run the 10k with me?
Thanks to all those who came, especially those who came long distances.  I know you made sacrfices to be here.  Thanks to all for your help with the food and all the cleanup.  The children made lifelong friends, and they miss them already.  Elli is very much at home in my flower pot on the porch.  She was a hit at the reunion.  Thanks again everybody.  Ken and I love you all!

Monday, March 30, 2009


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Barbie as Galadriel and Ken as Legolas.

I'm sure one of Barbie's favorite rolls was playing the part of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.  Barbie wearing her famous flower girl costume.  Then we have Barbie playing the part as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.  Rhett Butler has convinced the newly widowed Scarlett O'Hara to marry a "man" this time, promising her a big diamond and lavish honeymoon in New Orleans.  Then, one of the most treasured stories of young love, Romeo and Juliet.  "But soft!  What light through yonder window breaks?  It is the East, and Juliet is the Sun!" (William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, act II, scene II.)  The two young lovers from opposing families meet, fall in love, and die needlessly.  A tragic tale of love and romance that will live forever.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Today is Barbie's official Birthday.  She was introduced at the New York International Toy Fair March 9, 1959 - 50 years ago today.  This is the 2009 reproduction of the first Barbie doll.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARBIE! (don't ya just love the swim suit?)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Richard and KaraLyn's Concert

Richard and KaraLyn after the concert.  Richard looked much more relaxed.  Thank you both for blessing us with your musical talents.

Grandma dixie with Thomas, Marianne and William.  Ready for the concert to start.  A candid shot of Lance and Becky.  :)  We were early.

Last night we had the pleasure of attending Richard and KaraLyn's winter concert, where Richard was the featured soloist, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.  (It really was 1/2 hour long!)  It was magnificent!!!  He played it so beautifully.  Thanks to all the family who attended.  Ken's parents, Lance & Becky, Magan, Richards parents and a lot of his family were there, and even Trev came to enjoy the classical music.  Thomas, Marianne and William also came, and were so proud of their dad.  Sarah told me just before the concert that her dad was famous because his picture was in the paper.  Way-to-go Richard, we're all proud of you.  After Richard performed, the orchestra played Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" By Dvorak.  It was also beautiful, a familiar piece to most of us.  Well done Richard, YOU DID IT!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This is William who loves to make interesting noises with straws.  He's also very smart and loves to play with Legos, and games on the computer.  He's a lovable kid and enjoys playing with his cousins.  William also plays the piano, and has been know to compose music.  He made up a song for grandma dixie.  You're very talented William.  We love you!!! 
This is Ashley.  All my girls are growing up so fast.
Ashley is so talented.  She has a beautiful singing voice, she plays the piano, and dances.  She also loves horses.  We love you Ashley!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Magan and Alece are in the same dance class and lately have been displaying their talents at basketball games during half time.  Granddad got a picture of them yesterday after their dance.  Can I just say that I have the cutest granddaughters!!! 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Anna is with Grandma dixie today,  so she has been learning about photo shop.  She picked out pictures, and we put some artistic embellishments on the photos.  She picked the frame colors, and WA LA!  Three cute girls,
Anna, Marianne and Sarah.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Adam and Thomas spent the night and are having a great time!  They've wanted to see my electric guitar for a long time, so I finally dug it out for them to examine.  I wish I had an amplifier, it would be a lot more exciting for them!  They have fun playing with Legos.  They are such nice good boys.  Fun to have them over. 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today Jared and Magan rode over to the house on snowmobiles.  Magan got a new cute hair cut.  She is such a beautiful young girl.  She turned 12 in December, and she's almost as tall as I am.  Love you Magan!

Monday, February 9, 2009

This is Cameron.   He plays soccer, and he's also a great basketball player.  He has a great interest in dinosaurs, and has quite the collection.  He just found out that he's getting a new little brother soon.   YEA!!!  We miss you Cameron!  Love you too!    

I love this picture of Lyndsey.  We sure miss having them around.  She is Ryan and Alyse's oldest daughter.  She is 6 years old, and will turn 7 this year.  She loves to dance and as you can see she is very photogenic!  We love you Lyndsey!
     As I look back on the past year, I am extremely  grateful for our blessings.   Dispite the confusion and state of our country, I have thought about all the little miracles that are happening all around us, and with extended family. I continue to believe in a Heavenly Father who loves us, and hears and answers prayers.  
    I want to thank my family for all the joy they bring into our home.  For my grandchildren who are my angels that brighten my day when I think I'm falling off my rocker!     This family picture makes me laugh.  How often do we laugh out loud or just make a fool of ourselves?  Not often enough!  I have an incredible husband, that when life does a U-turn on him, he still plugs along with a positive attitude and with greater determination to press forward.   
     I love the Temple, and the peace and comfort we receive, and the blessings that have come to us for just striving to do the right stuff.  And referring  to the picture again,  apparently Ryan took a potty break, or just trying to get the attention he obviously needs.   :)
     Thanks to all who have made me laugh, and have helped strengthened some of my weaknesses this past year.  Hoping the new year will bring you comfort and JOY!