Monday, August 18, 2008

Our Weekend In Utah

Bonnie and LeeAnn took a trip to Utah to attend the wedding of Ben Jackson (our nephew, cousin) to Shara Richards. We flew into Salt Lake City, rented a car and decided to do some sightseeing in SLC before heading to Provo. We first went to temple square. I love the feeling of temple square. It has such a peaceful, friendly atmosphere. I don't care how many times I have been there, it is still exciting each time we visit. After lunch we drove east to "This is the Place" Monument and Heritage Park. We were enjoying the train ride at Heritage Park, when LeeAnn looked back at the end of the train and saw her cousin Trent. It was our Durfee cousins from Mesa! We were surprised to see them. We spent the next hour touring the village with them.

The rest of our trip included a family reunion dinner at Harold & Verla's house in Provo where we gathered with the Jackson family. Andrew & Linda were there from Tennessee. It was their son getting married, and graduating from BYU, I might add. Both Ben and Shara graduated from BYU on Friday in the morning, then got married in the late afternoon. The next day was the wedding in the Bountiful temple. It was a beautiful wedding. We took tons of pictures, but we won't post them all here. We also got to see my Dad, who is still doing great at 96. The rest of the time we hung out with Le & Marlene in Spanish Fork. They make great hosts. Thanks Le & Marlene for putting us up.
(narrative - Bonnie, pictures - LeeAnn)

Peggy and Marlene

Ian and Lindsay
Ben and Shara - the happy couple!

These cousins have so much fun together - Lachelle, LeeAnn, & Lindsay!
LeeAnn, Lynnsi, and Annie pulling their handcart at Heritage Village
twins Owen and Clara

LeeAnn and Lindsay were giving Ian rides on the airplane.

Rachel and Shirley

Friday, August 8, 2008

Construction, Construction, Construction

Well the household projects continue. This last week we had our whole side yard, driveway and front yard dug up as we replaced our water main, ran new water lines to the back yard and ran sewer from the addition to the sewer main out front. The previous owners of this house thought they knew plumbing but turns out they were clueless. Now we should be in great working order for many years to come. Yesterday we passed the city inspection so today all the trenches were filled in. Now it's all just dirt. Here are a couple of pictures. One shows what our front yard looks like now. The other shows our side yard where the new garage and my little office are going. Thus far besides the plumbing, we have finished the stem walls and it has now been graded. Next week they will poor the floors and the outside pads. As part of that they will fix the concrete in our driveway. So half the backyard looks beautiful and the other half looks like construction.

I'm also posting a picture of the BBQ. It's nearing completion but there's still a lot of final hookups to do. We are however able to use the grill now but it needs to get tuned just a little as it runs very hot.

I'll post some more construction satus pictures in a couple of weeks!

Camp Sunrise Sidekicks

This year Alli, Bethany, John, and I went to Arizona's Camp Sunrise Sidekicks, which is for the siblings of those who have cancer. Michelle had been going there as a volunteer before she even new she had cancer. There were tons of fun activities to do. We plan on going back next July.

The theme was super heros, so we all dressed up as super heros for the dance. John was super man and Alli, Beth and I were the Power Puff Girls.