Thursday, December 29, 2011

Merry Christmas, 2011

Merry Christmas, from the Gibbons Family!! The year 2011 has flown by, and we have enjoyed many opportunities to learn and grow together as a family! The year’s family activities included a summer camping trip in Yellowstone National Park and a Christmas snowmobile trip in Island Park, Idaho. The kids were able to get to know their siblings and cousins better, make forever memories, and love each other more! Here is a little bit of what everyone has been up to…

Andrea (8) had her birthday in May, and was baptized a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her brother, Cameron. It was many years ago that these two planned that Cameron would baptize Andrea, and it was sweet to see them together on this special day! Andi is enjoying 3rd grade this year, and continues to do well in school. She still dances with the Young Dancemakers at BYU, and is becoming a beautiful and strong dancer! She also played soccer on a team with her cousins this past spring, and found that she loves to play the game! She’s a little bulldog!! Her dad and uncle coached them, and they had a great time! Andrea loves to laugh, and to be a big helper. She is typically at her mom’s side, helping out in any way she can! If it was time to work in the yard, it was Andrea who was usually found by her Dad’s side.

Derek (10) is having a great year in 4th grade. He has many wonderful friends, and enjoys spending time with them. He continues to play soccer and has really improved, playing an important role as a defensive player. After the fall outdoor season, his undefeated team played as an indoor soccer team, and they all learned to play soccer in a whole new way! Derek looks forward to continuing his play with his great team and coaches! Derek also played Jr. Jazz basketball last winter, participated in the Lone Peak summer basketball camp, and looks forward to being on a Jr. Jazz team again in a few weeks. He is a delight in our family, making us laugh regularly! His laugh is absolutely contagious…truly a ‘full body’ laugh! He has also discovered how much he loves to read, and it has been fun to watch him discover how fun books are.

Tiffany (13) is in 8th grade. She continues to be in the Academy program, taking honors classes for all the academic subjects, and still maintains a 4.0! She also sings with women’s chorus, and has a beautiful soprano voice! Last February, Tiff had surgery on both feet to remove extra bones on the insides of each foot. She was in a wheelchair for 3 weeks, and boots and crutches for 4 more weeks while the re-attached ligaments healed. In spite of that experience, she continues to do gymnastics 3 ½ hours, after school, each day. She culminated her year of work by winning a State Championship on Floor Routine for her age group. She just finished all the requirements for her personal progress award, and will be receiving it soon. Tiffany amazes us with all she does, her kindness, and never-ending fun personality!

Jason (15) is now in 10th grade, and enjoying being in high school. At 6’ tall, he has nearly overtaken his Dad in height. Jason continues to take challenging and advanced classes, and found a way to earn another 4.0! His French is getting pretty good :-)! He still plays the cello with the orchestra, and takes private lessons. Jason was in the pit orchestra for the musical “Beauty and the Beast”, which was an amazing production at the high school! Over the summer Jas enjoyed attending the Lone Peak basketball camp. He then went on the Stake Pioneer Trek, and had a great experience! He also went to EFY at BYU Idaho with his brother, and has great memories of his experience. Jason has great friends, and attends the temple weekly to do baptisms with them. He is such a great example of kindness, gratitude, and service! We don’t know what we would do without him!

Cameron (17) is a senior in high school. It is hard to believe how fast time is going! Cam is half way through his 3rd and final year of being on the Lone Peak varsity basketball team. Last season, the team won the 5A State Championship, and Cam is the proud owner of a state championship ring. This year we have high hopes for another great year! Following a team trip, back east, to compete with some of the very best all-star teams in the country, Cam attended our Stake Youth Pioneer trek, and had a wonderful experience with his trek family. He made permanent and lasting memories at Especially for Youth in Rexburg, ID, and made friends that continue to be very close and important to him. Cam finished all the paperwork and requirements for his Eagle Scout award, and has turned it all in. He will complete the process and receive his award in January of 2012. He looks forward to graduating from high school and is looking forward to college and serving a mission for the LDS Church.

Deborah has had a busy year. Along with trying to keep up with the family, (which is no small thing), in April, Deb graduated with high honors from Weber State University’s nursing program. Four days later she had back surgery to repair a herniated disk and remove a wayward fragment from some nerves in her back. Not exactly what she had planned for this year! The recovery was long, but she is back to running and feeling great! She passed the nursing state boards and is a full fledged RN! She had a FUN summer with the family, enjoying a “school free” summer with the kids – well earned after several years of school! In August, she started working at UVRMC in Provo on the medical/oncology floor. She loves taking care of her patients and their families…usually :-).

Nathan continues to do a great job, working as a Counseling Manager for LDS Family Services in Provo. He also keeps up a small, after hours, private practice in Alpine. He has been playing basketball regularly with the ward several mornings a week, and has started running again. He is in great shape…at least for a 41 year old! Nate had a nose job…ok, sinus reconstruction surgery, if you want the specifics :-). It was not a fun procedure to recover from, but it has already helped reduce the sinus infections and headaches, so it was worth it! Nathan continues to be a passionate BYU fan (any and all BYU sports), and an enthusiastic Lone Peak Basketball fan! He has had a lot to cheer about!
In between all of the individual activities we somehow found time to take a few vacations, including Island Park and Yellowstone over the summer, where we had a great time 4-Wheeling, fishing, and hiking. We decided, as a family, to forgo Christmas gifts and go back to Island Park, and spend Christmas in a beautiful rustic cabin, snowmobiling during the day and hot-tubing during the night.
Turns out, there was barely enough snow, but we had a fun week of adventure. Unfortunately, the second day was cut short by Deb crashing headlong into a tree. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured, and we finished the vacation playing games and enjoying our time as a family! We have witnessed small and large miracles in our family throughout the entire year, and are grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. His perfect life, unbelievable offering on our behalf, and his resurrection are all gifts we are constantly grateful for. In a world full of chaos and confusion, we are happy to have each other. We love you all and thank you for your love in return. May each of you have a happy and successful New Year!

