Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Santa delivered one of those interactive T-V musical instrument games ("Rock Band") and this group can really get into it. Nathan wasn't at home but Ryan was on the drums, Dallin on the guitar and Caleb providing vocalization!
The rain was coming down again, when we drove on from John and Rebecca's in east Queen Creek on out to David and Meredith's home, off Hunt Highway furthor to the south.
It was great to visit with them and their dear children on Christmas day.
As we were leaving, David came out in the rain with us and his mother took this picture from the car window. David's beard reminds her of her father, Stan Burnham, when he sported a similarly styled beard when she was just a little girl, many years ago.
You are looking like Stan the Man, David!
At the homes of our children we find the old tradition of displaying one's gifts on your bed in your bedroom is still being carried on.
Here we are at the home of John & Rebecca. Their oldest son, Christian lets us see what gifts he received.
It was our first time to be at John and Rebecca's home since our stay with them last June, prior to our trip to Rexburg and across the country.
How very good it is for us to visit with these dear grandchildren and their parents. We love them!
Emalie found a brand new bicycle for her under the tree also, and even though it was a cold, rainy Christmas morning, very soon she and Kacey were out on the street on their bicycles.
Garrett was out there too, trying out his new remote controlled car.
Yes, it was fun to be with this LeSueur family at Christmas time!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
December 23rd is also the birthday of the prophet of the Restoration. Joseph Smith, Jr. was born on Dec 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. Financial hardship forced his family to move from Vermont to the vicinity of Palmyra, New York, where, in the Spring of 1820, young Joseph, in answer to sincere and humble prayer, beheld the Father and the Son in glorious vision. It is the fervant belief and testimony of millions that Joseph Smith was forordained to assist in the restoration of the Church and Kingdom of God once more to the earth. He lived and died as a true prophet of God. To learn of his life is an inspiration to every honest seeker of truth. We love this great and good man.
December 23, is the birthday of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Elsie Burk Chapman. She loved Christmas and didn't mind that her birthday was sort of lost in the holiday festivities.
We remember her each year by presenting a bouquet of flowers to one of the many women she loved and admired. We have been doing this each year since mother's passing in 1997. It has been such a nice experience for us to reach out and extend our mother's love to a special woman in her life. This year we delivered roses to Reta Scorsby in Mesa and then laid a rose on our mother's grave.
We love you dear mother. You continue to be an inspiration to us and to many others because of the goodness of your life.
We visited the Temple again, this time with the LeSueur family. It was Sunday night, Dec 21. The Temple grounds were thronged with people, men, women and children of all ages. They all seemed to be seeking for something. Was it just to see all the pretty Christmas lights and visual displays and hear the music of Christmas, or was it something more? Some yearning from within, not quite definable, but very real.
Christmas! It touches us in so many special ways.
Now what do you think is going on in little Paige Carol's mind? I would like to know. She doesn't seem quite sure about this Santa fellow.
What fun, seeing all these grandchildren at our Christmas party that night. They are each so special. Each one with beautiful, individual gifts and personalities. We love them!
We were surprised by a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who came to our Family Christmas Party bearing gifts and inviting everyone to come and sit on Santa's knee and tell him what they really want for Christmas!
Our dear Grandma Burnham whispered something in his ear and then they both laughed!
(Someone said it wasn't really Santa, but Uncle Jeffery, and that Mrs. Claus was really his wife Kristi, but I don't believe it)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Beau is on the the far right in the first row of the big chorus, all dressed in their white clothes and green and red vests and gloves. What a sight and what a sound! To say we were mighty impressed would be an understatement! It was a wonderful, inspiring evening to be with Ann and Steve, and little Joshua, and Rebecca, Alexis, Rhett and Zachery, Elsie and Catelyn too! How fun for us!
Thank you, Beau and Gracie for doing such an outstanding job, together with your fellow students and teachers!
Wednesday, Dec 17, the weather cleared and we drove to Show Low and out to our daughter Ann's home in Linden so Linda could get her hair down by her favorite hair stylist. But, most importantly, we were there so we could attend the Linden Elementary School's annual Christmas program starring these two cuties, Beau and Gracie!
The manger scene, on display at the Mesa Arizona Temple grounds as part of the annual Christmas lights and Christmas performances that take place each night during December. Soft music can be heard and the voice of President Gordon B. Hinckley, bearing testimony of the reality of the Savior's birth.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
On Saturday, December 6, our grandson, Scott LeSueur was invited to the Highland High School Winter Formal by this beautiful young lady, Demeri Brown.
They stopped by the LeSueur home before picking up three other couples, so we could take some pictures.
Scott said, later, that they enjoyed dinner at the home of one of the couples, the dance at the school and then all kinds of fun at a nearby ice skating rink. True to his word, he was home by 1 a.m. What a fine, handsome grandson this is!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We were excited to be able to attend the 5A State Football Championship play-off game between Mt. View and Brophy. Our dear daughter Amy got our tickets ahead of time and her husband Gary met us at the gate so we wouldn't have to stand in line. We joined them in the stands with other family members and all the cheering Mt. View fans. It was a hard fought contest and we got to see our grandson Dallin play his position on kick-offs and punt returns.
There is Dallin, #34, with his teammates as time runs out and Brophy prevails. It was a tough loss, but Dallin and his fellow Toros will be back again next season!
Way to go, Dallin! We are very proud of you and Scott and Rathen for your participation with each of your teams this football season.
Each day when Kacey comes home from school, she comes into her grandma's room and hops up on the bed to share in any snacks that might be available and to color in coloring books with her grandma.
She shares these little moments with us and then she is off light a shot to some new adventure!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
While wild and crazy things were going in the football game, this sweet little group were gathered together at the children's play area with Darcey Perkins, 15 yrs, leading them in different games and activities they could enjoy.
Thank you, Darcey, for being such a good friend and mentor to your much younger cousins.
Dallin Funk, 16 yrs, in the forground, certainly belongs in the game going on between the dad's and their sons and nephews. Dallin is a member of the Mountain View Football Team which is scheduled to play in the State 5A semi-finals against Brophy Dec 6.
But who is that behind Dallin, taking part in this all-male sports activity? Well, of course, its our daughter Rebecca. If is a competion she wants to be part of the action!
Of course, when this group gets together the grandsons and some of the dad's always have a ball and make a game of it, together. Here is Rathen Ricedorff, 16 yrs, looking over his possible receivers, while Brock, Randy, John and Gary in the distance, are intent on spoiling his day.
It was great to see our White Mountain families. Here is Kelly and Brock saying "Hi" to the mother of this family.
Kelly's 3rd daughter, Darcey Perkins is seated behind them. It was so good to see her again. She continues to attend school here in the Valley. She is an outstanding student. At this gathering she devoted her time to organizing play activities with her younger cousins. She is a most caring and unselfish young woman. We are proud of you Darcey!