Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Two minor reason for being in Provo are yearly medical exams and to sort through Ruth's fathers personal effects. The major reason for being in Provo is to visit with children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

We had huge issues with Hertz this year. In Raleigh the car was ready for us. We waited an hour only to find out the price they were charging us was outrageous. Finally, we went back to the airport to get the car. The daily/mileage rate was super high so we reserved a car at the Salt Lake airport to use during our stay in Utah. We we got to Salt Lake they didn't have a full sized car for us. After an hour wait they said we could take the Camaro.  

Grandparent time with Violet

We went to see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Sundance Summer Theater. It was a beautiful night an a good production. Beth Petty came along as George's date.

The Temple is always a highlight of any trip

We celebrated Isaac birthday with dinner, cake and ice cream.

Robert and Maralee Powell and all there children we in Provo to drop Elizabeth off  for school. We ate dinner at the Brick Oven and then walked along a BYU walking trail. 

Vern and RaNae met us for dinner
Baby George cooked dinner for his home-teachees. He invited us to join with them. Dinner was "Quick Pasta" and it was delicious! Dinner was almost a disaster because George didn't have any hot-pads to pull the garlic bread out to the oven.  Disaster was averted as George quickly found an old tee-shirt to use. 

George and his brother Franklin 

Tomorrow we are flying to Raleigh to visit with Chauncey and Melanie. Today we are picnicking in the park. All the tables were filled with BYU groups so we sat upon the grass. Michael was ill but Allison still came. 

Monday, September 17, 2012


The final stop on our "Visit All of our Children" tour was Raleigh. We have come full circle (circle being symbolic of infinity, and of never-ending existence. It teaches us of God who is infinite with a perfect mind which is limitless, boundless. The circle reminds us of eternal marriage and eternal families.)The highlight of this visit was the baptism and confirmation of Jackson, grandchild #3.

Thursday we spent hours at Marbles, Raleigh's children's museum (Grandpa had to work the rest of us played.). On Saturday we all went to the North Carolina Zoo.

Saturday September 1, 2012 is Jackson baptismal date.

Jackson and his father Chauncey dress all in white prepared to enter the baptismal waters. 
Jackson's family life.
George and Ruth with Chauncey, Max, Jackson (center is the special moment spot), Bella and Kate. Max slept on grandpa's shoulder for the entire service. He now has that "I don't know where I am--I just know I'm not with my my" cry.
September 2 is Bella's Birthday. 
Elizabeth and her children came down for an extended visit (read: marriage troubles).  Monday we all went to Pullen Park. We rode the on the carousel and the train. We paddled in paddle boats and played on the playground enjoying the many climbing apparatuses and the misting sprays.  It was a very hot day so we ended our outing eating snow-cones.