Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Zelda Fans - Essential Information

I know there are some Zelda Fans in the family. As I was reading through a newly acquired book, Hyrule Historia, I was made aware of the fact that there is a very specific timeline to these games. They are not all the same Link, or Zelda, but they have a chronological order and history that run very closely together. The picture below is a quick illustration, but much more, interesting information, can be found here:


Fascinating eh? 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Plans for this weekend

Happy Monday Bean Family!

I thought I'd write a quick blog post with some important information for this week. We are so excited for Jeff and Cailey and excited that so much of the family gets to be together!

First, and most significant, is the sealing! The sealing will take place at 11:20 am Mountain Daylight Time. Anyone attending the sealing needs to be there at least 30 minutes early. 

After the sealing, Jeff and Cailey had the great idea of all going out to lunch together. We will be doing lunch at 1:00 pm at the Black Bear Diner in St. George. We have reserved a group room for all of us, so it should be a good time! With large groups, however, they will only give us one check. As such, we all need to bring cash to reimburse Mom and Dad, who will initially cover the check and then take our lunch payments individually.  Please click on the Black Bear Diner Logo to access a copy of their menu. Please take a look, decide in advance what you and your family would like, and bring enough cash to cover the cost of the meal, tax, and 20% gratuity that they automatically add on. I apologize if this is a hassle, but it's the option that involves the least hassle, so I appreciate all you guys' help!

For those of you who are able to go down to Vegas on Friday night, we will be doing a fun dinner/pool party at Greg's house. Greg has graciously offered up his pool and grill, but we are in charge of bringing our own grilling meat, buns, salads, etc. I haven't asked, but think Greg will be willing to offer water to us as well.

As far as I know, there are no other formal plans. Liz and I have to leave early Saturday afternoon, but everyone else is free to plan whatever they'd like while they are there. We look forward to seeing everyone and most especially to celebrating Jeff and Cailey.

Love you all!

Mike and Liz

Sunday, July 12, 2015

St. George Plans

Hey Bean Family! Since most are working on plans for St. George, Liz and I thought it might be helpful for us to post what we have planned (as far as lodging and timing) so if anyone wants to stay where we stay or hang out, it can be done!

Here is our plan:

Thursday: Arrive in the evening some time. Get dinner, hang out with anyone who is there that night. We are staying in the Hilton Garden Hotel. We got a room for $80/night, so worth checking out if anyone wants to stay there with us!

Friday: Breakfast. Jeff and Cailey's sealing! (WOO HOO!) Drive to Vegas after the ceremony. Hang out at Greg's house (pool/grill party) for most of the night. Retire. Liz and I are staying at the Homewood Suites in Henderson that Friday night. It's about 9 minutes from Greg's house and rooms are $88 through Mom and Dad's travel site thingamajigger.

Saturday: Breakfast. Hang out with the family. Either at Greg's house or if we plan some sort of outing or activity that morning. We have to head out that afternoon to start heading home, as it's eleven hours and don't want to pull that in one day on the way home.

Those are our plans. If anyone wants to coordinate, please let me know. We are so excited for Jeff and Cailey and to see an family who can make it.

Love you all!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Family History Project

Interested in finding names for the temple?  This could be your chance!!!!

New Family History Project

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Family Reunion Picture Swap!!

We had a really great time at the family reunion- thanks to everyone for making it a great time! We wanted to give everybody an opportunity to share pictures, so we created a family dropbox account where we can all load and view pictures.

Steps to sharing pictures:

1. Go to www.dropbox.com (click here)
2. Enter in email and password (this is a family account so we created a login and password just for this. The login email is bean.family.love@gmail.com and the password is bean.family)
3. Click on the folder "Family Reunion 2015"
4. Once inside the folder, there are 5 icons to the right of the folder title. The furthest left of these is "upload...". From here you can choose the pictures that you would like to upload.

Once pictures are shared, we will be able to view them and download if desired.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A History of Great Men

A history of great men.

William Bean - Great Grandpa

 William Bean - Grandpa

Harold Bean - Dad

Lee Bean

Happy Father's Day Dad! Your greatness as a father shines through as your greatness as a grandfather!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANI, JAMES, JULIANA! And Lexie's is coming right up. we LOVE YOU!


What a great time we all had at our Family reunion.  Especially a big thanks to Brian and Juliana for taking the bull by the horns and bringing us all together. But everyone helped so much and made it a TIME TO REMEMBER for years to come. We have the most magnificent family.
Everyone post your pictures, we'd love to see them.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Family Reunion Schedule

All, we are excited for the reunion in less than a week! Here is a prospective schedule with some more details. Let us know if you have questions! 

