Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Out with the old in with the new!!!!
Wow what a day!
Our family favorites, Mikey and Becca, flew into San Antonio last nigiht and surprised the children this morning. Boy talk about jubilation!!!!
We were joined during lunch by the 4 Elders in our ward which was very nice to get to know them and hear them share spiritual experiences.
Then we bravely headed to Fiesta Texas! It was so fun but Everyone was tired out and poor Becca hit he sac early!
So happy new year!!!!!! Hope you are all well, fed, and happy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy New Year!!! A little Late for Merry Christmas this year but our prayers are that Christmas was filled with joy and many happy memories. This year for our family has been a giant roller coaster of joy, tears, trials, blessings and many memories. But if life were easy it wouldn’t be hard (so I hear). One thing we have learned is that in order to appreciate sweet we need to know bitter. Another thing is that having a strong testimony of Christ and his role in all our lives gets us through the hardest of times and makes the sweetest days even sweeter.
We brought in the new year healthy and happy! We had a great visit from Papa and Gamber in Jan and we felt so blessed to have been able to be with them and spend those precious moments with them - Papa passed the next weekend. That took us on our first road trip to Nebraska. We once again were strengthened in our knowledge and peace that the gospel brings to families at these times. It was bitter sweet to be there and see family we hadn’t seen in many years, the strength that Papa exemplified all his days shown bright in the faces of the ones he left behind.
In March we celebrated Terrie’s Mother’s birthday at our home. We have been so blessed to be stationed here in Texas where we can be close to family that we have been so far away from as well. Once again the event brought untold joy and happiness in the gathering of so many friends and family. In April Mama passed away suddenly and once again our testimonies gave us strength to endure, to know that families can be together forever, to feel our burdens lightened & to have the opportunity to share our feelings with others not of our faith. What a wonderful thing to lift others at such times…to know that things are not as dark as they may sometimes seem, to feel God’s arms encircling us with love and strength.
In May we had the opportunity to sell our home in Boise (finally - it had been over a year). We made a road trip the first week in June to Id finalize the sale of our home. We were able to stop and visit with the Greats & with our family in eastern Id. With that trip came an added blessing of being able to take part in the marriage sealing of our dear friends Mikey and Becca in the Temple. What a blessing for us to be reminded of the wonderful promises of marriage and family. I think that it reinforced our marriage and strengthened it too. We were able to visit with friends and family that we miss so dearly.
Bruce (Cory’s dad) was married to Judy in Las Vegas in June as well so we were able to go from Boise to NV and be there with them in this most wonderful time in their lives. Another wonderful example of the strength in family, the beauty & blessings of the Temples, and how nothing in life is a coincidence - we were blessed that all these events fell into place perfectly and that we were able to be a part of them all.
We made a trip back to Idaho to visit Lois the Great for Thanksgiving. She was diagnosed with pancreas cancer and we were very blessed to be there and visit with her and our family once again. There is so much to say about being around family, they strengthen, heal, and lift one’s soul…grandma passed away a week after we saw her. The blessing of family is so great, we pray you all feel, see, & enjoy it.
We moved to base the week we came home July 4th weekend. Our little home has proven to be a great blessing. We are close to Cory’s work and the fear of him traveling so far every day is no longer there. We get to have him home everyday for lunch, and the two hour daily commute is down to ten minutes a day!!! Can you say YAHOO! We have a park across the street and the children play outside safely and happily. Vigo learned to ride his bike with no training wheels this fall and now is just flying nonstop! He loves to learn and is always asking tons of math, spelling, and just plain inquisitive questions. I would really like to get into his head and be awed by what goes on inside there. Alia is so grown up and her official name was Pink for about two months. She loves being a girl and is very good at it. She stands her ground, is very vocal and communicates like a miniature grownup. This year in school has proven to be fabulous for all the children they all are excelling, Drake is coming home with all A’s, Maya was nominated for GT and Addison was chosen as one of two 5th graders in her school for a city choir. They have all had so many great experiences…They all went to see the Nutcracker play and the Lazer light show and have had various other wonderful field trips that have really helped them enjoy learning and being a part of this new school. We have done so much: tennis, camping, “vacations“, “deer hunting”. Who knew that so many wonderful things would come from some of the harder trials we’ve seen in a long time. Things happen, we sometimes don’t find out why ‘till later, and sometimes never… but we know God loves his children… At this very special time of year may the joy and peace that only Christ can bring fill your hearts and homes. May you feel God’s love for you. May you feel our love for you. Merry Christmas! With love, The Bolander Fam. : Cory, Terrie, Addison, Maya, Drake, Vigo, & Alia

