Saturday, June 26, 2010


Stan has been doing a lot of field work lately.

The other day, he picked me some of the flowers he found blooming.

They are desert plants so the blossoms are on the small side, but I like how delicate they look in a vase.

I had fun taking pictures of some of them close up.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Poem by Kelly

A sliding snake will slide to the lake.

He sneaks on a boat and sails away.

Goodbye little snake and have a good day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Before and After

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Early Birthday

Happy Birthday Summer!

We will be separated by a few hundred miles from our eldest daughter on her upcoming birthday this year, so we had an early birthday dinner with gifts and Baked Alaska. It is a layer of Quick After Battle Triple Chocolate Cake and with one and a half quarts of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream smothered in meringue. Here she is, counting out her seventeen candles.

It took three people to light them all.

Summer didn't want a video of herself on the blog (you'll be able to figure that out for yourself it you watch it), so I combined the video of her cake with the audio from the end of the birthday song and I hope I am not in trouble!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The School Year is Over

We had one daughter (standing near her friend Alanna during the ceremony) promote from elementary school to middle school...

...and another take advantage of some newly acquired free time.

A Week with Grandma and Grandpa

My parents came for a week. We had a wonderful time with them. Here is a small sample of what we did. I was too busy having fun to take pictures of everything :)


They arrived on a Saturday and Grandma Buppie opened her suitcase to find that the TSA had moved stuff around enough in her luggage that the box of quinoa she was bringing us exploded. Just for the record, it is delicious, even after being salvaged from a suitcase!


Sunday, Grandma and Grandpa came to church with us and heard Rachel give a talk. She did really well.


Monday we headed to San Diego. We started at the Mormon Battalion Visitor's Center. Everyone loved it. The Church recently remodeled the displays and it was a lot of fun. Grandpa Dale introduced Michael to a big gun.

Everyone had a chance to pan for gold.

Naomi LOVED pumping water.

I think my mom's and my daughter's profiles look similar in this picture. What do you think?

I should have timed the people who were panning for gold. They kept at it for a while. My dad was having as much fun as anyone, which brings to mind the expression, "Boys will be boys and so will a lot of middle aged men."

There was a tower you could climb to look out over Old Town San Diego.

Michael needed a little bit of help with the binoculars.

There he goes!

It took some effort to drag everyone away from their prospecting, but we were getting hungry.

On the way out, Gwen was fantasizing about leading a wagon train...

...and Michael found an even bigger gun!

Everyone who wanted one got a small nugget of fool's gold from the prospectors, but this was my favorite souvenir :)

After the Mormon Battalion Site, we went out to lunch, then to Mission Beach where Grandpa, Summer and Rachel rode a roller coaster and the younger kids played in the water and sand.

On the way back home, my parents treated us to Italian food at Vigilucci's, which was so close to the beach that we could see the water. It was delicious.


Tuesday, we recuperated a bit and went to see Gwen's school play.


Wednesday, we took off to the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. We also stopped at the Graber Olive House and Handel's Ice Cream.


Thursday, I let Gwen skip school and she, Michael and Kelly woke up really early (hence the lack of cheer) and put on their overalls and went fossil hunting with Grandpa!

Thursday night, we ate at a local Mexican restaurant I really like. After dinner, my mom, Summer, Rachel, Heather and I went to the Art Walk downtown.


Friday, we went to the farmer's market and picked up lots of yummy things. For dinner that night, we ate corn on the cob, artichoke, and watermelon radishes. My mom also bought us some flowers :)

Since my dad had done stuff with all the other kids, he took just Heather on a date to see Shrek in 3D Friday afternoon.


Saturday, Kelly was baptized. This is the dress my mother made when I was baptized. My sisters and I each wore it and five of our girls have, too.

Summer played the cello while the sisters of the two children being baptized sang. Here they are practicing before the baptism started.

When we got back to the house, my dad and I tortured everyone by taking multiple pictures before we ate. You can see my mom and dad, as well as our cousin Lorna, who was so kind to come for Kelly's big day :)

Everyone recovered from starving in front of the camera by filling up on taco salad and trifle. Yum!

After lunch, my parents hit the road for more adventures, beginning with a drive up the coast. Thanks Dad and Mom for coming!