Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Snowbasin Ski Trip

(left to right) Colton, Jack, Max, Dixon, Henry

We just returned from our 4th Annual Moats Family Ski Weekend. This year we relocated from Brianhead to Snowbasin. It is about 3 hours further for the California crowd to drive, but the free lift tickets that Kevin scored made the drive worthwhile (at least for those who would've had to open their pockets for the tickets!) This year was a little bit different. Our condo was gorgeous and roomy, compared to the smaller, outdated condo that we had at Brianhead. Also, this year all of the rodents were big enough to ski and they all had a ball. We received a lot of snow, but Saturday morning we had a little bit of a break and all of the kids hit the slopes. We were amazed that they all did so well and none of them wimped out.

We also had the opportunity to remember President Hinckley as we followed the media coverage of his funeral and graveside service. It was nice to be able to watch the coverage together as a family and appreciate together what a great man he was. His wit, charm, and testimony will certainly be missed by the Moats family.

Sunday morning we awoke to 16 new inches of snow that had fallen overnight and there was a slight panic over whether or not the California crowd would make it home. But they braved the weather and the Honda Pilot got them home. Had they left 10 minutes later, they would have been forced to spend the night in Mojave, 20 miles from home because Highway 58 closed just as they pulled into Tehachapi. Good thing we said a prayer before they left. All in all Eden received almost 3 feet of snow in the 72 hours that we were there!

Thanks to all who helped make this weekend possible. A great time was had by all. Let's start making reservations for next year! We can't wait!

Here are a few more pictures... (We couldn't catch a picture of Colton in action because he is too fast now!)
Jack lets her rip! He did great this year.

Molly and Max take a break for a picture on the kiddie hill.

Dixon on his own (with Mom close behind).

Megan and Henry on the "loop-d-loops" as Henry calls them.
Papa and the grandsons

Sunday, January 20, 2008

DR's 60th birthdayI

I was totally shocked when Cathy took me to Molly and Christian's house friday night, 1-18-2008 because their son "Jack" had something to show me. As we walked into the house I saw my four daughters and about 30 friends who had gathered to help celebrate my 60th birthday. I suspected Cathy and the girls would be doing something for my 60th, but since we were all getting together in two weeks for our annual ski trip, I figured we would be celebrating then. As I hugged Megan and Buffy who had flown in from Salt Lake, I was informed that Megan's son Henry and Buffy's boys Colton and Dixon had also flown down. What a joy to have all your children and grandchildren with you, along with friends you have known for 25-30 years. Games were played, and a book entitled "60 years" was presented to me by my family containing pictures of me with them, and interspersed with the pictures was a list from Cathy and each of the girls of 60 reasons I was special to them. A DVD was also shown of pictures of me from my childhood, Cathy's and my wedding, our early married years, and then through each of the girls, the Alaska fishing trip with Christian and Kevin (sons-in-law), fishing with the grandsons, and ocean fishing off the California coast. The icing on the cake was the fact that the next day (my birthday) Cathy and I, all four daughters, and all five grandsons spent the day at Knotts Berry Farm enjoying rides with family members of all ages, and enjoying each other.

This is me looking at the "60 Years" book - very touching to me. Sometimes you think your life doesn't really count for much, but to read some of the comments made by Cathy and the girls makes you realize that people really do appreciate the little things you do along the way.

This is the five grandsons, from left to right, Henry (2), Dixon (3), Jack (7), Max (4), and Colton (7). They were posing as cool cats in front of the mining train ride at Knott's Berry Farm.