The Energizer Cowboys who kept things humming at the reunion

The Energizer Cowboys who kept things humming at the reunion
These kids know how to have fun!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries

Jason Deere challenged the youth to commit to a date to turn in
their mission papers.  Anthony just happened to be a part
of this young man's photo commitment which he had posted
on Facebook!
We gathered up as many as the adult members of the family who could come and we all went to a red-neck missionary concert with the Nashville Tribute Band Aug. 25. 

Sandy's outdoor amphitheater was a great location.  Though a wind came up for a few minutes, it calmed down and we even had fireworks in the background. We met first at the Black Bear to eat at Nathan's suggestion.   It was quite good with lots of choices. 

Those coming were Tammy and Nathan, Chris and Pam, Ashley and Anthony, Andrew and Amy, and Heston and his wife.  It was very enjoyable and a testimony builder.  I think everyone enjoyed it, though Steve wasn't over excited -- despite the fact it was his birthday present.  The long drive may have had something to do with that. 

We stayed that night with Autumn and went to church with them.  So we were able to visit with all five families up north.  Headed back home on Monday, Yeehaw!  When I got home I downloaded two of Katherine Nelson's songs to use on the Ward Reunion show: Born Brave and Home Sweet Home. She was the opening act and performed for about 30 min.  I love both of those songs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Finishing the Deck

Orlo had a week's hiatus from the deck project when he went back to Arizona for Sheila's graduation with her nursing degree. She was top of her nursing class and was also the student speaker at graduation. It took about two more days to add the extension to the top so that the stairs would have ample room to disembark.


 As you can see the change also opens the window up more, as the stairs are now 3 feet further west.  With the addition of the platform to access them at the top, it also provides more shade along the sidewalk and planter, and he only had to add one more support, as he could attach to the house.  I like the deck a lot and I think Dad does too.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lawsyn Margaret's Baby Blessing

Anthony and Ashley and their three beautiful children.

A huge gathering of the Wilcox, Farnsworth, and Burdick Clans converged on Mountain Home, Utah to celebrate Lawsyn's official name and blessing ordinance on August 5.  Anthony gave her a wonderful blessing and she looked adorable, as did our other two new grandchildren, who also lent their voices to the occasion.
Isabella born May 9, Ryan born June 7 and Lawsyn born June 25


Little toesies in a row

We came up the day before and stayed at the Farnsworths.  Grandpa Sam had been in the hospital in SLC, so Ashley's parents had been with him and didn't get back until later.   He was able to be there for the blessing on Sunday, however.  Rob and Kathryn, Nathan and Tammy, Andrew and Amy and Chris and Pam and their families were able to be there.  Theron was gone, so Autumn didn't try to drive over on her own.
Lawsyn isn't sure about who all these strange people are holding her
Isn't Ryan the cutest little bundle!

The girls have had enough of picture taking for one day, thank you!  Ryan remained unperturbed throughout the day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Brendan and Laurie Come to Visit

Nathan delivered precious cargo to Blanding  July 28, bringing Laurie and Brendan down to spend a week with us.  We are so happy to have them come.  The first night Ethan came over and they all ended up in the same bed.  I'm not sure how comfortable their sleep was.

We did quite a bit every day they were here. 
Steve took the kids fishing, we taught them how to play Kubb.

One afternoon we took a picnic and traveled down
through Montezuma Canyon.
Laurie made a baby quilt for  Isabella.

They even went crawdad fishing with hot dogs.  They came back with a lot, so Steve taught them how to cook the crawdads, and then we ate them...or at least some of us did!  They had a lot of fun catching them, however.

I helped Laurie design and make a baby quilt using  2.5 inch strips. First we picked out the fabrics and then she learned how to use a rotary blade to cut strips.  We tried tying it outside on the deck, but it was so bright -- we had to wear shades!
The finished quilt with the binding on!  This picture also shows
the beautiful sunflowers we grew this year by the garage.

I also took Laurie down to meet Autumn Evens. She is one of the young singles I go visiting teaching too. Autumn offered to let her ride one of the horses. Laurie was so happy about that.  I think it was her first time to ride a horse bareback.

 We invited their Lacy friends over for a sleepover on the new deck which was a lot of fun for all of them.

One night we had a neighborhood social while they were here and shot water rockets off in the orchard.  Everyone loved getting wet.

We took the kids back to Altamont with us Aug. 4th when we went up for Lawsyn's baby blessing. On the way up we stopped at the museum in Price and visited all the Dinosaurs!

Run, Laurie, Run!

It was a busy and fun week, and I think it was great for all of us to break away and have fun.
Nathan and Tammy drove over to Mt. Home Sat. night and stayed at the lodge at the foot of the hill where the Farnsworths live. Rob and Kathryn also stayed there.