cousin Beth's youngest son passed away

My cousin Beth's youngest son passed away on Monday night. Here is a copy of his obit from the Spectrum. We got to go to the hospital soon after he passed. It was pretty tragic. It is a parent's worst nightmare. Lori and I both pray for comfort for everyone involved.

I am so grateful for my eternal family.

Caden Rex Stubbs made an early entrance into our hearts on July 15, 2008. Full of strength and courage, he brought wonder and love to all who met him. Caden quietly returned to his Father in Heaven on March 23, 2009.

How very gently you tiptoed into our world, almost silently. For a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your spirit has left upon our hearts.

Survivors include his parents Curtis and Beth Stubbs of Colorado City, Arizona, grandparents Thayn & Marian Hansen of Leeds, Utah, and David and Sally Stubbs of Colorado City; siblings Kasey, Kaitlyn and Curtis "C. J."; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Rex Olsen and Arlene Hansen, and uncles Alex, Ritchie and Skippy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 3:00 PM (Utah Time) at the Kaibab LDS Ward Chapel in Moccasin, Arizona, 5 miles north of Pipe Springs National Monument. Viewings will be held Friday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Leeds Utah LDS Chapel, and Saturday afternoon from 1:30-2:45 PM at the Kaibab Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.


Muke a Western Lowland gorilla, has died after a yearlong fight with cancer

Kim sent this to me. We just visited Muke on Saturday.

Beloved Hogle Zoo Gorilla Dies After
Fight with Aggressive Cancer

Utah's Hogle Zoo is saddened to announce that Muke, their beloved female Western Lowland gorilla, has died after a yearlong fight with cancer in her reproductive tract. Within the last week, it became obvious Muke's quality of life was drastically diminishing and Zoo staff collectively made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her on Monday afternoon.

Muke has lived at Utah's Hogle Zoo for thirteen years-since 1996, and was dearly loved and well known to not only Zoo members, but also the community. The efforts of those that have worked so closely with Muke and who bravely helped her through the last days of her life are greatly appreciated.

A memory book where Hogle Zoo visitors and staff can share thoughts and stories about Muke will be available in the Great Ape Building in the lobby near the gorilla exhibit.


"Ta Da"

I got some more pictures from Valentines weekend from Arti so I am posing this album again. There are some new "Ta Da" ones of the little one that are pretty good. I don't think we talked about hiking around Snow Canyon ST park, well we did, and there are some pictures from that too.

I can't find my camera, have you seen it? Maybe with ARTI's phone?

I think there is a stray of a scout campout in there too. My scouts are awesome. On this campout we went with 2 other wards and my boys were the very best behaved. They sure make me very proud. Troop yell: "NOT IT". It drove the stake leaders nuts that anytime someone said, "16th ward" the boys would yell "NOT IT" at the top of their lungs.

Man was it weird having the weekend off from scouts. Ohh well, at least we have scouting for food coming.

Also did anyone catch the USU win over Nevada? Awesome! "Seasoned, Mature Grown Men" the announcer kept saying. Did you know that Gary Wilkinson is older than 200 of the players in the NBA? LDS missions are the greatest. "You think college is hard? Go get a job in a 3rd world country for 2 years." Was my other favorite quote during the half time show.

Anybody ready for the bracket-ology to begin? TIP ONE: Cody will take your money and not feel guilty.

I'm 30! So I went retro with the play list to a band I remember from the 80's. Oh and one of the songs features BILL SHATNER which is cool too. Birthday notes: Breakfast play time with villa, golf with Holland, Red Robin Bonsai Burger and Fries with Lori, USU game with Holland...What a perfect day.
Man can Holland hit a ball. 35 on 9 at Red Hills this week... CRAZY.

We have made an offer on a home and if all things go well we will spending confrence weekend loading the piano down the stairs. Here is a picture of what we hope will be our home.

Lori has been working on paint, tile and carpet samples. She is ready.

Villa checked out the back yard and found ants, she's so excited.