Monday, December 24, 2007

Luminarios Light Up Boise - Thanks to the ABQ Gees

This year our outdoor decorations are causing motorists to slow down for a second look - honest. And we are sure it is the beautiful luminarios that are responsible. Thank you so much ABQ Gees!

2007 Christmas Letter Hot Off the Press


DATELINE: Albuquerque, New Mexico—New Years, 2007
--Scheduled visit to Emergency Medicine Doctor in Albuquerque. The airport was closed due to a record snow storm and because there are no snow plows, snow shovels, or moon boots in Albuquerque, the trip itself only took 37 hours! It included a nice tour of the airports in Boise, Las Vegas, back to Boise (our favorite, obviously) by way of Salt Lake City, on to Oakland, Ca (overnight), Las Vegas (again) and, finally, Albuquerque. Lesson learned: If there is any snow at all in the Albuquerque forecast, your best bet for a speedy trip from Boise to Albuquerque is around Cape Horn in a canoe.
Had a great visit with Doctor Dan (Second year of a 3 year residency in E.R.), Honey (Teaching piano, volunteering at school, and working with Dan to raise 3 terrific kids), (both busy with Church assignments) Brookie (Celebrated 6th Birthday, entered 1st grade, loves to read, play piano, sing, ski and state with enthusiasm “Grandma, would you pa-leeese let us have a turn dressing OUR Barbie dolls?!?), Emma (5 years old, started kindergarten, learning to read, plays piano very well, loves to sing, dance and act. “Grandpa, you be the wicked, tyrannical and ugly demon king trying to conquer the world; I’ll be the lovely fairy princess.”) and Will (Terrific two, charming “chick magnet” grin including dimples, loves riding his tricycle and mischief of any sort, including changing all your batteries, whether they need it or not).

DATELINE: Boise, Idaho—Tax Season, 2007
--After suffering through “Form 1040 acute neurosis”, Libby had several scheduled and unscheduled visits to E.R. Doctors at the hospitals of St. Matthew, Mark, Luke and Al. Finally, she had her gall bladder removed and successfully completed her 15th income tax season as a CPA, earning her the Presidential Award of Stamina. Libby loves her church calling as the Education Councilor in Stake Relief Society, visiting family, the “Home Decorating with Easy Second Mortgage Home Equity Sub Prime Financing Network,” reading (with a different pair of reading glasses strategically placed at all 47 home reading locations) and suffering through, putting up with enjoying 35 wonderful years of marriage to me.
After over 7 years on the Stake High Council (this time), I was released and called as Park Center Ward High Priest Group Leader. We are mostly the “older” guys (i.e. who invented charcoal briquettes shortly after discovering fire). Lesson learned: “Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill”. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Church and to be reappointed by Governor Otter to his cabinet as Director of the Idaho Department of Finance and the Idaho Commissioner of Private Cemeteries. (As the kids were fond of telling their young friends: “My dad is weirder than your dad—He thinks he can regulate dead people.”)

DATELINE: Winston-Salem, North Carolina May, 2007
--Scheduled visit to Ophthalmologist Doctor (eyes, eyebrows and eyelashes) in Winston Salem. Spent time with Doctor Chris (Second year of a 4 year residency), Rachel (pregnant with fourth son and “loving it”, volunteering at school, working with Chris to raise 3.9 wonderful boys), (both busy with Church callings) Christopher (6 years old, (“Grandma, it is WAY different than 5.”), boundless energy, started kindergarten and is learning to read, loves to draw, write, swim, bike, jump on their trampoline, and mistakenly claims ownership of MY “ba”, (A blanket—“Christopher, it is MY BA!”), Ethan (4 years old, mischievous smile, loves to swim, bike, jump on the trampoline, talk non-stop (when you are alone with him), listen to his “Ipod” (an MP3 with or without the earphones) and has my favorite choice of names for the new baby: “Tree Head”. Matthew (1 3/4 years old, happy, loves to carry around a dead cell phone and pretend it works (he learned that from me) and stars as Jose in the hit YouTube movie—“El Picaro” (Which in Spanish means “Hi—my name is Matthew and I love to climb into cupboards.”) Matthew plays the strong, silent, character while his brothers Al Phonso (Christopher) and Carlos (Ethan) are the action heroes who save the planet, and Matthew, from a fate worse than death—trapped in an already made bed, no one noticing that you are still there AND unable to reach any chocolate.

