Monday, December 12, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

FINALLY_ really, information is so important when planning the family reunion- right?  SO SO Sorry that I haven't passed on info as well as I should.  I know that I have talked with each of you individually about many things.  In an effort to get all the information in to one spot, here's the plan so far... subject to change. Sort of.  Kind of.  Maybe

Thursday July 21- Saturday 24
**We know that not everyone can make it on Thursday- it just seems so short to see you Friday night and so I am trying to squeeze the most time out of you as possible**
Location- Chateau d'Piippo   
3858 Marlene, Idaho Falls, ID 83401

We have reserved the ENTIRE bed and breakfast.  This home boasts a "family feel", sure to make you feel like you are coming to your childhood home.   All amenities are provided- clean bedding, towels, etc.  Comes with a fully stocked kitchen and family pets to truly give you that "homey" feel.  Each family will have their own room.  We will have two tents for "child" over flow- one for boys and one for girls.  There is also room in the family room for kids to sleep in, or on the trampoline!

Schedule-- Subject to interpretation, nap times and tornadoes

Thursday-  Visit the beautiful Yellowstone National Park.  We would like to leave Idaho Falls around 9:00, drive to Yellowstone and watch Old Faithful.  Visit the Black Sands geyser basin and other favorites.  We will picnic around Old Faithful, then have a hot dog BBQ in the evening.  Head home around 7:30.  Some families have Park's passes to get in free, so we will try to combine cars to cut down on costs.   

Friday-  Visit as families and let kids play through the day.  Possibly go to Rigby Lake. Wait for everyone else to arrive.   Yard Games and the candy guessing game that night... always a favorite.   

Saturday-  The traditional Grandpa's Bingo will be the first activity of the day, followed by some Family Feud, Let's Make a Deal and other wonderful family games.  Water Slide/Bounce house- Fun for ALL ages.   This will take the place of the make shift slip and slide... and hopefully keep Uncle Mike's teeth intact.  

*Maybe not this exact one.. don't hold me to it*

** WE WILL Be taking family pictures (loud groans from the men and excited hand clapping from the wives).   Not sure on day/time- kind of waiting to hear when everyone will be here and how naps go.  It ALMOST seems like the evening might be better since we will have so many small babies with morning naps to work around?  I would LOVE to do Friday evening, but will keep everyone posted.  If you have thoughts- please share!!  The first thought that all the women had was WHAT DO WE WEAR?   Clothes.  Preferred.  Colors- Navy Blue, Gray, Coral, Mint and Mint Green.  Of course white also is nice.  We won't go with exact shades, it will be nice to have a variety!  I am kind of leaning towards having this more of a "dressy" picture.  Thoughts?  Collared shirts for boys (doesn't have to be button up, but nicer?)  OR is this just TOO MUCH.  Cuz I am okay with what ever.  

Now to all the fine points and what we are hoping you can contribute.  

A) Can we ask each family to do a meal as we have in the past?  Please text me with what meal you would like to do

B) Can everyone look around for stuff to bring for Grandpa's Bingo?  ALSO- if this doesn't break your budget- PLEASE bring 2 gift cards of your choosing.  Preferable one is a $20 card and the other a $5 card.  

C) We didn't rent a house hoping to keep costs down, but we do want to pay for someone to come and take the HUGE family picture (I figure we have enough photographers to handle the smaller family and individual groups).  If everyone can please chip in $50 for the photographer, bounce house, prizes, etc for the weekend that would be great.  We know that budgets and traveling might not allow that.  

This makes our total "input" cost from each family $80 + food...   Hopefully This is okay for everyone.   

D) We would like for everyone to go home with all the pictures taken, so I am hoping that on Saturday night we can steal everyone's camera card and put all pictures on DVD's for everyone.

Anything else I missed that you really wished I had put in here?

Love you all- can't wait to see you!!!

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 (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 and the password is
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

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