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter fun

The church put on a western themed Christmas party. It was very wonderful and many people showed up. There was plenty of food and we felt very blessed to be part of such service and ward participation (the members provided almost everything themselves). There was a video of Christ played while we ate and our children really loved it. Then the children gathered around Santa and they all were able to visit with him. Vigo was a sweetheart and gave his stuffed animal to a little girl who was too scared to go visit Santa herself. Unfortunately when he went back there were no more but the next day a member of the bishopric, Brother Casias brought him one to church! How sweet for him to have cared enough to do that! Speaking of the next day mom had to sing some duets in the choir, something that totally pushed her limits. But she is still alive so we now know you can't drop dead from fear of singing....maybe pass out.

The school the children are attending is very active and very fun spirited. They put up a winter wonderland for the children and their families to be able to go up and take pictures with Santa. They worked really hard. Vigo was on some type of hyperactive caffinated mode that day because he was bouncing off the wall and there could be no more frustrated or embarressed parents but alas it's the small stuff and we survived...and Vigo is off his high, how long that will last we shall see!

2008 pre Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fun at Aunt Kellie's

So on the way home we were able to see Grandma Juju, Papa Mike, Trisha, Cam, & Lisa, at Kellie and Gregg's house. We enjoyed ourselves so much. The kids loved Kellie's wonderful home and toys sooo much! We really were so overjoyed at being so surrounded with family. These are treasured moments to last a life time! (Thanks Kellie and Gregg for letting us into your home!!!! We love y'all!)

Fun in Blackfoot

While we were in Idaho we stayed with Aunt Michelle and Uncle Neil, they are great! we were very blessed to spend time with them. They live on the best piece of land and I loved waking up each morning and just enjoying the view from their living room. The children had a blast and made MANY fun memories...from playing with doll clothes that Lois the Great hand made, cheering their cousin Broke at her b-ball game, running around with cousin Meagan, to playing on the Giant stack of hay bails in the back yard!

Idaho Road Trip

So on our way to Idaho we stopped and saw the arches in Utah... We had a fun time trying to get to the arch and tried very creative and a lot harder ways to get there than the very well worn easy path that if we had looked around a bit longer we could have found.... but then never a dull moment in the Bolander household would not ring true in our ears today.

