Yes, it's true! Our first daughter to be engaged and married in January! It makes me realize how swiftly time flies, and how it seems like yesterday we were sending her off to college. It's almost like a fairytale romance in that they dated, she waited, they wrote, and they just picked right back up where they left off! Only this time to get reacquainted with a more mature, wiser,spiritual, and confident friend! Lisa and I both got up early the morning after the first snowfall (6:30 am) to follow them around as they had their engagement pictures taken. It was a cold and fun experience for us. I really like this one below; it shows their true colors!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
One tank of gas; one early morning. One bag of snacks; one cooler full of Pepsi. One excited girl; one single shot. One proud daddy; one awesome daddy-daughter date. Another great memory = Priceless!
Chicka's deer shot in Area 22. Evan and Taylor left at 4 am and were calling us by 8 o'clock to join them for breakfast to tell their deer story. She doesn't waste any time!
Evan was shaking with excitement. Made it difficult to hold the camera still!
This is my favorite picture. Evan told Chicka to atleast "try" to drag the deer to the truck. Can't you just hear her giggling through the whines of difficulty?!
Grinning ear to ear. (I'm sure Evan was too!) She told her sisters she was glad her hair was still curled from the previous night's dance performance so she looked good for this photo! Gpa & Gma Schimmy had stayed the night after watching the football game and dancers perform, so we all enjoyed visiting and hearing of their hunting adventure over breakfast at the Brandin' Iron.We're going to have some good meat for this winter!
Monday, September 26, 2011
There have been many moments in my life that I wished for time to stand still. Then there are times I have wished to go back in time or to step into the future. Sometimes it is truly a struggle to live in the present; to be completely present both mentally and physically and enjoy each and every minute of each day. There is great wisdom in the scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
I have enjoyed each season of my life, and I am enjoying the present one. I sometimes wish for the days when my girls were little. They seemed to need me more and were easier to please, yet I am proud of their independance and the good choices they make. I long for the days when my dad was still with us and yet I look to the future when we'll be reunited. I calendar in weekends, holidays, summers, and special events to keep looking forward to certain times. It helps me stay focused on the present until it is time for quality time with family and friends. There are many hobbies, interests, and talents I'd like to pursue someday....but for now, I'm going to enjoy this season of my life and make the most of it with no regrets! Family---it's about time!!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
To celebrate our 24th anniversary, we went to Zion. During our dating years, we would go to Zion frequently to eat, watch concerts at the amphitheatre, and hike or drive around the area. We were able to enjoy some of those same things again. I am always amazed how beautiful that canyon is; everywhere you look there is something amazing to see.
We also drove to the Ghost Town of Grafton, UT. It has been years since we've been there. The one-room schoolhouse is always my favorite. Looking in I can imagine the fun it would have been teaching in it. With varying levels in all areas, in many ways the classrooms of today aren't so different. I think the students would have been better behaved then, because they viewed education as a privilege and the parents didn't think twice about disciplining them with a switch when they misbehaved or were disrespectful!
And being the smart one that he is, he ruined my little fantasy by reminding me of the realities of living in that time period. Rattlesnakes, angry Indians, hard labor, isolation from others, no a/c or heating systems, very little pay, and harsh living conditions. Hmmmm.....so perhaps I'll just enjoy imagining life back then.
If only the massive trees and abandoned building could tell the other stories left untold. Such obedient and stalwart pioneers were they that were sent to settle small places like Grafton. It was a hot and dusty day, but it always make me grateful for them and also to live with the modern conveniences of our day. I hope to sit down in Heaven with them one day and hear their stories.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Abby and Chicka. First day of school looking adorable.
Abby age 13 - 8th grade Taylor age 15 - 10th grade
(Notice that Abby has caught up with Taylor in height!) he he Chicka informed us this summer that she wants to be voted as "BEST DRESSED" in school her Senior Year! Ha ha! We suggested she aim for something like Honor Roll, Scholarships, Valedictorian or something along those lines instead. She said she is, but that being best dressed would be great too! She cracks us up!
