***Happy 4th of July***
Lewiston, Idaho Issue #7 Volume #8 May 2, 2006 _________________________________________________________________ Girls’ Camp (Camp flight in Spokane, arriving SOS [strengthen our sisters, at KD’s Monday night, Happy Birthday save our souls, sail on getting to bed late and up Nathan Johnson 7/09 sisters, etc.] ) was amazing loading food for her girls’ Thomas Tucker 7/19 camp into someone’s van at and exhausting. Thanks Colleen Tucker 7/23 Kendra and Michael for 5 a.m. and getting kids up Brittany Parmenter 7/20 holding down the fort. to get KD to the church by Hunter Johnson 7/25 Tom Tucker 7/28 Camp was a 3-4 hour drive 7 a.m., tending those four Julia Peck 7/30 north, near Sandpoint along sweet Pecks through Harvey 8/01 the Pend Orielle River. Saturday (they were so Cooking and good and even Nathan was Important Summer Events: distributing food for 200 fine, although when his for 5 days was one of those mom came home he didn’t Brian Parmenter Luau & tasks that looks impossible want to let go of her—the Wedding-------7/07-08 but you do it because it has kids and I ran through the Nathan Johnson sprinkler and water painted to get done, and somehow Baptism------------7/22 it works. We filled a shed, and baked cookies). Pat to CR 7/8-29 We then traveled through huge walk-in pantry, five KD and Em refrigerator/freezers and a El Paso, Albuquerque, in Cost Rica 7/19-7/29 big chest one with food, Embudo, Twin, Boise, and Ben to India for a week ? plus we made three trips then home with just a few Johnson Reunion-7/22-25 into town for fresh stuff, days before heading off to Daniel Johnson milk, ice and bread-dough. girls camp. We enjoyed all Wedding---------08/24 At the end we had emptied our visits. Thanks for Barry and Laura everything, with maybe 5% meeting us, Tom, Jean and Hi Dears All, leftover, which went to Marcus, and for coming What a crazy whirlwind needy families. over to Connie’s, and Rick of a summer with no end in and Nancy and Jessica, and I was also in charge of sight. skits, which went well ( my thanks to Connie, Gayle, After Michael’s favorite was Save Our and Emily for housing us graduation week-end—with and Connie, Gayle, Tom Salsa, with all kinds of its seminary party and references to save our and Mary for feeding us graduation, his Eagle souls), and a waterfront and Jill for having us all Court of Honor, high activity (So many good over way late, and school graduation, all night everyone for hanging out metaphors having to do party, then getting up at 3 with water: balance, how with us. You are all a.m. after climbing in bed good it feels to be clean, awesome! at 2:30 a.m. to catch a and our oars—a B-oar and
an E-yore represented knowledge and works and how just knowing isn’t enough to keep us rowing straight. We must act on that knowledge to serve others and experience life—and then we can BE someone better, and more Christ-like). Our theme was nautical, so our 9 groups besides stake leaders were ships with fun names like the Pink Pearl or the USS Valiant. Barry and I saw each other rarely (like two ships that pass in the night) and for dinner in various ships and when we walked around with all the stake leaders to sing a lullaby at each ship every night. One favorite memory from camp was of the young women all going off to sit alone across a big meadow to ponder and write in little journals while a song with Bruce R. McKonkie’s testimony played. We lost sleep every night as the girls were heart and star-attacking tents and busy hanging one camps’ rubber chickens (brought for a tossing game) after hours. That ship also found one inside their grill with an apple in its mouth. Too many girls had scores to settle with Barry apparently. Every time I got near him at the waterfront, I got buckets of
water from all directions. These same young women all looked so innocent at church the next day I noticed. We came home to Kendra and the kids and Michael and also the dog. AND yay! Ben and Jill and family, who stayed through the fifth. Our fourth of July began with a flag raising scout breakfast and 6 of the 8 visiting grandchildren dressed up in red, white and blue, singing with the primary. Then we drove to Winchester Lake, where it was much cooler than last time and pretty much had the entire picnic area for our picnic, and had the playground to ourselves. We canoed and fished. Even little Sarah caught a few. That night, Ben wowed us with fireworks. Then last night nature put on quite a display of lightening after one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen. Life is good. We’re on our way to Spanish Fork, Josh’s in I. F. and then Montana, with stops at temple square and Yellowstone along the way. We also will visit with my school friends, Peggy Furniss Lee and Penny Cash Cutler while in Utah. Last night I attended a bridal shower for one of my young women, winning the prize for identifying the
most white substances in sandwich bags—a bonus for all my years of housekeeping. Barry and I just started teaching Temple preparation classes at our house every Sunday night when we are here. Neat people, and we may get to go to the temple with them when they go. We’re so grateful for our freedoms. Thanks Layne and others who have served in the military. America’s still a great place to live.All of you have a great month. Thanks for blessing our lives—and WE LOVE YOU!
