Monday, January 16, 2017

Traces of Time . . . January 16-22, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy New Year
This week 
January 16, 2017
January  22, 2017

W I N T E R 
December - January - February

Monday - January 16, 2017

(hope to add photos soon)

Walt got an MRI this morning at the Cassia Regional Medical Center.  He has been having some lower back pain for a few months now, so before his surgeon in Salt Lake who did his back surgery in May 2012 can check him, Walt is required to have a current MRI.  So that got done this morning.

Walt has claustrophobia so was wondering if he would be able to stay in the MRI machine long enough.  But he said it is no longer this tiny tube that they roll your body into.  It is more open, so he said it was the difference between night and day, and he didn't feel claustrophobic in this more open MRI machine.

We had a great time at Family Home Evening tonight at the home of Gary and Colleen McCall.  They always set a beautiful table.
Here is one table...with Sparkling Apple Cider ready to serve.
G'lenn, Scott, and Steve enjoy talking together 
just before dinner is served. 
Dan, Gary, and Sherry are getting the 
final preparations for dinner done. 
Bloxhams put some lovely fruit kabobs together.
Dan brought a healthy veggie tray. 
Eileen baked rolls, and 
Sherry made a nutritious tossed salad.
Bonnie brought some of their yummy frozen corn.
And Gary and Colleen always choose delicious meat to are spare ribs that Gary smoked then bar-b-qued....hmmmm! 
They also added a tri-tip roast, 
in case some didn't want the bar-b-que.
I was so delighted with the colorful cups of fresh fruit and wafers in whipped cream that Marilyn brought for dessert, I plumb forgot
to take a photo of them.   
She brought them and went back home to take care of Dave, who,
also missed Church yesterday because of a bad cold.
Sherry shared everyone's sentiments when she said she was sorry about Dave's being ill, but appreciated 
his not coming to expose the rest of us.  
She's been able to avoid getting a cold that she
usually gets during the holidays.

After dinner, we went into the living room by the fireplace,
where Gary and Colleen introduced their idea for the lesson.
They said that Steve and Sherry had touched on it
during the conversation at dinner, when they shared
their experiences of going to the Family History Library
to do some family history.

Colleen asked us each to share a story about an ancestor...who came across the plains...or who didn't come across the plains.

Now I will share snitches of what was shared.
[If I get your stories wrong, please let me know.]
Colleen shared about her Dad's Grandmother McGraw Carey...who was a character, smoked a pipe which she carried in her garter when she wasn't smoking.  She taught--or had her children each learn--a musical instrument.  They formed a band that played for various dances in the area they lived.  (I don't remember where her Dad's father grew up...seems like it may have been Oregon.)
Her Dad was the only one in his family converted to the Church.

Gary's ancestors in Switzerland...
I think he said his mother's name was Barbara Stucki. Gary's ancestors from Switzerland ended up in the Driggs/Victor area of Idaho where Frank Bauman's family had also emigrated to from Switzerland, and they all grew up together.
Gary shared that his Great-grandfather, John Stucki, in 1857 at age 9, came across the plains in a handcart company.
Even though they weren't snowed on like the Willey and Martin Handcart Companies, it was still a hard trip pushing those handcarts.  They did not have sufficient food, and they were pretty much out of food by the time they got to Western Wyoming. The party came to a group of buffalo and shot three of them. Each family got a big roast that they wrapped to save for dinner the next Sunday.  As this 9-y-o boy helped push the handcart, he would take his pocketknife and cut little pieces of the buffalo meat off to chew on because he was so hungry.  
On Sunday, when his Dad unwrapped the roast to cook for the Sunday dinner, only about half of it was left.  Gary's G-gf didn't get in trouble like he thought he would, but his father cried because he knew his little boy was so hungry.
When they got to Salt Lake Brigham Young had them to go Santa Clara.
Steve shared a story about his ancestors who emigrated from England via ship to Florida through a "hole in the rock" on the ocean, docked at New Orleans, then came up river to Missouri on to Council Bluffs, then came across the plains from there in 1856 when the trail was well established. 

