Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Donald/Dad/Papa's 85th Birthday Celebration!

We surprised dad/Papa with a family dinner and party to celebrate his 85th birthday! The grandkids and great grandkids in NYC facetimed him and Hillary called from California and Hailey called from Provo since she had a class and Riley had an internship dinner.

We served two kinds of lasagne, breadsticks, salad, fruit and homemade coconut cream pies (his favorite)

We gave him a DNA test and a bound copy of his personal history Michelle typed up and put together and an album of personal letters and photos from all 28 of us that I put together and he said it was the best birthday ever and he couldn't have asked for better gifts.

We are grateful to have him as our dad and Papa! He's the best!!

Girls Trip to Orlando!

Our girls trip to Orlando was the best! Hillary flew from SoCal to SLC Thursday afternoon and Hailey and I met her at the airport and we all got on a flight to Orlando, arriving at our wonderful hotel the Loews Royal Pacific.

Since we stayed at a hotel on the Universal Orlando property we got into Universal an hour before the public (7-8 am) and also got Express Passes which were amazing!!! The longest we waited in a line was for one of the prime Harry Potter rides for 25 min. The rest of the lines were 5-10 min. or we just walked right onto the ride. 

Hillary has always been a Harry Potter fan and was so excited to ride the Hogwarts Express!

We shared a frozen butterbeer and a pumpkin juice and they were both delicious!

I had so much fun with these two minions...

After 12 hours in the park Friday, we headed back again Saturday morning bright and early in our Jurassic Park shirts and rode the Mummy three times in a row, the Harry Potter rides again and got soaking wet on a couple of water rides. Since neither of the girls had been to Blue Man Group we got tickets for the 6 pm show and then headed to Bubba Gumps for dinner. Another fun-filled, packed day!

Sunday was our last day (due to Hailey in school at BYU and Hillary's work) so we went on a 5-mile walk bright and early, enjoyed an amazing lunch which we got 50% off due to a long wait and an ambitious squirrel that jumped on our outside table, went to 1:00 church and the Orlando Temple across the street and headed to the airport for our evening flights home to Utah and California.

Saying goobye at the airport until we see each other again at Thanksgiving...

Monday, September 25, 2017

End of a Primary Era...

Today I was released as the Primary President of the North Canyon 6th Ward after 4 years... The children had their annual Sacrament Meeting Program and did a fabulous job! I couldn't have asked for a better gift on my last day on the job. All of my family in-state came (Hailey, Riley, Michelle, dad, Garrett & Julia) and I received the nicest comments from so many people. A wonderful day, yet sad to say goodbye to my cute 75 Primary friends...

Junior Primary

Senior Primary

Weekend Races

I've spent the last two Saturdays in Midway participating in super fun races. Both weekends were cold! We've all wanted to do a Dirty Dash so we signed up a few days prior and wore our oldest and grungiest clothes. It was 3 miles of mud, obstacles, pits of mud, slides, bubbles, etc. We all stayed together and made it through in about an hour. Very fun!

The next week I ran the Woman of Steel Relay which I've done several times and still love it. You're supposed to have 6 runners run three, 3-mile legs. We get 9 runners and run two, 3-miles legs. Piece of cake. It's beautiful scenery but never fails to rain and be very cold. We barely missed the rain this year but it was still very cold. Everyone gets one easy leg and then a moderate or very hard leg. Fun day!

 First runner!

We placed 7th out of 62 teams!

 Very fun to run with these two and I'm glad they're good sports and willing to do races with me!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mother Daughter Day in Hollywood

Hillary and I each had a free Saturday and we hadn't seen each other for several months so we planned a fun day in sunny California. Hillary picked me up at 7:30 am from the Long Beach airport and we headed to Hollywood. Grabbed a light breakfast, did a little sightseeing at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater, La La Land Store and then went on a 4-hour Best of Hollywood Food Tour.

Our food tour started with homemade chips, two salsas, flavored water and Mexican tacos at Loteria Grill on Hollywood Blvd.

Next we had three types of delicious pizza at Mozza2Go, owned by famed TV chef Mario Batali.

Probably the best pastrami sandwich I ever had was at Greenblatt's Deli, a Hollywood landmark opened since 1926.

John Kelly Chocolates is a family-owned chocolate shop and every flavor we tasted was amazing!

 Finished up at Mashti Malone's Ice Cream Parlor and tasted some interesting flavors with lavender, orange blossom, saffron, and rose water.

After the food tour we drove to Griffith Park Observatory and hiked four miles to the Hollywood sign, took a quick picture and then started the trek back so I could make it back to the airport by 7:30 pm--12 hours after I arrived. Perfect weather, perfect company--perfect day!!