Monday, November 7, 2011

November 8th - Happy Birthday Pops!

Elden Grant Chard and Elden Douglas Chard -

Dad and his newest grandson Xander this august -

As I drove home tonight the sky was a brilliant red. In my mind I repeated, "Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky at morn', sailors take warn." I say that to myself every time there is a red sky - a subconscious phrase that comes without a thought. You see, my dad was a sailor. He joined the Navy young and sailed around the world. I can remember being young and sitting with him on the porch and watching the brilliant red colors appear above us and him telling me what that would mean to me if I was a sailor. I remember being in awe of him as he talked of far away lands and adventures that I, as a child, could only imagine. He was the one that taught me a rhyme to remember the thirteen colonies as we laid in the hammock and watched the stars come out. He knew where the big dipper was and pointed out Orion's belt.
There are innumerable memories that I could share about his love and guidance to me as his daughter. His is funny and talented and has a desire for learning that guides me to never stop wondering about things. A month ago I came home to him sitting at the kitchen table reading a Calculus textbook . . . just because.
Because of him I have a testimony of the gospel. He was always honest with us as his children about his life, good or bad. He talked of the years he never went to church and then what brought him back. He testified that life is better with the gospel but also helped us to know that it is never to late to change. He is still the teacher that all would want to have, the one who shows through example.
Tomorrow is his birthday and in this month of Thanksgiving I can think of nothing better to be grateful for than having him as my father. I love you dad, have the best of days tomorrow!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Conference time -

"We may not know when or how the Lord’s answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary."
Robert D. Hales

I love Fall, I love General Conference. Those two came together over the last few weeks and it has been great. Our tradition has always been to go to Salt Lake on Conference Saturday but this year it fell through - there is always next year though:) However, we did end up having a great conference weekend full of apple pickin' and apple sauce makin' - - -

First was women's conference - we made it down to the conference center and had a great night!

This was outside Blue Lemon - an amazing restaurant - good end to a great night!

Then came the time in between conference sessions - - - -

Samu loves to pose lately - such a cool kid

Doesn't that look awesome!!

Sunday night we made a little fire and just enjoyed the evening -

The fire pic is for Gabby - his words after the shot, "Did you seriously just take a picture of the fire?" - - You better believe I did Gabby, you better believe . . .

Could little Jacob get any cuter - - I think not.

Mason and Dad enjoying a moment - -

The boys love "the tractor"

and I love them . . .

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The end of summer.

It snowed today. Love it.

Because of that . . . it might be best to show you the last of my great summer -

My brothers turned into carpenters - who knew:)

these boys did - i think they found heros.

I mean - seriously

It also included a lot of swinging -

and the best faces there could possibly be -

We had to get in a visit to the duck pond -

(the cool Californians - - -)

My mom loved it more than the boys -

It might be because she brought enough bread to feed thousands of ducks - it went on forever.

until she could take the teasing no longer - - - -

We also got the chance to see Kenny Loggins -


then it came time to say goodbye to Chard's#2 - - -seriously miss this boy, who wouldn't?!

Best moment of the night . . . when Super Lela came out to play - so great!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A year ago tomorrow - - -

I was sitting on a plane - for 15 hours,

acting all Emo after the prolonged sitting messed with my mind - - - but still excited
to see the majesty that is Italy

and hang out with the coolest people I know:) - - - Celeste, Cristina, Lisa, I miss you like crazy! I wish I was boarding another plane tomorrow and starting another fun adventure - - -

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lately -

Leslie took Ethan out for his first ride

while I stayed my safe distance away, horses and I - - -don't mix!

But I think Ethan took to them better than well

and decided to become a cowboy!

We've also been hanging out at concerts

and having the GREATEST time!

Not to mention our many fun evenings together,

enjoying the porch and

playing the bowl game - boo ya!

Samuel can't take the tension:)

One of the best of all, however, was welcoming little Alexander

and seeing Ethan become a big brother:)

Nothing can be better

than a moment like this!

Then we got to help wonderful people celebrate a great wedding day

and try to add what we could through decorations

and flowers.

And lately, I've felt loved by those I love who helped me celebrate

a fun

and crazy Birthday!