Joe & Diana

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Amazing video from Japan

Amazing video from Japan

Found this totally cool video of a bunch of Rube Goldberg designs. Click on this link to see the movie. It is awesome!

Another in a long line of Free Fishin' Stories...

Another in a long line of Free Fishin' Stories...

Well this last week I had quite the experience with 8 boys. Since the kids were out of school on Friday I initially thought we could take off on Friday morning and camp and come back Saturday. But Josh had a basketball game on Saturday so we decided to just go up on Friday and come back late.

Mom and Rebecca opted to stay home (they are so smart) and we took Hunter and McKay and Jeremy (Jake and Nate were at a ward youth conference). So we got the canoe loaded into Dave's trailer and headed out at the crack of noon, actually more like 1pm. Nothing like an early start. We had to stop at get some stuff and eventually were on our way.

We were headed to Knoll lake on the rim road. It takes some time to get there. A little over an hour to Payson, another half hour to the top of the rim and then 40 minutes on a dirt road. They were ready to get out of the car. In fact, I think we stopped every half hour to...uh...stretch and stuff! Anyway, we finally got there and it was really windy. We got the canoe in the water and I took them each for a trip out on the lake but it was pretty rough. We wouldn't be able to fish from the boat. While I was giving rides, Mike was helping them get their poles set. A couple of them headed to the other side of the dam to fish where we had caught some years ago.

I stayed by the canoe and threw in my line I'm sure not more than about 5-8 times. Three of the times I pulled out a crawdad that was munching on my worm.

We had brought stuff to cook some hotdogs, but there was a sign that said no fires or camping where we were. The wind got worse and we finally bailed.

We decided to grab some dinner in Payson. We stopped at the Pizza Hut and had a hilarious time. The waiter hadn't brought any straws so McKay went to get some, before he returned the waiter had brought us a bunch. Needless to say we were sitting around waiting for pizza to cook and had lots of straws and boys. That turned out to be a great combination. Jeremy, Adam and Andrew were seeing how many they could get in their mouth and still drink. Michael, McKay and Daniel were making their straws longer. It was amazing. We used three tables for all of us and at one point Daniel and McKay had their cups on another table drinking from them with a 3 foot straw! The waiter came back and asked if we needed anything. Then he said "how about some more straws"! Then he gave us some more. I know all of our mothers would have been embarrassed for us but we had a great time!

The drive home was wild as you can imagine and then about 40 minutes out of Mesa there was an explosion in the back of the suburban. Jeremy, the poor guy, was in the very back and loving laughing and rough housing with the big guys. His little tummy couldn't handle it anymore and he launched about 2 gallons of ...uh...stuff covering two seats and drenching Josh from head to toe. Ah the joys of traveling. We stopped and cleaned things up the best we could in gale force winds, got people out of their clothes and into blankets and eventually got on our way.

So the trip was a bust as far as the fishing goes. But it was a success in terms of memories together!

What is it?

What is it?

I have been playing around with my camera, trying to figure out how to shoot some cool pictures. Daniel pointed out a bug on a tree branch for me, so I decided to try out the close-focus mode. This picture's function isn't just to show my skills as a photographer, but also to ask you...what kind of bug is shown? Please comment and tell me what it is. Perhaps Grandpa would know.
P.S. Grandpa, you should post some of your cool bird pictures. I would like to see them Ü.


Tracting with Diana is fun!

Diana was wondering what to do for our good friend Father Hutt. He turned 95 today and she has been visiting him each week. She had a great idea for a gift. He use to walk up and down Grandview and visit people each night. So she had the idea to give him a video visit going down Grandview for his birthday.

So I grabbed the camera yesterday and we started at one end and started talking to people and asking them if they remembered Father Hutt and would they like to share a birthday greeting with him. Without exception, everyone was game.

We met so many wonderful people, many members and lots of non-members. It was fun and I mentioned how I looked forward to the day that we could go tracting together. I can't imagine anyone slamming the door on Diana!

So we edited the messages and delivered a DVD to him today for his birthday. He hasn't seen it yet, but I'm confident he will love it.

I have uploaded a small version of the video. It is kind of big, so if you don't have fast internet it might take awhile.

Movie Link

Happy Priests...

Happy Priests...

