Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stanley Wanlass Poster

Here is a picture painted by our friend Stanley Wanlass. I think this is really cool.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Here is one of my favorite paintings of Dennis'. He took an art class when we lived in Astoria from his friend Stanley Wanlass. They went out on a hillside and sat for the afternoon and painted. He did this painting of an old barn in Astoria, Oregon. I loved living in Astoria.

Here is a picture that I took of the Astoria bridge. I used to work at the Port of Astoria. I was the Executive Secretary for the Port of Astoria Director. I had a great job.

Sometimes I wish we still lived in Astoria. I loved it there. We had so much fun. Oh, how things would be different had we stayed there. We made the right decision to move. Life takes many twists and turns, even now.


Thanks to Sarah my web page has a beautiful new look. I love it, Sarah! Thank you so much!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I painted this picture a few years ago. I thought it looked like what I imagined Paris to be. Last year we went to Paris, and this IS what it looks like! I loved Paris.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Ivins recently had their Heritage Days celebration. There was a display at the Ivins City Fire Department where they took pictures of the kids with Smokey the Bear. My oldest "kid" got in the action and got his picture taken with Smokey. (He's a full-time Fireman with the Ivins Fire Department.) The City had a lot of activities going on during the week to celebrate. Dennis and I were in the Ivins Community Choir and we performed patriotic songs on the program.

Friday, October 10, 2008


40 years ago - wow. I can't believe it's been that long. Here are pictures of our first apartment we moved into when we were first married. The top picture is actually a side view from the yard. The bottom picture is what you see from he street. We lived on Lehi Drive in what was then known as Granger, Utah (now called West Valley City) to the west of Salt Lake City. It was a 2 bdrm. duplex. We lived in the one behind. When you look top photo, you can see the side yard. Each unit had a nice wood fence around their yard. In this picture there is no fence. This picture was taken about 3 or 4 years ago, so it's quite a bit older than when we moved in. I remember when we got married we had a 1964 Comet, red and white. I purchased the car before we were married. We went to the Granger 6th LDS Ward. We had some good friends there.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Our family took a trip to Disneyland when the kids were small. The year was approximately 1977. This is a picture of Sarah and her father. We had SO much fun. She was almost 2 years old in this picture. I remember we went in May, and her birthday is in July. I love you, Sarah. You're such a wonderful mother, wife, homemaker and person. I love you very much.

I remember on the way back from Disneyland we stopped somewhere and FORGOT OUR DOG! We drove about 150 miles for about 1 1/2 hours and realized we had left the dog! We turned around and went back thinking she would surely be lost forever, and there she was just wandering around the campground where we had stayed. She was glad to see us, and we were so happy to have her back with us.


Here are a couple of watercolor paintings I did a few years ago.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Here is a picture of my beautiful daughter Lori. She was the happiest and most joyful little girl you could ever imagine. She was always "Jumping with Joy". She has the most beautiful smile and is always thinking of others and what she can do for someone less fortunate. I think she must have been about 16 in this picture here. I remember this dress I made for her. She looked so beautiful in it. Lori, you are such a beautiful person. You really lighten the lives of those you come in contact with. I love you so much.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


We recently went on our annual trip to Solvang, California with friends. This year there were 14 of us that went. Dennis' brothers Gary, Kevin and Ron and their wives Linda, Nadine and Helen went, our good friends Lynn and Linda Erickson and her brother Richard and his wife Renee, and Wayne and Loyann (Oyunn's host parents and good friends). We had a lot of fun. We started out Thursday morning from our house at 7:00 am. Our first stop was at Mesquite for breakfast. Then we traveled for about 4 hours and stopped at Peggy Sue's Diner for lunch.
It is a really fun place to eat. It's a 50's diner and really good food. Everything on the menu has a really unique name like the Elvis burger, etc. There milkshakes are to die for. They even bring you the shake can with the rest that can't fit in the tall glass, just like we used to get them.

We stopped the first night in Cambria, CA. It is right on the ocean. We had a view of the ocean from our motel there near Cambria - we actually stayed at San Simeon, CA, just 6 miles from Cambria. We walked along the oceanside and picked up rocks. It was wonderful. We really enjoy the ocean. The next day we arrived in Solvang. They have so many activities going on during Danish Days there. It's so fun. We have been going for over 30 years! The first year we went we took the children and I made red vests for them all of us. They looked so cute. It was so fun having them with us and enjoying the festivities. This year we saw a play on Sunday night called "The Hot Mikado." We had a great time. It's fun to look forward to some special thing each year. This year I made a new costume for Dennis and I. I'll have to take a picture of us in our costume and post it. I failed to get our picture taken while we were there in our costumes. Here is a picture of all of us but Wayne and Loyann:

Top row right to left: Lynn Erickson, Gary & Linda Hancey, Kevin & Nadine Hancey, Ron & Helen Hancey; Front row: Linda Erickson, Phyllis (me) & Dennis Hancey, Renee and Richard Coburn.

While we were there we went to church on Sunday at the Solvang ward. It's fun to go year after year and see the people you remember from last year.

There were chainsaw woodcarvers that were really fun to watch. Some of us bought woodcarved items to bring home. My favorite were the chain saw bears they carved. They were so cool to watch how they could take a piece of wood and in a matter of an hour or so have a finished carving. Of course the Danish Dancers were there dancing in the streets. It reminds me of when Sarah and JW got married, and how they were on their honeymoon at the same time we went to Solvang. They actually met us there in Solvang and spent the night there. That was fun.

One year the Ericksons couldn't go, so we decided to take our granddaughters Kaya and Jandi with us. I think they were 13 at the time. We had so much fun with them. They were so cute. I have the most beautiful grandchildren. Here is a picture of Jandi who is a cheerleader for Enterprise High School. Isn't she beautiful?

I love all of my grandchildren soooo much. They are so fantastic! Madison sang in the children's choir last Saturday in General Conference. She was shown on TV about 6 different times! She looked so cute! I'm so proud of her.