24 June 2011

"There's A Time to Laugh..." And Play!

Camille Stiles and Ty

...A time to laugh...
~Ecclesiastes 3:4

Steve/Bishop teaching Ty how to drive the boat.


These kids are so blessed to have such good friends.

Marie and Denise

Each friend represents a world in us, a
world possibly not born until they
arrive. ~Anais Nin~

I love this thought. I think it is so true that each
friendship is unique and individual...fulfilling
different spirit-needs as it unfolds.

Mr. Ty. I love his smile.
His is a happy spirit. Our home
loves the laughter and fun he fills it with.

Go Camille!
Rebecca, Derek, baby Hannah!, Spencer, Anne Marie

My sister-in-law (I think after all these years
the "in-law" part should be dropped), Ellen, hosted
a nice lunch while some of the cousins were
in town. We met Becca's Hannah for the first time.

Marie, Debbie Holtzclaw (master hostess), Marilyn Stokes,
Stephanie Bjarnason, Debbie Blank, Kristie Liston,
and Kristy Falke...a.k.a.
The Housewives of Turlock, California.

Not really, but we joked that that's what we looked like
with our wonderful Mango Cider, so we took a
photo in the mirror. Our dear friend, Marilyn, who
moved away about 14 years ago was in town. Debbie
hosted a beautiful luncheon for us so we could celebrate
our friendship and love for Marilyn. We came. We
stayed. And stayed. And stayed. Thanks, Deb.
Marilyn...come back.

Friends "fall in like" with as profound a thud as
romantic partners fall in love.
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Deb made delicious chicken salad and served
a wonderful strawberry/cookie dessert.

Ty, Marie, Kris
Ward Temple Day

The Tilby's came to play!
After a fun dinner we played
a round or two of Bolo Toss.

Kris and Dallin
"We are the Champions!"

Landon wanted to watch how the milkshakes
were made. It was so weird...just lifting
that cute little guy up onto the counter
brought back a flood of feelings for me.

Kris playing his bagpipes in the backyard at Cambria

And, to continue with the Scottish theme...

(In simple terms, Cairn is Irish or Scottish Gaelic
for a man-made pile of stones.)

Well, in this case...it is topped with a wad of
dried twigs and seaweed. Location considered...
it seemed appropriate!

Happy 50th Birthday to me! I have never needed
an excuse to splurge on chocolate or ice
cream...but this was awesome.

The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family
returns to the beach instinctively, just
like the sea turtles. ~Sandy Archibald~

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~

Anne Marie and Kris after the
Wildflower Ride they participated in.
It was 50 miles...they said they rode
one year for each year I had lived!

Through the vineyards of that beautiful place.

Sitting in the house one afternoon, we clearly spotted
whales spouting in the distance. We grabbed the binoculars
and ran out onto the ranch and watched several
groups of Mama's and babies migrating.

06 June 2011

"They Started It."

Mom and Dad
Grandma and Grandpa
Great Grandma and Great Grandpa
Bob and Donna

I guess you could say that what you are
about to view below is all of their fault.
They started it.

Pine Mountain, 2011

Thomas starts things off by catching a fish.


To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation...
is there a w0rst trade one makes in life?

I made the traditional breakfast Kris usually provides.
He was 'on the road' with Anne Marie...headed
for Boston where she began her studies this week.

Christy, Brent, and Craig.

Each year Pine Mountain sort of has its own
personality, depending on who shows up.
We really missed some of our "regulars" but were
tickled to have others join us that up until
now, had been unable to come.

Or...in other words...

If minutes were kept of a family gathering; they would
show that "members not present" and "subjects
discussed" were one and the same.

Ty and Call

Never too chilly for ice cream!


There are no seven wonders in the eyes of a
child. There are seven million.
~Walt Streightiff~

Jamin and Ann's Kate, Eliza, and Benjamin

Eliza has her very own little business selling
bread. It was more than popular!
REALLY good.

Molly and Emily

Chad, Christy, and Benjamin

Thomas, Ashton, and Brent

Karin and Ben, Scott, Call

Grandpa asked Uncle Matt to share the poem
The Cremation of Sam McGee
Robert W. Service

Years ago, when Uncle Matt was just about twelve
years old, he and Grandpa were together on a scout
campout when some began telling stories around
the campfire. Uncle Matt surprised everyone
there by having this poem memorized, and dad
has always remembered that. I wish I had
not stopped the video. The humorous text
in its entirety can be found here.

Sunday morning "non-Church" services. :) :)
Ya had to be there...

Grandpa shares with the family his annual
update on each and every one of you...

Eliza shares how she makes her amazing crunchy bread.

Kate, Ann, Benjamin, Ashton, and Eliza

Some have been to the mountain. I have been
to my knees by the side of my bed.

Yup. I know they have. Every day. For all of us.

Doug, Ty, Karin and Ben, and Scott

Davis fishing...

...and then reporting to Emily just how big
that fish really was.
No joke. The same fish was caught at
least 30 times. It's a Pine Mountain tradition!


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

Ty, Doug, Scott, and Call

Ashton and Brent

Laughter is the sun that drives winter
from the human face.
~Victor Hugo~

Call and Scott

Uncle Matt and kids

Let the games begin! What would we do
each year without Uncle Matt and Aunt
Molly preparing and providing such
fun for all of us?

Ellen preparing "Cut the flour."

Playing a round of "Cut the flour."

Stacking the cups...

First one to get five ping-pong
balls to go into the cup wins.

I love Benjamin's face...

Jamin...the Professor...tries to "invent"
(I call it cheating) a way to being the first to
stack five ding-dong's on his forehead.

This time, one at a time...

The great advantage of living in a large family is
that early lesson of life's essential unfairness.
~Nancy Mitford~

The first to bounce five balls off of their
partner's board and into the bucket wins.

Another round...

The first to stack five dice on their
tongue depressor wins.

Who will win...

Another round...

The first to transfer the bubble gum
from top to bottom wins.

Father against son.

Brother on brother.

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung
into a kaleidescope of new possibilities.
~Jean Houston~

Call and Scott

Laughter is an instant vacation.
~Milton Berle~

Matt "set up" a little surprise
for these two...

ZZZZZZZZ- Ball gets explained.

We learned that Ben is competitive. Here, he
reminds us that this is just a practice round.

Game on!
(Fun round!)

...and here was Emily while Z-ball
was going on.

Down to the final four!

Final Two.
The Z-ball trophy has been
a staple in the Hyer home since day 1.
You'll have to watch and find
out if the reign continues.
Until next year...