This is my simple photo journal. I like to take pictures and once a month or more, I load them onto this blog so that we can remember some of our family highlights.



Isaac (7 yrs.)  has become aware that time brings about change.

This week he started to carry around a worry --
A worry that Cole won't be around forever

He broke down a few times:

"Cole's branch on our family tree is growing way too fast and my 
branch can't keep up with his."

"I only have 3 1/2 good years left with him and then he is gone,
college, mission, a girl, married....nowhere for me in all that!"

"I am going to be sitting on the coach
 just stupid and bored because I don't have a brother."

"Everyone thinks being the youngest is all fun and games, 
but you are the last and left alone with no brother or sisters!"

At first I found it a little humorous....

and then I started thinking

about time 

and the song "Sunrise, Sunset" 
from Fiddler on the Roof
came to mind

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

and then a well of tears and this little ache began. 


Celebrating 57 years

57 years 

12 children
62 grandchildren


 We celebrated over lunch

 Ross took a moment to express the importance of 
family love and connection.
He doesn't pass up on an opportunity to express his love and share his testimony.

One of my greatest blessings is having
 Ross and Anita in my life and
as the grandparents of my children.
Happy Anniversary.


Spring Break

We spent the first half of Spring Break up in the mountains with this fun bunch of cousins

Interesting to watch all these "little chiefs" try to agree on capture the flag rules

The rules and teams were finally agreed on and the game could be played

Some other highlights

....because we never share the low lights on blogs (:

2- day Gimme 5 card tournament (Like Sequence)

9 holes of Frisbee Golf through the trees

Pride and Prejudice marathon

March Madness!

Everyone had to get their own Monday paper with the special team bracket insert

 We held  FHE all together and had a great lesson by Carol.  
She is a great teacher.
I always come away learning something new from her.

 Everyone memorized a paragraph from the Proclamation on the Family

In the midst of all the fun....
someone hit the wall from late nights and long play days

He was absolutely convinced that memorizing the paragraph was impossible

And then.....success 
awarded with a giant jawbreaker (yuck!)
and off to bed for some much needed rest.

He had a green mouth for the next 2 days!

{Back to the fun}

Played Pop Pop Pop! 
Fun game for a large crowd of all ages

Horseshoe Tournament

Disappointingly,  Ike's lucky purple mustache and....

this amazing throwing form
did not bring our team a victory.
I think Ike will pick a different partner next time.



The JV volleyball season has begun.... 

Not easy watching your kids play and nerve racking.
Cole did a great job setting...first time.

My nephew Rock is on the varsity team.  
I have loved watching
him grow up...great kid!

It is nice to have the family come out and support.

Griff supports a lot of games and his mom,
 Molly, is prepared for everything....
an amazing diaper bag full of tricks

and this is my little fire fightin nephew, Luke

I have to admit I was a little conflicted during the game.  
 I had one son setting the ball...

And another son doing "thriller" moves in the back court.....

Resulting in one of them being benched....and it wasn't Cole

I had to draw the line when he went on the
 court during a time-out and began break-dancing...