Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 Get ready for an Addie overload of pictures!  Grant ADORES this baby! She thinks he's ok too...it's amazing the tenderness that comes out of this giant of a boy when his niece is around.
 One of my favorite things is when Addie shrugs one shoulder and smiles.  She's captured my whole heart.
 Garrett loves this little girl too...let's be honest, none of us can get enough of her.  It's a shame we can't see her more often...but when we do, she has all of our attention.
 Daddy greeting his princess after work at the Shakespear Festival. Nope. She's not loved at all.
 Addie loves the water, so we all changed into our suits and headed for the public pool.  Aunt Christine is one of her favorite people...so she had no problem swimming with her.
 LOVE this...trying out Mom's shades:)
 I cannot believe she is ONE!  She looks so old in this picture.  Sitting like a big girl with her wristband on and Dad's car keys around her neck.  So dang adorable! (and her model mom sitting next to her:)  Two cuties for sure.
 We always try to squeeze in a production at Tuacahn...we saw The Wizard of OZ.  It was good, not great.  It didn't help that Garrett's performance in high school rivaled the Lion in this production....No seriously!  And these are paid professionals.  We did enjoy being together and having William and NaKya with us.  We invited Papa, but with his missionary duties, he doesn't like to be out too late.  Maybe next time:)

Monday, July 21, 2014

 This had to be added...On Addie's actual birthday (July 8), this was her "smash cake", her tutu, her crown and her darling backdrop that her talented mom whipped up for the special occasion. She was pretty pleased with all of the attention:)
 Since we weren't in town for her actual birthday, and because we are all together here in St. George, we did a combination birthday with Aunt Christine, whose birthday is on July 24th.  Addie loves her aunt, so sharing another party wasn't a big deal.
 We had a yummy Blizzard S'mores ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.  Christine's first choice is never "real" cake, so she chose this.  It was wonderful!...and a change in desserts is always good.
 Addie and Christine helped each other open their gifts.
We LOVE our Addie girl!  She brings so much love to our lives...It took her a little while to warm up to us, which was hard (just being honest), but that's because we don't see her often...and apparently "face timing" doesn't count.  But she did warm up.  She's such a happy, friendly baby!  One day she'll know just who we are and that we are pretty cool...:)

***I should mention Bill's left eye...since I write this blog for our posterity...  The same day we attended the Lionel Richie concert, Bill had a routine eye appointment.  The doctor determined from his eye scan that he had several hemorrhages in his left eye and referred him immediately to a retina specialist. The specialist injected something into his optic nerve, because it was swollen.  This procedure left his eye blood red.  (That's why he wore sunglasses at a night concert.  His eyes were very sensitive and the bright lights bothered them.)  He had understood that his eye would be back to normal by now...not yet tho'.  He's been tested for all sorts of stuff...diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.  Everything is negative.  He has a follow-up appointment this week with the specialist.  We are hoping for some answers.  This did surprise us both.  Bill is the most healthy person in our entire family, hands down!  He runs and eats right and has energy...always.  This is just so very strange.  We have been praying that all will be well:)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

 A couple of weeks ago, Bill and I went to see Lionel Richie at Fair Park in Dallas.  Although we had gone to Hawaii as part of our anniversary celebration, when our actual anniversary rolled around, Bill surprised me with tickets to this concert!  It was a blast!  We had perfect seats! Seventh row, right in the center!  Lionel stepped out and sang hit after hit!  It was a terrific show! It was July in Dallas, so the weather was a bit steamy, but we loved every minute of it!  This was a great night Bill!  Thanks for being so thoughtful! I love you!