Sherry's great-grandfather Neil Johansson, during the grain harvest, got his hand caught in the cogs of the binder when trying to unclog them. If they'd taken the cogs apart it would have taken three weeks to get the part, and the other farmer's would not have gotten their grain harvested, since they all used the same binder.
So he had his finger cut off so the others would not lose their crop for that season.  Her g-gf did what had to be done.
(Sherry, if I didn't get that right, please let me know. Thanks.)
Ken Hansen couldn't make it through the snow and ice to walk over, so Bonnie fed him supper, then came over to McCall's.
Bonnie shared that her Dad, _______ Blauer was born with a club foot that was never operated on.  His brother, Cecil, a fourth child, was also born with a club foot, but they did operate on his when he was a baby.  His fourth child was also born with a club foot.
Bonnie's Grandmother Blauer was born in Switzerland and joined the Church at age 17 and came to Utah via the Perpetual Immigration Fund.
Her Grandfather Blauer, at age 25, was on the same ship, and had worked in the vineyards. He was planning to go to Australia, but someone who wanted to go to Australia asked him to trade tickets with him, so Bonnie's g-f decided he would trade his ticket to Australia and go to Utah to see him family before he then went on to Australia. When he went to Utah he met Bonnie's g-m, fell in love and married her instead of ever going to Australia.
G'lenn's Great-great-grandmother would always make her daughter wear her bonnet when she went outside.  G'lenn's Great-grandmother would wear it till she was out of site of her mother, then get off her horse, take her bonnet off and tie it to a fence post and ride the rest of the way on her horse, 
letting her hair flow free in the wind.
When "Nana"--as G'lenn said they all called her--headed back home, she would stop and retrieve her bonnet and her mother thought she's worn it the whole day.

Scott's Grandmother was born with club feet and could never walk because her feet wouldn't hold her up.  She had to crawl her entire life.  When Scott would go with his family to visit his Grandfather and Grandmother, they would have to wait outside while his Grandfather got his Grandmother up onto a chair and, put a blanket over her that covered her feet, before they went in. He never did see his Grandmother crawling on the floor.
She had a drawer behind her where she always had homemade oatmeal raisin cookies for them.  
Scott doesn't know how she made them.  He said his Grandfather must have lifted her up onto the counter to make and bake them.
To this day he loves oatmeal-raisin cookies.
Dan said his mother's G-g-g-grandfather, Phillip Delamare, was commissioned by Brigham Young to go to England and bring back the equipment for the first sugar factory in Utah.  It was called the U and I Sugar Factory and was in South Jordan.
On his father's side--Elizabeth Snow--his grandmother Black's G-g-grandfather was a brother of Lorenzo Snow.  (So he would also be
a brother of Eliza R. Snow.)

Eileen adds:  Dan comes from a long line of famous Church leaders--on both sides of his family.

Eileen shared a little about her mother's family.  Her maternal Grandfather Simpson "David" Huffaker homesteaded his farm in Rigby, having grown up in Willow Creek (now just a little north and east of Idaho Falls).  He married in 1913 and her mother, Verna Beth Huffaker (Albertson) was their third child, born in Rigby in 1920.  When she was a year old, someone told Dave and Ella that the growing season in Wendell, Idaho, was longer and the soil better, so they--along with two other families--moved there.  And that's how Eileen was born in the Magic Valley and graduated from Wendell High School in 1957; Walt is a 1952 WHS graduate.

 In 2000 when her Mom turned 80, Eileen helped her Mom get her hand-written life story typed and by the Christmas of 2000 had 450 pages done.  But before printing it, her Mom wanted to add photos.  Eileen is still adding photos.  Her Mom lived to age 93--passing away in July 2013.
Eileen ended with the story of her mother's .conversion
On Easter Sunday, when Verna was 8, their Sunday School teacher,
Sister Bessie Kassins, had them go outside. The girls sat on the lawn, but Verna didn't want to get any grass stains on her pretty, new Easter dress, so she stood up.
Sister Kassins told them about the First Vision.
As Verna was listening intently, she heard a voice say: "It's true."
She never doubted from that day that Joseph Smith saw God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.  Her testimony was unquenchable for the rest of her life!

