John & Jenn

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New Home in Pleasant Grove!

Some of you have been begging us to post these pictures for awhile. I know Rachel is dying to see them and Elizabeth Campbell too. Jopes and Elizabeth have been patiently waiting too. Marilee and Holly have been trying to get over to see it too but we have been sick with flu for a couple weeks and busy. We love our new place. The mountains are so close by and the view of the valley is beautiful. You can check out more pictures here on my photobucket just copy and paste this link into your browser!

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Sunflowerl/Pleasant%20Grove%20House/?action=view&current=OurMountainViewoutsideourhouse.jpg

Please let me know if you can see them okay, Rachel. I resized them so that they wouldn't be so huge too.

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.

Halloween 2008- Cake cookoff 2008

Halloween 2008- Cake cookoff 2008

This is our fearsome duo! Audrey, as Jen says, is no longer into the sweet costumes. So, without further delay I introduce Countess Audrey Free! Bringing the sweet side to our Halloween component is the Snow Princess Savannah. We finished off the night with the girls taking Jen and I to High School Musical 3 at the Scera! We had a Cake Cook off that happened in September, that turned into a Cake Decorating extravaganza!!!!!! We had two teams consisting of; Audrey representing Sweet Tomboys, Momma Jen and Savannah were the Sweet Cakes! The battle was fierce, creative juices flowing, sugar headaches following…….. ENJOY!!!!!!!


Zucchini muffins for breakfast with chocolate chips and Applesauce

Zucchini muffins for breakfast with chocolate chips and Applesauce

These are some zucchini muffins that Jenn decided she wanted to make, and then decided to make them way more awsomerest......and stuff. Okay back to the muffins! They are moist and yummy, zucchini muffins recipe with some applesauce switched for some of the sugar and chocolate chips added.


Audrey's New Glasses and blog about Savannah in ER

Audrey's New Glasses and blog about Savannah in ER

Today Audrey joined the glasses club! She is the same age (nine) when her mother got her first pair of glasses! She loves wearing her glasses and cannot wait to show them off to everyone. She is supposed to wear them at school or church. She doesn’t need to wear them while doing homework, reading, and playing outside. As for Savannah, on Sunday after church, Savannah found a small red bead on the floor. She decided to see what it feels like sticking the bead up her nose. To her surprise, it got stuck and came to Mom hoping I could pull it out. I grabbed the tweezers and tried to pull it out, which by the way is a big no no since it was located high up in her nose. I was lucky I didn’t damage any tissue. I gave up after a few minutes and told John to take her to the emergency room because I was worried it may travel to her sinus or respiratory system. She got a chalk board from the ER nurse. The nurse said, “You have to give this chalk board back to me if you put anything else up your nose.” Savannah agreed with the nurse saying she won’t put anything up her nose ever again (crossing my fingers she will keep that promise). Anyway she was brave throughout the procedure. She didn’t scream or shed a tear. The doctor had John try to blow in her mouth while plugging the unaffected side of her nose to see if the bead would fall out, which was unsuccessful. So the doctor used some long tweezers and some hook thing to pull the bead out. Hopefully, her emergency room experience was traumatic enough that she won’t ever do that again!


Audrey's School Concert

Audrey did a great job at her choir's concert. Here is the first song (I had hard time keeping the teacher out of the way of Audrey).
-Richard

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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Silver Lake Fishing Trip with John, Jen, Jessica, James, and Heather!

On Saturday November 3, 2007, we got up early to go hiking and fishing up American Fork Canyon. The hike was long and exhausting. We were impressed that James and Heather's dog Fender made the hike without a problem! We saw a total of 12 moose while hiking up to the lake and almost got chased by a cow and calf moose, which was kind of scary. James caught three fish, Jen caught one, Jessica caught one, John caught one, and Heather caught one. This was Heather and Jessica's first time fishing!

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Halloween Audrey and Savannah

Okay, hello all! I hijacked my wife's account becasue I remembered her log in and password!!!
Here are some pictures of Audrey and Savannah in their costumes, also we have the motley crew of Audrey, Savannah, Mandy and Brandon.......coming over the weekend...........Heather and Jessica's first fishing trip & the hike up to Silver Lake Flats (maybe we will hook into an Artic Grayling)!

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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.


Audrey's Baptism

Audrey's Baptism

We are so happy! Audrey is one of the newest members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We had a wonderful day yesterday spending time with family and loved ones. We are very pleased with her decesion to be baptized. We love you, Audrey!


Josh's Conference Trip

Josh's Conference Trip

We had the chance to take Joshua to conference. As a result of that and other situations, Daniel and Becca also came up. Joseph came up with the Caltons but returned with us.

Here are some pictures of family and fun times in Paragonah and at conference and other random pictures!

Tokyo travelers take time to make mountains of memories!

Tokyo travelers take time to make mountains of memories!

Here are some pictures taken of Matt and Chiaki's gang as they visited with family and made memories. I'm not sure all that happened so I will post the pictures and encourage them to provide comments on the pictures.

Sunday Thinking.....

"Live the gospel every day, practice it, and studay it regularly; do not let the affairs of the day that deal with the making of our temporal living crowd aside matters that pertain to the gospel....(CR, October 1943, John A. Widtsoe)

As I consider the course that my life has taken from being a son to being a elder to being a husband to now being a father........I see the times when my prioities have waivered from following those that seek the lord first, to follwoing those who are good men but do not have the lord first in there lives.....I see the winding that I have done and of courss, the hardest time is when you have discovered that the course needs to be corrected......The uphill battle is tough! Falling is easy, anyone can do that....Staying strong can be tough, if we make it tough! I seem to have a knack for finding the hardest way of doing things....period.......
The following quote from Elder Bradford seems to say it best......

“Many things are only interesting and enticing, while other things are important. . . The limits of time dictate that we must prioritize what we do . . . As we make these choices, we might consider that the glitter and excitement of festive, fun-filled [service] projects are interesting, but the shut-ins, the lonely, the handicapped, the homeless, the latchkey kids, and the abandoned aged are important.
Worldly magazines, tabloids, and much of the multi-mass media mess of fast track information we are receiving is interesting and enticing, but the scriptures are important.
The RV’s and TV’s and retirement ease make it interesting to wander and play, but people’s needs for selfless deeds are important. There is concern that “wander and play” have replaced “ponder and pray.”
A focus on fashion and getting and spending and the accumulation of things for our enjoyment and comfort is interesting and enticing, but a focus on devoting one’s means and time and one’s very self to the cause of proclaiming the gospel is important.
The meetings and materials and planning are all interesting, but the doing is important.”
Ensign, Nov 1987, William R Bradford

I wanted to thank you all for patience and caring for me and my family, there are not words to express how important it has been to us......