Thursday, December 13, 2012

12-12-12 Recap

MY 12-12-12 RECAP:

Did it, done & I had a lot of fun! With working, this was a challenge to do 12 kind deads in one took a lot of organization the night before & getting up early so that I could get my gym time in and also make "office / morning treats" for several of my PLANNED visits. 

I'm glad I did this.  I hope that you took time to do something kind for someone else too.  If not, then why not set this as a goal for another day...or daily look for opportunities to be a little kinder and serve someone?  You'll be glad you did. 

Monday, December 10, 2012


12-12-12 is this Wednesday. The next time a double digit date will happen will be in 88 years from Wednesday.  On Sunday, when I realized this, I decided that I want to do something really special that day. I'm going to do 12 acts of kindness that day and hope you'll all join me.  Think of how this could snowball if you will do this and then you get your friends to join too.  Please join in this quest to make 12-12-12 the best day ever!  WILL YOU HELP?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving in Oklahoma City

Martin Nature Reserve - do you think this is how deer kiss?

The Centennial Land Run Monument - amazing! (For more details see:

The best smiles ever where from this little guy! 
Amy made Thanksgiving dinner - I tucked homemade orange rolls in my suitcase and Thursday afternoon we flew to Oklahoma City.  It was the easiest Thanksgiving dinner I can remember except when I was a child and was only expected to set the table.  Thanks Amy & John for letting us come to Oklahoma City and play with our adorable grandson, shop and do a little site seeing!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oklahoma to Home

A Van Gogh replica painting, Goodland, KS

                                                                                                                                        Andrea left Washington D.C. on Sept. 29th.  She drove to Brittany's in Knoxville, and by the afternoon of Oct. 2nd she arrived at Amy & John's home. So, that Tuesday afternoon, I flew to Oklahoma City to meet Andrea and help her finish her drive HOME. Since this was Andrea's first trip to OKC, that night, we had dinner at one of my favorite restuarants which is on the edge of Lake Hefner.  Just look at the beautiful sunset we got to enjoy after dinner! Wednesday, each of us jogged around Amy and John's cute neighborhood.  Later, we went downtown to see the National Memorial site and then had a yummy bbq lunch in an area called Brickyard.  The girls made a donut run and then Andrea & I started our 17 hour car drive.  Driving through Kansas with Andrea was interesting.  Since she had the privilage of working for Senator Roberts of Kansas, she knew a lot about this state. 

My favorite part of the trip was getting to spend time with a few members of my family. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baby Booties Galore

I can't stand to sit still - so along with wedding preparations, these are the other little things I'm been creating:  BABY BOOTIES 
They are made out of soft felt or left-over fleece, ribbon, embroidery, buttons, or maybe a little lace...and within no time, I've made another a pair of THESE&

So, if you're expecting a little girl - you'll also - just maybe - expect a little package to arrive containing these...
or THESE -


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday's Adventure

Guess where we went on Saturday?
And here are a few things we saw:

Spending time with Sue and testing out the water.

In Mammoth - if you had an appointment at the medical clinic -
 you would have had to use the back door since
these two had the front door blocked off.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monkey Cake & Pinata Fun

My colorful monkey birthday cake -
After seeing his cake, he wanted to snitch the sprinkles.

A Labor Day party to say goodbye & celebrate our grandson's birthday a little early. The children had fun hitting the pinata - it was a good entertaining night before the kids left for their new home the next morning - half the world away.

After breaking the pinata, the children ran around holding the head & laughing.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Our oldest grandson wanted to share his frozen yogurt with our youngest grandson.  
When he didn't take a lick, he commented that "I guess he doesn't want any." 
This little boy has a very kind heart.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Butterfly Birthday

Our precious little granddaughter's first birthday wasn't really on Monday but that's the day we celebrated her special day at a fun splash park in Cottonwood Heights.

She absolutely loved opening her presents!  When we took her back to our house, she stood at the bottom of our stairs babbling and babbling with sheer excitement. It was so cute.

Our grandson had a great time with his cousin on all the playground equipment.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Perfect Fit


 Amy & John blessed our newest grandchild on Sunday, in Sandy, with a lot of family in attendance.  I made this little outfit for our grandson when I was in OKC helping to take care of him as a new born baby.  At almost 3 months old, I was very worried it wouldn't fit him. He's grown a lot.  Sunday morning, John came out to the kitchen with our little one announcing that he got him dressed and the blessing outfit fit...I took one look at him and started laughing because the proud father got the outfit on BACKWARDS! 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Saturday in Jerome, Idaho

Kirk and Candria

Pool time with Candria's kids& a bunch of Dean's family
 On Saturday, Mike, Michael Jeppesen and I drove to Jerome, Idaho.  What's in Jerome, Idaho one might ask?  Well, our adorable niece and her family.