Lois Bolander, 84
Tuesday, 09 December 2008
FIRTH — Lois Bolander, 84, passed away Friday, December 5, 2008, at her home in Firth. She was born on February 12, 1924 in Firth, ID to Barber Dewayne Dye and Ila Mae Johnson Dye. She graduated from Firth High School as valedictorian of her class after only eleven years of school. On May 24, 1943, she married Gary Bolander in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and lived her entire life in Firth except for a year each in Choteau, MT and Evanston, WY. Lois loved Idaho and expressed her gratitude many times for living in this area. She especially loved and appreciated all of her friends and neighbors wherever she lived, whom she felt had all enriched and blessed her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and loved her posterity and Diane and Shelley Nelson, who were like family to her. Lois was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities through the years. She and Gary served a mission in the Idaho Falls temple visitorâ•˙s center and later served as temple workers for seven years, where they made close and lasting friendships. She loved her final calling as a primary teacher and was tremendously grateful for the children she taught.Lois loved to sing, and her beautiful soprano voice was enjoyed by many throughout the years. She was an excellent seamstress, a superb cook, loved writing poetry, and enjoyed hobbies of painting, and camping in the great Idaho outdoors. She will be missed by all, but has left a great legacy to carry on.She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gary Bolander of Firth, sons Kent (Vicky) of Bellingham, WA, Ralph (Donna) of Evanston, WY, Bruce (Judy) of Las Vegas, NV, daughters Sharleen Wilson (Don) of Idaho Falls, Michele Hepworth (Neil) of Blackfoot, Jan Shields (Aaron) of DeRidder, LA; 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 5 brothers: Dewayne (Janiece) of Rose, William (Millie) of Weirsdale, FL, Dale Nebeker (Marnie) of Bountiful, UT, Brent (Linda) of Idaho Falls, Kerry (Irene) of Kimberly, ID and sister Barbara Taylor (Preston) of Inkom, ID. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Ila Dufer (George) and a grandson.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Kimball Ward Chapel, (744 N. 600 E.) in Firth with Bishop Boyd Peterson, conducting. The family will receive friends Wednesday 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 W. Oak St.) in Shelley and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Thursday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Firth Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas - wow, it's amazing how one little word can invoke such a flood of unexplainable and insurmountable feelings. I sit here with a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts.
The radio has been on with beautiful Christmas music sounding through the halls of our home. It's amazing how happy this music makes me and the children - today they had 'Feliz Navidad' on about as loud as they could and they were singing at the top of their lungs. Then just as fast the reverence of 'Oh Holy Night' fills our soul and the true meaning of Christmas is brought so sweetly back to the forefront of all we do. Christ who came and sacrificed so dearly and gave so freely. This season is truly a season of rejoicing and gratitude.
We made it home from Idaho Tues. morning and we feel so blessed. Blessed that we were able to visit with Grandma/pa Lois & Gary the Great. Grandma passed this morning and we are ever so grateful for her loving and caring life. For her Christlike attitude and her hugs and kisses. We know that we were blessed to talk with her when we did and are so grateful to have had that chance.
We saw cousins, brand new baby cousin, aunts, uncles, friends. Aunt Michelle and Uncle Neil let us stay with them and our hearts are so grateful for their sacrifice. We were able to spend the night with all of Cory's brothers and sisters and his parents - what a blessing family is. I can't say that I have ever had such an overwhelmingly powerful understanding of the importance of family and the joy that comes when we are all reunited as we were. I am so grateful for this experience and how wonderfully perfect everyone was. We even were able to see the newest addition to the family, Sydney Rose and I hogged her the whole time...yup I'm a baby hog!!!
We had a bit of trouble on the way home - for those who don't know...our vehicle broke down on our drive home and it delayed us a bit then once we were finally all good to go we were on the road again when out of no where a buck jumped out in front and did some major damage to the suburban. We prayed that our vehicle would make it to Texas and that we would all be safe, so we are all safe in Texas once again. The truck well it's totaled but runs, and most importantly our prayers were heard and answered.
So May the joy of Christmas ring true in your hearts, the act of gratitude in all you do and the joy of family in everyone you meet. Feel our love and know that our heart beats in many places because you each have a bit of it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gobble Gobble!!!!!!!!

Well thanksgiving is still a week away but we will be in Idaho with out a computer, much less the Internet so Happy Thanksgiving to Y'ALL!

May you and yours be able to enjoy this wonderful season of gratitude for all that we have, the good and the bad. As we were reading the scriptures to the children the other night we were talking about how we have to be grateful for all that we have and that without the bad things in our life we would never be able to recognize the good things, we would take everything for granted. Funny that even so we still take so much for granted. I am so grateful for so much. My family for starters... how wonderful a family is. At all stages in our life, the family we grew up in, our time with only our spouse, then with each addition as our family grew. Each phase has brought so much joy and so much happiness. If we could all just choose to only remember the good, sometimes I feel like Winnie the Pooh who forgets to remember. I forget to remember that I love doing the dishes. My mom had a poem in our house and I memorized while doing dishes :

Thank God for dirty dishes
They have a lot to tell
While other folks go hungry
We are so very well
With home and health and happiness
We shouldn't want to fuss
For by this stack of evidence
God is very good to us.

