Jake

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Takin' Jake to the MTC

Takin' Jake to the MTC

We had a great family trip taking Jake to the MTC last week. We captured a few pictures along the way. Though we missed some of the best parts: a session in the Salt Lake Temple, an open house tour of the new Draper Temple, and visiting all of our friends and family in Utah. It was a great time.

We haven't heard from Jake yet but are confident that all is well. If you would like to write to him his PO Box in the MTC is 217.

Looking at the pictures you would think all we ever do is eat out! That just happens to be the only time we think about breaking out the camera!

Here are all the pictures:

The call opening



(video is still processing...but should work soon)

The Call is Here, but Jake is Not!

The Call is Here, but Jake is Not!

Jake's mission call arrived today, but Jake isn't due to get home from BYU-I until Monday. So far he is saying he will wait till he gets home but I don't how long that resolve will last. So hurry and get your guesses in. We're looking for both location and leave date.

ps. has anyone ever actually steamed open a letter? we're wondering if there is anything we should be aware of before we attempt it....


Roadtrip Video

The Priests in our ward went on an outing last Friday and Saturday. On the way home Jake had his video camera in the backseat. Between him and the 9 other Priests in the van (including Nate) this is what the they came up with.

It is even better when you realize that they did this while the van was hurdling down the winding road from Payson to Mesa at 70 to 80 mph. Thankfully all that was required of the driver was stopping and starting the music CD...


Jake's Homecoming 2007

Jake went to homecoming last Saturday. Here are a few pictures for your viewing enjoyment. The dinner was held in Debbie and Jon Monk's backyard. If you look closely you can see their son Chandler.

A few notes on Jake's outfit. That suit is new and is Jake's first missionary suit (that was the agreement: he could get a new suit if he got one he could use for his mission). The shirt and tie and shoes will be staying home but the suit is a certified missionary suit with two pairs of slacks (both of which have a reinforced crotch, but you probably didn't need to know that).

I think next time mom or maybe even Jake will write the introduction (smile).

click to see slideshow->

Colorado trip, Utah visitors and Sisters

Colorado trip, Utah visitors and Sisters

Here are some pictures Dad took. He promises to put some descriptions with them. They come from a visit to Jean and Evan and Reid and Rebecca in Colorado, Dave's family trip up to the cabin and Mom's sisters.


Jake and some EFY friends

Jake and some EFY friends

Jake came to EFY in Cedar. In the process he met and befriended two girls from Maryland. They helped harvest potatoes from the garden and Jake cooked his famous pancakes. With Grandmas eggs and Bacon we had feast. All seemed to enjoy the quiet country life. The girls seemed to like the company they were keeping. Juliet and Daina are new friends.


AELDSTE FREE

AELDSTE FREE

Here are a bunch of photos of the last few days before Mike entered the MTC. It was great getting together with so many to wish this wonderful missionary the best. The drop off at the MTC was awesome - I'm green with envy that he gets to stay there!

Anyway, here they are for all to enjoy.

So We're in a Movie!

So We're in a Movie!

Our Priest Quorum has been working on a movie--actually a short film. It's about 30 minutes long. Anyway, we've set up a website. We've got a trailer you can watch as well.
Check it out! I die in about the first five minutes, Jake lasts a few more than me...
Here is the site.


A few hundred family pictures...

A few hundred family pictures...

Ok, our pictures aren't nearly as exciting as James & Heather, but what we lack in quality, we make up for in quantity.

Grandma, there are individual and family photos for you--pick your favorite. And, yes, Jeremy does put his shirt on. Click here for hours of fun. Click on the names along the top to see each gallery.

PS-For all the happy Mac people out there, I created the galleries using iWeb and then just published to a folder and then got it to Joe. Works great.

Adam finally gets to the beach!

Adam finally gets to the beach!

We finally made it to the beach. Adam was pretty happy. Every week he would tell his primary teacher he was going to the beach that week...all summer long. Now he can say he did!

Here are some more pictures of the gang that made the one day 4am to midnight trip with us. It was fun we saw 6 movies enroute!

Indoor Lacrosse Rocks!

Indoor Lacrosse Rocks!

Brett this picture is for you. Jake's lacrosse team got a chance to be the half time entertainment at the Arizona Stings game on Friday night. The Arizona Sting are a professional indoor lacrosse team. They play in the Glendale arena. Think hockey without ice and that about sums up the game. It is amazing what the pros can do with their stick--just like an extension of their arm. They were fun to watch. Jake's team was also fun to watch. He is number 8, black jersey righ in the middle--you'll just have to take my word for it. He did great. He decked a couple of kids and scored a goal. Nate and I were pretty impressed--with the goal of course.


Pictures from Wedding, Reunion and Elizabeth's House!

Pictures from Wedding, Reunion and Elizabeth's House!

Here is a picture of Elizabeth's new home in Parowan! Click here to see more pictures. There are also pictures from the wedding and reunion and even a cool snow picture thrown in too! Enjoy.


Giving Thanks in Arizona

This year, we got together with Dave and Kristin Free and their family, Eric and Malina Hulsoff and their family, and Opa for Thanksgiving. Before our meal, we all went around and mentioned things we are thankful for. We thought we would share them with you. Here is our list:

Elena: Relatives and family
Terran: Everything
Madison: Jess
Adran: Terran and my house
Jessica: Holy Ghost
Daniel: Food
Jordan: Cars
Adam: Dad
Malinda: Family
Eric: You guys still like me (even when my intelligence can be overwhelming…Ü)
McKay: Good education
Dave: Loving Heavenly Father
Brett: Beautiful things in life (certain cars, turkey, etc. Ü)
Melinda: Music
Kristin: How often the Lord condescends to hug me and tell me it’s worth it
Josh: Family, food, and fun
Becca: Dishwashers
Michael: Missionaries
Nate: Scriptures
Jeremy: My family
Andrew: Freedom fighters and my family
Lauren: The earth
Opa: Being here
Joe: Free country
Diana: Missionary son
Elder Joseph: All you guys
Jake: Ability to run

(P.S. Sorry if I spelled anyone's name wrong!)