Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

What a week. Everybody is coughing, and we're in two different states! Get better! Let me know if you need any more help finding a doctor ;-) But, life goes on, especially that of a college student. Too hard to play catch up.

Of the 2,047 students admitted to Harvard, 81 percent chose to enroll in fall 2013, according to data submitted in an annual U.S. News survey. BYU is second on the list with a 78.4% acceptance rate

Also, the a tractor-trailer carrying ramen noodles wrecked near N.C. and boxes of noodle packagess were spilled over a larger portion of the highway. (Thank goodness it wasn't raining!).

Over here? Dad finished putting books on the unfinished bookcase. Stay tuned until March, when he'll pull all the books off, and finish the molding and staining.

Dad thought you might enjoy seeing all the books that don't have a home. He'll probably be building another bookcase right there on that wall (see below).

Cooper probably has received three tee shirts in the mail this week, 57 more to go! I thought he was doing it just for fun. He told Aunt Jenny it was because all his tee shirts were getting too small. Feeling kind of guilty over here not knowing he needed new clothes! We'll have to work on his communication skills ;-)

Your sister Breyer had us all laughing. When she pulled out the rubber band around her pony tail she said, "This pony tail makes me look like a horse!"

The big news of the week is of course the visit from my twin. We had a fabulous but too short weekend, Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. We crammed as much as we could in the short time we had together. Dad took Friday off and drove me to the airport. We picked her up, and drove straight to see the sights in Dallas. We didn't have any time for Fort Worth, as we had to get home for Porter's basketball game. We didn't even have time to eat dinner! I know Porter is thankful she got to see him play, lost by a basket.

We also got to watch Miller's game Saturday morning, so much fun! The team would have lost without him. He was chosen again to sit out the second quarter. She toured downtown Granbury, walking around the square, and she and Miller toured our scary old jail. We left the little kids with Porter, and went on a hike at the Acton Nature Center, so she could have a hike towards her "50 in 50" goal.

The older brothers and Dad were at a shooting class to earn their basic NRA handgun certificate. They LOVED shooting the guns, of course.

Then they went to the second day of the merit badge college at Weatherford College. Here's Sawyer finishing his Indian Lore badge.

Of course the news today is the impending blizzard in New England tomorrow. The weather  conditions elsewhere caused Aunt Jenny's flight to be cancelled today, while we were at church. We left early to get her to the airport, and found out we could have stayed. We worked all afternoon, trying to get her on another flight but there no more, so she got a 6 a.m. flight tomorrow morning instead. And because she had Marriott points, Dad took her up to a hotel with an airport shuttle, just like your grandparents. It was a wonderful birthday weekend to me, and I'm sad it's over. Aunt Becky joined in vicariously with Snap Chat.

That's all the news from here. Have a wonderful week! Eat lots of soup, get lots of rest, and say your prayers.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Princess Party

Getting everyone ready for the big "wedding!"

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Princess Preference

"This is the only cup I want to drink water in. The fancy tea cup."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love Where You Live

Dear Tanner,

Just a beautiful shot! We're so glad you're there and that you're happy. Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

We're not sure how we feel about Hunter not having a phone. We feel like we don't hear from you all week! So, fill us in! Tanner, thanks for the pictures you send. They brighten our day.

Hunter, your comment, "I've been practicing my foxtrot footwork walking to class, and it's been fine, albeit with a few stares during promenade. But the cha cha? this could get interesting!" has generated a lot of talk, you're making all your fans smile, wanting more. Pictures from your dance class would be wonderful!

"Tanner, how are you doing? I miss you!"

There were a  few newsworthy articles I found interesting this week. The loose rhinos from the zoo made me smile ("Three rhinos were caught on camera making a great escape. Video shows the three rhinos sneaking past a sleeping security guard and through an open gate at a safari park in Tel Aviv. Another zookeeper can be seen running after them, but he couldn’t catch up. The escape was short-lived, as the rhinos hit a police roadblock about 10 minutes later.)

How about this one, while you're out hiking? "Many of us harbor dreams of running across an original Winchester Model 1873 rifle in the rafters of a dusty attic or tucked in the dark corner of old barn or just maybe leaning against a tree when we are out hunting. Recently employees of the National Park Service found a 132-year-old Winchester Model 1873 rifle leaning against a gnarled juniper tree in a remote part of the sprawling Great Basin National Park in Nevada."

And my favorite new study by BYU: When recess takes place before kids sit down to eat – instead of after - fruit and vegetable consumption increases by 54%.."

It was fun to see you and your cousin out and about on the town. Do you introduce him as your cousin? Or the reason you love him beyond his title? It's an interesting thing to think about how you can introduce your friends.

Thought you would enjoy seeing yourself at Porter's third birthday party...can't believe he's 17 tomorrow!

Breyer's been bonding with your father this week. I think it all started with sharing chocolate teddy grahams at a basketball game, and he was showing her how to eat the feet first, then the ears, then the belly button. He's most entertaining. She goes to him every evening to read books, she runs to greet him when he comes home, and loves to talk to him about animals in Africa, especially the meer cat.

Sawyer had another game Friday night, and we have more great pictures thanks to the lady with the camera, forthcoming. Miller had his first game Saturday. Those pictures will be up as well. Just know that he made the first seven baskets of the game, only one or two weren't made from rebounds. He shares well. He brings the ball down for the team. He's the man. There are a few differences in his league that are interesting. The players wear different colored wrist bands so they know who they're guarding (Miller wore red and guarded the boy with the red band). The other weird rule is that before the second quarter begins, each team gets to pick one player from the opposing team to sit on the bench. Miller was chosen. I told him to get use to sitting, And, even though he's in first grade he's playing with second graders. He's that good ;-)

I taught my lesson today on the Savior. The girls and I talked a lot about what the Savior has done for us (great talk by Oaks). I challenged them to think of what the Savior is doing for them, daily. To look for His tender mercies he provides. And I challenge you to do so as well. Make Him the Living Christ.

Be safe, be strong,



Love that you got the picture of your religion teacher after the devotional!