Isn't it wonderful all that God blesses us with?
I'm grateful for so much - you.
The teachings of Christ and his example.
Living prophets who guide and counsel us in these troubled times.
The knowledge that families can be forever.
The blessing of knowing that life doesn't end here.
The peace that only God can offer.
Angels among us disguised as common people who step into our lives and bless us richly.
The many freedoms given to us through the sacrifice and heart of many noble soldiers.

The list can go on all night. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Well this past weekend we went camping again. We are blessed to enjoy nature so much. We took a girl named China with us, it was her first time camping and her first time to see cows and open country, first time fishing, and she saw her first deer too. It felt so great to be able to help her see and experience these things. Also it allowed us to see just how blessed we are as a family to have sooo many of these experiences under our belt and to be able to continue to share the beauty that God has created with our children.
We met up at the campsite with some friends from church the Morin's. It was such a great little spot. Our camp area was really unique. We were right next to an outlet of water and even though this weekend was "cold" the kids still were dying to get in...and some did!!! The weather was so perfect when we got there, the moon rose and looked as big as the sun, the stars were brighter than I've seen them in a long time. The girls shared their own tent and had a blast giggling and screaming when the wind tried blowing their tent away with them in it!!! I wish we had taken the video camera. We were without a campfire because of a fire ban and that was so weird for me - I think that is one of my favorite things about camping, putting the kids in their tent, hearing them giggle and sitting near the fire till it dies out.
Well blessings are everywhere, sometimes we just need to open our eyes and look for them.

Friday, November 7, 2008

so I learned to make a scrapbook and then when I have made enough pages I can print the scrapbook - now I really like that idea and it was so fun choosing backgrounds and easy to crop and place pictures. I love having such a fun family!!!!! That includes all of you guys spread all over the world TOO!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Monday, November 3, 2008

November is a time for gratitude, so with that in mind...
this blog goes to my husband who is out of town this week and who keeps reminding me how lucky I am that it is only a week and not longer. You know how things kind of get taken for granted when you have them near? Yeah well I guess I'm guilty of that on an unfortunately regular basis. So you know how life seems easy when he's around but you don't notice how easy until he's not there to do the little things that actually make your life easier but that you took fo granted before, yeah guilty again. You know that you would actually feel safer knowing that when the bump in the middle of the night is really loud, he's the one who gets out of bed to check it out. Or when one of the kids wakes in cold sweat with a super high fever and he is there ready to bless this child that you both love so dearly. Oh yeah, like when you are throwing a pamperd chef party and he cleans the carpets for you at night before the party...did I take that for granted? Sorry if I did, I AM greatful. Or when you are getting five kids dressed and combed for church and he quietly slips into the kitchen and gets something ready for lunch so that when church is over we are not waiting two hours to eat. Yeah I guess there are so many things in life I take for it's only a week. I love you.
For all those who share their spouce to defend our freedoms and to keep the dream of America alive...thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

halloween week

Okay so Halloween was a couple of days ago. We are late, but we were still partying last night at our ward party so this is as early as it gets. The kids had a blast this year. With two church parties, a school which knows how to celebrate Texas style and lots of trick or treating...we have enough candy and hyperactivity to last us through next year!!!!! Wow! I'm still wondering why as a parent I let them have so much fun!?@ But I love seeing them smile from ear to ear and I love how much fun life is through their eyes.

fun fall

Sunday, October 26, 2008

So it's been a fun, fun, fun fall. We have so enjoyed being here in Texas. We haven't enjoyed the trillion chigger bites that we all received at our last camping trip though... I guess the scriptures are true that we need the bad to appreciate the good.
Even with that thought we have had more good moments than bad and we have been really motivating the children to focus only on the positive, in this fast paced please me world we all live in that sometimes is harder than it should really be.
We find that we need to stop and enjoy every moment in the lives of the children and enjoy as many family moments as possible, who knows when that will be the last memory made. Not that I'm glum but realistic and hopefully a little more focused on what truly is important in my life. The kids are growing so fast. The passing of now both my parents and Papa have also made me see how fast life passes. Enjoy now, enjoy the journey and love without end. Ok enough gushy mushy. Love y'all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

okay so we are the proud uncle and aunt but here is Kellie's new baby 6lbs, 2 ounces 17 inches.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall fun

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Texas Campout

We took a little trip into the hillcountry,
tried our luck at camping in texas.
Here are some pictures of our adventures.
We had a great trip, played ghost in the
graveyard in the dark in a field nearby,
went fishing, roasted marshmellows,
went night frog searching, and made
friends with two little armadillos.
The weather was on our side and
we all enjoyed ourselves.




