Monday, February 15, 2010

Genealogy . . .

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings. Holding S. Carter

We took the kids to Salt Lake City this past weekend, to visit the Family History Library. It was such a great family activity. Hannah traced my Grandfathers lineage back to the 1200's, she found photos and even a WWI draft record. Ryan went all the way back to the 1600's and was still in Illinois, but his greatest moment was when he discovered that he is related to Mark Twain. Gus traced his and Mark's family back to Germany, found the immigration ships log that Mark's Grandfather was on, and even got a picture of the boat he came on.
The people who were there to help were so wonderful, we all owe a really big thanks to Elder and Sister Ricks. We spent two days with our heads buried in computers, microfilms and old journals; here's a shot of the guys hard at work.

Monkey in the tree . . .

Yes, Hannah is my tree climber . . . you gotta' love the life in this kid!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

School Dances . . .

Well this one wasn't formal; it was girls ask guys and the theme was Super . . . as in Super Heroes, Super Stars, Super Bad, Super Villains . . . you get the picture :) Gus and Rebecca were Super Heroes, and Hannah and Tim were Super Villains . . . would you expect any different? They had dinner here at our house before the dance, and then dessert at Rebecca's house after . . . fun was had by all. Now they're planning for the Prom!

Choppin' wood . . .

One of the kids most favorite chores is "choppin' wood" lol. Hannah played Tom Sawyer and had her good friend Tony over "to help with the fun". Of course Tony heads straight to the chicken coop every time, lol that kid has the best smile when he's holding a chicken!


A happy New Year! Grant that I May bring no tear to any eye; when this New Year in time shall end; let it be said I've played the friend, have lived and loved and labored here, and made of it a happy year.~Edgar Guest

Yet another perfect family evening spent with good friends, great children and loud fireworks! We were joined by Mac and Marnie, their daughter Sophia, Hannah's new boyfriend Tim and Gus's new girlfriend Rebecca.