Monday, February 27, 2012


Aunt Ella Mae was born 9 April, 1929 in Mountain View, Wyoming. She died 21 Feb 2012 in Logan, UT.
Today family and friends gathered in Smithfield, Ut to celebrate her life.
After the viewing there was a Memorial Service, which featured her life history by Aunt Karen, Memories by her friend Belva, and musical numbers including one by Lori and Shari.
The next stop was the Smithfield Cemetary.
After the Pall Bearers moved the casket to the grave site they removed their Boutaneers and put them on the casket.
We visited in the cemetery for a few minutes, but it was too cold to stay long.
The Relief Society prepared a wonderful meal for family members. It was good to have time to visit with family we don't see very often.
Here are a few pictures taken of family members:
Aunt Ella Mae's remaining siblings, David, Eldon, and Karen
Dorothy (Bullock) Jones & Uncle Eldon
Joyce and Aunt Margaret
Cousins--Back: Lynn, Dave, Shari, Lori, Dorothy, Dee, Laurel
                Front: Joyce, Me, Cindy
Uncle Max & Frisko
Lori & Shari
Uncle Max
Aunt Ella Mae didn't live an easy life, but she didn't complain, we know she is having a happy reunion with all those that went before her.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


While traveling up to Salt Lake City today we saw a weird white covering on the mountains and roadsides. I think its called snow.
It makes things really cold for a bunch of travelers from Arizona. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I love America, I love the constitution but I don't have much love for or interest in politics most of the time. This year I have decided to get involved. Its clear to me as it is to so many Americans that we need change in Washington. After listening to the candidates, outlining what character traits are important and defining what issues are most important to me I decided Mitt Romney was the best Man for the job. I was excited when I found out last week that Mitt Romney was coming to Mesa for a rally. I went right after work to wait for the doors to open. There were many others there as well. We talked, we bonded, I don't know the name of a single one of them, but we met with common goals and interests and it made the long wait tolerable.
An hour before the rally started security was ready and the doors finally opened. We were treated with music from a live band while everyone got settled.
A little after the appointed starting time we learned the Romney bus was stuck in rush hour traffic.
He finally arrived and it was well worth the wait.
We were treated to a speech of hope that things will get better when Mitt is the President. He has a clear plan, he has the experience to fix the economy, to save Medicare and Social Security and he deeply loves his wife and children as well as our country.
At the end of the speech Mitt went into the crowd to shake hands. The Secret Service didn't look happy at the move.
All in all it was a great evening.
After the Rally Leanne and I met up with Lori & Tom ,Brianna, Elijah and Kyle at Denny's for a quick meal and to discuss the speech.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Saturday evening we had a family birthday party at Aunt Karen's house. We had 11 birthdays to celebrate and they were all in attendance. What that meant was 11 chorus' of  Happy Birthday and some smoke inhalation.
McKayla is 3
Jayden is 7
Caralie is 8
Elijah is 15
Amanda is 16
Brianna is 19
AJ is 20
Kari is 22
Erik is 27
Tom is 53 (according to him Older than Dirt) 
There were tons of gifts.
Cake and cupcakes and ice cream
Cara arrived late so we sang 1 more round of Happy Birthday. She is 25.
Jonah really wanted a turn, but he will have to wait a few more months. The little cousins also discovered the fake cake doesn't taste good.
Cara got some fun looking gifts, but she liked the ribbons on them best.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Saturday afternoon I went to my first Single Adult activity. Tina and KathyJo from our ward held a BBQ. There was plenty of snacks, as well as chicken and hamburgers.
 I was only able to stay for a couple of hours, and not many people came while I was there, but it was a fun afternoon.
Dave, Leanne, Luis
Rob, Dave
Thanks Tina and KathyJo for a fun afternoon!