Farnsworth Sisters
Category: Wholesome Recreational Activities!

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.

Aspen Grove Family Camp

Aspen Grove . . . Again


Because I was towards the end of the family I had a chance to travel with mom and dad a little.  I went to Victoria, Canada, the South, back East,  I even went to Europe with them — and Beth.   Great trips, as both Mom and Dad are very organized and are good at packing things into every minute.  I loved those trips and am thankful for them.  However, when I think of traveling with the family I think of Aspen Grove.  I probably went there about 8 times growing up.  Maybe more.  I looked forward to it as a child — every day was an adventure.  I remember loving the cool weather, squirrels, meeting up with Charlotte Wood and LeeAnne Shepherd, water fights, hiking to Stewart Falls, the relay races, talent shows, meeting general authorities, playing shuffleboard, sunburn icecream cones, family dinners, A-frame cabins, shared bathrooms, late night games, and the swimming pool competitions.  I loved everything about that place.  I think it gave me a great amount of freedom and adventure while still feeling safe with parents and having tons of family activities.
It wasn’t exactly spa treatment for mom and dad.  I picture the ride up and back to Utah like the Normal Rockwell of the travelling family– add in twice the people and throw-up bags, take away the cigar and bubble gum. The trip took tons of preparation and packing. The rustic cabins had to have had terrible mattresses. And did I mention shared bathrooms? Imagine the laundry upon returning.  But I am thankful they found a retreat that included all the kids, was full of wholesome recreational activities, (before that was a guideline) and brought us into contact with other families that had similar values.  Fun, fun times!

Church History and American History in One Big Family Trip!

When I was 9 years old, the younger half of the family- Bonnie, Ruth, Carol, Sherri, Tom and I were lucky enough to get to go on a 11 day trip to see LDS Church history sights and American history sights.  We started in Washington D.C. and stopped in Philadelphia, New York, Canada, Ohio, Indiana,and ended in Chicago Illinios to walk through the new Chicago Temple.

We spent a lot of time on a bus listening to Ivan J. Barrett, the tour’s guest lecturer, tell us lots of dates, facts, and stories.  We were up early every morning with our suitcases packed, following a lady with a red umbrella that we named Nina’s Grand – the tour guide.

I loved the whole trip, but here are some moments I remember-

1.  Having a blast with my older siblings

2.  Singing at the Sacred Grove

3.  Niagra Falls

4. World Trade Center

5. Tom

I am thankful for parents that took time to plan and go on trips that inspired, broadened, educated, and bound our family together!

PS – Thanks to Ruth for the terrific scrapbook of the trip that somehow I ended up with!