Friday, October 31, 2008

Kevin with high school pals Arlene Harper and Michaela Miles
It's not only flashback friday but Halloween! How Scary!

Talk about a Flashback Friday!
This is a photo of Kevin with neices Pam and Jody taken about 1974

High School Tag
1. Did you date someone from your school? I dated a few, when I was in HS! wink,wink.
2. What kind of car did you drive? I had a small Suzuki (enduro) motorcycle and a 1965 VW Bug (with a sun roof and ski rack).
3. Were you a party animal? I'm not sure I understand the question, wink, wink.
5. Were you in band, orchestra or choir? No. I wish that we would have been encouraged (forced)more toward those things.
6. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? I'm not sure I ever got embarassed much, but when I was a sophmore, a senior (I think it was Roger Rampton, a Navajo boy) was encouraging me to grow and said "you grow like a weed!" The name stuck and I got called "weed" a lot during HS, which most people probably thought meant something different!
7. Were you a nerd? No, I wasn't smart enough to be a NERD!
8. Were you on varsity teams? I was a Varsity Wrestler... 105 lbs. as a junior and 112 lbs. as a senior.
9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled? I got sent home a few times and couldn't return until I got my hair cut. The school rules at the time didn't allow hair to go past your collar in the back or completely cover your ears (the lobe had to show).
10. Can you still sing the fight song? I think I could fake my way through it, just like in HS!
11. Who were your favorite teachers? My English Teacher, Scott Truman who was also my wrestling coach and ski club advisor and Mary Phoenix my debate, play productions and communications teacher (three years). I was her aid my senior year.
12. What was your school's full name? DIXIE High School
13. School mascot? Flyers
14. Did you go to the Homecoming dance and with who? I went as a junior and as a senior year I went with Annelaurie Howell.
15. If you could go back again, would you? I don;t think so. I was lucky to survive the first time. I wouldn't mind another shot from the academic aspect and actually take some classes that would have prepared me for college. (HS school for me was mostly a social experience).
16. What do you remember most about graduation? I remember it was held in the gym and I sat next to Charlotte Williams (as we always did , being w's). As soon as the ceremony was over all my friends and I had a big party at the dry lake bed up the old dump road and then most everyone ended up spending the night at the city park.
17. Where did you go senior skip day? The class went to Ivins Reservior for a water skiing party. Tyler Esplin, Rock Winegar, Kevin Leany and I went rafting down the Virgin River. We capsized over a falls and I was lucky not to drown, the raft got away and later stolen by workers on the road project through the gorge (it wasn't open yet). YES! another great adventure!
18. Were you in a club? Yes. Ski Club and Letermen's club. I wasn't much of a club guy, but Ski trips, are you kidding me?!
19. Have you gained some weight since then? YES, finally! I have gained about 40 lbs. I've also grown about 5" taller. (I was pretty small in HS)
20. Who was your prom date? Homecoming was a bigger deal than prom back then, I think I went to prom once, but I'm not sure who I went with. (It was VERY memorable!)
21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? I've been to several reunions (we have them every 5 years). We just had our 35th year reunion about a month ago. Our class was pretty close and most of us like each other.
22. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Take some real classes. School was mostly a chance to hang out with friends, play sports and party.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

