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Mom and Dad are back...

Mom and Dad are back...

...and they brought First Class to the family! I guess the first class people get little bags with "night stuff" in them, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, earplugs and a blindfold. Ma and Pa gave the bags to several kids. Adam absolutely loved the blindfold and earplugs. So much so that he actually went to bed with them on! I happened to walk by his room and spotted the kid and snapped a quick photo. I like those things. He seemed to be in a better mood this morning! Or maybe that could be because of the chocolate Mom and Dad brought home. We ate a bunch of it last night and this morning! What a great breakfast! Ü


Flipped!

Flipped!

Just to prove my previous statement...here is the flipped position on the next day!


Gameboy...BOYS!

Gameboy...BOYS!

Isn't this photo great? I was just testing out my new tripod, from Christmas, for my camera by taking pictures of my family. I came to the family room (good place to start, eh?) and found Danny and Braylen (Danny's friend) sitting on the couch in the same position along with Andrew. I quickly took the picture, although being quick wasn't necessary because they ended up staying there for quite awhile! And guess what I found the next day! They were on the same couch but flipped, meaning Braylen was on the right and Andrew was on the left! Hilarious!


Visit with the family

Visit with the family

Matt & Chiaki and family all visited us here in Denver. We had lots of fun playing with them and visiting our favorite Italian restaurants and eating gelato, MMMMMMmmmmmm....This was a picture we took, Rufus was a good sport and let us sit on him. Thanks for visiting with us Matt, Chiaki, Anna, Erika, and Kent. Hopefully someday we can make it out to Japan.


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/


Close to Home

Close to Home

Gotta love those iPod comics!


Through the eyes of children as seen by grandparents.


Through the eyes of children as seen by grandparents. (click on image)

South African Friends in Mesa!

South African Friends in Mesa!

Erma and Erin joined us for dinner before Erma headed for the airport and several hours of flying to return to South Africa. It was a crazy time with kids at twelve different places. Not sure that we were the best hosts but the talk was wonderful, the food was great and there were smiles all around. It is great to make new friends, thanks Mom & Dad! We've almost got Erin talked into riding up with us at Christmas time so she can see temple square.


Brett is Back!

Here are some pictures we took on the return trip. Click on the picture to see them.

The Great Cinnamon Roll Research Project

OK, you have all done such a great job with the 50th celebration. It was fun to "see" you all at the reception. There were many memories of Mom's Cinnamon Rolls. Marilee even decided to make and eat some. I just got back from a priesthood leadership meeting where a member of the stake presidency talked about his mother's cinnamon rolls, she would make before they went to the temple. I feel bad not having cinnamon rolls in the Poll. So to make up for it I wonder who would like to sign up to be part of the great cinnamon roll research project.

Here is what I suggest. We each research and make many types of cinnamon rolls and report back, with pictures if we can, your findings. I must first comment that I don't think there is a cinnamon roll out there that I don't like. But there are many variations and I think spending some time researching could be a fun activity. For example, some rolls have many "rolls" some have only one. Some are tall others short. Some are cooked in deep pans others in short pans. Toppings range also from cream cheese, to butter cream, to orange goodness or just the crunchy warm cinnamony top. Some are made from light sweet fluffy dough, others from more hearty dough that just oozes its goodness. How about things inside, there are raisens, nuts, or just the pure plainess. The amount of cinnamon, sugar, butter is all a factor. Information on the process is invaluable too. Do you cut them with a knife or use a string? Any other secrets?

So I don't think we will end up with a single favorite. But it would be fun to have compiled a list of many we have tried and explain what we like about them (besides eating them). So who is up for it? I suggest we each post a comment to this post with pictures and a detailed description of the process and your findings.

Can we all do a session together?

Can we all do a session together?

So Joe had an idea a while ago that I think would be great to follow up on: let's all go to the temple at the same time. We might not be able to all be in the same room together, but in a very real way we will all be together in the Lord's work.
I think a great opportunity to make it happen is fast approaching. First, this would be a great way to help celebrate Mom & Dad's 50th anniversary. Second, Brett will be going to the temple for the first time, if I understand right, in Recife where Rachel and Feliciano are going to meet him. So I've done a little research on times and here is what I have come up with:
On Friday, September 16th (I know it is not Mom and Dad's anniversary but I think Rachel and Brett will be in Recife then and on Fridays we have an early session in Mesa) could we all be in the temple at the following times?


Marshmellow Folk

Marshmellow Folk

Picture of Elder Free participating in a marshmallow fight (an occassional pastime of the mission home staff in Fukuoka). If you look carefully, you will also notice Sister Free in the background, having just fired off a round. (Pres. Gottfredson)


Melinda returns to BYU...waahh

Melinda returns to BYU...waahh

Melinda left this morning to return to her studies at BYU. We are all crying here in Mesa. She has been great to be with, especially since she helps Adam do his jobs...he does a great job on the bathroom and dishes with Melinda's help!
Melinda also decided she wanted to play the Harp so she rented one and took lessons. Here she is just before she returned the harp. I have since learned that the Harp place has the harp she wants to buy at a good price. It is a "Dusty Strings" and a little bigger than the one in the picture. She told me on the way to the airport when I asked if she were excited about BYU Football, that she would be saving her money for a Harp. Brought tears to her mother's eyes (mine too but for a different reason!).
We miss you already Melinda!


"It's Better to Be Kind Than to Be Right"

I was looking at some books online the other day (big surprise there, I know Ü), and I found this excerpt from a book that looks really great... Dad: The Man Who Lied to Save the Planet, 12 Timeless Virtues Handed Down to a Son by an Everyday Dad (by James Michael Pratt). The excerpt was printed in an article entitled "It's Better to Be Kind Than to Be Right" in MormonLife. I really enjoyed reading it, and it shares a great message. If you would like to read it too, just click on the link below.

"It's Better to Be Kind Than to Be Right"

P.S. Dad, I thought of this story again when you were talking last night about how you learned the same sort of lesson from your dad. Ü