Marilee & Rich

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(Late) Vacation Pictures

We spent a great week with the Frees hiking, swimming at the Panaca Pond, geocaching, riding four-wheelers, picnicking at Yankee Meadows, riding bikes, eating from the garden, attending the St. George Temple, shooting Grandpa's new pistol, chopping a bow from just the right kind of stick, and plain ol' hanging around.

In case you don't have Facebook, here is a link to some pictures from our week with Grandpa and Grandma back in July.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=113740&id=652162857&l=ed87243590


Thanksgiving and Brithdays at the Nelsons

We have some pictures from Thanksgiving with John/Jen and Ryan/Stacy. Plus pictures from Holly's, Jordan's and my birthdays.

2008 Thanksgiving and Birthdays

Just in case the above link does not work for you.

Mountain View High School (Orem, UT) Marching Band Trophies

Mountain View High School (Orem, UT) Marching Band Trophies

"Count" Jordan had a Halloween Band Concert this evening and it was really good (of course). All the trophies from his marching band (Orem High Marching Band with half Mountain View students) were displayed in the lobby. They did very well this year and racked up 23 trophies in six competitions earning first place in their division in each. Just in case the slideshow does not display or you want to see larger pictures, you can see them here

Lauren's 12 Days of Christmas

We (Elizabeth, Mandy, Brandon, Marilee, Richard, Jordan, Jen, Audrey, Savannah) watched Lauren perform at the Scera Theater for her singing group, the Headliners. She did a great job, much better than my cellphone could capture. Anyway, enjoy within the limits of hand-held technology. :-)

Here is some cell-phone-video of the concert.

-Richard

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Fall Fun

I have had a wonderful first half of November! With the help of the Hord family, I was able to fly down to AZ and surprise my family on the 1st. On Friday, I went on the Father/Daughter campout with my Dad and sister (you can see a picture of them with some of the YUMMY teryaki sauce we picked up on the way). It was fun to spend time with my family and visit my home ward (and mission prep class...it is the BEST). Joseph and Elizabeth Hord were also down there that weekend (trying out for the Easter Pageant). The three of us flew back to Salt Lake on the same flight and got lunch together (Wendy's) after arriving back in Provo.

This past weekend, Becca and Reid were able to fly out for a visit. Some family friends hosted a baby shower for Becca, and it was a lot of fun. Reid's mom did the food, so of course it was amazing, and they have a lot of great people there. They also had a really fun and creative activity at the shower. There were several plain white onesies and special fabric markers for people to use in decorating them! It was great! I took a couple pictures of Lauren's masterpiece. Ü

Today, I got to go with Becca to the BYU Museum of Art (one of our favorite places to be...lots of good memories Ü). You can see a picture of us in front of the building that a nice girl (enjoying her lunch on a bench nearby) was nice enough to take for us. We looked at almost everything in the building, and we also got to visit briefly with two of her (well, our) former art history professors. We then headed across the street to meet up with Reid for lunch and ice cream (delicious, of course!) at the BYU Creamery. Happy day! ...And a beautiful one. I am also including a couple shots of the fall leaves and blue sky taken today in the courtyard of my building.

I hope you are all having a fun fall!

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Grand Canyon, Grand Vistas, Grandchildren, oh my...

Grand Canyon, Grand Vistas, Grandchildren, oh my...

Here are some pictures from Grandpa over the last little while.
I don't have a description of the first several but starting with the Grand Canyon we have:
"The first 2 are on the North rim as we came down to see you.
The second 6 are of a trip to Kent's Lake and several of nearby Anderson Meadow lake with fish jumping all on Beaver Mountain and hour and a half from Paragonah.
The last six are of the Rexburg Temple, Moose creek where we camped for several days and went to Church at the chapel near Mac's Inn and Mesa Falls on Henry's fork of the snake river."