Friday June 12th
·         12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Lava Hot Springs Swimming Complex

The Swimming Complex opens at 12:00 p.m. and has the following features:
o   Two tube slides, two speed slides, and two kids’ slides
o   Portneuf Kiddie Cove, a 92 degree beach entry pool with slides, sprays, and splash toys
o   AquaClimb wall
o   Four diving boards (1m & 3m)
o   25-yard swimming pool, 3.5’ to 12’ deep, 1-m diving board, and lap lane
o   10 person natural hot pool
o   50-meter Olympic sized pool, 2’ to 17' deep
o   10 meter diving tower with 3 platforms

Rates (day pass, slides included)
o   Age 2 & under-Swim diaper included   $2.00
o   Age 3-11 years                                       $9.00
o   Age 12 and older                                   $10.00

For additional information, visit the Lava Hot Springs website.

Click here for driving directions to the Inn at Owl Hollow from Lava Hot Springs.

·         5:30 p.m. – Dinner at the Inn (Brian and Juliana)

·         6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Free time

·         7:30 p.m. – Dessert and Campfire (Mom and Dad)

·         8:30 p.m. – Games  after kiddos go to bed

Saturday June 13th
·         8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (Mattsons)

·         9:30 a.m. – Grandpa’s Bingo

·         10:30 a.m. – Free Time
o   Basketball
o   Volleyball
o   Pool

·         12:30 p.m. – Lunch (Mike and Liz)
o   Place guesses for candy jar game

·         1:30 p.m. – Candy Jar Game

·         2:30 p.m. – Free time
o   Home Run Derby
o   Water Balloon Fight
o   Capture the Flag

·         5:30 p.m. – Dinner (Jeff and Cailey)

·         6:30 p.m. – Free time

·         7:15 p.m. – Family Pictures
No color coordination or other excessive preparation are needed. We simply want to document the reunion. Jeff will take the pictures. He will be available for additional individual family photos if desired.

·         7:30 p.m. – Dessert and Campfire (Mom and Dad)

·         8:30 p.m. – Games  after kiddos go to bed

Sunday June 14th

·         8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (Piippos)  

·         9:30 a.m. – Cleanup

·         10:00 a.m. – Church in Lava Hot Springs (see map)

·         11:00 a.m. – Checkout from the Inn (if not attending church)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sarah's Story......It's been a Year

Dear Friends and Family,
I can't believe it is already June 2.  This day has been looming over my head and creeping up.  It is not a day that I choose to remember, but here it is and I can't believe it, but so are we.   This has been an amazing year for our family and for Sarah.  Our lives have been turned upside down and inside out and we've landed on our feet.  We've settled into our new "normal" and even though life is still very hard, it is still very good!  Sarah is the most amazing girl.  I can't believe how well she has adapted into her new life and with such spirit and happiness.  She is courageous and so strong.
I've put together a video about her diabetes and her new life.  Please take the time to watch it with an open heart and an open mind.  This is our life every day, every hour.
We are walking on August 22, 2015 in Idaho Falls to support Junior Diabetes research.  For Sarah, it's something we have to do.  We need to support her and all the other children who deal with this disease.  I invite you all to save the date and to come and support her in this walk.
Please let me know if you plan to join us and I will order a shirt for you and tell you how to join our team.  Thank you for all your support.  We love you all.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A history of great women

A history of great women

 Christina Mathilda Liljedahl - Great Grandmother

Augusta Alfreda Matsen - Grandmother

Sarah Chrstina Reynolds - Mother

Julie Petersen

Happy Mother's Day Mom!  Glad you inherited all the beauty and charm of your ancestors!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Reunion Update

Hey all,

We are getting super excited for the approaching family reunion!

On May 12th we need to make our final payment on the house we will be staying at. If possible, we would like to receive everyone's share of the cost before that time. If not, we are shooting for June 1st as a backup. As a reminder it is $200/family.

PayPal is the easiest method to transfer the funds. For those with a PayPal account, my PayPal email address is brianjamesbean@gmail.com

If you do not have a PayPal account or do not know how to use it, please comment with your email address and I will send you a PayPal request that will include instructions on how to pay.

Or, you can read instructions here.

If you still don't want to use PayPal, you can mail us a check:

Brian & Juliana Bean
1066 Skipton Drive
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Let us know if you have any questions. In case you haven't been able to take a look yet, here is a link that will tell you all about the house, the property, and the fun that awaits us. We are excited about it, and most of all, excited to see you!


Brian and Juliana

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Once Again Need HELP!!

Grandpa's  Bingo Needs You!
Because of the early date of Our family reunion, I haven't been able to yet many Garage sales. And now we are going to Texas for two weeks. Items needed: 
Bath girly stuff
Big boy items
Food treats
Little boy items
Big girl items
Little girl items
MOm and Dad items

Anything gently used but don't need,
That you think another might enjoy.

