Sunday, December 27, 2009

OCEANS APART

This Christmas finds our family in seperate parts of the world.  We made the best of the situation using the wonders of technology.  We continue to feel the space that exists in the distance between and in spite of that we feel the power of love that connects us.  Enjoy these pictures Rakai and Isaac.  We miss you, we love but we know life is as it should be.

Feel the love of our Savior as it binds us.



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM



May your Christmas be filled with the LOVE and LIGHT of our Savior.
Oh how we love Him.


Wishing for 2010 to be filled with dreams that come true.  Love to you all.
Lani, Ra, Asa, Ammon, Hamilton, Karamea, Rakai, Isaac

Friday, December 18, 2009

ELEVEN RHYMES WITH HEAVEN


Today is your day.  Love you so much.  Your are our Christmas joy!  Happy Birthday Babe!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

THANKSGIVING TREK


This Thanksgiving finds us missing Karamea and Isaac.  Real life situations make it difficult for Karamea to travel.  (Paying the rent must come first)  And Isaac, is safely enjoying Thanksgiving at the MTC in Provo.  So here we are, the 6 of us and Leo.  We broke the rules and took him with us on this trek.

The Timbercreek Overlook at the top of Kolob Canyon.  It was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky.  We enjoyed every moment of this day.

I started food preparations yesterday and then was up at 6 to put the turkey in the oven.  The menu - hot turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit, potato salad, humus and crackers, green salad and for dessert pumpkin cheesecake and Chocolate Chip cookies.  We ate took a break, ate played "wave tag", ate some more, wrote Isaac a letter...then the sun was starting to set so we packed up and headed home.

Dixie Invitational Soccer Tournament - it's become a tradition.  We watch soccer the boys play soccer on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day.  Five games in 2 days.  Asa's team didn't do so well.  Hamilton's took the silver.  Congrats babe.  It was fun to watch!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

ELDER ISAAC REPORTS TO THE MTC



Isaac reported to the MTC on November 18, 2009.  Grandpa Scoville gave him a shoe shine lesson just before he packed his bags.  As he was backing his shoe shine kit he pulled out the brown shoe polish.  I told him he probably could leave that behind since he didn't have any brown shoes.  He thought for a second then said, "but my companion might have brown shoes...I'm taking it."  That's Isaac always thinking of someone besides himself.

We left for Provo and hit a traffic accident along the way.  Ammon called a friend to see if they had dropped of his brother yet.  Jordan was in the MTC and Isaac said, "I wanna be in the MTC."  He was so anxious to be there.  We got there and turned right to go to a parking lot and take some pictures before dropping him off curbside.  "No, we have enough pictures, just turn left."  Despite his opinion, we did take a few pictures in the field across from the MTC. 


Then we headed to the curb and the tears began to flow.  Now Isaac is in the MTC.  We haven't heard from him yet but I'm sure he is filled with joy to be in the place he was so ready to be. 



Sunday, November 15, 2009

GERM FREE



Hamilton has been sick for a week. When he wants to get on the computer he uses my Playtex Glamor Gloves. He's so considerate of everyone.

ISAAC'S MISSIONARY FAREWELL


Isaac reports for his mission on Wednesday. We celebrated this weekend. We enjoyed a family gathering on Saturday night - good food and good conversation. Today he gave his talk in the Bloomington 7th Ward. He is so excited to serve his mission.

The focus of his talk was his love for the Book of Mormon. He quoted scriptures and told stories and said that he feels addicted to the words. He just can't get through the day without reading it.

Isaac has experienced complete conviction of the heart and is ready to serve. We are happy for him but will miss him very much.

Not far from our minds throughout this weekend is the fact that Rakai will be leaving for New Zealand on November 30. His one way ticket is scheduled and he is ready for new adventure.

Everything changes.

TRYING TO LEAVE

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After Isaac's farewell and all the pictures were done, Karamea tried to leave...this is how it went.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FIFTY ONE CANDLES



Ra's birthday weekend was spectacular. Southern Utah weather was magnificent. We hiked Zion with my sister Moana and some of her boys and enjoyed a picnic and friendly football in Springdale Park. It was a wonderful weekend.

