February 3, 2002

Posted by Ryan on Sunday, February 3, 2002

Fun Stuff

January 9 Tyran James Heaton turned officially 1-year-old. Everyone met here for the celebration. Ty sat in his little high chair and we put a beautiful cake with frosting blocks and little sugar animals (Grandma Heaton had it made for him) in front of him all to himself. Everyone was standing around him holding their cameras up ready to shoot-so he knew something was a little different. He loved the cake-once we stuffed his hand in for him. He got a lot of fun toys and mostly a lot of love.

Two weekends ago we went to Saint George for Grandma and Grandpa Halls' 60th anniversary. Mom had a video of their life made. Juliet and Rob dressed up in 40's clothes (Rob in a uniform) and sang and danced to "Don't sit under the apple tree." They also sang a song about Grandma and Grandpa's life that Mom wrote. We were lucky to have Tucker's talents there to improvise an arrangement. It was so cool to just hang out with family and remember what awesome grandparents we have. All the Grandkids shared a memory. Let's see if I can remember them:


  • Juliet: Grandpa cried to see her in pain when he came to help her in the hospital. She had her wisdom teeth then appendix out the same week.

  • Marcy: After announcing she was the favorite Grandchild she remembers Grandpa being in charge of pulling out teeth. Somehow he did it so it wouldn't hurt.

  • Tamie: I remembered how thoughtful they are by never missing a birthday, planting purple pansies around the bird bath in their front yard for Juliet's wedding (purple is Juliet's favorite color), always having bananas when I visit (I LOVE bananas), helping fix stuff whenever they visit and Grandma keeping Grandpa in line when they would baby-sit. I also remember Grandpa's magic quarter that you could rub on your warts and they'd disappear.

  • Carrie: Grandma taught her how to make pies and now the duty has been passed on to her in her own family. The pies are really good too!

  • Katie: She also testified that the wart quarter works! She loved getting to know them better as she would spend family home evenings with them while she was at Dixie. She could relax, talk, eat then take leftovers home. It meant a great deal to her to feel so loved.

  • Robert: He remembers that Grandma used to sing Horsey keep your tail up. He also said that Grandpa was so cool because when he came to the beach with us he got on and tried the jet skis. Not many Grandpas would be so wild and fun.

  • Daniel: When you're not looking Grandpa will pretend to crack an egg on your head. The baby bath smell (Baby Magic) reminds him of Grandma.

Accomplishments

Ty manages to gain more personality all the time-he's got the "no" head shake down very well and we think he says thank you-- "da do" inflected as if he were saying it. He's more sturdy on his feet but still not brave enough to let go and walk. Actually, he did take his first step and Kindermusik this week. It was at the very end. He had pulled himself up by the wall then took about five steps toward us. We weren't even talking to him he just decided to pick up and walk. Luckily Daddy was with us and we both got to see. He continues to take a few steps here and there. The messes continue to get bigger (he can reach higher drawers to unload). We can tell life will only get more exciting each day!

Both Hal and Ryan managed to fight off a nasty flu. Fever, chills, cough, sinuses, fatigue-the whole bit. It knocked them both down for almost a week.

After making about 60 phone calls Tamie managed to pull off a successful focus group for the Hogle Zoo on Friday. Ty and Ryan came along to see the armadillo and big turtle that was there to entertain the kids while Tamie talked to the adults.

Juliet and Rob agreed to take the 9th East McDonald's for a year. They get to do what they want with it then keep whatever profits it will make. They are both so good with people-everyone seems to love them. They have the ability to really change hearts and lives. We know they'll do a great job! They also decided to go the family ward instead of the student ward. They've been called to teach in the primary. Those are some lucky kids who have teachers that can make anything fun, dramatic and interesting.

Chris moved into the Elms and back into the college scene. He seems busy doing fun stuff but we miss him here and are happy when he visits.

Karynn was called as Relief Society President. That's not a job for just anyone! Congratulations and condolences-you'll be wonderful.

Hal received another prestigious teaching award. This one is from the Marriott School only given to one faculty member each year. Wow! He'll be speaking at a nice dinner in a few weeks.

Welcoming the Olympics

Our excitement about the Olympics is twofold:


  1. A week off of school with four days of it spent in Belize!

  2. The world will be here! Tamie's volunteering this Tuesday in welcoming the torch to Provo and we'll all get to go to Women's ice hokey with the Halls. Ryan also gets to go the Luge and Tamie regrettably is missing ice skating while she's in Belize.

We'll let you know how it goes. This should be pretty incredible.

Spiritual Lessons

Katie gave a talk in church three weeks ago about her personal relationship with the Savior. The Spirit was incredible. We sang "I believe in Christ" after her talk and as I thought about her testimony it reminded me of my own. We all left so edified. One thought she gave that I'd like to pass on is this; that the level of sincerity we show in our prayers will be reflected in the amount of sincerity we show to those around us. Think about it. I love that! Thanks Katie.

With Ryan so sick this week we have both been reminded of how fragile we are. Speaking of the Lord's hand in our lives, Job reminds us that "In (his) hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." It is so arrogant for us to think that our lives, education, money and possessions belong to us. As Paul teaches in 1 Cor. 6:20 "for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Christ, gratefully, purchased us and owns us because of his atonement. It was helpful to pause this week and remember that God gives us our very breath and he expects every breath to be used to further his will.

We love you all. Enjoy February and the excitement of the Olympics or whatever is happening exciting in your lives.

Love,

Ryan, Tamie & Tyran Heaton

P.S. Here are some pictures from Belize: