Thursday, July 21, 2011

Family Reunion 2011

The “Progressive/Staycation” Family Reunion

Or what really happened… After being scared off from Salamander flats because of walltowall people and mosquitoes - We decided not to camp which everyone was more than happy about - Thursday we ate at Deann’s then played minute to winit - Or as I call it playing with your garbage - Friday morning we were treated to a HUGE breakfast at Mom’s then headed up to Mutual Dell - where we all got to do the zipline - upsidedown- backwards and superman style - Even the little kids did it - Kwynn because her grandma is a torture master - We only had one near death experience when Whitney could have plowed into a van of girls trying to turn around - Luckily “Dashing Farm Boy Seth” saved the day and made the day of the girlload -Brad now has HUGE muscles from being the brakeman all day and Sally is sore from trying to bungi stop people until the real men stepped in- they only let Seth and Dan almost hit the tree - We then had lunch by Roger (Connie was suppose to help but had a close friends funeral and wasn’t able to make it) Then it was off to Tibble Fork for canoeing - John in his motor-haulthewholefamily - home- Burtenshaws riding Idaho style and a few other brave souls - The mud island was a hit as well as some of the manly men trying to paddle upstream in the rocks - they didn’t get too far - After all getting enough sun we headed back to the Dell for some awesome Volleyball before a tasty dinner of Steven’s favorite meal - MORMON HAYSTACKS - Then it was off to the Amptheater where lots of fond memories and songs from the good old station wagon days were shared - My fav was Johns rendition of “In the Jungle” Young Family Reunion style - We need the words to all your songs - Oh wait the “VIDIOT” got it all on tape! She just brings things onto herself - Also enjoyed all the cat stories and Kaylene and Lynn’s sharing their SOB stories! Really enjoyed all the little grandkids - That’s what life is really about isn’t it - There was only one bruiser on Brewer - A good time was had by all - Steven is still crying whenever he thinks of Trudy - We enjoyed the little kids boogie-ing! Saturday found us eating again and then ready for one last VB game - Then the ones who didn’t need to get back to the farm headed to the splash pad in Highland - then had pizza and headed home - I appreciate all for being so flexible and willing to make the best out of the plan qxzkg changes - You are all awesome and I am so glad we could spend some time together to make such wonderful memories. Each Family was represented at one time or another -
CorinneGideonGarrett RogerHollySkipSarahSandyPeterWillJamesCharles

Friday, April 15, 2011

More girls weekend

Trudy and Julie survived the trip out. And obviously are happy to be here. Even if Julie did destroy her sunglasses when she smacked her head on the bottom of the deck on her way out. Yes she is tall. But with all the snow the deck is rather close to the 'ground'.
Look. It's Super Steve shoveling out Deann's car. Deann is thinking "Where are my boots?"

Connie is watching Steve dig out her car. The object in her right hand is her sunshade/snow shovel. It worked rather well for scraping off the car- but we were sure glad Steve had his shovel. Check out Jo's awesome boots.
Kaylene headed for the snow cat taxi. Behind her please note the bottom of the second floor deck.
Jo the Jedi Knight.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Girls weekend

No we are not playing sardines. This is our chariot- minus the chauffeur.
Sisters on the steps. Not step sisters.
The view from the stairs. Hot chicks in front of the fireplace.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Scripture Power

One reason I love being part of the Young family is that I have learned so much from each family member and been helped along on my journey. I sent out an e-mail asking for answers to the following questions:
  1. Examples in my life where the scriptures have taught me what I should do
  2. How the teachings from the scriptures have brought me closer to the savior
Here are the responses that were inspiring enough for me to post them on the family blog:

Several years ago I accepted Pres. Hinckleys challenge to read the Book of Mormon - I started kind of late so I had to read 50 pages a day to meet the ending date - I read in Hawaii even - I would read every morning before I road my bike to work - One morning after reading about how the sons of Mosiah were protected I was riding my bike - in the dark - and hit a HUGE highland pothole - As I was flying through the air I knew that angels were there and I was PROTECTED because my fall and slide through the gravel was very SOFT - I was glad that I had been reading the scriptures that morning and knew that I was being blessed - I hope that was what you wanted - Love ya Sally