Walt shared about his Uncle Tom Prescott.  He shared that his four Prescott uncles, John, Hebe, Dean, and Tom were all strong men who enjoyed getting together to hunt.  However, none of them liked snakes.  Uncle Tom didn't want to be afraid of anything, so he would carry a snake in his pocket.  He never did really like snakes, but he was never afraid of them again.
Walt added, "I'm like my mother, I am still terrified of snakes," adding, "I would never die of a snake bite, I would die of fright."
Here is the group photo:
Front row: Dan Black, Colleen McCall, Walt Petersen, Bonnie Hansen.  Back row: Scott and G'lenn Bloxham, Gary McCall, Sherry and Steve Ormond.
Bonnie Hansen took this group photo so Eileen could be in it.
We always enjoy being together.  However, it didn't seem the
same without Ken Hansen, Dave and Marilyn Gibbons, and Ken and Bonnie Fronk there. The Fronks are out of town for two weeks.
We thank Gary and Colleen McCall for always being such a gracious host and hostess.

I forgot to add one of the best, most important parts . . .

In closing, Colleen said: We've all enjoyed hearing a story about your ancestors.
Now...for your children and grandchildren to have a story about their ancestors, we each need to write our life story.
The challenge for us is: Start your life story.
Which for some of us will mean, 
if we've started it, 
bring it up to date.

   Next month - February 20th - we will gather at the home of Walt and Eileen Petersen.
     Sherry said that Darrell and Mary Ann Roskelley will be home on February 3rd, so they will rejoin us.
     George and Jacque Gorton finish their mission in July 2017, we think.

Tuesday - January 10, 2017

This morning our College of Southern Idaho - Burley Branch walking class began for winter semester.*  It is taught by Raedean Gillette.  I think it's called "Over 60 and Keeping Fit."  
I counted about 43 in the class.  We walk from 11:00 to 11:50.  The instructor has fun peppy music to walk to. (It's old-time like from the 1960s and 1970s) and also has the class add arm exercises, and sometimes weighted balls or elastic bands to lift and move during part of the walking time.
She closes with good cool down routines.

*When we went to the office of CSI--Burley Branch to report that my camera may have been dropped outside the south door of the gym, I saw a sign that said: "Sign up for Spring Semester--starting January 17." So even though we are in the dead of winter--it's called Spring Semester.  I guess because it goes till Spring it's called that.

We spent the rest of the day taking down more of our Christmas decorations, getting ready for my Serendipity Book Club that will meet here this Thursday evening.

Wednesday - January 18, 2017

We were planning to drive to Elwood, Utah, today for the funeral of Walt's second cousin, Earl Petersen, son of his Dad's Uncle Willie.  However, the weather report said: "Winter Storm Warning in effect from 11:00 a.m. today until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow night." So that kept us home.

We found out the next day--when our back left tire was going flat--that it had a screw in it, and we probably would have had a flat tire on the way to Utah.  So we were blessed to not be along side the rode in snow and ice with a flat tire.

We made some more preparations for my book club being here the next day.  And a great help was that our home teacher, Ethan Kemp, and his friend, Bryce Hale, from our Teachers' Quorum, came over before mutual and carried about 12 boxes of Christmas decorations from our family room and living room to the storage room and lifted them high onto the shelves there.

Then they switched the couch and love seat in the family room that we change each December to make room for the kids' Christmas tree in the corner by the fireplace.  What a great help that was for us!  Bryce's dad, Russell, also helped with taking two old office chairs to the basement.

Now our family room is back to normal and more ready for my friends to come for the book review Thursday evening.

(I have a couple of photos of them, but they are on Walt's cell phone, and I can't get them loaded onto my computer.  I must have lost my camera coming out of walking class this morning.)

Thursday - January 19, 2017



Friday - January 20, 2017
I N A U G A R A T I O N   D A Y   O F   P R E S I D E N T
 D O N A L D   J.   T R U M P



Saturday - January 21, 2017



Sunday - January 22, 2017
Today was our Burley 3rd Ward Conference.
I am sharing parts of the testimony of our Bishop and our Stake President who were the two speakers in Sacrament Meeting.

Bishop Steven M. Gerratt...
Heavenly Father loves us. 

