Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Trips and Tails

We started out November with Keegan's baptism, Draper, Calvin, Olson and Deacon sang and Olson, Deacon, Holden and Emily also sang a song. 
We all traveled to Helena to Rachel and Casey's for Thanksgiving, the roads were great until we reached northern Idaho and into Montana where there was a snow storm and some snowy roads, with lots of snow out at Rachel's, it was beautiful but chilly!  It was wonderful to be all together in one place and the kids had so much fun playing in the snow and the hot tub-they were crazy jumping into the snow, rolling around and then back into the hot tub-I lost track of how many times they did it!  We had a day of exploring in town-the museum, the Capitol building and the old governor's mansion.  We spent an afternoon just running and playing in the gym at the church.
It was time to get ready for Christmas as soon as we were home, we went out into the Gifford Pinchot National forest with Natalie and Drew to get our trees.  We got two this year, a little one for the kitchen/dining room area and a big one for the living room.
Calvin and I took a drive out to Dougan Falls at the end of the month, sometimes I just have to get out of the city and see the sky and a view.
The January birthdays kept us full of cake-Draper, Calvin, and Natalie all were born in January.  I've been working on unfinished quilt projects, this Swoon quilt will hopefully be done soon.  We put up some new ledges from Ikea for family pictures and picture books.
The many sleeping positions of Simon-I could fill a book with his interesting sleeping positions!

Sunday, November 17, 2019


October was a busy month and we have had beautiful Fall weather to enjoy all the activities.  I've relished the fall colors and smells this year more than ever it seems.  How can it smell like Fall?  It must be people burning leaves etc-the air smells smoky and spicy.  We haven't had much rain so the leaves have been able to turn all the colors-yellow, gold, rust, brown, crimson...it's been so perfect.
We've had a few visits from the sister missionaries, they're the greatest and it's always uplifting to have them in our home.  They surprised us by bringing all the missionaries to help with yard clean-up on a saturday-it was so great to get so much done in a short time.
I've been working on a family history mystery for sometime now, I've had a picture with the name Jessie Bond on the back and some other information but I didn't know what family she belonged to, just that she was a cousin the the Miles Hiram Rice children.  It took a few years before I figured it out.  I would look for awhile and then put it away and then get it out and try again.  I finally did it this time with the help of a friend who is a genealogical geneius and found some great information for me in old newspapers and also using Ancestry.  I was able to find her parents and her husband and children.  It feels good to solve a mystery and get her in the right place with her family.  I've added her picture to my wall of family pictures.
Shirley came for a visit this month and as usual she wore me out!  She has so much energy and can recharge with a short power nap.  We had a lot of fun shopping and seeing new things.  Natalie joined in a few times and we made our annual trip to see the holiday sights-this year it was Hallowthankmas since she was here early in the season.
We only got 2 trick-or-treaters this year, not sure why the low turnout, it was dry but quite cold.  We'll have to step up our game and hand out better candy or decorate the house more next year.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Marvel Rae

I added these letters, telegram and picture to FamilySearch and Ancestry and just wanted to also put them here and to tell the story behind them.
My parents, Bob and LeeElda met in 1939 and were married in August, they were both young (Bob 19, LeeElda 17)  and had nothing in the way of material, wordly goods.  Their first child Marvel Rae was born in December of that same year.  They had been living in Nyssa Oregon, and then moved to Hermiston Oregon when dad got a job at the Army Ammunition Dump.  These letters were written to Bob's parents in Nebraska from there.  They are poignant, reading about how happy mom was and how much Marvel was loved, knowing that she would soon be gone. She died from Infantile diarrhea and went very quickly from a healthy 2 year old to very sick and then gone.  I can't imagine what a shock that must have been for them and the feelings of helplessness and heartache they endured as a  young couple.  I know this impacted their lives in many ways and often think of how it changed them.
I feel fortunate to have these letters and telegrams to document their history.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


 Last month we took a trip to northern California to meet up with Rachel and Casey and fam while they were in California.  We rented a house in Eureka-great idea-and just roamed around the area.  The Redwoods were as beautiful as ever and we took a fun walk through one of the old growth forests-the Lady Bird Johnson grove.  It was perfect, not too hot, the rain didn't interfere and we had fun playing games and visiting.  As usual I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would, I'm always having too much fun to stop it all and take a picture, but then I wish I had more pictures!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Looking back at some of the crazy fun of this summer. Rachel and the kids came for a visit and we spent as much time as we could together with Draper and family.  Bunnies were bought-more than we had planned on-it was hot so we spent a lot of time in the water.  I got stung by a bee, Olson got stung by a wasp. I went to Alaska to visit and to babysit, Calvin joined me and had a great Alaska ATV adventure. We had an awesome bus trip through Denali, saw grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, red fox, sheep. I got lots of snuggle and reading stories on Grandma's lap time.  I missed them as soon as I was through security.