Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homecoming Dance - Twice!

Addie was thrilled to get invited the the Homecoming Dance - twice! For two different high schools! Let the dress shopping begin!  Sadly we didn't love any of these dresses.

But we found she did love and she looked beautiful!
The clutch purse belonged to my mother.
Addie and Wyatt.
I'm relatively new to this whole dance thing and I hadn't realized that around here, each dance is accompanied by an elaborate photo shoot with several parents and usually involving a professional photographer.  It was like an engagement shoot!  Quite silly, really.  But I went along and took lots of photos of which I will only showcase a few here.


Here is Addie from the second Homecoming dance she attended - this time with a nice young man named Bryson.  This time there was no photo shoot.

August Happenings - Fiddler, Retirement and Landscaping

August flew by with the kids going back to school.  But there were a few things worth recording.
Wes and I saw Fiddler on the Roof up at Sundance.  This was especially fun for me because I was one of the younger daughters in "Fiddler" up at Sundance when I was 15 years old.  It was one of the last performances on the stage of the original theater.  So many memories!  I sewed the commemorative t-shirt into a t-shirt quilt that I made several years ago - we had that quilt with us the night of the performance.  

August was an exciting month for Dave and Connie - we celebrated both of their retirements!  Dave had a long and distinguished career as a professor of economics at BYU and Connie was recognized as an outstanding representative for Franklin Covey for over 30 years.  Congratulations!

We started a landscaping project in August to tame the final section of our once wild and unruly backyard.

We love our new hot tub and seating area!

Weminuche - Backpacking

Every two years Wes goes on a week long backpacking trip with his brother and their friends. This year they went to the Weminuche Wilderness area in Colorado (He left the day after we got back from Oakley).  The pictures are quite spectacular and I'm sure they don't do the actual scenery justice. 

The guys had a yurt tent that provided plenty of space.  They were decked out with all sorts of fancy gear and even watched a movie one night when it rained.  Eliott brought a projector and they projected it onto a map.  Clever!

The six backpackers.
The stats.

Charles and Tessa Clark Reunion - Oakley, ID - Extras

I wanted to include just a few extra shots of our time spent in Oakley.
On the drive up, we stopped at a restaurant that had pleasant outdoor seating.  Although the flies drove us crazy, I really liked their use of burlap potato bags as a canopy.  Very appropriate for Idaho!

My family arrived the day before the start of the reunion so we decided to take a stroll through Oakley with my dad giving us a private tour of the historical sites.
This is the canal right across the street from my dad's childhood home.  He learned to swim in this canal and shared his memories of ice skating up and down it in the winter.

The garage where he used to park the truck he drove as a teenager.

We visited the Clark's store where dad again shared his memories of time spent there.

We spent some time in the butchering area of the store where the guys were fascinated with the stun gun and the rifle used to kill the cows and pigs.

We sneaked upstairs to see what it looked like.  My dad remembers a billiards table being here - it was some sort of a hang out space I think.  Now it's just storage.  But we think there might be some treasures buried in there!

There was plenty of time to relax in the shade of the huge trees at the Haight Bed and Breakfast.

In the evenings we would walk a couple of clocks to get an ice cream cone.
One night the kids did shadow puppets after the outdoor movie was over.

Isaac spent his nights in the hammock.