I have a testimony of the Atonement, just as Joseph Smith saw what he said, in our General Conferences the First Presidency and Apostles--who are Prophets, Seers, and Revelators--share testimony of Joseph Smith.

He translated the Book of Mormon. 

I have a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ is on the Earth. 
I also sustain and bare testimony that President Thomas S. Monson is our Prophet. 

The Holy Ghost bears testimony to me that the one purpose of the First Presidency and Apostles is to help us draw closer to Heavenly Father.

One of my favorite scriptures is Helaman 5:12:
   "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fail."  

We will be safe if we build our foundation on the Savior.
No matter what Satan throws at us, we can never fall if we build
our foundation on the Savior.

Yea, I have faith in and a testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and the Holy Ghost.

Yea, I have faith in and a testimony of the Restoration.

Yea, I have a testimony in the President of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Prophet who exercises all of the Priesthood Keys.
Yea, I have a testimony in the Apostles.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

President Chad Jones...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Traces of Time . . . January 9-15, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy New Year
This week 
January 9, 2017
January  15, 2017

W I N T E R 
December - January - February

Monday - January 9, 2017

(hope to add photos soon)

Had a great time watching the National College Football Championship Game - defending champs Alabama beat by
Clemson Tigers - 52-49.
Ruth Melling invited us to watch the game with her.
We love being with our neighbor and good friend.
Tuesday - January 10, 2017

Dr. Spackman ordered a chest x-ray for Walt today because he has had a cough for three weeks now.  He does not have pneumonia, just a virus.
He also had his ears irrigated, and now can hear much better from having so much wax removed.

Wednesday - January 11, 2017

We went to the viewing for Milford Mabey.

Thursday - January 12, 2017

We went to the funeral of Milford Mabey, son of Velma Jean Mabey. His brother, Duane, did a great job speaking, as did
President Guy Redder, and Bishop Darby Hawkins.

Friday - January 13, 2017

n Kathleen Hedberg helped us with family history.
Then I was able to get the three ink cartridges for our HP Laser Jet now I can print things from my computer again.

Saturday - January 14, 2017

First, today, I'm doing a Birthday Remembrance for my Mom.
V E R N A   B E T H    H U F F A K E R   A L B E R T S O N
Born January 14, 1920 in Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho
Died July 26, 2013
                 So she lived 93 years on this Earth, and now she
                 is living in heaven.

Oh....I don't have my photos transferred to this new I'm going to start this over on my old Dell Computer....

I also need to transfer this photo from today's Twin Falls Times News...about Hudsons' Hamburgers in Couer d'Alene.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and
all that goes with it.

Of this we testify at the end of this Sabbath Day.
Walt Petersen and Eileen A. Petersen
Burley, I D A H O

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Traces of Time . . . January 2-8, 2017

Traces of Time . . . Happy New Year
This week 
January 2, 2017
January  8, 2017

W I N T E R 
December - January - February

Monday - January 2, 2017
Our tradition for New Year's Day--which was celebrated today:
Watch the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl football game.  We were cheering for University of Southern California vs Penn State, so were happy with the final score of 52-49.
    Walt said it's the best football game he has ever seen.  And they broke a record for the most total points scored in the Rose Bowl.

Our tradition was also to have an "indoor picnic," after the rich foods in December. We'd usually have ham, homemade potato salad, baked beans, fresh veggies and fruit, rolls, and Texas chocolate cake.

We were able to get a color TV back in the late 1960's before most of our extended family had one, so we always invited Walt's parents, his siblings, nephews and nieces to come to our home and watch the parade and the Rose Bowl in color.
     It is always great when family and extended family can be together.
Tuesday -  January 3, 2017

Walt's choice for January for the SBC - Sibling Book Club
Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
Book by Charles Krauthammer

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics is a nonfiction book by Charles Krauthammer. It was at the top on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers List for four weeks, in January 2014

Wednesday - January 4, 2017
 Because of a severe winter storm warning, we didn't drive to Twin Falls today to rendezvous with Dale and Connie for our weekly temple session.
   Good thing....Burley--as most of southe central Idaho--got 13 inches of snow, with a steady wind blowing high snow drifts.
We just stayed inside--warm and cozy--getting the flash lights and candles ready in case the power went out.  
Thank heavens, the electricity stayed on throughout the day and night.


