Friday, May 29, 2009

Kira's busy day

First Kira had her gymnastics recital. It was adorable. It was everything a recital should be (I have a bit of an opinion): quick, free of charge, easy to see, and easy to park at. Plus there was only one mother who brought her five year old flowers (that's just not my thing). Bless Miss Cindi, the gymnastics teacher, who kept this recital very fun.
Then, we booked it over (changing in the car) to Kindergarten graduation. Although it was free, it was hot, crowded, and not easy to see. The kids sang some nice patriotic songs and recited the Preamble to the Constitution. It seemed like just yesterday I had taken her to Kindergarten testing. It flew by too fast. The next day she had a field trip to Salem Pond, and the whole Kindy shebang was over. Thus ended a very busy week for a pretty cool five year old.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


These pics are of the annual game of Jump The River, a traditional game played at every one of Quinton's birthday parties. I think my mom came up with the game when we were kids.

This was one of the winners, our favorite neighbor. He's got about 20 lbs of pure Tongan muscle over Quinton, and man could he jump!

Jacey was pretty good, and she thought it was way cool to be one of the big kids.

Backyard baseball has been in full swing in this back yard. Jacey can not and will not be left out!

Gotta love it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Yellow ribbons all around!

My parents returned from their mission in Indiana. We went out to welcome them home, and then we went out the following weekend for their homecoming sacrament meeting. It was wonderful. Jacey instantly took to her new grandma and grandpa. Here she is with PA and Cami, Kent's youngest girl. Great grandma Mildred in the background.

These next photos are graphic in nature and should be screened by parents before letting youngsters view. Ha. So my brother coaches three sports at Uintah high. I call him Mr. Uintah in my head -- I don't tease him like that to his face -- but I found out his more prominent nick name is Scotty the Hotty. His basketball team took a narrow loss to Salem Hills in the first round of state. His baseball team also suffered a heartbreakingly narrow loss to Salem Hills in the first round of state. Needless to say, he wasn't very pleased to see me wearing my SHHS volleyball tee shirt; however, Jacey had a coughing spell during the prayer and did this to the tee shirt in question, which earned some smiles with the Vernal crowd all around. His son had on a favorite football jersey which also got thrown up on (this time by the youngest Mansfield cousin Kason). Too much irony for one night. If Texas takes a fall this season, we'll know why.

This beautiful rainbow showed up while we were out there, and it sure made Dry Fork Canyon sparkle. These shots are taken from the yard in the home I grew up in. I'm goin' back to my roots and it's feelin good. The best part was seeing my family again.