Sunday, August 17, 2008

August 2008

We have had a wonderful, busy summer! Michael has been preparing to start Grad school on August 25th at Fresno State. Unfortunately, I have not found a job in Fresno so, for now, we will be living with my Dad and Mikey will stay with roommates in Fresno Monday - Friday and come home Friday afternoon. I miss him already! I have signed up for night classes to keep me occupied while he is gone. I only need 15 units to finish my degree (so 2 semesters of night classes).

We have had the chance to participate in many wonderful things this summer. Since Michael was called as Ward Mission Leader we have been able to spend time will all the new members and investigators in our ward. Michael is a great WML!

I feel like we have been so blessed. We know all of our blessings come from the Lord and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to be members of His church. What a splendid life this is!!

I haven't taken as many pictures of our activities as I should have (sorry Sharee :). Some of the stuff I missed was our trip out to the Stanislaus County Fair, planting and weeding our Stake Garden (it is huge!), our annual Ward FHE night and book club. Hope you enjoy the photos. I'll try to remember to take more.

Our niece Novalee and nephew Braylon spent the afternoon with us. They sure love their uncle Mikey!

Saturday the 16th was my 10 year high school reunion. It was fun to see those who came. We sat with my friend Emily and her husband Brandon and my friend A.J. and his wife Joann (they came all the way from Salt Lake City).

Michael and I just spent Saturday the 16th renewing our CPR certification for infants, children and adults. My aunt Kathy teaches CPR and did a special class for Michael and I and our friends Carolyn and Moe. We had a blast relearning our life saving skills on the dummies! Michael is so funny. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. (I brought the camera but didn't remember to take an pictures of the actual event).

On August 8th, our niece turned 5. She had fun party at her home with a giant bounce house and lots of family. Michael and I had a great time in the bounce house. I can't believe she is going to start Kindergarten this year.

August 13th was the 9th anniversary of our engagement. Michael proposed to me on the beach at Half Moon Bay during the Perseid Meteor Shower. The original proposal happened to be on Friday the 13th, so now anytime Friday the 13th rolls around we try to do something kookie and fun together to commemorate the occasion. Thanks for marrying me Mikey!!! I still love you so much (you are the best ever!). The ladies at church always ask me if I laugh all day long (because Mikey is so funny) and I do - he always knows how to make me laugh.

JULY 2008


The Saturday I returned from Girls Camp, Michael and I moved everything but our furniture and clothes into a storage unit. The next Saturday we moved all the furniture to the storage unit and our bedroom stuff to my dad's house. It was sad to pack up everything (again). We can't wait until Michael is done with school and we can finally have a home of our own. In the meantime, we are having a fun time hanging out at dad's house.

The week after the Trek I was off again for a week at Clark's Fork at Girls Camp. I was assigned to be the YL Counselor. Since I never attended Girls Camp as a youth (I didn't join the church until I was 18) it was really an super special experience. I had so much fun I forgot to take a single picture!

Michael and I were privileged to be part of the YM/YW Trek for 2008. On July 11th and
12th we were the "Grandparents" of 4 young men and 2 young women. As a family we pushed and pulled our handcart through 10 miles of high sierra wilderness (the forest fires were raging and the air was very smokey). Along the way we met Indians, lost our only baby and, at one point,lost all of the boys to the Mormon Battalion (the girls all battled to pull our 250lbs of goods up the last 1 mile hill before reaching out camp for the night). We had so much fun together. Each handcart was given a chicken - which we named "The Colonel" (as in K.F.C.). The kids were amazing, our little family was the fastest on the trail and they never murmured or complained. The stake presidency spoke with us on Friday night about the long trail to the temple and how important it was to push through our doubts and fears and all the obstacles and make the sacrifices necessary to meet this most worthy goal. It was such a great experience that I forgot to take a lot of pictures! How blessed we were to be a part of the Trek.

Early in July, Mikey and I helped my dad can about 48 quart jars of apricots and froze 25lbs of sliced peaches.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

F.H.E. Reunion

About 8 years ago some friends of ours started a Family Home Evening group. We were all newlyweds then and thought it would be fun to get together for FHE once a week. We would each take turns hosting FHE, giving the lesson and providing treats. We had annual camp-outs and Christmas parties (with outrageous "white elephant" gift exchanges). We shared in the joy of birthdays, new babies and special accomplishments. Once everyone started their families everyone started to have their own FHE activities. Over the years our little FHE group has grown into a large family and eventhough we don't get together as much we still keep in touch. This year we decided to have a Family Home Evening reunion. I took tons of pictures, these are just a few of my favorites. This is for you - Maashoffs,Evans, Dixons, Deckers, Guisingers, Dunns and Adams - we love you all.

America's favorite pastime.

What a fun day!

Aw Mark, aren't you sad you couldn't be the top of the pyramid? We miss you Guisingers!

The women (we miss you LeeAnn).

The kids.

The men.

Malinda and Angie

The Maashoff girls.

Jamilah and Nikki

Yosemite Trip

Mikey and I on a recent trip to Yosemite. We were planning on camping at Bass Lake over Memorial Day Weekend, but it rained the entire time. Luckily, the Painters were kind enough to put us up in their RV that they have next to their home in Ahwanee.

Yosemite is beautiful in the rain.