Sunday evening was birthday cake and candles and Karamea on Skype.



And of course...us singing Happy Birthday as horribly as possible.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HAIRCUT


Rakai has been contemplating a haircut for a few weeks. I came home from work and he announced to me that he was going to shave his head. Carlie did the deed. By the look of that smile I'd say he's happy about his decision.

Hamilton was the photog for this event. He took before during and after pictures. Filmed 2 videos and even had enough time to spell out Rakai's name with the dreads that were falling to the floor. Thanks for creating the memories.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

WE ARE SICK

About a month ago Isaac got sick. Then Ammon...then ME...then Asa...then Rakai...then Isaac again. NO it is not swine flu. But this has not been enjoyable. I was particularly bummed because I had not missed a day of work for 10 years and then I missed 1 day. Now I can't say that anymore. But still...

Take EmergenC everyday of your life and you will continue to be healthy.

Despite our germ infested house, some of Ra's family visited for the weekend. Tali was baptized yesterday and we celebrated just the way Puriri's celebrate - lots of food and fun. Colin and Coi and their family stayed with us for a couple of days. They boys always have fun together and we enjoy having them come. We said goodboye to Grandpa and Grandma for a while. They are headed to New Zealand until January. We are sad that they will miss Isaac's farewell but happy that they are going to their native land for a while.

Karamea had to work so she couldn't come. We missed having her home with us.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE



I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside one day
To feel the holy spirit,
To listen and to pray.

For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.

I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside one day.
I'll cov'nant with my Father;
I'll listen and obey.

For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God,
I've learned this truth;
A family is forever.

Isaac's been singing this song since he was little and now he's accomplished this goal. We are thrilled at his success and looking forward with mixed emotions to November. We love you Isaac.

LABOR DAY IN SPRINGDALE

It has become a family tradition for us to spend Labor Day in Springdale. Springdale is the little town just before entering Zion National Park. It is about 45 minutes drive from our house in St. George. A few years ago we discovered the Springdale City Park and the Virgin River right next to it. We like to spend the day relaxing, playing in the river, eating picnic food and snacks, and playing in the park. Occasionally we will go for a drive through Zion. This year we had visitors with us from both sides of the family. It was a fun day.





Grandpa and Grandma Puriri were visiting over the weekend. They stayed with Michael and Christana's family so we met them at the park. It was fun to play with the cousins in the water and in the park. Rakai decided to get a dog. Leopold, the English Bull Dog. Leo comes with us on family adventures and is learning how to be a part of the family.







Aunt Lillian (Grandma Scovilles sister) and her daughters (my cousins) Janet and Nancy were visiting for a few days. I went for a drive through the canyon with them and we took fun pictures. They came down to go see the plays at Tuacahn. I went with them to on Tuesday to dinner and to see Aida. They are a riot! So much fun to be with!







Tuesday, September 1, 2009

HAPPY SEVENTEEN TO AMMON!

AT SEVENTEEN

Ammon reached seventeen on August 22. I texted him early in the day and asked what he wanted to do to celebrate. I suggested a quick flight to California...surfing and dinner on the beach. "Great idea." But it was just an idea. Later on in the day it rained...it really rained. Ammon ran for the surf board and layed it in the puddle at the end of the driveway. His surfing wish came true...ok not really.

We celebrated on Sunday with grilled pork chops, strawberry shortcake and chocolate strawberries. Karamea called in on skype. We sang Happy Birthday and Ammon suggested he and Karamea have a staring contest. Ammon's imagination is wonderful.

Happy Seventeen Babe!


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Saturday, July 25, 2009

DAY TRIP

Today we decided to escape the heat and head for Kolob Reservoir. It was a beautiful day! We love the peace and simplicity of the world around us. The drive was wonderful, the reservoir was perfect. I even had a chance to do a little tree meditation and read my book.

On the way home Asa noticed a beautiful meadow. A wide open expanse of yellow grain, cows grazing in the pasture and exquisite red rocks in the background. It will take your breath away. As we passed Asa said, "I love this world."

