Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Nativity production

Jake was the director, editor and producer. I think he did a pretty good job.

To view the video- click on the link below.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RIP Grandpa Bybee

I got news early December 14th that my Grandpa Bybee had passed away. That weekend my brother and father came to stay with me and attend funeral services. Though it is difficult to say goodbye to someone you love and admire, it is sweet to know that he is with my Grandma again, and know that one day we will see them again. It was quite amazing to see all his posterity gathered to honor him. I come from good stock. And I really did enjoy the evening I was able to spend with Dad and Brian.

Curtis Ray Bybee (March 5, 1914 - December 14, 2011) Curtis Ray Bybee passed away peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday morning, 14 December 2011, at his home where he has lived for several years with his daughter and son-in-law Leland and Sue Wright. Curt was born in Kaysville, Utah 5 March 1914, to Lester Elias and Elva Rose Green Bybee. He left Utah for Alameda,California during the last year of his studies at the University of Utah where he excelled at debate, traveling the western states with the debate team. In California he completed his courtship of his sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Shurtleff, whom he met as a teenager, while she was visiting relatives in Ogden. Mary preceded Curt in death in January, 2008. They were married, and raised five children in Oakland California where Curt was active in the LDS Church, serving as Bishop and on the High Council for many years. Curtis made his living as a Realtor/Broker in Oakland for over 50 years and served a term as president of the Oakland Real Estate Board. Curt loved golf, BYU sports, being with the Saints at church, and family gatherings. He and Mary returned to Utah in the mid 1980s where they settled in the Provo, Grandview area and made many dear friends. For several years he rarely missed lunch at the Pleasant Grove Senior Center where he loved the fellowship of the many friends who made it the highlight of his day. Curt and Mary’s posterity number 31 grandchildren, 106 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. The last few weeks of his life were made more pleasant by iCare Home Health & Hospice. Their children and spouses, Joanne Elizabeth Bybee Byers and her husband Carl Norman Byers of Salem Oregon, Susan Rae Bybee Wright and husband Leland Heiner Wright Jr. of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Howard Curtis and Suzanne Beth Phair Bybee of Springville, Utah, Ronald Arley and Lynette Eyre Bybee of Orem, Utah, and Gerald Lee Bybee of Sebastopol, California, will gather with family and friends for a viewing at 9:00 -10:30 am, followed by funeral services at 11:00 am, Saturday 17 December 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Manila 1st Ward Chapel, 3396 North 900 West, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84602. Interment will be at Provo, East Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the LDS missionary fund.

Thanksgiving in Washington

Okay... so I'm doing some catch up. I'm a horrible blogger lately.

We did have a great trip to Washington for Thanksgiving though. We piled everyone in the car, drove to my cousin's house in northern Oregon (shout out to you Byers!), stayed the night there, and then drove the rest of the way to my mom's. We did the same stints on the way home. My mom hosted quite the crowd for Thanksgiving. Of course one of the biggest highlights was meeting my new little nephew, Charlie. He was just a couple weeks old! I got to meet my brother's girlfriend Erin, Racheal's family came and joined in, and we convinced Jake's brother Rick and his family (who is in med school at UW) to join us too! It was lots of fun despite the fact that it rained the whole day! (The sun did shine the whole next day though- so Jake couldn't complain too much!) We ate good food, shopped, played games, and I failed to take any pictures- so here are some I hacked from my mom.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Josh's 7th Birthday

And of course there was the blowing of the candle and presents. I love that at this age all the kids are just about as excited about the presents as he is!

Then we went downstairs (notice the cork flooring is in- though the basement is sparsely furnished) and played a game similar to the one in the carnival scene of the movie, where they had to knock over the space ships with a dart gun, and also bowled for minions. the kids all had a blast.

Despicable Me Party

We celebrated Josh's Birthday on Saturday with a Despicable Me theme. I'd seen the cupcakes on Pinterest, and the rest kinda stemmed from there. We served minion cup-cakes, "coconutties", "bapers", and "bonanas". for the kids that weren't familiar with this lingo, we watched the shorts from the bonus material of the movie. Oh- and we had minion balloons for each of the kids to take home.

Monday, November 21, 2011


We got Naomi a play kitchen for Birthday #2. Since it was assembled and would be staying in the basement, we opened presents down there (even though it's still a bit of a construction zone). I worked hard this week to clean, paint and organize the toy room so that we can put the kitchen in her "house under the stairs". It's looking good, but I still have plans for making it a fun little play house. Naomi was really excited about all her presents this year! It was so cute to here say, "Wow!" and "Yay!".