Thursday - January 5, 2017
Today I typed the invitation for our Serendipity Book Club gathering for Jan. 19.  
It will be at our home.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
at the home of Eileen Petersen
 2457 Burton Avenue
at 7:00 p.m.

Whet your Appetite: Delores Green

Book Review: Bonnie Hansen
Lois Lowry’s quartet series:
The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son

Refreshments: Delores Green

Please come.
It’s always nice to bring a friend.     

 Friday - January 6, 2017

It was good to have Kathleen Hedberg, our ward family history consultant, come to help us with family history.  She has Walt's Swedish line of his grandmother Nellie Katie Olson back to the 1600's with Matt Mickleson married in born in the late 1600's.

Saturday - January 7, 2017

Sunday - January 8, 2017
Church for our stakes in this area was cancelled for today because of the bad weather and storm warnings.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.  And we still revere God and Jesus Christ whether we are in Church or not.
We are thankful for all our many blessings and all the tender mercies that Heavenly Father gives to us each day.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Traces of Time . . . December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 Happy New Year

Traces of Time . . . Happy New Year
This week 
~ December 26, 2016 
January  1, 2017

W I N T E R 
December - January - February

The Family Fun Week 
Between Christmas and New Year's Day

Monday - December 26, 2016

BRIGHTON SKI RESORT - crowded, slow service

Today we were going to watch Rigdon and Lizzy Beth at Julie and John's home while the rest went skiing at Brighton.  However, the parking places filled so full that the Fire Marshall declared them "closed" so Steve, Kimble and Carter; Gary, McKell, and Isaac had to turn back and couldn't ski.  Also Julie wasn't feeling well enough to go up.

So David, Anna, William (Sam was sick, too), Brian, Emma, Taylor, Avery, John, Jacee, Jackson, Maddie were the only ones who made it up to Brighton before no more cars were allowed.

Kimble and Carter counted 351 cars still going up as they were coming back down.  They figure a lot of those were headed to Brighton that had to just turn back also.  Some may have been going on to the Solitude Ski Resort.

In the evening we had the yummy Christmas dinner left overs, then were going to watch the DVD of "Sully," but spent the entire evening sitting around the table talking....about Chritmas memories, and many other family memories.

About 10:20 we followed Gary back over to his apartment. We were all tired and went right to bed.

Tuesday - December 27, 2016

This morning Gary left for work about 8 a.m. and we drove over to Julie and John's about 10:20, getting there just in time for Walt to go tto the ski swap with Brian to get his girls skis that fit.  

In the afternoon, most of us had naps while the kids played downstairs.

This evening activity had been planned the night before by looking up the times of the current movies.  It was decided that everyone would go to the 6:20 showing of "Fantastic Beast."   

However, about 4:00 when they went online to buy the tickets, "all sold out!"  Julie said, "Oh, no, "I forgot it is $5 Tuesday plus the holiday week.  They checked the other theaters in Utah Valley and Salt Lake Valley....with the same result "All sold out."

So now we are doing "Plan B" having Dominoes Pizza and the adults and teens watching "Sully," and the kids in the basement watching "Grinch" or another kids movie.

Gary, Brian, John, Julie, Walt, nor I have seen "Sully," so it's good we didn't get to watch it last night.


Wednesday - December 28, 2016

BRIGHTON SKI RESORT - slow service - Brian's changing to Solitude tomorrow.

Today we stayed at Gary's apartment and caught up on computer - our blog, g-mail, face book, and I got a little Netflix of "Call the Midwife" in.  That's an interesting British series that Connie and I enjoy watching. Walt and Dale are not quite in to it.  Walt did watch part of one episode with me once.

This evening was the Cousins' Christmas Party hosted by David and Julie at their beautiful home in Draper.
Gary worked very hard at gettiing the 12 different flavors of Stephen's Hot Chocolate ready for the traditional taste test.
To "help" him, we offered to go pick up Isaac.

