Thursday, April 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Kristen "18"

After spending a week in Northern California on a Ballroom Dance Tour (they preformed at Senior Centers, Elementary Schools and at Great America Theme Park) Kristen and Katie returned home last night the 23rd. That meant that Kristen spent most of her 18th birthday on a tour bus. They arrived at Provo High School about 7:00 pm, giving us a little time for dinner, presents and cake. After opening a few gifts, which included a CD of music, I told her I wanted to listen to it right now, right now in her car. Kristen squealed with delight and went running to her car. Dad & Mom had a CD stereo installed in her car. What joy for a teenager!!

The End of The Soccer Season

This has been a great season of soccer for Derek and Devin. This was their first attempt at playing any organized sport. It has been so fun. Because of our crazy Spring weather, most of the games were quit chilly. But that did not stop their enthusiasm, or pure joy of playing. We were surprised how well they understood the game. They had great sportsmanship, always positive and cheering on their fellow teammates. Overall this has been a wonderful experience for all of us.



Tuesday, April 22, 2008

100 Things I Like

Star filled skies

Gala apples
Really warm baths
Being a Mom
Yard sales
Big shade trees
Family cookouts
A clean house
Hot fudge
Long naps
Christmas lights
Girls camp
Hay rides
Blowing bubbles
Rainy Days
Date Nights
To Dance
Fresh peaches
Old oil lamps
The smell of clean clothes
Soft Music
Getting a tan
Handmade Quilts
Cool mountain streams
The City of Nauvoo
Rubber stamps
Whole wheat bread
The American flag
Carl Jr's hamburgers
Card stock & paper
My bed
Hot tamales - cinnamon candies
Great pictures
Fresh air
Old Town - Farmers Market
Andes mints
Having Babies
Watching the news
Cold seedless watermelon
Long phone calls with Mom
The sun on my face
Handmade cards
Christmas cards & letters
Orange juice
Town Squares
Family traditions
Roller coasters
Feeling the Spirit
Fresh clean sheets
Long enough jeans
Raspberry sorbet
Green grass
Teddy bears
Hot chocolate
Wood burning fireplaces
Sunflower seeds
The colors of Fall
Long hot showers
Tova perfume
The glow of candlelight
Foot rubs
Going to Education week
Christmas music - all year round
Good & True Friends
Kitchen gadgets
The smells of - cinnamon, cloves & pine
Cabins in the mountains
Walks on the beach
Oatmeal cookies
Kissable cheeks
Cut up oranges
Spring Flowers - tulips and daffodils

These are in no special order

I've Been Tagged!!

I have been tagged by my Sister Lisa.

So as I take part in my tag, I know that I am in no way as witty as Lisa is in her writing. But hope to express what I feel.

The rules to this tag is ....using the letters of your middle name describe yourself. Tag as many people as there are letters in your middle name.

Mine is Marie, named after my Grandma (Nana) Whitton.

M -- Mother, I am a mother of 9 (yes all mine). I was a young bride at the age of 18. Having children was a given, although we never talked about a number. There are joys and challenges that come with having such a large family. I wrote about it about two years ago. I want to share it with you:

You know your a mother of 9 when...
You have a 21 year old serving a mission and your still a nursing Mom.
The house is always a mess.
Nothing "belongs" to you.
You have so many kisses and hugs through out the day.
You have to be in four places at once, with some kind of treat.
Your medical file at the Pediatrician is 5 inches thick.
There is never any gas in the car.
There are permanent piles of laundry in the hall.
That you have children at four different schools and still have some at home
There is always "trash" in your purse.
You have stretch marks on stretch marks
You're at Walmart three times a week ...

I love being a mother, being given the trust of the Lord that I will do my best in raising these children. Hoping that they will be good people. That I will teach them where they came from, who they are (children of God), and where they are going. Giving them the tools they will need on their journey through Life.

Making lasting Memories, you soon realize how fast time is going.

I love Music, it touches my soul.

Donny and I have been Married for almost 25 years.
I love Donny.

A -- Amazed, I stand all amazed at the many blessings I have been blessed with. The daily small ones to the big life changing ones. Amazed at the beauty of the earth, the sun on my face to star filled skies. "Everything, from the mountain to the stream. From the valley to the sky. Everything, From the meadow to the sea. From the sunlight to the rain. Everything, speaks His name. (from a CD from Jessie Clark Funk)

Appreciation & Gratitude are Spirit-filled principles. Through them, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things.

R -- Religion, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It defines who I am (a daughter of God). What I Believe and How I Live. Repentance, that when we do make mistakes, the Lord will forgive us if we repent.

