Husband and Father

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

College Graduation 2015

Jordan graduation this May from Weber State University in Technical Sales. What a great accomplishment!  We are so proud of him!

We celebrated this great achievement at the Cheesecake Factory.  We had some killer appetizers, a wonderful meal, a great company!

We love you Jord! Congrats!

Country Reports

Country Reports are a part of the 6th grade curriculum at Valley View Elementary School.  I have had 6 kids attend Valley View, and all of them had to complete this assignment.  Ben asked to report on Vanuatu, but was turned down.  His teacher said there was not enough information on that country.  What?  He was assigned the country of Chile.  I don't think he had as much enthusiasm about Chile as he would have with Vanuatu, where his Sister was serving her mission.  Needless to say, it was a completed assignment.

I enjoyed attending the Country Fair production that involved all of the 6th graders.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Peter Pan 2015

Creative Arts Academy produces a ballet each year.  This year it was Peter Pan.  The costumes are amazing, and the dancers are incredible.  This will be Lizzy's last ballet performance, since she decided to do Drill Team at Bountiful High School.  She was stunning, and was so helpful to me when I chaperoned the mermaids.

Lizzy helping me with the little Mermaids.
Kaylee (Cory's finance'), Alysha, and Brent

Happy Birthday Meagan

This beautiful little mama turned 27 this year. I think that was how old I was, when I had her.  She is kind and caring to everyone around her,  and is the cutest little mom to Mason.  I am so glad she came into the world and made me a mom for the first time. Love her!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Scouts 2015

We are so blessed to have amazing Scout leaders that help their troop succeed in scouting.  They spend countless hours preparing and planning for over-night camping trips; preparing and following through on merit badges; and teaching these boys how to become great men.  I am so grateful for each one of them.

Ben received his Star ranking in the most recent Court of Honor.  He was presented with many merit badge accomplishments, helping him to receive his new ranking.  Next up……EAGLE!!!!

I felt a little guilty when the "mom" pin was attached to my shirt.  I don't think I have done that much to help him in scouting.  Oh wait….. wasn't it me chasing him through the neighborhood making him go to an over-night camp.  Well, I guess I deserve it after all:).

Antelope Island
Star Ranking

Monday, June 8, 2015

BHS Prom 2015

These darling girls were Liz's personal hair dressers for Prom.  What sweethearts, to take time out of their busy schedules to help her.  She looked stunning in her royal blue gown, from Twirl Boutique.  She tried on many dresses, but this was the one.

Avery Harwood was her date.  The night before Prom, the had their "Day Date" at City Creek were they went on a fun and exciting scavenger hunt.

The night of the Prom they dined at one of the finest Chinese restaurants, the Mandarin, and danced the night away at the Davis Conference Center.  She had a wonderful time at her first Prom.

Emily, Liz, and Jena

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Baby Time

We couldn't be more excited with the great news that the Hansen's are expecting. Prior to announcing on social media, they told the kids at Sunday dinner. Milo (their dog) came running into the house with something attached to his collar. When Kate opened it up, it was an ultrasound. Baby girl will be arriving around November 5, 2015! Yay for more grandchildren!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Easter 2015

If you know me, then you know I love holidays!  I love to spend time with my family, and find little gifts for them.   It is one way I show my love to them! Mason loved his Easter bucket full of fun summertime surprises, and an Easter book. Meagan, and Sarah (Sarah and Jordan weren't with us on Easter) loved their bright colored Easter table runner and dish towels.  The rest of the kids loved their Easter bags with necklaces in them. And of course Ben enjoyed his new shoes!  Since we arrived home late Easter Eve we weren't able to dye eggs this year, but I made sure I made a stop at Mrs. Cavanaugh's before our trip.

We visit the cemetery on Easter, to visit Steve and deliver an Easter Lily.  Because of our Savior Jesus Christ, we will be able to all be together again.  We are so grateful for the Plan of Happiness.  What joy it gives us!  Sometimes, there are shenanigans at the cemetery.  Steve was the King of shenanigans, he would not have approved of us going to the cemetery to shed tears every time.

We had a delightful Easter dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Brown's with the transitional Easter Egg Hunt.  The young grands and great grands are in small number these days.  We are grateful that they continue with this great tradition.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Las Vegas Basketball Tournament 2015

Viva Las Vegas! Ben was invited to play in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas with his old Wild Cats basketball team.  He was excited to reunite with his good friends, and fabulous coach, Mitch Smith.

After our fun break in St. George, Lizzy, Ben, Meagan, Mason and I traveled down to Las Vegas for the tournament.  The team, as well as many other teams, stayed at the JW Marriott Resort.  Memories came flooding back as I made the reservation.  I remember many years traveling with Mike and Steve to attend the same tournament.  It made me a little teary.

The resort is beautiful! We had such a wonderful time basking in the sun, reuniting with wonderful friends, and of course playing a lot of basketball.  Mitch is such a fun coach, he even had a scavenger hunt for the boy's at night.  He may have gotten in a little trouble with security when a clue was hidden at the top of the waterfall.

Ben was a great contributor to the team.  Unfortunately, they lost in the second round. We made it home just in time for the Easter Eve.

Spring Break 2015

Spring Break was spent in one of our favorite places, Las Palmas, in St. George.  Years ago, we vacationed there often, using the company condo.  We got a little spoiled and accustomed to all of the amenities.  We rent now, but still enjoying spending time at the resort.

Las Palmas is the destination of many Bountiful families during Spring Break.  It makes it extra fun to run into people you know.  The kids always have friends there, so they enjoy going.

We love to hike in St. George.  This year was a little different with Ms. Prego, Meagan.  Our hikes consisted of Sugarloaf by the D, and Pioneer Names in Snow Canyon.  They both were very easy hikes for little ones, and of course our little mama.  We all enjoyed the fresh air, and beautiful red rock scenery.

Brent and Shay came down for a few days.  We were able to celebrate Brent's 54th birthday, happy birthday Brent!  Shay, and a friend of hers made fun signs, and decorated the kitchen table for him.  We took him to Black Bear Diner and had a lovely birthday breakfast.  The food was fabulous!

We decided to get cupcakes for his birthday, and were told that Twenty Five and Main had the best cupcakes in town.  We were surprised that they had no gluten free cupcakes.  We then went to the Sweet Tooth Fairy and purchased several cupcakes, including gluten free ones.  After bringing them back to the condo, and singing happy birthday, we decided to have cupcake wars.  Which Cafe would win?  After sampling most of them, we decided that the Sweet Tooth Fairy cupcakes definitely won for presentation, but the ones from Twenty Five and Main were the most moist and flavorful.

Overall, we had a wonderful time, relaxing, swimming, and hiking.