Monday, July 28, 2008

Choir Retirement

I meant to write about this earlier, but haven't had the time! My dad was involved with the Tabernacle Choir for the past 17 years. He sang with them until he turned 60 (at which point your age "forces" you to retire) but was immediately asked to be involved with the human resources aspect for the men. It came with huge amounts of responsibility and work (not paid work though...this was his calling). He had to arrive early to practices and for the broadcast on Sunday (which meant leave his house Sunday before 6:00 AM). He'd take role and be sure the men were in their proper seats. If you miss practices you're not allowed to perform in the broadcast or in special events (like General Conference) so it's a big deal, and he was always inundated with emails & phone calls with excuses on why choir members wouldn't be there. It was up to him if they'd be able to perform or about pressure! I know it was a fabulous experience for him, and he loved it all. He has made some amazing friends through the choir. We enjoyed going to the Christmas concerts every year, and will miss his involvement with the Tabernacle Choir.

It was really cool though to go to his last Sunday there (at the Music and the Spoken Word), and be there afterwords for their tribute to him and his official retirement. The president of the Choir, the conductor and President Monson all had a few words to say honoring him and the other person who was retiring that day. We all were very emotional as they paid tribute to my dad. They gave a summary of his life before the choir, and then different accomplishments during as well. It was really fun and super neat to be part of it. I felt so lucky to be able to hear President Monson and be within just a few feet of him (in fact, the picture below Amber took of Pres. Monson). My mom was sure she felt Joyce was there during the broadcast. I was so caught up in my kids misbehaving (and not to mention we watched the broadcast in an auditorium since we had the kids, the Spirit just wasn't the same there with the 30+ other rowdy kids). I'm sure she was though. President Monson even made reference during his little tribute to those who were there that had passed on. It was a cool experience for my whole family.

We're so proud of my dad! Being part of the Tabernacle Choir was a life long dream for him. I'm so happy he was able to be part of it for the past 17 years. I know it's blessed his life in so many ways, and ours as well. Thank you dad for sharing the past 17 years of experiences with us! We all love you!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Week of fun at the Cabin

We spent last week at the old cabin. It was so fun and relaxing. I had family in town from Texas & Arizona so we had seven of the nine families represented. It was nice to be together, but I'm really looking forward to our trip in October with just the brothers and sisters. By the time we got all the kids to bed, all the adults were exhausted and too tired to stay up all night and party. The kids had such a blast though. It's nice to be able to let the kids run around in the trees and play. We had fun riding the 4-Wheelers (thanks again Carrie & Jason!) and thanks to all the uncles & Grandpa who took the kids again and again on rides. We must have put 100 miles on each 4-wheeler.

This is a picture of 4 of the 7 grand babies all born within a year. It's not the best picture, but still cute. I'm glad Parker would even look at the camera. Every time I tried to take him for a ride he'd freak out and cry!

The kids also had fun trapping wildlife in a bucket, we call them "Potguts" but I think the actual name is Uinta Ground Squirrel. We used to do this as kids all the time. It was the highlight. We'd wait all day on the deck and at just the right moment pull the string and catch the little critters. We'd always let them go of course.

Thank you Mandy for bringing activities & supplies for things such as "rock painting." The kids had so much fun. Katie and I both made the comment it's our worst nightmare (paint, mess, clean up, more paint, ruined clothes, etc.) so they're lucky they have an aunt that feels totally opposite.

This is Andy who fell asleep in Carrie's arms on the ride. Brooke is the oldest grandchild, she's 13.

This is a Moose we saw right off our deck. Mandy was pushing three (little) kids on the swings when she heard something running towards her down the hill. She wins the award for fastest thinking in getting the kids to safety!

We had a lot of fun though, have I said that enough? I always hate to see the family leave. I wish we all lived closer. Thank you Mom and Dad for supplying the cabin! What great memories.

#3 On Its Way

I guess it's time I put the old baby counter on the blog. Am I a nerd that I like to see the little counter on other people's blog? I think it's cute. I just need to be better at posting stuff so I can enjoy watching the growth of our little baby. To make a long story short, I wasn't sure this pregnancy would last so we haven't told anyone yet (which is SO not like me!) but I went to my checkup a couple weeks ago and all looks well, so I guess we'll make it official. I'm due in January, so I'm about 15 weeks now. I thought it'd take a few months before I got pregnant based on a lot of stuff, but to our surprise it just took one month. I've felt awful about 24-7, and still don't feel great. I'm hoping I won't feel "morning sick" throughout the whole pregnancy because with the other two it was long gone by now. Anyway, we're excited about it all, it's just frustrating to put the "skinny" clothes away and make room for the "fat" clothes. Especially in swimsuit season. I hate this stage where I just look fat, liked I've gained about 15 pounds. Anyway, I guess the minivan/SUV decision will have to be made sooner rather than later, three kids won't fit in the Jetta.