Wednesday, January 31, 2018

One a Day, October 2017

My absolute favorite month of the entire year!

General Conference is one of our favorite weekends of the year

Not far from my house.

Helping me gather up the things for pictures at a preschool.



This was the sweetest little bunny!
























Heading off to a Halloween party



Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Favorite Landscape Pictures of 2017

I didn't get out as much in 2017 as I have in years' past -- growing a new human and taking care of the ten I already had engaged more than a little of my time and focus.  But then a Facebook memory came through of my 2016 favorites and I had to go through and see how many new favorites I had from this year.


My Top Fifteen (in no particular order):

This one is a bit of a cheat, as it is not actually my photo -- it was taken by my 13-year-old daughter.  Doesn't she have a great eye?

 
Utah Mountains and fields.

Spring blossoms!


Little quail are my favorite!

This was a stormy day over at Utah Lake.  I love the colors in the sky and the movement of the grass.



These are some of the first flowers in my garden each spring.  They are only about 3 inches high, but I think they are so 

More flowers from my garden.  Something about the light and the rose by the lavender makes this one of my favorites from the year, despite its simplicity.



This one is a panorama made from three pictures.  Our mountains were especially stunning this year. I couldn't narrow the fall color pictures down to just one.









I took this picture on the same day Sarah took the first one.  I love the subtle backlight on the grasses in the front and the movement and shape of the clouds. 


I love this guy's expression! 


Long-necked birds are so interesting.  This one was in the Florida Everglades -- a really cool place to visit!




I don't usually incorporate much man-made stuff into landscapes, but the sunrise one morning gave me the chance to take a picture of one of our favorite places -- the pool overlooking the ocean in Newport Beach. 


I'd love to know which ones are your favorites!

My favorites from past years:




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017 Top Ten

On our way home from California, we had each child write a list of their favorite memories of 2017. Then for Family Home Evening on the 1st, I compiled them into one list and had the kids mark their favorites.  It was pretty amazing to see just how many things we did in 2017.  The top vote-getters are below.  I started trying to find photos for every event, but then it got a bit tedious.  So

Top 10 Moments :

1. Gideon was born!  (I don't think there was a single child who didn't choose this one, because what else can compete with a new baby brother?)






2. Michael hanging out with his bathrobe and sword on Sundays

3. McCall Trip and Renting Jet Skis

We stopped at Idaho's City of the Rocks on the way







4. Benji learning new words and becoming obsessed with trucks and “Round and Round,” 

5. Little Girl Daddy Trip with Leeman Caves and Ghost Train


6. Visiting Newport Coast and the Beach for Christmas




7. River Rafting in the Boise and Payette Rivers

8. Going to the Eclipse in Idaho







9. DH Running the Canyon with the girls on their bikes




10. Lillian’s Graduation and Brick Oven Dinner Celebration




Honorable Mentions:

1. Huntsville Half Marathon and Marathon




2. Watching Joey perform his mad swoll bike skills



3. Trek for the four teens, including Joey’s awesome talk and getting home to take a shower.





4. Playing games together like slime pig, speed, bluff, go fish, and sleeping queens

5. Michael working at Pizza Pie Café and bringing home pizza for us.

6. California Dolphin Watching





7. Mom crawling around for 11 days and then her miraculous recovery

8. Seeing the Last Jedi as a family


9.  20th Anniversary Trip to Florida and the Bahamas




Other Favorite Family Moments:

· Lillian Moving Out to college and the rooms rearranged – EK, HC, AS, BG together

· Rockhounding for Geodes and Other Snazzy Rocks


· 27 Mile Bryce Canyon Bike Ride

· “Pie Day” to celebrate mom’s healing

· Grandpa became a Patriarch

· Joey’s talk at Stake Conference

· Mom running a triathlon

· TSA Nationals for Sarah

· Eliza and Aaron in St. George

· California Fishing Trip

· Antelope Island Night Ride

· Thanksgiving

· Rollerblading in California

· Shopping for Clothes with Daddy on Black Friday

· Katie got a new bike and Joey helped her ride it.

· Girls Camp

· Joey Backpacking with Jed and Connor


· Joey catching a Walleye and a Sturgeon

· High Adventure for Joey and Michael

· Lillian working on her mission papers

· Lillian’s Senior Trip

· Pioneer Day

· Michael’s Writing Camp

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We have been richly and wonderfully blessed this past year.  We look forward to the challenges and joys 2018 will bring!

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