Cousins in the band!

Cousins in the band!

Daniel and McKay performed this past week in their school Christmas band concert. Daniel is in the advanced 6th grade band and McKay is in the beginning 5th grade band. They both sounded great!


The FJ Rides Again!

The FJ Rides Again!

Over the past few weeks Jake and I have been working on the motorbike to get it going again. We figured out how to replace the plugs without having to the pull the gas tank and we replaced the battery. That got it going but then we had problems stopping. We had no clutch. Turns out it is hydraulic and we were out of fluid. So we added fluid but that still didn't fix it. After talking with a motorcycle mechanic we learned we needed to "bleed" the line. He told us how and after some trial and error we got that to work too. Final steps were more air in the tires and a good cleaning. It runs great now!


There are places colder than Rexburg!

Tears of Joy!

After getting up at 3am to drive to the airport (thanks Paul & Becky!) then flying to Arizona and gathering with family and friends Joseph opened the call. WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE mission on March 2nd. His mission covers the eastern half of Wisconsin and the tip of Michigan nestled up between Lake Michagan and Lake Superior across the lake from Canada.

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Adam is smiling for Joseph!

Adam is smiling for Joseph!the call

Let's see...a picture is worth a thousand words!


Could it be in there?

Could it be in there?

Well, is it in there?


John's Ultimate Rice Crispies

Ingredients:
3-5 cups each of
Regular rice crispies and Coco crispies
1 Bag of Marshmellows small or large
a Good Spatula full of butter(nice eh?)
A heaping Spatual of Peanut Butter(personal preference is Jiff)

Additional Varitions might include:

Savannah doing what she does best cheesing a big smile!

Savannah doing what she does best cheesing a big smile!

Savannah is generally a happy toddler. She has been learning sign language lately and now can sign "drink", "eat", and "more". We are amazed how well she picked up on sign language so quickly and it makes life a lot easier now that she can communicate her basic needs through basic signs.

Audrey and Brett sitting around the fire roasting mellows in the secret fire pit @ Matt's

Audrey and Brett sitting around the fire roasting mellows in the secret fire pit @ Matt's

Here is Audrey and Brett partaking in the ritual "Free Family Retarded Fire" the explanation of the name came from Brett and I's ineptness at lighting a simple fire with out using "magic water". It has since become a tradition of sunday self mockery. enjoy!


Great Christmas Movie...

Still empty...

If you haven't seen this movie yet you really must. It is very well done. It is essentially the story explaining why Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol". They do a wonderful job with the music (Kurt Bestor), the actors, acting, sets and all. But best of all is the feelings you have through out the movie. My favorite part is where he finally figures out that he needs to help others. He takes some food and money to a family living in the street and when they ask "why are you doing this" he comments something like "I need to". He then describes the feeling he had as he walked away from that family. How he felt more secure then if he were rich. It is a great Christmas movie and will become one we will show every year. The picture is linked to a website with info and a preview.

Still empty...

Still empty...

We thought for sure there would be something in here today...but we were wrong. The good news is that tomorrow is the 10th and that is my guess for when it will come...so here is hoping!


Daniel turns 12!

Daniel turns 12!

Today Daniel turned twelve. Here he is reading the emails from his wonderful missionary grandparents in Chile and South Africa. He enjoyed the presents and his french toast for breakfast. For dinner he wanted breakfast burritos...so the smell of bacon was in our home tonight...aaahhhh!


Warning for those studying for finals...

To those of you studying...something to be aware of...

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Cool weather, people, and sunset

Cool weather, people, and sunset

Daniel had a soccer game tonight starting at about 4:45-5:55pm...it was cool to begin with but when the sun went down we were glad to have blankets with us. You can see Diana all bundled up in the Levi blanket she made me. I know to all of you in the northern climes 40-50 degrees is not cold...but to us it was very cold. Daniel's team won, by the way.


This just in...

From the Church's web site...viewable by the bishop:

Where did Joseph Go?

As we get more posts, the old ones drop off of the bottom. You can find them by clicking on the categories to the right. For example, to find the post where you can guess where Joseph is going on his mission you could either click on "joseph" or type "joseph" into the search, or you could click on the convenient link I put to the right "joseph mission guesses". You could also click on general or wander through the calendar days. Let me know if you have questions.