Our Family

Our Family

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Rocky Mountain Orthodontics Weekend at Vail

We checked out the ice sculptures at the Vail Village after a great dinner at Up the Creek with Damon and Alison.

We attended the 3rd annual RMO ski conference this weekend.  This year it was at the Cascade Resort in Vail.   I feel fortunate to have enjoyed such a fun, relaxing, and indulgent weekend with Tyler and his friends.  We enjoyed private ski lift access from our hotel to the mountain, great food, swimming, hot tubs, spa, and great skiing.  Tyler attended lectures each evening which left me with a few hours each night to relax.  I can't wait to go back.    

Monday, February 16, 2009

President's Day at Powder Horn.

Kaden had a great day snowboarding.
Tanner had fun taking snowboard lessons--even though he thinks he doesn't need them anymore.  I am not sure why he is posing like that :)

I took Kaden and Tanner snowboarding at Powder Horn for President's Day.  The snow was nice.  However, Kaden prefers fresh powder days and is not thrilled with fewer than five fluffy inches of fresh snow--so he was a little disappointed and I might add a little spoiled.  I had a great time with my boys. 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

We had a great Valentine's Day party.  Our Spicy and Sweet evening was filled with great food, cheesy decorations, games, dancing, and love songs from the 80's & 90's.  

Betsy, Jill, Jeena, Tarra, Lara, and (Carla & Tracy showed up later) and little Clara.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Joys of Potty Training

My camera charger has been missing since Christmas so I don't have any pictures, but I am sure you can imagine. Carson is starting to turn anything small and round into a potty. Yesterday, he had to go potty during breakfast so he dumped his cereal out and used his Spiderman bowl as his potty. He proudly ran across the kitchen carrying his bowl full of pee and squeeled, "I go pee, I go pee!" Tonight he needed to go potty while taking a bath. However, instead of getting out of the tub he kept shouting with glee, "I got it! I got it!" He had pooped in the big cup we use to rinse his hair. AAHHHH!!!! The joys of potty training.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tragedy or Destiny?

Last weekend one of our friends in the ward, Justin Nye, passed away after fighting cancer for 10 months.  He was only 32 and left behind 2 year old twins and his wife, Emilee, my friend.  He was healthy and an amazing athlete before he noticed the fatigue.  His death shocked and saddened our ward as we all just "knew" he would recover.  We had all fasted and prayed for his health.   Why did this have to happen to such a good man and family?  As I watched his life video at the viewing it struck me that it could happen to any of us.  It could have been Tyler in the skiing, biking, hunting, and mission photos instead.  In fact, he was even younger than us.  I suddenly realized how each day with my family is a blessing that needs to be embraced.  I need to make more memories with my family and friends and worry less about the shoes that don't get put away or the dishes left undone.  I am reminded of what is truly "important" and humbled because I spend a lot time on things that aren't.

I think death is always hard to understand.  I still wonder why my Dad got sick and was taken too soon.  A friend of mine told me to read "Tragedy or Destiny?" by Spencer W. Kimball this weekend.  It was insightful and comforting.   Joseph Smith said,  "The only difference between the old and the young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable wicked world."  But,  we still wonder why......  We know so little.  Our view is so limited.  Someday we will understand.  I guess when you think about it, God didn't even spare his own Son even though he had the power to do so.  Christ even asked that his suffering be taken from him, but He knew, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done."  I guess I'm still a little selfish and always hope My will is the same as His.