Sunday, November 20, 2016


We went to LACMA a couple of weeks ago and had a fabulous time. 

 There were long yellow noodles to wander through...

...and a necklace made of legos.

I liked this nose jewelry. It was a cast of Lois Boardman's nose by Gerd Rothmann.


There was an exhibit of prints by Picasso which I found especially interesting because of the printmaking class I am taking.

I love Kandinsky...

...and Mondrian...

...and especially Calder!

Because of all his cubist work, some people think Pablo Picasso couldn't draw, but not true. 

This work by Mungo Thompson was fun...

...and we all enjoyed Chris Burden's Metropolis II.

It was fun (don't be fooled by the lackluster expressions) to watch from up above.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Trip to Provo

Last month, the five younger kids and I went to Provo for a couple of weeks to spend time with Rachel and Summer to keep them company while their husbands were gone, to send Gwen and Kelly to EFY, and for Summer and me to take a knife making class.

It was great to be together with all seven kids. We all missed having Stan with us, who stayed home to hold down the fort.

Naomi visited Mars, well, the Mars diorama at the Clark Planetarium.

Summer, also at the planetarium, tested the plasma ball with her nose.

We hiked up to Stewart's Falls, seeing pretty flowers on the way.

Can you find Rachel, Heather, Michael, Gwen and Naomi?

I have never done woodworking before, but...

Summer and I had SO MUCH FUN making knives and other tools.

Here are the three knives, two lifers, spatula and folder I made.

Here is Summer camouflaged by her dress on the big sleeping bag Rachel let the kids use while we were there.

It was a wonderful trip! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


In the past year and a half, our children have reached milestones and made covenants.

Naomi was baptized a member of the church.

She had lots of loved ones around her.

Rachel received her endowments in the St. George Temple.

Summer received her endowments in the San Diego Temple.

We sure love our children!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Food and Other Adventures

Before and...

 ...after we moved all the irises and planted some new flowering bushes in the front of the house.

 Randall and Gina and their family came to see us on their way to a cruise. We loved visiting with them!

 One evening for FHE, we each chose something (mostly) new to try from the Asian grocery store and then ate it (mostly) all for dinner.

For our semi-annual exercise reward dinner, we went to a place where they boil seafood, then toss it in seasoning and just bring you a plastic bag with your food in it. You eat it with your hands and it is even messier than it sounds. We had crawfish, catfish (this was fried, not boiled), clams, shrimp and crab legs. It was all delicious!

 At the end of the meal they brought soapy water with dry ice in it - to wash your hands.

 The kids found other uses for it, too.

Summer is here while Jake is in South Korea, so we took a quick trip to the beach yesterday - everyone's favorite place.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy anniversary Rachel and Jason!!!!!

Another short post on another long and wonderful two days. Oh my, I am so happy for Jason and Rachel! They got married a year ago today.

Their wedding colors were coral and navy - so gorgeous! The goldfish centerpieces were fun.

Rachel decorated the wedding cake with fresh flowers.

They had lots of different cakes, fruits and sauces. It was hard to wait for all that deliciousness!

There were silly siblings... friends...

 ...and lots of smiles.

Especially on the bride and groom's faces - they were excited to get married the next day... the Los Angeles Temple.

Aren't they a good looking couple? 

This picture just makes me smile :)

Michael was impressed with Rachel's gorgeous bouquet.

The blushing bride with her bridesmaids, from left to right - Jillian, Summer, McKenna and Lily.

Seeing all seen of my kids together just makes me happy.

Being with my daughter in the temple and seeing her marry the love of her life makes me happy, too!

We love you Rachel and Jason!!!