Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Julie! I was going to find a picture and then I remembered that you need to post a new one of you without your glasses!!!


I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to Josh. We have been married for 4 years today.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Catie

You've had a birthday shout hooray!
I want to sing to you today! One year older and wiser too!
Happy Birthday to you!
We love you tons Catie and hope that you have a wonderful day with your family.
Love Adam Betsy and Daniel

Monday, June 22, 2009


As many of you know, Melody was scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Last friday while we were traveling to a nephews (on Michele's side) wedding, we got word that the surgeon had a need to reschedule so the surgery has been postponed to July 14th. That is good news and bad. Now Melody get's to go to girls camp and have more fun with her friends this summer but she'll get three weeks less recovery time before school starts. So thanks for your concern and support. Hold on to it for the middle of July

Friday, June 19, 2009

John McGee Birthday

Happy Birthday John. (I know this is 4 days late but we expected to see something from one of the other clan members.
Mom & Dad

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

the owie

hi everyone. my son kleigh asked me to post this. he had an accident on saturday . he was wrestling and playing ans jumped from a stool that was about 2 feet tall and did a facve plant into the coffee table.

he has a black eye and 2 stitches

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Joseph Watson Maynes and Emily Keep

A few weeks back, someone named Jackie signed on to follow our family blog and asked about a great uncle, Joseph Watson Maynes and his wife Emily Keep Maynes. The following is from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia which can be read online via Google Books.

MAYNES, Joseph Watson, one of the Elders of the Church who died in the missionary field, was born Aug. 26, 1856, in Hull, Yorkshire, England, the eon of John Alexander Maynes and Jane Watson. His parents moved to London in 1862, where Joseph joined the Church in 1873, at seventeen years of age, commencing a very active career as a minister of the gospel, assisting the Elders in the branch in which he lived, and acting as a local missionary. He came to Utah in 1881, settling in Salt Lake City. On Dec. 13, 1883, he married Emily Elizabeth Keep; they had a family of eight children, namely, Joseph W., Richard J., Alfred S., Charles W., Emily J., John K., James A. and Ivy E. Bro. Maynes was ordained a Seventy May 14, 1894, by Rulon S. Wells, and later became a president of the 4th quorum of Seventy. For many years Bro. Maynes was a most active and energetic worker in the 21st Ward Sunday school, he having lived in that Ward from the time of his marriage until 1899, when he moved to Waterloo. He was an employee of Z. C. M. I. for eleven years, leaving there to enter business with the Maynes, Wells, Schofleld Co.; afterwards he returned to Z. C. M. I. and was employed there until June, 1910, when he left to go on a mission to Great Britain. He was appointed to labor in the Bristol conference at Pontypridd, South Wales, and was afterwards transferred to Gloucester, where he presided over the Gloucester and Cheltenham branches. On Sunday morning, June 9, 1912, while in the full discharge of his missionary duties, he and his companion were on their way to Cheltenham on their bicycles, to conduct Sunday school; the tire on Bro. Maynes' bicycle punctured and the two Elders stopped to repair it, but as they found it was a bad puncture, Elder Maynes suggested that his companion go on and start Sunday school on time and he would follow as soon as possible. These were his last words, as he fell to the ground without uttering another sound, and expired before his companion could summon aid. His remains were brought to Salt Lake City and burled in the family lot in the City cemetery June 30, 1912.

MAYNES, Emily Keep, wife of Joseph W. Maynes, was born March 23, 1860, in London, England, the daughter of Richard Keep and Susanna Brown. Becoming a convert to "Mormonlsm," she was baptized in the year 1870 and emigrated to Utah in company with her sister Louise, in 1882. Soon after her arrival in Salt Lake City she married Joseph W. Maynes and later became the mother of eight children (six sons and two daughters), namely, Joseph W., Richard J., Alfred S., John K., James A., Charles W., Emily J. and Ivy E. Her husband was called on a mission to England in June, 1910, and while laboring faithfully was stricken with sickness and died June 9, 1912. Sister Maynes bore her great loss with commendable resignation and succeeded in keeping her family together. She was a woman of great faith and led a most exemplary life. After the death of her husband Sister Maynes devoted almost her entire time to the work of the Church, in the service of which her husband had given up his life. She was particularly devoted to the Relief Society, being president of that organization in the Waterloo Ward (Granite Stake) for several years. Upon the division of the Waterloo Ward, in 1919, she was honorably released from her position as president of the Relief Society and, being then a member of the newly created Wells Ward, she became an active worker in the genealogical society of that Ward until overtaken by her last iliness. After a serious operation had been performed upon her at the L. D. S. hospital in the hope of saving her life, she finally succumbed Jan. 31, 1920. She died firm in the faith of the gospel and confident of a glorious resurrection.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to Benjamin who is 3 years old today!
Check our blog for more pictures

Heading Home

Kleigh and I left Anchorage at 12:50am. We arrived in Seattle at 4:50am. Our flight to Orlando leaves at 8:45am. We will get in to Orlando around 6:30pm. We should get home around 1:00am. Kleigh slept on the way to seattle. I'm hoping that i get a chance to sleep on the way to Orlando.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

congratulations Davy

We went to David's Baptism this morning. It was a beautiful service followed by great food and a good time with family members. Thanks for inviting us and congratulations again Davy, we are so very proud of you.

