Friday, June 11, 2010

Katie & Emma's Showcase Dance Recital May 21, 2010!

Katie and Emma are cousins that are 14 years apart but it was fun that they could be in the same dance recital. Emma has been taking for one year and Katie has been taking at Showcase for 16 years. This is her last year. There were 7 seniors that have pretty much danced together for at least 10 years. Katie has been there the longest. They did a video presentation of these girls. It was really fun to see how much they have grown up with dance. It has become Katie's whole life. I really appreciate the teachers and the life lessons that Katie, Brooke and now Emma will be able to learn. Thanks Jeana, Cassie and Tewa for all your love and support of my girls!

Katie & Emma's Showcase Dance Recital

Alec's 5th Grade Wax Museum

In the 5th grade each student chooses a dead American Hero and dresses up like them in a living wax museum. Alec went as John Hancock one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He had to write a report on him and then dress up like him. I love his costume! He is the only one with a paper wig! It rocks! Alec's friend Hayden Hargraves went as George Washington.

Katie's Seminary Graduation

Katie Graduated with a 4 year certificate from Seminary! The Stake President asked her to speak at Seminary Graduation. Katie was really scared but did an amazing job. She explained the mission of Seminary and why it's important as a member of the church. I think it's awesome because at one time Katie wanted to quit seminary and said that it wasn't important. I know that she's glad she stayed and had a really great experience!

Happy Birthday Brooke & Katie

Katie and Brooke both celebrated birthday's in May. Katie turned 18 and Brooke turned 22! Wow someone's getting old!

More about Saratoga Splash


Yes, please come! We've worked really hard on this event and it's sure to be a blast in spite of the weather. I was in charge of all the entertainment so swing by the carnival and say hi to me... I'll be at the stage ALL DAY!

Also, Max and Abby are both competing in 'Saratoga's Got Talent'. They could really use a good cheering section!! It is on the main stage at 5:00 and should only be about 30-45 minutes.

You won't want to miss the main concert either. It's going to be great... and it's FREE!! It starts at 8:00 pm and features Eclipse... you'll love them!! Please bring friends and family and come enjoy a night under the stars with great music. (Concert will be moved to Westlak High School if the weather is not cooperative).

Last, but not least, please pray for great weather and send warm thoughts this direction. This event was rained out last year and it was so hard to see all my work go to waste. I believe in miracles and the power of our family so please help me out here!! I'd love to see my event go off without a hitch this year!


Congratulations Katie!

Katie finally graduated on May 27, 2010 from Lehi High School. She was a Drill Team Officer, Dance Co. Choreographer, she was Seminary President, she had a cumulative 3.987 gpa and was ranked #10 in her class. She also did a lot of volunteer work outside of school. She was a Local Hero and a Special Needs Mutual Counselor.
We are so proud of her. Katie will be attending UVU in the fall.

Saratoga Splash

Hi Everyone,

I would like to invite everyone that lives here in Saratoga to come and run/walk or cheer on family at the Saratoga Splash 5k on Saturday June 12, 2010.

It's at 7:00 am at the Sunrise Meadows Park.

Please Come it will be really fun to have everyone there.

There is a Breakfast after the race at the Sunrise Meadows Park at 8:00 am and the Parade will follow at 10:00.

I think this would be a really fun tradition for our family and we could support the events committee and all their hard work! Thanks Katie:)

On Saturday Night Brooke will be handing out CD's and doing some advertising for her new Salon Dreamz in Lehi. If any of you would like to come help it would be greatly appreciated. The concert is at 8:00 at the Harvest Hills Park.

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Arianna's Cross Country

(Hi this is Arianna, my mom wanted me to write about this...)This school year I started doing Cross Country. I've really enjoyed it, and I'm now starting Track and Field. I started doing Cross Country, because my mom recommended it after experiencing it herself at my age. Thanks mom!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kylan's 1 year old Pictures

We took pictures of Kylan with his baby hair before we cut it.
He's a big boy that's 1 year old!
Great Aunt Katie took all of these pictures!
Thanks Katie you are amazing!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day Mom

