Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Utah trip


I had fun on a recent trip to Utah (for Lindsey's show). It was fun to have time with Dave and Sarah's family. I always like to do a project with the kids. This is Bryce and Kobe fingerpainting.


Solena was my shadow. I loved playing with her--singing, talking, playing with kitty, cleaning, organizing, etc. I went with her to her nursery class on Sunday. She was fun to play with.

I found the old books that Dave wrote when he was little. I had fun reading them to Kobe and his friend (McKay), Solena and Bryce. Then Kobe and I made books for him.



This is Lindsey with her cast while they were posing for pictures after the show. These kids love her. She is amazing with them. She has earned their respect so now she can have fun with them.


We have always given something to Lindsey after her shows that will represent the show. This is a Barbie decked out like Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was a ton of fun to see the show and watch the amazing production Lindsey was responsible for.



Monday, December 1, 2008

Office in the digital world

These are pictures of an overhead monitor and a computer and monitor as they now are in every operatory in the office. We also take digital xrays which show immediately on the monitor. We have a new digital panoramic xray machine. We can put the xray images and intraoral camera images on the overhead monitor for patients to see. Pretty cool stuff.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nicole's Birthday


We went to dinner with Brian and Nicole to celebrate her birthday. It was a hibachi style restaurant and Nicole loved it. She has a new job this year. She works at an elementary with handicapped children. It is emotionally demanding, but she likes it. Check with her to find out more about it. Happy Birthday Nicole!

Colorful Fall


We have had an absolutely beautiful and colorful fall. This barberry in the front yard has never been so red.



The cotoneaster hedge in the backyard is more colorful that it has ever been. This was on Halloween.








See the red amur maple in the Japanese garden. We are loving it. We still haven't had any snow yet this year.



Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cootie!

This is the poster that Brian drew for the Cootie Party. He took the materials home and drew it there. He said Matthew didn't know he could draw! He is so creative. Look at the details of these little cooties on the ship and on the land. We are so grateful that he will draw this poster for us every year!

Cap'n Kent and Rascal Rolayne were the host and hostess for this 24th Annual Cootie Invitational Tourney. We had a lot of fun dressing up and planning the activities for the night.

We had full wall decorations (thanks to Suzie for suggesting we look up Oriental Trading Catalog for pirate ideas). This is a picture of the group playing games in the basement. Kent is rolling "eyeballs" into a treasure chest. We played "pin the eyepatch on the captain". You can see the big captain on the wall in the background. We also "bowled" with skulls and shot at skulls.

These lovely ladies are some of the "wenches" that their husbands had to catch by identifying their bare feet while the rest of their bodies were hidden.

We have some fun friends that are nearly as crazy as we are. It is a fun evening for us to laugh and laugh, eat, and play and laugh some more.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Telluride Weekend

Suzie's sister got married on September 20th in Telluride, Colorado. She came from Samoa for this event. This is Suzie and Kye on the gondola ride up to the top of the mountain at Telluride. They both looked wonderful!
Here they are at the top of the mountain.
Suzie and Kye came back to Denver with Kent and I for a few days. On our drive home we stopped at the Grand Canyon of the Gunnison and looked around. It was beautiful.

This is Suzie's family (oops, Natalie isn't in this picture). It's Reagan, Suzie, Carl, Boonie, Cindy, Sid, Mimi and Jessica. See more pictures on Nathan and Suzie's blogspot. It was so fun to see all the family together.
This is the little stud muffin (minus the tie courtesy of Kent). He has grown so much. He was so much fun to play with. He "talks" a lot, climbs a lot, giggles and is lots of fun. We loved having Kye and Suzie with us for a few days.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Lions Den Updates!

Roger, Connie, Paul and I were all at the Lions Den on Thursday and Friday this last week. The updates have been completed. Now we just had to clean and organize. Thanks to Connie and Brian for their push and vision to make these beautiful improvements. You can see a few pictures here of the updated granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as new floors in the kitchen and master bathroom.



It really is beautiful.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Japanese Gardens finished!

