Monday, July 28, 2008

Wellington Pioneer Days

Happy 24th of July to you all!  I hope you had a good one.  I'm kicking myself because I didn't watch the parade Thursday morning.  I know, what's wrong with me?  I've watched that parade for as long as I can remember, I've even been in the thing twice.  I must not love my beautiful state or Garth must have had the day off and having him home in the morning threw me off.  Which ever it is, ( I'm going with choice #2) I'm sad I missed the parade.  To those of you who watched it, what did I miss?  We did do fireworks at the house that night with Jana and Casey and their family.  I kept some traditions alive at least.
           Casey, Jana & Harley, Payton, Taylor, Nati, Rylie, & Camryn
Wellington celebrated their Pioneer Days this weekend.  It's a fun celebration our little town puts on.  The festivities began Friday, but we didn't get involved until Saturday.  Saturday started with a parade down Main Street (aka hwy. 6, that can't be fun for officers to shut down a busy state highway for 30 minutes).  Most of the Wellington Wards put a float in the parade, the 1st ward was absent this year, someone needs to talk the primary presidency about that one :), but there were a few other local floats;  the little league baseball teams, local politicians, a few family floats, high school cheerleaders,  you get the picture, a small town parade.  The girls made out like bandits with a basket full of candy.  Gotta love a small town parade.
After the parade, we snuck into the church (perks of knowing someone with a key) and the girls changed into their dance costumes.  The studio performed in the park after the parade.  Summer performances are like playing a game of chance, you never know what your going to get.  Well, I sent out a note that had 6 classes performing.  Of those 6 classes, I had 4 dance.  One of the classes had only one girl show up.  She was brave and did a solo.  Rylie's class is quite large, I had 5 girls that were able to make it, Taylor's class has 8 in it, 3 girls came, but that's how it goes in the summer, especially on a holiday weekend.  Even with small numbers, the girls did a great job.  I was very proud of all of them.  
After the performance, we went back over to the church, changed clothes, and headed back over to the park.  Shameless advertising on my part, all of my girls, including myself, were wearing Dance Technica t-shirts. :)  One side of the park is full of free stuff for the kids to do.  It's great.  Taylor and Rylie spent most of their time on one of those huge blow up things, while Camryn went three times on the swings.  

  Garth even played one of the games.  I'll have you know my big strong husband hit that thing all the way to the top - twice!  He even won a little stuffed frog for his manly efforts. :)
The girls and Garth also went on the train that goes around the baseball diamond.  It was pretty cute to watch Camryn.  She stood on Garth's lap most of the ride with her hands up in the air.

Before we left, we bought some home made root beer from the Utah Daughters of Pioneers and also a pan of the most delicious peanut-butter chocolate brownies.  Yum!!!!  We finished off the day with working in the basement (don't get too excited, we just moved things around and threw out a lot of stuff so when we get real serious, things will be out of the way), a baptism, and a wedding reception.
We had a busy, but very nice holiday weekend.  I hope you did too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Home For Awhile

   It looks like I might get to stay home for longer than a week!  I can't believe it.   It's been a lot of fun visiting with everyone, but it's nice to spend some time at home and spend some time with Garth.  All of the long trips we've taken have just been me and the girls.   Garth has had to stay home and work.   He's missed out on some fun things, but we'll catch him next time.  All of this traveling these past couple of weeks has put a lot of miles on the good old mini van.  Here's how my July has been so far:
   On the 3rd, we went up to the cabin, came home on the 4th and had Taylor's baptism on the 5th.
   The week of the 7th, we were at Mary and Luke's house in Logan.  We left on Wednesday.  Mary had a Layer's party Thursday, which was just a good excuse to visit.   The girls had a great time visiting and playing with Tianna.  Thanks for having us Mary.   I hope Rylie's tattletaleing didn't drive you too crazy, but what can you do?  Rylie is mommy's little helper.   She is always keeping track of Camryn and everything she does. :)   On Saturday of that week we went to Jordanelle with Mike and Tiff.  Mike had borrowed a friend's boat for youth conference that week and the ward didn't need it on Saturday, so we went with the Owen's fam and had a blast out on the water.  It was so much fun!  You'll have to check out my scrap book pages.  Thanks again Tiff and Mike.
   Last week I was up at my mom's.  We went up on Wednesday and ended up going over to my grandparents home to give my grandma a blessing.  It was a nice little visit.   Tiffanie had a Layer's party Thursday.  Thursday afternoon we went swimming at the Cottonwood Heights pool with Tiff, Mike, and Carter, Mike's brother's kids, and Darren and Emity and her girls (lots of ands).  Then had Tiff's "party" that night.  It consisted of me, Tiff, Emity, & my Mom.   But that's ok, another good excuse to visit with every one.  Friday we went downtown to the Church History Museum to the I Am A Child Of God exhibit.  Tiff and Carter came, Emity and her girls, and Mom.
It was fun watching all the girls play with the dolls while Carter was off doing his own thing.  I think after a while he got board of being be himself though and joined the girls.  I put the slide show at the end of this post.  It was a nice afternoon.  I really enjoy seeing my sisters and spending time with them.  Friday night the girls and I slept out on the trampoline.  Good times! I was so worried about the girls getting cold during the night so I let Camryn snuggle up close so she would stay warm.  Ended up that I was the who got cold and I wasn't very comfortable.   But at least my girls slept good.  Garrett came over early Saturday morning.  He got some pictures on Mom's camera.  I'll have to get copies of them.  You have to see Camryn's hair, it is hilarious!   Saturday was just spent hanging out with Garrett and my parents.  All in all, it was a great visit.   The girl's had a good time playing with their cousins and seeing Nana and Papa, and I had a good time visiting with my family.
   This week isn't as busy as the past couple.   The only busy day I have is Saturday.  Wellington Pioneer Days is Saturday.  The studio will be dancing in the park that morning.   I have to figure out how to get to a bridal shower at the same time, and later that night, I have a baptism to attend and a wedding reception to go to.  I think I can make it all work though.   Sunday I have sharing time, then the girls will start swimming lessons on Monday.  Whoosh, and that's my July.
     I hope I haven't bored you to tears with my novel.  Summer is always so busy, and there is still plenty more to do, but I'll take a little down time for now.  How has your summer gone?  I always say, if I'm not busy, I'm bored and I guess truly, I wouldn't have it any other way!
   Don't forget to leave your comments on my post just below this one. These memories make me laugh. :)  My sisters know me oh so well!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Don't be shy, play along. I'm sure you've seen this one around.
Here are the rules.
1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember! If we're only blogging friends, write about a post that is most memorable. If you don't have a blog and don't know how to sign in, please comment as anonymous.
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll be sure to write one about you... either on your blog, in my comment box, or I will email you back!
3. If the memory happens to involve my husband, please include him! He's a pretty memorable guy.
4. If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all ☺Okay, let's see what you've got!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy 4th Of July!

