Memorial Day

Uncle Marlin invited us over to his house for a BBQ this year for Memorial Day.  He was excited because he wanted to show us his new smoker and he was planning on making chicken and pork.  HMMMM!!!  Before we headed over to his house we stopped by the Salt Lake City Cemetery to visit some of James' Ancestors.  There we visited  Annie Lenore Simpson and David Smith Anderson (James' Great Grandparents) and Annie Sophie Smith and David Patterson Anderson (James' Great Great Grandparents).

Then we headed over to Marlin's where the kids helps pick some flowers with Auntie Joan to make bouquets for more of our ancestors.  Keith, Neal, and Rachael also joined us.  Joshie got James and Keith going in a mini soccer game.  Neal and Rachael were moving the next day to New Hampshire so we were glad we got to see them one last time before they moved.  We are going to miss them being so close.  

Aubrey Fern is standing in front of her Grandma Fern's Childhood playhouse build by her Father.

Once we had eaten dinner and finished making our bouquets we headed over to two more cemeteries to visit a few more ancestors.  I'm not sure how everyone fits into our family but here we visited  Chloe Oviatt and Joseph Hyrum Jensen, Frank Mel Roscoe Jr, Myrtle B and Ira Oviatt (James' Great Grandparents), and Carmen Hubbard Oviatt Rosco Johnson.

Our last stop of the day was to visit Aunt Margie (Marlin's wife).  She has a perfect view!  From her grave site she can see 3 temples.  Draper, Jordan River, and Oquirr Mountain.  Out of all the people we saw today she was the only one I knew when she was living.  She was a very kind person but not afraid to share her opinion with her.  I'm sad that she was never able to meet my kids.  We tried several times to get together with her but they always managed to fall through.  We miss her but know she is in a happy place!
(May 30, 2011)

Here are the videos from Eliza's Recital.  Sorry my camera was acting really funny and I could not zoom out and the lighting was weird.  She had a lot of fun!  Thanks Grandma Vicky for being her instructor!

Eliza's First Ballet Recital

She has been going to Kinder Ballet at the local Rec Center for a few months now and they had their first recital today.  She was SUPER EXCITED!!!  
Many of the dancers that attend the Rec Center Classes.  
There are three age groups.

The girls were showing off their best ballet poses.

Eliza just before her groups performance.

There are about 12 in Eliza's age group so they were split up
into smaller groups so us parents could see our kido!

Dance Buddies, Eliza & Kate and Eliza with her Instructor Grandma Vicki

So Blogger keeps rejecting my videos and won't upload them.  I will post them on Facebook and email them to those who don't have facebook
May 21, 2011
 Visit from 
Great Grandma and 
Great Grandpa Nelson

I was so excited when I got a call from my Grandpa asking if they could stay with us for my Grandma's Mission Reunion here in the area.  They got here on Thursday night and the reunion was Friday night plus they were planning on staying longer to watch general conference with us.  That Friday morning Joshie had his Grandparents Day at school and was really upset that he was not going to have any Grandparents to bring.  When he found out that he got to bring his Great Grandparents he was Thrilled!

Joshie has also been asking to learn to play the piano since before Christmas.  Thanks to a person who I am not allowed to say he got a piano for Christmas.   THANKS! I had also been talking with Grandpa Nelson about which books to buy since he knows more about music than anyone I know.  He used to own a music store and has given lesson in many different instruments for as long as I can remember.  He ended up bringing Joshie a few new piano books and even gave Joshie his first piano lesson.  Joshie could not get enough.  Grandpa kept on saying, "Only one more song Joshie."  And then they just kept going.  I don't know who was more excited Joshie or Grandpa.  

We also celebrated my Grandfather's birthday.  It was on the Sunday that he was here.  We made a nice dinner, baked him a Chocolate Cake, and sang Happy Birthday to him.  I doesn't even look his age.  He likes to spend his time working on Family History and has over 28,000 names on his PAF file.  He also works on extractions for Family Search Indexing.  While he was here he showed me how to do a few family history things and got me started helping him out looking for new sources.

We had a wonderful visit with my Grandparents
and I'm already for them to come back!
Okay Grandma and Grandpa Dansby!  
(April 1 - April 3)