Sunday, August 16, 2015

End of school

We rocked the end of the school year!

Claire tried out for the school talent show and made it in! She did great, and I was so proud of her for not letting nerves get the best of her. I could see her confidence grow. She sang a song from the movie Mulan.

They both received awards at the end of year assembly. Claire got on honor roll and Jacob received the Rising Star award for his class. Oh my this made my mama heart burst. I couldn't help but tear up. I was so proud of him. He really struggled at the beginning of the school year and it was a long process and a lot of hard work to get him to this point. The Rising Star award was for the most improved. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I just want them to try their best and he really worked hard the last two months of school to reach his goals.

Jacob worked really hard on his end of year project. They were studying China so we built the great wall out of a cardboard box. He did a great job working on it and was really motivated and loved the project. We are so glad that he has had a teacher that loves teaching so much and allows them to be creative.

On top of finishing a great school year, they were both accepted into the Gifted and Talented program for their respective grades! It will be more work but I know they can do it!

We gave them an incentive throughout the year to reach their goals which they both did, so on the last day we took them to Chucky Cheese and Toys R US where they each got to pick something out. I think its good to give them something to look forward to when they do a good job. I guess I'm not above bribery :)

Happy 7th birthday Jacob!

Oh I love this boy! Things would be so dull without him. I think he had a pretty great birthday.
We went to the Lego store.

And his birthday ended up falling on the day of the community pool party. There was a petting zoo, sno cones, face painting, yummy food, all of his friends, a bouncy house, and swimming. I couldn't have done a better job myself!

They had so much fun!

We feel so grateful for this boy. He drives everyone crazy, but he has the most fun loving and giving heart. Happy Birthday Buddy!

Summer Lovin

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Love and Loss

To say its been a rough year for the Packard/Boehme family would be an understatement. Everyone seems to be jumping ship! We've lost 3 of my most favorite people. Three ladies who showed me what it was to be a wife, mother, aunt, friend. Three ladies I have known my whole existence and to have them gone seems so wrong. They were so beautiful, inside and out. I hope I could one day be like them. I have so many wonderful memories of them and I wanted to get them written down.

Dear Aunt Ruby. I will never forget your wonderful cards and letters. They are treasures to me. I can't really seem to summarize the wonderful way you lived such a good life. You were always so glad to see us, I loved looking at your magnet collection as a child. I loved your voice. I will never forget your generous donation to help me go to Europe. So kind. I will never forget mom holding your hand in your last days. I wasn't expecting to say goodbye to you that day, so I kind of fell apart, but that was a sweet moment and I'm thankful for that. Thank you for holding on long enough for me to visit you one last time. A tender mercy. Thank you for being such a good example to me. We will miss our trips up to Heber to visit you.

Ruby Boehme Pedersen
1925 ~ 2015

Ruby, age 90, peacefully passed away at home on July 24, 2015, and is now reunited with all her loved ones.
Born February 13, 1925, in Geneva, Idaho, to John H. and Gertrude Marx Boehme.
Ruby received her RN training through the Army Cadet Corps in 1946. She worked at various hospitals and in 1948 she moved to Park City, Utah, to work at the Miners Hospital. She met the man of her dreams, Clarence Pedersen, and got married October 18, 1949, in Ely, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Provo Temple. During her 35 years as a Registered Nurse, Ruby selflessly devoted her life to taking care of her patients from nursery age on up. When Clarence got Parkinson's Disease she took wonderful care of him.
Ruby and Clarence were affectionately known as "The Peds." Many family members remember camping and fishing trips to the Uintas where Clarence caught the trout and Ruby fried them! She will be missed, but never forgotten.
Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, parents, eight sisters and three brothers. She is survived by one brother, Donald Boehme, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 1, at 11 a.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main, Heber, Utah. A viewing will be held at the funeral home Friday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday at 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will follow at the Heber City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at . The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Encompass and Applegate Hospice, and Ruby's wonderful neighbors in Heber and Park City.

Dear Aunt Margo. I always knew that you loved me. So accepting and kind you were. You always looked so beautiful and I wish I could have known you when you were younger, I'm sure you were a doll. Claire will miss coming to visit and play at your home. She always had such a good time. Thank you for being stalwart till the end. I will never forget the lamb in your car incident, or how happy you were to see us when we came to town. Thank you for loving me like your own granddaughter and for showing me what true beauty is.

Margo Jeanne Packard Sellers passed away peacefully on February 20, 2015 surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born on March 9, 1940 to Clarence F. and Catherine Young Packard. She married Ronald Lee Sellers on March 20, 1961. She was an active member of the LDS church and loved her church family.
Margo was the mother to 6 beautiful children, two who preceded her in death, Terrance Sellers, Toyann Newell (Mark). Survived by her children Holley Samper (Jerome), Ron Sellers Jr., Mandy Zacharopoulos (John), Patrick Sellers (Allison). She had 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild who were truly the lights of her life. She came from a large family, she had 12 brothers and sisters 4 who have preceded her in death as well as her parents.
She was loved by everyone who she came in contact with and loved to help anyone and everyone. She was a special lady and she will be missed beyond words.
The funeral will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Val Verda 2nd Ward, 3317 S. 800 W., Bountiful, UT 84010, where friends and family may call between 11:30 - 12:45 p.m. for the viewing. Online guest book at
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that you send a donation to help with funeral expenses. - See more at:

Dear Aunt Mary. You and uncle Jerry were such an amazing example to me of true love. You were timeless. Thank you for taking us boating, and letting us ride in your convertable. There was something about you that made people want to be around you. Thank you for your kindness, your sweet voice and your enveloping hugs. I will never forget you helping me the night before my wedding helping me with my dress and the pretty engraving you and Uncle Jerry gave us for our wedding. I can't believe you are gone, because you always seemed so young at heart.

Mary Catherine Packard Barfuss passed away peacefully on February 13, 2015 surrounded by her family.
She was born on February 14, 1937 to Clarence F. and Catherine Young Packard. She married Jerry Barfuss in Bountiful, Utah. They just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She co-founded Bountiful Music and loved being a part of the Bountiful community.
Mary is the mother of five children. David, Steven, Lauri (Doug) Powell, Suzi and Johnny. She is the proud grandma of 13 grand-children and 7.5 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Thursday February 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the LDS Chapel at 165 South 1000 East, Bountiful, UT 84010. Friends may call between 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you send a Valentine to someone you love and tell them how much you love them!

I wasn't able to attend any of their funerals, but I take comfort in these words by President Uchtdorf and Elder Bowen:

In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us? There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings.

Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless13 and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.

The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.

How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.

I testify that because of Him, even our Savior, Jesus Christ, those feelings of sorrow, loneliness, and despair will one day be swallowed up in a fulness of joy. I testify that we can depend on Him and when He said:

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

“Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”5

I testify that, as stated in Preach My Gospel, “as we rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, He can help us endure our trials, sicknesses, and pain. We can be filled with joy, peace, and consolation. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

I am grateful to know that my sadness in the loss of these dear ladies means that I love them and that a loss is never really an ending, just an interruption.
Until we meet again.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Knighton Family

These cousins always have so much fun when they are together! We also wanted to get a nice 4 generation picture with all the girls. We love our family so much!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas was splendid. It was nice to celebrate on our own for once. It was my first time making Christmas dinner by myself too! Jake got the Lego set he'd been dreaming of. He spent the ENTIRE day working on it, and did it all by himself. He's so smart! Claire got another "American Girl" doll and an easy bake oven. Sam got transformers and elephants. I got new running shoes and Chris got Apple TV. We missed the Christmas snow for about 1 minute on Christmas. We just love it here in AZ. There was also a debate with a young girl about the validity of a certain man in a red suit. That was hard for me. My little girl is growing up, and too soon.