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{Introducing Bishop Ryan Davis}

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Our family and Mimi slept at Paul’s condo before heading over to the Davis’ church.  The sacrament service was  beautiful…. I found myself tearing up quite a few times.  We stayed after sacrament meeting to see him get set apart.

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Afterwards,  we all took a few snapshots and headed back to the Davis home for a lovely meal.  By 4:30 or so, we were all on the road and heading home.  Mimi and all my kids but Emmy went in her car as Emmy joined us for the drive home.  Ashlyn and Trev ended up falling asleep leaving Jaron the one in charge of keeping Mimi alert and awake to drive.  He did a good job.  Quite an eventful day.

{New Year’s Party}

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My mom, Julie Warner (friend), Heidi Seidel (friend)

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Bailee & Wade Warner

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We had lots of games going on….

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Mimi and Opi

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Me and the Mister

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Ryan and Martina stopped by on their way home for a few minutes (especially after he heard we had seven layer dip – his favorite!)

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Alyssa and Grace

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MaKenna giving Mimi a massage

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Andy putting together a puzzle.

Saturday – Take 2

While Emmy, Ashlyn and I scurried off to Cameo….Andy and the boys helped Mimi and Opi put on a Christmas breakfast at their ward.  When the girls were done at Cameo, we all headed back to help them clean up.  It was quite a production because Mimi goes above and beyond to make things special.


MaKenna and some kids from the ward singing karaoke.


She got some scratch and draw ornaments for the kiddos.  You can see Ashlyn’s arm in this picture.


Ashlyn (enjoying a sucker) being hugged by Callum, Grace and Alyssa making a hat.

  
Jaron and Trevin.

{Halloween 2012}


Holidays.  I always look forward to them; however, this month has just passed me by.  I woke up this morning completely unaware that today was Halloween.  I knew it was coming but my goodness…where does time go?  I spent the morning planting tons of daffodil bulbs along the park way fence and in my yard.  In the afternoon, I volunteered to help in Trevin’s classroom for his class Halloween party.  I wish I would have taken a photo or two.  Me and Jessi Brown (Trevin’s best friends mom) helped run the show.

After school was spent getting stuff ready for dinner.  We always have dinner in a pumpkin and this year was no different….

I also made homemade Root Beer….

This year for Halloween, Emalee was a cheerleader:

Trevin was a firefighter….

Ashlyn was a cowgirl….

Jaron was a big, scary thing…..see for yourself….

Andy was the “cool” trick-or-treat dad….

Even Charlie dressed up for the festivities…..he was a raccoon….


Andy took the kiddos around the neighborhood while I passed out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  We had SO many this year due to good weather.  I went through several bags of candy and ran out by 8:30 p.m.  Still, with the porch light off, the teenagers still came to our house until 10 something.  It was crazy.

Here’s a picture Mimi took when my family got to her house:

Here’s a picture of the Davis Family:

Here’s a picture of the Day clan:

{Easter Egg Hunt 2012}

We went to Mimi and Opi’s house tonight for dinner and an Easter Egg Hunt.  Mimi even surprised us with an egg hunt for the adults.  Opi found the golden egg, which contained money (lucky him).  The other boys (Trent, Ryan and Andy) played rough…they felt competition with chocolate at stake.  ; )

While we were hiding the eggs for the kiddos hunt, they were downstairs making gliders.  Then they went out to the front lawn to test them out….to see who’s glider went the farthest.  It was a lot of fun!

{Thanksgiving 2011}

Thanksgiving was wonderful yet again.  It has come and gone so quickly.  This year Thanksgiving was held at our home and we had, oh, 32 or so in attendance.  Jaron and Ashlyn helped me make mini apple pies this morning…I appreciated their help.  Andy and the wee ones helped clean while we prepared the pies and my other food dishes.  Jaron really enjoys cooking in general but he really enjoys recipes that have lots of steps and seeing each step through.

I was grateful to have Jeff here this year, we always enjoy his company.  As well as Heidi,  Jessica and her baby Carissa (my mom’s friends)…and Oma as well.  Both sides of our family were together, which was a treat….that doesn’t happen very often.  I made turkey name places for the kids and Mayflower name places for the adults filled with M&M’s.  All the kiddos were stealing the M&M’s from the adults when they thought no one was looking….especially Emmy!  : )

Some family members left shortly after dinner and family pictures; however, some of us lingered and played Yahtzee together.  Me and Libby lost in fashion! : )  It was a wonderful day spent with family and reflecting on our MANY blessings!

