Family Pic 2015

Family Pic 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

shrinking

Does anyone else out there ever think - and feel ungrateful and unappreciative as they think it- that they wish they could tell their husbands that if they want to help with the laundry pleeeeaaassse ONLY fold clothes?  But never do a wash!!? ( He is a fabulous clothes folder!)


Bless his heart; he goes through jeans so fast with his new job. And in his defense, he was trying to hurry his clothes through the wash by putting them all into the dryer.  I just hope that all of his flannel shirts that I have babied along all year fit now...


Yesterday Caden told me that he needed some new shirts because his have done "that slow shrink thing."  I had to laugh and have him stand back-to-back with his dad.  He must have grown overnight and is just slightly taller!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sooooo.....

I think that I failed to mention that this kid:

Caden Gee

got his license a couple of weeks ago!  As usual, (I'll probably worry about this with all of my kids) I was worried about having him on the roads driving solo.  Fifteen seems so young! So far, it has been great!  It's always nice to have another person to run to the store and various other errands, not to mention run THEMSELVES all the places that teenagers need to be. And, of course, he is really happy about having his license!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Welcome home Abby!!

I can't believe that it has been two years since I last went to Oregon!  Being there, I couldn't see how I was able to stay away for so long. It was a quick trip- we couldn't leave on Saturday until after music festival and Madeline's soccer game, and we left for home again on Monday morning. We can't wait until we get to return in August (hopefully for a longer visit) when my parents and brother Eli return from their missions!

This trip was to go listen to my niece Abby's missionary report!  We love her!  She has been such an amazing missionary and is a great example to all of us.


l-r: Ila, Abby and Kamille

While six of the ten parent-siblings and their spouses talked, their kids visited all the old stomping grounds. The "yellow shed" that is now ready to fall over:

l-r: Isaiah, Caleb, Emmie, David Farber, Ila, Kamille, Isaac, Madeline, Gracie, Micah, Abby, Nolan, Benjamin, Ammon and David Kerns:


I grew up in the most beautiful place on Earth.

The old barn, which it's a little scary that they were in the loft, because it looks like it is a hazard and everyone is talking about how it needs to be knocked down:



It will be a sad day when it is knocked down because there are many memories of working and playing in that barn. Dad used to store wheat in it, and we used to jump from the loft into the wheat, and play in the barn by the hour. I could most years find kittens in the loft, and we often followed my dad there to watch as he milked cows, and later to milk them ourselves.  We worked and branded cows in the chutes next to this barn. My brother Matt raised pigs that he kept in this barn. We would have the sheep shearer meet us here to shear my sheep. As with all the other farm work that we did, we worked in assembly lines; someone tying the fleeces into bundles...passing the bundles from person to person until the final person threw it over the side of the long, deep, sack...right on top of the person that was inside the sack stomping the wool to make more fleeces fit into the sack. I can still feel the stick and smell the stink of Lanolin.  It's amazing that it's an ingredient in so many lotions and that they can make it into something that people WANT to put onto their skin:)

Anyways, I digress...I just can't believe how the old barn has caved in in the last 20 years:(


Willow Creek:


The Mountain Place:
l-r: Abby, Emmie, Isaiah, Hyrum, Caden, Micah, Ila, Kamille, Isaac, Gracie, Madeline:



Leap frog:

Crack the whip:


Two of the six grand babies that my parents have never seen in anything but pictures - they left with 42 grandchildren, and now have 48!
Spencer and Thomas:




Gracie and Maddie walking up the hill.  To the left is the driveway to my parents; to the right is the driveway to my brother Adam's house, and my sister Katie lives at the top of the hill:


Thanks to Caden for taking all of these pictures!  I wish that I had taken a few moments to take pictures of all the smaller kids and their parents.  I can't wait to go back!!!

Conference excursion

I was mentioning to Kami that I hadn't seen so-and-so at church for quite some time.  Then I had to chuckle because I realized the reason is that I haven't been to our ward in so long!  For two weeks, I had sick kids and attended sacrament meeting in a different ward.  Then, we had conference, and then we went to Oregon this last week to hear Abby report on her mission!

I still need to dump some pictures on here from our excursion to Salt Lake City for General Conference.

The night we arrived, Temple Square was over-run by the Gee family!
l-r below: me, Kamille, Madeline, and Isabelle in the foreground; Abram, Shawn and Pace in the background:


Shawn and Pace waiting for a "train".  Pace loves all things that "go" so he enjoyed SLC immensely.  He had to wave hello and goodbye to every car that went by, and the train was a wonder:)










The next day we listened to the first session of conference as we drove the little boys to Orem to stay with my cousins while we went to the second session in the conference center.  Anyway, on the way to their house, we drove by the apartment we lived in when Caden was a new baby.  This was where he lived the first year of his life!  The kids were sufficiently impressed - "Wow!  That is a very ghetto apartment!!":


The next morning, Pace participated in his first Easter egg hunt in our hotel room:)


Some tears were shed; I don't recall why....:








Then we settled in to watch the third session:


Could this be another skirmish?:

After that session, we headed back to Temple Square.  It was beautiful:




And VERY crowded:


The kids liked the Visitor's centers, and I was happy to see some harmony displayed amongst my cranky younger travelers!:



We listened to the last session as we headed for home....well, those of us who were able to stay awake listened! I can't wait to listen to all of those inspired messages again!  Currently it has been working for me to listen to one or two as I clean my kitchen in the mornings.  Love it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I can't resist buying these

cute pictures that came home yesterday of my middle kids! Soooo cute - I love their sweet faces and their teeth:)



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Some events and things that were lost in the shuffle of life

1.We discovered that Pace was allergic to Penicillin:


He got looking even worse before it got better!  This was after treating him for Tonsillitis and then a really bad ear infection, so two rounds of the stuff.

2. Some really fun cousins came to visit!  I was rushing around like a chicken with it's head cut off (have you ever seen a chicken with it's head cut off? ....Well this is a very accurate description) and failed to get pictures of any of the others, including my wonderful sister Katie:(  But here is Maddie with Gracie:


3. Kami ran for student body office. Caden worked up some great photo shop posters for her:) Written on this one was, "Vote for Kami!  I promise to blow you away!"



Kami as a hood ornament:


Plus a few more that I will have to find and post later:)  It was an exciting day on Friday to find that she got voted in!!! She is going to have a great year next year!

4. Sweet kids in the car:)