However, we got lost twice, so we caused him to be about 10 minutes later than he would have been.

But we all made it a little late but got to join in the family fun for the next couple of hours.

I lost the battery to my camera somewhere between Rexburg and Utah Valley, so haven't had a camera all week.  I've been taking photos on Walt's cell phone, but after the first photo I took at the party, it said: "Storage full, delete some files."

Gary helped me delete the videos, which he explained take up most of the storage space.  So I did get a few photos, but now I don't have the cord to get them loaded into my computer.  Natalie got these couple of fun photos of the teenage cousins.
Anna, Ashley, Carter, Michael, Sam, Kimble, Joshua--cousins from three families.

It always good food and good times to be with family.

We were low on gas so we drove north from David and Julie's home to fill up at the 24-hr Chevron.  The fringe benefit was that we got to see their beautiful park of lighted trees, including the "tree of life."

Thursday - December 29, 2016
Shawn, Steve, David, Brian and families go to Solitude Ski Resort and love it...
Gary, McKell, Jacob, and Isaac have great service at Brighton and love it...
Utah snow is great wherever you ski...

Great day at Solitude -- Cousins together...
Cousins from Rexburg, Idaho: Sam and Michael Fisher; from Saratoga Spring, Utah: Kimble and Carter Petersen; from Draper, Utah: Anna, Sam, and Will Petersen; and from Christian, Tennessee: Emma, Taylor, Avery, 
and Liz-Beth Peteren -- great to be together to ski.

Liz-Beth, 7, didn't want to go again, but Brian finally convinced her to go.  Once she got there she told her Dad: "I don't like skiing... I luv, luv, luv it!"

Early this morning Shawn, Steve, and Brian took some of their kids up for all-day skiing at Solitude. Brian has been frustrated with the slow service at Brighton so they changed resorts today.

Gary took McKell, Jake, and Isaac for half-day at Brighton for his kids first time. McKell, Jake, and Isaac took a ski lesson. They had great service and an outstanding ski instructor. They feel confident and had a good time on skis and want to go again.

Julie said this is how Brian skied when she was on the mountain with him. It was hard to keep track of him. She said that he put his ski poles under his arms and headed straight down the mountain.

As I start this post at 4pm....we're thinking that the ski lift has just closed.  Dad told Liz-Beth that they probably made a last run just before the lift was shut down.  Then they'll take their skis off and head for the parking lot to jump in the car to get warm and head home.  Well, home this week for Brian, Emma, Taylor, and Liz-Beth is here at Julie and John's in Saratoga Springs.

We can't wait to hear how their day has been!  Hope someone sends us a photo we can download. 

Friday - December 30, 2016

This morning Jenny D. landed at the Salt Lake Airport about ten o'clock.   She is having a ski lesson tomorrow afternoon for her first time on snow skis.

Walt and I were invited to the Ogden's home in Provo for lunch and to rendezvous also with the Bennion's from Virginia.  Ron was a great mission president of the Guatemala South Mission 2005-2008.  Debbie was also very loved by their missionaries as the wife of the mission president.
D. Kelly and Marcia Ogden were over the MTC from 2006 to 2008.  We had great association with these two couples during our two years as the medical advisor and wife of the Central America Area Mar 2005 to Feb 2007.

It was a joy to be with them.
Ron and Debbie Bennion, Kelly and Marcia Ogden, Walt.
President Ogden took a photo with me in it.
We spent the rest of the afternoon with Gary.  Julie, Brian, Jenny D, and the kids went to the late matinee of "Sing" at the Megaplex at the District off Bangeter.
Supper at the Sizzler...
We rendezvoused with them all at Sizzler for supper when they got out of the movie.
Maddie and Avery were at the other end of the table.
Gary took a shot of us...
It was too late to go see the Christmas lights at Temple Square since they close at 9:00 p.m.
We didn't make it to Temple Square but we did go to the Provo "Cristmas in Color" by the Utah Lake.
    Nothing tops Temple Square.

