Thursday, November 28, 2013

Aven's Blessing

I took some pics of my newest niece at her blessing.

 Grandma Great was just delighted with her.

The hair bow was made from a great grandmother's earring and is extra special.

 Everyone had lots of fun with Uncle Todd

 This one is my favorite shot of the bunch.

She was welcomed into such a beautiful family and we are excited to have her here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kyle's 5th bday

Well now that November is almost over, it's about time to share some of the events of the month. We were lucky to join in J's cousin's Star Wars Angry Birds party.

The pinata was a definite hit. No pun intended.

Then there was the traditional javelin throwing at the remains.

We enjoyed hanging out with the Anderson clan.

J was rather excited for cake

M had his first taste of cheetos. He was quite the fan.

I think watching his excitement opening presents was awesome. So much joy no matter what the gift was.

Piper was rocking the double party hat and was just asking to be made into the star of an anime TV show.

He is one fantastic kid and we are so happy to have him in our family!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gerald B.

My dear grandpa passed away recently and I had the privilege of writing his obituary. It ended up getting edited a bit for length (they are so expensive! This one would have been around $350-$400 with a picture), but I figured I'd post it here anyways. I redacted the names for privacy. I will miss the quiet strength and gentle smile he always brought to our family.

B, Gerald Keith  87, passed away with family by his side on November 15, 2013. Born on the family farm in Logan County, Kansas on January 11, 1926, Gerald developed early a work ethic that would become his legacy. Later he moved with his family to Nibley, UT and continued his education at Utah State University where he studied air conditioning and refrigeration. It was there he met Geniel Lowe, who would become his wife and companion for 62 beautiful years. Gerald's was a life full of service. He honorably served his country in the army and his church as a missionary. He dedicated many hours as a leader of the Boy Scouts and loved the outdoors. His greatest joy came from serving both his faith and his family. He will be missed by his children: J and R C, B and D Q, G and P B, S B, J B, J and C B, D and E B, B B, D B, V B, D and J R. His genuine smile and constant cheerfulness will be remembered by his 31 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

There is so much more I could write, but don't know where to even start. Here are some pictures of the handsome fellow he was.

This is from his time in the military where he served as a communications technician. He told me once about being down in a deep hole doing some electrical work, in Japan I think, when he touched some wrong wires. He was electrocuted 10 feet out of the hole and shook it off, and kept on working like only a 19 year old can.

My oldest brother mentioned how this could be straight out of an Abercrombie ad

I didn't know about his love of horses until his funeral.

I think dashing is the best word for this next one.

(I saw this next picture of my mom on the right and thought it could have been in my baby book. Now I see bits of J in there too)

It was so fun to see how much my cousins look like my aunts and uncles. The genetics are so strong when you adjust for age. The same thing goes for my uncles looking like Grandpa. In this picture, Grandpa looks like my uncles do now.

Can we just take a moment to enjoy my dad's tie?

He was the perfect blend of class and kindness. Here is one that best better fits my memories of him. The little hooligan is me, even though I had the same untameable hair J has and look like a very nice little boy. But oh what fun we had!

He will be missed greatly!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just a bit of life in general

 I love to watch J and M play together. They just enjoy it so much.

We met up at Cheryl's and I loved how all the cousins congregated together in the middle on the grass to eat donuts. One sat down and the rest slowly joined.

Lil' Sis came down for a friend's wedding and we wished she could just stay forever. We stopped by for lunch with Grandma.

M doesn't know it yet, but he and his cousin are going to bugging each other and fighting over toys for many, many years.

There was this one time, I was looking at a blog I check out occasionally and happened to be wearing the same outfit as she was. You can see it in the video. I didn't know green pants and a chambray shirt were so common.

J was eating a sandwich, stopped, looked at it. "It's a piano!" I can see the top view of a baby grand. I love how her mind works.

Rifling through my swim bag

The weather finally started getting a tad chilly so I wore my robe. She found on in a hand-me-down box and had to make oatmeal.

I'm so thankful I get to spend so many happy days with these kiddos!

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