S: The Bennions 2011
FC: The Bennions 2011
1: Janurary 3 - Kathy lost her wedding ring on the Phoenix- Seattle leg of her journey 15 - Zane's Birthday party with his friends at Dimond Swiming Pool. They had the whole pool to themselves! 22 - Shadow leaves us 22 - Burn's Night Supper at The Sheriton | February 11 - Valentine's Day Dance at Rabbit Creek Elementary School 12 - Driver's Ed class begins for Spencer and Grayson 12 - Ice Skating at Westchester Lagoon 24 - Academic Awards Assembly - Grayson receives an Academic Letter with a Gold Star (signifying that he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average for 2 consecutive semesters) | March 4-13 Spring Break go to Florida to various parks and the Disney Cruise! 13 Stan's Birthday | April 9 - Kathy's Birthday 16 - Mary visits, we go to a Japanese restaurant and Portage Glacier | May 10 - Spencer's Graduation held at the Sullivan Arena 14 - The family goes to see Blue Man Group 14 - Kathy's Dance Recital at West High School 15 - Spencer's Seminary Graduation 19 - Tessa's 6th Grade Recognition 24 - Tessa's Birthday 25-28 Spencer and Grayson go on the Pioneer Trek 25 - Zane starts soccer | June 3-Spencer's Birthday 12-26 Spencer goes to the Slope 14-18 Grayson has High Adventure Scout Camp 20-24 Tessa has Girl's Camp 27 Svetlana Younger is in town to have her baby 27- July 1 Grayson has Swim Camp at BYU | July 4-8 Grayson attends EFY at BYU 10 - Annual BP hike to Flat Top 11-24 Spencer goes to the Slope 12 - Zane has the Soccer Jamboree 28-31 Tessa performs her play from Drama Camp: The Great Jade Emperor (she plays a Scientist, Storyteller 2 (tiger) and Dragon | August 4-9 Sylvia comes for a visit: we go to the Earthquake Experience theater and Talkeetna 7-21 Spencer goes to the Slope 11-15 John Bennion and Liz Warner (his Fiancé) come for a visit 16 - School Starts: Zane is in 2nd grade, Tessa is in 7th grade (she's in Chamber Choir!), Grasyon is in 11th grade 17 - Kathy teaches her first Ballet class at Barbara's School of Dance 18-19 Steve and Chris Clark come for a visit 29 - Spencer starts at University of Alaska Anchorage (He qualified for the Alaska Performance Scholarship!) 29 - Stan goes to Utah for John and Liz's Wedding | September 23 - Kathy's first UAA Ballet Class 26-30 Stan travels to London | October 14 - Zane's first piano lesson 21 - Went to see Fiddler on The Roof 27-29 Grayson swims in Regional Swim Meet 28 - Halloween Party at Steve and Brenda Noble's | November 15 - Tessa sings at South High School Choir Festival 24 - Thanksgiving at the Dave and Cydney Maisey's 26 - Went to see The Nutcracker Ballet 28 - Grayson's Birthday | December 4 - Ward Christmas Party 13 - Tessa sings in Winter Concert at Goldenview 21 - Stan goes to Jazz game 22 - Christmas Caroling with the West's 23 - Girls lunch out with Sylvia 24 - Christmas Eve at Sylvia and Phil's 25 - Christmas Morning at Sylvia and Phil's, Christmas Lunch at John and Liz's, Dessert at Becky and Royden's, Evening games at Carolyn's 27 - Lunch at Porcupine with Bry, Andrew, Phil, John, and Liz 27 - Dinner at Chris Wagner's 28 - Dinner at Chirstie and Keith;s 29 - Dinner at Ruth's Chris with Grant, Jodie and Kim 30 - Kathy & Christie have Ballet Class with Bruce Caldwell! 31 - Party at Grant and Jodie's, party at Sam and Heather's
2: In Memorium Shadow a.k.a. Ethyl came into our family January 2010, died January 22, 2011 She had no claws and she liked to bite, but wow, was she a looker!
3: 1/22/11 Well, it's transition time. The cat we adopted last year from friends who were moving out has developed a terminal illness and we're going to have to say goodbye today. She was already older and somewhat particular, but we've enjoyed her for the last year. I'm not sure how she would have coped with the arriving puppy, so perhaps the timing has some cosmic rationale. Zane had a "kudo" party yesterday at school that he was very excited about. Spencer and Grayson are taking a one week intensive driver's training class in February to help them take on the roads. Kathy and I are going to the Scottish Ball tonight (Burn's Night). Does anyone have a kilt I can borrow? Dad visited Cletus last week and gave very positive reviews. We've been watching a puppy care DVD to prepare for the arriving little guy. Not sure if we can fully comprehend what's in store. Stan
4: Rock Star Day at School
5: Bennions Rock!
6: dressed to bring down the house! Tessa, Joseph Stewart, Zane and Gabe Parrish
7: Our new puppy: Cletus Purcell. He had just arrived after flying up from Magna, Utah. He seemed scared and shivered a lot...