{Easter Egg Hunt at Mimi’s / Baby Animals}

This morning we had breakfast at Mimi’s house with the whole family.  Martina and Ryan had come from Logan and all the cousins got a chance to see each other.  After breakfast, we headed over to the Box Elder house for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Box Elder house was where Mimi was raised and was our first house just after being married.  It is currently vacant and inbetween renters, so Mimi decided it would be fun to show the grandkids where she grew up.

Martina helping hide the goodies….

First, Mimi had all the kiddos stand on the porch for a quick picture and to review the rules.

Next she gave each child their own bag for the hunt with their name on it.  Inside each bag was a book she selected for that grandchild.

While this was going on, the boys were all working on Andy’s truck.  Andy’s truck window would not roll up and they were all getting it figured out (which they did thankfully!)

The hunters are on their way to the backyard…..following their faithful leader, Mimi.

The older kids wanted to watch the younger kids during their hunt instead of having both at the same time.  (Half of the backyard was designated for the younger kiddos only and the other half was designated for the older kiddos).

The older kids got a kick watching the younger ones; however, they were pretty anxious to get started themselves.


Trevin checking out his treasures….

Once we returned home, the kids put all their “goods” together and opened a store….except for Jaron who decided to have his own store.  He didn’t want to join together with his siblings and risk losing ANY of his candy!  :  )

After the fun ended, we headed up to “This is the place” monument.  We have a season pass there and they were showcasing their baby animals this weekend.  So my mom, Libby and her kids and our family enjoyed some time up there together.  (John was on an overnighter with the scouts).

We decided to take a train ride together….unfortunately, this first picture didn’t turn out:

Ashlyn and Amelia holding baby rabbits:

Emalee and myself holding a baby chick:

Here’s a picture of Spencer enjoying the pony ride:

More animals….

The kids enjoyed playing some pioneer games, pretending hanging up wash on a clothesline, walking on stilts and making some pioneer crafts.  Trevin and Alton did a great job on this game (I didn’t get a picture of Trevin in action, but they all had fun trying):

All in all, it was a very nice day!!  Then again, any time spent with family is a very nice day.

{Ashlyn’s Baptism – Family Get Together – Halloween}

Today was a very special day for our family.  Ashlyn was baptized and confirmed this morning.








After we finished lunch, Alyssa wanted to perform three dances/songs she has been practicing.  She was accepted as a performer in the Nutcracker.  They will be performing the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I filmed one of the three songs she performed:



{Jadon’s baptism and Jaron’s last soccer game}

My morning started by playing the piano at a baptism.  My good friend’s son was getting baptized and she (Cindy Barnhisel) asked me to play the piano for the musical numbers and prelude.  It was a very simple and yet spiritual.  I really enjoyed one of the talks….I believe it was Darren’s mother (Jadon’s grandmother).  Her whole talk was on “remembering”.  We need to remember our covenants as well as remember the Lord’s promises….the greatest of all blessings is eternal life.  It was a great reminder.

Immediately after the baptism, I took Jaron to his last soccer game of the season while my mom took Trevin took his game.  He did great!  He has gotten better and better each game/practice.


Mimi joined me and Andy on the sidelines today…it was great to have her there.


Jaron’s team won the game 3-1. 


Jaron was so (SO, SO, SO) excited to get his very own trophy!  He carried it around all day today.

After the soccer game, we came home and GUESS WHAT I found on my front porch???  My blog book.  Yep, I created my first book….importing my blog from 2009 and any other pictures of family and friends at the end.  It turned out beautiful!  I created it and my mom paid for it.  She gave it to me for my birthday.  It’s around 140 pages long and we have all looked through it several times today.  Thanks mom!!

Later tonight, we all headed over to Mimi and Opi’s house for dinner.  We celebrated MaKenna and Oma’s birthday.


Keltie giving Parker kisses.


Oma talking to Martina.


Parker’s got a lot of kisses today!




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The birthday girl (one of them….I didn’t forget you Oma!)

{Trevin, Andy, Callum & Xina’s birthday party}

We had another great family get-together today but this time we celebrated FOUR birthdays.  Trevin’s was April 26th, Andy & Callum’s birthday is tomorrow (May 3rd) and Xina’s birthday (our foreign exchange student) is on May 6th.  So we held one big party.

Once everyone arrived, we started dinner….the kids were so excited to get eating.  I had to keep asking MaKenna to look at the camera for a quick picture.  The first picture had MaKenna looking at the camera but her eyes were placed firmly on the food….silly girl!