Other R words, I love... Really Warm Baths, Rainy Days, Rubber Stamps, Roller Coasters, Roller-skating and Raspberry Sorbet

I -- Insight, It comes with age, there is a freedom of letting go. You'll find that things that seemed so important, aren't. That you don't have to worry about what everyone else thinks. That you are doing the best you can and that is good enough. That Life this is a journey to be enjoyed not just endured.

E -- Example, We learn from each other. We set an example by the way we talk, dress, act, and the things we do. Our children are always watching, so are others. I have had so many great Examples in my life, many do not even know how they have touched me.

Energy, or the lack of it, most of the time. With my heath problems, my body battles daily. Exercise, and the need of more of it. Because of my daily struggles, eating right, getting enough rest, and gentle exercise is so important to me. When we feel good, we are able to do more. So we need to always be mindful of our physical, spiritual and mental well being.

Education Week, is a way I get to fill my lamp. I love going to Education Week at BYU!! Always learning, is another way to find joy.

Thank you Lisa for tagging me. This was fun.

I tag, Lois (my Mom), Annaleesa, Karyn and Carrie Rhodes

Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Lindsay "3"

After spending at a great weekend in AZ, Donny and I flew back to Utah, landed about 6:30 pm on Sunday the 20th and made it home to have a birthday party for Lindsay. She is "3" going on 25. She is so fun and so smart. She keeps us entertained.

One of her gifts was a watch, she will ask 10-15 times a day "what time is it" I don't know why she needs to know, but she does.

Our Weekend In Arizona

We did so much in such a short time. On Fri morning we went the the Mesa Temple, it was wonderful to be there together. After we enjoy a lunch at Mimi's Cafe. Then Donny, Steve and Michael enjoyed a swim in the pool with the kids, and some of us rested and got ready for the night at Joesph.

Sat morning we went to cheer Paige's volleyball team on - Go Wildcats! More swimming, shopping and getting ready for Sun, than back to see Joesph again.

Sunday bought us together with Steve's Family at church to bless Gavin. Than we had a get together with a great spread of food and desserts. Our time was short, but so fun.

Christi & Lisa on the grounds of the Mesa Temple

The Kitchen Crew

Mom, Michael and Donny

Worn out Donny took a nap on the couch, Paige put Gavin's toy on his head.

Lisa's mystery dessert (that did not get served)

Mom's Strawberry Shortcake Masterpiece - Yummy!!

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Donny and I had the opportunity to spend the weekend of April 17th - 20th with Steve and Lisa in AZ. Lisa was in a Stake production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Lisa was one of the narrators (a part she has played before) This director decided to do a trio instead of one narrator, so they all took turns with songs, with some harmony. (I think Lisa was the best and always will!!) We got to watch two shows, it was GREAT!!

Lisa, Sydney,
"Joseph" and Paige

Steve & Lisa

Monday, April 14, 2008

Alissa - "Seize the Beat" BYU Ballroom Concert

It has been another great year of dance for Alissa. Here are some pictures of her last two performances. "Seize the Beat" was the name of the BYU Ballroom Concert. April 11-12, 2008 at The Marriott Center Grandma and Grandpa Michael was able to come It was a great show!!

Grandma Lois (Mom) Alissa & Christi

Alissa with her Daddy - Donny

Alissa & Nick Bruderer, Alissa's Latin Open Partner

Alissa and Kevin Rosen, Alissa's Cabaret Partner

Alissa and Curt Holman, Alissa's Tour Team Director

Sharon Holman and Alissa
she has been Alissa's Open Latin Coach for years
The Holmans have been a big part of our lives.
They have always been so supportive, encouraging and just amazing.
Thank you for everything,

This is a fun dance, they begin with a "mad" science teacher
who wants to create the perfect dance partner.
So he uses a drill and other tools to "make" the perfect dance partner.
Alissa was that "perfect dance partner" this year.
They dance the Cha Cha.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Grandpa Leonard & His Fun Cars

Ben and Sandy Leonard live in Clovis Calif, where they enjoy their cars and attending car shows.

They also belong to two car clubs where Ben is President of the "CamTwisters" the other club is "The Model A Club". They are some of the youngest members in that one. LOL

1923 T Bucket Roadster has won many 1st place awards

1946 Willy's Jeep Station Wagon. The 46,s were the 1st year that
Jeep made station wagons. Only 6500 made that year.

Sandy's - 1929 Ford Roadster Pick-Up It took 1St place in the Model A Class at the first car show 0f "08"

Grandpa Ben's T bucket was highlighted in the Feb 2008 issue of "Street Rodder" magazine. "Very Cool"

Thanks Grandpa for having such a fun Hobby!!