Friday, July 24, 2009

MISSION CALL

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Isaac received his mission call! He is excited to be returning to Germany and to Berlin. He loved it when he visited during his exchange and he already knows the language. This will benefit him greatly as his focus will be on the spirit of the mission right from the start. We all feel direction from the spirit in this call and know that our Father in Heaven guides this process. Isaac will go with angels by his side.

Friday, July 17, 2009

PARK CITY FUN

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

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He's gotta do something to keep from falling asleep at the wheel...Rakai was trying to film without dad seeing the camera so it's a little shakey.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

SUMMER GAMES 2009

OH WHAT FUN!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

EMERALD POOL LOOP

Magical Memories are in these pictures. Stimulate your senses with a walk through the majestic red cliffs of Zion National Park. That's what we did on this Memorial Day...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

"As you pass through the Tower Gates, shed 1,000 years of time - pass into the world of the Middle Ages - to the days of Knights and chivalry, dragons and fair maidens awaiting rescue! Wander through the marketplace and gaze upon authentically attired tradesman and artisans, potters, blacksmiths, millers, carpenters, glass blowers all working their trade."

So states the description of the "Days of Camelot" we attended yesterday. Asa experienced it first on Friday and insisted that I take him and Hamilton out on Saturday. We spent the day enjoying the middle ages.

Authentic period costumes, the sights, the sounds, the tastes...it was a very fun day. They ran the maze of the Dragon Dungeon and played live chess. We watched the tournament of horses and strolled through the merchant marketplace. The boys came away with a few swords and I came away with the memories.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

BUSY SUNDAY


While we were home taking care of religion, Rakai was in Texas playing rugby with the Las Vegas Blackjacks. They won both games and are on to the Semi Finals in Denver. I think my boys will be headed to Colorado in a couple of weeks to support their brother.

usarugby.org tells it like this...

DIVISION I
Pearl City is the only 2008 semifinalist that will make a return trip to Glendale’s Infinity Park in 2009. Last year, the Iowa-based team met a disappointing semifinal loss at the hands of the Glendale Raptors, but with its 41-11 Round of 8 victory over Atlanta Old White, the squad gets a chance to redeem itself this time around.

Pearl City took control of its match versus Atlanta early on and led 17-3 before the end of the first half. They steadily built their lead in the second half and defended aggressively, only allowing Atlanta to score in the last five minutes of the game.

The Iowa team now looks ahead to the semifinals where it meets Las Vegas – and getting past the Blackjacks should prove a trying task, as they roll into Colorado on the heels of a thrilling playoff finish versus Glendale. Down by as much as 22 points in their Round of 8 meeting against the Raptors, Las Vegas refused to back down and try-by-try, the team muscled its way back to a 22-20 game as the second half wound down.

It seemed time was running out for the Blackjacks, who missed two late penalty kick opportunities that would have put them up top, but at the death, No. 7 Tom Carter powered in for a huge try. The successful conversion ushered in the final whistle, with the score stuck at 27-22 in Las Vegas’ favor.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

ADVENTURES AT THE MALL

Yesterday we drove to Las Vegas to watch Rakai's rugby game. When it was over Rakai wanted to go shopping at the Outlets. Uggh! Have you ever been to this place. Frolicking through the throngs of people is not my idea of fun. Crowds and me do not go together. But we went. Ra found a bench close to the door of each store and Hamilton found this...


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

HEY NINETEEN!


Okay so I had the camera ready when Isaac woke up. He came in the room and I started clicking. Then he said, "mom do not put that on the blog." I said I wouldn't...I lied.

April 23 Isaac turned 19. He is set on a mission and in the process of filling out those papers. James (center picture) is his favorite friend and just an extra brother around the house.

Happy birthday Isaac and WELCOME TO NINETEEN!

PIANO RECITAL

Asa loves music. He is a gifted musician. This is just the beginning...


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Monday, April 13, 2009

GIFTS FROM THE EASTER BUNNY

The Planet Earth arrived in our Easter Basket yesterday morning. Well, 3 volumes of the amazing BBC production. We watched the first volume last night. Two questions

How did they do that? and What was God thinking?