Labor Day Quick Trip

Labor Day Quick Trip

Diana and Melinda drove up to Utah to move Melinda in to her new digs. Joseph was able to come down from Rexburg with his Uncle Kirt and Aunt Brenda and surprise them. They had a great time. They spent the night in Paragonah on the way up and got to see the new trailer and John and Jen and gang. Then they moved Melinda in and had a party with the other free gangs up there. Then Sunday night they were with the Jamison cousins. Here are the pictures.


Nelson's Visit to Colorado Springs

Nelson's Visit to Colorado Springs

Our vacation this year was to visit Rebecca and Reid in Colorado Springs, CO. It was great to have all of our family in one place and to hang out watching movies, swimming in the hotel pool, eating, playing games. We were able to see the Cluff's new-to-them home and to do some painting around their home (Rebecca employed some Tom Sawyer moves for that).

Jean and Evan recently moved to Colorado Springs, too, and live in the same ZIP code as Rebecca. We visit them Monday night and let everyone get reacquainted. Friday we fajitas with their family, played Apples to Apples (Mary Ann beat us all), and watched High School Musical 2 at two different times. Even though Evan was working in Dallas, TX, for most of the week only to be asked to go to South Africa on Friday, he and Jean treated Marilee and Richard to wonderful lunch at the Broadmoor. We spent three hours eating lunch and talking about jobs, kids, and how to solve the world's problems.

We didn't take many pictures, but we share them here.


Holly's Graduation

Holly's Graduation

Congratulations to Holly on her high school graduation! Aunt Elizabeth, Mandy, and Brandon made the trek up to help celebrate along with the "Orem locals". We certainly are proud of her! More pictures here.


Pre-MTC Party for Justin

Pre-MTC Party for Justin

Here are a few pictures of all those who have good wishes and admiration for Justin as he enters the MTC.
We had a lovely family Home evening in Rosanna and Pedro's house. Marilee and her girls sang "Sweet is the work" with their beautiful voices blending wonderfully. That set me up to teach the lesson on fear faith and the spirit. Justy is such a good example of humility, like Mike, that it was easy to show how being filled with charity will make them fearless as he enters into the unknown, possibly fearful, work of teaching the gospel. It was also easy to show by his example that remission of sins brings the gift of the Holy Ghost which in turns gives the gift of charity. In that audience it was natural to testify of the invitation of the the savior for all, no matter their transgressions, to come to him and become clean. We had a nice outpouring of the spirit.
Amazingly the member of the Mission Presidency who came to set Justy apart was our Mission President when we were in the Rochester Mission. That made his setting apart very special. Interesting how the Lord blesses us continually.


Jordan at Lakeridge "Winter" Band Concert

Jordan really jazzed the season up with his first improv solo for the Jazz Band. Check out a clip of his solo. It was great!

(Though to be politically correct (PC) this was called the Winter Band Concert, you can't fool me. With every number being a Christmas song, it was really a Christmas Band Concert. ;-)

NOTE: Joe said that this URL will work better for Jordan's solo clip


We've Moved....

We've Moved....

We've moved, and you finally get to see a picture of our new house....just kidding, click here. We live across the street from this mansion. Hope you like the pictures.


Holly in the news.

Two writeups of Holly's play were in the Orem Geneva Times, and the Deseret News this week. I added links for those interested in reading them. (The Orem Geneva Times article does mention Holly by name, but it is not exemplary journalism.)


Jordan's Band Concert

Jordan's Band Concert

This last Thursday, I was picked up and fed a very delicious dinner. Then I went with Aunt Marilee and Holly to watch Jordy play his Sax. I was really amazed at how well these 7th, 8th and 9th graders can play. I loved all of their songs. Several students did improv solos. They were awesome. Good job to Jordy!
The lighting in the auditorium was pretty bad, so this is the best picture I could come up with. Luckily, it was the one with him standing up and looking towards me!
I vote that Jordy does one of the next solos! Ü
Enjoy the picture!
-Mike