Dear Mom,
I just want to tell you how much you mean to me and how amazing you are. I love and am really amazed by all of your talents. I hope that you know that because of you I feel like I can be the person that I am. You have helped me to realize that doing what you want in life isn't easy if it's worth it. I am so lucky to have such an example to follow. I hope with all my heart that your day is happy. I know from experience that Mothers Day isn't all that it's expected to be when you have young children. I know that I wasn't always the best to let you know what you mean to me and I didn't always know how hard it was to be a mom. I know now and I want you to know that I appreciate all that you did to make our lives as happy as they were. I had an amazing childhood and I was so lucky to be able to do all the things I got to do. Thankyou for giving me the gift of curiosity. I love learning because of you. I love to read because of you. I love good music, art and beautiful things because of you. I love Shakespear because of you. I love movies because of you. I remember the days that we spent at the cabin and you teaching me the things that you learned as a young girl in a cabin and I always felt special because you were special. I love the way Dad loves you and lets you be the person you are. I love the way you love Dad and accept him and try to support him all that he does.
Thanks Mom!
Hope that your day is happy!

Kylan's Birthday Bash! May 8, 2010

Kylan's 1st Birthday was quite something! The weather was nice earlier in the day but got really windy and cold in the afternoon. He was a little tiered and fell asleep. We stayed at the Eagle Park in Saratoga Springs until about 5:oo. Some of you had to leave after 2 hours and didn't get to have cake. It was really amazing and we are sorry you had to miss it. We had enough food to feed an army of Brazilians but only half of them showed up. We would like to thank all of our family that came and tell you all that we love you! Thanks Katie for these amazing pictures you took. What would we do without you! All photography was done by "Kate Higbee Photography".

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kylans 1st Birthday Bash!

Come to Kylan's 1st Birthday Party!
When: May 8th
Where: Kylan's Grandma & Grandpa Webb's
Time: 2:00 until partied out!
RSVP: by Friday May 7 call Karen
Please come celebrate this momenteous occasion with all of Kylans family and friends!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

US Rugby Association Invitation to Tyler

A little over a week ago, Tyler received an official invitation from the US Rugby Association to join the first official US National Rugby team. Ostensibly, HBO is preparing a documentary of this historic process. Once on the team, Tyler will be eligible to try out for the first Olympic team fielded by the US. Today, Sunday April 25, Tyler was invited by the trainer for the San Diego Chargers to workout with the team to help him prepare for his Rugby experience.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Family Reunion

(all images from 2008 reunion)
Yeah for camping!!
Keeping Cool in the Pool!!
All Aboard!
Soccer Champs.

Mom and Dad are planning a super fun "unofficial" family reunion for this summer and wanted to get the info out so you all could plan. Please note the "unofficial" status of this event. We decided as a family to have a big reunion every other summer and a small one on the off years. This would be an off year so, while we would really LOVE to have as many people there as we can, no one should feel obligated to participate. The hope of this post is to 1. let you know what is planned 2. get your feedback and 3. figure out who will be there. So please look at the schedule below and discuss it with your families. Let us know if there is anything else you think we should add (or anything we should remove) and, MOST IMPORTANT, email me at if you will be there. Thanks for getting back to us fast so we can proceed with arrangements. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Tuesday (July 20) check in to campground (American Fork Canyon)

Wednesday (July 21) Camping

Thursday (July 22) Camping

Friday am (July 23) check out of campground, go home, unpack, clean up, etc.
2:00-4:00 Indoor Soccer at the Compound in Lindon
4:00-5:00 BBQ at the Compound in Lindon
5:00-9:00 Swimming at the Compound in Lindon

Saturday (Pioneer Day) Keeping it open to celebrate. BUT... possible things we could all do together are swimming at the SS Pool, Boating, Lunch or Dinner at the Pavilion, Movies, Fireworks and Firepit??? Any other thoughts? This would really be a low key day.

Sunday (July 25) all attend church together in Saratoga Springs
Family Pictures (right after church while everyone is still dressed up)

Should be a BLAST! Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Come support Katie in her debut with the World Renound Ririe Woodbury Dance Company at their annual fundraiser. It's a "Cabaret of Fools." The cost is $75.00 ($50.00 is tax deductable). It is going to be held on Saturday April 3rd from 6:30 to 11:00. Dinner will be served along with some amazing entertainment. You can visit the website to register Check out the entertainment from last year. It's awesome!



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stake Conference March 2010

I really enjoyed Stake Conference. I was only able to go to the adult session on Saturday night but it was really good. I just wanted to give everyone a brief synopsis of the speakers and the topics.

