Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Officially Introducing. . . Elder Tim Worthen

This is Elder Worthen, minutes after being set apart, with his Stake President. It was a wonderful experience with an abundance of the Spirit.
Saying Goodbye to Elder Worthen.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Farewell Sunday

Today, our son Timothy spoke in church for his mission farewell. He will be going to the California Fresno Mission, Spanish speaking. He will be in the MTC for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Today we spent a day with friends and family to support and encourage him as he bids farewell for two years. It was a wonderful day.
This is a photo of Great Grandma Hansen and Tim. Great Grandma is the one who introduced Kerry and I and we have lived by her for over 20 years. We love Grandma Zella Hansen and she holds a special place in our hearts.
This is my sweet heart, best friend, and the man I love and respect so much. Kerry and I spent a few moments together here and there inbetween visiting with guests.
Tim and Nathan having a few fun moments together for a photo session! It is hard to believe that Nathan will be almost 15 when they see each other again. It was so fun to have so many family and friends around.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sacred and Sweet

"I love to see the Temple. I'm going there someday. To feel the Holy Spirit. To listen and to pray. For the Temple is a holy place where we are sealed together. As a child of God I've learned these truths. A family is forever."
Today, Kerry and I had the wonderful privilege of taking our son Tim to the temple. What a joyous occasion! As parents, there isn't anything more sacred, more sweet in life, than taking an adult child to the temple for the first time. There is no celebration more important to a family than adding one more child to the link of eternity.
My sweetheart Kerry, and my son Kenne were the escorts for Tim. Unfortunately, we all left the temple at different times and so we didn't get a group photo but it was a special experience to have several of my wonderful family together in the temple. Tim was very handsome dressed in white, and worthy to enter the temple. I am grateful for eternal families and for the peace and love that radiates there.

" I love to the see the temple. I'll go inside someday. I'll covenant with my Father, I'll promise to obey. For the temple is a house of God where we are sealed together. As a child of God I've learned these truths. A family is forever."

The Birthday Kids!!

Sunday is Tim's 21st Birthday and Monday is Amiee's 25th birthday. Because those two days are going to be so crazy we decided to celebrate the birthday kids tonight. Happy Birthday Tim. Happy Birthday Amiee. We love you both and hope that your birthdays are WONDERFUL!!

We had lots of fun celebrating. Doesn't Chris have a cute smile! :)

Hyrum, Amiee, Kyla and Tayven, Chris, Troy, Courtney and Kyler, G & G Denney, GG Hansen, Kenne, Tim, Kyrstina, Rizzo, Nathan, Kerry and I all celebrated. We ate chocolate better than kisses cake, pumpkin pie, raspberry cheese cake, blueberry cheese cake, and chocolate pie along with a full Thanksgiving dinner. Tim will be in the Missionary Training Center for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years so we decided to have Thanksgiving early so that he could eat with us.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A fun day with Kyla and Tayven

I love fall. (I also love spring, summer, and winter) but I have always enjoyed playing in the leaves. When I was little my mom would play in the leaves with me and I still remember how much fun I had. So this fall it was a great joy for me to be able to spend some time with Kyla and Tayven in the leaves. We had a beautiful fall day on Wednesday, Nov. 5th and so we played outside.

Nathan's Concert

Nathan had his first Jr. High Choir concert. He has been enjoying the choir and looks forward to singing in the tree festival in Idaho Falls in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween with grandkids!

This is my beautiful granddaughter Courtney. I can't believe this is my only photo. She was cute.
Kyla was a princess, of course! Here she is as Cinderella. She had fun eating candy.
Tayven was sick of the whole thing and tired, but cute as ever!

Aden was face smeared with candy. It appeared that he was enjoying the sweets. We gave each of the kids a small pumpkin ball - the kind the kids like at school to play 4 square. They seemed to like them. I wish I had gotten a photo. Oh well. It was a fun evening.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another really fun day!!

Gosh, am I really allowed to have this much fun in life? Today Christina brought Kyler and Courtney to see me. They are so much fun. . . always smiles and hugs. I just love it when I see them. Courtney always smiles this beautiful smile and Kyler always says "HI GRANDMA!" in this cute, big voice. It is usually accompanied by a big hug. Then, this afternoon Amiee, Tayven, and Kyla came over to play. We played in the leaves, played Hi Ho Cherrio, decorated for Halloween, and just had a great time! I wish I had a couple of photos. . . but once again my camera didn't have batteries.. .ugh! I had to write about it anyway, so that I could remember such a beautiful day.

Friday, October 9, 2009

A REALLY fun day!

This week, our daughter Christina and son-in-law Troy went on a little "honeymoon" trip. We were so excited to have Courtney and Kyler with us for a day and a half. I thought it might be fun to have the cousins enjoy each other and so I invited Amiee, Kyla and Tayven, and Heidi and Aden to join us in some fun activities.

Wednesday they arrived at our house around 10:00 a.m. Grandma, Nathan, Courtney and Kyler loaded into the car. First we drove to pick up Amiee, Kyla and Tayven and then we drove to get Nathan's swim suit at a friend's house. We were finally off to Idaho Falls. Our first stop was the Idaho Falls Aquatic Center. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos. (We kind of had our hands full :). However, you can see in this photo the diving boards that Nathan enjoyed. Also across the pool was a yellow slide that Courtney enjoyed. It was fast and she did really well swimming to the side by herself . Grandma stayed close and treaded water while she jumped, but the pool rules said that I could not catch her and that she had to swim to the side by herself.

