Sunday, June 14, 2015


I just love this family of mine.  Alex was off on trek so he was gone most of the time.  He wasn't thrilled about going.  Peyton was glued to Dane and Ernie the dog has every ones heart.  Ethan was taking his ACT's the morning of the race and later Dane and I took just him to lunch.  He is such a nice big boy.  He ate two, 4 pattie burger.

Ethan had just came back from a football recruiting trip to Oregon.  He loved the University of Oregon with there very high tech locker room.  Behind Aaron and Nat's house is a very lush beautiful walking trail.  Big Ern gets them to take him for a walk several times a day.

Such a cute family with a handsome Ernie dog.  Ethan is 16, Alex is 14, Drew is 12 and Peyton is 10.

Drew 12, is so pleased that he taller than me even in heels,  Such handsome boys in there Sunday attire.  Ethan is 6'5" and still growing.

My Ethan came to town on his way to a business meeting in California so we got to have dinner with him.  Cute Alex was so happy to be home.  I think he liked the trek but he says he didn't.  He was much happier after he got to hang out with a few friends that evening.  Dane let Ethan take the Porsche so he was a very happy boy too.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Utah Valley Half Marathon

Several months ago my BFF Kippi Clark called and asked if I would walk a half marathon with her in June.  I was all in from the very beginning.  We found a 16 week training and I though piece of cake, until she told me that she walks a 14 minute mile.  Holy smoke I needed to get going as that is a very fast walking pace.  I could do maybe one 14 minute mile but not 13.1 miles.
We got up at 3:30 AM as we had to be at the pick up stop by 4 AM for the bus to the starting point.  We started about 8 miles up the Provo Canyon.  It was dark out and very exciting.  Bus after bus dumped off runners.  It was very festive, dark, and chilly about 50 degrees.  20 minutes before the race started we put our jackets in the truck that took our stuff to the finish line.   At 6:30 AM sharp the gun went off and away we all went.  It was hard not to run as Erin Clark Tanner took off and the crowd thinned out fast. It was cold for the first mile or so.  It was beautiful and so well organized and super fun.
Coming out of the canyon where Aaron and Dane first saw us about mile 8.  The race had two lanes and no traffic. They tried walking with us but we were to fast for them.  We stopped twice and then would run to get back on our pace.
We had several miles under 14 minutes.

We are strong and we can do this.  It was starting to get hot however. Our feet were hot and my toes hurt.  I think I am going to loose a coupe of toe nails.  Boooo

We walked most of the way but I just couldn't help myself and I had to run at the very end.  We walked with this couple that we kept ahead of most of the race. They were not going to beat us professionals.

We did it! It was way fun!

I love my Fitbit, instant motivation and satisfaction.

One more stat to add I finsihed 22 in my age group, 60-65.  Only 25 crazy old people.:)   This is a young peoples thing and maybe I should hang up my running shoes.
With it being so hot it was easy to get dehydrated.  I thought I had enough water but I was feeling pretty puny by the time I got home.  If there is a next time I will drink more at the end and eat more than a yogurt before the race.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friends, Friends, Friends

We love our friends and always so good to see ones that we can just pick right up where we left off. 
Dane and Steve Snow were the best of friends in law school  Steve is now the Church Historian.

He took us on a tour and showed us all kinds of cool things.  The Church has 12 tennis court size vaults with all different temperatures.  He took us to one vault that was -4 degrees where they keep old film.  We got to listen to recording of President Wilford Woodruff, the 4th president of the Church, testimony, from 1898.  They have lasers that turn on and guard some artifacts when the library is closed, very high tech.

