Saturday, July 30, 2011

Combined YM/YW Activity at Lake Moultre

It was a Hot day in Summerville today and that was just perfect for this months combined activity!
We had a fantastic day at Lake Moultre!
I enjoyed taking some artistic liberties  with some of these photo's.
Jake Wright

Ryan Branham
Travis Wright

  BBQing hot dogs in the 100+ degree heat for his youth!
Soaring over the lake!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

South Carolina Youth Conference 2011

We were able to attend the 5 stake Youth Conference this weekend.
The conference was held at Western Carolina University in North Carolina.
It was a bit of a drive and we had to leave at 4:30am in order to get there in time for registration at 10:00am.
Reynolds Hall where we stayed, not the newest or cleanest place(described by most as Army Barracks).
 All of the girls and some of the boys!
I thought this was a pretty spot on campus.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cousins Came to visit!

We have been having a blast with Blake, Derek, Witney and her friend Blayke!
I will be posting pictures and tell you a bit about what we are doing each day.
Day 1
The Kids arrived at midnight Sunday night. They stayed up watching a movie with Ben until 3am
Day 2
After sleeping in we spent the afternoon at the beach. They all got a chance to surf and swim in the warm Atlantic Ocean. It was HOT, HOT, HOT, for them!

After playing at the beach we had yummy Pizza made by Darren! 
Another movie all nighter.

Day 3 
The day started at noon at the Waffle House for breakfast. 
After a healthy dose of southern fried food. We piled back into one big black truck and one little black BMW for a tour of the Low Country whilst driving to Hunting Island.

 Looking out across the Atlantic from the top of the Hunting Light house.

Darren and Bennett waving to us.

Seafood for Dinner at the Charleston Crab House 
Fried Green Tomatoes
Shrimp & Calamari
Frogmore Stew/Low Country Boil
Grilled Ahi
Mahi Mahi
Shrimp Scampi
The after dinner entertainment was a good dose of loud music played by all in the music room.
Day 4  
Afternoon at the beach (video coming soon to Vimeo)
A storm was brewing off shore in the distance, we saw lots of cool lightning strikes hit the water.
After the beach Ben and Jacquie made Taco's for dinner.
Darren and I had a wonderful evening at the Temple. Two of the members of our ward went thru for their first time.
Day 5
Sightseeing in Charleston
 Driving over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. (5K run held on this bridge every spring)
Blake holding up the big guns at the Naval Museum.

In the flight briefing room.
No babies or teenagers were harmed while shooting these pictures!
These two are ready to fly that is, while they dance with the Vibe!
Wit & Derek way up on the control tower.
We could not leave Nick out of the pictures, see Ben pointing to him;)
Waiting while everyone went on the Submarine, everyone who passed by wanted to talk to Bennett!
Bubba Gump's For Lunch downtown Charleston. Witney & Darren just before we went in.
 We walked down Meeting, King and Market Streets.
Stopping in a few shops mostly just enjoying the sights and sounds of Charleston. 
Darren took the cousins to Brusters Ice Cream for treat on the way home.
We sure are having fun with our Family and new friend blayke!

Day 6
Our last full day together.
A beautiful day at the beach and then some mini go cart fun!
Enjoying some Brick Oven Pizza made by Darren
We have enjoyed having Derek, Blake, Witney and Blayke here this past week and hope they will come back soon.

Friday, July 08, 2011

In Remembrance

Ellanora Bywater Schneider
January 1 1925-July 8 2011

Grandma Wheeler, Schneider and Martineau
My Maternal Grandma passed away this morning peacefully after some physically uncomfortable trials.
I wish to take this opportunity to relate some of the wonderful memories I have of her.
My Grandmother lost her own mother at the very young age of 2 3/4.
She married my Grandpa on her 18th birthday.
She Gave birth to 7 children 6 girls and 1 boy. Three of her daughters lived less then 40 days ea.
My Grandma lived on a farm in Idaho and I loved going to visit her and play with my two aunts and Uncle who was 2 months younger then me.
I remember going down in the cellar to get some of her delicious home grown and canned dill pickles.
I remember homemade Ice Cream  and watermelon on hot summer afternoons out side on the cool back lawn. I remember going to town with Grandma and Mom to the grocery. When I got older I realized Town was not as far as It seemed. I remember being called to clean up for dinner while swinging as high as possible on the farm swing. Crossing the ditch as a child to get to the swing could be daunting. As I grew up it became a challenge to jump the ditch. I remember sitting at the kitchen table listening and talking to Grandma while she cooked. Her Chocolate Chip cookies where heavenly, Mom makes them too, but Grandma's have the magic touch.
I remember going to the Beauty school while she had her hair done.
I fondly remember her excitement when the ward building would be built on a piece of property adjacent to their fields across the highway.
I remember when we had a family reunion at LakeTahoe and we rented a boat. Grandma loved going fast across the lake and she never stopped smiling the whole way. 
Grandma enjoyed a good card game and she was very hard to beat;0)
She enjoyed attending the temple with her friends and family.
I can look to my Grandma as an example of how to be a Grandmother myself.
I am so Grateful for wonderful women in my life who have given me examples to pattern my life after.
I will miss you but know that you are with your loved ones who have gone before.


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