Friday, December 25, 2009

Hyper-Connected Christmas Eve

A great tradition of our family is to gather at the kitchen table after Christmas Eve festivities, drink hot chocolate and talk with each other. As we did so this year, we suddenly realized that we were all connected to the Internet, interacting on Facebook, Twitter and blogs using a variety of devices – extending our Christmas Eve chatter to people far removed from our physical home. Not shown in this photo are my iPhone and the desktop computer on the kitchen desk behind me as I was taking the photo.  Just another example of how technology has changed and enriched our lives. 

With sincere apologies to Holly for a very unflattering photo!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Dixon Family

A Christmas Card from our family to yours. May you have a happy holiday season and wonderful new year!


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sacred Places

Last week, after business meetings in Rochester, New York, I drove to Palmyra and visited the Palmyra Temple, the Sacred Grove and the Hill Cumorah visitors center. Photos really don’t capture the special spirit in those sacred places, but serve as reminders of my tender feelings when I spent a few moments there.

The Palmyra Temple is located in beautiful woodland setting. This shot was taken from the west side of the temple, facing east.

Palmyra, NY, Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Smith family farmhouse, where Joseph lived when he experienced the first vision and where he first met Moroni, is located near the Sacred Grove.

Smith family farmhouse - Palmyra, NY

Spending a few minutes in the Sacred Grove at dusk is a humbling, enlightening experience.

Sacred Grove

A thick carpet of multicolored leaves is a fitting covering for this sacred ground.

Sacred Grove Leaves - full resolution original

By the way, these photos were taken with my iPhone camera and edited with TheBestCamera iPhone application.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wonderful Kids!

Well, it’s been too long since I’ve posted to this blog.  The best photos I found to share featured our grandkids and Holly.  Here are some of the best poses:

Olivia is really trying to crawl.  She rolls all over the place and captivates us with her big eyes.


Iris has taken her first steps and celebrated her first birthday recently.  She has a beautiful smile.

Iris with Granny

Chloe loves preschool and is always singing us the fun songs she learns.  Of course, she had to take her teacher (Granny Goose) an apple on the first day of school!

Chloe headed to School

Eve keeps us all entertained with her big hugs and infectious smile.  She knows how to really touch Grandpa’s heart.

Gramps and Eve

Devlin is a big six years old now, and firmly entrenched in first grade.  He loves space and science and amazes us with his reading skill and ability to remember scripture stories.

Devlin's sixth birthday

Then, we have beautiful Holly!  She is a sophomore in Mesa High School.  She keeps busy with cross country, choir, piano and good friends.  She was on the Mesa High sophomore homecoming float this week and helped serve at the dance.  She is really growing up!

Holly headed to school

So, that’s what keeps us busy and happy!  We are blessed beyond measure.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


One of the fun things of visiting Utah is seeing Claudia with her sisters, JoAnn and Diane.  They really enjoy being together.  The love they share is wonderful.

So … in three different locations, here they are!




Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Shoulders of Giants

Referring to ancestors who have gone before us, my Dad likes to say "We stand on the shoulders of giants." This summer, we paid tribute to Aunt Gwen, a giant of a woman in a little body, who blessed and enriched our lives with her humor, compassion, straightforward talk and impeccable elegance. We were able to attend her graveside funeral service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery while we were on vacation in Salt Lake City. My picture of the casket seemed so impersonal, I didn't include it here.  We'll treasure our living memories of her and anxiously await our reunion on the other side.

After the funeral, we had lunch at Gwen's ward chapel.  It was great to mingle with relatives we hadn't seen for a long time.

We caught a photo of the two remaining "Giants" in the James and Sarah Dixon family - my father Ken (with my mother Dixie) and uncle Dick (with Aunt Norma).

Ken and Dixie, Dick and Norma

After the luncheon, we drove back through the cemetery and visited the spot where Great, Great Grandfather Archibald Gardner was buried, with some of his wives.  More "Giants" upon whose shoulders we stand!

Archibald Gardner monument

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Welcome Lexi!

We are pleased to announce that Alexis Paige Bartle, our ninth grandchild, arrived at 2:49 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2009. She weighed 7lbs 13oz and was 21 inches long. Her proud parents, Heidi and Garry Bartle, are delighted to add Lexi to their family of three sons. Mom and daughter are doing just fine, and Granny is thrilled to be spending the week with them in Colorado Springs.