2 powerful/helpful scriptures in my life have been
1) Phillipians 4:13 -"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." When things are tough and I want to say I quit, this reminds me that I can do it and I need to turn to the Savior because HE is the one who gives me the strength to carry on and succeed.
2) D&C 121:43 - this has been huge to me as a parent and now even as a teacher when being at my wits end with a child or student. I know if I follow this teaching, the outcome will be much better than with any other approach or me reacting to whatever situation it may be.
"Reproving (giving correction) betimes with sharpness (with clarity), when moved upon by the Holy Ghost (not in anger, but when you are being inspired- this means I have to be asking for help and listening for the response); and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved lest he esteem thee to be his enemy. (the child always needs the reassurance the he or she is loved) The Lord's way of giving correction is so much better than punishments or reactions to another's behavior.
Funny story with that - a year or so ago when Chris and Shelly were living with us, Chris was being quite annoyed with little Logan. I listened to him rant for a bit and then quietly said, "Chris, stop. You are trying to reason with a 3 year old and it is not possible. Just love him and show him another way." Grant, listening in, chimed in with "Chris, listen to your mother. She is the reason you are alive today."

I always liked the one about "if ye have not the Spirit, ye shall not teach" because so many times I have been teaching and just blah blah blahing and none of the children are listening BUT when I pray and prepare myself, not only are the children listening, but they are staring at me and their sweet little faces are shining!  I also like the one about "out of small things proceedeth that which is great" because that is why we are here, we small things, to learn and serve and grow and build a wonderful thing out of the small things.  Little blessings keep on adding up every second of the day, and if we stop to realize, we are overwhelmed!
That's my two cents worth!

A scripture that has helped me a lot is Proverbs 3: 5, 6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." It especially has helped me when things aren't going the way I want them to, or thought they would. We just need to trust that Heavenly Father knows what we need, and we need to be grateful for what we have.

To the wonderful list, I would add this scripture:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

Life can be so crazy sometimes! I love the reminder in this scripture that if we are doing the things that Heavenly Father wants us to, then everything will fall into place--our burdens made light. There are days when rest is all I am longing for! With Christ as our companion we can find it in our hearts, homes and families--we learn to prioritize better. I will never forget a General Conf talk by Dallin H Oaks about this scripture. He goes on to talk about how Christ can heal us, if we let him. It was powerful! And came at a time in my life when I needed to hear that so badly. How grateful I am for the "modern-day scripture" that we are blessed with every 6 months.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

Happy Easter. If you were there we loved seeing you. If you weren't-we missed you. And you missed good food, good company and the usual good time. (As you can see) Hope you enjoyed your festivities.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Postpartum Depression

Our neighbors looked out the window the week after Gideon was born and saw Andy outside in the cold, sleeting weather cutting down a tree by hand. He was up high in the tree. They took the pictures of Andy up there (without any safety harness) and thought Andy may be suffering from postpartum depression...

How could Andy or I be depressed when we have such cute kids to entertain us?

Gideon finally had to pitch in and help me catch up on Laundry. He fell asleep in the basket.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hello All! I know you all have probably seen some of these on facebook, but for those of you that aren't on there (like myself), here are some Halloween photos to laugh at.
I ended up dressing up 4 times and let me tell you, that was a little too much! Mostly because I had to be something different each time. I know, I'm weird!
That being said, Dan almost matched me: he dressed up 3 times. Wow!
Just kidding--I did a recount and I dressed up 5 times! That HAS to be some sort of record.
Here are some pictures of a few:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

On a glacier
Mom and Dad somewhere beautiful! They recently went on a 2 week trip touring 7 or 8 temples in the Northwest. Mom "JoAn" handed us (Jenelle and Andy) there camera couple weeks ago and asked us put some pictures on the family blog. I'm not sure what all the pictures are of. But we will pick some anyway.
Mom with a Moose... I have no idea where!!
Here sits Dad "Keith" Young in front of the Cardston Alberta Canada temple.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Caleb's 2009 Band Compitition Schedule

Caleb is enjoying being part of Mountain Crest High School Marching Band again this year. He is in a lot of parades and competitions in the fall. I have included his schedule below. If you are interested in coming to any of his competitions or parades, let me know so I can give an accurate time of his performance. Most competitions are $3 or $4 per person except the Parent Show is free and the Bands of America in St. George is expensive.

