Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kimber wins a Gracie!

We are so proud of Kimber and all her accomplishments! Along with the regional Emmy that she was awarded in October, she just recently won a Gracie for her documentary about the Aids epidemic in Africa. On Thursday, Kimber and Brett were able to attend the awards ceremony held at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. They had a wonderful time celebrating this amazing achievement!

Kimber holding her Gracie Award!

Brett and Kimber posing with the Gracie outside Tavern on the Green!

Brett and Kimber inside the beautiful room at the Tavern on the Green!

Kimber, Sandra Rice and her daughter the night before at the Gracie's Gala. Kimber met Sandra at Girl's State 5 years ago and they became dear friends. Sandra has been a wonderful mentor and very instrumental throughout Kimber's broadcasting career!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Allie in Jerusalem!

Allie is doing a semester abroad in Jerusalem and loving it! Here are some pictures that she sent us! We miss her lots (especially Tyler!) but she is having an incredible experience! If you want to read more about her adventuress, go to or click on Allie on my blog!Allie sitting on the deck outside her dorm room!
Allie in front of the Dome of the Rock!
Allie demonstrating how David killed Goliath! She looks like she knows what she is doing but actually she hit herself in the head with the rock!
The view from her room! Incredible!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Speedy B wins Section Title in 3200!!

Brooke had an awesome 3200 race at Sections on Friday. It was terribly hot that day, over 100 degree weather. So, they pushed the meet into the evening, but it was still miserable. She ran the 1600 and qualified for Masters. Then an hour later had to come back and race the 3200. She ran a smart race and came from behind and passed up all the girls in the last lap. The second place girl tried to chase her down at the end but Brooke held on to the lead! It was exciting! Pretty cool to win 3 league titles and a section title as a freshman! Congratulations, Brooke! We are so proud of you!
Brooke ran the 1600 at Sections and qualified for Masters.
Dad and Brooke celebrating her win in the 3200!
Brooke and Coach happy!
Brooke, Brooke Barton, Bradford and Anne Barton after the Sections meet!
Sister Barton and Ashley cheering Brooke on to victory!

Partying with the Howells!!

My dear friend, Liz Skinner, had a surprise toga party for her husband's 50th birthday! Linda and I decided to make our togas, so off we went to Walmart to find material! Neither of us are into sewing, but we were up for the challenge of making modest but fun togas! We were pretty surprised with our creative skills and pleased with the togas (and so were our husbands!) Here we are at the party! Ha! Ha! Everyone dressed up and wore funny togas! It was a blast with over 75 family and friends of the Skinner's. What a great tribute to Mark and Liz! They are truly some of the sweetest people that we know!

A visit with Grandma & Grandpa Olson in Park City!

We were in Park City working on the new place this past weekend. Grandma and Grandpa Olson were in Utah visiting Mary Ann at her cabin in Wallingford so they came over to visit one afternoon. Tyler came up from Provo to spend the weekend with us. We gave everyone a tour of Vintage and took them to dinner. It was so fun to spend the weekend with Tyler, and we felt lucky to be in Utah the same time as Grandma and Grandpa and had a great visit with them!

Karen and Deb's last day of walking!!

Karen & I have been walking partners for 13 years! She is one of my dearest friends and truly the kindest, sweetest, most caring and happiest person I know. It is so much fun to walk and talk (sometimes we do more talking than walking:)!) every morning with such a positive person who is always upbeat and fun! She and her husband, Brad have just left for a church mission to Uganda for 18 months! I miss her a lot, especially early in the morning, and I'll miss her next winter on the slopes! But I'm so proud of Karen and Brad and excited to hear about their adventures in Africa! They are such great examples to all of us and I know they will be incredible missionaries!

PS Brad, I miss you too!! I didn't mean to ignore you...I just don't have a picture of us together!

PPS And btw...I can't believe I posted this picture of me and Karen first thing in the morning! I hope you don't mind Karen!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sister Motley's Baby Shower!

Our darling Young Women had so much fun planning and organizing a surprise shower for Sister Motley and baby Kyle! The week before the shower, we made 2 cute diaper cakes at mutual! The girls had so much fun putting them together and decorating the cakes! And then with Sister Newbold's help, we tied a quilt for the baby. Sister Motley went into the hospital that night and had Kyle the next morning! So...for mutual the next week, we said that we were meeting at our house to work on "humanitarian quilts" and Bro. Motley convinced his wife to go and show off Kyle! The girls arrived early to help decorate and set up for the shower. Finally, Sister Motely arrived with Kyle and she was completely surprised! It was great! We played a couple of shower games, passed Kyle around, ate some yummy goodies and had a fun time! Now we can't wait for Sister McNaughton's baby to come!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Meet of Champions!

I ran in the Meet of Champions Invitational, in the 1600 and was the only freshmen. It was really fun to have my grandparents, cousins, parents, and siblings there.