Farnsworth Sisters
Category: Our Favorite Things

Some Recent Memories with Farnsworth Cousins

Christmas this year was Laser Tag.  The cousins made it a blast.  Oddly enough, I think I beat all of them at laser tag.  Because Annie was in Peru, we finished our Christmas gift by going canoing.  I love canoing in this weather.  I am glad I’m not a scout, though, because I did fall in the water while laughing.  Cousins Rock! 

Our Laser Tag Christmas 2011

Thanks for making this fun -- cool cousins.

Happy Birthday RuthAnn!


This picture is of Ruth when she came to visit Marie in the hospital.  (Isn’t Marie cute?- sorry Ruth- you’re cute too.)

I wanted to say a few things about Ruth on her birthday–she is a summer birthday we don’t get to celebrate enough.  I think she would agree…

RuthAnn was named after two of the Greats, our grandmothers, Ruth Cox and Annie Farnsworth.  They were both very different from each other, but did remarkable things with the talents and gifts they were given.  Ruth is following in their footsteps.  One of Ruth’s great strengths is that whatever she chooses to do, she does it thoroughly and the very best she can.  Here are a few examples:

1.  Making and eating french toast.  I can still remember watching her cut her french toast with a fork in straight lines each direction to make tidy bite size squares.  It always looked like it tasted better.

2.  Shopping.  When I was younger I went with her while she had a child in a stroller.  We stopped and got cookies at the Original Cookie Company, little ones, of course.  And then we went in a systematic pattern throughout the mall to the places that she knew were the best.  All the while eating our cookies and sipping our drinks.

3.  Scrapbooking.  She  scrapbooked before it was the thing to do.  She would scour magazines looking for the perfect phrase, then cut it out and put it in scrapbooks beside pictures.  In fact you could say she invented scrapbooking- but that would make her sound old so I won’t.  She doesn’t scrapbook anymore, but her books are still something to see.

4. AZ Brainfood – Awhile ago, Ruth saw an organization in another state that gave food to children who would come to school hungry after being at home for the weekend without enough to eat.  She started an organization here in AZ called, AZ Brainfood, and it is now very successful in getting food to many children who are really in need.  She has gotten big sponsors, met with school districts, organized volunteers, and worked every Friday during the school year to get food to children in need.  Her tender heart and her ability to organize and do things very well has helped thousands of children.

These are small examples of the things that Ruth does great!

Happy Birthday Ruth! I am blessed to have you for a sister.

Carpool and Cousins

It brings out the worst in cousins.  It brings out the best in cousins.


As I dropped off my last morning carpool and thought about the past school year, I had to shed a tear of  joy and a tear of sadness for another year of carpool finished.

The race for the front seat and all the trash talk that comes along with it.
Three sets of double buckles.
“I forgot my backpack.” and the groans that followed.
BYU vs. ASU- we may have permanently damaged Brittany.
Singing Fish and Chips and Vinegar over and over.
Stories of cousins sticking up for each other on the playground and then hearing them pounding each other in the back seat.
The never ending game of calling cars and fighting over every car that is called. (Britt was damaged during this too.)
Talking about politics as we pass all the political signs on corners.
Getting all the scoop on every teacher and kid in the school.
Singing the latest primary song.
Strong opinions and strong love.
Trying to finish homework.
The report of the previous night’s sporting events and sharing the pain of defeat and the thrill of victory.
Grace and Nate yelling to the carpool as we drive away that they were going fishing for school that day.  And Tessa yelling back that fishing wasn’t real school.
Hannah throwing up at least once a week from car sickness.
Holding up the long line of cars as the kids jump out of every nook and cranny of the car.
Singing and  dancing to Dynamite.
Watching Tessa, Kendyl, and Cameron hold hands as they walk into school.


Goodbye Spencer


This year carpool loses Spencer Gurr to Greenfield Junior High.  He will now get to bike in the fresh air to school.

I love Spencer.  He is positive, energetic, and always ready and organizing fun.  He looks out for everyone in our carpool and compliments others on their successes.  He gives his all to everything he gets involved in- including singing and discussions in the car.  He is so self-motivated.  On top of all that he has a huge heart – he looks out for people who might be struggling and he does something about it!

We will miss Spencer in carpool next year!


A Story about Cousins

Abe came home from school a few weeks ago and said that he and Daniel Wood had been given a challenge in PE that day.  They had their hands and feet tied together and then they had to try to cross the rock wall.  He proudly reported that they were the only ones in the class that made it all the way across.  I said,

“You can do anything with cousins.”

We all agreed.









A New Song from Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson

We love watching these guys.  They make all the years of painful, terrible-horrible-no good-very bad, costly practicing seem worth it!  Even though we may not play quite as well as Jon and Steven, if we could just have fun playing music… where is the joy?!  Maybe it has something to do with all of my pleasant helpful reminders about practicing and during practicing- hmmm.



Watch This

My girls and I have been watching this all morning.  Everyone thinks Tessa looks just like the girl in the middle.