Friday, October 2, 2009

5 Generations

In case you haven't seen these two pictures, I thought I'd post them. Part-way through Haley's pregnancy, we realized that we had two 5-generations on her line. The more people I talk to the more uncommon this seems to be. Most people have never even had 1 line with 5 living generations, let alone two. We knew it would take a little effort to get these photos taken, but knew it would be worth that effort. I talked to Scott's mom several times about it and knew that getting together with Grandma Webster would be a challenge. She doesn't travel much. We thought we would have to drive to Cedar City when we moved Sarah to Provo. No one was too excited about that because of all the summer travels. Allison had had a hard time with the car seat lately. Scott's mom called me while we were in DC, a day and a half before we came home. She asked again when we could do it. She said that Grandma happened to be in Salt Lake then for the weekend staying with her daughter, Debbie. I told her we were flying into SLC on Sunday afternoon and it would be great if we could do it then. She said she would drive up from St. George so we could do it. So, after a very long day traveling home, we stopped, freshened up, and took the pictures. We got home at 2:00 am but were very grateful for Gloria's willingness to come up just for that.
For the Chatterton one, we had to fly out to Medford, Oregon. We took Marcus with us to be our photographer and so he could visit his parents and grandparents, too. We had a nice visit with Grandpa and Grandma. It meant the world to him that we came out. I'm so glad we did and I'm glad we did it when we did because just 3 weeks later he fell and broke his hip.
I submitted the two pictures to our local paper and the Casper paper. Today the Riverton Ranger ran it with a cute little caption telling how everyone is related to Allison. It means a lot to us and will be such a neat thing to have these pictures forever.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fun at the Lake

Last night our friends invited us to Morton Lake to go boating with them. We had a picnic and pretty much did this for about 4 hours. This is Annie and Kelly and two of the Wright girls (no relation).Tad gave them a pretty wild ride, trying to get them to fall off. He went out side the wake over and over. They held on pretty tight!
Getting some air! Still holding on tight.

This is one of the best pictures I've ever taken. Zoom in on Annie in the front. She completely folded in half backwards and stayed on! So funny!
Matt and B went with us too. Man, I wish I had taken a picture of Matt in his wet suit. My favorite moment was when I saw Matt in his wet suit with his ankle-high booties on, hopping on rocks on the shore. I said, "Matt, you look like Peter Pan" and without any hesitation, he went on tip-toe on one leg, lifted his other leg in a ballet position with his toes touching his knee, with the other and pointed up to the sky. Hard to describe...just visualize him striking a pretty great Peter Pan pose. I'm still laughing at him and Annie.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

4th of July fun!

We had a lot of fun over the 4th of July weekend. Friday night we went to Lander to watch the fireworks at Dr. Bill's. They were great! We had a BBQ on Saturday afternoon and lit a bunch of fun fireworks.
Annie and Kelly dressed very patriotic, even down to their shoes! Dad wore his flag shirt, too.

We had a crazy rainstorm later that evening. Annie & Kelly had fun getting wet.

Later that night we had a pretty good fireworks show of our own. This picture was actually taken a few nights before, but I included it cause it's funny. Look at Milo. He's just laying there so calmly like nothing's going on. For those of you who do not know, Milo LOVES fireworks. He turns into a puppy this time of year. He jumps over them and tries to bite the sparks and runs around. One of my favorite things about fireworks, is watching Milo. Sadly, Milo is slowing down in his old age (just turned 12) and he isn't quite so active, but the following pictures show him in a more typical reaction.

Getting excited and waiting for them to go off!
This one looks like he's breathing fire. Funny dog.