DATELINE: Lawrence, Kansas--Summer, 2007
--Carson and Deena relocate from Kansas City, Missouri to Lawrence, Kansas in preparation for her return to college to resume her study of music and/or engineering. (Unlike most of the Gees, Deena is both musically talented AND very smart!) She has been waitressing, writing music, and working out with Carson in the WII boxing ring and doing other WII exercises designed especially for computer couch potatoes. (In Idaho, “couch potato” is a term of endearment because we, as THE Potato Capitol of the Universe, tend to promote potatoes, as long as they are “Couch Idaho Potatoes”. Carson continues as a computer security guru for the federal government, receiving a big promotion this year and doing some traveling around the country in search of computer terrorists (and quite possibly, a better pizza than Pizza Pipeline). Lesson learned: If you are ever in Kansas City, have Carson and Deena give you directions to visit “B. B. King’s Bistro (and Bail Bonds) for great food, live jazz, a fun atmosphere and a very good chance that you’ll see some of your former (or current) jail buddies.
Deena has had a bad bout with blood clots, which involved too many visits to doctors and unfortunately prevented them from traveling and joining us for our family gathering in Salt Lake City for Thanksgiving. We are hoping to connect this summer.

DATELINE: Bear Lake, Idaho/Utah—July, 2007
--The Barbara and John MacPhee Family Reunion gathers at Bear Lake for their tri-annual reunion. “Grandma” Barbara, with her 5 daughters, their husbands, their 25 children and approximately 489 great and great great grandchildren, enjoy swimming, jet skiing, cave exploring, sun burning and biking on a bike built for 7, that looks very much like a “surrey with the fringe on the top,” and raspberry shakes. Lesson learned: When visiting Bear Lake, do NOT fall into the “world famous raspberry milk shakes” trap and order a plain Jane raspberry milk shake just anywhere. Go to “Le Beau’s Drive-In” (and Milk Shake Rehabilitation Center) and order “an extra-large, triple chocolate mint with a hint of raspberry milk shake!” (Trust me, I’m a lawyer!)
--The reunion was capped off with a talent show where Dan and Honey’s family performed the very sophisticated “I Love Onions” and The “Viper” (Former Scout Camp skit and a BIG hit with 5-9 year olds!) Grandma MacPhee stole the show and our hearts when, in native costume, she performed the internationally acclaimed “Highland Fling” (Sometimes referred to as the Root Beer Barrel Polka) and also taught it to the youth. What a GRAND GATHERING!

DATELINE: Seattle, Washington—Summer, 2007
--Sunni and Alan, after seeing TOO much of their neurotic cat, “right-size” by selling their one-bedroom, one-chair condo and moving into a larger primo condo with more space and a roof-top patio. (Roof-top gardens are quite common in Seattle because you NEVER need to water them). Sunni has way too many “doctor visits” every day as a managing nurse at Virginia Mason Hospital (and Spa). Alan is in school at the University of Washington majoring in Spanish (Hey Alan—once your Spanish is perfected, maybe you too could star in blockbuster movies, like “El Picaro”!).
--Sunni and Alan had an adventure this summer, spending 3 weeks in Guatemala, enhancing their knowledge of Spanish language and culture (Sunni learned how to make REAL tortillas over an open fire, Alan learned how to impersonate the father of the bride at a traditional Mayan wedding and both of them significantly improved their samba dancing skills.) They are considering moving to Spain for Alan to do a Masters program in Spanish, take more samba lessons and have a long overdue vacation from their psychotic cat.

DATELINE: Salt Lake City, Utah—Thanksgiving, 2007
--Scheduled visit with all Gee family medical personnel in Utah. We gathered for Thanksgiving/Christmas and celebrated by feasting, hot-tubbing, opening Christmas presents early, visiting the lights and manger scenes at Temple Square, attending a play at the Hale Theater, playing games like “Jungle Speed” (which is a leading cause of serious injury and divorce) and having all the grandchildren “Hop on Pop and Grandpop”. The lack of snow kept us from skiing so we were FORCED to watch BYU BEAT UTAH; pretty much deciding once and for all, which is the BEST SCHOOL! Lesson Learned—One of the great powers of a grandparent is that when the grandkids insist, for the 12th time, “Hey Grandpa, let’s play more ping pong, foosball, tag, run around the hot tub, gather all the pillows and cushions in the house, pile them on you and jump on the pile as hard as we can,” etc., you can always say, “I think I hear your mother calling you—and I have strict instructions from my doctor (Ophthalmologist) to go take a nap.”

We express our appreciation for our many blessings and our love to all family and friends who make our lives rich and fulfilling. We pay tribute to the Great Healer whose visit to earth blesses all our lives and are thankful to have this special time of year to celebrate His glorious birth and the lessons to be learned from His perfect life.



Saturday, December 22, 2007

We've got Wii

Just wanted to let everyone know that our hunt for a Wii has ended happily. Rachel figured out when all of the area stores received shipments, so we actually got 3. We have now participated in the grey marke tEbay extravaganza associated with the Wii, and made enough selling 2 to pay for the third.

Monday, December 17, 2007


pirate night at the gee home.

Thanks for the great camera Chris and Rachel!!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The "Groucho Marx" Family Gathers In Salt Lake

The females - holding their own!

The "younger" generation - still going strong!

The "older" generation - tuckered out by too much celebrating!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Coming to See you Soon!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in a few days. Sorry that Carson and Deena won't be there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Going Green In Boise

The Gavin Gees no longer live in the "White House"!! We painted our house this months - twice. The first time, the beautiful sage green turned out to be a bright avocado green. We figured it out before the painter was done and now we have the color we wanted - sage green with creamy trim and a red door. (The top is the finished product - the bottom pictures is the "gaucamole house.:)

Tell us what you think. . .

Sunday, November 11, 2007


The only exciting thing that happened this week was that we got to go see the play "Annie" at the theatre with Brookie and Emma. Their school went on a field trip on Friday to see it and Dan had the day off and we were able to go with them. It was sooooo cute. And fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Our son, the disciple of discipline

We went to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway today. It is one of fall favorites. Enjoy the pics.

A Gratuitous Lighthouse...hehe..

Hi all--Just checking the blog and thought I should add something. The lighthouse is from San Juan Island (especially for you dad--they have 3 just on that 1 island) The picture of me is on the ferry leaving the San Juan's after our last trip of the summer there a few weeks ago. The VW is one of the soapbox cars from the derby they had racing down our hill in fremont. We are both doing really well and settling in to fall. We had great visits from Dan, Carson and Deena (spelling?) and now just need to get Chris and Rachel out here sometime before we leave Seattle. We are thinking that might be sooner than later if Alan gets accepted to his first choice Master's programs---They are both in Madrid Spain! Alan is grinding through his last year at UW right now, so we might be in for some changes in June, we'll see. Hope everyone is doing well, looking forward to seeing you all in a month! Love, Sunni

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Piano Recital

Brookie and Emma had their second Piano Recital today. It was very successfull. They both played their pieces perfectly. It was a costume recital, they dressed up as Reniassance princesses. And I think Will ate all the Green Chili dip at the refreshment table. He kept saying "hot, hot" as he is putting more in his mouth. It was hilarious. Dan also got there in time for Brookie and Emma's pieces, so it was great.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

a very Eventful week

This week, Emma got into NACC (the charter school where Brookie goes). It gets even better: She is in Brookie's class. The school only has 120 students total (K-6) and K-1 classes are combined. So they are so excited. I'm not sure what to think but we are going to give it a shot. I think I'm excited too. Emma starts Kindergarten on Monday.

