Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Card 2011

The Lindsay ABC’s of 2011

A. Adam (2) is still the center of attention in our family. B. In June, Sam (8) was Baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. C. cubscouts. Nathan (10) entered the Webelos and Sam became a Wolf. Elaine got to go to camp with them, too. D. Dirty Dash. In August, Dad ran a muddy obstacle course race in Soldier Hollow with some friends. He had so much fun, that Elaine probably won’t get him in a regular road race again. E. This month, Weston got called as the Elder’s Quorum President. F. Fellowship. Weston finished his Final academic achievement from his long term goal list and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. G. Lena (11) enjoyed doing Gymnastics in the summer. H. We did lots of family Hiking, including the loop from Silver Lake, to Twin Lakes, through Solitude and back to Silver Lake. The kids do a great job. Weston and Lena waited for the snow to melt off Timpanogos, but it didn’t happen before school started, so they hiked Mt. Olympus instead and found it shorter, but challengingly steep. I. Lena and Nathan continue to enjoy playing band Instruments and they and Sam and Jacob continue to play the piano. It gets hard to fit everyone’s practice into each day. J. Jacob (7) is our Jokester, and enjoys reading. K. Elaine will miss working with the Kids in Primary since she was recently released as Primary President and called as a ward missionary. L. In October, we enjoyed a trip to California, including Legoland and the Mormon Battalion visitor’s center. M. The Ogden Marathon. If Elaine and Weston were to ever do a Marathon again, this was beautiful enough to repeat. N. Lena was in the Nutcracker this year with Mountain West Ballet and enjoyed being a Toy Doll and a Snow Sprite. O. Lena started out the year by going to the Orthodontist and it looks like Nathan will start next year and we’ll have someone in braces for many years. Sam was in a play called Oleander Manor and did a great job as a dancing skeleton. P. Adam loves his little Playschool group of 4 boys. Q. Adam is constantly asking Questions. “What?” “Why not?” R. Riding our bikes on several family jaunts was a big hit this year. Adam’s new seat on Mom’s bike made it fun to Ride together in the morning along the path next to the train. S. Sam enjoys Soccer with his friends and Siblings. T. Theatre. Lena, Nathan and Sam enjoyed Spring Theatre in an alien play. Three Trips to California in Twelve months were made by our family from last Christmas, to a great Miller Reunion, to our October Trip. U. V. Weston has worked in Utah Valley for almost 4 years and is enjoying his responsibilities in Orem. W. Lena and Nathan got to take turns on the swim team. All the kids have enjoyed swim lessons and love the Water. X. Mom and Lena both had X-rays this year. Lena’s for her braces, and Mom’s to diagnose pneumonia. We enjoy eXercising together in lots of different ways. Y. Yardwork seems to be a never-ending family activity, so we try to make it fun. We enjoyed Yelling at several RSL soccer games this year, including one where Elaine (Mom of the Match) and the kids got to be on the big screen. Z. We really feel very blessed and have Zero complaints about 2011!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Peace of Mind

Sunday evening, we were visiting with Grandma and Grandpa
when Adam gagged and we thought he'd put a crayon in his mouth.
Weston went over and Adam got this look on his face like he'd swallowed
and it had hurt. Weston looked in Adam's hand and there were
2 magnetic sticks and a ball. That night he threw up a little bit and
the next morning, too. Then he started to have the runs. So, we were a
bit confused, but thought he happened to have what his cousin had last week
(or just a germ he'd gotten from sucking on his finger). I made an appointment
this morning for this afternoon since it had not passed yet. Of course, the
concern was that there could be 2 magnetic objects, not just one. I asked Adam
twice yesterday, showing him examples, "was it a ball or a stick?" He said "Eat it,"
pointing inside his mouth. Then he answered "stick" and pointed to the longer
magnetic both times he was asked. So, I was a bit more concerned. The ball is not
actually a magnet, just a metal ball that has become a little magnetized through it's use.
But the stick has 2 small magnets inside the ends and is longer and could maybe
get stuck somewhere. So, I guess it was time for some expensive peace of mind. By 8:30pm, it had already passed. Good thing he's such a cute kid!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Signs of Spring

It feels like Spring took a long time coming this year. In fact, it feels like Summer is nearly here and I somehow missed Spring.