You absolutely must see The Planet Earth!

POSTED IN THE KITCHEN

Each of us is connected to a cosmic umbilical cord, receiving spiritual nourishment from God each moment. Yet in slavish dedication to the dictates of a fear-based ego, we resist the elixir of divine sustenance, preferring instead to drink the poison of the world. It's so amazing that we do this, given the extraordinary pain that underlies so much of daily living. Yet the mental confusion created by our dominant thought forms is so intense, and we are so trained by the world to do fear's bidding, that deliverance comes at most in flashes.

Can you imagine a brain that thinks like this enough to translate the thoughts to paper? Only in a world that belongs to Neal A Maxwell maybe.

Except Hamilton doesn't get it...but then he's ten.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

EASTER SUNDAY



This talk by Elder Jeffrey R Holland during the Sunday morning session of conference was mesmerizing. It was as if time stopped while we listened to his message. You can read it here or go here to find the entire session.

From our family to yours we send out Easter Blessings. May you reflect on the joy of the day and may it bring peace to your soul.

Love to all!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

AND THEN ISAAC CUT HIS HAIR


After growing his hair for more than a year it was time to get it cut. Lots of reasons - he was tired of it always on his face and neck, he's getting ready to send in the missionary papers, the soccer coach wanted him to cut it. So there we go, Isaac's got a new doo!

SIMP'S WEDDING

Saturday April 4 - Rakai's best friend and one of the many sons we have adopted was married. Rakai was one of the groomsman. The wedding was tons of fun!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

BIRTHDAY BROTHERS

It's birthday time again! Rakai and Asa were born a day and 12 years apart. Every year since Rakai was born we take his picture at the minute he was born. We have 25 years worth of pictures at 10:10pm. I made a heart cake for the occasion because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

Happy Birthday Boys! You own my heart!

LOVE MOM


Sunday, February 15, 2009

HAMILTON ON THE RECORDER

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This is Hamilton playing his recorder on PTA day at Harmons. I'm holding the camera and my hands shake...sorry. I wouldn't be me if my hands didn't tremor.

Hamilton memorized all his songs so he didn't have to look at the music. That's why he's standing up. This song was his favorite one. When they were finished with their recorders they sang and danced. That video is on the other camera and the files are too big to upload to the blog. But they are really fun.

Good job Hamilton!

SAMMIES ROOM



One day last week I stopped by the house in midday. I noticed the door to the spare bedroom was mostly closed and the curtain was drawn. It looked like someone had deliberately created a peaceful atmosphere. I crept up to the door and looked in. What you see in the picture above is what I saw.

Apparently Isaac had tucked him in before he went to school. Ra says Sammie stayed there most of the day. Even while I was home taking pictures of him and having lunch he never woke up.

He's our spoiled ball of fur!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

INSTEAD OF TV

WATCH THIS...we love this. The reason we love this is because science and spirit come together in discovery. You will find really great stuff on www.ted.com!



Jill Bolte Taylor (born 1959) is a neuroanatomist who specializes in the postmortem investigation of the human brain. She is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine, is the national spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, and is the consulting neuroanatomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Her own personal experience with a massive stroke, experienced in 1996 at age 37, and her subsequent eight-year recovery, has informed her work as a scientist and speaker. For this work, in May 2008 she was named to Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[1]

Thursday, February 5, 2009

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

WE LOVE YOU ALL!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

WELCOME TO 2009!

So I'm a little late with the HAPPY NEW YEAR wishes but that's okay. I'm finally coming back into myself and realizing that there is life outside of the kitchen. Seriously! I spent 2 weeks in the holiday kitchen...and I don't even like to cook. The boys loved it!

We are among the thousands who got a Wii for Christmas. Weird for us since in all of our 25 years of raising children we have never had a game system. The family room has become the Wii challenge room and the mainstay of the house. If they are not in the kitchen they are playing the Wii.

Ra and the boys live in front of the Wii and I live under my electric blanket. Heat is my friend!