Rachel got a new car, a used 2006 Toyota Corolla, silver. She’s so busy driving around she doesn’t have time to write for the newsletter. And doing other good things too : ).
Michael will probably enroll at BSU this fall. He’s currently working for King’s Services chem.drying carpets and furniture all around the county. He’s working out again so is getting buffer. He also just got word yesterday that he passed both his AP tests. With last year’s history exam, that gives him 9 college credits. Congratulations Michael!
Out of the Mouths of Babes
1. Pat took Tucker to swimming lessons and they had free sack lunches after. Tucker’s had a grape juice and Pat said, “I just love grape juice.” Then Tucker turned to him, looked him right in the eyes and said, nodding knowingly, “I know. . . .You know what they say:. . . never. . . trade your grape juice . . . for an apple juice.” 2. One little boy in the family was told by his Uncle D_____ a 2-3 year old version of “the world is a guy’s urinal.” This little guy’s dad caught him just in the nick of time at a Boise Hawks’ game standing on the edge of the bleachers above other crowded bleachers all aimed and ready to go.
Layne and KD:
This month has driven by very quickly, I would say flown by but such a good portion of this month was spent in the car… The girls finished up school on a Friday, Layne left the country that Sunday, Grandma flew down to San Antonio on Monday and I took off for girl’s camp on Tuesday. Girl’s camp was a wonderful experience, hot but very enjoyable otherwise. Falling asleep listening to young women sing primary songs was amazing. When I got home from that, we spent a day or
two relaxing and repacking before jumping in the car on our trek to Idaho. We spent the first night in El Paso with Connie and had an enjoyable day walking through antique stores before heading to Albuquerque where we had a nice visit with Connie, Rick, Nancy, Jessica, Tom, Jean and Marcus. After a day or two there, we jumped back in the car and headed up to Gayle and Harvey’s for another wonderful visit. The children loved playing with the their dog, eating daylilies and splashing in the ditch. At that point, we decided to rush the rest of the way to Lewiston so mom could get back in time to prepare for her girl’s camp so stopped only briefly in Twin Falls and Boise for a visit with the grandpa Tucker and Mary and some of the Johnson clan there before finishing our trek here in Lewiston. While here, we had a wonderful visit with Ben and family who came up to help us celebrate the 4th of July. Ben really knows how to put on a spectacular fireworks show – wow. It was the perfect ending to an already wonderful day which started with a delicious church breakfast, followed by fishing and canoeing at Winchester Lake.
So goes the travels of the Peck family, individually, Layne has been doing well, bored but said the time is going by quickly some days. Kaileen has been reading a ton this summer –finishing the first two Harry Potter books while traveling up to Idaho and the first week here. Julia has been putting on plays and reading a bit too. Dallin is very excited that he is finally only a few months away from Kindergarten – he has been ready and wanting to go for at least a year or two now. Nathan has discovered raspberries and although they have not been as kind to his system as he would hope, he has found that he loves them. Nathan soon will be able to eat a little better in general now that many of his molars are breaking through. He has always been a good eater, but has slowed down because of the pain – he also is getting to be a picky eater, not liking many vegetables or watermelon, but slowly is learning to appreciate most things he is offered. Well, we are off on the road again today – hope to see many of you soon. Have a great Summer.
Johnson Family Reunion Update from Randy:
This is from Randy. I was on Mom's computer reading the June news letter since I do not get it. [Sorry about that Randy. Did you get the address for Tom’s website where he’s posted the last couple? No time now to find it, but maybe Tom could resend to the newsletter group]. could So I thought I would send you a note to see if you could add me to the distribution list. Please send a reminder about the family reunion. We will have a raffle for Mom's quilt blocks. All children and grandchildren whether they are present or not will get a ticket and it will be a drawing on Saturday evening as a door prize to the holder of the winning ticket. You need not to be present to win. But we will need help of siblings to fill out tickets for those not there. We will also have a white elephant auction. All item brought must have a value of less than $5 and have no serious sentimental value. We will have a maximum bid of 50 cents and a limit of $5 on each item. I think this will make it a lot more
fun and let every one participate. Encourage everyone to bring or make something. I think things like little kids colored pictures and paste up would be real nice for the younger ones to bring. There also is a church just down the canyon. Mom says she will try to find out the meeting time for those that wish to attend on Sunday You can send it to either my home or work e-mail. I do read my work one much more often though. Work = randy.johnson@hitachigs t Home = email@example.com