Sunday, March 29, 2009





We attended the wedding of Lane's brother Landon and Alyssa Carlson on Saturday in Escondido, CA. Was very special and beautiful. Esther Layman had a nice part in it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009




More pictures of the remodeling.......

CARLSON'S new home in San Diego







Mike and I drove out to San Diego on Tuesday, 3/17/09, to be here with the kids for their house closing/first day of possession. We anticipated lots of cleaning, etc. to be done. We are in it for the long haul! Their home will be sweet once the work is done. All floor covering has been removed, all walls, washed down with TSP, and now half-Kilzed. The finishing of Kilz, painting of ceilings and walls will be my next step on the agenda. They need to be out of their apartment next Monday, so this will be a jammed pack week. Any help out there? We could use you. We did have excellent help this week. Kara Grow and Linda Passage (the San Diego workers) came on Friday, bringing us lunch and offering their help in the afternoon. We didn't turn them away! On Saturday, 5 of the younger friends came and helped, using their muscles, willpower, and good humor to get us through the DR, entry, kitchen, hallway, and two bedroom with Kilz on all walls! Super great. Damon got us through the master bath tile being chipped up. Thanks Damon!






All in all, it's going fine. A & L have a lovely enclosed back yard. Perfect for PJ and private for all of us. They live across from an elementary school. There's a nice playground area for basketball, softball, etc. to be used by anyone. The neighborhood is very pleasant. We've met some of the neighbors who are extremely friendly. I believe this location was meant for them.





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Monday, March 16, 2009




Here are a couple pictures of Carter Russell Upham who was born this past week. He's a sweetie!

Monday, March 9, 2009

More trail pictures.....






I love the yellow and purple flowers. The desert is blooming, as paradise. It'll more beautiful in a few weeks to a month, however.



Mike and I on a hike around Pass Mtn on 3/6/2009. It was approximately 7 miles and took us 4 3/4 hours to complete. We saw the fountain spouting off on the hour at Fountain Hills, an upper crust neighborhood. Nice!

A famous picture....the saguaro. This one is so stately and has so many arms.




This is the rocky terrain we have to walk over about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way. We are glad when it evens out and is a nice pathway. This is one of our most favorite trails!


Thursday, March 5, 2009







The dessert table....yummy Italian cream cake, diaper centerpiece cake, lemon bars and sour cream raisin bars. And the guest of honor, Jane Upham.






Ewwww.....messy diaper....actually chocolate candy bar.










Sarah pinning the corsage on Jane...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Collin Ricter married Korina Tanner on February 28, 2009 at his home in Edgewood, New Mexico. About 70-75 people were present. We had an enjoyable trip from Mesa to the Albuquerque area ... it took about 7 1/2 hours. Enjoyed being with Bob, Lori, Aaron, MaryAnn, Melissa, Ethan, Kylee, Chris, Kait ... and of course, the newlyweds, however their time was spent with many! Congratulations Collin and Korina!
Well, here's all of our family who made it to the wedding. Aaron, MaryAnn, Kylee, Ethan, Kait and Chris, the newlyweds, Melissa, Lori and Bob, and yours truly....Lois and Mike. Hopefully the real photographers will have a little better one of us all. They did set us up this way, however.

Lois, Mike and Kylee Helie at Korina and Collin's wedding, 2/28/2009, in Albuquerque, NM. Kylee is 11 months old.