The first speaker was President Brown he's the president of the Mt. Timpanogas Temple. His talk was on "Teaching our Children about Ordinances". He said that an "Ordinance is a sacred ceremony entered into with God." He talked about the 4 major ordinances that we participate in. They are found in the 4th Article of Faith
  1. Baptism
  2. Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost
  3. Prophets are called of God
  4. Ordinance of the Sacrament

He said that, "God promises to forgive our sins if we promise to honor our covenants." He explained that, "Through ordinances God endows his people with power." And that,"Through ordinances people learn of the priesthood." He explained that the temple is something like the "Book of Mormon" that is a living book of scripture. When we go to the temple we are like investigators and that we must go often to understand the fullness of the ordinances that are performed there. He ended with a quote by President Packard, "If we keep our covenants that our life is like a movie and we know how the movie ends."

The second speaker was Pres. Dortch the 2nd councillor in the Stake Presidency. I always love his talks. He often speaks of when he was a boy growing up and I love those stories. His topic was on "Because we have agency bad things happen." He said that he was reading in Revelations 11-13 and he asked himself why do bad things happen if God loves us? He also explained that maybe he was naive but that he had never met an evil person. He said that sometimes we are stuck around the corner and can't see. We need the patience and faith of the Saints to be able to see from beginning to the end. Elder Maxwell said, "We are never at home in time...we belong to eternity... time whispers to us that we are strangers here." Life is a hammer shaping us and we are the anvil. Time will heal but it's a slow process and eventually end up killing all of it's patients. Patience and Faith-the more we use them the less we need them. Our perspective will broad until we see the veil.

The 3rd speaker was Pres. Server the 1st councillor in the Stake Presidency. His topic was on "Be the best we can be!" He quoted the 10th Article of Faith and talked about how we can an "Enoch like Stake". He said if we read in D&C 105:5 and changed "Zion" to "we" or "I" we could understand what we need to do. He explained that when we have troubles with our children all we can do is be the best we can be and be Zion like in our approach and use the spirit of the Lord. He said that when we have marital problems we should ask our selves,

  • Am I living worthily?
  • Is my heart soft?
  • Have I really done all that I can do?

All of our problems are spiritual in nature and we need to remain humble and teachable so we can feel the spirit. We need to change and receive the spirit as taught in Isaiah 4. He then showed the "Building up of Zion" video. It is based on some talks and it is really good. I don't know how to post it but if someone else does would you please put it up so everyone can watch it. It's really good.

The 4th speaker was Chris Anderson the Executive Secretary to Pres. Wilkinson. He bore his testimony on going to the temple to find the answers that we seek.

The 5th speaker was Allison Wilkinson President Wilkinson's wife. She bore her testimony about renewing our love of the scriptures. She also testified that the talks the prepared here are done so because it is what the Lord wants us to hear.

The 6th and final speaker was President Wilkinson. His topic was on "Why did God command us to get married?" He explained that there is no better way to teach us to be like God. There is no better way for us to be happy. Sister Hinkley said, "I think that for any marriage to be successful you have to be fiercely loyal, I think that's what happened to us." He showed a graphic of a bulls eye and explained that in the center there is a triangle and at the top is God and on the right side is husband and on the left side is wife. He said that we should be seeking the center of the bulls eye. On the 2nd ring there are children, parents, siblings and friends. On the 3rd ring there is play, church callings, work, co-workers, Internet. We should guard that bulls eye and not let anyone else into it. Don't be tempted to let children, parents and siblings into our center of the bulls eye. Our children will find their own center of the bulls eye on their own. We shouldn't be at our church callings more than 2 nights a week. He talked about the date night fireside that Matt Townsend spoke at and how he talked about how a marriage is in trouble when it is Starved of any of these things:


He then said, "STARVED people turn into the Natural men and women." He asked us to do a "Companions Inventory" once a week like missionaries do. We only should bring up one thing each to be "fixed". He also said to be like the Anti-Nephi-Lehi's and to bury our "weapons of war." Our weapons are pride and anger. Honor our covenants that we have made in the temple.

If anyone else has comments or was at the Sunday session I would love to hear your thoughts about it since I was unable to attend.

Love you all!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Come see Chris, Katie, Jaremy and Aaron (and a few other people) on Stage!!

It's time for the 2nd Annual Syd Riggs Scholarship Showcase and it's shaping up to be even better than last year. I've included all the publicity information below. If you want tickets, get them quick... this is SURE to sell out. Hope to see you all there!

"Wicked, Les Miserables, Rent, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof…A showcase of popular musical theater featuring some of Utah’s finest talent! Hosted by award winning recording artist, Jenny Jordan Frogley.