The rocks have now been added to make the ponds complete. It looks beautiful. The rocks represent water, and it is much safer, less maintenance, and No Algae!
The new granite stone lantern looks beautiful overlooking the lower pond. The bridge had it's lower cement carved away.
The water now runs down into the rocks and is recycled. It looks beautiful. You should come and see it!

Dave's room

We have changed the look in Dave's bedroom. Here's the new look. I made a headboard, we painted the wall green and yellow, and we got new pictures for the walls. I also made a valence for the windows. It looks really cool!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Allen Party

Roger's family was all in Denver for his birthday. We had a picnic at Clement Park with the family. This is the next generation. It was a lot of fun to see everyone and 3 new babies we had never met.

Jackie, Paul and I looked around at the Columbine Memorial located by Clement Park. It was a very touching display and memory of the Columbine incident.

Rolayne's updates


I went to Education Week during the 3rd week of August. I got to stay with Dave and Sarah and their family. This was the last night there when I played with the kids. They each decorated their "initial" with stickers. It was fun to play with them and see how big they are getting.
We went to watch Bryce's soccer practice one night. It was fun to play with the girls. Solena is very talkative and friendly right now. She loves to sing and play. Samantha is growing and doing so many new things.

Before I went home on Saturday, I stayed and watched some of Bryce's soccer game. At this age it is still "Swarm Ball." It was very fun to watch him run. Dave is the coach for his team. Bryce scored a goal during the game.












Kobe is "Mr. Creative" (follows after his dad). This is his museum wall. He has made all kinds of creations out of paper plates, pipe cleaners, popscicle sticks, tape and whatever else he can find. He started kindergarten his last week and he loves it.


Lindsey and I went with Brandon Sellers to dinner for his birthday. It was so fun to catch up with Brandon. He is loving BYU and being independent.

Happy Birthday to Kent

This is the new granite stone lantern that Kent got for his birthday. Now he is just waiting to finish the Japanese Garden ponds to place it in one of them. We'll show you that when it is ready!
Kent tore out the old deck in front of the tea house. He has been building this new one out of trex. Our neighbor tore out his trex deck to build a much larger deck, and this is the "recycled" new deck.

You can see the new "extended" deck. Also now the hole is full of rock for the fountain to drain into. Next step is to cover all the pond with weed barrier, and then put black rock everywhere for the new pools to be complete.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Strong Sellers boys

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Kent has been working very hard to make a new "bridge" over to the t-house. He first banged out the stones in the old path. We want to make the path over more safe for people to cross. He worked very hard (as usual). He puts together the puzzle to make these stones work.


Here's the completed path. It is beautiful.
This is Kent showing Jackson and Heather Westenskow what the pond looks like when we first turned it on. Jackson and Heather are living with us for a month while they are waiting to get into their new home. We've had a lot of fun with them.
Now Kent has ripped out the deck to the t-house. He will be building a new deck out of gray trex. It will stick out over the pond.
This is the new fountain. It has a much smaller pond at the top than before. The water runs over the falls and now down through one pathway into the hole. This is the hole that you have seen before with the carpet and rubber liner. The carpet was to protect the rubber liner from rubbing against the cinder blocks. The black piping now has the pump in it. It has holes all around in it so the water can get into the piping, but not the rocks. The next step is to fill rocks the rest of the way to the top of the rubber liner, then covering the whole thing with weed barrier, and then putting black round stones all around the whole old pond. The water will disappear into the rocks and recycle back up to the top. The rest of the pool is a "dry pond" that you see in many typical Japanese gardens. The only problem right now is that the pump used to pump from the lowest pond up to the top pond and need to have a lot of pressure to do it. It is almost too strong for this small fountain. The water runs very hard. Kent has also discovered a leak on the right side where the pond connects with the old deck. I'm sure he will figure out what to do. It is really beautiful. You should come and see it!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Muscle Power

Kent and Brian moved a big rock about 5 feet forward so that the rock will be at the top of the new "upper pond."


This rock is about 850 pounds. Now Kent is a very, very strong skinny guy! But it was wonderful to have Brian's very strong muscles to help!