8: Cletus' first day as a Bennion
10: Day 2- he's already stolen our hearts
11: Ice Skating at Westchester Lagoon from left to right: Zane, Stan's skates, Zane and Keith Hutchins, Tessa and Kathy gearing up.
12: Spring Break 2011!
13: Disney Cruise
14: Key West, excursion- with the Parrishes and the Maiseys
16: Kayaking in the mangroves
17: Sunset over Key West
18: Zane loves the elephant towel sculpture | Some photos of our room on board
19: Turtle Hatchery on Grand Cayman Island | Stan's turtle face
22: Jet ski excursion to Sting Ray Alley- Grand Cayman Island | The trip to Sting Ray Alley was a bit rough, Zane cried the whole way. Spence perhaps stayed up a bit too late the night before...
23: Look at that crystal clear water! | Kathy getting a "hug" from a sting ray | Kathy giving a kiss to her sting ray...pucker up! | Kathy and Grayson interacting with the sting rays
24: Zane was a bit wary, at first, but was very excited to ride in the BIG jet ski on the way back! | The bottom was a bit deep for the kids, so Shawna gave Tessa a break from kicking by holding her up. | Kathy got to feed a sting ray, she had to hold the food and keep her hand flat, but she didnt't quite suceed and it took a chunk out of her thumb knuckle...
25: Tiredness prevails after a long day of Turtles and Sting Rays | Our Latest towel sculpture is a lobster-Zane got to the point where he could hardly wait to see what the next night's animal would be
26: Diving off Cozumel Stan is taking all the photos, so he's not in any of them. We saw a lobster, which is hardly ever heard of! Kathy is the diver on the left, Grayson is the diver on the right.
27: Pirate Night (plus our monkey towel sculpture)
28: Character night
30: Adult night out
31: Snorkeling at Castaway Cay
32: Farewell to the Disney Magic Our home for 7 fabulous days | Partners in Paradise: Russ, LeeAnn, Austin and Cameron Morrell Dave, Sydney, Danny, Andrew, Dakota and Olivia Maisey Todd, Shawna, Brit, Logan, Q, and Gabe Parrish | We never did figure out what the last night's towel sculpture was....???? (But Zane still loved coming back to it!)
33: Disney Studios Day- We learned how to draw, we rode lots of rides, and we came back at night for the big fireworks show.
34: Stan's Birthday (we had to improvise, so he had a lovely 'birthday struedel') We had a hotel on the Savanah at Disney...sometimes we'd see giraffes and other African animals wander past our balcony
35: Cletus keeps growing! | He loves visiting the Hill's 3 Greyhounds
36: Grandma Mary visits Alaska for the first time
37: Big Uncle A is our next Visitor. The adventure starts on Denali....
38: ...and finishes on the waters of Prince William Sound
39: Spencer Bennion South Anchorage High School Class of 2011
40: Tessa turns 12 ...and FINALLY gets a phone Riley, Emma, Genevia, Tessa, Katie, Amber, Jasmine, Haley
42: Kathy & Grayson removed tons of rocks and replaced them with grass | Sold Bry's motorcycle and bought a green Subaru wagon
43: The traditional Flattop climb with the HR team
44: Spencer and Grayson back from the Pioneer Trek
45: Girl's Camp
46: The ladies from the ward (and Nikki) catch some rays at Goose Lake | Tessa goes to Rylee's Birthday Party in Style
47: Grayson, Bry and Stan had a grand day out fishing with the Andersons.
48: Unofficial Ward Campout Valdez, Alaska July 4, 2011
50: What a Campout it was, in the luxury of our first RVrental | In Valdez on the 4th there was a car show, lots of fish and plenty of fireworks back at the campground.
51: We had a great hike up to a glacier at the top of Keystone Canyon. We even brought some glacier ice back in the freezer. The Hunger Games was our entertainment on the road.
52: Cletus had his equipment operated on in July. He was not amused.
53: Zane had an allergic reaction to ? at soccer practice
54: Grandma Syvie came for a visit and we took her to the sand dunes. It was too stormy to stay more than a few minutes and so cold that Spencer took his arms out of his sleeves to try to stay warm
55: Grandpa Bennion and his fiance, Liz, came for a visit. This is us at Independence mine, an old abandoned gold mine.
56: After the wind storm.... | Before the wind storm... | Bob Kirn was kind enough to help repair our fence!
57: Stan won a kilt at the Burn's Night (Scottish Ball) It arrived just before we left for Christmas Vacation...
58: Traditional Gingerbread house decorating with Grandma Syvie
59: Zane FINALLY got what he wanted from Santa (He asked for this spy car last year, too.) | Christmas Eve at Grandma Syvie and Phil's house
60: Christmas Day
62: Hanging out at Grandpa and Liz's
63: Stan goes skiing with Bry & Andrew
64: Boxing Day at Grandma Carolyn's...we played Bingo and won prizes...
65: New Year's Eve at Sam and Heather's house, we played games and chimes Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; a Christmas present from Stan's work A fabulous photo of Daniella, Tessa, Zane and Katelyn