Joe & Diana

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March Madness!

March Madness!

This has been one of the greatest months in my book. So many fun activities: Elder Free's return, family visits, mountain man rendezvous, Mexico vacation and Dad's (Uncle Joe's) birthday. I've uploaded all of the pictures of those events, so I hope you enjoy them!
Just click on this link to get there.
Please note that these pictures are coming from both my camera and my mom's. Her camera's date was set a day earlier, so there may be several spots in the sequence of photos that may be out-of-sync. I have changed hers to match mine, so from now on, the photos should be in order.
Love ya'll!
-Mike


Elder Free Arrives!

Elder Free arrived home. Here is some video shot by our good friend Lauren LeSueur. Two clips. One of the first sighting...







...the next one is while we were waiting for the luggage. I mentioned to Joseph (you can hear it if you listen closely) that his mission president sure loved him, his response is indicative of his love for those in Wisconsin and the U.P.....







Elder Free is Home!!!

Elder Free is Home!!!

He's back and he's got a mob with him! We are all just jumping up and down with joy because Elder Jopes Free is back! I thought I would share this with the rest of the family. We took plenty of pictures and will take plenty more, so I won't post the whole gallery...yet.
-Mike
-P.S. This is our first family picture in two whole years!


Temple Blessings

Temple Blessings

Here are some pictures we took, mostly during February including mission call opening, Melinda's birthday, Joshua's court of honor, and more.

Going to the temple with Mike was the most awesome though!

Fun with Bathroom Mirrors

Fun with Bathroom Mirrors

You should try this! Becca and Danny started making the funny faces with the bathroom mirrors. You place your nose on the edge of the outside mirror and look at your reflection. It is very fun to make yourself have one nostril and a uni-brow.
Everyone started gathering around them and enjoying the show...just thought you would like to enjoy it with us.
-Mike


Grandview II Ward Bishopric on the Sea of Cortez

Grandview II Ward Bishopric on the Sea of Cortez

Diana and I were invited to visit the Beach home of Dan and Sue Shreeve along with Doug and Shaunna Krieg near Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) Mexico. This is a picture taken by another bishop in our stake, Bishop Paul Rowley who has a home next to theirs. This is the hot fishing spot. Diana caught more fish than anyone else (here's the proof)!
I have also uploaded a bunch of pictures that Rebecca took at our "ready for heaven in 2007" luncheon and then some pictures from this trip.


Ready for Heaven in 2007

Ready for Heaven in 2007

We had a wonderful time at the temple on Saturday the 6th for the culmination of our ward "Ready for Heaven in 2007". Here is a picture taken that morning. We are just missing our missionary, but we figure he is ready for heaven too!


England...the last days

England...the last days

Here is the last installment of pictures. The trip was so wonderful thanks to all those that helped out. Special thanks to the LeSueurs for the tickets. To the kids for taking care of each other. To the Jamisons for hosting us. To the area presidency for the time and the vehicle. To mom and dad for their support. Hopefully we will get the comments up soon as well.

England...another few days

England...another few days

Here is the Benbow farm barn where Wilford Woodruff preached the gospel and people were hanging from the rafters. This is Grandma Jamison, Diana and I and the current owner of the farm, Louise Manning. Here are some more pictures and movies with comments to come...hopefully!

England...the next few days

England...the next few days

Here is the next set of pictures of the wonderful adventure others are providing for us. Among the most wonderful to find were these two pictures. These are most likely the homes of James Wheeler and his parents William and Esther and Emma Packer and her parents Isaac and Sophia in Newbury and Reading respectively.

England...the first few days

England...the first few days

Well, because of the generosity of others Diana and I were able to meet with Diana's parents in England. We have a well planned (thanks to Diana's Dad) visit. Here are some of the first pictures. Many are specifically for Becca so she could see what first class was like. We won't get the comments on these until Sunday. But wanted the kids to see what has happened so far...

Joe Free family December

Joe Free family December

Here is a boatload of pictures from our family from December including soccer parties, Daniel and Joshua's birthdays and Christmas. Enjoy our craziness!

FHE in November...let's go outside!

FHE in November...let's go outside!

Here are a few pictures from our "spring". All of us Arizonans are enjoying coming out of the house in the wonderful weather now. The windows are open and we want to "bundle-up" at night and at morning scripture reading.

This is a picture of one of our favorite fhe games. Dodgeball on the tramp. Here you can see Andrew throwing onto the trampoline. The little guy moving left is Adam. You and see Daniel on the left...twice. Josh is also on the tramp. You can also see Rebecca and Melinda moving.

We made a fire in our smoker and made s'mores for treats. We made a video of the closing song you can see in the pictures or here. Andrew shows off our favorite way...without the graham craker. Just put the chocolate in the toasted marshmellow, hold it for a bit so the chocolate melts, then pop it all in at once for some gooey goodness! Enjoy we did.

Zoo Pictures from Madison

Zoo Pictures from Madison

Here are some pictures sent to me from people that work at the Zoo. Joseph and other missionaries serve there. Here is a link to some more.

Picture catchup

Picture catchup

We haven't been too good about sharing pictures lately. So here is a dump of them. They include Adam's soccer pictures, Becca's ice skating birthday party, a praying mantis, and becca's regional swim meet. Here is a picture of her after swimming her personal best for the season 1.09.94. Way to go Becca! Here are the all the pictures.