August 30, 2014

Joey - Seventeen

Joey celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this week and we celebrated with a trip to the City Creek mall with Maddy, Grandpa Mike and Steve for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and a present of a custom shirt at Brook's Brothers. Earlier in the morning his friends Gordon and Ammon kidnapped him and took him to breakfast at about 5am. It really is amazing to me how quickly Joey has grown up. He still has the same smile and fun personality but he's matured into a fine young man.

Joey - Senior Year

We can't believe how quickly time has gone with Joey now starting his senior year. He has grown up to be a wonderful young man, very respectful and gentlemanly and he has a style all his own with nice shoes and a blazer almost every day at school. He is kind to all and looks for ways to serve others. He's also very outgoing and can strike up a conversation with anyone. We're looking forward to seeing how his final year of school goes before his plans to head off on a mission next year at this time.

University of Utah

Maddy has chosen to attend college at the University of Utah. She was accepted into their School of Music as a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. That means that the majority of her classes are music related which she's very excited about. She also received both academic and music scholarships to attend. We moved her into her single room dorm last week and she just finished her first week of classes. It was a bit overwhelming for her but we're so proud of her determination and resolve. And she made it into their prestigious Chamber Choir and was one of just a few freshmen to do so!

August 27, 2014


Earlier this year our wonderful Mom and Grandma, Kaye passed away of breast cancer. Though she had been very sick for some time, nobody knew that she had been suffering from cancer. By the time we found out, she was gone in less than 24 hours. Below are some wonderful pictures of her as well as the obituary that Jeni wrote. We miss her terribly. She lived an incredible life of service and faithfulness. She was also so kind and caring to all that she met and she never liked to talk badly about anyone. She always treated me like her own son and Maddy and Joey like her own as well. She leaves a legacy of love for the Lord, love for others, love for music and love for her husband Mike. In the last few years of her life she personally wrote comments in a copy of the Book of Mormon for each of her kids, personalized for them. We think now that she must have known she was going to pass away but she only hinted at that a few times. We can't wait to see her again.

Here's the obituary...

Kaye Ficklin Halliday, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 29th.

Kaye was born on July 22, 1951 in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is the oldest of five children of Freddie Ficklin Jr. and Phoebe LaRae Isaac. Kaye attended Granger High School and then Brigham Young University where she was on the International Folk-Dancers team. While at BYU, she met Michael Vere Halliday and they were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 25, 1971.

Kaye loved spending time with Michael and they were an example of Christlike marriage throughout their over 40 years together. Almost every Friday night they went on a date as if they were still newlyweds and they held hands everywhere they went. Kaye also loved to spend as much time as she could with her six children and 11 grandchildren. She loved reading with them, teaching them, playing games and attending their activities and performances.

Kaye loved music. She loved to dance and she loved to play the piano. She even taught piano lessons for many years in her home. It’s no wonder that so many of her children and grandchildren sing, dance and play various instruments.

Kaye’s testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was her most valued possession. A true scriptorian, Kaye spent hours searching and studying the scriptures and the writings of Prophets and Apostles. Her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable and she shared all she learned with her children and grandchildren. Kaye served faithfully in many Church callings throughout her life. To Kaye, it wasn’t where you served but how and she was an example to all in that way. Kaye never broadcasted or boasted about the service she was giving. She just quietly went about doing good, ward after ward, home after home, person after person, one by one. Kaye attended the Temple faithfully and always brought the peace and comfort of the Temple into her own home.

Kaye spent countless hours working on her family history and loved sharing stories of her ancestors. She loved having family over to show charts and pictures and talk about their lives. She was also active in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers program with her mom for many years. She was always so proud of her heritage and enjoyed sharing her patriotism for this Country and land which she adored.

Kaye will always be remembered for her contagious laugh, her ability to forgive, her unconditional love for everyone she knew, her missionary spirit, her sacrifice of time and talents for good, and for her love of the Lord. All who knew Kaye will greatly miss her.

Kaye is survived by her husband Michael, her mom, Phoebe LaRae Isaac, her brothers Robert and Terry Ficklin (LeAnn), her sister Karla Wallentine (Scott), her six children, Jenifer Shearer (Rohan), Rebecca Halliday, Bob Halliday (Carin), Trent Halliday (Whitnie), Scott Halliday and Steven Halliday, and her 11 grandchildren, Maddy, Joey, Elise, Gage, Mason, Brynn, Lea, Halli, Pagelynn, Emma and Makenlie.

We can only imagine the wonderful reunion as she was welcomed home by her many loved ones including her dad Freddie and her brother Randy.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations are being accepted. Please visit for more information.

August 19, 2014

Disneyworld 2014

We were very grateful this year to have gone to Disneyworld in Florida. We spent a few weeks enjoying a wonderful time at the different parks there including the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios. We stayed this time at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jamba House in a room with a queen bed and bunk beds for the kids. It was amazing as there was a savanna right outside our window with all sorts of animals including zebras and giraffes. The hotel itself was amazing with the most wonderful smell throughout the halls. By far our favorite hotel out of all we've stayed at. The Harry Potter world was amazing too but it was so hot there. We were privileged to take part in some wonderful meals too with some characters and then an amazing meal at the French Restaurant upstairs in Epcot. This might have been our best trip yet and I'm glad it was as this was Maddy and Joey's Senior trip.