Saturday, February 6th
Two performances-6:00 and 8:30
Orem High School, Elison Auditorium (175 S. 400 E. Orem) Arrive early for parking!
$10.00 general admission, $15.00 reserved-All proceeds will go to the Syd Riggs scholarship. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone through the Orem High School financial office 801-227-8765 ext 252

The cast includes more than 100 of Utah’s finest performers, most former students and friends of Riggs, who are all donating their time and talents. Professional credits include: film, television, Broadway, national and international tours, commercial and print, recording, dance companies, cruise ship and theme park entertainment. The performance will also feature a performance by current Orem High School theater students.

This year’s show will also be a tribute and farewell to the Elison Auditorium as the reconstruction of the high school will be complete this coming spring.

Syds Riggs passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2005. Thousands in Utah and beyond have seen and enjoyed her shows. Riggs worked on shows for Hale Center Theater, Sundance Summer Theater, Provo Theater Company, Thanksgiving Point, The Playmill Theater, Promised Valley Playhouse, Backstage Theater, SCERA Center for the Arts, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Orem High School to name a few. She directed hundreds of plays and musicals in her career and was a beloved teacher at Orem High School for more than 15 years."

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kylan's 1st Santa Visit!

We had a visit from Santa at our Ward Christmas Party so I invited Renata and Kylan to come with us. Alec discovered that you are definately the most popular boy in the room when you have a really cute baby that you are carrying around. Kylan was so cute and sweet that everyone fell in love with him even Santa. I know that he and Alec were very good boys because Santa brought them a lot of stuff for Christmas!

Happy 77th Birthday Dad!

For all of you who couldn't be at Dad's Birthday it was Awesome! We went to Mom and Dad's to have cake and spend time with the greatest man I know! Dad, you really are amazing to have all these years of wisdom and not one ounce of senility that I can sense. We love you!

Alec Turns 11!

Alec's Birthday was a lot of fun. We went to 'Jump On It' in Lindon. He invited friends we ate pizza, cake and then went and jumped on every kind of trampoline that you can imagine. There were trampolines on the ground and walls that covered the whole floor. The boys had TONS of fun! One thing I learned is that it's usually best to eat after you jump than before. Wisdom to live by! Another piece of advice, if you've had 4 kids...not a good idea to jump up and down.
Alecs Friends; Gavin, Hayden, Cody, Jake & Caden

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

This Christmas was one of the most special ones that I can remember ever having. It was filled with kind acts of service and a lot of love. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at Jolie and Greg's but we missed all of you who couldn't be there. Thank you Jolie, Greg, Jaremy and Alyssa for being so generous. We love you guys! Jolie had a really fun program that ended with Santa leaving Christmas Eve presents on the door step for all the kids and grandkids. We are so lucky to be able to have these opportunities to spend with Mom, Dad and Grandma Goodrich. I hope all of you had the Merriest of Christmases! We love and miss you All!!!
Watch out Dylan, Alyssa's got a new love!
Mike and his golf buddy also known as "My Dad".
Afton with Alyssa's new baby, Bear.
Jolie and Greg take a quick smooch break then it's back to work!
Karen and Mom. I LOVE this picture!
Aaron and his favorite Grandpa.
Jaremy and Cole taking request!
Alec loves Grandma Doris.
Alec and his homey G-pa H!
Jolie and Leisa share a "sister" moment.
Katie you're so Sessy!

Dylan Stoddle and Alyssa share a BIG Christmas smile. Dylan gave Alyssa a cute puppy named "Bear" for Christmas.

Zach, Katie, Abbey, Grandma Doris and Romeo wait patiently for Santa.
Chris and Max are ready to get to the presents!
I think Mike and Matt are both ready for Santa to come. Matt just lets it all hang out!
Afton helps Aunt Jolie tell the Christmas Story.
Abbey and Afton sing a Chirstmas song.
Alec plays "Silent Night" on the guitar.
Afton Grace is part of the show!

Alec snugles with Afton.

Brooke and Mitch enjoy the Christmas Eve program with Cole.

Renata shows off her new headband, a present from her favorite brother Alec!

Josh helps Kylan open his presents on Christmas. I love this picture!

Brooke, Renata and Katie all get vintage purses from Mom.

Katie, Brooke and Alec opening presents on Christmas Morning. It's typical Christmas morning hair going on with these three.

Grandpa Mike is excited about Christmas???

Candy canes are good!
Kylan has his first candy cane.

Kylan loves to eat choclate too!