Sunday, October 12, 2008

Well a year ago this month we went to Disneyland in CA - thanks to our friends, Mike and Becca Robbins who made the dream a reality for us in a time of much stress in our lives.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had the opportunity to go to Disneyland for two days, Sea world one day and the ocean three days. We enjoyed and basked in glorious California weather... yes now we want to get transferred there soon! We even were able to enjoy a pool tide. We ate one night at Rainforest Cafe and the first night we arrived we saw a great fireworks display - which Addison managed to sleep through... funny girl.
The four day road trip proved us to be gracious parents as all our children made it there and back in one piece alive and happy.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Papa and Gamber

Fall in the south

Well fall has come and not a moment has been wasted in enjoying the fresher air and the beauty that comes with a little less heat.
We have really come to enjoy being here in San Antonio now that life is settling down and our house in Boise is finally sold. It's amazing how beautiful life looks when there is less stress in your life.
The children have made great friends in our short stay here and we are so grateful for them. Addison, Maya, and Drake are now in a newly built school close to Base. It has been fascinating to watch them grow and adapt to all the changes they have faced. They seem to like being at this new school although they do miss their old one. Drake is in the chess club, which is not starting in his grade bracket until Nov. but he is extremely excited. Maya and Addison are in Choir and in Art. They had their first choir number in front of the school open house attendees last Thursday. They were very nervous but performed like superstars. Maya is her ever cheerful, helpful, and loving self - her grades are A's and she goes far and beyond the call of every aspect of her life. We were able to read some of her school journal entries at the open house and found her creative expressions and views of life completely refreshing. Addison is doing great in her school work. She works hard everyday and has taken giant steps towards a fabulous school year. Her happiness lets us all know how good thing s are going for her this year. She is so tender hearted and forgiving.
Vigo has given himself a great big stretch and I'm having a hard time seeing him get so big so fast. He is enjoying math and spelling when doing "homework" at home and is constantly asking what # + # = ? . It makes me laugh just to think how his brain is always going a hundred miles per hour and what I wouldn't give to get into his head just for a day.
Alia, who if you ask what her name is will tell you is Pink - then giggles when she sees how you reacted to her, is getting way to "big girl". She gets upset if anyone treats her or refers to her as baby Alia. She says,"I not baby, Boston's a baby" - Boston is her new best friend who is about 8 months younger. She has us cracking up with all her tricks, dance moves, and constant talking about everything and anything and even nothing (that we can make out that is). She loves to be a girl and does a great job of it - carrying purses, being a mama, painting her nails, and looking "bootiful". But give that girl a sword and watch out. Underdogs at the swing set are never enough, and the faster mom goes on their daily bike ride the better.
Cory - well can you say got it going for him? He has a great group of men to work with and they appreciate his talents and put him to tasks that are fun and also challenging. He gets to play tennis daily and golf about monthly (both during his work day) as part of keeping fit. At church he is teaching the Sunday School class for the adults. What a blessing to have that extra push of spirituality in our home. As a dad and husband then I'm the most blessed woman in the world. We could never ask for more. We all love him dearly.
Can anyone be any happier than we are? It would be hard to. We feel blessed to be where we are and are ready for any thing the Lord has in store for us. So far his guidance has blessed us immensely. Blessed us with great friends, family, and wonderful growing experiences. Hope all is well with each and everyone of you.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Las Vegas

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This trip was made to join Cory's dad, Bruce, and Judy for their Temple Sealing in the Las Vegas LDS Temple. The temple is so beautiful, unlike anyone I've seen. The grounds were marvelous and the waiting room was so peaceful. It was a fun time getting to know Grandma Judy better and be there with all the cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles and a whole new family. We really enjoyed ourselves. We even had a chance to go into the mountains and that was fabulous.