 Grant was the last of the Caspers to have his wisdom teeth removed.  He was "lucky", just like Garrett, to be put completely to sleep at the hospital for the procedure.  Apparently, these to guys have unique tongue anatomy (they are big) which can cause challenges if the doctor does the operation in his office with lighter sedation.  All in all, we are grateful to have all of the oral surgery behind us.  Grant was a bit apprehensive about the ordeal, but he did great! 
He took over the game room and slept on the hide a bed for 4 nights with complete control of video games and Netflix.  To say he is spoiled, would be an understatement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 Happy 1st Birthday Miss Addie!
Yesterday Addie turned 1!  It's hard to believe that a year has passed since this precious angel became a part of our family.  She has brightened our days and made our family so much richer.  She had a fun celebration with family and friends yesterday which included a darling "smash cake"...she loved every present and especially every one's attention.  She likes attention:)  We are excited to see her on the 20th for a second celebration and more attention showered on the birthday girl(s)...she will be sharing the limelight with Aunt Christine, whose birthday will be on the 24th.  July is a great month!  Happy Birthday sweet baby.
TRY and keep on trying
until that which seems
becomes possible and that 
which seems only possible 
becomes HABIT and a 
real part of YOU!
--Dieter F. Uchtdorf--

What do we get when we set goals and then actually reach them?...A sense of personal accomplishment, peace, joy, strength, confidence, positivity, knowledge.  Really the list is endless.  Several months ago, I set a personal goal for myself, something that I've needed to do for a long time.  Today I was triumphant in reaching the goal I set.  It's a great feeling.  I pray to continue to grow and learn and gain strength as I journey on my path to becoming a better wife, mother, friend, daughter of God...one day at a time:) 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

 The 3 days I have dreaded for the past 7+ months, has come and gone.  I fretted and worried and complained about having to do food for almost 500 people for quite a while. I even spent a moment or two or several while we were in Hawaii worrying about it.  And guess what??? It actually wasn't that bad...I might even say that it was enjoyable:)  In addition to being worried about feeding so many, I was concerned about the Texas heat.  I don't do cold or heat very well.  It stormed pretty good the first morning, leaving the roads muddy and a big mess!  But that actually was a blessing.  Grant was cold sleeping both nights.  That is very rare.  So, not being steaming hot every day, made the entire experience much better.
 Camp is about a 2 mile trip from the main road on dirt roads that look similar to this.  And in the mud...it was awesome:)
 Here is our "kitchen".  It worked pretty well. There were 10 of us and we were busy off and on from early in the morning until about 9:30-10pm....The Tryon's, who were in charge, worked hard, got little sleep and kept things running smoothly.  They were even up throughout the nights keeping the generators filled with gas so our ice truck and refrigerated trailer would continue to run.
 A glimpse at the food/supply truck.  The contents would change depending on the meal and if someone had done a Sam's or Walmart run. It takes a lot of food and supplies to keep roughly 500 people moving for 3 days.  Quite an undertaking.
 Some of our cooking/kitchen staff...Dave, Marin and Caulin Tanner.
 A couple of the cutest Trekkers! And the best "Pa" ever!
Grant, John Christensen and Kyle Steele
 Chris Hay-Mr. Helper Man, Sarah Hay and Dylan McKamey
 Alan Wright...this crazy guys loves Trek!
 Caulin and Marin Tanner having some much-deserved fun!
 A portion of the the cooking staff...NOT flattering of me, but the only evidence I have of me actually being there:)
We had 2 of our vehicles at Trek...mine and the truck.  They both looked like this! Caked in mud!
All 4 of the kids have been on Trek.  William and Christine went 8 years ago and it was NOT a pleasant experience for either one of them.  Christine had heat exhaustion and spent some time in the medical unit.  The food was horrible and the water limited.  William was in a family that did none of what was asked, in fact that Ma and Pa have since divorced (maybe Trek sent them over the edge.) He has few positive memories from that experience, other than he survived.  Garrett went 4 years ago, and although he was in a wonderful family, THEY. RAN. OUT. OF. WATER!!! How can that happen??? Garrett also had some serious heat related issues...crazy stuff. So when we knew Trek was coming up, we really were not convinced we were sending Grant.  Lucky for him, we were asked to go, so he had to go as well.  Bill ended up being needed in Orlando for work, so he wasn't there...but oh how glad I am that Grant was there.  It was THE BEST place for him!  And he has lots of positive experiences he's talked about.  It was a great few days! Thank you Heavenly Father for sending the cooler weather to these wonderful youth in the great state of TEXAS!