Friday, June 29, 2018


This was meant to be a trilogy but I've decided to spare a lot of details (which I think are amazing) and shorten this down into one last succinct post.

There was a variety of yummy food served from the kitchen by our very capable descendants and their spouses.

Lots of friends and family came, some from as far away as New Mexico.

Even my sister came from Utah although she is still recovering from an illness which nearly took her life.

We visited so much with so many people that we never had a chance to grab a snack.

Then we all sat back to enjoy the entertainment.  The following video is a condensed version of showmanship presented by the kids.  Some are members of a jump-rope team, many have musical skills and they all seemed to have inherited a lot of weirdness---no idea where THAT came from.

The video is short but if you decided to miss it here are some highlights:

Amazing abilities by the rope-jumpers




Even flipping and spinning almost into the crowd.

The ukulele ensemble who call themselves the "Snuggly Muffins"

Ann and Lindsay do a violin duet accompanied by Cindy

And a piano solo by Sophie with an impromptu jump rope number by our Great-grand.

And finally a re-enactment of the cutting of the cake. 
Best Party Ever!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Fifty years ago on June 6th  Gordon and I were married in the Idaho Falls  L.D.S.Temple.

As the golden anniversary of the day approached, Cindy quietly organized our children into a team to produce a big party to commemorate the event.  She delegated tasks according to skills and soon had a proficient catering service to make things happen.  She let everyone know early so they could arrange schedules.  By the time the day came every one of our children, their spouses and all the grandchildren and our first great-grand had come to help us celebrate.

 Our part was to provide a guest list and add to the fun by borrowing Raymond and Shanna Hill’s 1956 Blue T-Bird Convertible as a photo prop.

At our house, Jenna and more cousins were baking and decorating hundreds of cupcakes.

Our church cultural hall was the location and by the afternoon of the big day it was filled with all kinds of activities.  Cindy directed the show.

The engineers worked on decoration construction.

Brian and Kara ironed tablecloths.

Bob set up the electronics for the slide show.

They used photos that went from our wedding day all the way up to the Great American Solar Eclipse which was celebrated by our family in our own back yard.

Lisa brought her skills as a cake decorator and, using our wedding photos, was able to make a duplicate of our original cake.

Kara’s husband, Jimmy, even picked up a ukulele and provided background music.

When the preparations were done we adjourned to the shelter by the parking lot to celebrate Daniel’s 14th birthday.

Then everybody went home and put on their party clothes so we could come back for historic photographs.

The guests of honor.

The Braithwaites

The Simiskeys

The Black-Harts

The Black-Boehmes