The North Dakota Coxes (Four of us left)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

A nearly perfect Autumn

OKAY. A perfect Autumn is unobtainable, like any other perfection. But, aside from the obvious objections I would voice myself - not seeing all the families whenever I want to, adjusting to the loneliness that goes with a busier-than-ever husband and only one independent teen at home, not having a teleporter (I guess that's the same thing as the family issue)... It has been a splendid Fall. I'm happy to share my Fall with you - via these few photos and some minimalist narration...

I took Melanie to BYU and, while I couldn't avoid the tears, she couldn't contain her excitement. I think she is happier than even SHE expected...

Suzie turned into a diver and loved it (not discernible from my photos, but true nevertheless).

Weather that was, in a word, idyllic. This is OCTOBER. Yes, our backyard in October was as green and inviting as Spring - enhanced by the colors of Fall. Lots of rain and the bliss of moderate temps until mid-November (and let us not forget tender mercies) made this a gift I gloried in daily.

I saw a long-time favorite singer in concert. That blur is Amy Grant. She sure is a nice person. A very warm & fuzzy evening.

I finally got that shorter hairdo I've been daring myself to get.

Suzie and I took a quick trip to CO to see our Frakes family. As bonus, we saw Ane and Ben Paulsen, moose bugling, gorgeous Fall scenery and still more gorgeous weather. Late October and 70 degrees. I could get used to that.
(P.S. I have rather fascinating footage of the moose bugling. It won't load. Sorry.)

Finally, to preserve this nearly perfect Autumn as long as possible, and to utilize the tree Tim put up a little too early for my tastes, I decorated my first ever Thanksgiving Tree. If he puts it up the first part of November again, I will do it again. I would probably find more ways to make it more Thanks-themed next time...If there is a next time.
Happy Autumn! Happy Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for. But that would be a really, really, really long post...

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Summer, don't go! We didn't have enough fun yet!

Hogwarts, compliments of Disney World and Mel's early-summer senior adventure

On occasion I've heard someone say, "Summer is just too long and boring. I wish it was shorter." I had to shoot them. Or hurt them (both verbally, of course). I never have enough summer; this one whizzed by, overloaded and overwhelming, with the paradox of so much fun but not nearly enough - or as a couple of the Burton boys said it, we didn't have enough fun yet...
Because feeling overwhelmed makes me forget to pull out my camera, some key events have little or no photographic coverage - like Minot flooding (but that's easy to find online),youth conference, the weekend Tim was made stake president, or Mel saying goodbye to Bismarck and heading for the grand adventure of college life. So, as usual, I'm merely sharing a few highlights of a summer that was, as usual, not enough. Way awesome in every way that counts, but just not enough...

Mel and besties at Epcot Ctr.
Farewell night w/ some favorite missionaries
Flippin' Suze
Glenn's sugar-overload b-day cake at our family gathering
Comparing poundage, by any chance??
A favorite pastime at the "cabin"
A loving attack...
A last "family photo" for the ND Coxes as we've been for 7 years...! (Thanks, Ems, for this and all the other awesome family pics!)
Hot tubbin' for the kid crew
A likely [family friendly] argument...
...And the Red Shirt Coxes at the Bench Branches Reunion, at Nancy & Nelson's place
Mel as Luna Lovegood for her Harry Potter Marathon

The basic reasoning behind national parks...

...and a little bit of ND worth conserving - taken on a hike with a friend, in Teddy Roosevelt National Park
Some Arizona pool time
So tired after one of the many trips to muck out flooded houses in Minot
Oh, look! We did shoot the new stake president (I think he was still shell-shocked when we took some requisite photos to send to church headquarters)
The new Utah residents!

Mel in her new home, the dorms at BYU

One of John Pinette's entries (I think) and Chrys Sandor's sampler quilt, at the Springville UT Quilt show. Impressive to have family members participating in such an amazing show!

Mama Cox with the organizers and a few of those who came to their 35-year class reunion! Oy!

Did I miss anything? Most certainly. And even with all the times I forgot to shoot family history in the making, there are still so, so many fun pictures of family this summer; so minimizing was the only safe way to go...
I would happily take on another three months of summer to do more of what I've been doing for the past three... But structure and duty call, so return to them I must. But thanks, y'all, for the memories!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Easter in AZ, AMI, Visit from the Adamzes; Mel graduated, Bismarck is flooding; The sun also rises...

This is why blogging more often is important: catchup is not effective. So I will just give you some highlights of the past couple of months, and hope this shares "the smallest part of what I feel..."
Emphasis on feel, not what I have to say. I'll let the images do the talking. And I can't pretend I achieved any balance, so know that there are lots of people and moments I had to leave out. Sigh. This is why blogging more often is important...

Mesa Temple Easter Pageant, entire cast

I've never seen a Hummingbird at rest. I had to include it...

Because the authorities are asking people not to drive around looking and taking pictures, mine are from the bridges as I drive, and not very good. But you can see the mess in detail by going to, or on Facebook at North Dakota Flood Info Center. There are lots of pictures and information from the local media. Great coverage of a sad circumstance. I would go into more detail here, but it's a lengthy telling. Suffice it to say, we will have a destructively high river, more than four feet above flood stage, all summer. We're grateful to be high and dry. And praying for people up and down the river, and all over the country. And all over the world.
The sun will rise, and troubles will ease. But it may be a very long time. This is a time for faith.