Well, I may be just the old-fashioned, out of fashion, weird, crazy, out of sorts mother of these adorable teenagers, but I think they are THE cutest girls in school today....inside AND out! And that's what matters!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
See Abby. See Chesnee. See MREs.
See Abby eat. See Chesnee eat. See them enjoy and smile!
Why you ask? I don't know. Abby & Chesnee have always come up with weird, funny, and curious things to do and try since they were little. I wonder about these girls sometimes. At least they know how to plan for a cheap and easy date some day!
See Stephanie. See Whitney. See smashed bananas.
See them cooking together with their matching t-shirts! They are my "swins" . . . twin sisters as their professors have been known to call them. They are good friends and have so much in common. Steph is my new adopted daughter. They are student teaching at the same school and making life so much fun when they are together!!
See my bedding. See Steph, Abby, Whit, and Tay in my new bedding cuddling on Saturday morning.
Hear them giggling, talking, planning, teasing, scheming and more giggling.
Hear them having our "Saturday morning chat" without me!!
See them faking sleep as I tell them to get out of my bed. See them trying to look all sweet, innocent, and cozy hoping I'll let them be! Oh my. . . why do they have their own beds again?!?
Here Pepper!! C'mon girl! Let's go wake up the girls!!!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Doug wanted to have a surprise party for mom's 74th birthday so he let us all know and we arranged our schedules to make it happen. That was the first challenge; the second was keeping it a secret from mom! She seldom answers the phone anymore except the day I'm trying to get details from Doug. I know she's got caller ID, so I tried disguising my voice just incase she didn't notice the number. I did a lousy job since she knew it was me. I'm certain she was quizzing/pestering Doug all day long about why I would be calling to talk to him. Anyway...I think she may have had an idea, but seemed pleasantly surprised.
Here's all the crazy, noisy grandkids waiting to surprise her. Keeping them quiet was also a challenge! (Especially Chan & Gippy!)
And the BIRTHDAY GIRL arrives!
Grandpa Ted aka "BEAR" posing for a picture! Lucky for him, he couldn't hear all the hullaballoo as loudly as it actually was! Party animal Bear still loves a get together!
To make the gift even more meaningful, I asked each grandchild to write a letter, poem, or card telling Gma Shen how much their own "wubba" meant to them. They were all very sweet; she cried happy tears as she and Doug read them. The biggest surprise was Elder Wiscombe's email from Hungary expressing his love for her and his beloved "wubba"! It was a hit! We love you, Mom/Gma Shen!!
Here's Mom posing with all the homely grandkids. he he
(Chandler, Parker, Gma, Hannah, Jaid)
It's never as fun packing to leave a vacation as it is packing to go on one!! I had to purchase an extra bag and then borrow one of Sue's to get all my treasures home! Thank you Southwest Airlines for not charging for extra luggage!! I finally made it to visit Sue in Davis. I'm not sure what I like the best....visiting, enjoying a variety of restaurants, shopping the unique places, or learning something different each time. It's always fun, no matter what we do.
We rode Amtrack to San Francisco the first day and then used BART for the rest of our transportation when we weren't walking. We first stopped in at Macy's for a makeover and sampling of new products! We shopped around until it was time for an historic walking tour. We learned so much and enjoyed little insites about the time period and the Gold Rush we had never heard before. We shopped in ChinaTown where we stopped midday for an amazing foot and body massage, then onto more shopping. It always looks so festive there. The hours passed by too quickly with all our fun and we caught the last Amtrack back to Davis.
The next day, we traveled to Sonoma. I LOVE seeing the fields of giant sunflowers when I visit in the summer. Rows and rows of lovely yellow flowers nodding their heads. I enjoyed seeing Napa Valley and Sonoma, better known as--Wine Country. We shopped around the unique shops there and visited a few museums learning of the history. Real estate is largely out of my range, though it's fun to dream. We sampled lots of cheese and resisted the wine. We were happy drinking our Cokes and enjoying the fresh samples!
This is General Vallejo's little cottage where family members would go for peace and quiet. We loved the idea of a "time out" cottage!
This is the main house that sat on 27,000 acres of a cattle ranch and vineyards. It was beautifully decorated and fun to imagine life on this massive ranch in the 1850s.