After swimming for almost two hours, we were all starving! Our next stop was Leo's. We had a HUGE pizza, soda, chicken strips, etc. and then we spent a couple of hours playing on their toys. Everyone had so much fun that we didn't want to leave! Kyla used this really cute little whiny voice and she said "but Grandma, I don't want to leave!" She was adorable!!Kyler had lots of fun climbing on the playground toys and didn't want to leave either.
With our tickets we each got to choose a prize. Nathan got a sour sucker. You can see below in Courtney's mouth that Courtney, Kyler and Kyla got some plastic fang teeth!

Even Tayven had fun! haha. He mostly slept and smiled. It was fun to see him so entertained by the crew in the car and at the playground!

Courtney had fun climbing through the "jungle" of a playground too!
Technically, Nathan was too big. However, I asked if he could help us "chase" kids and so the owner let him play too. He was really happy about that - he had just as much fun and the little ones. It only took Kyla a few minutes to practice climbing and then she was off on her own. Here they are having fun together. Courtney and Kyler took off climbing on their own right away :).

After having so much fun that we were all exhausted, we decided that we should get home. We left Idaho Falls about 4:00. We took Amiee, Kyla and Tayven home and then Courtney and Kyler had dinner with Grandma, Grandpa and Nathan. After dinner we played LOTS and LOTS of games. . . board games, ball games, "house", babies, etc. Around 7:30 we took them home to bed.

Thursday morning, I went back to get Courtney and Kyler. We played at our house for a few more hours. We played more games, and had more fun. We made brownies and we also had a really fun "tea party" with Grandma's special china tea set.

What a fun time with Kyler and Courtney!! Thanks Amiee, Kyla and Tayven for coming too! These events are special memories for a grandma who loves her family. My heart is full as I think about how fast they are all growing up and how very, VERY grateful I am that I have had so many opportunities with them to have fun and make memories to last an eternity! Grandpa and I love you all very much. Thanks!

Friends, Quilting, Fun!

It was girls weekend. 35 of us went to a beautiful cabin in Island Park for a weekend of fun. We arrived Thursday early afternoon and most stayed until Sunday Morning. I am spending Saturday with my family so I went up Thursday and came home Friday evening. I thought I took a photo of us all crammed into this beautiful living room but I guess I didn't get the photo. Imagine rows of tables with sewing machines. We used the top of the dressers and counters for cutting tables and ironing stations. We had cords going everywhere! I thought for sure that we would blow a breaker but we didn't. We had so much fun quilting, encouraging each other, and laughing! (We also had GREAT food!!)
When we got up Friday morning, it was snowing huge beautiful flakes. It snowed for a few hours and we had about 3 or 4 inches of snow. It was SO beautiful and peaceful. After a very difficult week for me, this was a wonderful event. Also, when I went out for a few minutes I saw two huge, beautiful elk. They were right in front of me in the road, looking at me. I wished that the battery on my camera wasn't dead :(.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Let me introduce Kenne's new friend Jen!

Kenne has been dating a new friend. Her name is Jennifer and she likes to be called Jen. We sure have enjoyed getting to know her.

Aden turns 1!

After opening his gifts and having cake everyone went outside and played water volleyball. I thought that was a fun idea, but since it was ADEN'S birthday, I wanted to play with him. So he and I sat on the grass and played. We had lots of fun.

I think this is a really cute photo of Aden on his 1st Birthday. We sure enjoyed him.
I got a few minutes to squeeze Aden and Tayven.
Even though they are looking away from the camera I wanted to post this photo because I wanted to remember how cute the cousins were playing together. When Courtney and Kyler arrived, Kyla RAN up to Courtney and gave her a BIG hug!
Mom and Dad were WAY more excited about things that Baby Aden, but he was pleased.
Notice Kyla's face. . . she and Kyler had so much fun trying to catch the water balloons. Also notice Courtney's face. . . she had fun playing with Grandpa. In this photo, Kyler and Kyla missed a balloon and were getting a bit wet. They LOVED it!
It was fun to share Aden's birthday with him and the rest of the family.

Kyler turns 3!

Our cute Kyler turned 3 years old and I forgot to add his photos to my blog. . . I guess I've been distracted :)

He had lots of fun. We bought him a cute car set and I don't know what's up but I didn't get a photo of him playing with it!
Here he is blowing out his candles.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!!

Kerry won a ticket of one car of 7 people to go to Bear World. So today I took the 4 "oldest" grandkids and two of the mommies to Bear World and we had LOTS of fun!It was Kyler's Birthday and it was fun to spend some special time with him! He was so cute and fun.
Kyler liked the ducks, too.
We got to ride the train. . . how fun!
This is the gang petting a deer. She was very good to sit still for a long time and the kids just loved petting her.

This is the entrance area. Trying to get these wiggly ones to pose was a trick :)!
Aden and his mommy Heidi wanted to chase the chicken!
We saw LOTS of bears. It was absolutely delightful to hear Kyla and Kyler say "This is SO MUCH FUN!" over and over again.