Monday, November 28, 2011

Pacifica Visit

Walking on the pier in Pacifica, we saw some sealions surfing in the waves right behind Mom and Dad.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Volleyball Follow-up

I reported earlier about Katie's broken finger.

Link to earlier post:

The final outcome is that her team won the championship for her grade. She missed two (Sunday) games because of the injury and came back to finish the season, without the coach insisting she play any other Sunday games. Katie was a real force in the semi-final game. The championship happened on Sunday so her friend came over that evening to bring her her trophy. She was very happy.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Myrna's Birthday Dinner 30 Sept 2011

Three sisters and their husbands:
Myrna and Kale Smith
Leola and Pinky Rees
Colleen and Fred Maynes

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Robert's Distinguished Educator Award

Extracted from emails:

Spencer: That's really cool that Dad got that award.

Robert: (From Dad)
> > Well, Thursday we went to the award ceremony. The Math department held the
> > dinner on the third floor of the Gordon B. Hinckley building. It is the
> > alumni and visitor center at BYU. They had set up round tables with 8
> > settings each. The podium was right in front of table Q. Guess where we
> > sat. That's right on table Q. We were able to take the three youngest.
> > Isaac was going to go but he remember that he had a paper he had to write.
> > Besides us, the asst.principal and his wife sat on our table. I invited
> > three of my students from mathcounts and two of them showed up with a parent
> > each. They started with dinner. it was spagetti and they had a chicken
> > pasta, caeser salad and cheese crusted garlic bread. they had three kinds
> > of dessert. After dinner they gave me the award for outstanding educator.
> > This was only the second year for the teacher award. What an honor.
> > Afterward Jena David and Trischel got goody bags and t-shirts and then they
> > gave us goldfish out of the centerpieces. We took 4.
> >

Spencer: Sounds like the award ceremony was really neato. Did you name the
> fish? Have they already died? Congrats on the accomplishment. It's
> kind of weird how you got your award the same day I was asked to train
> and be district leader.

Larry: But what is this update from you? Award at BYU math department? I looked for it on the internet but only found an earlier award for you, I think from 2008.

Robert: I was nominated by Professor Wright at BYU for distinguished Educator for my work with the AMC8 and how successful my students last year were.

...AMC8... The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills.

Congratulations. Tell us more details.

Monday, November 21, 2011


From Patti's work: Sunrise Therapy facebook

It's Official! PATTI KASTEN is CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech!!

[Patti, will you please translate and elaborate.]

BTW, congratulations.

Lilly's Baby Blessing

Hi everyone. We will be blessing Lilly on the first sunday in December. I believe it is the 4th. It would be great if you could make it. Call 801-857-0606 if you have any questions. Our sacrament meeting starts at 9am.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Speaking in tongues

I believe Brianna has been taking lessons from her Grandpa-Great. This morning as I was taking her out of the bath (apparently before she was done) she shouted, "Nein! Nein!" and later I gave her a cracker and she said, "Danke." 

Perhaps Grandpa is trying to prepare her for her mission?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Plane landed at 4pm and we walked in the house at 9 pm.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Andy -In Flight

Andy at the airport this morning...

Status as of 12:24 PST

You can use this link for the next few hours to track Andy's flight status including a map.

Delta Flight 2349 Status

Monday, November 7, 2011

21 hours (and counting)

I guess it's ok to be trunky now. Andy has returned to the mission home and had his last meal before his early departure tomorrow morning. He arrived in Alabama in January 2010 with a bunch of missionaries but only he and a sister missionary are leaving tomorrow. Flying first to Atlanta, then a direct flight to SFO arriving just after 4pm PST.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Andy looking good

Zone Conference Lunch, 3 Nov 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

20 Jan 2011- 4 Nov 2011

It's a sad day for all of us today. Our beautiful and loving foster kids are moving to another placement. We are trying to put on a brave face for their sake, but our hearts are breaking. Because of privacy issues, we can't talk about the reasons, but know that they were deeply loved while they were a part of our home and will forever have a place in our hearts.

Michele (Facebook)

Thanks for everything Michele. You went through a lot. Every good thing in my life now is due to you sharing with me.