Thursday, March 26, 2009


Here are some pictures my mom sent of her family in 1949. LIFE magazine came to Arco, Idaho because of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. My mom is the littlest child in this picture. Notice the Easter baskets in the background. And I remember my grand parents always put bread on the table.

This is a picture of my Grandpa, Elmer Mackley, at his shop on Main Street in Arco. I think he was a pretty handsome guy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Scotty and Jared at the Temple Quarry. The pioneers didn't even use all the rocks!

You can see our house from the Temple Quarry. It is right in the middle of this picture.

The Temple Quarry site offers a view into Green Valley and, in the opposite direction, a view of Southgate.

Ian is on the trail back to the car. What a great scene with Pine Valley Mountain in the distance.

We also saw many, many lizards out that day. They would scatter and run in every direction, like we were in the middle of a giant nest of them. Can see you see the one on the top of this rock?

Here are the drill marks in the rock that they chipped away to make the slabs for the foundation and the basement walls. The rock slabs weighed 5500 lbs. Incredible!

The picture above shows how they transported the rock under the wagon beds.

Monday we decided to check out the trail to the Temple Quarry site. Turns out, it is really close to our house, in fact you can see the trail from our back yard. I thought it was really neat because there were rocks on the side of the trail and you could see the holes and the drill marks in them from when they were sized back in the 1870's. I said to the boys, "Touch that rock! Those marks are old." The boys said, "We touched an older rock when you made us get out of the car in Hawaii and touch the rock King Kamehameha turned over ." I had totally forgotten about that! At least I am consistent in wanting them to touch a piece of history whenever they can.

Monday, March 16, 2009


I read this nice article a few days ago about a lady who wasn't feeling quite fulfilled in her job as a mother. A friend gave her a book about the great cathedrals of the world and she found parallels in cathedral building and raising children. She said she found these four great truths after which she could pattern her work:

1. No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.

2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.

3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.

4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything

Monday, March 9, 2009


Okay, so Jared has been sick and I called the doctor today and they called in a prescription to Target. So, what is it with it takes sooo looong to pick up a prescription. Do they have to call like, the president, to get permission? What's the deal?

His prescription was for 6 pills. It took 40 minutes. That's roughly 7 minutes a pill. 7 minutes. What else can I do in 7 minutes? I can empty the dishwasher in 7 minutes. I can drive to work from home in 7 minutes. I can give 3 pints of blood for plasma in 7 minutes. (Well, 7 1/2. Close enough.)

Heaven forbid I ever have to get a 3 month supply of something.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Getting Older

To the Girls !!

Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened.

- Cora Harvey Armstrong-

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.


The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

-Helen Hayes (at 73)-

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.

- Janette Barber-

Old age ain't no place for sissies .

-Bette Davis-

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.

- Caryn Leschen -

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Great Quote

The Saints should always remember that God sees not as man sees; that he does not willlingly afflict his children, and that if he requires them to endure present privation and trial, it is that they may escape greater tribulations which would otherwise inevitably overtake them. If He deprives them of any present blessing, it is that He may bestow upon them greater and more glorious ones by and by.--George Q. Cannon, Millenial Star, 3 Oct. 1863, p. 634