Sunday, September 8, 2013


Cristin in the MTC
These are Cristin's two companions in the MTC. Sister Masen and Sister Claren. She says one is really shy and the other is outgoing but they are both as sweet as can be.

They got to do a session in the Provo Temple.

This is their District. The whole District is going to the Utah SLC Mission.

Follow the Prophet, follow the Prophet, follow the Prophet he know the way!

Friday, September 6, 2013

First Letter

Called to Serve

Cristin got her mission call to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. She is in the MTC until Sep 11 and then I guess they shuttle them up to the mission home.
This was her interview with the Stake President. Of course she had an interview with her Bishop too and it was her Dad. The Stake President, Pres. Cruze let Cristin push the button that sent her application to Salt Lake.

 Here is the Day she got her call. We were waiting for John to come home for lunch. She did alot of pacing around the house and picking at the the envelope before he got there.
We were all a little shocked that she got called to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. But my how the idea of it has grown on us.

Cristin has had the chance to spend a lot of time with the Sister Missionaries in our ward this summer. This is Sister Liebing and Sister Schwab. Sister Schwab's family actually live in Cristin's mission boundaries and her mom and I have become Facebook friends. She is going to get a welcome to Utah package to Cristin once she has an address in Salt Lake.
These Sister's consider themselves Cristin's first companions.

Cristin was set apart the night before and then in the wee hours of the morning John dropped us off at the airport and said his goodbyes.

Got to see Ryan's new practice. We are all very impressed and the ladies that work for him all pulled me aside to tell me what a wonderful young man he is and how much they love working for him.

Kicking up her heels with Dallin.

So we pulled up to the MTC gate and they asked us, "Elder or Sister". Then they put a pink sticky note on our windshield. The curb is lined with Elders and Sisters with name tags and tags that say HOST on them. The curb is also lined with signs with numbers on them. Some Elders in safety vests direct you to the next available space. A sweet Sister was there to take Cristin to where she need to go and an Elder unloaded her luggage from the trunk. We hugged and flashed some pictures and we were on our way leaving our Brand New Missionary is excellent hands.

Anniversary in Franklin

John had a business meeting in Franklin, TN on our anniversary. So we decided to make it a combined trip. Franklin is just south of Nashville so it was about a three hour drive. We had lunch at PF Chang's and then I dropped John off at his presentation and I went exploring. (Used Bookstores, of course) Then we had dinner at Puckett's Grocery in old downtown Franklin. We walked around the old square and a Reggae Band was just setting up so we sat and listened to them for about two sets. It was so much fun to just hang out with my honey. 33 years and still going strong.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Daniel and Melanie flew in for John's big weekend. John was called as the new Bishop for the Pleasant Ridge Ward in the Knoxville Cumberland Stake.
We enlisted Daniel to do a few chores. He is cleaning out my dryer lint trap.

We ate at our favorite Polish restaurant before they flew home. 
The irony of it all is it snowed at the end of March for their visit.

Justin's first photo shoot

March 2, 2013
For much prettier pictures go to Kaitlin's blog. This is the only one of the ones I took that turned out a little bit okay.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Last Post from Farmington

Friday I took the girls to the library for story time.

Justin caught in the act, sucking his thumb.

Julia and Nathan love their baby brother!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lunch with Nathan

Julia and I went to Nathan's school and got to eat lunch with him. Here are our visitor tags.
Then we went outside for recess.

This is Julia's friend Zander.

Justin was awake for over an hour tonight. His face has really filled out.

Emily and Julia with their new haircuts.

All tuckered out.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Nathan's Birthday

Nathan, Julia and a couple of Nathan's friends went to the movie with Joe. 
They saw 'Escape from Earth'.
Angry Bird theme cake. One of G-Ju's creations
Justin decided to join us for the present opening. See his oxygen tank tucked under G-Ju.

Wonder Mom.
Dad and Nathan transforming a car into a Autobot.

I put a few squeenkies (little bitty rubber toys) in some of the balloons. Julia had fun trying to pop those.

Playmobil from Papa and G-Ju, what a surprise.
He got lots of Transformers, a new bike, scooter, Clone Wars DVD, a beta fish, light brite lego car and an Angy Bird's Star Wars Coloring book.

Big six years old today.