This is some of the minutes of the first Relief Society that they are restoring.  Also one of the first additions of the Book of Mormon that they are working on.
Steve has quite the office with such a beautiful view of the Salt Lake Temple.  He said the the late L. Tom Perry came to office and asked what he had to do to get an office lie his.   Steve had to take care of some business so we waited in his office and Dane took a nap on his couch.
While we went to lunch he had this cane and another cane brought out of the vaults.  This black cane that Dane is holding was Brigham Young's cane that he used when he walked into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.  He let us hold it, touch it and it belonged to Brigham Young, a prophet of God.  Wow!  He also showed us another cane that belonged to Brigham Young that had ivory drilled into the cane.  He used it when he went to Saint George to check on the building of the temple.  He found that many of the men had left for the gold rush.  He was unhappy and smacked the cane on the pulpit and put a big dent in the pulpit.  It was all so interesting and fun to be with Steve.  He's a great man, a good friend and a great member of the Church.  He is still in the First Quorum of Seventies so he travels for Stake Conferences 3 Sundays a month.  Phyllis, the wife usually doesn't go with him unless he is doing Church History stuff.  We only got to see Phyllis for a short time, so next time we come we'll play with her too.
We got to have dinner with Wayne and Joan Ostler. Kathy and Erin Clark meet up with us too.  So good to be together again.  Wish they all still lived in Billings.  Wayne is recovering from open heart surgery and doing well.  We have know WayneO and Just Joan since 1977 when we moved to Billings.  Great friends!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Annual Yellowstone Park

 We are off to Yellowstone Park with a stop at our favorite Marks In and Out in Livingston, Montana
You know I love clouds and love to talk about them.   Who ever was in charge did an A+ job today.
We went in the West Yellowstone entrance and saw hundreds of buffaloes but no elk.  When we left Billings it was 85 and we wore shorts and sandals.  It was cold and raining in the Park for the most part.  It seems to be like that every year but for some reason we think it is going to different each year.  We hiked around the hot pots.  I thought the sides of these pots were so interesting.

We got to stay at the Old Faithful Snow lodge again this year.  I think about 7 pm the tourists in buses leave, the campers get ready to camp and we are left to enjoy the geysers and beautiful with just a few people.  The first time we saw Old Faithful go off a a couple of hundred people were there in the rain.  The next time maybe 20 people.  It's like we have our own private show.  When we left the next morning we had lots of fog and we got to see one elk. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Oh this is just what we needed.  My sister Judy has been in Atlanta all winter helping with her 3 little grand kids so she too was needing the Mexico break.  Not sure  I "need" the Mexico break but I love to come here, get my summer tan on, do nothing for a week and enjoy.

How could you not love this view of Black Mountain everyday?

One of our favorite places to eat, "Wrecked at the Reef" however we don't get wrecked we just eat shrimp and more shrimp.

I love the beach house! At high tide the water comes all the way up to the steps.  Dawn and Wimp just signed papers to sell it. I am sad.  They do have another unfinished house that they will start on in the fall. It is a couple of streets off the beach but I am sure we will love it too.
Jody and Judy, the Chisum Sisters and friends

And the sand dollar hunt begins.

We went out about 2.5 miles from the shore out to the water front and then onto the flats another 1.5 miles to the sand dollar grave yard.  The picture of Judy is of her swimming in the Sea of Cortez when the water was way in. 

We went out 3 different mornings.  The first morning Judy looked at each and every sand dollar and sea shell.  I love her enthusiasm. Her bucket is the one on the left with not many. Me, I was all about the hunt, it's like hunting for Easter eggs.  The last morning we walked out to the water front thinking that the water wasn't far enough out to find any.  But we found lots and then put about 50 of them close together so they could be with their friends.
This is the picture that I take every year and this year we lined up 140.  We left lots for the next time we come.  I want to take them all home to remember how fun it is. 

