Monday, March 5, 2012

Almost at the end of another session at the capitol!

45 days of the 2012 legislation session will be over on Thursday March 8. at midnight! YEA!!!
It can't come soon enough this year. In defending our rights to less taxation; Scott has had more hate mail, horrible press coverage, and even death threats this year.

One positive thing this year was; Austin was able to spend a day at the capitol with his dad. Here they are in a committee meeting debating a bill.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas 2011

This year; Scott and I went to the Hogle Zoo for our Christmas gifts for the grandkids.

We bought Zoo membership passes and these jackets for all the grandkids.

Most of the kids wore their jackets for the rest of the day. The headbands are their gifts from Austin and Shawnee. They wore these for the rest of the day too. Here Hannah and Reagan drink the traditional slush. Erik's family and Jennifer's family have already gone to the Zoo during those warmer days between Christmas and New Years.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Visiting a Pumpkin Patch!

Part of the fun of Fall and Halloween is picking out pumpkins to carve. We recently went to a local patch and the kids had a great time choosing, clipping, and carrying their own pumpkins.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More of Hawaii

Governor Jenkins? As part of the conference that Scott attended in Honolulu; we went to visit the State Capitol of Hawaii. Here; Scott is standing behind the desk of the Governor. The building was a very open building with the Rotonda having no roof. Symbalic of a volcano.
Walking a beautiful beach in Maui. This is where we also saw lots of kite surfers. Really cool to watch.
Plants are HUGE. and Everything is so green. rains most every day for about 5 min. at a time.
I lucked out on this shot...I guess..One more foot and my ball would have been in the water. But trying to hit it to the green was scarey...6 more inches backward and I would have been in the water! This course was by far one of the prettiest. But at $200 a piece for 18 should have been the best!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hawaii Cruise and Conference

Last week; Scott and I got home from 10 fabulous days spent in Hawaii. We took a cruise and visited all the Islands; golfing on each one. Every morning we started out our day walking or running on the ship for exercise, while the ship was getting ready to land on a different Island each day. ( Travel was each night while we slept)

Our first Island was Maui. So many beautiful plants and flowers. And we were told that we needed to visit in the late fall or even December to get the most of the flowers! Can't imagine seeing more.
Each golf course was so unique! This one was probably the worst of the 5 we golfed on. But beautiful cause it was right on the ocean front.
In Kona; our cab driver took us to see the Temple after he learned we were "one of those practicing mormons". It had such a peaceful feeling to it. We didn't have the time to attend a session though, Had to get back to the ship before it set sail for the Island of Kaui. What a great experience. I guess thanks to the Utah State Senate for getting us there for a conference that Scott attended after our cruise ended.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hotel Utah's 100th Anniversary Gala

Friday Night June 10th 2011 Marked the 100 years for Hotel Utah and Joseph Smith Memorial building. Scott and I were invited to a dinner Gala that evening. As it turned out we were the only senators there. Brad Dee and his wife Marsha from the House were the only ones from that body. Period dress was encouraged. Out of 800 invited....I'd say only about 24 couples dressed up. Most being the "host and hostesses" for the evening. But we thought dressing up was a blast!
Standing in front of a fabulous ice sculpture .
A better picture of the sculpture. It was truely amazing.
President Monson sitting on the main floor and beside him was the Govornor and his wife Jeanette (in the blue hat) are sitted next to him. President Monson spoke as well as Govornor Herbert and Mayor Becker of Salt Lake City. Our seats were above everyone else in the Mezzanine level. This will go down in our memory of special things that we did while Scott was in the Senate.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Weekend

Erik's family went to the cabin with Scott and I for Memorial weekend. It was pretty wet weather so two of the three days were spent inside. Cameron showed me his fabulous talent of putting together puzzles. He was finding pieces faster than I did. I was in awe at how well this almost 5 year old did.
Erik and Kelli told us that at his pre-school there was a puzzle contest and Cameron won hands down faster than any one else in the class. Sounds like to me he is taking after his dad in problem solving.
Finally on Monday morning the rain and Snow stopped long enough for some golf ball hunting. The kids enjoyed this probably more than Easter egg hunting.
sorting through their stash to find their favorite ball to take home. Notice Kate's wet pant bottoms from walkiing in the wet weeds.