Back in October when we last saw
Candria's family, her oldest daughter wanted to know why we hadn't been there for her oldest brother's baptism.  I told her it was because we didn't know about it and she stated that she wanted Mike and I to be there for her baptism.  (This is a big deal reserved for all those eight years and up who at that age become accountable for their actions.)

A few weeks ago, Brylie called us and wanted us to know her baptism was coming up and would we come to it?

This great niece of ours is so sweet and loving, I couldn't turn her down. Last time we were in Jerome, Candria had just moved into her house and her youngest son was a new born baby.

Our Saturday went like this:

  • Mike & I went running.
  • Little bit of house cleaning.
  • Started our drive right before 11 a.m.
  • Ate lunch at Michael's choice of fast food -Wendy's outside of Tremonton, Utah.
  • About 2:45 p.m. we arrived at Candria's house. 
  • Checked into our hotel room.
  • Swimming - just the really fun adults and all the kids joined in - people like Michael J. and Joy.
  • Dinner at Candria's house.
  • Drove by the house our niece and her husband just purchased - from the outside it looks amazing.
  • Went to church and witnessed our adorable great-niece's baptism and confirmation.
  • Then a lot of friends and family joined in a backyard party at their house for wonderful homemade treats.

Oh Michael....what a good uncle you are!
This morning we drove back from Jerome in time for our 11 a.m. church services. 

So glad we went - nothing we do will replace the memories we make with our families.

Love her hair - ready to get baptized. 

AFTER:  Mother & Daughter.  We love these two!

Seriously -doesn't he have the cutest smile!  

Kirk playing tug of war with the one point it was just Kirk on one side and all the boys on the other.
 I'm sure you can guess who was the strongest in this contest.

Monday, June 11, 2012

102nd Dipsea Race

For years, Mike has wanted to run the Dipsea Race. His father ran on this trail and talked about his runs and because his father talked about it, Mike wanted to do it. This race is the oldest race in the nation...102 years old this year. For this race, Mike ran 7.4 miles up and up and up the coastal mountains starting in Mill Valley and ending in Stinson Beach. There are also about 668 stairs which aren't even, there are rocks and roots sticking out of the trail and this year there was heat.  Of course, Mike did it and I'm proud of all his training and efforts to be in shape enough to run this. You'll never believe who won the race, not it wasn't Mike but a 72 year old man! (They add different handicaps to the runner's times.) Mike finished #967 out of 1438 runners - amazing considering the difficulty. 
His good friend, John Boro, ran in this race several years ago and on Saturday took Mike and myself over the tough parts of the race and offered Mike tips to finish. 

 Coming through the finish line.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Buggy Tree

This is the third baby quilt that I have finished in less than 30 days.  Quite a record for me.  It's combination of the softness of fabrics, bugs and a tree.
I'm sketching out my next original quilt design & I'm hoping for a winning design.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter Break - Oregon to Knoxville

Two of my brothers - Karl & Lester

After work on Friday the 6th, Mike and I and flew to Portland for a quick - about 36 hour - stay in my home state. 

Just enough time for a Thatcher family activity mainly my niece, Kristen's wedding. 

Funny John!
Saturday morning, while Les made us waffles, I took a morning run from Lester's house to my old neighborhood 4.4 miles round trip to be exact.  Talk about memories - The air was moist, moss clings to the overpasses and trees, spring flowers were blooming, squirrels running up trees, a little road kill - maybe a possum...the old ice skating rink is now a Winco...the shop that had wonderful soft ice cream is a audio repair store - the building that housed the dance studio and shoe store where my Mother bought our Buster Brown saddle shoes for grade school is still there but both businesses are gone. The old neighborhood looked so empty... 
- I pictured long forgotten neighbors, friends, riding my bike on 108th Street, rollerskating on "the bumpy road" but when I saw the house I grew up in, I got choked up and quickly turned around and ran back to Lester's house.  How did that house get so small?

The Bride - Kristin
On the way to the wedding, the sky was clear and downtown Portland was beautiful with an amazing view of Mt. Hood!  Lester let me read his life story as we drove the two hours to Otis. Since he was 15 the year I was born, I learned a lot about my oldest brother. I realized I was only 3 years old when he left on his LDS Mission to Japan & Korea.
Maret and Kelsey

Karl and Kim's place is like a resort up in the mountains.  I love the look of Oregon forests.  The trees are tall, green and proud.  The wedding was lovely.  It was good to spend time with my family.

On Easter Sunday, we attended church with Lester & Marsha.  The same chorister from my childhood was still leading the music!  She looked amazing.  After sacrament, we went to the airport for our second part of our trip -


I spent a week in Knoxville helping Brittany and Brian with their new baby. Our little 2 year old grandson loved having his Grandpa to play with but came back from the airport on Wednesday a sad little boy after dropping Mike off.  

Our newest granddaughter is absolutely beautiful!  Luckily, her big brother is very gentle and kind to her.  It's very adorable how he asks if he can kiss her.  On Sunday, late afternoon, I flew home - exhausted!

Hiding with Grandpa