Thursday, August 28, 2008

If You Could Hie To Kolob

When Jack and I were down in southern Utah he needed to do some business in Cedar City. After he was done working and I was once again shopping we decided to go the Looooong way home. Just to the southeast of Cedar City is the Kolob plateau After climbing almost straight up you travel along on very good gravel roads. The scenery is breathtaking, we traveled through desert, aspens, meadows finally ending at Zions National Park.

Jack was able to do lots of bird watching and it is fun to see some different birds than our usual gold finches that we have here.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Livin' Large in Logandale

When traveling between Las Vegas and St. George on Interstate 15 most people just speed by at about 80 miles per hour and never know what they have missed. Just off of exit 93 is a beautiful lush valley in the Nevada desert, Moapa Valley. It is mostly a farming community that has grown tremendously in recent years. When we were driving up to St. George we got a kick out of a huge billboard that advertised "Living Large in Logandale". Nearly 100 years ago Jack's grandparents entered the valley and there is still a large population of his family living there.
We were able to visit with Ace and Anna Marie Robison when we were in the valley yesterday. We had a great visit and we also drove around the valley so that Jack could reminise about Logandale where he grew up. Thank heavens for air conditioning because it was a cool 108 degrees.
This is the hospital where Jack first made his appearance in this world. Luckily for all of our new mothers our new hospitals are bigger and better equiped.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shoes Don't Grow On Trees!

When driving into the metropolis of Toquerville Utah you come to a very strange site. A tree with hundreds of pairs of shoes hanging on it. It has been a mystery to some of the residents of this picturesque little town but I know the answer.

It is a geocache where people leave a pair of shoes hanging on the tree. It is a pretty popular landmark here and looks really cool. My neice Amy is disappointed that there isn't a deeper mystery to the tree that grows shoes.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Daniel's Birthday

This week has been pretty crazy. At work on Wednesday I got a text from Chris that Cat was in labor and to go to the hospital after work. We got a little crazy waiting for the next member of the "VanderHoeven Machine" as this picture shows you. We are flashing you the VM. All of this is going on as Cat is struggling through a tough labor.

After a very long labor Dr. Blakeney decided that she needed a C-section. Logan Dean Sirrine was born at 11:44 p.m. and what a cutie. Logan was born in the same room as Jennifer, Daniel and Laura. (Cat went through labor in the same room that Adam was born.

On my way to visit Cat and the baby in the hospital on Thursday I got a call from Jack that he was visiting them and was having severe chest pains. We decided that he should go right down to the emergency room considering the fact that his family has a lot of history of heart troubles. We spent the entire evening in the emergency room as they took many tests and gave Jack medicine for the pain. They decided that they wanted to admit him so that they could run more tests to make sure he was alright. He was released yesterday but he needs to go to the cardiologist tomorrow to check on some of the results and go through yet another test. He says he feels fine now but we need to find out what was going on the other day.
Daniel at about 1 year old
Finally......Thursday was a big milestone in Daniel's life as it was his 18th birthday. I felt bad that I was so involved with Jack's ordeal that I didn't get to spend as much time with Daniel as I would have liked. I think he had a pretty good day despite everything else because when I got home on Thursday night I had a house full of teenagers, soda cans all over the place and a camp fire in the back yard.Today Daniel gave a talk in church that was so good. He has really grown up to be a wonderful young man. He received the Melchizedek priesthood and was ordained an Elder. We are very proud of him and I know that I will miss him very much when he leaves for school in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Welcome Home Elder Sirrine

We are so happy to have Matthew home from his mission. He had such a great mission in Mexico. I think that the people at the airport were quite entertained by our family. It seems that everything we do is a big production. Our family has grown a bit since Matthew left so he will need to get to know everyone before he leaves us again to go to school. Pam has her hands (and house) full with Jamie and Landi visiting as well.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Yeah! The long awaited last installment of the Twilight series was released today. Last night Linda's friends had a very elaborate party celebrating the release. Jack and I were invited since we are Twilight fans. Linda won a T-shirt that has "bite me" embroidered on it. The pictures really don't do it justice it was beautiful. Now Linda and I are ready to settle in and read.