Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Love You More than....

My honey, Mr. Love Bucket, is on this new kick.  Everyday he tells me that he loves me more than something.  For instance.  The first day  this started he said, "I Love You More than...my guns"  now I don't know what you think about this statement, but for Gary, that is a gi-normous load of LOVE.  What came next, oh yes, " I Love You More than...food~"  that's another big one.  Ummm, here is another good one...I-L-Y-M than...buttered popcorn with peanut m&ms!" Oh there have been many others including a BIG GLUP,  and WATCHING MOVIES,   It is so cute to hear these affirmations of his love for me.  And to answer the question on everyone's mind, No, he hasn't said he loves me more than HUNTING.  But maybe he is saving that for a special day.  giggle, giggle.  I sure do love that man of mine.  How could I not, I mean he loves me more than all his other favorites, it can't get better than that, can it?
              this was taken at Krystal's wedding reception one year ago...June 26, 2010

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

G.G.Meets Rylee

Krystal and Bruce are spending the summer in Phoenix so Bruce can work with his dad (jobs are far and few between in Rexburg).  So what that means is we got a visit from Rylee.  G.G. got to meet Rylee.  Rylee is currently loosing all her 'birth' hair and so you will see quite a resemblance to her grandfather in the pictures below.  G.G. also went shopping and Rylee now has a new addition to her wardrobe.  Even though I just saw this family two weeks ago, I was so happy to be with them again.  If you live in the Phoenix area and want to see my adorable grand daughter, give Krystal a call.  They plan to be here until August.

 One happy grand dad!
 up close and personal.  can you tell what physical  feature they share?
Gary first saw these cute little socks when we visited Madison (Misty's little girl) and he had to have some for Rylee.  Plus G.G. thought she should have cool, comfortable, cotton dress for church.  He gets so much enjoyment shopping for the grand children.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Father's Love

I went looking for my men and found them taking a snooze. I had to take this photo, the words to a song came to mind as I was photographing these two sleepy heads....Let me tell you a secret about a Father's.love...fathers don't just love their children every now and then, it's a love without end, amen.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cub Scout Boot Camp---day two

These past two days have been a lot of fun.  The activities planned for the scouts have been amazing and the staff gets fed the best lunches.  Yum, yum, yummy.  Only one day left.... 

 Name of our station assignment
 squad #10 was made up of the scouts in our ward
 code names...               Mama Bear               Susnshine
 squad leader with visual aide
 a  solider preparing for under cover work
special ops soldier ready for mission assignment

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cub Scout Boot Camp

 Cub Scout Day camp began today.  Little boys are too much fun!  Today I saw Elaine Couch who is a family friend.  Her Cub Scout den attended our "Special Ops" class.  She is my daughter Kim's husband's sister's mother-in-law.  So she literally is a friend IN the family.  Here in the Prescott Area we often run into relatives of Nate because this is where his family resides.  We attend the same ward as Nate's sister Destiny's husbands brother, Randy Barnette.  For fun we always introduce ourselves as "family" when we really are not the ones related to them.  It's just fun to mess with everyone.  It's easier than explaining how we know each other.

Elaine Couch with Special Ops trainer  Sgt.Mama Bear

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Memories of the house on Keim

Today I found an old SD card and opened it to see what might be on it.  I found pictures of the home we lived in  at 4544 W. Keim Drive, Glendale, Arizona.  It must of the been the day we moved out because the house is totally empty.  Oh what memories came into my heart when I saw these pictures.  Isn't it remarkable how the mind works.  I could hear, smell, see all the different things we did as a family living in that home. We moved into this house in August 1995 (on Kerri's birthday) and we moved out December 2006 (when Kerri graduated from BYU-Hawaii and she announced she was pregnant with Kaci).

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I came home to pretty flowers and a bowl full of treats just for me.  My hubbie said he missed me while I was gone and that for the entire day I was not allowed to venture any further than an arm's length from him.  He kept pretty close tabs on me.  This morning as he left for work and said, only for the 700th timel   Did I tell you I missed you?  It's wonderful to be loved by that man of mine.  I love you my Honey!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mesa Falls with BJ's family

Today BJ's older sister Liz came for a visit.  We had a light lunch out on the lawn and then we made our way up north about 30 minutes to Mesa Falls.  It was National Get Outdoors Day, so we visited the Falls for free.
You will see Liz, John,  Olivia, Neeve, Caleb, Danny, Matt, Camille, Krystal, BJ, and Rylee, Verda and her  bear friend.  We hiked to the Falls and visited the Mammal exhibit inside  the Lodge.There were pelts from  different animals native to the area on display and you were encourage to touch them.  Mink, fox, skunk, beaver, wolf, etc. I favored the fox, Liz liked the mink better.  There were other exhibits outdoors as well, like the bear you will see in the pictures.  A beautiful place to visit.  The falls are 175 tall 200 feet wide.  This was Rylee's first visit to a National Park and her first trip with her Aunt, Uncles and cousins.  It was a grand day.

 No it wasn't raining, this is Mom keeping the sun out of Rylee's eyes.

 Matthew and his soon to be bride Camille.  What a cute couple.

And to finish the day, dinner at Pizza Pie Cafe.  YUM

Friday, June 10, 2011

A walk in the garden

Today was a beautiful day.  Since I have been here it has either rained or the wind has blown furiously which also means it has been COLD.  Today was calm, sunny and warm.  So I took a stroll through the garden on campus.  When BJ and Krystal said there was a garden, I did not think it would be so big and glorious.  There were trees, grass, flowers, all sorts of pathways, ponds, and waterfalls.   I saw a mother with her daughter having a picnic.  A photographer with a little girl in her baptism dress taking outdoor photos.  Families strolling up and down the many paths that wind through the area.  Students tucked away in little nooks studying or laying on a blanket on the many grassy areas available. It is such a pretty and peaceful place.  Of course it is located at the highest point of the campus, which meant I had to take a bit of an up-hill hike, but it was so worth it.  Here are just a few of the many pictures I took today.

 This is the entrance to the garden area
 I think this tree looks like something you would see in a fairy tale forest.
 This looks like a little cottage, but really it is a porch, Patty's Porch.

 You walk through the doorway and it takes you to a secluded garden area.

This area was dedicated for horticulture students to plant a vegetable garden.

 There is also an apple orchard

This is where you can purchase apples for 50 cents a pound.