I also wanted to share a Dad Birthday moment with you. We arranged his birthday candles on his cake into a number "72". It took quite awhile for us to light them. The SECOND the final candle was lit, Dad leaned over and blew them right out! He didn't even wait for us to sing "Happy Birthday" to him or take a picture! It was so funny, but such a Dad thing to do! So we made him wait while we sang and took a picture with the burnt out candles. We love you Dad! Thanks for making us laugh!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hello's and Good-bye's

There has been a lot going on at our house lately. Emotions were high as we said hello to family visiting for Allison's blessing and as we said good-bye to Simonne.
Allison was blessed in our ward in Riverton on Sunday, May 24. She wore the same dress that her mother wore on her blessing day. She looked beautiful and was just as sweet as can be.
We enjoyed having Grandma and Grandpa Phister here from St. George, Utah, Emily, Rob, and Scout, Catherine and Booker from the Salt Lake area, and of course, Grandma and Grandpa Wright, and Matt and Bronwyn, who didn't have too far to travel. Haley, Marcus and Allison came from Rexburg, Idaho and we had a great weekend.

This is all of us in front of the Riverton Stake Center following the blessing.

Eating our famous San Diego Specials.

Allison gave her dad some very cute smiles!

After Allison's blessing we went to Simonne's graduation ceremony at Riverton High School.

Last weekend Scott and I had some church meetings in Billings, Montana. We decided since it was our last weekend with Simonne, we would take the kids and have some fun. We went to an indoor water park on Saturday morning and they went to the mall while Scott and I had our meetings.
Monday night, we went to Svilar's in Hudson, Wyoming, for our "farewell" dinner with Simonne.
After cramming all of Simonne's belongings into two heavy suitcases and two heavy carry-on's, we sadly went to the Riverton Airport Tuesday afternoon, and had to say good-bye to Simonne. It was hard to see her go. She has left a vacancy in our home and will forever hold a soft-spot in our hearts. She made it safely home to Germany (she called us yesterday). We are happy for her to be home with her family as I am sure they missed her a lot and she missed them.
Boarding the plane.

Good-bye Simonne!! We miss you already.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Graduates

Sarah and my sister-in-law, Bronwyn, graduated from Central Wyoming College on Friday night. We are proud of them for this great accomplishment. They both worked hard to earn their degrees. We had a small party at our house following the ceremony with lots of food. Good job Sarah and B!! We love you!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Prom Night!

Last night, Kelly and Simonne had Prom. They both had a really good time. Both of their dates were really nice guys and fun to be with. Here is Kelly and Zach. They had dinner at a friend's house and came to our house for pictures.

Simonne was asked by Kelby. He is a Senior and was the reigning Prom King from last year. We decided to do a dinner at our house for Simonne & Kelby and 2 other foreign exchange students.
Both couples before leaving for the dance.

Simonne and her date at the "Grand March". The theme for the night was "Mardi Gras"

Kelly and Zach at the "Grand March". Kelly spent days decorating for the dance. The gym was transformed into an amazing place. The decorations were great. Some parents commented that they'd never seen a prom decorated so nice. Good job, Kell.

Kelly was nominated for "Prom Royalty" and won 2nd Attendent to the Queen! We are proud of her. She looked so pretty and happy. I think Simonne and Kelly were the 2 cutest girls at the prom!

Following the dance, they had an all-night after-prom party. They played "Fear Factor", had a mechanical bull, games, food, and lots of door prizes. They came home at 5:30 this morning, went to bed and got up and made it to church at 9:30. There is a tradition here for all the girls to wear their prom dresses to church the next day. Now, they are tired and taking naps!

Monday, April 27, 2009

We have a Granddaughter!

Scott and Amy are the proud grandparents of a new baby girl. Haley and Marcus had their baby in Rexburg, Idaho on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm. Allison Kelly Crook weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 21 inches long. She has brown hair and dark brown eyes. She is beautiful!

Grandpa hasn't quite warmed up to the title, but sure loves little Allison.

Amy enjoyed every minute she got to spend with the Crook family. She stayed nine days after she was born to help Haley recover from her c-section and help. Being a grandma is amazing! It was really hard to leave, knowing that she will grow up a little before we can see her again. We are using a web-cam to help.

Proud parents, Haley and Marcus.

Allison in the hospital. One day old.

I love this picture of her. She looks like she's really looking at the camera.

Not a clue that she is going home! We love her little old man face!

Of course, she sleeps a lot, especially during the day!

We caught her is a wakeful moment. She looks a lot like her daddy when she is awake. I think she has his eyes.