Monday, November 29, 2010

MC Football 2010

Frank's Biggest Fan

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The Mountain Crest Mustangs had a great year! They were the regional champs and played Highland in the State Playoffs at Rice-Eccles Stadium. It was a heart breaker that ended in double overtime. Frank played as a starter in the left offensive guard position. We love you #77!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chryl's Tender Mercy

A friend in my ward has been diagnosed with cancer. She is an amazing woman. Another friend and I went to visit her this last week. This flower pot sits on her front porch. She told us that the Gerber Daisy hadn't bloomed all summer. However, on the day she was diagnosed she came home to find it had bloomed. She said it was her tender mercy and it had bloomed just for her. I agree.

Gardner Village Witches Day Out

Hiking the Wellsvilles October 2010

Jill, Alycia, Jenna, Rob, Frank, Sean and Phil (not pictured).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

September Birthdays


Frank is 18!
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Rob is 12!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Never Serious

I wanted to take some family photos outside of the Logan Tabernacle after Stake Conference. When my kids hear the words "I want to take a picture" something clicks inside them and they can't pose for a picture. They are either frowning or being silly. I have learned I have to take what I can get!

President Willie's Quilt

This quilt was given to our Stake President this October. A new Stake Presidency was called and President Willie, President Zilles and President Stewart were released. President Willie is in our ward so the Mendon 2nd Ward Relief Society pieced this "Log Cabin" quilt for him and his wife to thank them for all their service. Holly Gordon quilted it. We asked the women of the ward to donate any fabric scraps they had. It turned out awesome!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

General Conference October 2010

We were able to go to the afternoon session of General Conference. It was really neat because now that Jenna is over 8 years old our whole family can go. It was really awesome to be there all together. We had great seats. The boys were able to go to the Priesthood Session as well that night. They also were able to attend and ice cream social afterwards with the General Young Men's Presidency. Very cool.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Women's Conference 2010

Our stake was able to attend the General Women's Conference in Salt Lake City. It was amazing as always. My sister, Cindy, came with our ward. We drove down together and the stake paid for all the sisters to have dinner at Sizzler. The talks were fantastic and the Spirit was felt. I love this picture of Cindy and I outside of the Salt Lake Temple.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Alyica Rae Today

Alyica Rae Today is the nickname we have for Alycia. We love having her in our family. What a lot of personality she has. She has played soccer for years and loved it but this year she decided to change directions and began cheerleading. Her dad had to go through a little bit of a mourning period but is beginning to accept it. She loves to dress up crazy any chance she can get. In this picture is wearing her Homecoming Day attire. The bottom picture is of brownies that didn't quite work out. Instead of 1/4 tsp. of baking soda she put in a 1/4 cup of baking soda. This turned out to be a great science experiment! We love you Alycia Rae Today!

Our Jenna

Jenna is so full of life. We are so blessed to have her happy spirit in our home. This fall she ran her first Family 1 Mile Fun Run. This is her coming across the finish. She did great. She loves to sew. This picture is of her sewing her first project - a skirt. It turned out darling. The picture of the cardboard mailbox is of one that Jenna made to hang outside her bedroom door. (Just in case she gets some mail). The last picture is of her and her good friend Elle on their first day of school (4th grade). We love you Jenna!

Monday, September 20, 2010

September Birthdays

September 11th - Happy 18th Birthday Frank! Nice cheesy smile Frank :) His gift is a day at the Miller Motorsports Park driving a Ford Mustang. To be continued....

September 15th - Happy 12th Birthday Robinson!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Alycia and Her "Little" Brother

Little Rob is not so little any more. His big sister is puny!

