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.