Here are the scrap book pages if you want to take a look.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

4th of July Weekend

I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday! Ours was really nice. Thursday we went up to the cabin. Garth needed to put up a game camera. He's pretty serious about this hunt. I am going to be husband-less for a week in September. The week the studio goes back to dance! That's going to be fun, but I think we can make it work. Anyway, the girls played with cousins, Mary even took them on a 4-wheeler ride. Thank you, thank you Mary. Friday we made it back home and did fireworks on the driveway. Camryn wasn't too sure about them. It was fun just to watch her reaction.
Saturday was awesome! Taylor's baptism was really nice. She even had hot water (and I mean HOT) in the font. Thank you to everyone that came. You really made the day special. It meant so much to me to have you there. We have an awesome family and I am so glad we are close. It was so neat to see the circle of men when she was confirmed. I think there were 12 men in the circle. We were only missing Jared. It was great. Thanks again to all for coming.
I think the 4th of July has to be one of my favorite holidays. I love the matching outfits for the kids, the great food, and of course the fireworks. But I think what makes it great is being with family to celebrate this wonderful land we live on. I am so grateful for the freedoms we have. I can't imagine life any other way.
I plan to post pictures later. Right now I am at Mary's house visiting and doing a Layers party. :)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Theressa Frandsen

My thoughts are all over the place this morning as I think of what to say, so here it goes.  Please forgive me if I ramble.
11 years ago this summer, Garth introduced me to his Grandmother, Theressa Frandsen.  She was definitely a classy lady.  Instantly, I came to know her as Grandma.  Over the past 10 years, I have been able to create many memories that involve this wonderful lady.  She was there for my wedding, present after the birth of all my children, and many many more important events.  I love this lady very much!  She holds a very special place in my heart.
Camryn was born on May 3, 2007.  We blessed her on June 3, 2007, and sweet Great Grandma returned to her Heavenly Father on July 3, 2007, the day after her 88th birthday.  We blessed Camryn when she was only a month old so my brother could be there and I am so glad we did; so Grandma could be there.
This isn't the best 4 generation photo (Neil had just been in a water fight with the kids), but I'll take it!
I have many great memories of Grandma: bottling peaches at her home, picking cherries off her tree, having her baby-sit Taylor while I taught dance, eating her delicious food, the Hawaii trip, many Christmas mornings, the list could go on and on.  
Grandma raised 3 wonderful children, was the proud Grandma of 8 grandchildren and before she passed, the proud Great Grandma of 18.  Now that number is up to 20.  I know she is very special to my husband, and sure she is to the the rest of her family.  I feel very lucky to be a part of that group.
So Grandma, I love you and miss you.  Taylor wants to sing "When He Comes Again" at her baptism as sort of a tribute to you, and you'll be right there with us I'm sure.  You have left a wonderful legacy.  I hope we can continue to make you proud! 
Just a little side note, the song "Mama" by Il Divo on my play list was played at Grandma's funeral.  It's a very beautiful song if you want to check it out.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Busy Summer

Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while.  This summer has been a busy one so far.  It seems we are rarely home for longer than a week.  Last week I was in St. George with the girls and half of the Frandsen women.  Bonnie treated us to a good time at Tuacahn.  We saw two shows, Les Mis and The Sound of Music.  It was a great trip.  All the girls were great!  I couldn't find my camera, so I don't have any pictures of the trip. (I found it just the other day hiding in my diaper bag - had it the entire time!)  So you can check out Mary's blog.  She did a cute slide show of her pictures.  My favorite one is of Rylie.  She truly enjoys eating at Cafe Rio!

This weekend is Taylor's baptism.  I have lots to do before Saturday and just hope I can get it all done.  See you on Saturday!