It was great being together.  Judy is "the glass is half full" type always positive, always interested in what you are saying and doing. So easy to be around and just so nice.  We walked and talked and ate shrimp every day, watched TV, read books, napped, I hand sewed the binding on a quilt for Aunt Dawn, and we did it all over again.  Judy told me stories of when I was just little and stories of her growing up.   
Judy, Wimp, Craig & Vickie Riggs & Dawn  at our very favorite dumpy Mexican food place, Mr. Shrimp Tacos.  Shrimp tacos for $1.50, burritos for .50 and a side order of dirt floors
and a view of the fishing boats and there friends.
So long Mexico, sand, dirt, beautiful water, the perfect weather and great company.  Back to AZ then home again home again giggy gigThanks for having us.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Boski 2015

Dayne J Marren  Palmer ~  It's Great to Be 8
I went a couple of days early before all the kids arrived.  Ash and I walked each morning on this beautiful tree lined street.  We also went to a Mexican grocery store to get the Chicklets for the tables and on the door was this sign.  I thought it was funny that it has no rats along with the cat and dog. 
Aaron and Dr Nat and boys came the day before Dane and Ethan and Nat and their family. The cousins were so happy to be together.   First order of fun right off the plane was an A's game. It was so fun to be together  We meet them at In and Out for lunch and then off to the game.
Dane brought Ethan's Oakland A's shirt that he got when he was about 11 and it kinds fit Alex. I think this is a cute picture of Alex and Addison and Dayne and Drew.  Ethan, Ashley and Aaron, my darlins.
Ashley, Natalie and Dr. Nat and Ethan and Ashley

The game was fun but the A's got killed 9 to 1. Dane and I with our favorite girl.   It was a beautiful day.  I told everyone to look this way and as you can tell they are all excited about having their pictures taken, only Dane looked:) 
Aaron, Dr Nat and Ethan watched half the game then went down to Stanford.  Ethan had an appointment with the football coach.  They toured him all around and did a great job of impressing him.  He loved that they had Gatorade on tap for the football players.

The next day we all went into San Francisco and went to Alcatraz. 

The little boys had read several books about Al Capone so they were especially excited about getting to go.
We all had head sets with a self guided tour.  The little girls even enjoyed the tour.  Alex is so cute when he smiles but he usually likes to try and look cool at all times.
Ethan, Alex, Peyton, Kade, Drew and Kade and Ethan.  Wonder where Crewe is.

I love these little girls.  Addison is almost 9 and Dayne just turned 8.  They were always happy to dress alike and to let me take their picture.  When we got home we noticed on Danes phone he had voice memos from the girls.  Addison said that they she was so excited that Dayne is being baptized and always wants to remember the day.  Daynes first said "sometimes old people forget, no offense but we want you to remember this day too.  I am so excited to be baptized tomorrow and I love you Tiger."

I guess this will be the family picture of  2015.  Hope we won't end up in the big house.

The view from Alcatraz of San Francisco.  When it is quite you can hear the sounds of San Francisco.  I bet it was hard for the prisoners.

Our Darlins Alex 14, Tiger, Ethan 16, Kade 101/2, Crewe 111/2, Drew 12, Addison 81/2, Dayne 8, Peyton 9, Me
April 11, 2015 Dayne was baptized.  All of Palmers and all the Schofields were there and it was just so perfect.  Dayne looked like an angel.  I love her.

Ashley. Rich, Crewe and Dayne 4-12-15

Now time to party.  My favorite one said "I hate tacos said know Juan."  We had a taco truck feed us all and Ashley did all the trimmings with even Mexican sodas. 

Dane hired a mariachi band and even sang La Bamba with the band.  The little girls twilled and danced.  He also got a pinata and filled it with candy and money.  It was all so fun.

After the party the boys went to the Porsche dealership while we girls went and had pedicures and the kids hot tubed and played at the park.  It was a perfect day and we will remember this day even though we are old.
It was so fun to all be together.  We ate lots of good food, played games and stayed up late.  The kids played video games, watched shows, played at the park and were so happy.  All 16 of us stayed together so we had kids sleeping on the floor, on the couch and every bed.  I was the happiest Mom ever.  I'm so grateful for eternal families and I am so blessed.  Love this family.  Thanks for having us Palmers.

Early Sunday morning, 4 AM, we all got up and started our journey home.  This cute thing was our pilot.