Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Laura!

The only pictures I have of Laura is with one of my kids, but that just means that she is a wonderful aunt and sister!
She is always willing to help with my kids and the house work
She is our wakeboarding goddess! (she'll hate me for that comment)
We love you Laura Lou and hope you have a fabulous 24th birthday!
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Christmas night at the Twin Pine Ranch 2009

Many pictures of individuals are not included but those included are intended to document the fact that we did have the family here for dinner, a pageant, group singing, a program, and generally just enjoying each others company. We realize not everyone in the extended family could make it and want them to know they were missed. Having the family together really means a lot to Norda and me, so thank you to all who attended and/or participated!

Getting the food on the plates.

One of the 5 tables of attendees.

Another one.

And still another.

Almost through.

Grand finale.
Bob as Samuel the Lamanite.

Polly as the Angel who appeared to Mary.

Joseph, Mary, and the Angel.

The baby Jesus with admirers in the stable.

After addinig the shephers and the Three Wise Men

Close-up of participants.

Bill the narrator.

Participants helping sing "Pictutre a Stable" after the pageant.

Part of the audience helping with the singing.

Part of the cast doing likewise.

Others in the cast helping with singing.

Amanda, Jim, and Molly adding music to the program.

Jackie and Brian doing likewise.

Mac playing a difficult piano piece.

Ben and Courtney adding to the program.

Ben playing guitar.

Polly and Carly dancing for program watchers.

Lundberg sisters doing kick line during program.

Participants during community singing finale.
And a good time was had by all!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


In no particular order, which starts out with Tom and Shelly and their most important family,
here is a sort of overview of Tom's 45 years so far. May the future be as bright as the past has been!

Tom, Shelly, Sam, Mac, and Alex in ski gear - what else?

Tom as nearly new born 1964.

Tom as New Year Baby 1966

Tom masquerading as Hoss.

Tom and Mary at Spring Hollow.

Tom laughing.

Tom pointing out entrance to Amazon Mine in Logan Canyon.

Tom and brothers in Eddie Bauer sweaters.

Tom and Shelly on lift at Beaver.

Tom skiing - what else is new? I Tought him everything I knew
and he still doesn't ski the way I do.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's 11 days until Christmas!

After having watched the East wall of the yellow bedroom disintigrate from water damage for quite a while we finally called Alpine Resoration and started the drawn-out process of repairing the damages. When they got into finding the cause it turned out to be a long standing leak in the main bathroom shower upstairs that had both gone through the wall into the Blue bedroom and rotted much of the wooden support for the shower as well as soaking the wall in the basement bedroom. Our initial word from the insurance company was that they would pay anything above the $1000 dedictable for water damage but that we would have to pay all of the shower replacement. Now we aren't sure if they will pay anything - the adjuster said they only pay for "sudden catastrophic losses like a pipe bursting" but not long standiing leaks because that indicates "wear and tear." Oh well, "loose a few, loose a few" seems to apply to us fairly regularly. For the past 3 weeks we have had a steady stream of people in and out of the house trying to decide what to do, starting to do it, and now, finally, getting some of the work done. The pictures were taken today to show you the current status. If we are lucky, we should have everything put back together in time for the Christmas Season. We were supposed to get an estimate on having the carpets "touched up" today but so far the cleaner hasn't appeared yet. However, Norda just reminded me that we do have 8 extra beds, 3 futons, 5 toilets, 6 sinks, 3 showers, 2 tubs, no Partridges in a pear tree, and lots of love for the entire family so come one, come all!

There are usually from 1 to 3 workmen's trucks parked in front.
Waiting for the shower to be replaced.

The new-fangled shower control after the 50 year old model was removed.

Patch work in the Blue bedroom under way.

Different view of the same problem.

Replacing the damaged wall in the Yellow bedroom downstairs.
Isn't it great that things weren't worse than they are?