Saturday, June 25, 2011


Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti

We went to the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Friday, June 24. Mike and I drove with his Mom up there. She has been wanting to go and see it for a long time, as it had been many years since the last time any of us had been up there. It was the last weekend for it. I brought my camera, but I never took it out to take any pictures while we were there. Gail's family met us up there. They had an extra with them--Lexi from California! Tandy and kids had come the night before from California. Seth's parents joined us, and we all picnicked near the Temple Grounds and had a nice dinner. The kids ran around and ran around till Jonathan finally conked out partway through the production. It does start late (9:30), so even I was nodding part way through. ha. It's really a lovely production and I'm glad we went. Sitting in the chairs, closer, would have been nicer, as we were quite a ways back. But it was still nice. The mosquitos are quite big and ferocious, too! (I came away unscathed, thanks to Gail's OFF.)

Getting out through all the traffic is kind of time-consuming, but we opted NOT to drive all the way back to Cedar at 11:30 pm or midnight when we needed to be back in Joseph, UT the next day. So I got a hotel room in advance and we spent the night in Richfield, UT. Gail, Seth and family DID drive all the way home and they got in at 2:45 a.m. Too late for me. Maybe in another life time.

Old Church Vacation Rental, Joseph, UT

Mike and I and his Mom went to Joseph and saw Mike's sister's family. They were all gathered to celebrate their 50th anniversay with ALL five of their kids and ALL the grandkids and ALL the great-grandkids! What a fun party for them. So Mike and I dropped his Mom off there and we headed on home to Cedar City, as we had lots to do. We did, however, take the longer way home and drove down highway 89 and over hwy 14 to see how much of the snow pack was left. It's not. There's little bits and pieces up in the trees up on top at midway, but that's it.

Navajo Lake

Duck Creek Pond.

The streams and ponds WERE quite full. I managed some shots out the car window, like the one above.

More of our family had arrived from out of town, too. Not only had Tandy and kids come from California, but Katie and her family were here from Reno! Casey blessed their new baby, Corbin on Sunday. They had quite a few friends and family there, as Casey's little brother had a baby blessed that day, too!
Tandy holding sleeping Corbin

Ella is speedy with the camera. REALLY speedy--I can't even capture her!!

We had ALL seven of our grandkids here in the afternoon/evening for dinner and fun play in the house and yards. Mike grilled us some hot dogs, we had root-beer floats for dessert and we just played hard on the hammock, the little jumpoline, the Little Tykes car, dirt clods in the times.
Count 'em-- all seven in one spot! A miracle that doesn't happen quite often enough.
(and a miracle that I actually remembered to edit a photo and crop out most of the peripheral junk)

Mike and Kate with a pile-o-kids. Note the fledgling garden in the background. It's coming along. Another of life's little miracles. Gardening may come easy to some, but not all of us have a green thumb.

Careful Hayden!! Don't jump out of the moving vehicle!!
I've tested my new modem and internet service at home. I switched on Friday and have a Qwest Bundle now (but no cable tv-ick! I am SOOOO not a fan of TV). It's supposed to be faster on the upload, and it is. But not extremely so. I still had time to dust the living room while they were uploading. Welll, part of the living room... I also got a new little personal notebook-sized laptop out of the Qwestdeal (which was the clencher for me--that and what I HOPE will be the same cost for faster photo uploads.) I've never had a new electronic toy all to myself before, so I tried it out on Sunday.

I have newly discovered the Church's MUSIC link on the menu on their website. What FUN stuff!! But it wasn't loud enough for my little classroom of noisy kids. I like to sing with the primary kids in my class, but it can get ugly because I don't have the right pitch or have suddenly LOST the tune!!!--it's happened before and is very sad. And embarrassing. You should check out the website if you haven't already. Cool stuff.

It plays it for you, highlights the notes, can change the keys, you can print it, download it. Gotta love technology.

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