Husband and Father

Husband and Father
July 15, 1958 ~ August 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Lizzy decided on her own, that she wanted to volunteer at Lakeview Hospital.  She works at the front desk taking phone calls, directing people to patients rooms, delivering flowers, and basically anything else they ask her to do.  Her friend Baylee joined the ranks.  On Thursday afternoons they work the front desk together.  They are the cutest little volunteers I've ever seen!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Salsa Saturday

Salsa Saturday is a day I look forward to every year.  Scott and Jen are so kind to let us participate in their salsa making party.  We spend the entire day cooking and canning salsa in their garage.  If you have seen the TV series Breaking Bad, it's kind of like that but in a good way.  No drugs,  just very yummy salsa.

With Scott's mom Barb in charge, we always have the best tasting salsa around!

The Utah State Fair

The Utah State Fair captures my interest with unusual foods, watching the little ones on rides, people watching, and unique animals. The last day of the fair, Brent and I went with Meagan, Quinn, and Mason.  The fair is more enjoyable with a little one around.  We caught up with Quinn's brother and sister-in-law, so Mason had a friend to ride the rides with.  I love watching these little nuggets.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ravioli Making

Butternut squash filled ravioli with brown butter sage and a beef short rib stuffed ravioli with mushroom cream sauce, were on the menu for us to make at our ravioli making class.  Michelle and I learned how to roll and fill our own ravioli.  With Michelle's family's Italian roots, she may use her culinary skills to make these "pockets of love" more often than I will. Knowing how much work goes into ravioli making, my family may not see them at the dinner table much.  It definitely is a treat, and is fine dining at it's best. Maybe a very special occasions will warrant them.
The class was a blast!  Michelle and I always have a great time together!  We got to sample our ravioli making at the end of class, and I must say, it was divine! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Labor Day - 2014

Labor Day began watching one of my favorite little soccer players. Madi played an awesome game, and I was so honored to be there.  They won the tournament which was fabulous!

After the soccer game we decided to go to the zoo with the Cottle's.  Zoo on Labor Day?  Who would have thought that it was one of the busiest days of the year.  I was so impressed with our little old Hogle Zoo.  I haven't been for awhile, and was amazed with the changes.

Hopefully, we can go back soon, so we can get up close and personal with these beautiful animals.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend marks the transition from Summer into Fall.  The leaves begin to change to vibrant red, yellow, and orange, and the temperature begins to drop.  The mountains are beautifully draped in the colors of fall. We were excited to be invited to spend Saturday with the Carling family at the Silotti Cabin in the gorgeous Uintah's. Wherever you go in the Uintah mountains it is beautiful!

Our first adventure of the day was visiting the Fish Ponds at Bear River Lodge.  At this location, catching fish is supposed to be a sure thing.  With most of our group fishing, we were a little surprised that only three fish were caught.  Lizzy caught the first fish, and was startled as her line began to tug and she saw a fish attached to it.  It took several kids helping her, to reel it in.  She was ecstatic as she saw the big fish she had caught.  Brad told her that every person has to kiss the first fish that they catch.  It caused quite a commotion as she went to kiss the fish, it squirmed and flung blood all over her.

Ben and ShaLynn caught the other two.  I was a little stunned that Shay was able to catch a fish with the tangles she had in her fishing line.  With her Dad's help, she was able to get it to shore. The other fishermen/women were outwit by the fish.

The kids enjoyed games and movies while Brent and I went on a motorcycle ride.  As we stopped at a resting stop, I noticed a trail sign to Lily Lake.  We decided to hike to the lake and back. We started this  trek from the Highway, and hiked a couple miles up to our destination.  The lake was so beautiful, surrounded by pines and quaking aspens.  The water is crystal clear, and is a perfect place to escape and find some peace and quiet.

I was so impressed with Lily Lake that when we returned to the cabin, I took several of the kids up in the Suburban (no more hiking for me), while Brent made dinner.  There, we happened upon a group of campers that had brought their horses up for the day.  They kindly let little Mason sit on one. We shared some laughs at the lake, and returned to the cabin for dinner.

Brent was a gracious host, fixing us dutch oven enchiladas, and a surprise dessert. We played games until late in the evening where we wrapped up the day and returned from a very adventurous day in the Uintah's.  We had a wonderful time with the Carling Clan, and appreciate their kindness. 
The Silotti cabin.

Fishing at Bear River Lodge.
Hiking to Lily Lake.
Game time.
Liz and Brad
Lily Lake part two.

The Silotti Cabin

Many years ago, Steve and I visited the Silotti Cabin (Angie's parent's cabin), with our friends Brent and Angie Carling.  They brought their new baby Brad with us to the Wyoming Downs Horse Races, and a fun weekend at the cabin.  I took a picture of us then, and had a family member take a similar picture 25 years later, in the same spot, with those remaining.

It's sobering to think of the many changes that have happened in that time.  Brent and I are now widowed, and Steve and Angie are our angels.  We miss them so much, and pray that we will always feel their spirits.

Brad, Brent, Angie, and Steve
August 30, 2014
Brad, Brent, and Cindy

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ogden Temple Open House

Over a half a million people toured the remodeled Ogden temple.  We were some of the lucky ones to tour this magnificent edifice.  Friday, August 29th, our family and the Trip's, were able to view the interior of this temple.

Reverence, and appreciation were expressed by many for the House of the Lord.  Understanding, and having attended dedicated temples in the past, made it especially significant and tender as I walked through this beautiful temple.  Every detail was attended to, showing respect of the ordinances performed in this Holy House.

I am grateful to be sealed in the temple to my family for time and all eternity.  Families are forever!

A little confusion.
That's better.

Stripe The Stadium

Are you ready for some football? Even with sweltering evening temperatures, you can still feel fall in the air with the beginning of College Football.  From Rice Eccles Stadium you can see the colors changing on the mountainside, as autumn is on the doorstep.

August 28th, was the Ute's home opener against Idaho State University.   Dressed in Red, ready to stripe the stadium, we came ready to show our loyalty to our Ute's, and to party!

Utah dominated the game with an ending score of 56 to 14.  Although,  the fans lost interest in the "blow-out", they quickly became entertained with games of their own.  Keep-the-beach-ball-away-from -the-ushers, was a crowd favorite.

We love our Ute's and are so excited for the football season to begin!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First/Second Day of School

With the events of August 25th, only one child went to school on the first day.  The other followed on the second day of school.  Whatever day ended up being their "first day of school", they are really brave and I am so proud of them.

Lizzy, 10th Grade
Ben - 6th Grade - Ms. Trimble

Six years ago….

Six years ago today, August 25, on the first day of school, a Monday night, Steve suddenly, and unexpectedly passed away.  This is the first time since he passed that dates and events have lined up.  I had no idea how hard today was going to be.

Our hearts are completely broken as we mourn this incredible man.  He is/was the best husband, and Father.  My children, especially my missionaries, feel his presence often.  I love the picture of the missionaries walking with a heavenly angel, a loved one from the other side, beside them. I know he is there with them strengthening them during difficult times, and hopefully enjoying good times with them as well.

I am grateful for the kindness of those around us.  I never fully understood the scripture, Matthew 5:4, until recently, "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." We feel comfort as friends and family express their condolences, and love and support us.

We are grateful for the great Plan of Salvation, whereby we can live together as an eternal family.

Thank you for your kindness.  We love our friends and family!