We hiked to Point Reyes the next day. It was a very misty, moist, foggy morning. This lighthouse is the on the furthest most point of the coast of SoCal. Prior to there being a lighthouse, there were 200 or more shipwrecks. A wretched climb in 40-100 mph winds at times and very lonely for the lighthouse keeper!
The climb down was great!
Couldn't see any migrating whales for the fog all around.
Very windy and cool. The only time I needed my jacket. Me smiling here prior to climbing back up the 350+ stairs. (They say it's equivalent to a 30 story building). I was skeptical about that, but it did kick my butt climbing back up!
Walking around the San Andreas Fault Line. Only rumblings heard here were from Sue's butt!
Hills and more hills of vineyards! So amazing to see up close. Immaculately kept and perfectly spaced apart!
It was such a great little get away prior to school starting! I LOVE seeing new places in this beautiful country and learning of the history and those who pioneered the west. Sue and I agreed it was very pleasant to be able to read EVERY sign in the museums, along the paths, and go at our own pace! We must have inherited the love of history from Dad. He would have loved accompanying us on such a trip. Thanks, Sue!! What a great way to conclude another summer! Back to school soon for me!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Abby is officially a TEENAGER!! Ahhh! Isn't she cute with her hair braided and the curls flowing down? I made the mistake of erasing birthday pics before I got them downloaded. For her birthday, Abby chose to go shopping with just her sisters and I. We had a fun day helping Abby choose clothes to spend her b-day money on. We went to lunch and made sure to get her a warm brownie with ice cream and hot fudge at Cold Stone! It was one of my favorite celebrations with her!
Once in a while, I can squeeze a hug in from Abby. She's a beautiful young lady, but doesn't like to hug much. She's also at that "I'm too cool for my mom" stage, but I sure enjoy her. She's my little cleaner who will just get on a roll and not stop. I appreciate all that she brings into our family!
Chicka, Me, Abby & Whitney right after returning from Lake Powell. We all have a nice suntan. Wow! How did Evan and I get such beautiful young girls?! They are each so fun and unique!
One of my accomplishments this summer was making my first ever rag-top quilt. Whitney had selected the fabric nearly two years ago, so I decided to surprise her and complete it for her 21st birthday! It was so much fun to make! Taylor designed how the squares should come together and Abby stayed up late visiting with me. I thought of my mom and how often she sewed into the night hours creating clothes, quilts, curtains, etc. for us and/or our children. I am so thankful she taught me some sewing skills!!
And though she's of legal age now, she was thrilled to have a new quilt for her condo bedroom. She thought she may be too old to pose with her "wubba", but I told her to smile anyway! LOVE IT!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, ABBY, AND WHITNEY!!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Long before we moved to Lincoln County, Evan & I came out to visit the Wiscombes. Evan loved the small town celebrations and was usually playing on a softball team. Now we have been here 10 years and enjoy family coming out to celebrate with us.
Poor Uncle Wayne hadn't been feeling well since Grandma's 90th celebration. Little did we know here, he had come down with pneumonia and was admitted into the hospital the next day. Removed a large mass of infection and lung tissue. No wonder he didn't want to visit with anyone!
Evan showing the German boys and Josh some of his exciting adventures while patroling the land of Lincoln!
It's not a Schimbeck gathering without a couple games of Nertz! Very competitive bunch of girls, especially Grandma Linda! I do better at taking pictures!
Aunt Mindy and Body gathering coins at the traditional fireman's game. It's a sure way to cool off in a hurry!
Chicka and Jacey tumbling after losing balance and rhythm in the wheelbarrow race!
Chicka w/Jacey. . . . Marc w/Jonas at the ready mark!
Waiting for the parade! Siggi LOVES photographs and LOVES all the crazy Schimbeck boys!
Jacey, Abby, Sydney and Chicka looking pretty cute in their red, white & blue!
Gpa Deon giving hugs and advice (I'm sure) to Whitney and Allie while Gma Linda grins at all her family!
Waiting for parade to start! Girls have their sodas, boys have their sacks for gathering candy!
Whitney organized a "dance off" competition with all the family! Wish I had the energy of these boys!