Thursday, September 15, 2016

BYU Football in the desert

The beginning of September found us in the hot deserts of Arizona to watch our hometown team.  The BYU football team was playing the University of Arizona in the NFL Stadium in Glendale, AZ.  Both teams had to travel some as BYU is in Provo, Utah and the UofA is in Tucson, Arizona.  This was my first time inside this immense football stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals and location of a couple of Super Bowls. Thankfully it was air conditioned.  The outside temperature was 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

We arrived early and it was fun to see the stadium fill up with fans wearing blue or red.  There was a bit of a contest to see which team would draw the most fans.  There was more blue!

This was the first "Cactus Kickoff" with more planned in the future.

As you can see, all those seats filled in.  This is our row of family as we invited all of our Arizona sons and their wives to join us.  Our sons are BYU alums as are my husband and I.  It was a nail biting game and BYU won with a field goal in the last six seconds.  The kicker was a true 18 year old freshman who had been a walk on.  Football doesn't get much more exciting than that!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My "Little House on the Prairie" girls

The three sweet girls in these pictures are sisters and all have their birthdays within two months of each other.  When the Little House on the Prairie line of fabric by Andover came out months ago, I knew that I wanted to sew with this fabric. I would make something for the girls.

It took a bit of time and some outfits were not finished by certain birthdays, but I am very happy with the finished project.  I also love that little brother photo bomber!

It was fun to decided which fabric to use for each girl.

Earlier this year I was sorting through my mom's sewing stash from inside a hassock of hers that had to be tossed as the metal on the bottom was eating into the carpet.  That hassock was easily over 60 years old.  Inside I found buttons which were just as old.  I decided to use those buttons for their dresses and aprons.

Some cards of buttons were marked 15 cents!

Their sunbonnets match their aprons and frame their cute faces.

I understand that this little one wears her new outfit the most.

They are my own Mary, Laura, and Carrie straight out of Little House.  There were also some books and DVDs of the series involved in this birthday gift.

Little brother perhaps needs his own pioneer outfit.

And a hunting rifle.

While shopping for the fabric I also found these cute cloth dolls.

They came with bonnets and pantaloons.

I made them dresses for their dolls from the leftover scraps from their dresses.  I love my "little house on the prairie" girls!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Snapshot Quilt finds a wall

I picked up my quilted "Snapshots Along" quilt from the machine quilter the end of June.  It only took another six weeks to convince my hubby to help me hang it on the wall.

I decided that the stairwell was the perfect place for this quilt.  I have had the wooden quilt hanger for 25 years.  It held a Broken Star quilt that my grandmother had pieced back in the 1930's.  I decided that this lovely historical quilt deserved a rest.  When I brought the quilt hanger to our Provo home but it was a bit too wide for the stairwell.  Finally I was able to convince the hubby to saw off one end and put it up on the wall.

Yep!  The perfect place for a narrow longish quilt.  This quilt makes me so happy!

The wooden hanger is two boards with a groove in the back one.  There are handmade wooden screws which fit in holes in the front and back boards.  These are then tightened to hold the quilt tight. The little grands love looking at it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New park near Manti Temple

After making our way down from the mountain tops and Skyline Drive, we stopped in Mt. Pleasant and bought some items for a picnic lunch.  We drove on to Manti and found ourselves eating in a beautiful new park across HIghway 89 from the Manti Temple.

It is still one of my favorites!

The little park has been created in honor of the pioneers who settled the Sanpete Valley.

The park sits on the south end of the cemetery and includes statuary and message boards.

Perhaps it is wrong to call it a small park.  The correct name seems to be "Pioneer Heritage Gardens."

Besides the reflecting pool located in just the right place to mirror the temple, there is a small amphitheater.

It was just the right quick stop for a picnic and chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the temple.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Skyline Drive in the Manti-La Sal Forest

Early in August we explored Skyline Drive on the ridge line of the Manti-La Sal Forest.  We joined the road at the top of Fairview Canyon.  The Aspen trees were beautiful and the dirt road well maintained on this portion.

We felt like we were on top of the world and could see for miles and miles.

It was green and beautiful with an abundance of wild flowers.


We saw many sheep herder wagons and eventually found sheep grazing right next to the road.

I had to get a closeup.

Looking east from the road.  I love the cloud formations in this shot.

Masses of wild flowers.

Flowers making it work in very rocky soil.

A variety of wild flowers.

The farther we drove south, the rougher the road.  Soon after seeing this sign we took a road west down the mountain and into Spring City.  It was in really great shape and we descended quickly through several vegetative zones before arriving in artful Spring City.  It was a fun adventure!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jenson/Clement Family Gathering 2016

July 3rd the Jenson and Clement clans gathered at Murray Park as they have on and off for years.  This year we went back one more generation  to include Della's siblings' families.  Della Clement is the beautiful girl holding her baby brother.

Her parents were Sarah Matilda Brady and Jesse Warren Clement.  Jesse Warren died fairly young from appendicitis.  These pictures are of Sarah Matilda with her grown children.

Sarah Matilda lived until 1970, out living some of her children. . .

Her daughter, Della, being one of them.  She passed away from thyroid cancer in 1955.  She is with her grandchildren in this photo.

It was fun to see 1st cousins visiting with each other.  Arlon and Julienne.

Arlon Clement has been a great family history gatherer.  Arlon and Alice.

Glen's three aunts were in attendance including Julienne, Alice, and Linda.  Joanne lives in Idaho and was unable to join us.  Sadly, she passed away on August 15th.

The new family tradition is to bring prizes for a major game of Bingo

There was visiting.

And Bingo.

And visiting.

And introductions.

And visiting.

And more Bingo.

And dessert.

And Bingo and some family history sharing.

We met new family members and many cousins we didn't even know.

My oldest son Eric had a grand time with selfies.

This was a great shot of his father, Glen, who planned and organized this fun event which included a snow ball fight at the end.  Yes, snowballs in July but they were a special kind made of lambs' wool.

And his aunt Wylene told him to stop taking her picture!

Then it was time for group shots.  These are the descendants of Della Clement Jenson.

Descendants of Lowell Clement.

Descendants of Lyle Clement.

Descendants of Aral Clement.


It is always a joy to be around these sweet women, Julienne, Alice, and Linda. . .

who honor their mother, Della, by the way they live their lives!