The Pack Famliy's Male Models

The Pack Boys Bridal Fair Modeling Gig. James, Daniel, John, Frank, and Nate.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bear Lake 2010

We had a fun day at the lake even though it was a windy day. It was so windy in fact that it wasn't any fun to ride in the boat or wakeboard. We mostly just hung out together. Phil is sporting a new hat he bought for Jenna and Robbie is showing off his armpit hair. Frank and Nate are enjoying the Nutella. Alycia and Emily are enjoying the sun. It is definitely an adventure hanging with the Pack Family.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Elder Pack - Riga, Latvia Airport

Elder Pack has made it safe and sound to Riga, Latvia. Now his adventure begins. This is a picture the mission president, President Dance, emailed us. This is of all the missionaries that flew with Reggie at the Riga airport after they had landed. He has spent a few days in Riga and he will get his trainer companion today. He will be able to email us on Monday. We are so excited to share this experience with him. We love him and are so proud of him.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Elder Pack Heading Out!!!!

Reggie began his journey to the Baltics today. He flew out this morning. He has a layover in Chicago and Germany and then lands in Riga, Latvia tomorrow morning. It was so cool because Phil was able to see him at the airport. He was heading out on a business trip to Missouri at the same time but we didn't know Reggie's flight plans when Phil scheduled his flight. When Reggie sent us his plans we were so excited. He was able to give him big hugs from us, spend some time with him and snatch a quick picture of him as he boarded the plane. We have talked to him a couple of times today for about 5 - 10 minutes each. We are hoping to get one more call from him late tonight when he has a layover in Germany. He sounds so good. He even bore his testimony in Russian and it sounded awesome!!! We love and miss him so much. We are excited to experience his mission with him over the next couple of years. Thanks for your example Reg!



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Girls Camp 2010

Alycia had another great year at Girls Camp. Great leaders, friends, and experiences!

Red Fish Lake - Part 2

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Redfish Lake 2010 [HQ] - Part One

Redfish Lake 2010 [HQ]

This video was made by my nephew Nate Pack. He does awesome with this kind of stuff. Good memories. We had a great time at Red Fish Lake.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trek 2010

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Phil and I were asked to be a "Ma" and "Pa" for the Wellsville Stake's Trek they went on in July. Phil's assignment with the High Council has been to work with the Young Single Adult ward. We are in the Mendon Stake but the YSA kids that live in Mendon attend that ward. The YSA were asked to participate in this youth trek. It was an amazing experience. We were so impressed with them. I was so amazed at how mindful they were of each other. What a great opportunity we had to rub shoulders with such great examples.

The other thing that really hit me on the Trek was the sacrifice of our pioneer ancestors. What faith they had. Just listening to stories of those men, women and children that sacrificed so much for the gospel. I am reminded of a man who was in the Martin Handcart Company. He was living in Southern Utah many years later. He was in a church meeting where many members were critizing the church leaders for allowing the saints in those companies to leave so late. He couldn't keep quiet any longer. When he stood, he told them that he was in that company with his wife and children. He said that no one has heard a member from those companies complain. He said that he had became aquainted with Christ through that time and that he was grateful. That is not an exact quote but the general idea. What amazing faith. I am so grateful for our pioneer ancestors and their sacrifices. It has made me ponder on how can I now use my trials and adversities to become aquainted with Christ? Do I?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grandma Pack Cardon - Amazing

Grandma Pack in the hospital after heart attack. This is her after a late night ER visit, Life Flight helicopter ride, and receiving a stint. What a trooper at 90! 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Deja vu

I have seen this before. Hmmmmm.
Frank actually was in a fender bender on I-15 last Saturday. This is deja vu because Reggie had this same accident in January. I hope I can survive teenage drivers. Actually, I probably should say that I hope they survive.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tender Mercy

I remember Elder Bednar speaking of Tender Mercies. I love this talk and I have been thinking about it a lot lately. He said, "I believe I have come to better understand that the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C 46:15)."

