Thursday, October 30, 2008

------ 1st Ward Halloween Party ------

We had the 1st Ward Halloween Party on Tuesday evening. (I really do hate Halloween), but this was fun, they did a great job. There was a HUGE turn out. It was a dinner of homemade soups and rolls. I made a "taco soup" that was a hit! They had a pumpkin craving contest, a costume parade, awards and games. I think everyone had a great time.

Our cutie Lindsay

Donny and the Young Men
Doughnut on a String Game

Derek - a construction worker
he has a tool belt on full of tools

Shelby doing the Beehive's bean bag toss game
(The game was made by Grandpa & we made the bean bags)

Sierra (50's) & Katie (80's)
The fishing game

Devin - a football player!!
(he wanted to be a "dead" football player, I don't do "dead")

Kristen did a great job on her pumpkin

Sis Uppencamp, Carson and me ( a 50's house wife)
Not the best picture of me, but this was the only one I got

Monday, October 27, 2008

Timpview Comp

Okay I know I just posted this whole thing about slowing down, well it's not happening. With four ballroom dancers, church stuff, scouts, school, work, homework, chores, dinners etc. and 9 children. It never seems to end. So I guess we do the best we can and enjoy it all while it's going on.

We are full swing of the Fall Ballroom season. This weekend was the Timpview Thunderball. Everyone did a great job. For all of those people who ask me about watching the girls dance, coming up on Nov 14 &15 is the BYU Dancesport Championships at BYU in the Wilkinson Student Center. My girls will be dancing off and on both days, but most of the big events and finals happen on Sat afternoon & evening. Come join us for some fun and cheer the girls on.

Katie & Austin winning quick step & swing


Forever Sisters - Katie & Kristen


Melissa Holden & Christi - the Mom's

Irish Step Dance - JV Ballroom Team - Sierra
Sierra is doing a great job on the JV team - Good Sierra

Pre Champ Latin

Friday, October 24, 2008

"Have Faith"

"Worry looks around, Sorrow looks back, Faith looks up."

**** Life - Slow Down ****

by anonymous

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain" And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? ;And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Nephew Gage Williams

Here are some great seneior pictures of my
nephew Gage Williams.

From Rowe Photography:

Gage came to us from Midview High School in Ohio. He totally could be a model. He was so comfortable in front of the camera and posed very naturally. Walter took him over to Midview's stadium for poses with his jersey and school jacket. They are so good! I also love the one with the train going by behind him! Too cool! Great job, Gage! See you soon!

More than one side

The love of the game of softball, my five oldest girls have played on softball teams. It's just not all about dance in this family. These girls play hard and they are not afraid to get dirty!

Katie plays 3rd

Sierra play's shortstop

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Williams Family Funny - Sustained

Okay, now it's the Williams Family's turn to have family inspired funny cartoon

From the beckstrombuzz Blog;


Remember Lisa Owens? Apparently she has a sister, Christi. She suggested drawing this incident from her life.

Thank you for the thought. Do y'all have any other crazy sibs? (yes, we do!!)

Post script: Since this incident, Christi has added two more children, bringing the total to nine!

From Christi;

Thank you Kevin - I Love It!! You captured the craziness I went through week after week and the look on her/my face is perfect.

I realized after I wrote you that I actually had 8 kids at that point, Donny served in the Bishopric for 5 1/2 years then he was called to the High Council just weeks after number 9 came along. Dejvue.
We have to give it up to all those mothers who are going through the same situation. Hang in there sisters! :-)

And as for more ideas we have plenty. LOL

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Mom & Dad - The Missionaires

Bro and Sis Tanner have served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the last three years. They have served in the Temple Department in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City. They have had some amazing experiences. They have worked on pilot projects and they have audited all the small temples for errors.

They have had weekly devotionals, luncheons with the Seventy and meetings with all the Temple Presidents from all over the world with The First Presidency. The commute has not been easy on them, with a few close calls, but the Lord has always protected them. I am so proud of them; they're true examples of love and service. I know their lives have been blessed for serving in turn my life has been blessed also. I Love You so much. “Well done, thou good and faithful servants”
Matt. 25: 21

Lois & Michael Tanner
(This is the picture the Elder L. Tom Perry took)

Elder & Sister Tanner
Temple Square Tulips - in the Spring

The walk each morning from the parking garage to the Church Office Building

At their desks in the Temple Department, just had to leave the part on top in Michael's
picture so you could see their fridge and microwave. All the comforts of home.

Temple department front desk

Elder and Sister Layton and Dad & Mom in their office. Their companion couple.

Michael and Elder L. Tom Perry (in street clothes)
Cute story: My parents were standing near the Church Office Building and were posing separately to take some pictures of each other, when they heard a man say, "Here, you stand together and let me take a picture of you both". They turned and saw a friendly, white-haired gentleman in his unusually casual attire, and didn't take but a second to realize it was Elder L. Tom Perry.

A different office in the Temple Department
Dad & Mom with Elder Larry Lawrence
(Our past Stake President from the Fresno North Stake
He is an Area Seventy now)