Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With All My Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

It's a glorious sunny 85 degrees this weekend, and a few of us here have sunburns. Breyer's is probably the worst. She is still very fair. Speaking of your sister, she asked me the other morning, "Mom, why doesn't Curious George have a belly button?" She keeps me on my toes! She loves worms, loves to save them from the puddles after we have rain. She finds beetles outside, and talks to them like they're her friend. She still runs from ants and flying insects. And we both love to look at the horses every day.

Today at church Sawyer received the Aaronic priesthood, and Porter bestowed this great blessing upon him. It was sweet to listen to him and feel his sweet spirit. Sawyer is the cutest deacon ever!

Yesterday the church had an Easter egg hunt at the church, and your father took her and Miller. She found one of the golden eggs, and was given a little basket with chocolate and a stuffed green frog. Cooper went as her protector. Dad stopped by Sawyer's baseball game, where I was watching, and then took them to the city Easter egg hunt. More on that later. They ran a little behind schedule, so Miller was disappointed to go to his game before his age group was called.

Sawyer was and will be the main pitcher for his team. One of the fathers there recognized him from the basketball league, and knew he was the highest scoring player, and upon seeing him strike out player after player wanted to know who bred him. It was pretty funny. To some he appears to have super powers. We always say it's because he has so many brothers to play with and to teach him. So thank you for your love and support through the years. He was pulled after three innings so he could pitch this week, and was moved to second base where he made a great tag to end the game 12-7.


Miller began at first base, moved to short stop, and then back to first. He still vacuums the balls up, had a great hit to the outfield, and walked away with a 10-2 win. He played in the afternoon and it was getting toasty, and we were both short on water. I keep the team's book, and didn't even have time to take a drink!

Sawyer is still playing on his all star basketball team, and had a tournament this weekend, a game Friday night and two on Saturday after his baseball game. He was toast by the end of the day, but still wanted to go with your father to a treasure hunt he found at a ghost town in Thurber. More on that later, as well, but they found treasure in the form of family together time, and another good story for your father.

Imagine my surprise when I came around a corner, headed home one night this week, to find a car stopped in the middle of the road. Even more of a surprise when I realized all of the occupants were out of the car and looking down at something in the middle of the road. And a shock when I realized they all belonged to me. Jarrod saw a huge toad in the middle of the road, and had the boys out trying to catch it. Not to be kissed of course, because I already have my prince, but to show me one of the "screaming frogs" I hear when we go walking at night. True love ;-)

And last but not least, just for you Hunter, and your "guns," the boys stopped off today because they were thinking of you:

We love you boys. So glad your semester is almost through. Finish strong! Be true!



Friday, March 27, 2015

Inspiration in Unusual Places

The nation's third-highest scorer in 2014-15 BYU's Haws finishes with three points shy of the NCAA record.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Other Golden Arches

Because if you're going to watch the sunset at Delicate Arch you'd better make it unforgettable.
Utah Arches National Park

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ballroom 101 Dance Competition

Twinkle Toes himself ;-)

Placed 23rdish out of 90ish ;-)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

"When our hearts are filled with the love of God, we become “kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving.” I thought this a beautiful quote by President Uchtdorf (The Merciful Obtain Mercy). Perhaps it hit home this week as spring has arrived in Texas. The grasses have lost their winter browns, and are now vivid green. The trees are beginning to bud, and the lovely horse farm we pass everyday has four new baby horses out grazing with their herd.

Aunt Becky has had her hands filled with two children in the hospital with high fevers and respiratory issues (flu), especially the baby. Keep them in your prayers! The staff at Dartmouth has been especially kind to her to get both her children in the same room, such a tender mercy for her.

The boys have had baseball and soccer practices and baseball games cancelled because of all the rain we've received this week. The only enjoyment they've gotten from the gloomy weather is watching the lake levels rise when we go over the bridge. Reminds me of watching the Ohio river rise when we'd ride over the Proctorville bridge.

Sawyer had his Odyssey of the Mind competition this weekend, rescheduled from a snowy Saturday a few weeks ago. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but knew he would be competing against other teams from other schools, presenting their solution to a previously given problem, as well as competing in a spontaneous problem. They left before the awards were handed out, so we'll find out tomorrow how his team did.

But while they were in the Fort Worth area, you know your father. He couldn't pass up stops to a few sights, one including a huge Cabelas.


He and Sawyer had a fun day together, and got home in time for dinner.

I know this week's missive is short, but we talked for too long ;-) We do love you, and have a hard time letting you go. I suppose we'll always want to parent you along your way, but need to remember our job has changed from teaching to more advising. So we're suggesting you two get a bit more sleep, focus on your studies, and enjoy your time together.



P.S. Love all the pictures! You've kept me busy even though my camera is still out of commission. Thank you!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is Here!

"I wish weekends with Tanner lasted forever."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Night-time Ramblings

"If I had to choose her or the sun I'd be one nocturnal son of a gun."