Friday, February 25, 2011

The Speech at the Kidney Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

This was my Mom's speech at the Kidney Foundation that she gave when she presented the scholarship award to Ryann Proctor (well at least the part she did not adlib)  If you want to read more about the event click here.

If you want to watch the video about it, click here.

Here is the speech.

I have been asked to tell a little about Curtis. He was ambitious from a very young boy; nothing seemed too hard for him. I guess that’s why he climbed the power pole, causing the loss of his legs.

Curtis worked at jobs out side of the home when he was in the 6th grade helping the grade school Janitor sweep floors after school. He started moving irrigation pipes while in Jr High. Something young men and boys did to earn money.

He and his friends when not working would find fun things to do like building a lean-to along the river close to where we lived. When done with that would say now what will we do?  They built a clubhouse and furnished it with items from their parents’ homes. They played ball and biked.

When I stared back teaching, he and his younger brother did the breakfast dishes and made their beds before we left for school. What he did he did well.

Curtis received his Eagle Scout at 14 before any other boy his age in our ward; it was all on his own, and he received the Order of the Arrow. He also received his Duty to God Award.

Curtis was a natural born leader and worked very hard at what he did. Curtis was Vice President of the Student body, Sports Editor to the school paper, when he was a senior in high school.

While at Ricks College (now BYUI) he designed wheelchair entrances to buildings and ramps. He also did the same at BYU, while he was there. It was one of the few Universities in the nation able to handle handicapped students at that time.

Curtis received two Bachelors degrees and a Masters in Education at BYU.

As you know he won the Boston Marathon in 1980 and more at St George. He would run in the July24th pioneer Marathon many years and won most of them.

Curtis was a great son, we may have had differences, but never left without saying we loved each other and meant it.

Curtis loved his family; he was a wonderful father and grandfather. He loved spending time with each of the members of his family and playing with his grandchildren.

Curtis loved his Heavenly Father and was always devoted to his callings, he had many of them. He loved people; he tried to make everyone feel special. He was patient, kind and spoke to every one.
He reached out to those in less fortunate circumstances and gave them an example and a “WILL” to achieve greatness in their own lives.

Curtis was not selfish and shared his achievement with others though his motivational speaking. He wanted everyone to believe in themselves the way he believed in them. He lost his legs but never his spirit. He had a great smile for everyone.

He wanted people to know like he said in his first book a “WILL TO WIN” no matter what your trials may be set goals and go for them.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My trip to the Antarctica

If you want to know more click on the link below to my 2nd blog about this adventure. 

Fun time with Ellen at Fallbrook, CA.

Eating frozen yogurt from Fallbrook's Yogurt Palace

A fun day walking around Fallbrook
The outside of the new Fallbrook library

Enjoying the afternoon

Standing in front of the new library

Ellen and Craig at home

Karma  and Ellen

Sand waves on the ocean beach

Watching people paddle over the waves.

Seagulls on the beach

I liked both of the pictures

Myself and Ellen at the beach

Enjoying the beach
I enjoy the large waves, this was as big as they were today.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nature Walk at San Elijo Lagoon

Visiter Center

As Ellen and I start our walk


Brandts Cormorant

Arroyo Willow
Ellen and I as we take our walk Feb. 15 2011
more ducks

Western fence Lizard

Yellow and pink plants

A little bird, I just barely got it.

I can read this sign but I am not sure about all the mammals and lizards and snakes

Coming to the end of the trail
It was a fun day.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Walk at Mission Trails Regional Park

 Saturday, Feb. 4, Craig, Ellen and I had an interesting time at Mission Trails Regional Park.  We took a nature walk after looking through the visitor center.  There were many areas around for nature walks.  Here are some pictures I took on our walk.

Indian Hut
Visitor Center Loop
Ellen and I getting ready for the walk

Down the Trail

Pretty rocks

Old Log Rail Fence

Craig and Ellen

Interesting view

Just me enjoying the view

Mission Gorge River

End of the Trail with a little push

Friday, February 11, 2011

What I left behind in Idaho

Jack Frost came during the night, every where I looked was frost on each brush and tree. I hurried to my camera to see if I could get a picture of it before the sun took it all away.

My front yard

Frosty bush

It looks cold

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A old spring post

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This little robin likes to build his nest under my porch

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Day at Oak Glen

During the month of November, I went to Ellen and Craig's for a few weeks. We spent a day at Oak Glen, California. It is a place that focuses on their apples and apple harvest. We ate a nice lunch there and bought a huge apple pie.

We wandered around to see what was there. Craig was being silly throwing straw in the air. He told me to count to 3 for the picture and on 3 this is what I got.

We went to an apple stand to buy apples and tasted tested several different apples. We bought a bag to take home. Fresh apples are so delicious.

I had a fun day.