There are 1 million+ synchronized lights waiting to be seen! 
It cost $28 a vehicle...which I think is overpriced!  Walt and I were in Brian's SUV with Brian and Jenny D., 
Gary, Avery and Maddie.
There were several tunnels with different colors.
Wish we had a photo of the entrance of snowflakes in blue lights, but here are some pretty blue lights from the Christmas Color Provo...
I did take some photos but they didn't turn out like the ones above that I googled.  These are like the snowflake entrance.
Here's another professional picture of Christmas in Color Provo...
And one more...the colors were in consant motion and changing colors.  One became a rainbow...all was spectaculor.  It took us about 17 minutes to drive through.  Music was syncronized on 99.9 FM with the lights.  
So fun.

Saturday - December 31, 2016   

Gary transferred the files from my old computer to my new computer.  And he helped clear  up the files on Walt's cell phone.  He ordered in Pizza Hut Pizza for our late lunch/early supper..."the dinner box."  Yummm...

McKell and her roommate, Sam, came to get the chocolate fountain for their New Year's Eve Party, plus some New Year's Eve decorations and hats.

Cute college coeds...


Then we drove to Julie and John's for the family party there with all four of our sons and one of our three daughters and their families.  SEVEN O'CLOCK and time to pop the first balloon for the first hour's activities.
   (This is patterened after The Fisher Rockin' New Year's Eve that is always so Julie wanted to copy the idea.)

William got to begin the festivities...
And the balloon is popped!
This is the activity William announced...
We're off to the cultural hall at the church which Julie had reserved for 7:00-9:00 p.m.
 Gary is ready...
Gary is always prepared for any and every activity...


Dodge ball first...
Lining up from shortest to tallest to number off for two teams...
Then...Dodge ball is good for any age...
It got down to just a few left in...

Then Hamster Balls...

Most of the kids ran out to the cars to get home for the next activity, but here are the adults...
Eight o'clock...time to pop the next balloon...
Maddie gets to do this balloon...
And the activity is...

...the chocolate bar game.
Time out...Steve and Natalie have to...rather get to go help chaperone the teens New Year's Eve dance at the Church...
Then the chocolate game continues...along with
the "Pie-in-the-Face" game...
Opps....Maddie got some "pie-in-the-face"...
So did Grampa...
And several others...
  and at the left Brian and Taylor have an ad-lib game of throw the candy in the air and see if you can catch it in your mouth...
David got it next...
The nine o'clock balloon was popped by Avery...
...for the Air Hockey Tourney...
The champion is 10-year-old Sam.
Avery, 11, comes in second place.
Now the adults turn at Air Hockey...
Julie's on a winning streak of beating her brothers...
Julie ready for the next opponent...
Jenny D. was very coordinated and fast...
but Julie was both of those also...
...and Julie wins again... to become the adult champion.
...but in the playoff with Sam...
Sam beats Aunt Julie...
Then the Jupiter Petersens have to drive back to Draper to pick up Anna from her New Year's Eve Party... bombed by Uncle John and Aunt Julie...
Here's David and Julie with Sam and Will...
And now for the ten o'clock balloon popped by Jackson...
...for the activity written inside saying: "The number game."
Gary is ready to catch those changing chairs when their numbers are called out...
Now it's time for the ELEVEN O'CLOCK balloon...
...which says: "Countdown!"

But before the final countdown...there's time for a little inquistion.  Gary asks everyone: "What was your favorite movie this year?"
Gary - "Rogue - Star Wars..." and also "Star Trek"
Julie -
John -
Brian -
Jenny D. -
Walt - "Sully"
Eileen - "Miracle on 34th Street" which Walt got me the DVD
                 to watch on my birthday on Dec. 15...
                    but they said it had to have come out this year,
                      so I should have said: "Star Wars..."
Then Gary asked what was the favorite thing we did this year.
Gary -
Julie - with Jackson
             with Jacee and Maddie "Christmas Ballroom Showcase"
John -
Brian -
Jenny D. - "Meeting Brian"
Walt - Trip to University of Idaho with his four sons
Eileen - Mine was the same as Walt's
   The boys also added that that was right up there with their #1 choice.

