Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall Fun

I would love fall so much more if it just wasn't so cold! It seems that there's lots of fun things to do this time of year. We took Kaitlynn, Carter and Isaac to see the Ringling Bros Circus. We haven't been since Kait was a baby. Marissa and Levi were home one weekend in October and we wanted to go to the Corn Maze but the weather was awful. Later in the month it was warmer and Ann took Carter, Brooklynn and Isaac. It was Ann's first time (she usually works on Saturdays). The corn was really tall this year and as always the courtyard is a lot of fun too.

Once again Carter and Jared played together at the Federation Duet Festival. And... once again they received a superior rating. This was Carter's 5th year. One of the duets was "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus", and they played it as part of the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation as well.

 The kids all had fun decorating honey cookies. My children remember us doing that most years when they were small and it's a tradition they want to continue.

We had a party at home on Halloween. Carter and I made carmel apples and we all tried to watch a movie (something Halloween-like, but not really scary). The movie we rented was scratched and iTunes froze up on the computer, but we had fun anyway. Cameron and Heidi stopped by with their girls. Cameron took 2nd place with the costume he wore to work (he should have won first). Not only was his costume great, but I think he stayed in character most of the day. Some of the people at the hospital where he works didn't even know it was him!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I love Bones. Can't wait for the season premier tonight. Love this video. Anyone else a fan?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Little Lila in the Bowl

photo by Devin Caldwell
My Mom's parents owned Collier Furniture. In the store there was a crystal punch bowl. I'm not sure why, but my grandparents had the local photographer (Mr. Thorne) take Mom's picture in the punch bowl when she was six months old. When I was six months old, Mom borrowed the bowl from the family who had purchased it, and Mr. Thorne took my picture in it. By the time my oldest daughter, Ann was six months old there was a crack in the bowl and it was a family heirloom so her picture was taken by Mr. Thorne in a different bowl. Now my daughter Marissa's little one, Lila (named after my mother) is six months old and her picture was taken Saturday in a punch bowl. If you look carefully, you can see that all the babies are wearing the same bracelet.

March 1931
August 1955
Ann Marie
June 1980

Lila Rose
September 2011

Seattle Trip

 This year Terry and Carter, along with Terry's brother Corey and his son, Jevan took a trip to Seattle Washington to see the Boston Red Sox play. Carter got his first airplane ride, saw the ocean (even took a boat tour of the harbor), the Space Needle, visited the Hard Rock Cafe, AND watched the Red Sox. Carter got his picture taken with 2 of the players that they happened to see outside the ballpark. It was a GREAT trip!

Summer and Beyond

We had a family picture taken during Cousin Camp. This year I had a picture of just the adults. Why? No one really likes getting ready for a family picture so this way the picture won't outdate as quickly since it's the grandchildren that change so fast or get added to the family. Of course, Kaitlynn could change things too.

Melinda Smith Photography

We had a busy summer. Marissa, Levi, Ryan, Heidi, Isaac, Brooklynn, Cameron and Kairi all had birthdays. Isaac is now 6, and Brooklynn and Kairi are 8. Jenna, Ryan and Ava moved back to Vernal. School is in session again. Carter is in 6th grade, Brooklynn is in 2nd and Isaac is in Pre 1st. Terry, Kaitlynn, Carter, Isaac and myself went to see the Ringling Brothers Circus last week. Carter is playing Fall Ball. Most games he's pitching 1-2 innings as well as catching and playing 2nd base. Yesterday Jenna and I canned peaches. We've been eating lots of them fresh and barbequeing outside while the weather is nice.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pismo Beach

In May I took a trip to Pismo Beach, California with my mom. Mom and Dad lived there when Dad was serving in the U.S. Army. For many years now, they've traveled back to enjoy Pismo and the surrounding area each year, but were unable to the last 2 years before Dad passed. Mom wanted to make one last trip so she asked if I would like to go along. We flew from SLC to LA and then to Santa Barbara. From there we drove north to Pismo. On our way, we stopped in Buelton at a place called Pea Soup Andersons where I had some of the best seafood pasta ever (as much fresh seafood as pasta). It's a quaint little Danish restaurant and gift shop that first opened it's doors in 1924. Owned by Anton and Juliette Andersen. The place is famous for it's pea soup (no, I didn't try any) that was first made by Juliette who was an expert chef from the east of France.

Our next stop was Pismo Beach. I had been there once or twice when I was a teenager but I don't think I appreciated the beauty that surrounded me. This time, like a child I was in awe of the ocean. I felt as if I was standing on the edge of the earth, and I was mesmerized by it's grandeur.

While we were there, we drove up to Avila Beach and had dessert at the Olde Port Inn Restaurant at the end of the Harford Pier.

Another day we drove to the Hearst Castle. 

It's more like a museum. Before going, I got on the internet and read about William Hearst, the castle and the artifacts. During our tour, our guide ask a question and wanted the first person who could answer it to shout out the answer. "Who was Millicent Willson?" Several people made guesses but were wrong. I'm not a real loud person, but I finally shouted out, "She was his wife." For the correct answer, I received the miniature pink rose from our guide's lapel.

At the castle, I was once again struck by the beauty of it and the surrounding area. The castle was 28 years in the making and was actually never completed. It's an architectural wonder. William Hearst was an avid collector of art and artifacts. He combined lots of different styles from many time periods and somehow made they all work together. This Egyptian sculpture dates back to the time of Moses.

For me, the castle was one of the highlights of our trip. Unfortunately, you have to see it firsthand to really appreciate it.

On our way to and from the Castle, we passed Morro Bay where this huge volcanic plug (581 feet high) is located just off shore from Morro Bay.

As we drove up and down the coast, there were miles and miles of vineyards. Of course, we were in Wine Country. Mom said years ago there were miles and miles of different produce. So, what are we going to eat when all they grow is grapes?
(I took this picture while we were driving)

Another one of my favorite places was Solvang. It's a Scandinavian city with lots of flavor and atmosphere. Mom and Dad always brought home fudge to everyone from here. I also tasted gelato for the first time.

Mom and I had lots of fun walking up and down the old part of Pismo, taking in the sites and smells, the birds, the flowers, the shops, the people and eating lots of good food (especially seafood).

Thanks Mom for taking me on this trip!!! Also, thank you to Jenna for coming home and holding down the fort while I was gone. By the way, we had such a great time that we decided we need to go "one more time".

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pirate Ship

Many of you on my street have watched the progress of an amazing fort/ pirate ship being built. I've watched with particular interest because the builder was once one of my little Mia Maids. Dacia is now a mother of 3 boys. After pricing playground equipment she decided she could build her own, but even the materials were outrageously expensive. So..... trips to D.I., online shopping, along with Dacia's fabulous imagination have produced something far better than any kit. For more details to the story you can read the Vernal Express article at http://www.vernal.com/stories/Aarrrg-Pirate-fun-at-Jackson-home,1640283. You can also check it out at shivermetimbers-fort.blogspot.com and leave her a comment.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I'm a Winner!

I recently found a fun blog by way of a friend of mine. She had been to Colorado to visit her son and his wife and their new triplets. When she got home she pointed the way to Natalie's Cake Pops   

Natalie makes beautiful (and tasty) cake pops. She was having a give away for 1 dozen of them; and yes, I won. They arrived yesterday. I requested autumn colors and here's the result.

Check out her site. They're beautiful!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring Break

For part of spring break we decided to take Kait, Carter and Isaac to Salt Lake. We went to the Children's Museum and then to Temple Square. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun.