S: Tice Family Reunion - Aspen Grove 2009
BC: Though time has passed, I can recall the power of its spell. The avalanche of leaf and branch where shafts of moonlight fell. How long I lingered in that wood, I have no memory. But now I find I am inclined to favor aspen trees. I shall not rest if I am kept amongst the evergreens. They do not celebrate the change that each new season brings. I could not bear to never share in nature's pageantry. So lay me down beneath the crown of golden aspen trees. - Richard Elloyan -
FC: Tice Family Reunion Aspen Grove, Utah June 27 - July 3, 2009
1: In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit. -Marge Kennedy- Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all the memories we will always have of Aspen Grove! With all our love, Your Children and Grandchildren
2: Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House (and Salt Lake temple too)
3: Kiersten: I enjoyed all the games and talking we did in the evening time at our lodge. I loved learning more about the family members as we went through the sacks.
4: Heidi: Maybe it's because I grew up in the Tice household, but I loved just sitting there and hearing all the noise of the family. Nothing compares to the children laughing, chattering, playing, or even crying Joseph: I think my favorite memory was when Aunt Kathy pulled out the bench to try to kill the moth. Then Matthew opened the door and asked it to leave and the moth flew out the door.
6: Andrew: Church was outdoors and it was so hot that day. We were lucky we brought our camp chairs and could get in the shade. I had to take Regan back to the cabin to change her diaper and coming back I was walking through the trees and across the bridge and all I could hear was the special musical number. It was a quiet, spiritual moment for me on that Sabbath day.
7: Kiersten: I also enjoyed seeing the kids with their groups. Stephen took my hand as soon as he saw me and seemed to know that I would take him to his group. That made me feel special. Waving to all the nieces and nephews and hearing them turn to their friends and say, "That's my aunt" whenever we'd pass by.
8: Eva's blessing was held on Sunday, June 28, 2009 in the family cabin. Both grandparents and Andrea and Nathan's siblings were there to witness. Eva's father, Nathan, performed the blessing. | Evangeline "Eva" Lucia Tice
12: From left to right First Row: Jon Bliss, Garrett Bliss, Aaron Bliss, Kiersten Bliss, Kaylee Bliss, Eden Bliss, Ashelyn Tice, Micaela Tice, Samuel Tice, Stephen Tice, Philip Tice. Middle Row: Matthew Tice, Kanayla Tice, Ivie Tice, Kristina Tice, Xavien Tice, Heidi Tice, Andrea Tice (baby Eva Tice), Cora Tice, Christopher Tice, Caleb Tice, LaDawn Tice, Nancy Tice, Jesse Tice, Aurora Tice, Andrew Tice, Regan Tice. Back Tow: Joseph Tice, Jakob Tice, Nathan Tice, Gideon Tice.
14: Dining Hall | Dad: I was sitting with Cora at the dining hall and she had a plate of croutons with some dressing. She asked me if I liked "fruitons" and then said "Grandpa, I looove fruitons." Matthew: The Dining Hall brought back a lot of memories of working with BYU Dining Services. Something I think would be cool is to create a "drink concoction list" of the best mixing of BYU drinks. Post some poster near the drink stations with something like "Try A Cougar Cocktail. 1 part Fresca, 2 parts Passionfruit and 2 parts Grape juice".
16: Athletics | Matthew: I really looked forward to those few evenings of playing tennis with Jon, Nathan, Andrew and Kiersten. That is such a fun sport, I wish I'd learned it at a younger age. Jon and Kiersten are a tough doubles match. (And egging on Andrew to hit high-powered serves is cheating. And taking away an awesome serve for a double-fault error when the ball clearly hit the line is also cheating and it would have changed the entire match and we wouldn't have lost). I loved watching Kiersten go up and block that giant in volleyball. I wish we had a picture of that. That and the look from the basketball team we played 5on5 when Kiersten stepped on the court.
18: Kiersten: Archery turned out to be a neat experience for me. I hadn't shot an arrow since 9th grade (some 16 years ago). The adults activity counselor had stuck an arrow through a Coke can and then stuck that in the middle of one of the targets, I guess as an incentive to hit it? Well, when I hit it, the first time, I felt like I'd won the lottery and couldn't help cheering.! Heidi, Matthew, and I also tried our arm out at shooting left-handed and that was fun.
19: Heidi: Water Frolics, which for me includes our Tice game of PIG(GY) and Water B-ball in the 5 foot area!was all very fun. But I think my favorite of that was our Synchronized Swimming, complete with Matthew's dolphin ending.
20: ROPES Course | Matthew: I remember hearing Philip whack the wall while rappelling, while I was on the cables, and the entire crowd go, "OOoohhhh" and I was dreading that part when it was my turn. Rappelling is by far the worst part of it. Just give me a rope, I'll climb down thank you. I thought it was funny too, when Joseph was doing the wires, they came to his chest and I seem to remember the wires being over my head. What does that boy eat?
21: Heidi: The best part was seeing Mom give it a go without any hesitation. Mother of 8 kids, grandmother of 17--swinging log? Bring it on! Seeing Dad do it was just as fantastic. My parents are the coolest.
22: Arts and Crafts
23: Heidi: I'll never forget Aunt Kathy telling Uncle Richard how to play DDR, and then trying it herself. Dad trying DDR - told you we have cool parents.... | Kiersten: I loved the pottery area with the stream running underneath, I just didn't love trying to make the pot. Heidi, Mom, and I watched, dumbfounded, with the rest of the class, as Jon sat at his wheel and produced a practically perfect pot - his first time ever. While I liked being in the room with all of them, seeing them work, I still failed to get the hang of it and finally gave my clay to Jon, the pro.
25: Philip: I think my favorite memories were seeing my kids with their groups when they didn't see me. It's always fun for me to see how they interact with people who aren't me. Dad: I got the chance to take Stephen from the dining hall to the cabin a couple of times and we would talk about all the sights - the ground squirrels, the wild roses, the cars underneath the walk-bridge. Samuel, on the other hand, was focussed on the cars - we had to see and touch each tire and license plate, etc on all the parked cars along the way. Gideon had to "read" all the manhole covers by the dining hall. I thought I could get past the one because it was the same, but he managed to let go of my hand and run back so he could "read" the one he missed. Cora: I have to go the bathroom. Heidi: Oh, me, too, Cora: Don't worry. I won't leave you until I'm done. Mom: Cora told me that I was getting old because I was getting "stripes" on my face. Caleb agreed. That is something I don't want to ever forget.
26: Heidi: I love my nieces and nephews. Anything I got to be part of - helping get their food, taking them to the bathroom, watching them in the pool, having them run over to give me hugs, laying down and just talking, walking with them, swimming with them, hearing them call out my name when I walked by....I was just so happy to be with all of them. I've missed them so much and it means a great deal when they know who I am and I can be a part of their lives.
28: Cowboy Village
29: Heidi: Nancy calling at the jail "All right, Jesse James, come on out from there" and other moms looking at her like she was a bit too into the ol' west thing. | there" and other moms looking at her like she was a bit too into the | whole ol' west thing.
30: ASPEN FOLLIES | Aspen Follies | Nancy: Aspen Follies was held on Monday Night. The most memorable moment was Joseph pushing the giant ball uphill while Andrew pushed it downhill. We all had a good laugh at Andrew's expense. | Heidi: Our cheer was classic Tice -short, to the point, and everyone loved it. It also helped us win The Platform Game - 6 seconds. "TICE"
32: Heidi: I loved fishing with Micaela and Ashelyn. Two grown women trying to figure out how to cast, and one teen boy finally taking pity on us. All while the child who it was for enjoyed breaking up the cheese for bait more than anything else.
33: Kiersten: Mom and Heidi, the hike to Stewart Falls with you two was most enjoyable. The hike was great and I thought we did just fine for being out-of-town and not yet accustomed to the altitude (especially compared to the British family we passed).
34: Heidi: I loved the cheers. Songs were fun, too. But I can't get out of my head Jesse singing "trompers, trompers, trompers" and with the little girl behind us telling her Dad, "It's Jesse James...." Then, of course, Aaron and his "Woman" Nancy: Let us all have a moment of silence for the poor kid that was tragically trampled during the Young Adult cheer. It was so funny to see Samuel plugging his ears during the songs. Everyone's a critic.....
36: Heidi: Every morning Xavien asked "Is your turtle still asleep?" | I tried to show him that Bob was awake on the last day, but he didn't see. Bob stayed asleep in order to, uh, stay out of sight. | Dad: I don't think I will ever view the Tango in quite the same way after our cabin evening "adult" discussion on the subject of having kids and Philip's viewpoint.
38: From left to right: Nathan Andrew Kiersten Philip LaDawn Christopher Matthew Jakob Heidi Joseph | On the morning of the last day, we all lined up on the porch of our family cabin to take one last picture of the original Tice family.
39: Tallest to shortest.... | "We may not be good, but we look good..."