Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Nancy Carol (Herbert) Kimball
Sunday, October 25th was my mom's birthday. She would have be 74 years old.
I was going through some old family pictures and thought I'd post some of my favorites of her. When I try to picture my mom two things about her come to my mind and stand out,
her natural blonde hair and her beautiful blue eyes.

There was never a question of her love for my Dad.

I think this is in Colorado. I remember this day and what a good sport she was as she nervously sat down in the tube. In this picture you can see the anxious look on Mike's face, I however, had no trouble giving her a big push down that steep hill. I can still hear her screaming then laughing then screaming then laughing as she went flying down that hill. It was such a fun day for me and my two oldest sons, Mike and Scott.

This picture is priceless and needs no explanation.

My Mom with Rebecca and Nikki, my two daughters. Thanksgiving, approximately 1995

My parents with my kids.
Left to right top, Scott, Rebecca, Mike.
Left to right bottom, Grandpa Kimball, Tyler, Grandma Kimball, Nikki.
I'm so glad we took the time to take these pictures!

Left to right, me, my mom and my sister Carol. The same Thanksgiving around 1995. How do you like our look-alike sweatshirts. I made them for us that year, I may still have mine folded up in a closet somewhere.

She was a beautiful baby!

And a beautiful Great Grandma. Here she is with my first grandbaby Tanner.

Before she passed away she stayed at a nursing home because my Dad was unable to care for her at home. On Mother's Day we all went to visit and I snapped this picture of her with 4 of my 5 kids (Scott was away in the Air Force at the time). Left to right, Nikki, Becca, Michael and Tyler. She would light up when any of her family would visit.
She loved her family and we knew it.

You’ll never forget your mother’s face, the sound of her voice, the gentleness of her touch…
they let you know you were loved.
You’ll never forget the stories she told, the traditions she handed down…
they let you know who you are.
You’ll never forget the lessons she taught, the things she stood for…
they are her gift and your legacy.
You’ll never forget, and you’ll always know that you honor her
every day in how you live and who you are.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Sunday Drive! I love Fall!

We started a tradition a few years ago that on October conference Sunday we take a drive in the mountains to see the fall colors and listen to conference on the radio. So last Sunday Craig, Leon, Nikki and I grabbed some drinks and snacks and of course our cameras and settled in for a beautiful drive. Usually its up Cedar Canyon but this year Leon prompted us to take a drive up to Kolob and go the backway to Cedar City. I am so glad we did, the different colored leaves were so pretty!

Ahhh, Nikki and Craig, so sweet!

It was great to have Leon with us. He shared precious memories of earlier trips he'd taken up there with Norma Jean. Told us about the many trails along the road. He really knew his way around up there.

Two of my favorite people. Nikki and Craig

Below are some scenic pictures Nikki or I took.

The leaves are falling all around,

Red, yellow, orange and brown.

Twirling, swirling to the ground,

Look how many leaves I've found!

Nikki took this picture. This guy was standing in the road and wouldn't move. Pretty brave or stupid, he looked straight into the camera as if he were posing. He doesn't look very happy that we are in his neighborhood!