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Happy Birthday Mom!

Well today is Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. Hurray! It's my Mom's birthday!

In honor of her special day I thought it would be fun to share some memories her and I have shared together...and after you read this please, please, please comment and share your own "You and Sue" memory!!! I'm sure she will get a kick out of reading them!

Anyways...here are some of my favorites!!!

> Snow + Hiking in the Grand Canyon

During one of our hikes as a family in the Grand Canyon it was rather, um...COLD! So, cold in fact that there was snow and ice at the top of the trail. Well anyone who has been to the GC knows that the trails do NOT have guardrails, and at most points along the South Kaibab trail it is a shear drop off. So as Heather and dad bravely attempted to "hike" down the trail, me and mom decided to just sit on our butts and "slide" down the trail. It was hilarious and there are plenty of pictures to prove it!

> Christmas Blowmold Decoration ...Sneaky, Sneaky!

In 2006 Mom's birthday came about a month after our house burnt down...of course the fire consumed all of mom's precious "blowmolds", you know those plastic statue things that light up? Well, while they were at the Deseret Industries thrift store picking up a few items for the rental house mom spotted a snowman blowmold! Lucky for me, she didn't buy it and regretted that decision as soon as she got home. Dad told me about it and I secretly went and picked it up the next day for her birthday. About a week later mom decided to go back to DI and see if the snowman was still there. She came home and exclaimed, "It wasn't there! I knew I should have gotten it!" While on the verge of tears. Boy was she excited when she opened the present on her birthday!!!


> I owe my math skills to my mom!

Of course, one of my all time favorite memories with my mom is playing cards! In fact, this is how I learned math, and maybe that's why I like it so much! Mom and grandma and Heather and I play cards every chance we get! Its just a great time....here's me, mom and grandma playing cards at the Grand Canyon...


So, now it is YOUR turn. Please comment below with a memory you have with Sue! And Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

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  2. Hi mom, I live with you so I have many memories of you. You have always been there for me when the times were right. I will always love you no matter what. I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!

    ~Heather

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  3. I still have to say one of the best memories of all time was watching Sue get up on a ski at the lake in front of all those hot heads, just like a pro. It was amazing.

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