Happy Halloween!

Halloween came and went so fast I did not even have time to post some of the highlights of this fun holiday. So here goes my belated Halloween blog.

This year we wanted to do something special for our Halloween program and John came up with the marvelous idea of putting on a magic show. We found that Seth has a knack for mime and so with Seth and John pulling the show together, we found that they had they had the perfect combination of comedy and ingenuity to make the program a cracking success. It was "cracking" because we could never get through a practice session with out "cracking up". Here is a video and some pictures that we took during our performances.

Seth a.k.a. "Merlin" is "trying" to make a little white ball (which "Maid Marilee" is holding under the hat) disappear.

Seth needed Graham, Isaac, and Marilee to help him with some balloon tricks.

Here is "the band"!
Katie and I had to keep the music going throughout the magic show and "Merlin" joined us when he could. (Check out KT's costume, it is an traditional Indian outfit known as a "churidar".)

It was a very fun program to put together and to perform for our friends all around Nebraska.

Halloween Day 2011

Katie and I were in charge of making lunch and we happened to run across a recipe called "Purple People Eater Cupcakes". In our program we sang the old children's song "Flying Purple People Eater" and so we thought it would be fun to make them. After Katie and I made some chocolate cupcakes (If your going to make cupcakes they might as well be chocolate right?), then Graham, Isaac, Marilee, helped us decorate them.

They turned out pretty cute don't you think?
(the tongue is purple because we ran out of red Laffy Taffy)

After the desert was made then Graham, Isaac, and Marilee got to carve their pumkins.
Graham decided to eat dinner with his just so it wouldn't feel lonely, right Graham?

What would Halloween be without dry ice?
Every year Mom will buy dry ice to put in our annual Halloween punch. This has been one of my favorite holiday traditions. (Warning: dry ice is so cold it burns, so DON'T touch it without gloves or a spoon.)

(sorry the pictures are a little blurry and strange, the flash broke on our camera and it has been acting up ever since then.)

The goal here is to blow out all of these candles with one breath.
That's lookin' pretty good Katie, you have got half of them out so far!

Several of the boys actually accomplished this feat.
Believe me, it is harder than it looks!

Halloween has come and gone. It is always a very fun time of year for us. The changing seasons, the longer and colder nights, the falling of the leaves, the warm soups and stews, the cozy evenings spent in the warmth of each other's camaraderie , has a way of passing much too quickly. It makes us think of how life moves on. Time does not stop for anyone and that realization always makes me want to cherish every single moment of this life. It brings this scripture to mind:

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is such a comfort to know that God is in charge and in command of each one those seasons. What a blessing it is to know that we can trust that HE knows each one of our roles and purposes in this life. So life must go on, but each day can strengthen our determination to trust in and follow along the lifelong pathway of a disciple of Christ.


Friday, October 21 a beautiful blessing entered our home. She was given the name


Well that baby has grown up so fast that we can't believe that she is now 13!!!
Where has the time gone?

So here are some things that we have discovered about Marilee in the last 13 years!

She LOVES animals! Especially, her two "fluffy bunnies" named Baskin and Robbins.
She is our social butterfly. She loves to visit people (as long as they have a pet or two)
Her nickname at home is Mar (pronounced - mare).
Every night we all wish her a good "night- mar".
Her favorite color is pink.
She loves fruity sugary candy.
Her greatest dream is to own and ride a horse.
She is in 8th grade.
She is always smiling.

Here is her favorite scripture:

"For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads."
Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

She wanted a Halloween theme for her birthday!
So between decorating the inside of our van with orange lights, and Dad carving this pumpkin I think Marilee was happy with her Halloween Birthday!

Bright and early in the morning we all piled into our van and drove to Omaha to spend the day with Covey, Melody and Mack.

After decorating the room and getting lunch ready Marilee found her presents and the party began.

Pose Everybody!

Even Mack enjoyed the party.

After a delicious lunch of french dip, Marilee wanted to walk across the Missouri River on this fantastic bridge.

A couple months ago we tried to go on the bridge but it was closed because of the flooding problem, but to Marilee's relief it has finally been opened again. It is a fascinating masterpiece of construction.
In the middle of the bridge we were able to stand in both Nebraska and Iowa at the same time.

It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect.