Fall Competitions and Major Performances:

Date Event Location Approximate Time
Sept 18 Homecoming Halftime MCHS 7 p.m.
Sept 21 Parent Show, Sky View 7 p.m.
Sept 22 Weber Review Weber State; Ogden, UT 9 p.m.
Sept 26 Nebo, MB Tournament Payson HS 1 p.m.
Oct 10 Mountain West, Pocatello, ID 1 p.m.
Oct 13 Rocky Mtn. Band Comp. BYU; Provo, UT 9 p.m.
Oct 20 Davis Cup, Davis HS; Kaysville, UT 9 p.m.
Oct 24 Mt. Timpanogos. Mountain View HS; Orem, UT 1 p.m.
Oct 31 Bridgerland Band Inv. Utah State, Logan, UT 1 p.m.
Nov 6 Red Rocks MB State Comp. DSC, St. George, UT 7 p.m.
Nov 7 Bands of America Regional, DSC, St. George all day

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Note New Photo

I decided to update the blog header photo to this year's family reunion pic.  Yes there are some missing people, but we'll live with it until we can get a better one.  Or until I figure out how to photo shop everyone in. :D

Saturday, August 1, 2009

OW YOUNG Reunion

These are photos from the Odin and Rhodora Young Family Reunion held July of 2009.  We had pretty good turn out, but for those of you who couldn't make it we hope you will enjoy this taste of the fun.   I will add to them as I receive others so check back.  
Above we have Keith Young, Dennis Young and Bob Wilcox.  Some of the old farts.  And below we have Larry Hansen, Dennis Hansen and John Young.  Some of the less old farts.

There was lots of standing around talking. And sitting around talking.  

We went hiking and saw some beautiful flowers.
We don't think anyone was actually buried here but it would be a nice place to be buried.
We were told we were headed for the cave over there.  It never seemed to get any closer, but we heard that some people actually got there.
See the happy campers on the trail.

This is the lodge where we stayed.  New arrivals in the parking lot.

Friday, June 12, 2009


I thought I would just share with you how serious the flu is at the MTC and how seriously we are taking it.  And if I could figure out how, I would make this stop underlining.  :)
Ellen, Teddy and Jolynn-  The 3 not- so-little pigs. Ellen made our tops.  If people think we are half as fun as we think we are then we are hilarious.  
Do you recognize my new secretary.  She has been invaluable.  Dr. Brown asked what I was paying her and I told him I gave her birth and what more could she want.  She was the worst one too- a whole 4 1/2 hours of labor.  And a whopping 8 1/2 pounds.  But she has been worth her weight (current- not birth) in gold the last 2 weeks.  She has taken more temps than a weatherman.  And created a spreadsheet for tracking districts getting meds that has saved me much time and tylenol.  So I took her to Ripple's for dinner.  And helped her eat her fries.  

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sisters Weekend

For those of you who missed the wild weekend.  Wish you all could have come.
Contrary to appearances Trudy is having fun and she won.  

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Megan's Shower

Just wanted to share some of the fun we had at Megan's shower.  Wish you all could have been there.  And that we could have been at Lauren's.
As you can see we had a nice crowd.
We played around. :)
We ate some yummy food.  You don't want to mess with Trudy when there's food.
We did not eat this cake.  A little too much fiber.
We opened presents.
And then tried some of them on.  
Some of us are obviously not headband people.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy 75th Birthday Grandma Young!

She doesn't look a day older than 30!
Look at that smile! We love you mom!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Nativity Revival :)

Grandpa Young oversaw the whole production. He said that he would stay upstairs and play the part of Elohiem.
Elohiem with the Angel.
Deann was really feeling the music.
Jolynn was the director and the pianist along with some assistance from little ones.
Sally told us all about a story of how she about lost it at work today. Ask her to tell you the story and sing for you... she had an interesting twist on a Christmas song. How did it go Sally? Jolynn asked if Sally's rendition of the song is what they meant by going Postal.

Jordan and Tierney entertained Allana playing with the miniature baby Jesus. 
Zak played one of the "Wise Guys" along with Jordan and Ben.
Corinne led the heavenly choir in their carols, while Quinn played the organ.
Tabitha and Erin were the beautiful Angels who proclaimed the birth of Christ.

Thanks so much to Jolynn for reviving the Nativity Christmas tradition! I've heard about it for many years from Andy, but it was fun to be a part of it.