I e-mailed (I know, old fashioned vs texting) each one to have them remind me of their answers....
Here's Steve reply on Mon, Jan. 2:
Hi Mom,
So much great family time during the Holiday!!
In answer to your questions:

Favorite Movie of 2016:  My was a tie:  Jason Bourne - Legacy and Star Wars: Rogue One
Loved both of those movies, mostly because Kimble, Carter, and I watched all the the previous movies of each series before we went to see the movies above.  Great fun and family time.

The favorite thing I did in 2016 . . . Hmm . . . again a tie:
1.  Watching Carter in the Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament.
2.  Watching Kimble at the State Swim Meet.
3.  Playing Brian in tennis.
4.  Chatting with Julie on random afternoons when I stop by her place.
5.  Going to breakfast often with Gary.
6.  Getting new job back in home building with a stable company.
7.  Watching Grampa give Kimble his Patriarchal Blessing

Have a great day - - - back to the "real world" tomorrow!!
Love to you all,

And then it was the last minute of 2 0 1 6 and the countdown began... 59-58-57..................10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
This clock is supposed to have fireworks go off when it hits midnight and flash "Happy New Year."  I don't know how to get it to work.

I'll try another one...


...and Jackson almost made it to midnight...

 I T   I S   N O W  7 . . .

...the girls are still going strong
♫♪ Should auld acquaintance be forgot...and never brought to mind...♪♫
♫♪ A U L D   L A N G   S Y N E ♫♪
Traditional Song
Modern English Translation
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!
And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!
Times Gone By
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!
For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.
We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.
We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.
And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!
And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!
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Then it was time to say good-bye...
We would be leaving the next day and
Brian and Jenny D would be visiting two of
Brian's college roommates - 
Scott Wood and David McClellan.

We wouldn't see Julie tomorrow either beore we left.
We're so thankful to Gary for his letting us stay with
him in his apartment all week.
We would go with him to Church in the morning,
then take off to see my sister Janice, and Jeff at
their home in Midvale and drive back to Idaho from there.

Sunday - JANUAR Y 1, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR 

2 0 1 7 will be heaven!

 Our son, David, needed this photo of his father, Walter R. Petersen, when as a Mission President in November 1997, President Gordon B. Hinckley, came to our México Mérida Mission. While the Prophet was here, he not only spoke to about 10,000 members, including our 180 missionaries, at a gathering in Mérida and Cancun, but also wanted to go to Chichen Itza.

We were asked to be with him and his group, which included his wife, Marjorie, their daughter Virginia, but also Elder L. Tom Perry and his wife Barbara, plus his Security and others.

Here is a photo at Chichen Itza with President Hinckley.  Everyone in the group was given a hat to protect us from the sun when we all arrived at Chichen Itza.  President Hinckley would hurry and take off his hat when someone was photographing him.

We were told ahead that the Prophet and Elder Perry would be dressed casually.  We found out "casual dress" for them was not wearing their suit jacket nor a tie with their white shirt.
David said he was able to use this photo in his lesson in Priesthood today as he introduced the lesson book for 2017 is from teachings by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

We stopped in Midvale to see Janice and Jeff.
With Jeff being from Pennsylvania, he has converted Janice into being a staunch Pittsburg Steelers fan!
Here's a photo of my sister and me together.
And here's Walt having to get gas at Snowville.
We forgot to get it yesterday in Utah Valley.
We hit a snowstorm just out of Tremonton and we didn't know how much it would slow us down, so we couldn't take a chance on not having enough gas to get on over Sweetzer Summit and on in to Burley.

At the close of this New Year's Sabbath Day...

We bear testimony that...

Heavenly Father cares about each one of us and knows us individually by name.

Jesus Christ, is the Only Begotten Son of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother and also loves each one of us and knows us by name.

The Holy Ghost, the Third Member of the Godhead, also loves us, knows us, and testifies to us of all Truth.

Joseph Smith was foreordained to be the Prophet of the Restoration of all Truth for these last days.  He fulfilled that foreordination under the divine direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

The Bible testifies of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Mormon is true and is Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

The living Prophet on the earth today is President Thomas S. Monson.

We believe these truths with all of our hearts...
Walt and Eileen Petersen - Burley, I D A H O 
It's nice to go travelin' . . . but it's
also nice to get back home.
Remember ...
2 0 1 7
will be