OK, I'm desperate. I'm sending everyone ten  bucks to get this job done.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mystery Solved

John Jarvis Wainwright Jr.
John Jarvis Wainwright Jr. Born: 21 Mar 1821 Landelph, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Christening: 17 Apr 1821 Saint John's, Longton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Death: 11 February 1892 Croydon, Morgan, Utah, United States Burial: Croydon Cemetery, Morgan, Utah, United States John Wainwright Jr. was born 21 March 1822 at Lanedelph, Staffordshire, England. His parents were John Wainwright Sr. and Ellen Jarvis. His father was born in Hawarden, Flint, Wales and his mother was born in Lanedelph, Staffordshire. This area of England known as the Staffordshire Potteries or just "The Potteries" contains a special kind of clay that makes fine china for which England is famous. The first L.D.S. missionaries arrived in England in July 1837. Elder Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde and several others enjoyed great success in the areas north and east of Liverpool, particularly in Preston and Manchester. Elder Hyde returned to Nauvoo, leaving the missionary work under the direction of Willard Richards. On January 13, 1840, eight apostles again returned to England. At a conference held in Preston, it was decided that Elders Wilford Woodruff and Elder Theodore Turley would go to the Potteries where they were to preach and further organize branches of the Church (See "Harvest in Herefordshire" p. 46 of the Ensign, Jan. 1987.) Several months later, Elder George A. Smith wrote the following description of the area (See letter from George A. Smith to C.C. Waller, 6 June 1840 in Times and Seasons 15 Nov. 1840 p. 223 and "Harvest in Herefordshire" p. 46 of the Ensign, Jan 1987.) "The greater portion of China and Earthen ware sold in America is made in this district; about 70,000 persons obtain a good living when there is employment but consequently, in a state of starvation. I have seen delicate females gathering manure to get a living for their famishing children." And Wilford Woodruff records the following in his journal (See Wilford Woodruff journal, 22 Jan. and 26 June 1840 also see "Harvest in Herefordshire") "The Potteries include the following market towns Tunstell (Turnstall), Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Laneend, and several other villages." During the times described, John was a young man of 18. It is recorded that Elders Woodruff and Turley found ready reception and acceptance of their message. Large numbers of people in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding villages were baptized and organized into branches. Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff met with the Saints of the Hanley branch in April 1840, where Brigham preached at two meetings and attended a third for the sacrament. Two years later, in 1842 at the age of 20, John Wainwright Jr. was baptized and become a member of the Hanley Branch. "Wilford Woodruff worked hard as a missionary in various towns around Stoke-on-Trent. Of particular interest was his relationship with William and Ann Benbow in Hanley. William was the keeper of a provision store at the Hanley Market Place. He and his wife had already joined the church through the efforts of Alfred Cordon and were strong in the faith. It was probably through the Benbows of Hanley that Wilford learned of John Benbow of Herefordshire and more particularly of the United Brenren, of which John was a member." "The day after he celebrated his thirty-third birthday, Elder Woodruff recorded in his journal, 'The Lord warned me to go to the south'. And so he began his eighty miles journey. Herefordshire would subsequently prove to be one of the most successful missionary areas in nineteenth-century Britain" (See "Harvest in Herefordshire"). There is no record of any other members of John's family being baptized. The desire to gather to Utah was strong with the new converts and was so with John. He began to work and save for the trip. He married Elizabeth Mellor on 8 June 1846. He was 24 and she was 44 years of age. On February 10, 1852, ten years following his baptism, John at age 30 and Elizabeth at age 50 with John Wainwright Sr. age 66 left the Hanley Branch to sail on the ship Ellen Marie. No family record is had of their voyage. It is recorded that they crossed the plains in the Abraham Smoot wagon train and that John Wainwright Sr., an invalid for 12 years, died August 27, 1852 at age 66 at the crossing on the Green River and was buried there. It is a desolate area out on sagebrush plains and not easily accessible. The church has fenced in the area from cattle and there are a number of pioneer graves there. It is recorded on temple records that John Wainwright Sr.'s baptism and endowments were performed by proxy in Feb 1890 in the Logan temple. John Jr. and Elizabeth settled in Salt Lake and on 23 July 1858, Elizabeth dies at age 56. They had no children and so John was left alone. One year later on 30 Aug. 1859 he married Margaret Aspey (Huxley), a widow, age 26. She had two children from her first marriage who were later sealed to them (11 Jan. 1895). This family was blessed with 7 children (five girls and two boys). The first three children were born in Salt Lake, one was born in Henefer, Utah and three were born in Croydon, Utah. Eliza Jane, our progenitor, was born in Croydon. John Wainwright Jr. was able to obtain a good education for a young man of his day. He taught school and also learned the trade of a potter. John taught school in Croydon. He as very fond of music and was called on to sing at many entertainments. He was also active in the church. He died at the age of 70 on 11 Feb. 1892 of dropsy and was buried in Croydon, Morgan County, Utah.