31 May 2010

For The Family

I have the testimonies of Grandma and Grandpa Rowan
on video which I will provide the family with. They
are especially touching.

Sunday afternoon at Pine Mountain, 2010.

Madison and Laura

Uncle Matt seems to always outdo himself when it comes
to providing the evening games. This year was no exception.

(I used my camera battery up on videos of mom and dad, so had
to rely on my iphone for the remainder of my photos and videos.
Quality not great. But better than nothing at all.)

Emily and Thomas going head to head.
Had to stack a certain number and then
bring them back down without crashing.

Christy, Davis, and Craig.

Madison and Davis

A woman's hands,
finest tools may be,
To serve, to mold, to teach,
God's humanity.

Grandpa conducted church and keeping with tradition
briefly updated the where-abouts and
goings-on of each and every family member.
Important details included. Amazing.

The memories these two
have created...

Happy Thomas

Ellen and Creed

Hey Doug...can we all come to church
in socks?? Pine Mt. at its best.

Grandpa Steve and Hayley

Chad and Craig

Uncle Kris' traditional breakfast.

Matt and Molly had one of the
prettiest docks we've ever had.

Jennie, Andrew, and Camille

Playing Ping Pong.
Watch Hayley. She walks over and puts a
ping pong paddle on the ground and says
"You're Welcome" twice! I think I'm the only
one who heard. So cute!

Brent, Davis, Thomas, Craig and Andrew.
Where did all of these little people
come from?

Emily, Madison, Laura, Camille and Hayley.
The next generation is reminding the original
siblings how it was when it all began...24 years ago.

Impromptu Entertainment

"Dynasty." A new competition.

Grandpa Rick and little Andrew.
A sweet pair.

Grandpa counting down for the start of the
"Suck up and hold an M&M on the end of
a straw" game, and carry it to the bowl.

Hayley fishing for weeds.

"Junk in the Trunk"
Kleenex boxes buckled around the waist
with six ping pong balls inside. First
one to jump up and down enough to empty
their Kleenex box wins...then Kris and Ty
just have fun building a different pyramid
after the real stacking game was over.

First one to stack six Ding Dong's on
their forehead without them falling wins.

Well, this is one way to call it even...

And, in conclusion...where else are you
allowed to end the night, and the weekend,
by destroying the pyramid with flying rolls?

28 May 2010

My Little Mother Teresa

For Anne Marie's post entitled "Hands"
Go Here

23 May 2010

This and That

Baseball at A T & T Park with the Mangrum's.
S.F. Giants vs. Houston Astros.

~You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you ~
~A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore~
~You can observe a lot by just watching~
Yogi Berra

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I
was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off
the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
~Hank Aaron~

A young children's chorus sang the National Anthem.

This is a home around the corner from where we
live. They have a horseshoe shaped driveway.
Every spring there is a spectacular
show of one kind or another.

Fact: In China and Japan, orange is used to
symbolize happiness and love.

The youth in the Stake recently participated in
and presented a dance festival. Ty was partners
with his good buddy, Abby for this dance.

Going to their rooms one day recently to
"dress down" resulted in this! Pretty funny.

Last month a friend who lives in the beautiful
Mariposa hills held a "Spring Event" on her
property. With the help of several others she
provided lunch and entertainment. A few of her
good friends who have their own small businesses
were there. From handmade hair bows to
vintage garden accesories it was all lovely.
Out of a magazine kind of lovely!
(To see several posts of
this event, go here.)

My sister-in-law Ellen (in blue) and
her sister, Karla were there. Each
guest received a parasol.

A few of those selling items were
'stationed' inside this sweet little cottage.

Vinyl quotations, like the one
above were available to purchase.

My mother came with me and we both so enjoyed
seeing all of the beautiful growing things.

~A mother sees past our excuses to
the real reason its not our fault~
Great quote, huh?! Made me chuckle!

11 May 2010

Not The Devil's Workshop...

~Idle Hands Are The Devil's Workshop~
The last few weekends
have been full of activity.
No idle hands here!

Ty, with fellow Scouts and leaders work on his
Eagle Project. They have been painting the rusty
iron fences of the River Oaks Gun Range in preparation
for their opening day. In addition, they are applying
sealant to a couple of their storage sheds.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a
catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to
be able to throw something back.
~Maya Angelou~

Food. Always a good motivator.

