My Sweet Grandmother

My sweet grandmother passed away earlier this week. I"m so grateful that she was my grandmother. She always had the kindest and sweetest words of encouragement, she always gave the best compliments! She was a great example to me and how blessed I am to have her beautiful influence in my life. I know that I will miss her and so will everyone else that knew her. I'm so happy to have the eternal knowledge and know that she is happy and healthy with our Heavenly Father. I know I will see her again and I bet she is planting beautiful flowers in heaven!


Marian Lois Smith Stringham 5/14/1925 ~ 2/25/2010 Marian Lois Smith Stringham peacefully passed from this life on February 25, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 14, 1925 in Ogden, Utah to Edwin E. and Lois D. Smith. She graduated from Ogden High school and the University of Utah in Business and Music and was a member of Chi Omega. She was married in the Salt Lake Temple to her sweetheart, Jack Dunyon Stringham M.D., in 1949. Having been together for 61 years, their love for each other was always present and felt by us all. They were an example of true love, devotion and unselfishness. Her life was centered on her family whom she cherished dearly, always putting her family first in encouraging, supporting and promoting her children's and grandchildren's talents and desires. From her early childhood, music was very important to Marian. She continued to develop her musical talents throughout her life. She was a member of the Utah Symphony until moving with her husband to San Diego and Seattle while he served in the Navy. Later, she played her violin with the Salt Lake Symphony for over 25 years. Marian was known for her beautiful flower gardens. Each summer she and Jack carefully and meticulously planted flowers, creating a haven of beauty for gatherings of family and friends. She loved family traditions, Sunday dinners and get-togethers, especially those shared at Bear Lake, Lake Powell, Jackson, Wyoming and Aspen, Colorado. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints and served in many capacities, her favorite being serving in the Primary with the young children and as a hostess at the Church Office Building. She brought the spirit into many meetings with her lovely violin music and also found joy in sharing her talents creating floral arrangements each week for Sacrament and Relief Society meetings and for many special events both church and civic. Later, Marian found great happiness as she and her husband served in the California, San Diego, Mission. Marian loved people and throughout the years enjoyed association with many wonderful friends who were very dear to her. Marian radiated beauty, grace and refinement and brought joy into the lives of everyone she knew. Though she had many challenges in life, she met them with strength, dignity and a positive attitude, always focusing on the needs of others. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband Jack, and four of their five children, John E. (Jan), Anne (David Jerman), Paul B. (Kim), and Susie (Kent Compton), her brother Ray (Colleen) Smith, 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren with #27 on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Stephen. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Monument Park 17th Ward building, 2795 Crestview Drive in Salt Lake City, Family and friends may call Monday, March 1st, 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 South, and at the church Tuesday, 10:00-10:45 a.m. preceding the funeral service. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 North "N" Street.


My New Favorites

You guys! I've found some new favorites these last few months! First of all I've always wanted to go to a roller derby, so when this movie came out I had to see it. Plus I think Ellen Page is pretty talented. "Whip It" is now on my list of favorite movies! I laughed a lot and they got a great cast! If you are bored one night, rent it!I've also been reading more and last month I finished "Dear John". It was really cute and sappy (what else would you expect from the guy who wrote the "Notebook"?!), but I liked it. Now I have a dilemma: so see the movie or not to see the movie. I think I might wait till red box!
Feel free to share your favorite movies/ books if you'd like. Maybe I'll check them out and let you know what I think.


Happy Birthday Jack!

Happy birthday Jack! Thanks for being the greatest older brother! Love you!


Hawaiian Christmas

Ok, so I might be just a little bit behind on blogging. It's okay! I've got lots of pictures!
My parents decided it was time for all of us to spend some time together, what a better way to do that then take us to a small island! Being the awesome parents they are, they took all of us (minus San who is on a mission) to Kauai. It was so much fun to be with everyone! I loved being with family and especially cute little baby Hannah! She gets cutter every second! Here are few pictures form the trip.
We went of few drives through the island and found a beautiful beach and a cave!
Messing around in the cave!
We went on some amazing hikes! Our house was located in the little bay behind us.
Our family Christmas/ New Years card!
Hannah is so cute!
Hiked up to a waterfall and a rope swing! I jumped off both! It was awesome!
We also went to few farmers market and my dad found me a Tarzan and his brother. I had to leave them on the island!
We even had a little fire on the beach at night! It was so good to be with my family! They are incredible!
Stephen showed all of us how surfing is done!
I went on a scooter ride around the island with my dad and brothers!
We went swimming on this beach! It was so beautiful! My dad took this picture! He is an awesome photographer!
Cute Sarah and I.
Trying a new fruit at farmers market. I was a little scared, but it turned out to be pretty yummy!
They had avocados bigger than my foot! Oh they were so tasty!
Sarah and I tried a coconut! It was good.
Chocolate covered bananas! So good! I've never eaten so much delicious and fresh food!
Stephen didn't want to leave, so he hid from us in the bushes.
Thank you family for an awesome trip! It was so good to be with all of you!