Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cabin Bound!

Ahh there is so much December blogging to catch up on, but right now we are cabin bound, Yippee!!!!  I love the step back from all that seems so important in our every day life, to remembering and enjoying what really is important!  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Should we count?

Ok-lets do!

 3-from there
 to here!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


November came and went--it was a month of coming and goings for us, we got to celebrate Grandma's 80th birthday.  

We had a very quick trip to Maine to meet our new grandson Kyran.  Kyran, the lucky boy has Uncle Brad to be his godfather.

Maine was beautiful but the highlight was little Kyran, he is so precious.
After our visit to Maine, we had a quick trip to Arizona, that trip did not go as planned, lets just say I have a little unfinished business in Arizona.
 I went directly from Arizona to Grammy and Papa's and got spoiled, having a whole week to spend with them. Bri, Sarah, Maddie, Craig and Brad all arrived at the same time Papa and I got back from Davis with Kyle.

 Grammy is teaching my how to trim the roast, mine didn't turn out so well last year.
 Being a grandma is the best!
 Riding Great Papa's mower!
Papa, Dave, Grammy, Uncle Bob and Aunt Darcy.


Kyle flies in on Friday and Brent on Saturday, I will be filling my house with boys again!  Brent speaks in church on Sunday, Dec 16, no rest for that boy, we'll see how his English is!  Church is at 9:00 am, 5th and Wabash. Join us Sunday evening to celebrate Brent's return and Kyle's Eagle at our house.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Favorite Picture

Uncle Joe on the left and Grandpa on the right, this is one of my favorite pictures of him.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Grandpa Wright

Jack Olsen Wright

Jack Olsen Wright, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away, Thursday,
November 29, 2012. Jack was born September 18, 1929 to Merlin Foster and Winnie Olsen Wright, in
 Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Los Angles and started working at a very early age. Jack has always
 been a hard worker, starting his first job in the second grade, selling magazines door to door and then
selling newspapers on the street corner until he graduated from high school. He graduated early from
high school, and attended L.A. City College and UCLA. He served an LDS mission to the Spanish American
 mission and dearly loved his time in the mission field. After his mission, he attended Brigham Young University
 were he met the love of his life, Jesse Jeanne Jackson. They were married November 16, 1953 in the
Salt Lake Temple. Jack was an officer in the Navy and served in Korea and the South Pacific. He loved
 serving in the Navy and often recalled experiences from his time in the service. Jack graduated with a
master in education from BYU in 1959. He moved his young family to Fontana, California to begin teaching
Spanish at the junior high, and later the high school. He taught school for over 30 years, and continued to
 substitute teach for many years after that. Besides his full time teaching job, Jack also taught Spanish,
real estate, and tax law at the local junior college. He also taught drivers education, was involved in real estate,
 and ran a successful tax business for many years. After retirement, Jack and Jeanne enjoyed many wonderful
trips around the world. Jack was an active member in the LDS church and had a strong testimony of the gospel.
 He served in many calling throughout the years. He particularly enjoyed his service as Bishop, his seven times
serving in the Bishoprics, 18 years on the high council, and working with the blazer boys in Primary. His greatest
 love was serving in a branch presidency at the Missionary Training Center with his wife Jeanne. He loved working
with the elder and sister missionaries and preparing them for missionary service. Jack and Jeanne served a second
 mission, working with the Spanish-speaking ward in Provo. This was also a choice calling for him. Jack was a
 devoted husband and loved his family dearly. He was so proud of his Eagle Scout grandsons and his missionary
grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies and was a true blue Cougar fan. He is survived by his wife
Jeanne and six children: Debi (Steve) Adams, Yucaipa, CA; Craig (Melinda) Wright, Redlands, CA;
Sharon (Terry) Jeppson, Burley, Idaho; Wayne (Janet) Wright, Burley, Idaho; Nadine (Wade) Olson, Provo, UT;
Lorene (Eric) Lillywhite, Layton, UT; 27 grandchildren, 5 (soon to be 6) great grandchildren;
sister, Norma (Bill) Hafen, Orem, Utah; and brother, Joseph Wright, Provo, Utah. His is preceded in death by his parents,
Merlin and Winnie Wright; sister, Winifred Harbican; grandson, Brandon Wright; and great granddaughter, Faith Fitch.
Special thanks to his hospice nurse, Lily, and to those in the Grandview Farms Condo for all their love and support
these last few months. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grandview 9th ward chapel,
1555 N. 1350 W., Provo, Utah. Friends may call Tuesday, December 4, from 6:00-7:30 p. m. at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary
 South State Street in Orem and also Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:45 at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the
 Provo City Cemetery with Military Rites provided by American Legion Post #72.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I know, I know

I've got some serious blog updating to do, I will get there.....soon!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012


Just pure cuteness!
I don't think he looks like Daddy, but maybe just a little in this pic!

"Let's go, Wright babies got this carseat thing down!"

Daddy says this smile is just gas, but it looks like the real thing to my granny!

