27 July 2009

These Is My Favorite Summer Things

My name is not Oprah, and I'm not a talk show host with
a special episode devoted to sharing my favorite things for
the year. However, my name is Marie, and these is a
few of my favorite 2009, summer things:

***Fresh Corn on the Cob

***Jamba Juice. I actually believe it has replaced
my Baskin Robbins addiction.

***The book, These is my Words, by Nancy E. Turner.
Inspired by the author's own family memoirs.

***I caved. I now belong to the I-Phone cult. My
beloved Razor bit the dust. Now, I can blog from
my phone. Right. I'm gonna do that.

***Why would I have a credit card bill in this photo?
Well, I left my wallet in a Utah gas station restroom this
summer. An hour and a half down the freeway-later, the loss
was discovered. My sister-in-law retrieved the untouched wallet,
but the experience led me to cancel several cards, and add
fraud alert on those I kept. In addition...I also have credit alert
protection through the credit bureau and I'm sleeping well.

***Reading Anne Marie's blog from Ghana.

***Favorite "discovery?" In the process of moving belongings
from one room into storage...a little note, written by a young
Chase to his sister Anne Marie was discovered. It reads:

Dear Anne Marie
I love you
very much and
I am very
sorry I called
you a fart.

Priceless. Tell me what one or two
of your favorite things from
this summer "is!"

19 July 2009

Family Can Set Us Right

Sometimes our hearts can get tangled
And our souls a little off-kilter.
Family can set us right
And help guide us back to the light.
~~Sera Christann~~

...And thus begins a record of our
wonderful family time together...

17 July 2009

The Reason We Gathered

Recently, the Hyer family gathered in Park City, Utah to
celebrate the 80th birthday of Mollie...Mother,
Sister, Grandmother, Mother-in-law,
and Great Grandmother.
Personally, Kris and I felt such comfort and were genuinely buoyed up in spirit from being surrounded by our sweet family. We love each of you and are grateful for your strength, faith, devotion to righteousness, and the fun and joy you shared with us.

Mollie with three of her eight siblings:
Lauraine, Mollie, Lucille, Eldon
Your life is like a field glass, Laura. When you look into the
one end, the landscape is dwarfed and far away, when you
look into the other, it looms large as though it were near
at hand. Things that happened seventy years ago seem
like yesterday. But when I was a girl, eighty years
seemed too remote to contemplate. And now it
has passed. The story is written.

~Spoken by Laura to her Grandmother, Abbie Deal,
in the book A Lantern in Her Hand~

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it
a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are,
you need one. ~~Jane Howard

Mollie with her children Kevin, Dodd,
Kris, and Mary. Her husband, Dale,
passed away from cancer
twenty years ago.

Every time we have a family reunion, Grandma shares her testimony
and feelings about the importance of Family with the grandchildren.
I took this video so we could have a record of her feelings and so those
unable to be in attendance could feel the love of their Grandma. I post it
with a little embarrassment because Aunt Mary also expresses thanks
to me for assisting in putting together a gift for Grandma. However,
I still want to share Grandma's voice with the family, so here it is.

Each and every child, in-law, and grandchild wrote a personal
letter to Grandma expressing to her their gratitude for the example
she has been, and the influence she has had upon their lives. I had
to chuckle, because one of the things Call mentioned in his letter
was how he would never forget Grandma getting up at every
single reunion and expressing how important Family
is...and here she was doing just that!

Mayce and Becca looking at the book.

The Party After The Party

A get together with the Hyer family would not
be complete if Uncle Dodd didn't provide some sort of
entertainment! So, following the birthday dinner, we returned to
the Bed and Breakfast for some comedic relief, games, and story telling.
Dodd had Uncle Kevin, Uncle Ric, and Uncle Kris each put a
mask on and assigned each of them a hand motion to do each
time he tapped them on the back. Video below.

Left to Right: Kevin, Ric, Kris

Justin and Ty were very enthused that their rooms
provided personal robes for their comfort at the spa.
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see
just you all day and now the day was complete.
~Marcy DeMaree

Kris tells a story about his mom. There were
a lot of stories...Mollie was a GOOD sport!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
~Galatians 5:22

16 July 2009

Eat, Drink, Be Merry, And Play!

Washington School Inn
Our Bed and Breakfast in Park City. We took
up all fifteen rooms in the house. It was
beautiful, large, and the rooms
were amazing.

