Friday, July 31, 2009

Coconut M&M's are you kidding me?

Hey everybodoy have you heard?
coconut M&M's ... YUMMY!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


After leaving our family reunion, we decided to take a detour. Where we live there is a road side billboard with BEAR WORLD pasted on it. My kids have seen it a dozen times and everytime they say... can we go... please please please... well, the reunion just happened to be practically across the street! How convienient! So we convinced Dad to take us. Not only were there Bears, there were Elk of several colors, deer, wolves, turkeys, fish, swans, buffalo...and more.


can you see them? spot 5 bear teennagers

we were really hoping to see a BRAWL or some kind of ACTION!

This was the coolest thing I've ever seen... I was wishing they had a stuffed animal of him in the gift shop... An all white elk with budding antlers all in velvet. He looked so soft it was crazy... like something from a movie! I would have named him (t.p.?????????)

We had a good time. It was out little mini vacation. I'll take what I can get and be very happy about it. I came away from the reunion and this mini vacation feeling totally re-grouped! Ready to start new projects, organize my life and tackle whatever it is that lies ahead of me. Who knew a weekend in Idaho could do such things. (ahhh but it did so much more than anyone could ever know... I benefitted in so many ways from it.)

I spent one morning here:

What a beautiful temple and the peaceful spirit that I felt meant a lot to me. I always feel it when I'm at the temple, but there was something extra special about that morning trip. Hmmmmm wonder what that could have been?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Highlights.... and I mean HIGH LIGHTS!

Reunions bring out the best in people is what I have realized! Like this picture for instance:

Rhett was one of many who tried out the BIG BALL WIPEOUT! It was quite impressive to watch :)

HUMAN FOOSEBALL... another adventerous game that brings out competitiveness in even the weakest of players.
And then the PHOTO SHOOT of the generations...notice the love we share amongst cousins who have only met for the first time...
I know it was the time of day, and I know it was the camera lense, but this last image to me kindof shines a little bit of light right down from heaven... don't you think? And I think that it was very likely the case... those in heaven peeking down, watching over, and totally enjoying the weekend along with us.
I wish I would have taken a picture on my camera of my mom and my aunts and uncle... those responsible now for this growing crew. We love them, and all that they have taught us and how happy they have taught us to be! Thanks for the good times.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

science camp

The kids have spent the past couple of days at science camp. They are having a great time making...
talking about snakes, reptiles and other "ooey" things.
having fun with friends

and learning a lot about cool science stuff!

what do you want to be when you grow up?

Monday, July 20, 2009

I am a FORD

Generation 4 - just a few of them
we went to Wolf Creek/Silver Meadows - my favorite place on earth!

Sorry Samee... but this is just a cute memory of the weekend.

Andy's first tent sleeping experience... not so much sleeping... just smiling and waving at any passerby! Those walls are pretty thin ya' know.

my checker board got put to good use.
All in all the reunion was so good, just like it always is. It left me feeling somewhat contemplative about years past and memories of my own childhood, which I guess is what it's all about; creating and remembering, and celebrating family and memories. I think my emotions about it all boiled down to one thing... I really miss my Grandma and Grandpa Ford who were the ROCK that centered our family. We rolled rocks at heart lake something that my Dad started and we all could do for hours. The hill is steep and the terrain is beautiful. It's God's country and we sense those that are no longer with us, but are with Him there in those mountains. I am proud to be a FORD.
p.s. I really missed all the fam. that weren't there.... my girls.. you know who you are! Love ya!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"School in Summer????"

In case you've been wondering what we've been up to... well let me tell you. Mason and a group of neighborhood buddies (including Sadie and Nick) are holding summer school. It is not just any summer school... it's "NATURE" school. They hike up a dirt road near our house to a group of trees where they spend every afternoon teaching and learning and talking about things like: birds, insects, water and land mammals, rocks and minerals, and I'm sure other non-related things. They have all been given certain rolls: for instance Mason is... was.... the "field-trip director". He has now deemed himself as the insect instructor. Sadie is the "Principle" and has established a disciplinary system that she is quite proud of. Being the only girl at the school I guess she gets that privilege. She "observes" at each class (or respective tree) and watches behavior. If she has to mark anyone 4 times they are in "detention". This includes standing near a "thorny bush" and writing 30 times "I will not be bad". Nick, he's an "observer" as well... just ask him. They all have been working very hard on making this school something that the neighborhood boys will want to attend. They have done a good job I think. Keep in mind Mason sent out a fl yer that covered all bases including: "we are not responsible for insect bites and accidents"............parents signature needed_______________________x

These are the good things summers are made of!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Andy's Hair Cut

Today was the big day... the first hair cut!

The curls are gone!!! Oh I'm so sad. He is a big boy now!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Her Big Day....

Note to self: Give the camera to someone else and make sure they take pictures of the baptism day for you.

This just happened to be my sister who was smart enough to take the time for a picture. HELLO!!!! What was I thinking. I feel terrible. I do not have one picture of Sadie on her day except for the ones of her later with Grandma... and her 4th of july dress.

She had a great day with Grandma's and Grandpa's, cousins and Aunts and Uncles who all came to visit and spend time together.

Like mother like son...

Is this terrible? Or should I be getting paid for advertising?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th!

Tomorrow is a big day for us. Sadie is getting baptized on this very special day. We are all very excited. I decided to do all the cooking... and the cupcakes look just as cute as I had hoped... so I blogged them at 10:30! I so enjoy all of my family coming to my house and I especially love to cook for them all. I am excited and a little stressed at the same time, I hope I have enough food, I hope I have made this a special day for Sadie (focusing on the right things)... I hope Mason's talk goes well, I hope Nick will say the poem he has worked so hard to memorize, I hope Sadie will be brave and sing the song she has practiced, I hope mostly that everyone will feel the spirit and know what a good thing this is. I especially hope that Sadie will feel the spirit and remember those feelings always. I can't wait! I will never sleep tonight!... I'm so excited to sing with my sisters. We are singing America the Beautiful.... I do love my country and my family and my Heavenly Father. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


What do you get when you combine a good flick*(sandlot), some serious bug spray, 3 very excited kids, a clubhouse and a clear summer night.......??????


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