Also have to mention that Emma also has a loose tooth (hers is on top).

Last but not least, Kiwi is missing. Last night when Dan got home around midnight, the cat snuck out the garage door and Dan could not find him in the dark. We have not seen him yet today. Going on 14 hours. The kids are sad. We've already searched the whole neighborhood over.

Here is the story Brookie wrote about how she planned to get that loose tooth OUT!!!
Dan and I always get a good laugh out of her phonetic writing. Here goes (good luck deciphering):
Get a cher pot it ondr the fan and pot all the pilos in the haws on top the cher Brookie stans on the cher pot a pes of twolit pepr on the fan pot the pes of twolit pepr on Brookies los toth then pol the cher a wey let her grop and let her tos toth! fol awt!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thanksgiving Here We Come!

We finally have reservations - a 7 bedroom home complete with hot tub, fireplace, Fooseball and (drum roll!!!!) a PING PONG TABLE!!! Your dad says to prepare to be shown the ropes by "The Former World Champion"!!!
We are really excited and counting the days.
Here is a link to the house.

Love you,
Mom and Dad

Monday, October 15, 2007

Weekend in DC

We just got back from a weekend trip to DC. Aaron Taye, one of my best friends got married. It was fun to see people from Boise. I saw Adam Taye and promised that I would tell Sunni hi for him (I will send you his email). There was a playground near the reception and Matthew kept riding this slide, even though he would come crashing down on his bottom every time. He giggled every time. The leaves are just beginning to change there. I love DC, it is one of my favorite cities. CG

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Looth Tooth

Brookie is soooo excited. She Finally has a loose tooth. She has been waiting for this for over a year. Last year all through kindergarten everyone else seemed to be loosing teeth except for her. Now she has two, her bottom front teeth. And she could not be more excited. They are not too loose, just a little so when Thanksgiving comes around we should have some fun teeth (or not) to show off.
Hope you are all doing well. honey gee

Autumn is a second fall when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus

Happy Holidays

Its that fun time of year again. I bet you all can't wait to see who you give to. We just can't wait to see you all soon. Just so you know we are doing the Christmas exchange while we are all in town together. I don't know which day Mom was thinking so come prepared.

Sunni- Carson
Alan- Honey

Enjoy shopping for that person!
As for kids lets do dollars store exchanges Honey does that sound good? My kids love that store then they could have fun picking out the toy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Sunni, that looks so fun. I want to go to Guatemala. I want to see more pictures. love, Honey

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Funny Book entry of the Week

Brookie has really been reading well lately and asked for her own Book of Mormon. So I gave her a copy that the missionaries had given us. She has read a chapter or two and this morning Emma asked her what it was about and what it said in there. Brookie replied, "Basically, it's about Nephi and Lehi seeing gallons of angels."
I guess graduating from kindergarten does not mean that we have our units of measure figured out. Give us another year or two. But it was so funny.

Joke of the week

A man walks into the library and approaches the librarian and asks for help finding a book. She asks him for the name of the book and he replies, Man, the Master of Women. She looks at him and says sarcastically, "I'm sure it's in fiction." -Monson

Terrible Trio, looks like trouble

Christopher is enjoying the spoils of another birthday. He has really enjoyed the art kit from mom and dad. He also really like the ties. We tried to snap a picture before church today. I took 60 pictures, Ethan only looked at the camera one time.
Christopher's birthday was great. He wanted a water balloon party. It was a very easy thing to accommodate.
We will be posting some video soon.
Love to all,

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Hey all-Fall is here in Seattle, although we're not totally sure we ever had a summer. We not only survived but loved our trip to Guatemala! We learned mucho and got so used to Spanish it was weird to hear people speaking so much English when we got back. The photo is Alan dressed as a Maya father-of-the-bride in a traditional wedding ceremony and me trying to make handmade tortillas over a fire. Carson and Deena just left our place-they rolled into town Tuesday and brought beautiful sunshine with them. Hope you're all doing well-Sunni

Monday, September 24, 2007

Memories of McCall - Past and Future???? What is your vote?