Here are a few of our priests at the baptism of another great young man, Sean Beaubian. He has been attending our ward mutual and Sunday meetings for about 6 months and has recently taken the missionary discussions and chosen to be baptized. This is the third young man baptized in our priest quorum in the last several months. The guy with the biggest smile is Sean, he is in the maroon shirt. Two of our priests have already had the chance to perform two baptisms each! These YM are awesome! I can see why they are referred to as part of the greatest generation of missionaries!


Future BYU Student!?!

Future BYU Student!?!

A digital camera, a BYU t-shirt and a warm/goofy 'yooper' hat...I think I am set for BYU! Hey thanks for the great cards/gifts for my birthday. I can't wait till I go to BYU and see many of you. I will be posting more blog entries because of my awesome camera, so look out!


Thanks for the birthday fun!

Thanks for the birthday fun!

It was a great birthday, thanks to all of you. The cards and phone calls and the gifts were wonderful. Click here for some pictures from this morning. Joseph sent me a t-shirt with "the yoopers guide to computer terminology". It is great, thought you would like it. Just click on it to get a view you can read. I personally like the definition of "megahertz". Thanks!


Yooperland Pictures

Here are some pictures from Joseph in the U.P. (upper peninsula) or "yooperland".

(click on the pictures to see them all)

More Spring Break Pictures...

Here are a few pictures I took last week when I went down to Parowan/Paragonah/Brian Head for Spring Break.

(Thanks, Dad, for uploading the pictures for me! Ü)

Pun Intended

Yesterday was my friend Paul's birthday. He and his roommate Derek are great friends, former missionary companions (served in Tucson, AZ), and current home teaching companions (they teach me and my roommates). One thing they share in common is a love of puns.

I have always liked puns, but being around these guys has made me really love puns. So...for Paul's birthday, I decided to make him a card based on a pun and give him a list of puns I found on the internet.

The card went something like this (with illistrations and fun lettering Ü):
So it was my birthday. I had a big party, and my friend made me a birhtday cake. He brought it out, and it was a savory cake. It had a doughy base with cheese and all sorts of toppings sprinkled on top. I said, "That must have taken a lot of effort to make." And he said...

(then on the inside...)
... "No, it was a pizza cake."

Heee heeee heeee! Ü

A couple of my favorites:
* A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
* He said I was average - but he was just being mean.
* When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A.

If you want to read some more fun ones, check out http://www.punoftheday.com/


NASA is watching Andrew

NASA is watching Andrew

Andrew built a water bottle rocket for cub scouts. It was a beauty and flew nicely. The nose cone was particularly effective as the rocket plummeted to the ground after repeated launchings, bouncing the rocket back up in space a bit. Adam can't wait to become a cub scout too! Andrew is quoted as saying "This is the best cub scouts ever!"(Dad thinks this beats pinewood derbys easily)


Eagle Project gives gray ..er..light brown...hair

Eagle Project gives gray ..er..light brown...hair

Michael completed his eagle project. He wanted to build 10 shelves for the Learning Tree group. This group helps low income families with literacy. The parents come in with the children and they learn how to read together. They are given books to keep. These shelves help them start their own family library. Mike wanted to build 10, people donated much more than anticipated so he ended up building 27 and still had enough left to purchase books. They were very happy with the results. This is the night that Mike and I routed 156 lines in preparation for the assembly. We were about a third of the way done at this point...about backed up the drain when we took a shower!


S.S. Free

S.S. Free

Tonight is the Blue & Gold Banquet for Andrew and Joshua (even though he recently turned 11). Josh is being awarded his Arrow of Light. Each family was to bring a cake representing what the cub scout wants to do in the future. Andrew wanted to fly jet planes and so we made an aircraft carrier. Here are the results.
I remember making a train cake with Mom & Dad when I was in cub scouts...pretty fun.
(I can't explain Andrew's "smile"...you'll have to ask him.)


Irish Step Dancing in Mesa

irish step dancers thumbnail

Adam, Andrew, Joshua and Rebecca put together a new Irish step dance thingy this afternoon using the new piano. At the first of the movie you can see Adam starting the music for them. The sounds they are making at the beginning are so they will be ready to act (disney channel movie thing).

Click here to see the movie.


some photos of the J.Frees in Mesa (Oct-Jan)

some photos of the J.Frees in Mesa (Oct-Jan)

We haven't been too good at pictures lately. Here are some we have taken since October! The headline here is Andrew. He whacked his head in a wild game of red-light green-light at family night, last night...this is 24 hours later...first time we have seen his eye. He has to hold it way open to see. Click here for all the other pictures.