I remember my mother's prayers and they have
always followed me. They have clung to me
all my life. ~~Abraham Lincoln

I confess. Sometimes when I see a beautiful flower in
bloom, I wonder how many people will notice it, if any. I
sometimes feel responsible to pay attention to it
in case nobody else does. It will only bloom once...and
for just a short time! Maybe I'll be the only one to look
it in the face! Perhaps it bloomed just for me? And,
what if I simply passed by and missed what it
had come to share? I know it's not a rational
thought...but, I have it just the same.

We were served Hors Doerves every afternoon. These
were little mini hamburgers on homemade buns.

Homemade ice cream for Root Beer floats.

Relaxing on the lawn

Mayce and Ethan Thomas, Ty

What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
...Something out of it, I think.

~~Elizabeth Barret Browning~~

The Newlyweds, Davis and Becca

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental
needs of human beings. ~Miles Franklin

The memories we give may a lifetime live
in the heart of those we hold so close.

I felt it shelter to speak to you.
~Emily Dickinson

Especially for those unable to be there...here's a
little snippet of Grandma. Makes you smile, huh?
This was about her third birthday dessert for the
weekend...made by the hosts at the B & B.

Uncles and cousins mountain biking

The group took the ski lift to the top of the mountain
and biked down for about four hours. Had a blast.

Call had two flat tires. He's so gentle on everything,
I can't understand how this happened. :)

Chandler Hyer and Karen Boyer. Soon-to-be-married!

Park City Celebrates!

A bunch of Hyer's gathering for the parade. We could not
believe the number of parade entries. It seemed as if
every club, group, merchant, and organization turned
out to support their town. Cutest parade
I've seen in a long time.

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had
better seek another flag.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence
every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato
salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think
you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
~Erma Bombeck

Celtic Dancers

Main street was absolutely crowded. People were definitely
in an up-beat and celebratory mood. Very very fun!

Kris with one of several caramel apples
he purchased. This one was "Oreo."

Ty and his dad have been taking bagpipe lessons
for about a year, so they especially
liked this parade entry!

Fourth of July Lunch
Ty, Natasha and Chase, Call and Kris
Kevin, Catherine, David, Kevin Lawrence with
his girlfriend Jessica, and Derek.

15 July 2009

Playing In The Park. Park City, That Is!

Park City, Utah
Justin and Ty had such a fun week together.
Another caramel apple. This
was his favorite kind...caramel and Heath bar.

We are soooo glad Derek got to jump on the trampoline.
He patiently waited an hour and a half for his 10 minute
turn. All that waiting...and one of the bands
snapped and gave him a nice burn on his arm!
He was a good sport. (And so were his parents who
took turns waiting in line with him!)

Green green green everywhere. It was beautiful. By the
way...how was that zipline ride, Kevin?
David comes in "home" on the coaster.

We were all very impressed Call could hold the levers
down that released the brakes with both feet,
and shoot this video the entire length of the ride.
I love his sound affects.
It may not look like it is going fast...
be not deceived!

Through the Tunnel

Prior to meeting in Park City, we spent a few days in Las Vegas where
we attended the wedding of Becca and Davis, the surprise birthday
party for Zan, and just had fun playing around with the family.
Our week with family continues with the
following three posts. This is a video of Uncles
and cousins biking by Hoover Dam.

Non-Stop Fun

These are the 'good old days.'
(No trip to see Grandma would
be complete without going shopping.)
Anne Marie wanted to take a little fan with her to
Africa. The only one we could find was one that let
her program a message onto the blades.

Dodd and Zan's family

Chandler and Karen (far left) will soon
be married in the Los Angeles Temple.

Biking by Hoover Dam

~Each day of our lives we make deposits in
the memory banks of our children.
~Charles R. Swindoll

Kevin and Kris check out the GPS Kevin
gave him for Christmas.

I love hearing Kris tell our children stories about growing
up. They have heard many times how he and Kevin
were called "Big Hyer" and "Little Hyer." Kris shares that
even though Kevin was a few years older, he rarely kept him
from tagging along and playing with all of the bigger guys.
Good brother.

Family Faces

Sunday at Grandma Hyer's

Be present at our Table Lord
Be here and everywhere adored.
Thy creatures bless
And grant that we
May feast in Paradise with Thee.

Catherine and Kevin
(such a cute photo, you guys...)

In every marriage more than a week old, there are
grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and
continue to find, grounds for marriage.
~~Robert Anderson

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people
who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.

~Gail Buckley

If you double click on that photo above...you will
see why some people ask Anne Marie if her
eyelashes are "really hers." Yes, they are. She
can thank the Hyer side of the family for those!

Annalise, Sam, Alina, and Peter
Call and Chandler
Brothers or Cousins?
(Double click to see two sets of gorgeous blue eyes!)