Naomi turns TWO!

I can't believe my little girl is TWO already. Time has gone by so fast!

Josh and Dekker made her the cutest Birthday crown. As our old tradition we usually get a Cold Stone Ice cream cake unless they request something different. Living in Heber makes that a bit more difficult to continue. Because we've also been missing The Chocolate (our favorite local cupcake shop in Orem) I figured I'd better learn to make some fun mini cupcakes. I made caramel-spice with cream cheese frosting- and oh man did they turn out tasty! Naomi still wasn't sure about the flaming candles, so her brothers helped her blow them out.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Basement Bathroom Project

The bulk of our basement is done. Really all it needed was the bathroom and flooring and we had carpet put in the two rooms we want as bedrooms already- but we will be creating more work for ourselves by changing one of the rooms into a half bath, craft room, and wet bar (that is phase 3 and much further down the road). So phase one was to get the bathroom done, phase two flooring and baseboards done through the main room and hallway.

We recently finished the bathroom, and are started installing cork flooring! Here is a photo of the bathroom after we'd put in the floor tile, and some of the finished product.

The mirror is my great grandmothers, and I painted it to match the vanity. I found a hall table with a marble top on KSL, which I picked up for $80. I painted the base and the hardware, had holes cut in the top for the vessel sink and spout, and bought the hardware kit to turn the top drawer into a flip out drawer. Jake had to install the toilet and all the other plumbing fixtures as well as tile. I helped with the grouting, sealing and design work. It's hard to really get good pictures of the fairly small space- but it gives you an idea at least.

We ordered beautiful cork flooring from iFloor for the large main room and hallway and are about half way done with that now too!

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Nomi the Gnome"

Since Naomi gets called "Nomi" and "Noms" so much, I figured a Gnome costume would be pretty perfect- especially since she likes wearing dresses, hats and boots anyway. She also loved that I put some make up on her (one of her favorite past times is sneaking into my bathroom and getting into my make up). We sure love this little girl- even though she keeps us on our toes!

The boys

Dekker was not in the mood to take pictures when I took Josh and Naomi's- so his was taken when he got back from trick-or-treating. They both had masks, but I figured for pictures I wanted to see their faces.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween is coming...

For FHE on Monday we did our carving pumpkins activity. (Naomi picks out all her outfits these days). And we got invited to an adult only Halloween party in the neighborhood- where costumes were mandatory. We tried to pull off Mary Poppins and Burt, the chimney sweep! The boys are very excited to wear the costumes, and I think I've put a cute one together for Naomi, so those will be coming soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

20 weeks, and it's a BOY!

Here's a quick shot that I had Jake take this morning before leaving for the ultra sound.

We were all hoping for a girl, except for Dekker. My guess was a boy though. I hadn't felt very sick with this one, I haven't gained as much weight as I did with Naomi, especially through the hips. Plus, with Naomi, sweets actually made me feel more sick- with this one that wasn't a problem. And, well, I guess just Mother's intuition. So I wasn't too surprised. It really wasn't what Jake was expecting though. He thought for sure he was getting another girl. He says he's still happy- and that it just makes him love Naomi all the more. Of course, the best news of all was that the baby looks healthy! My placenta is a little low, but anterior, and so expected to move up. They'll do a follow up ultra sound at 29 weeks just to make sure.

I can't believe I'm half way already!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We caught LOTS of fish!

The boys were in HEAVEN. Jake got in some good fly fishing, and the boys found the magic lour that brought them some great fish as well. (We let them all go) Josh became addicted. He cast, caught, and brought one in all by himself. I thin Jake said their total was at 15!

UEA Anual trip

This summer we never really got in a trip that was just our family. The kids had Thursday and Friday off this week (UEA break), and we knew we wanted to use it to get in a family trip. With our recent move we didn't really have the funds to go far or "go big". I miraculously found the perfect little cabin on its own fishing pond not too far away. We left at noon on Thursday, and stayed two nights. It was perfect! We loved it so much that we decided it will be our anual tradition.

We had fun roasting marshmallows around the fire, cooking in the dutch oven, taking out the kayaks, exploring, and of course, FISHING!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Yeah, Dex knows where the REAL action on the field is! LOL!