Familes are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts







Another darling baby

Andrew is growing so fast. He is getting chubby and starting to smile and laugh. I thought I would share these photos from his blessing day several weeks ago.





Dancing with the Stars

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The men were practicing the song they were going to sing in Sacrament meeting that morning, and Elden and Hailey thought it was good dance music.  I was quite impressed so I got out the camera. (Or course!)
Move over Fred and Ginger!

Halloween with family

While Abbie and Lincoln were here we painted pumpkins. I didn't get photos of the finished product, but believe me, they were SCARY!


We had our 2nd annual Family Halloween Concert and Party on the Friday before Halloween. We had fun costumes, great entertainment and silly games. Thanks for coming!

we had piano numbers


and songs

Fall Leaf Fun

We had a great time playing in the leaves when the grand kids were here. Sadly, it only lasted a few days because the weather got so cold so quickly this year. But, as usual, we did have a lot of leaves.


Abbie, Elden & Clark had a great time covering each other up

Lincoln joined in

Abbie Jumping into the pile of leaves

Abbie decided to take a nap


The neighbors' kittens came to join in the fun


visiting the temple

While Abbie and Lincoln were here with us last week, we had a FHE about the temple. Abbie helped me make this beautiful temple cake. Okay so you have to use your imagination.
Then, later in the week we visited the temple grounds.
our wonderful temple cake


Abbie touching the I.F. Temple

Lincoln in front of the temple fountain

For Lincoln, the best part of the temple was the water


we collected flowers and leaves from the temple grounds
  

Abbie made herself beautiful for church on Sunday. She loved the little clippies and put about 15 in her hair. She also had to have a "grandma" necklace.

Dancing in Mississippi

While in Mississippi we discovered some great dance styles and steps. I hope you enjoy these demonstrations. (I'm trying to upload 4 videos but not having much luck - I don't like computers!)

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Visiting Mississippi










I really do have cute grandkids! (As can be seen in the above photos). David and I, with Tammie and her kids, visited the Flamms in Mississippi. So, these are the Flamm and VanDyke grandkids.
We visited the Zoo and some old homes and played in the Park. On the last night we went to a catfish restaurant and partook of "real" southern cookin'. This was the only picture I got of everyone together, although Zach was hiding from the camera and I was taking the photo. Oh Well, I tried.

A day in Yellowstone with my Dad

My dad bought himself a new fancy DSL camera and has been taking classes to learn how to use it, and David has been taking a series of photo classes also, so we spent last Saturday in Yellowstone practicing photography skills. It was a nice day though a bit overcast and we had a good time though Daddy just couldn't get down low enough to photograph flowers anymore!


Daddy had to stay on level ground

I like the colors in the grasses

I thought the best part of the day was when we saw a cow elk along the road and stopped for some photos. All the sudden we heard bugling and just through the trees was a 6 point bull elk. He was huge and he bugled several times - but not when we were taking photos of course. He didn't seem to mind us being that close at all!


 We also saw several bison. I thought these photos turned out well. David probably took them.



Can't go to Yellowstone without seeing Old Faithful!

Reunions with my Dad

This summer I took my dad to several reunions just so he would/could go. Most of the people were older than me, but it was fun. At the Ottley reunion in Elba, Idaho, Grant and Ray were also there.
In Elba Daddy took me to see the house where his mother was born and raised.  Look for the top window on the left - that is the room where my grandmother, Celecta Ottley Haroldsen was born.
One Saturday morning DeAnn called and asked Daddy if he had heard anything about the Lincoln 1st Ward reunion. She had seen it on facebook. He, Ray and I had not heard about it, but we all went.  There were young people there, but I didn't know them. I knew the old people. I guess I'm one of them.  It was fun to talk with people who were part of my growing up years.

Daddy with the Bahrs - good friends from way back!

Daddy and Ray with the Johnson's. Tebbin was my bishop when I got married and he also spoke at Mama's funeral.

Cowboy Mark and Andrew's quilt

The week after Andrew was born Mark had his first preschool field trip to the Mountain River Ranch. His grandpa (Dad) took him since we all ganged up on Leslie and wouldn't let her go. They had a great time!


Cowboy Mark riding his horse

All the little cowpokes having a wagon ride and sitting on the board walk


Grandpa and Mark wearing their hats




 I also thought I would show everyone the quilt I made for Andrew. I just finally got it finished this week - just a little bit late.  I got the pattern from the quilt Tammie's mother in law made for Lincoln. I thought it was so cute, but I changed the colors for mine.  I really like the way it turned out.  I even did the machine quilting. My quilting skills are improving!

Launching rockets

I thaught a 4-H Rocketry class in September. Elden was around for some of the classes and wanted to be involved. I let him have my rocket and he chose to paint it black and red. We had the launch on Saturday morning Sept 15 and Elden was the first one there. 

Elden and his rocket

Grandpa showing Elden how to prepare for launch

blast off!

Grandma helps prepare for the second launch

Elden's ready to count down

David demonstrating for some of the 4-H kids

Everyone's rocket flew straight up!

Cute picture - watching the skies

Even Clark followed the rockets into the sky

Some of the family spectators who came to watch
The launch day was perfect with no breeze at all! Most of the rockets went straight up and right back down. We only had to run for 2 of them and the rest came down within 10 yards of the launch pad. It was amazing and much less tiring. We had donuts and cider to end the morning.