"Recall how the Savior instructed His Apostles that He would not leave them comfortless. Not only would He send “another Comforter” (John 14:16), even the Holy Ghost, but the Savior said that He would come to them (see John 14:18). Let me suggest that one of the ways whereby the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies. For instance, as you and I face challenges and tests in our lives, the gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence that reaches beyond our own capacity are two examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord."
(April 2005 General Conference)

I was recently involved in an accident while riding my road bike. I feel so blessed because I know that I was given a tender mercy of protection. I won't go into details of the crash other than a swerved to miss a car that didn't see me. I ended up going over my handlebars and landing in weeds and wild grass between the road and an irrigation ditch. For whatever reason I didn't put my hands out to catch me. I just did a forward roll landing on my back. I remember the landing. First my neck, then shoulder and hip. I remember feeling my neck kind of crack like when knuckles pop but nothing really hurt as I lay there. Needless to say the adreniline was pumping and the soreness and stiffness came later. I was able to get up and get on my bike again.

When I went back to the spot to take the pictures it really hit me how lucky I was to only have bruises. I didn't land on the asfault or in the water filled ditch or even hit my head on the metal piping in the ditch. I truly had experienced a tender mercy of the Lord. I am so grateful.

Crash Site - (You can't really see the ditch but it is off to the right.)

Landing Site

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Words of Wisdom

This video is of our last few minutes before we got to the MTC. I asked if there were any last words of wisdom before Reg headed out. This just makes me laugh. It is actually a good representation of a ride in our car. Especially the teenagers that are plugged in. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Elder Reginald Phillip Pack

On June 16th, Reggie entered the MTC. We pulled up to the curb and there was a Host Missionary there to help Reg with his bags. We gave him our last hugs and away he went. This is a picture of his last wave good-bye.
Jenna got a Build-A-Bear for her birthday. She calls him "Reggie Bear". On our way home from the MTC we stopped and bought a missionary suit for her bear. It even came with a little, stuffed Book of Mormon.
Some of these pictures were taken on the Sunday of his Farewell and the other pictures were taken just before we left to take Reggie to the MTC. We are so proud of him and we are sure going to miss him. The adventure begins.
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Hiking and Skiing the Wellsvilles

We are so lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are right at the base of the Wellsville Mountains. This winter Phil and some other guys hiked up the Wellsville Mountains (didn't quite make it to the peak because of bad weather) and then skiied down. They had a great time.

?, Riley, Roger, Rob, Brian, and Phil

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Reunion & Birthday

The Pack Family Reunion was held at Camp Morrison in McCall, Idaho on June 10-12. Camp Morrison is famous in the Pack family. It has had special meaning for many years. Phil's brother ran this camp for many years and many Pack relatives have worked there. Phil spent many summers working there himself. Even after we were married we worked up there together when Reg was just a few months old. It is beautiful up there and the perfect place for so many of us to gather. There were over 100 Pack relatives there at the reunion. Phil is the youngest of 9 children and there are 68 grandchildren and I couldn't begin to tell you how many great-grandchildren there are. It was great to reconnect with so many. It was also our last time to camp and be with Reggie before his mission. So glad we had this time together.
  • Camp Fires
  • Games, Skits, and Songs
  • Giant Marshmallow
  • Latrines
  • Birthday Cake
  • Hot Springs
  • Volleyball
  • Boat Rides
  • Sand Castles
  • Fishing
Jenna had her 9th birthday while we were up there and she was pretty excited to have so many people sing "Happy Birthday" to her. She had it all planned out what she wanted and how she wanted us to "surprise" her in the morning. She also wanted to fish on her birthday because it was "Free Fishing Day" in Idaho. Phil's sister Vurvian and her husband, Doug, live in Council which isn't that far away. On our way home, we stopped by a lake and Doug took Phil, Rob and Jenna out on his little boat to fish. It was a comedy of errors. The wind was blowing and it was very cold. Phil had to work pretty hard at rowing just to stay in the same place and any wrong move they would have tipped over. Each time Jenna would touch the real it would turn in to a giant knot. It definitely didn't turn out quite like the fishing experience we thought it would be but fun still the same.
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