Monday, June 17, 2013

The Athletes

So my camera battery died the day I tried to get action shots.  But here is a picture of our Utha Summer Games athletes.  Whitney played soccer, Madelynn played soccer, and Courtney played volleyball.  It was fun watching all of them  Madelynn's team even won a bronze medal. 

Let Summer Begin!!!

Memorial Day barbeque at David and Julies.  It was a beautiful day.  We went to visit Randy's grave and then we went and had delicious hamburgers at the Jordan's.  It was so fun to just sit out in their backyard and visit. 

Cute girls going to church. 
Whitney's 18th birthday was actually the day before but
I did not get a picture of her that day.
SOOOOO.. here is my 18 year old with her
little sister.  :)

All the girls admiring Violet. 

Make a wish June birthdays. 

The Birthday peeps. 
Whitney 18
Mark 43
Lindsay 7

Post Graduation Party

After graduation we all gathered at our house for Mark's famous Japanese Chicken (per Whitney's request).  I love having the family in our home.  It always ends up being a good time visiting and being surrounded by people and food you love.  After dinner Whitney got ready to leave for Disneyland.  She took a bus with the Senior class that night.  They rode all night on the bus. Spend the day Friday at Disneyland and then rode home all night Friday.  It was tiring but a fun time for her with her friends.  She and Kyra even had a missionary experience.  They met some boys who asked where they were from.  When the girls told them they were from Utah the boys asked if they were Mormon?  Whitney and Kyra told them they were.  Whitney said they asked them a few questions and then told them they should go to the "Mormon Castle" while they were in CA.  They girls said "you mean the temple?"  The boys asked them is they drank alcohol.  Whitney and Kyra told them they did not and then the boys asked them what would happen if they did drink.  Whitney had a great response for that question.  "Well, then we wouldn't be able to go into the castle."  Oh, how I love that girl!!!!!

Whitney Graduates!

Here is Courtney going to her 8th grade graduation party.
She is not one for the paparazzi.  But really?!?!?
Isn't she beautiful?!?!?!?

My girls.  :)

Whitney has always chosen such good friends. 
So proud of all of them.

Madelynn showing off Whitney's cap she decorated.  :)

What a great girl Whitney is.  She made it through high school with flying colors.  She has always gotten good grade, chosen good friends and made pretty good decisions through the whole thing.  Mark and I are so proud of her.  Now on with life and time to make the really hard decisions.  I know she will do GREAT things. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Seminary Graduation

First of all...
Just one more reason why I love where I live!!!

Another reason I love where I live!  Look at ALL these great kids who choose to make seminary a priority in their lives for the last 4 years! 
(Ya that's Whitney talking to Kyra)  :) 

One of Whitney and Kyra's favorite seminary teachers
Brother Coder.  We will miss him as moves to
St. George to teach.  :(

Good friends.  Scott, will be leaving soon for his mission to the
Florida Tampa Mission, Whitney and Kyra, and Tyler, who will
be leaving soon for his mission to the
Tennessee Nashville Mission

Nate and Whitney
friends since the 6th grade.
Nate will be leaving soon for his mission to the
Cape Verde Mission.

So proud of Whitney and her decision to make room for seminary in her schedule for 4 years.
It wasn't like Mark and I did it.  (6:00 am every morning).  Living here in Utah has afforded our children the opportunity to take seminary at school.  Whitney has had so many wonderful teachers in the past 4 years and learned so much.  I am very thankful for the seminary program. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

Waiting for Elder Comstock to call.  :)

What a GREAT day!!!!  On Monday in Jordan's email he told us the Mission President said they could not SKYPE for Mother's Day.  I was a little disappointed but just excited to be able to talk to him.  Then I guess he emailed Mark on Wednesday and told him the President said they could SKPYE afterall.  He wanted it to be a surprise for me so they hatched a plan.  He called on Sunday morning and said he would be calling at 6:00 that evening.  We went to mom and dad's house for dinner and then came home and waited by the phone.  His BIG plan for the surprise did not quite work.  He wanted to call and then have me go into the bedroom to talk to him while Mark set up the SKYPE.  However the computer he needed to use didn't arrive at the house he was at in time so he just called and said that we would get to SKYPE when the computer arrived.  I was sooooo excited.  Mark was so nice and got it all set up on the TV.  It was so much fun to just sit around the couch and talk to him.  It kinda felt like he was in the living room with us.  :)  Then to top off the night after we got off the SKYPE Mark handed me a letter Jordan had written to me.  It was such a nice letter.  What a great son he is.  Whitney surprised me with a beautiful pair of earrings she picked out when she was up north with Phillip's family.  How sweet of her to think of me.  Mark and the girls let me pick out some new clothes when we were in St. George on Saturday. And Mark got me some nice new floor mats for the car and an airfreshener.  Mark spoke in church and gave a fabulous talk.  It was an AWESOME DAY!  I am blessed to be a wife and mother to such a wonderful husband and children. 

Romeo and Juliet

Lexi (Juliet), Alyssa, and Courtney

Courtney performed in Romeo and Juliet with her Honors Core class.
It was such a fun evening.  Mark and I went with her to eat a fancy dinner in The Great Hall at SUU.  Then after the dinner we were able to watch the play.  She was Narrator #7.  We were so impressed with the play and all the hard work her teacher and class put into the performance.  

Sister Lowry

We said Goodbye to our dear friend and "other daughter" on Tuesday, April 23rd.

She has chosen to serve a mission.  She was called to the 
Florida Orlando Mission.
She will be such a great missionary.  We have known K'Loni for the the past 5 years.  She has played soccer for Mark and been a good friend to Jordan and Whitney and basically a part of our family.  
Mark made a bet with her 5 years ago when she was talking about wanting to go on a mission.  He told her she would be married before she ever made it on a mission.  They decided if she got married  before serving a mission Mark would get to sit at the head table with her at her wedding dinner or lunch.  And IF she ended up serving a mission we would buy her mission scriptures.  In October when President Monson announced the change in mission age K'Loni won the bet!!!!!!  Here we are the night before she left wishing her well and giving her her new mission scriptures.  :) 

Monday, April 15, 2013

PROM 2013

Whitney went to her Senior Prom this weekend.  She went with Phillip.  Phillip picked her up early Saturday morning.  They went with AJ and Melissa and few others.  They all went to Las Vegas for the day.  The girls went to the mall while the boys said they needed to pick something up.  The boys surprised the girls with a limo to drive them around town that day.  They went to a softball game.  (CV was playing).  They went to the Stratosphere and rode the ride at the top and went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory in Cesar's Palace.  Then they came home and got ready for the dance.  Of course Grandma came over to see Whitney off in her gorgeous dress!!!  It has been a traditon that Grandma Jordan come over and see Whitney before she goes to Homecoming or Prom.  This was the last dance she will come over for.  It will be a couple of years before Courtney starts going to dances.  :)
Whitney borrowed this dress from a girl she works with.  It fit her PERFECTLY!
She looked so gorgeous!

Proud Daddy!

Oh, how we love this girl.

She is Madee's hero. 
(Courtney was at SUU's ballroom dance show so she did not get to see Whit.)

Such beautiful gals!!!
Grandma Jordan is so sweet to come over and see her off to the dance. 
Whitney and Phillip.
What a good looking couple they are. 

AWWW!!! Pinning on the boutonniere.

The corsage.

Phillip, Whitney, Melissa, and AJ.

The day and night were a smashing success!  Everyone had a great time!!!!!!