Saturday, May 30, 2015

Otherwise Engaged

T-man's back in town with his main squeeze, and eventually got around to asking a really BIG question ;-)

And she said, "Yes."

We're SO lucky!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Backyard Buddy

 Why did the turtle cross the road?

To visit!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mommy Moments

Miller found out he was awarded a Citizenship award (all "excellents"on the report cards  in  behavior for the entire year)...

Miller was given an award for "All A" Honor roll, having straight A's on his report cards the entire year...

Miller was also recognized for reading books and taking the appropriate comprehensive test, that gave him the most reading points in the classroom.

Then, he was called up and given a trophy for having the second most reading points in first grade.

Way to bring home the hardware!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Pole Vaulting Pit

Nothing like your coach telling you to go buy a couple of poles for next year...road trip to Altius Pole Manufacturing, Jackson, TX

Video before... ~12'

Video during...~13'

Video finale...~14'

Monday, May 25, 2015

With All My Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

Another week in the books, so to speak. What was most memorable your last seven days? For me I'd have to say eating Cooper's cake celebrating the soon-to-be end of the school year: A delicious lemony cake with fresh raspberry filling and a buttery frosting. Yum! And he always lets Breyer help. Then he made a cheesecake. Why bother showing up any more? I'll be out of a job if any more of you guys take to cooking. Cooper specializes in desserts, Porter in meat and bread, Hunter in pies, muffins, and dinners. Now Tanner's getting back into his cooking groove, since living in Kansas City, and his wing-man missing from his kitchen.

Cooper and Sawyer had a court of honor last week, and received a few awards and rank advancements. But what made the event letter worthy is the fact Cooper came right home, sat in a big stuffy chair, and sewed on all his merit badges and patches himself. I think I'll hire him, a rent-a-scout, to clean up my sewing basket, including his four other brothers' scout patches.

Porter was pegged as next year's pole vaulter with respectable status, and told to spend the leftover track budget on new poles for next year. So Dad took him up to Tyler to see his sister and your cousins, and he has a 2:30 p.m. appointment tomorrow to get measured and fitted for new poles. Sawyer and Breyer went along for fun.

Cooper, Miller and I went to one of our lakes and drove the speed boats around until the batteries were dead. Then they wanted to fish off the city dock, which turned into a quick swim in the city beach. After having rain all week, and the sun finally making a late evening appearance, the weather became beautiful. I love the soft breeze of spring, and the warm sun on my face.

I attended my first emergency response team meeting, and the first emergency preparedness meeting for the county, and enjoyed myself immensely. I'll write more on that later.

I taught my lesson today and loved President Uchtdorf's thoughts on receiving a testimony. He said we must "consider, ponder, fearlessly strive to believe," We talked a lot about what fearlessly striving to believe means. For sure it's not a passive approach.

That would be my hope for you this week, catch the vision, again, and grab life and the blessings of all the gospel has to offer with both hands.

Love you!


Saturday, May 23, 2015