Favorite mission pic

I think this is my favorite mission picture of Brent so far.  They were teaching by candlelight because the family didn't have electricity.
This is the family they were teaching, the husband baptized his wife.
And the fearless twosome are back together!  Transfer calls came and Brent will finish out his mission with Elder Kahn.  Next transfer:  HOME!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Woohoo, three tickets to Maine!  Dad, Brad and I are going November 9, we can't wait to see baby Kyran, Kev and Ally.  And speaking of planes, I now have Brent's itinerary, he leaves Cambodia on Dec. 14th and arrives at LAX 7:45 am on Dec 15, he is speaking in church on the 16th.  Please come it's at 9:00 am and we are having an open house for Brent that evening and Kyle's Eagle Scout presentation at 7:00.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dana Kyran Wright

 He's here!  Dana "Kyran" Wright, 7 lbs 9 oz, 20 1/2" long.  Born at 8:42 am.  I can't wait to go to Maine to meet my new boy!  Congrats to Kev and Ally, he is beautiful.  He is named after Ally's dad, and Kev's great uncle and gg grandfather.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Leaving Kyle......

 Kyle, outside his dorm room....
Inside his room...
We left Friday afternoon after Brad was home from school and went to Grammy and Papa's, this was the first time we have been to their new house, it is beautiful.  Saturday morning we headed out to Davis and got Kyle all checked in and unloaded, and after a Costco trip, said our goodbyes!  I am getting pretty good at this, I didn't even cry! Sunday morning on our way home, Dad texted Kyle and he said come have breakfast with me, so a quick detour on our way home, one more goodbye..... I was doing pretty well until the quietness of the backseat got to be pretty overwhelming, how often in the last thiry+ years has there only been one child in the backseat!!  There was no one arguing over headphones, or who would take Jackie out at the next stop.  I know Brad is a little concerned about being the only child, I was discussing it with Kerri this morning and she said, "Tell him, I'll trade him places, I would love to be the only child and have mom and dad totally focused on me!"  The UC Davis campus is beautiful, I think Kyle is really going to like it there.
Grammy and Papa's new house, they have "moved to town".

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Life in Cambodia

Dad told Brent how hard it was for him to leave Kyle at UCD.....this is Brent's reply:
     Hey dad I'm sorry to hear it was a rough week, letting go of Kyle must have been hard but he is a smart kid and will do fine, and the Lord will take care of him.  I think each time Heavenly Father lets one of his children go and come down to Earth He must feel some anxiety of sorts, this life is definitely not how we expect it to be nor can it be exactly what we want it to be.  I don't want to be the preacher who says "be grateful for what you have" because I know those expressions are much easier said than done, also I know when they are directed towards me they normally just piss me off like "forget yourself and go to work" or "two years is so short" even if it's true it doesn't help, but I would like to tell you about some things I saw this week, (and that is just this week alone).
      I saw a little five year old girl being beaten by her father, I see malnourished orphan children begging in the rain with little clothes and no shoes, I saw a wife swearing at her husband because he began to cry because of the pain from his sickness (he is partially paralyzed and in a lot of pain everyday), I saw a 9 year old smoking and not a single person gave a @#*# (I made him throw it away and promise to stop smoking, the next day he was smoking again).  I was shaking with anger at the lack of responsibility rampant in the more poverty stricken areas, I saw two kids playing in sewage water when I told them to go home and clean up they said we dont have a home it burned down. When I asked where are your parents they said they were in the house and died.  One thing is for sure this life is not perfect, not fair, and frequently not enjoyable, I don't understand why we are allotted what we are in life, why life can be so unfair, but I do know that we must have a hope in Christ, because if we don't have a hope in Christ, what do you have?  Nothing.  Money will eventually cease to bring happiness, the ones we love will ultimately die along with ourselves, and there is no purpose to our life, but if we have a hope in Christ we gain everything, our loved ones will live again, our failures will lose their significance, and what was not fair in this life will be made just by a Perfect God.  Often I find myself believing because the alternative unbelief is so unappealing, anyways most important is I am grateful for parents who love me, who have fulfilled their responsibilities as parents to their utmost ability, Dad, you are a successful father, a successful husband, and you are my example and my hero, I Love you dad,

Monday, September 17, 2012


Who said this could come so fast?  If you ask Kyle he would say this has come very slowly.  Almost all of his friends are already gone to school and he still has this week to endure at home!  We did a lot of  "school shopping" this weekend.  We bought a microwave, printer, surge protector, socks and underwear.  I think he was most excited about the latter, the more you have the less laundry you have to do, (Kyle's theory) he doesn't have quite enough for the whole semester so mom better give some washer/dryer lessons before he leaves!  And who knew college shopping would include a trip to the bike store--he and dad were at the bike store a few weeks ago and came home with a fixie, but we needed "fixie supplies", fenders, lights (they ticket for no lights), a pump, I'm not sure what else but all very necessary things.  Let's see, two pairs of shoes, running clothes, school supplies, etc.  He had a hat and sunglasses on his list too, but mean ole mom said, you can pick those out yourself.  He needs to learn how to use his own debit card don't you think!  Anyway-it was a fun day for mom helping Kyle accumulate all those things he "needs".

We woke up Sunday morning with a surprise in our email, someone at this baptism had emailed us a picture--thank you, it's always fun to get an unexpected pic or news of your child!

And here are a few pics of Maddie on her first birthday (actually the day before).  Bri and Sarah spoke in church last week so we had the pleasure of going to Tustin to listen to them and hold Maddie.

I think her present from Uncle Brad was her favorite, you push the giraffe down and it makes all the little balls pop.  The giraffe ears are just a  nice size to put in your mouth too!

Beautiful Maddie!