Tulips - what I call God's gift to Mothers.
They come back every year whether I get out there to garden yet, or not.

I love the contrast. It's a good thing I took these pictures the other day,
because Adam practiced Tball on them a few days later.

Flox - my favorite. (also just comes back each year - yeah!)

Spring Band Concerts...

Nathan and Lena had a great time being in band together this year.

The Monster Concert included 7 schools, including Caylee's,
so Lena got to be in the same concert as her cousin.

Spring Pictures

Braces... can't believe she'll be all done before she even hits jr. high.

Nathan's sweet innocent smile.

Sam's funny smile. He loves school.

Jacob said the photographer told him to hold his earlobe
and so he squeezed it until it hurt.

End of Spring Soccer means...

soccer cupcakes...

2 1/2 dozen of them!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Date in the middle of the day.

This is one of the few modern art exhibits that I actually like. 80,000 pounds of books stacked meticulously. My dream library.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nathan's Emigration Report - David Richards

Nathan's Emigration Report was due today. I was impressed by how neatly and carefully he colored and wrote. He had to handwrite his pedigree chart and report and do a poster. He really enjoyed learning about Wales and his great great great grandfather, David Richards.

On this line, he had to go back to the 6th generation to find the relative that emigrated. The baby in the picture is Elsie Richards, Nannie's mother. She and her husband Albert Kohler lived on the farm in Midway where we go play and camp each summer for the Kohler Reunion.

Thanks to Aunt Raeann, we found a picture of the boat they came on in 1860, The Underwriter, plus other information about the trip at Thanks to Nannie we already had his history and some great pictures of he and his family. We found that history as well as his journals, and Nannie's account of visiting Wales herself on

Nathan learned that Wales is one of 4 countries that make up the UK: Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The longest river in the UK, The Severn, is in Wales.

And he really loved drawing this dragon (the Welsh Flag). He did an impressive job on his artwork, just looking and sketching. I don't think he knew he could do that.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Christmas Card in March!

I was going to post an electronic Christmas Card in December, and here it is March! But, I've been sick for 6 days now, and my head feels better when I'm sitting up, so I'd might as well start blog catch up, right? (Since I haven't posted much since the last Christmas Card!)

The Lindsay Top 10 of 2010~ 10 years with Kids

1. Adam is the center of the family, and he seems to know it. He is so fun and keeps us all smiling. He loves books and isn’t afraid to expect a lap and a story from any visitor or family member.

2. Disneyland- This time was especially fun, since the kids were a little older to enjoy more rides. They wanted to stay way later than we expected and loved every minute together.

3. Weston’s Graduation from Regis University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Fellowship in Manual Therapy. The whole family made a trip of it to Denver, Colorado and had a good time.

4. Cousins : We are so lucky to have a lot of family nearby. We love playing games and celebrating birthdays together. We also made it to visit families in Denver and San Francisco whose homes we had not made it to, yet.

5. Hiking! As the kids get older, hiking together gets easier and easier. They do an awesome job and are real troopers. Lena and Weston hiked Timpanogos and made a great memory together.

6. Four Kids in Elementary School. Jacob entered Kindergarten this year and is loving it. Sam is in 2nd grade and gets “schoolsick” when there’s a holiday. Nathan is in 4th grade, started the clarinet in the band, which seems to be just his thing. Lena plays the flute and they enjoy practicing and going to band together. Lena is in 5th grade, getting ready to start her 4th science fair project and has won first place for 3 years straight- no pressure, right?

7. Soccer keeps us busy, from REAL games to the kids’ games, to Elaine coaching, & Weston reffing. In February, we went to St. George together for a tournament for Lena and enjoyed the “warmer” weather and did some hiking.

8. Primary & Sports are our church callings and they keep us busy. Elaine enjoys being involved with the kids at church- Primary’s a great place to be. She also enjoys doing some church sports together with Weston, like Ultimate Frisbee and Coed Volleyball.

9. The boys’ room. Our newest, biggest project we’ve undertaken has been a lot of learning as well as rewarding and the 3 boys enjoy their cool Space Room.

10. First Marathon Together. In September, Weston & Elaine did the Top of Utah Marathon. To continue with the training in 2011, they signed up for the Ogden Marathon next.