29 January 2010

"I Joked 'Em"

~this is one of my favorite photos of little ty~

When Ty was little...Pre-School little, there was a
"rest time" during the pre-school day. I vividly
remember picking him up one day and listening
to him tell me about 'rest time. ' He told me
that he did not sleep like the other children. Instead,
he just shut his eyes and said: "I joked 'em."
We have quoted this phrase in our family
a bazillion times over the years when
other "joked 'em"moments have occurred.
And. There have been many.

These are paintings by the Spanish
painter and sculpter, Joan Miro...
...trained in Barcelona.
(Hang with me here!)

Years ago when we traveled to Spain with my parents,
Steve, Bev, Rick, and Deb, we saw many of Miro's
creations. My father, being the modern artist-at-heart
that he is, promptly came home and began creating
works of glass inspired by Miro.

I'm sure you can see the resemblance of this glass
mobile, made by my dad, to the paintings of Miro.
What I found hilarious, and have never forgotten
was sitting on the floor with little 'pre-school Ty'
looking up at this mobile. We looked. And, we
looked some more. And then he very seriously
said "It's too bad Grandpa ran out of orange glass."
I said: "Yeah. He joked us."

I love my Ty boy.
~moments i don't want to forget~

25 January 2010

More Than "One Small Step."

"Houston." (Family and Friends.)
"Tranquility Base here." (Hyer Home Here.)
"The Eagle has landed."
Neil Armstrong

20 January 2010

Are You Seeing Them?

when I behold
a rainbow in the sky.

It's very stormy outside!
In between the storms...
are you seeing the rainbows?

Sometimes the Lord calms the storm.
But, sometimes he lets the
storm rage, and He calms His child.

Elder John H. Groberg

13 January 2010

It's All About Loyalty

And our loyalty is divided. Just like our pocketbook.
"University of Utah Utes!"
We're up to snuff, we never bluff, we're game for any fuss.
So fill your lungs and sing it out and shout it to the sky:
"Who am I, sir, a Utah Man am I! A Utah Man, sir. Will
be 'til I die. Ki-yi!"
to fame and glory. Rise and shout, our cheers will ring
out as you unfold your vict'ry story. We'll raise our
colors high in the blue, and cheer the cougars of
BYU. Ra, ra, ra ra, ra. Goooo0, Cougars!

"Southern Utah University Thunderbirds!"
We will cheer for the red and white of our fighting
SUU! Hear our battle cry, echo through the sky, as
our team comes blazing thru! They will fight, fight,
when they hear us shout...we will run, we will score, till
the "Thunder Roars" and the T-Birds win once more!
Go go go--fight fight fight! Win T-Birds!

"Turlock High School Bulldogs!"
Hail Alma Mater, We praise thy gold and blue.
To thy traditions, we shall e'er be true. Strong
and enduring, thy spirit ne'er shall fail. Hail Alma
Mater. Hail! all Hail!

05 January 2010

"Cut. That's a Wrap for 2009."

This was our 18th annual "Cousin Cookie Day"
at Aunt Marie's house. The oldest cousins to first attend
are now in their thirties. Our youngest ones attending now
are children of the actual cousins! Amazing.

Bette Davis eyes? How about Emily's eyes?
I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere!
This is a nice break from college finals!
Spencer is my nephew. But, he's a cousin to my kids.
But, he's an Uncle to Davis. Davis is the son of Chad.
Chad is the brother to Spencer. This was Davis' first
"cousin cookie day" because his family just moved to CA.
Chad has come full circle!
Chad, Spence and Mark all "talk shop." Chad is setting
up an orthodontic practice in Merced. Both Mark
and Spencer are currently "enjoying" the Dental
School application process.
Children make you want to start life over.
Muhammad Ali
Davis and Camille
A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
Christy and Craig's first cookie day! They both jumped
right in! It felt like they had always been a part of us!
Thomas and his frosting.
A sugar 'high' waiting to occur.
A little more artistic take on the cookie decorating.
Karin, Andrew, and Anne Marie. This was Andrew's
first cookie day, too! He was born last year
on Christmas Eve!
I thought this was cute. On the back of our family Christmas
card I had all of the cousins who were there jot down a little
note to our two cousin Elder's currently serving missions...
Michael and Jeffrey. I handed the pen and cards to Emily and
told her that I needed her to write her name down..."two times."
(One on each card, right?) Well, she did just exactly what I
asked her to do and wrote her name down two times. See
it in the middle of the card? Twice!
Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy
the present, which very few of us do.
Jean de la Bruyere
Mama in Rick's kitchen on Christmas Eve.
Chase, Spencer and Mark. So nice to see "The
Three Musketeers" all in the same place again. I
half-way expected one of them to put up some
bunny ears behind the other.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren open up special
Christmas gifts from Grandma and Grandpa Rowan.
This year on Christmas Eve our children (and Kris
and I) received new slippers rather then their
usual Christmas Eve jammies. I think they
were surprised!
Woo hoo! "GolMee" soccer goals for Ty to practice with.
And, here he is...just yesterday giving them a practice run.
What would Christmas be without a new soccer jersey?
Celebrating the fact that the world cup will be in Africa
this year, Ty sports the Ivory Coast jersey!
New beanies for all!
Uncle Dodd surprised Kris with a unique gift.
Anne Marie made me this gorgeous new apron. She
made the little flower that is pinned on too. I love it!
On our way to Cambria...a heart on the mountain.
Our favorite restaurant.
They do not take reservations, so you must show up and
stand in line if you want to gain entrance!
The view while waiting is okay, I guess.

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.
Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone
can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes
down. And this is all life really means.

Robert Louis Stevenson

We like to be first in line so we can be one of the few to
sit at the bar and watch them cook. Plus, they hand
you samples of things to try while you are watching!
MMmmm. Our Salmon.
We always check to see if they have T-shirts in our size,
but they never do. This year we got lucky!
Love walking the ranch next to mom and dad's home.
Several hand-made benches are hard to resist.

This world is not conclusion;
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
But positive, as sound.

Emily Dickinson

Anne Marie said "This is when 'being benched'
is a good thing." Don't you agree?
Why would you want to leave?
Years ago, Ty scratched his name on one of
the benches. We always look for it. See it?
I make the most of all that comes and the
least of all that goes.
Sara Teasdale
If you look very closely after double clicking this photo,
you can see a hummingbird just to the right of the
fifth tall red bloom from the left. It kind of blends
in with the rock behind it...but it is there!
We showed up at the beach one day just exactly
at the moment a bride was walking down the
"sand aisle." Not every day you see this!
From December through March the Elephant Seals
come up onto the beach near San Simeon and give
birth. They have come all of the way from Alaska.
It's funny to watch them flip sand up onto themselves.
You can hear the little babies making noises because
they want to eat.
Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge
disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes
and garments or scavenging among seaweed and
whitened timbers...
Loren Eiseley

At the beach time you enjoyed wasting,
is not time wasted.
T.S. Eliot
(Yes, that is Ty you see making a
surprise cameo appearance.)

My moonstones (and a few other additions). It is
mesmerizing and hypnotic work planting yourself
down and settling in for a good 'hunt.'

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some
potent power to make us think things we like to think.
Robert Henri