Mack loves Grandma and Grandpa!!!

He is growing up way too fast.

It was a very very fun day for all of us but especially for Marilee.



One year older and Wiser too!!!

Near midnight on the 29th of September 1990, a baby boy was born. He was named:


David is currently serving a two year mission in Brazil. He has been gone for about 15 months. We are grateful that he can be serving the Lord by teaching the people of Brazil about Christ. David has had a special connection with Brazil because about 40 years ago, Dad also spent two years there, learning Portuguese, serving the people, and doing everything that David is now experiencing. It has been a great learning experience for David and he keeps us updated on how he is doing through his weekly emails.
David just turned 21 and is excited that this is his last birthday away from home.

Here are just a few of the many Fun Facts about Davy:

He has a hilarious personality.
Once he gets going, his comments keep us laughing until it hurts.
He is big boned and Isaac says that he is very heavy when he sits on you.
Before David left, Graham, Isaac, and David were inseparable.
David is very flexible. He can do stretches that would take years for the rest of us to do.
He is very descriptive and has a capacious vocabulary.
He is an artist and he can draw anything you ask him to especially cars.
He loves to draw and design his own cars.
Believe it or not David is the perfect gentleman.
He loves to learn etiquette and the ways to be proper and refined.
He is always the first person to open the car door for us girls (Mom, Katie, Marilee, and I).

His favorite scripture is:

"For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do... Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ."

2 Nephi 32:5-6

We miss him immensely and can't wait until he is home again.

Richard's Wagon Train!

Yes, we hit the trail this fall and are on our way to... well I guess we don't really know yet. We will leave that in the Lord's hands.

We have just completed a new record of performances in one month (that is why the blog has been so quiet). Throughout the month of September we performed about 20 times. I remember when we thought 5 performances a month was overwhelming. Throughout this last month we have seen so many blessings from the Lord that we only feel gratitude and wonder at His constant care and wisdom.

One of the highlights of the last couple weeks was the Great Plains Opry that was held in Kearney. We had a 20 minute set and so we put together a western program.

We started with a medley of old Western and Bluegrass favorites such as Cattle Call, Bonaparte's Retreat, Cripple Creek, Deep in the Heart of Texas etc...

Seth did some rope tricks

and John taught Isaac, Marilee, and Graham a line dance for the song, Deep in the Heart of Texas.

After the medley, we played the classic western song: Ghost Riders in the Sky!
Marilee and Isaac went galloping around covered in sparkly white sheets, while Graham chased them around the audience.

Then we pulled out the "Long Bow" and played our favorite version of Boil'em Cabbage.

We ended our set by expressing our gratitude to God for His blessings in our lives and concluded with the gospel song, "Life is like a Mountain Railway".

Life is indeed like a Mountain Railway but as long as Jesus Christ is the engineer we will reach our destination safely.

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."

Isaiah 12:2

llabmiK yadhtriB yppaH!!!

Sunday, September 18

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday dear...
Kimball Doxey Richards
Happy Birthday to You!!!

Kimball has reached to wonderful age of 27. Feliz Cumpleanos!!!

Some Fun Facts about Kimball:

He is the bottom of the first half but the top of the second half in our family.
His favorite colors are red and black.
He has a wheat and gluten intolerance and so loves gluten free breads, bagels, cakes, and other baked goods that are becoming more and more available.
He spent two years as a missionary for our church in Uruguay.
He enjoys using his Spanish skills by tutoring and helping the hispanic students in the local school system.
He loves to teach and is working on becoming a school teacher.
He loves to write and therefore, has taken several college courses in writing.
He also loves to draw.
He is a Bill Pete fan and likes to come up with his own children's stories.
Kimball is very patient and has a caring personality.
He loves the gospel of Christ and his favorite scripture is:

"Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God."

Jacob 4:8

Kimball's Birthday challenge was the most backwards. John, Graham, and Marilee sang and recorded the Happy birthday song and then played it backwards! It sounded like they were speaking some foreign language and it was pretty hilarious to try to sing along!

After church we had our big meal at noon and although we wanted to start with desert, Kimball did not want his birthday to be that "backwards".

We love you Kimball and are so grateful that you are apart of our family!!!
¡¡¡¡llabmiK yadhtriB yppaH!!!!