Sunday, November 9, 2014

Iowa - Celebration of Grandma Dirks' life

My Grandma passed away on October 30 so Kierstyn and I headed to Iowa for a few days to celebrate Grandma's long life and spend time with extended family. My grandma lived 98 1/2 years and I know she was super happy to be free of physical pain and especially to be reunited with my grandpa.

Kierstyn sang "You Raise Me Up" at the funeral and it was so, so beautiful.
 I am so glad I decided to bring her with me. She had such a fun time with my cousin's kids. 
Top: Macy, Nicole, Kierstyn, Maria, Kori
Bottom: Drew, Levi, Reece, Tade
 My cousins
 3 generations
 Flowers from the 12 great-grandchildren
flowers from Kenco Fleet Services
 There is a lake about 5 minutes from my aunt's house where Kierstyn and I went to run. It was a perfect place to reflect on my grandma's long life and the legacy she left.
 Flying home

Monday, November 3, 2014


We got tickets to go to General Conference! (Thanks, Adam!!) We went to the Sunday morning session and sat in the 11th row. It was so awesome. We met Elder Clarke (of the Seventy) in the lobby before we went in. He came over and introduced himself and shook all the kids' hands and chatted with us for a minute. Then he ended up saying the opening prayer. Pretty cool.
 I hope the kids will always remember what it feels like to be so close to a prophet of God.
 On the way home we stopped at Antelope Island and took in the Great Salt Lake. It was such a beautiful day!
In Young Womens, we held a leadership night for the girls. We talked about being builders and wreckers.

 Kierstyn went back for her 2nd orthodontic appointment and got cute new bands. :)
 Trevin spent one Sunday afternoon drawing and drawing and drawing...
 Happy Mail arrived from Mama Mary!
 One of my biggest accomplishments for the year….I FINALLY finished the quilt I started nearly 2 years ago. The whole thing is made from scraps I had leftover from things I have made over the years. It's not very perfect but I love it very much. :)
 Book Fair bulletin board
 Another finished project was my 2012 blog book. Yes, I was playing catch-up. Thankfully I have already done 2013. But it's definitely time to get started on 2014!
 Jewelee designed a logo for Kelly's gym and got tshirts made.
My sleeping buddy
After 4 weeks in a (green!) cast, Trevin finally got it off! 
 Happy boy!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween!

It just wouldn't be Halloween without our annual Halloween dinner and pumpkin carving family night. I hope the kids never get too old for this!

mummy dogs
 Halloween jello jigglers
 Pumpkin carving fun
 left to right: Trevin, Kierstyn, Kyler, & Jen
I've got some pretty talented pumpkin carvers.
 I was in charge of food for Trevin's Halloween party at school. These deviled egg eyeballs were a big hit.
 At school Bodee was some guy from the movie Cool Runnings and Trevin was a blind referee...
 but they changed into their "stick men" costumes to go trick-or-treating.

 Kierstyn stayed home to pass out candy in her Tinkerbell costume. :)
 On Wednesday night the youth had a huge 5-ward Halloween party in Almo. Kierstyn and her friends had a group costume that night--they were each a different "app."
Ashlee, Kierstyn, MaKae, Hannah, & Lacey
During Halloween week I posted several Halloween throwback pictures of the kids in their costumes over the years. What fun to look back and remember!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Kierstyn has been to the Haunted Mansion 3 times already this year! At $20/visit it's a good thing she saved her birthday money this year!!! So glad she has such good friends :)
 Last weekend she went to the Haunted Mansions AND the Haunted Straw Maze!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sadies 2014

Kyler got asked to the Sadies dance this year. I love all the cute/fun stuff these kids do. He came home from football practice and found this in his room:
She had put her name on a small piece of paper inside one of the balloons. (Sidney)
Kyler enlisted the help of his sister to make a poster to give Sidney his answer and then he put this in her car
It was an all-day affair. They do a "day date" before the actual dance (which is pretty lame). They went to Holly's house for lunch, did a scavenger hunt around Almo, went to Sidney's house for dinner, stopped by the dance mostly to get a picture and then went to the Haunted Straw Maze.

Looks like his group had a fun time!
Cheyenne & Luke, Austin & Shelby, Robert & Rebecca, Vicky & Braegon, Holly & Kayden, Chandler & Marcie, Sidney & Kyler