Friday, May 28, 2010

Recently Read...

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.....(African proverb)



Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection

It's too bad the title is sort of a "downer"because this is a really positive, thought provoking book...insight into the many "connections" in our lives and the importance of them...family, friends, team, wards, scout troops, knitting clubs, book clubs, play groups, blogs...life is all about our connections!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Priesthood Line of Authority


Double click on this to see it larger.
I meant to post this earlier on the anniversary of restoration of Aaronic Priesthood...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Carson...5 years old!

Happy birthday, Carson....from Kendra's blog....
Carson likes to have the BIGGEST and the BEST. His favorite number? Infinity. Favorite color? RAINBOW (because it's ALL the colors



Carson likes to be on top....hard in the middle of four boys, but he never stops trying!



He is brave...

...and likes to do everything upside down from everyone else!


....the candy train...the happiest I've seen him in a photo...



Helping Gma Pat blow out her birthday candles...Carson loves numbers and keeps track of how old I am...it's a good thing I told him I was 50 a few years ago...he knows I'm going to be "54" this year...if only!



Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, John


Baby John, born 17 May 1943




A serious swinger in Hawaii...



It's not the size the matters....


"Chilling" in Austria on mission...



Young father....holding Karl, with Gpa Gil and Gpa Walter





Kind of scary...after four months on the floor with back problems....



In Mexico with a friend...


Dad's favorite thing....hiking Whitney...









Saturday, May 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Penny!

Here's a picture from her birthday party....


Can you believe our little Penny is 1 year old! She gives a whole new meaning to "CUTE"....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congratulations, Kaity!








On Friday, May 7, 2010, Kaity received her Master's from Utah State...in Communication Disorders...way to go, Kaity!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recently Read: Cutting For Stone


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese...here's the NY Times review....thanks, Val, for the loan of a great book....I was a little frustrated reading it because most of what I read is pretty light and this book is deeply written and mostly takes place in Ethiopia in the past...so I had to Google a lot...but we always gain most from books we invest more time in....

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good Stuff: Can You Feel So Now?


A really good article on Meridian by Maureen Proctor...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Utah Trip...Mother's Day

We went to Utah for Kaity's graduation a couple of weeks ago and had fun staying with Karl and Amber and seeing all the fun activities Christian, Alec, Sadie and Lindi are busy with!

Here's Sadie at her piano recital...she also plays violin at school and with the Junior Symphony.
Check out her cute skirt and tee she got shopping with Gma ...



I sneaked a picture of a picture of Christian and friend at a recent dance....



Lindi was in a gymnastics meet!


Here are some of Alec's swimming medals...


Here's Amber and Lindi in front of the new van...and yes, that's snow in Logan in May!


A final trip to the local Pita Pit...


Here are Christian and Alec on their way to an Order of the Arrow event....sorry I messed up the focus on Alec...

Look how cute Sadie decorated Lindi's hair while we were out in the yard planting Mother's Day flowers.



And there's always time for ping pong!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recently Read



The Black Tower by Louis Bayard

This is a(n) historical mystery, set in 1818 France, soon after the Reign of Terror...the detective was based on a real person, Vidocq who was the first director of France's Surete Nationale and also the inspiration for both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Hugo's Les Miserables! He was the head of the first private detective agency and was the basis for Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin, detective in his Murders on the Rue Morgue...



The Lady Elizabeth

I thought I was reading a biography of Elizabeth since Alison Weir is so well known for her work on the Henry 8 era...but she wrote this fictionalized account so she could imagine some of the unprovable "rumors" about Elizabeth I....pretty fascinating...


The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
This was really interesting...showed how Franklin, who was fiercely loyal to the British monarchy, became an icon of American liberty.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Peanut Oatmeal Chip Cookies

I hadn't made these for a long time...the peanuts add a nice salty crunch!




Peanut Oatmeal Chip Cookies

1 C butter (or half Crisco and half butter)
1 1/3 C white sugar
1 1/3 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 2/3 C flour
1 t soda
3 C oatmeal
1 1/2 C chopped peanuts
1-2 C chocolate chips