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot
tougher to make a difference.
~Tom Brokaw~

Ty with the President
of the Range, Duane Young.

Wiki List names the following individuals as
some of their "top ten" Famous Eagle Scouts:

Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
Neil Armstrong, First man on the moon
James Lovell, Astronaut
Steven Spielberg, Film Director/Producer
J. Willard Marriott, Jr., President Marriott Corporation

Our Family lists the most famous Eagle Scouts
a little differently:

Kris Hyer, Dad
Chase Hyer, Brother
Call Hyer, Brother
Dodd Hyer, Uncle
Kevin Hyer, Uncle
Ric Huntington, Uncle
Creed Rowan, Uncle
Richard Rowan, Uncle
Steven Rowan, Uncle
Matthew Rowan, Uncle
Jamin Rowan, Cousin
Chad Rowan, Cousin
Spencer Rowan, Cousin
Ganon Rowan, Cousin
Robert Rowan, Cousin
Grant Rowan, Cousin
Matt Rowan, Cousin
Brad Rowan, Cousin
Mark Rowan, Cousin
Michael Rowan, Cousin
Jeffrey Rowan, Cousin
Scott Rowan, Cousin
Calder Huntington, Cousin
Coulson Huntington, Cousin
Chandler Hyer, Cousin
Cameron Hyer, Cousin
Dallin Hyer, Cousin
Jared Hyer, Cousin
Kevin Hyer, Cousin
Robert Hyer, Cousin
David Hyer, Cousin
Justin Hyer, Cousin

Three more cousins to go. No pressure.

We participated in the Statewide day of
"Mormon Helping Hands." Three different
projects took place in Turlock. Our family
helped paint a stenciled message over
already prepared storm drains. Message read:
The Solution = No Pollution
Drains To River

Mother's Day, 2010

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she
in thee calls back the lovely
April of her prime.
~William Shakespeare~

Any mother could perform the jobs of several
air traffic controllers with ease.
~Lisa Alther~

This is my SONshine. Ty has been taking Spanish
at school. He is constantly whipping off Spanish
phrases and sort of 'speaking in tongues.' It is pretty
funny. He surprised me with this hilarious balloon,
gave me a Spanish Mother's Day card and wrote his
entire message in Spanish. He'll probably be
called to serve his mission in Sweden.

The secret to humor is surprise.

Mother---that was the bank where we deposited
all our hurts and worries. ~DeWitt Talmage~
(Still is)

If I was damned of body and soul, I know
whose prayers would make me whole.
Mother o'mine, O mother o'mine.
~Rudyard Kipling~

It wouldn't be a complete visit from my
mother if she didn't gift me with
roses from her garden.

I often go walking in meadows of clover,
And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over;
Dear mother, all flowers remind me of you.
~Phyllis Luch~

06 May 2010


To Be Planted Was Planted
Some of you may recall a post I did (TBP) in October, 2009.
We lost a couple of Liquidamber trees to a storm, and
someone anonymously purchased a new one
for us at our local nursery. The photo below
shows how it looked seven months ago.

At the time,
I shared this thought:

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for
someone who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden~

We have not yet removed the large roots left by the trees
we lost. And, because of how large the roots get, we will
probably not replant Liquidambers, but perhaps
a Redbud or two.
However, I cannot part with my tree that was
gifted to us in love and kindness. So...

...here it is. Planted in a pot that I know is too small. But,
I love the fresh green leaves on it and I love that it was
a gift from a friend who cared about how sad I was
to lose my beautiful trees. No kidding, every time I look at it,
I smile. The blue pot adds fantastic color as well, and I
am going to enjoy it just like this. I love it.
Thank you, good friend.

Overnight it rained, and the wind switched into the west,
and this morning my garden is fresh in the sun, and its scent
wafts through my window. But if I sit in my garden, who
will keep my appointment in town? But if I go into town,
who will sit in my garden?

Perhaps this answers the above question.

Ty and I saw this beautiful full rainbow a couple of
weeks ago as we drove through Hickman.

~My heart leaps up when I behold a
rainbow in the sky~
William Wordsworth