Sunday, August 25, 2013

A camping we will go.......part 2

A Camping We Will Go...........

What is camping without playing a few games?   Here is Kyle and me playing Yahtzee.There was 35 of us from the Mortensen family that went camping up to Bonniville Hot Springs campground, about 2 hours out of Boise.
Carl, Dave, Kent and others went to get firewood.  Then once they got back to camp Carl split it all by himself - it was probably a cord of wood.

Some of the grandkids around the campfire.  Anne, Gav, Liv and Victoria.
The kids loved having some hammocks at camp.  We had 5 - but probably could have used a couple more.  Here is CJ, Rebecca and Evie.

Keith and his mom's dog.

Kyle enjoying the hammock.

Kent and I.
The mornings were very chilly - we were like 40 miles from Stanley, which is the coldest spot in the state.  So we hiked down 15 minutes to the hot springs.  Then played in the river during the day.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

She did it - finally!

Kara getting her HS diploma.
She had lots of support from family and friends.  Here she is with her YW leader above and high school friends below.  (None of the family pics turned out :(  )
Yeah Kara - we couldn't be happier for you!  It took 2 extra years, but yes, now you can say that you got your HS diploma.  Good for you!  We love you!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

100th Birthday

If Dad were still alive, he would turn 100 years old today.  Happy Birthday Pops!  (Sorry for no pics - our scanner is missing a neccessary cord.)
What are some of your memories of him?
I remember the big garden that we would always have in Moab.  He would let us help him plant the corn.  Then we were always responsible for weeding a few rows.  And we had to have the chores all done before we could go swimming.
He would let the grass grow a little extra long and then mow trails in it for us to play Fox and Geese.  (You couldn't get away with that anymore with CC&R's.)
I also remember him walking to the bank in Moab and coming home for lunch most days.
I remember the trips we would take as a family - to the New York World's Fair, to the Seattle World's Fair, to Yellowstone and all of our Easter trips.  We would go to Manti and roll eggs down the temple hill, or we would go to a sandbar on the Colorarado river, or up to some red hills.
He was always busy, but took time for family fun times too.  It seemed like he was always the one in charge of the extended Carlson reunions.
I remember him coming into Debbie and my room in the mornings to wake us for scripture study.  "Wake up sleeping beauties", he would say.
He was faithful in having us hold FHE too.
I can remember one time when I was very young, that I went in the bathroom when he was shaving and I told him a secret.  I must have been mad at mom for something, because I told him that I liked him better than mom, but PLEASE don't tell her.
But I guess the one thing that I really remember was that his birthday was always on Ground Hog's Day.
Happy 100th  Birthday - I love you!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


  Cast and Blast trip with our lumber company up on the Snake river near Clarkston Washington.
Robert & I each caught two native fish each (which you have to throw back) and two fishery steelhead each which we were able to keep. Also did some pheasant hunting on the trip.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day 6 - The Pirates Treasure Hunt

Sherstine held a treasure hunt for the kiddos.  She had swords, bandanas, and tattoos for all of them.  Here she is leading them to one of the clues at our trailer camp site.
The kiddos reading the clue - where do they go next?
Aren't they cute little pirates?
On the way to the beach to find the buried treasure!
They are digging for it.
They found it - the treasure box!
What successful pirates they are - they even fought off the bad pirates.  Inside was the pirate booty - a sack of jewels, golden money, cannonball gum and other misc. candies for each one.
They loved it and had such a fun adventure!

Thanks to Sherstine for planning this fun reunion - we all made lasting memories of our time together.

Day 7 we headed back to our homes in Idaho.  Randy left for Vegas on Saturday.  Fun, fun, fun!

Day 5 Cannon Beach

We headed up the coast for about an hour and stopped at Cannon Beach.  I loved it!
Beccalin out wading.
Aunt Kara with some of the neices in front of Haystack Rock.
The top of Haystack Rock.  Robert loved seeing all these birds.  He saw some new ones for the first time.  And Carl found a few geo-caches.
Randy wanted to take a starfish home with him.
All of us were looking up at Haystack to find the Puffin.
Miss Claire
We went on up to Seaside and ate lunch and got hats and taffy.  Sorry - no pics from that.  But then some of us headed up to Astoria.  Our boys had to see the house from the Goonies.  So there it is.  We were disappointed they didn't have tours and that it had changed so much.  But on our way back we stopped and saw over 50 sealions.  They were barking so loud!  Beccalin lost one of her flipflops in the water.