High School Tag
Okay, here goes.
1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes. The first one was a waste, Adrian - and the second one....let's just say that we named our dog after him!
2. What kind of car did you drive? The family car when mom didn't have anything to do that day. Scott ALWAYS thought he was entitled to drive, even though he was younger than me. I don't get it....
3. Were you a party animal? Not at all, although I was loud and obnoxious around my friends.
4. Were you considered a flirt? No. But there were some pretty cute surfers that I thought were cute, but definitely out of my league.
5. Were you in band, orchestra or choir? I sang in girls glee my freshman year (required) sang in concert choir for the next 3 years, and in ChamberSingers for my junior and senior years. I played the piano for all, even the school plays, which meant that I could never be in the plays. I wasn't in band, but my best friend, Avis Cabacungan, was and played the drums, so almost every day I would go in there and watch them. I'm not sure what class I had for that period, but obviously, I must have been ditching!
6. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? Probably the one that sticks out the most was my freshman year. I was in Physical Science (I hate the metric system) and I must have been real tired because I ended up laying my head down on the science table and falling asleep. When I woke up, everyone had left the class and people were walking to their next class outside. My teacher was very nice and didn't make fun of me.
7. Were you a nerd? Are you kidding?! I didn't know enough about math to be a nerd.
8. Were you on varsity teams? No. But I was on the drill team my freshman year. I would have tried out for cheerleader (I cheered in junior high), but my boyfriend, at the time, thought that cheerleaders were dumb. He's the one we named Kit after!
9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled? No. I probably didn't dare because I'm sure I didn't know what the consequences would have been. I was pretty naive.
10. Can you still sing the fight song? I'm embarrassed to say that I probably can't. But I know the BYU fight song! Does that count?!
11. Who were your favorite teachers? Probably Mr. Miller, my Biology teacher. He had a nickname for all of the Packards. I was VP (Vicki Packard) And of course, my 6'9" choir teacher, Mr. Shepard. I secretly had kind of a crush on him. I don't know why, he's not that good looking.
12. What was your school's full name? Carlsbad High School
13. School mascot? Lancers (our rivals were Pirates...which we are now. Pretty weird, huh?)
14. Did you go to the Homecoming dance and with who? No. Didn't want to. You never knew what you were getting into at those California dances!
15. If you could go back again, would you? No. The school is locked down now like a prison. Plus, about 2 years ago, I got to go see almost everyone I cared to see at a ChamberSingers reunion.
16. What do you remember most about graduation? We had it on the football field every year instead of in the gym. I don't remember if dad was still on the school board by then, but he always gave out the diplomas, which was cool for us kids. Also, the members of the church always got a big hawaiian lei because there were so many islanders in our ward. That made us feel pretty special because we were the only ones that got to wear one out of all the graduates. It was our time to shine after a year of being pretty unpopular.
17. Where did you go senior skip day? If we had one, I didn't go.
18. Were you in a club? No. I must have thought they were either dumb, or a waste of time.
19. Have you gained some weight since then? HELLO! I am 50. Although I AM the same height. I was fully grown by the time I got to high school. Actually, I wore a size 10 in high school, and I wear a size 10 now, but I know that I weigh more now.
20. Who was your prom date? We didn't have any proms when I was in high school, which I could never understand. Homecoming was the only big dance back then. I wouldn't have gone anyway.
21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? I've already been to my 10 year, my 20 year, and went to a 30 year choir reunion.
22. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Try harder to get better grades, try out for cheerleading anyway, and be grateful to walk home from school. Carlsbad is so pretty! And the walk is much shorter now than it was back then....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Man! Can That Kid Run.....

Landon's football season is winding down to the last game this coming weekend. Last Saturday, his team played Faith Lutheran from Vegas and ended up winning the game with some key plays from Landon. He intercepted a ball, ran it back to almost score a touchdown, and had some incredible hits/tackles to save our team from being scored on. Landon LOVES the game of football, but he loves it even more when HE is the one playing and making key plays. He was pretty proud of his playing and let me know how it all went down. (I had another singing engagement with my two friends for another 60's gig, a high school 1960-1965 class reunion, no less!)
Landon is the wide receiver for the team. (Man, he looks good in his uniform!)
If there is no playing football in heaven, I don't think Landon really cares if he gets to go! jk
Breaking tackle and nothing but green! We'll try and round up some video so you can see him in action.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Yesterday Britney Chappell was married to her fiance, Chad Lundquist in St. George at The Entrada Resort. For all you HSM fans, it's the same place that they filmed the second movie at. It was pretty cool for the teenagers to be there and see the displays that were around the resort about the cast and movie. Parker even got approached by someone before the wedding and was asked if he was Zach Efron! Funny, huh? Britney looked beautiful, as usual, and everything went off without a hitch.....except for the weather. We had had sunny, beautiful, not too hot days for a long time, and, wouldn't you know it...the day of the wedding and reception, we end up with a huge storm blown in bring rain and COLD wind with it. We were prepared and ready to take action if we needed to......we needed to after all, so after surviving the colder St. George temperatures and wind, we made it back to Logandale to scramble to make it an "indoor" reception instead of what we had planned. Everyone had a great attitude, in fact, we found ourselves laughing many times. By the end of the night, our feet were tired, our bodies were tired, and our beds were calling!