After dinner, everyone started opening their presents.  John and Lib’s family gave Trevin a really cool frisbee that changes into a ball mid-flight.  I’ve never seen anything like it….he and Jaron will have tons of fun with that.

My mom and I made Callum a cute car caddy.  It has a road on the top part and six compartments for cars to be stored once they are finished.  He LOVES to play from cars SO much that I thought it might be a great gift idea.  You can see what it looks like best from the pictures on the right:


Here is a picture of Spencer watching everyone open their presents.

Here is a cute video of Callum opening his birthday present from Mimi.  He pulls some great expressions:

For dessert, I made an ice cream cake found here.


The evening was topped off with the traditional Happy Birthday song except all four of them had to share the candles.

Happy Birthday everyone!!!

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

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I always love a different perspective.  Here is Mimi’s post from her blog on the evening.  She writes,  “A few of us (29) gathered together to celebrate 4 birthdays. Andy, Callum, Trevin and Sheena were fussed over and sung to in Day Family fashion. We ate a delicious dinner first. Then had a present opening party, followed by the pinata burst and ending with ice cream sandwich cake.

The best part of any family gathering for me is watching everyone interact. The party was held at Andy and Mel’s place so there was room to spread out and enjoy the change in weather. The skies turned blue with a hint of sunshine. The kids had a blast playing on the trampoline and the massive swing set/jungle gym. The downside was that the ground was a bit muddy from the past week of moisture. Keltie discovered this in a quick hurry. Callum looked so old in his sport coat ensemble with saddle shoes. It isn’t until he starts walking and talking that you remember just how young he really is. I thoroughly enjoyed having Jaron and Ashlyn over to my house before the party. They were a big help by wrapping gifts and even cleaned up the toy room that I didn’t get to from the night before. I love getting to talk with Alyssa about her school projects and the books she reads. Kenna is still “houdini” making appearances for food etc and then disappearing again. Marissa loves her cousin, Gracie. She follows her around like a puppy dog. It is so cute. Trevin was so excited for this day to come. He loved opening his gifts and gave everyone big hugs and thank you’s. Emalee is such a unique character. She is helping me one minute and sneaking candy the next. She loved playing with cousins.

When my schedule is unbearable and I think about cancelling our Sunday dinners, I just remember the contentment I see on the faces of my children and grandchildren. It makes any time sacrifice worth it in the end.”

{Easter Festivities 2009}

For Easter this year, we traveled to Logan to have a family party at Ryan and Martina’s new home. Andy and I had to work in the morning and headed up once we were finished. We even brought Minji along (our foreign exchange student).  We BBQ’d some meat…here is Ryan getting things started:

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And here is the view from his deck:

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After a yummy dinner, we divided the kids up into three groups for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The first group consisted of the older kids (8 years old & up). Here is a picture of Jaron, Alyssa and MaKenna:

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There were five in that group including Alyssa, MaKenna and Jaron along with Minji and Rose (Ryan’s sister). The hunt was in their backyard area……”and they’re OFF!”

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Emalee watching from above

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Alyssa reaching up to get the goodies

The next group included three years old to six years old. This included Ashlyn, Grace, Trevin, Emalee and Marissa. It was held in the large family room downstairs.  Here they are on the stairs waiting (anxiously mind you) for things to begin….

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Well, things get going and Callum is left by himself to go down the stairs.  The kiddo didn’t want to miss out on anything…

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Here I come!!

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Here are some pictures of the kiddos during the Easter Egg Hunt:

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And finally, the two babies; Keltie and Callum. Their hunt was in a small room off to the side of the family room.

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Mimi brought other activities for the kiddos….like frosting bunny shaped sugar cookies, making paper baskets to hold the cookies, and decorating Easter pails for the hunt.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the evening.  It’s of Gracie and Ashlyn….

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The evening was topped off with homemade strawberry ice cream for dessert along with cookies.  It was a wonderful evening for all.

{Thanksgiving 2008}

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I love this quote!

There is something magical about holidays, this one included.  It just doesn’t get better than making memories with your family and truly reflecting on your blessings.

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The last couple of years, Andy has enjoyed playing flag football in the morning with some of the guys from the neighborhood.  He plays for a couple hours and then comes home.  It’s usually freezing cold and today was no exception.

Some years we have Thanksgiving on our own and other years we join up with the whole family.  This year we all got together and it turned out very nice. 

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Mimi getting things ready….

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Emalee and Trevin TRIED to wait patiently for dinner, but they got a bit anxious, which ultimately causes them to get on each others nerves.  Trevin thrivessssssssssss on making Emalee miserable (…it is a brothers duty you know).  And Emalee doesn’t take any of Trevin’s crap….she dishes it right back out…so it can be a bad combination at times!!