Josh, Catie, & Benjamin

Dad- On the Mend

I took these pictures for Dad a few weeks ago, but I've been so busy with school ending that I haven't taken the time to post them.

Lookin' Good!


We got in from the airplane around 12:50 am. We got home from the airport around 1:50am. We finally got Kleigh to bed around 3:45am. We were up at 7:30am the next morning. We started off our day by getting hair cuts. After doing that we then went to the park to play. Here are a few of the pictures that i took with my phone. Since leaving South Carolina, Kleigh's allergies appear to have improved and so has his overheating issue. Also he is enjoying the open atmosphere here and his attitude is a lot better here. He is so busy though that it is near impossible to get him to stop to talk to Mommy on the phone. I will try to take more pictures tomorrow and post them for everyone to see.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

McGee Family Reunion

This is a reposting of my previous post. Although we had a couple of comments, according to what we know so far, only Josh and Catie are coming, Cherry and Ross, maybe. Other than that, it seems like the reunion is going to be a lonely one. But we'll still have fun!
I know that Adam is working on a website for the reunion, but I don't know when it will be done, and the time is getting closer. Once again, (with the exception of Josh) we need everyone to comment and answer the questions posed within:

You know what they say, Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. Well, with our family I'd have to say its the other way around! :)
Anyway, we are getting closer to the time of the annual McGee Family Reunion (ok, its still nearly 4 months away) and we are trying to get some things planned. We kind of need to know some information, though.

The Reunion is planned for Friday August 14-Saturday August 15 (starting in the evening on Friday and going to late afternoon/early evening on Saturday). We need to get a count of how many people think they will be coming. So, everyone please respond to this post with the following information:
1. Will you be able to attend?
2. Will you be coming up Friday night or Saturday morning? We are planning a dinner on Friday to start around 7pm, but if you can't get there until later, if we know you are coming, we can make sure there is food left for you.
3. What kind of equipment do you have that you can bring and how much? The reunion is being held at a cabin, but people will need to have tents to camp in. If you don't want to sleep in a tent, there is a town about a half-hour drive away that has a hotel, but it will probably be expensive. We would like to get an idea of how many of these items everyone has so we can make adjustments for those who do not have any or cannot bring them.
-Sleeping bags?
-Foam pads/air mattresses?
4. Finally, how long would you be planning on staying on Saturday? We are also planning a dinner on Saturday to start around 4 with an activity right after dinner (its a surprise, but going to be a lot of fun). We can adjust the starting time of the dinner if most people will need to leave earlier. We want everyone to participate in this activity because it will be the grand finale!

We have a lot of fun things in the works: games, tournaments, activities for kids of all ages, and food. However, we cannot do it alone. We would like to start a reunion fund: $10 per family, $5 if you are single. This should hopefully cover the main dishes for both dinners (everyone would need to bring a side/dessert), trophies, prizes, candy, and smores. If there is any extra money left, it can be put towards next year's reunion as well. Breakfast will also be taken care of on Saturday, so the only meal you would need to worry about is lunch on Saturday (but we are having an early dinner, so it could be a light lunch) or any snacks. We'll have more details about that coming soon.
If you aren't sure if you will be able to come, but think you possibly will be able to, please reply in the affirmative so that we can make sure we enough equipment for everyone. We will need definite answers when it gets closer to the reunion and we need to start buying food/prizes, etc.

I hope everyone can come, it is going to be a great time to relax and spend time with your family!

P.S. You are welcome to go up earlier. If you do, any food will be your own responsibility until the reunion starts. I believe Monty and Heidi will be up there the whole week.
The pictures included here are from previous family activities that I took pictures at. As much fun as these things were, the reunion is going to be a lot better!

on the road

kc and kleigh have pulled out and are on the road for alaska. pray for their safety today. i am doing fine. sitting at home

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Patti!

We just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday!
love you,

Linda, Dave and Sam

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


my boys are leaving on thursday and heading to alaska.
kc is staying for a week and my son for a year. no im not looking forward to this. on a plus note though many of you will get to meet my son at the reunion enjoy him