Dad bringing daughter down the isle.

Britney and Chad right after they were married.

Father and son.....looking mighty fine!!
Jordan trying to keep her cool keeping warm!
Paula looked dynamite in her new clothes.
After the ceremony, they set up more tables for the luncheon. Here's Ashley Noto, Tibi, and Michaela getting ready to eat.

Another father and son photo.....Parker had a hard time being civilized! (But he DID have fun!)
I intented to take this photo to send to brother Brockton, who is on a mission in England.....but after focusing on this shot, it might be better off NOT to send it. These guys are nuts!
Ashley and Tibi trying their hands at toasting themselves for looking so good, I guess.
A father's tender speech.....every wedding needs one. We all did whatever it took to not blubber. We didn't do too well.

A group shot of some of us there. This happens to be the "friends" shot. There's Parker again!

Tibi taking off with the flowers after packing up. She loves collecting the leftover flowers with Michaela.

After getting to Logandale for the reception, we set up, it began to rain, we took down, moved around, finally brought the cake inside, and ended up with a pretty good time. The cake was beautiful....fondant and all. The girls thought it was a pretty classic cake.

The lemon bars are getting to Jordan apparently. We all got a little giddy after awhile. (Kasen is not sure how to take her sillyness.)

Tib and Nicole, Nate's wife. Nate is Gregg's younger brother. We all love Nicole.
Nicole thought that Michaela and Tibi were only about 2 years apart in age. She couldn't believe that they were 6 1/2 years apart when I told her. That should make either Michaela or Tibi not too excited!

The traditional "cake in the face" picture. These two were almost brutal with it! It ended up all over the floor and in Britney's hair. Chad even got it in his eye. I've never had frosting in my eye, but I know that I never want to either!

Parker felt the need to find out what it's like to have to wear a dress evidently. He is one kooky kid! (He must not realize that I blog pictures for ALL the world to see!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Let me just start by saying that this is one scary post! But it IS almost Halloween. Last Monday night was the annual Moapa Valley Talent Showcase that they do every end of September. The arts council had asked me and Diane Schwartz (left) to put together a number to go with this year;s theme, "Can't Stop the Beat". So we recruited fellow Relief Society president and friend, Joyce Lyon (right) and did a "60's medley" of songs, in character. Right down to the boots and big hoop earrings! least we know what to be for Halloween this year. Our medley consisted of "Downtown, These Boots Are Made For Walking, The Chapel of Love, and Lollipop." I have to admit that it was fun and everybody loved us. We got a lot of "cat calls", which would make any 50 year old feel good, right?

Britney's Bridal Shower

Britney Chappell, the daughter of our best friends, is getting married in 2 days! She had her bridal shower last week and got some nice things for her and Chad's place. Britney has been our family's hair stylist for the last 2 years. We are sad to see her go, because we now are not sure who will do our hair! We are excited for her though and wish her sweet and happy times with her hubby-to-be, Chad. We love you Brit!
Tibi was one of the model brides to wear a toilet paper dress...lucky her!?
Vicki working on her model. (We ended up winning!)
Tibi's dress was just as immodest as ours was! What's with the bikini top on hers?! Ours wasn't very long, but it was in style!