Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dear Kids,
      We had a scaled-down Easter picnic here at our house Saturday night, with Allen’s family, Nora’s family, and Donna and Bevan. We barbecued hamburgers and had an Easter egg hunt in the front yard, and then people entertained themselves by throwing tennis balls over the house. It’s been a long time since we had an “event” at our house, since we usually do everything at the cabin, but it was sure fun. Bevan was talking to Allen about maybe doing a ride-along with him sometime. Allen was going to be working the next day, Sunday, and he said Bevan could come along and watch the “Mormon 500.” He said they set up their radar at five to nine, five to eleven, and five to one, and then catch the Mormons speeding to church.
      I’ve been bugging Allen about doing a long bike ride, maybe to Wendover, like the Centerville police officers do. But he convinced me we ought to start with a shorter ride. Like to Antelope Island. There aren’t any Saturdays when he’s free, so we decided on Monday, April 30th, in the afternoon. We’re going to meet at the entrance to the causeway at 4:00 p.m. Any of you who want to come, please do! It’s seven miles across the causeway, and 38 miles around the island, but I don’t think we’ll go all the way around. It will get too late. If you have any questions, call me.
      Meanwhile, Vanessa is still training for the Ogden Marathon, which will be May 19th. She says this marathon is easy to get into–no lottery or anything. They start the race in Ogden Valley, run around Pineview, down the canyon, and a little ways through Ogden. Sounds like fun. I wish I were a runner. I wish I had the joints for it. Oh, well. Dad and I will be at the finish line. Go, Vanessa!
      Seth’s Dad is going to make a big lifestyle change. He’s going to sell the cows! There are probably 300 of them, and he’s going to sell them off gradually, maybe 50 at a time. But there are some new heifers that they’ll keep and raise. So we’re all wondering, what will he do, without the cows? He’ll have freedom, that’s what. Oh, about making a living? He’s not sure yet. Seth is giving him advice. Maybe he’ll raise beef cattle.
      Tom and Bevan saw a moose at the cabin, just in back of the greenhouse. I guess he had come up the driveway and around the house. Then he just kept walking until he got to a bush, where he stood, waiting for the bush to move. They got some good pictures of him. I’m sure they’ll be up on Tom’s photo gallery pretty soon. I’m always hoping to see a moose close up, but it never happens.
      Dad and I are driving Grandma and Grandpa to Arizona tomorrow afternoon. We’ll leave as soon as dad gets off work, pick up Grandma and Grandpa, and hopefully get as far as Kanab. Friday morning we’ll drive to Mesa, and visit with Aunt Elma. Then, Saturday, we’re driving down to Tucson to see Monica, Neil, Ramona, and hopefully, we’ll meet Neil’s mom. We’ll come back to Mesa Saturday night, go to Church there Sunday morning, and then head for home. Not all the way, though–probably as far as Page. Then we’ll be home Monday afternoon. We’re really excited about the trip. I think Grandma and Grandpa are, too. They haven’t been on a real road trip in quite a while, so it will be fun for all of us.
      I’m doin’ great and lovin’ it. Hope you all are, too. Love, Mom