Saturday, December 10, 2011

Seaman Family: part 2

Ali playing on the junior high volleyball team. She has also started playing the violin.
(Sorry my posts are out of order; it's my first time. Just read in reverse.)
Danny has boundless energy and will soon perform in "Joseph, and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat."
Lizzie (7) and Hannah (4) certainly have their rough and roudy times. Liz enjoys karate and being a spy, while Hannah puts on her own make-up for her daily princess fashion show.

Megan is 21 months old and needs that sweet smile to make up for her excessive clinginess and random screaming fits at night.
Clark and I are busy trying to enjoy and keep up with these kids.
We can't wait to see you all at Camp Beaver 2012!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Seaman Family

Our family is busier than ever, and we have more reasons to be happy than ever before, too. With 6 kids that each have their own activities, things are always hopping at our place. Here's a list of names to help you keep them straight (from oldest to youngest)
Clark, Daylyn, Katie, Alison, Danny, Lizzie, Hannah, and Megan
Katie and Ali have been busy with volleyball and are starting on basketball season. They both played setter on their volleyball teams.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Erik & Skye Thompson Family

We've had an exciting year. In July we welcomed our 3rd boy into our family, Kael Bingham Thompson. He is a wonderful little baby and his big brothers love him.

Kire is 5 and started kindergarten in August at South Weber Elementary. He loves school and is so smart. Of course he had to wear one of his 10 Star Wars shirts to match his backpack. This summer he took swimming lessons and also learned to ride a 2 wheel bike.

Jack is 2 and is all boy. He loves sports, wrestling & baseball & football. He is a character too. He makes us laugh everyday.

Kael is now 3 months and is still such a good baby. Everyone thinks he looks just like Jack.

Last month we took a trip to St. George to see Judd coaching. We went hiking and the boys loved climbing the red rocks.

For Halloween the little boys were both Dragons and Kire was a skeleton.

Erik is still the head football coach at Northridge High school and teaching there. They just won their first playoff game and have had an awesome year.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Garret Andersons

And a Happy Halloween to you too!

Let's just get it out of the way right now that Garret & Tiffany are most likely doing the same as when you saw them last.  Nothing has changed.  Tiffany bums around the house in Denver while Garret travels to Utah nearly every week to bring home the bacon.  We are blissfully happy, life couldn't be better, blah blah blah. Now that we're all updated let's see what the kidlets have been doing, k?
Jack is in the sixth grade and just finished up his second season of tackle football.  He caught the only completion for BOTH seasons during their fourth game this year.  The kid is money.  I don't get why they don't pass to him every time.  He also had fun taking down kids twice his size (which is almost every kid, by the way) on defense.   As one super cheesy/lame football commentator said once.... "They forgot to measure his heart."  

He was also elected Student Body Vice President due to his genius campaign posters (such as the one below) and super funny speech.  Oh, and because he is Chrissi, Shelly & Stacey's nephew.

Tanner is now in the fourth grade and has finally (after 6 years) decided that Pokemon might not be as awesome as he once thought it was.  

He has also turned into a reading FOOL this year.  He read the entire Lightening Thief series in about 4 weeks.  He would walk around with his nose in his book like he used to do with his Nintendo DS.  We often go up to bed at 11:30 or midnight and find this going on:

But how can you get mad at your kid for READING?  You can't.

Brynn started Kindergarten this year and was sad today was a snow day because she "misses school."   She's doing the usual 5 year old girlie stuff like gymnastics, dance and getting her Dad to do anything she wants.

She also has taken to posting signs on her door and laying out her clothes (complete with accessories) the night before.  This only worries her mother a lot.

We hope you all are doing well and we look forward to Camp Beaver this year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Weber High 1933 Yearbook

One of my neighbors was doing some research from the Weber High class of 1933 and noticed lots of pictures of Grandpa and Grandma Thompson. She copied them on to a Cd and gave it to me. They were both "kind of a big deal " in their day (our day too!) I thought I would post some of their pictures for all to see. Grandma was Studentbody VP and Girl's Association President too? Why should that suprise me?


Sunday, October 16, 2011

My sweet Gr & Gr

I couldn't resist posting these pictures!
Aren't they so cute?
Love my Gr & Gr Hales.