With love,
Andrea, Derek, Tiffany, Jason, Cameron, Nathan and Deborah.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Football Season is Here!

How do we know? Well, there is our yard....

And then there is Nate's brother, Eric's yard...

Two Digits!

Happy Birthday, Derek!! You have officially left the single digit ages, and will forever have at least two numbers in your age!! You are growing up SO fast... And we have loved every second of the journey! We love you, Bud!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oh What Do YOU Do In the Summertime?

Lots of dirt....

Lots of Water.

Lots of 7 Peaks! (We love our passes)

This has been a GREAT summer of fun!

Monday, August 1, 2011

More Dirt...

This is not a tan...Just a lot of dust and DIRT..

Eat My Dust...

Becomes VERY literal when you are 4-wheeling in Island Park!! :-)

What do you do when you are that dirty? If you are Cam, you go jump in a lake :-) (Lake, River, Reservoir...whatever is handy)

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Our vacation was DELIGHTFUL!! We went to Yellowstone to camp and play with siblings and cousins. In spite of the dirt, mosquitoes (elephant sized, no less), and rain, we had a wonderful time!

It is BEAUTIFUL there....stinky, but beautiful :-)

Old Faithful did its thing...I have seen it many times in my life, and it is still thrilling!

Buffalo...they are huge, plentiful, and not too bright. But people still think that they have to slow down and take a picture of EVERY SINGLE ONE THEY PASS!! We waited in a 40 minute traffic jam to pass this one - I hate to tell you - they are cool, but they all look THE SAME!! Another small word to the wise - they are WILD!! Just because they move slowly most the time doesn't mean that they won't charge you when you get out of your car to get a closer view and picture. Haven't you paid attention to the yellow paper they gave you when you came into the park - a man is FLYING through the air after being gored by a buffalo. It could happen! :-) We named this guy Sheldon. We had a long time to come up with the name - sitting in traffic...

This was one of three bears we saw - this one was right on the side of the road, and only one other car passed it before it crossed the road and wandered down the mountain. We saw this guy about an hour after a man was killed by a momma bear in the same area. I like animals from my

car - or when they are behind bars. Zoo, anyone?? More to come later!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Jimmer will play for the Kings. Is it a good fit? Will the other players realize how amazing he is, and give him a chance? Who knows! All I can say is, at our house, we love Jimmer!! Best of luck to him :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Baptism Day

My youngest child was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this past Saturday. Her older brother was able to baptize her, and it was a special day! We had many family and friends come to support her and celebrate with us. Truly joyful! I am so thrilled that she made this choice!

In our ward there were 7 - count them - SEVEN girls that turned 8 this past month and were baptized on Saturday. They are SO sweet, and look like angels! We feel so fortunate to live in this area, surrounded by such great families :-)

Monday, May 23, 2011

8 is Great!

My youngest is 8! She is so excited about this birthday. She got her ears pierced, she had a birthday party, and she will be baptized in two weeks by her older brother Cam. We sure love our Andi!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


RN Program at Weber State University - DONE!

Graduation day - Joyous!

Graduating with Honors - a First for me :-)

Color - purple

Mascot - ??? oh, Wildcats

The surprise - the awesome banner my family made and held up when I walked and got my diploma (Ok, we all know that they don't actually give you your diploma - you get an empty diploma holder book, with a paper insert that says they will mail the real diploma in 2-3 months)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How did it turn out?

This is not a new fridge...this is the new dishwasher that we bought, along with the new fridge, to replace the old dishwasher that was having water seal problems.
This is the freezer of the new fridge, that replaced the old fridge due to a compressor that had seized up. EXPENSIVE repair, or EXPENSIVE new fridge? We went for the (hopefully) longer term fix.
Very pretty...
Neato...and blurry!

Monday, April 4, 2011

When clean is a bad sign -

This is a picture of my fridge. It is not new, and I hadn't planned to give it a good cleaning today. My daughter opened the freezer to get something out, and asked if the ice in the ice maker was supposed to be dripping. I investigated and found that things in the top half of the freezer were beginning to feel squishy. This is not a desirable quality in frozen food. My hubby was already asleep, so my eldest son helped me load all the freezer and fridge stuff in laundry baskets, and he hauled it out to the garage for me. I am very grateful for my extra fridge and freezer space. This is how the garage refrigerator / freezer looks now. Just so you know, I had been to Costco the day before - of course.
I currently had 9 gallons of milk in the fridge - which equals about one weeks worth for us. Hey, don't judge. Have you seen my giant boys? Keeping them fed is a challenge! :-)
We had been talking about getting a larger chest freezer - I wish we had actually gotten around to it before today!
What I learned from this experience -

-It was time to clean out all my freezers

-I discovered new / old food treasures that I am happy to have.

-I had stuff to throw away - I love throwing things away!

-Midnight is not a fun time to freeze your hands off playing with food from the freezer.

-My daughter was inspired to say something when she noticed the dripping ice, because if she had decided to say nothing, I would have gone to bed, everything in both the fridge and freezer would have been nasty when I discovered this morning, and I didn't have time to clean it all out this morning!

-My back hurts - my son saved me by carrying, lifting, and moving everything.

I'm sure what I will learn (re-learn) tomorrow is that refrigerator repair people, though they are nice and necessary, cost a lot, but less than a new fridge, which would be delightful except for the part where you have to pay for a new fridge, which then makes the repair people reasonable in comparison.