Category Archives: Calvin





Calvin on the couch watching General Conference.

Here are some great things that have come from Calvin in the past week:

The other night we were cleaning up the house before bed. All the other kids had gone upstairs to get ready, while Calvin finished sweeping the kitchen floor and I finished loading the dishwasher.

Calvin said to me: “Mom, I just don’t have the words to tell you how much I appreciate everything you do for me.”


Wyatt took Calvin skiing the other day. Cal is by far our best skier and can  keep up with Wyatt on what ever hill they take. Cal asked Wyatt:

“Do they let kids into the Olympics?”

Wyatt proceeded to tell Cal about the Jr. Olympics and being old enough for the Olympics, and the ski teams training in Utah, etc. etc. – all the time you have to imagine the wheels turning in Cal’s head.

Cal then told Wyatt: “I’m going to grow up and win the Olympics . . . because then it will help me become President.”

Last night Cal asked me to run to the store for him.

“Why?” I asked.

With a total straight face Cal told me – “I’m running low on million dollar bills.”

Hahaha! So am I buddy!

This morning as he helped me unload groceries right before the start of General Conference he said:

“General Conference is my favorite weekend – we just sit around and listen to the prophets, and we eat good food, and no tight clothes – you know, we just stay in our jammies.

—I’m so glad he’s catching on! ;)


Calvin’s Birthday Party




calvins9thbirthdaypartywebCalvin decided he wanted to have a party at the cabin. Of course, it didn’t rain in ALL OF JULY, except on the afternoon we were trying to have a birthday party for him. We got rained out on some activities, but eventually it cleared up. We went to the river, had a BBQ, shot bb guns, watched Richie Rich, and played Monopoly (while it was raining). We promised the kids we’d take them back another day to go to the lake to catch frogs and canoe. DSC_0557






The River





  An exciting thing has happened at the cabin this week – On Monday we were there, playing at the river by the entrance into our HOA. The river frontage is owned by the HOA, and people swim/play/bridge jump next to the bridge. But the old bridge (like from 40 years ago) was broken up and left on the side of the {new?} bridge, and there it has sat . . . for 40 years.

On Monday, when were there I said to Wyatt (again) how much I wished they’d break this old bridge up and get rid of it. It’s sharp concrete corners and exposed rebar made me nervous with the littles climbing on it while they played at the river.

Well, yesterday (Saturday) we went up to the cabin again. And guess what? That whole old bridge had been broken up and hauled away. They had cleared a giant area near the bridge of brush and wreckage, and made a nice, level beach (word is they’re bringing in sand later this week). Also, they dredged the river, so now instead of being 3 1/2 feet at the deepest point, so only the little kids could jump off the bridge- now it’s about 9 feet deep right under the bridge, and then gets shallower from there.

But now it’s plenty deep for even adults to swim and play. I had the kids there for 3 hours yesterday, playing and goofing off. Olivia and Calvin both jumped of the bridge, and they all had fun playing with the tube and collecting rocks and making mud pies on the banks.




I asked Olivia to look at me for a picture, and this is what she did . . . silly silly goose.

Big River





Last year I read the little lovelies Tom Sawyer.

And then a few months ago I found this golden find at the DI – and promptly made the children watch it on our first trip to the cabin.

So when I heard Hale Center Theater was playing BIG RIVER I knew I had to take the kids (well, just Olivia and Calvin. I figured they’d be the only ones old enough to sit through it – though Everett is really close).

We had such a good time. It was a wonderful performance and the kids enjoyed comparing the play to the movie and talking about Tom Sawyer (we haven’t read Huck Finn yet).

The most moving part of the play for me was when the black actors came out in their slave attire and sang a spiritual. I almost lost it. I’ve seen movies with black folks in slave garb, but seeing it in person really brought home the reality of that horrible evil. I felt a genuine sadness for the sins of that generation; what a wicked practice, the effects of which are still being felt today.

Calvin and Olivia Mow the Lawn




We’ve been waiting for this day for 10 years! We started teaching Calvin and Olivia to mow the lawn! They’re barely big enough to turn the machine on their own, and can’t quite start it yet. But . . . children doing the yardwork has begun!

(They also weed (all of the kiddos) for 15 minutes every day, which has greatly helped in keeping the weeds down!)