They are still so in love.
I didn't even tell them to do this!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Forsyth artwork

Let me begin with a reflection on the elastic nature of time. I know scientists have some things to say about this, and there’s that space-time continuum, which I don’t really understand. What I’m talking about is the amazing way that time flows very slowly in some situations, (like when you’re doing something you don’t like, and the clock seems to stop), and in other situations it makes you dizzy, speeding by so fast. I can’t figure out what happened. I know I was planning to post something to the blog on September 16--how did it get to be October 3? Maybe I was abducted by aliens, and lost 2 weeks. I could go out and look for crop circles, but it’s been raining a lot in New England, and the leaves have started to fall, so there probably won’t be any signs left.

Here is a picture that Mark drew (it may be taken from space). He thinks about Germany a lot, first with Sara serving her mission there, and now Jared as well. Jared is serving in the city of Frankfurt now, as an assistant to the mission president. He seems very busy. I know parents love to go pick their missionaries up at the end of the mission. That seems to be discouraged these days, but it may not be an issue for us, as I’m assuming that Jared will either get called to be an area authority seventy and have to stay on, or else get translated, and they’ll just divide his missionary clothes up between the new arriving elders. We feel a bit intimidated by him sometimes.

Lori and family in Westford, MA

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Allreds enjoyed a month in Uganda last summer. We are riding a boat and looking for hippos and elephants (we found both). We loved the time together and absolutely love Africa. We are so excited there will be two more temples there.

Sean is straddling the equator. The weather in Uganda is perfect all year around and hardly changes from January to June which means shorts are the way to go.

Here is Rachel with some of the Rwandan school children. They loved each other and this shows the true family of God which may be found in all variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Jessica is here with one of the many beautiful women of Uganda. They were so quick to laugh and smile with us. They are changing the world with their goodness.

Nathan is gathered with some future world cup soccer players. They had a great game during recess and were happy to show this white man their skills. They sang a song or two for us and we taught them "Popcorn Popping" and "I am a child of God". It was awesome.

Adam is ready for action in a tribal hut in Kenya. The boys are taken from their mothers about age 11 to live on their own. We do not practice this in the U.S.A but there are days...

Our family joined Jessica and a group of 15 BYU students in Uganda this summer. This is our group on a Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park. We are all smiling because we have just found lion tracks and a few minutes later we actually saw a small group of lions in the distance. I tried to get closer for a better photo and the guide called me back frantically. He said that the lions in Uganda like "white meat". Ha, Ha

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A mission call....

The call finally arrives...

Friends and family gathered to find out where Elder Costley will be spending the next two years...

Everyone wrote their guesses on the chalkboard...

There were lots of good guesses but Josslyn & Blakeley got it right!! Both guessed California~ Kade has been called to the San Diego, California misson Yea! (By the way, we are pretty sure these two pretty gals are the girls he will miss the most...but chances are good they will be waiting for him when he gets back) :):)

Kade will speak December 18th and enters the MTC Jan 11th, we all could not be more excited!

Thought I should add this cute picture of these cute "fancy farm girls"! ~ Sheryl

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We have had a fun summer and the last few weeks have been busy. We will touch on just a few things we have been doing.

In September, Sheryl, myself and the girls decided that we would put the Red Barn to good use. We had the first Red Barn Event. It was a fashion extravaganza featuring clothing, jewelry, purses, YUMMY CUPCAKES (by Whimsy), Minky blankets, shoes, darling children's dresses by our own, ( hair braid designs & feather extensions (by Sheryl)
We had a photographer there doing mini-sessions ( What a fun day it turned out to be and we had quite a crowd stuffed into our little barn. Check out Kami's interview by the daytime show Studio 5, KSL. You can find it on(
You might recognize some familiar "sisters" in one of the pictures! Look closely . . .

Our family recently went to Deer Valley and spent a weekend enjoying each others company, watching football, seeing beautiful scenery, taking our sweet little ones on kiddie rides & walks to the little park, sitting in the hot tub, sauna, & eating great food until we had gained a few lbs!

We are having a beautiful autumn and wish it could last all winter. We miss you all and can't wait to see many of you at the big wedding coming up.

We are all healthy & happy.
We wish you well.
Jeff & Cathy

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spradling Update

Here are some highlights from what we have been doing this year......

Tanner moved into a big boy bed and this is where we found him after the first night. Yes, he decided that his changing table was way more comfy than his bed.

The kids at our favorite Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in Spokane.

Ryan & I celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary.

Logan's first day of kindergarten.

Parker's first day of 4th grade.

As you can see, things are going well and we can't wait
to see everyone at Camp Beaver next year! Love ya!

The Spradling's