We had a wonderful weekend at McCall - courtesy of Timbercrest Homes - the fractional interest vacation home we are seriously thinking about. Take a look at their website and see if you think we could be "comfortable" in their rough and rustic homes. Not!!

We love McCall and love to spend time there. We had a taste of late fall - heavy rain and wind on Saturday and Sunday. But with a fire you light with a remote control and a private hot tub, we stayed warm, cozy and happy:)

Vote and tell us what you think.

For or Against.

(Want to see more pictures? Go to - )

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Worn out by breakfast

Things have been busy around here in North Carolina for the past few weeks. With the change in residency, Christopher starting kindergarden, Ethan starting preschool, Rachel pregnant, Matthew teething, we are just plain tired.

Just to give you an idea of how tired we are, Ethan fell asleep during breakfast. It is his favorite and sometimes, only meal.

We are super exicted for Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I forgot to mention the other thing that I am addicted to. Is there any way we could have chocolate day once a month rather than once a year?:)

Green chillis are getting cooler, literally

Well it finally happened. Brookie and Emma decided simultaneously to learn how to ride their bikes without training wheels. It was great and they are so proud of themselves. Ever since, they can't get enough of the scenery around our neighborhood:)
Also, if you ever drop in for lunch, dinner or even breakfast for that matter, I do believe that you had better like Green Chilli. Not just like but love. Dan is officially addicted and trying his very best to get me there also. I'm trying to think of what we have not yet tried with green chilli and I do think the only thing that comes to mind is cereal. Although mention it and you know what we're having for breakfast tomorrow. Really you guys, you have got to try these dishes with green chillis: spaghetti, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, bagel sandwiches, omelets, hamburgers, steak, porkchops, lasagna, dutch oven cheese bread, any kind of soup(just add a cup of diced g.c.), fish, obviously tamales, enchiladas and sopapillas. I could go on and on but I will spare you guys. We offically eat it at every meal. When we first moved here I said,"You've got to be kidding me, Green chilli on your pizza and in every pasta dish?" Now I ask, "Where's the Green Chilli?" Because every meal tastes very bland indeed without it. Yesterday I was sick and Dan made me grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. I never did find any cheese in the sandwich but there was plenty of g.c. They sell 30 pound bags at Smiths for $5 (they roast them for free right there for you to watch). I can take orders if any one is interested. I know if we move, we are going to have withdrawals and will be for sure having friends mail us green chilli via FedEx (we know they will be on time).

Also New Mexico gets monsoons. In July and August every afternoon around 2 the clouds roll in, dump water on us like buckets and is over by four. It is actually quite an amazing thing. It really cools things down. I love it. But I do not know what the annual rain fall is.
Honey Gee

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Colonel's Kids

Q. How many PDA's has Chris had? A. 8 (in 5 years)
Q. How many girl's does Rachel have? A. Keep dreaming
Q. How many times does mom ask for a weekly email from the family? A. Cannot compute
Q. Will the current blog satisfy the need for family communication? A. To be determined
Q. How many computers does Carson own? A. 82
Q. What is Carson's record for consecutive hours of video game play? A. 82 hours
Q. How many square feet in Sunni and Alan's apartment? A. 82
Q. What is the average rainfall in Alberqueque, NM? A. 0.0 inches

Hope you all enjoy the new family blog. Post often.