Here are some quick pics of the day:

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Callum and Keltie hung out and played together….

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I love how Mimi summarized the day on her blog.  She writes, “Although I am exhausted, and my kitchen looks like disaster central, Thanksgiving was a day to be thankful for. We had lots of fun times, crazy times, a few mishaps (like dropping the pumpkin pie) and a few entertaining moments (Melanie playing the piano for her grandpa and the granddaughters singing Disney Princess karaoke songs). Dinner was delish. The holiday table was loaded with food. We ended up with 24 people. I made new friends with Lee, Minji and “J” (short for Jaymin). Our guests this year came from California and Korea.  After dinner, I got to play landmark bingo with the grandkiddies. I found prizes that had something to do with Thanksgiving. The adults played card games too. We had our family picture taken. All I can say is thank goodness for digital cameras and photo shop. When over half of the people in the picture are 10 years old and under, it makes for a creative time.  Even though I love to cook, it is difficult to miss out on some of the goings on while preparing the food. My grandchildren say and do the funniest things. For example, Trevin said, “My bottom burped” after passing gas. All in all, a memorable day.’

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Martina at the table, Andy and Oma on the couch

Later in the evening, my Grandpa Peterson stopped by for a visit.  He wanted to say hi to Jeff while he was in town.  While the Day’s visited in the family room, my mom, Jeff, Grandpa and myself visited in the front room.  It was nice to catch up and see my grandpa joke with Jeff about the T-shirt he was wearing…asking if he wanted to switch.  Throughout the conversation he noticed the piano in the room and said it looked similar to Grandma’s piano.  I said, “That’s because it is.  You gave the piano to John and Liberty after Grandma died.  When they moved to Hawaii they asked me to store it until they got back.”  Tears welled up his eyes and he asked if I would play it for him.  I brushed him off and said, “Nnnnnaaaawww.”  He asked me again.  It’s been years since I’ve played the piano for him.  So, I played a Jazz piece and a couple other songs.  It really made his day….for that I am grateful.

I am so thankful for basic things such as my family, good health, gospel, friends, and life.  However, I am grateful for the small things as well.  Truly I blessed beyond measure.

{Bear Lake ~ Day 2}

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Fun in the sun!  We headed to the lake this afternoon.  We all had a blast and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!   Here are some pictures of our fun:

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Once we arrived we used the 4-wheelers to get to the beach area.  We were on private property of Ryan and Martina’s friend, so it wasn’t crowded and it was very nice! 

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Mimi and Opi started walking; however, Ryan picked us all up and drove us the rest of the way!

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Ashlyn on a shark and Gracie

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Novice and expert, Uncle Ryan, is showing off as he drives the beach on two wheels….whereas, Jaron is learning how to operate four wheels!

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Jaron had a blast riding the four wheeler…here is a short video clip:


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Here is another video clip of Emalee:


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After sunscreen and insect repellent, out came the bandana….in hopes it would protect Em’s fair little scalp from burning. 

We also have been doing respite care this week for Tyson.  We even took him in the water and he had a blast.  Here are a few pictures of Tyson:

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{Bear Lake ~ Day 1}

Today marks nine years since Andy and I had our first date which consisted of the Days of ’47 Parade and spending the morning together.  Our date was in the morning because I had to work that night (at the time I was working at an urgent care facility).  We had a wonderful first date, but it got better when he showed up at my work that night with a plate of cookies he had made.  Talk about sweet!

Anyway, after breakfast we all watched the Days of ’47 Parade on TV.  It was especially fun because our stake made a float this year and Andy and I helped make it.  I only got a glimpse of the part of the float I worked on, but it was fun! 

This morning, Trevin and Mimi had their “cooking date”……like Jaron and Ashlyn’s a while back. TrevinCooks
Trevin loved the gummi bears and the recipe was eassssssy:

1 small box Jell-O with sugar (any flavor)
7 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup water

Mix in a saucepan until the mixture resembles play dough.  Place pan over low heat and stir until melted.  Once completely melted, pour into plastic candy molds, and place in the freezer for 5 min.  When very firm, take out of molds and eat!

After lunch, Trevin and Emalee took naps and the others went swimming at the pool.

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Here are a few other random pictures of the afternoon:

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All the girls loved playing with some beads I brought up….

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The boys and I made peanut butter cookies together….lotsa fun!

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Emmy….Emmy….Emmy!