Darren had a good laugh the other day when he found this article published in 1994. He was in high school. The article never mentions Darren or any other high school boys but they have their signature written all over this fun prank... thankfully they never got in trouble!
Since the Utah State football season ended earlier in 1994 than it had in 1993 (when USU went to the Vegas Bowl), Aggie offensive coordinator Jim Zorn decided to go out for a little "flag football" recently.
Only Zorn's version of the game was a bit different.It involved a flag three stories high and had Zorn and a fellow fitness nut chugging straight up a mountain and back down again to become big heroes to Aggie administrators and fans.
You see, sometime on or about Nov. 4, somebody stole the huge "A" flag that hangs from the back of the pressbox at the top West side of Romney Stadium. Two weeks later, before the New Mexico State game, the flag was finally spotted three-quarters of the way up the mountain directly East of the stadium.
Zorn called athletic director Chuck Bell to tell him, but Bell already knew. "The bad news," said Bell, "is nobody will go get it."
"I said, `Chuck, that's the good news. I'll go,' " says Zorn.
Two weekends ago, Zorn and pal Tim Trezise, the Logan High trainer, set out uphill carrying ski poles and a backpack and figuring it would be a good workout.
Once there, they discovered the flag was securely anchored, fully unfurled, to a microwave dish. "It was roped very well," says Zorn.
They got the banner down and folded it and tied it to Zorn's backpack, and he carried it down, not fully appreciating at the start of the descent how hefty a 90-foot-square flag made of weatherproof material can be.
"That thing was heavy," says Zorn. With all the extra weight, "I just bounded down the hill. I just plowed down." And he admits his quadriceps were on fire as he neared the bottom.
Which makes everyone wonder how the thief got the flag up the mountain in the first place. By helicopter? (Was it one of Dr. Marlowe Goble's pranks? Nah.)
Our April was pretty great, besides the trip to the instacare at 7:30 at night. Ella slipped and fell. She dropped the glass bowl she was holding and it shattered into lots of pieces. Which.... cut her hand open when she fell on them! No gymnastics for a few weeks. That girl doesn't walk anywhere, she is always doing flips and tricks every where she goes.
Abby is one lucky girl. Ella is the most incredible sister. She loves to dress Abby up and plays with her all the time. She always lets Abby play with her friends and her things. She can motivate Abby to do about anything from emptying the dishwasher fast to finishing every bite of her dinner .
Abby is growing up so much. Its not very often she takes naps now days. We do love our friends who come to visit. Journey girl, our carpool friends and Finn Lake.
I have been doing cub scouts for almost three years. I seem to always get shifted up the ladder as tyler goes from group to group. I love it. Great calling. This was an especially fun service project we joined in with Draper City to accomplish.
Tyler also had a big 4th grade fair about Utah. He had to study Thomas Durant who helped get the train across the USA. Tyler also got to catch a fish with his bare hands... yuck!
We spend most of our free time working and worrying about the basement. After tiling one bathroom ourselves... and by ourselves... I mean mostly Darren... then we hired someone to do the other bathroom. Thank goodness. That was a good decision.
I pressure cooked A LOT of beans. Pinto, Black, White and my favorite... Black Eyed Peas. So easy and so cheap. and like I said... so easy!
Darrens hard work on the fireplace is very evident. The carpenter came in and started building the shelves and cupboards, but wait until all the color is added. It will be beautiful.
Tyler's organ teacher, Jan Clayton, was asked a question the other day at a large convention filled with older men and women who are leading and teaching organ. They were people from around the United States. Each person had to go around and answer one question. The question was something like this... What is the vision you see with the Organ in the future? Is there a future for the organ or is it a dying instrument?
She stood and told how her ecclesiastical leader (her stake president) had asked her (given her the calling) to teach lessons- for free- to people in her area. This calling would help make interest in the organ grow and not disappear. She told this large group that she has a 10 year old boy who comes to every lesson. She told them of his love for the organ. She told them... "when I hear this young boy play I have hope for the future."
I am so proud of all the work Tyler does. Its a lot for a 10 year old boy. He practices 30-40 minutes a day on the piano then he tries to practice at least 30 minutes on the organ. I know he would practice more on the organ but we just dont have time!
I do love where I live. I love the things I can do with my life. I have a very blessed good life. The other day I walked into the church to teach scouts. I had to stop as the light from the window was shining right on the Lord in Israel. I have such a special place for Israel in my heart because Safra lived there for so long and because I got to travel and live there for 2 months. I could count many times a day when I know and am shown the Lords love and his hand in my life. Just the sunrises next to my house is a good start.
I do love that my children are growing up. We have lots of adventures together... and I get to go on more adventures when they are other places. I took them rock climbing. Tyler is half way up the wall helping Abby to rappel down. Tyler and Ella are doing so well with their climbing. I also pulled a bunch of ladies together in my neighborhood who want to mnt bike ride but they just dont because they dont know the trails and they need a group to be safe... Wednesday mornings. Such a highlight. I also started to run again. I love to run. But it doesn't love me so much. I have started doing my physical therapy for my back at home again. I figure if I do my therapy at home for 3-4 weeks and my back isn't better then I will go in to the doctor I have been in pain for going on three weeks and it really dampens your day!
As my kids grown up on things I am so grateful for is that they do so well together. Darren and i went to the temple one night and left them home alone They put themselves to bed all in Tylers bed. Tyler and Ella take turns cuddling up with Abby on the couches. We all love Abby's attention. I thought it was the cutest thing one day when my girls and two other friends sat down on the bench and hid Tyler behind them so he could play hide and seek with friends. (I thought they were just all being super cute and cozy) And after school snacks on the lawn. Abby so wants to be big like Tyler and Ella. One day... One day..
Ella Lynn got baptized on April 9th. We had been talking about baptism for several weeks in Family Home Evening. My little family is growing up. Nellie braided her hair back so it wouldn't float up in the water. Abby was fascinated by the whole thing. She talks about getting baptized all the time and getting married.
We had a wonderful feast afterwards with our family all there. Pat and Seth with Ranell flying in. Nolan, Corie and family . Candace, Jared and Family. Seth, Linda and Megan and family.
Since Nellie flew in from Minnesota we thought we better take the girls flower girl wedding dress shopping. They just loved trying on big flowie flower girl dresses. Nellie and i thought wearing high high HIGH heels was fun in the store.
We had a few outing with cousins in April. Abby told me to take a picture of her and then she dictated the message she wanted me to send to Marshall. It was something about like this... Marshall, I am already for your birthday party. Corie and Nolans house has a very calm feeling about it. I know she is a great decorator but its also just a feeling of peace.
We also had Jonah, Everett and Marshall come stay at our house for a long weekend. So fun, and not too hard! The kids all play together. It was a pretty cold weekend so we played inside most of the time. But when 6 kids can mostly get themselves ready for bed on their own, its great for me!
We got to go to Thanksgiving Point Dinosaur Museum with our cousin Megan. Lots of exciting things to see. Abby was relieved to know the dinosaurs were all dead. We also got to check out story time at Wheeler Farm. There are so many things I need to do with Abby that I used to do with Tyler and Ella. We are getting there... slowly... mostly she just gets dragged around to whatever the two older ones are doing!