Friday, August 28, 2009

Danielle has left the country!

Danielle's husband Jason is a fireman in the Air Force and has been transfered to a base in England for the next four years. Jason left in June and Danielle had to stay behind to wait for her Visa. Which was great for us but very difficult for her! I was very grateful for the time that we were able to spend with her. I'm really going to miss her, but I'm excited for this new adventure her and Jason will have.

I Love this photo!

Shortly beforeDanielle left she bought a motorcycle and got her license.

She left her bike here so if anyone is interested it is for sale$$.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One of my FAVORITE places!

Every year when I was growing up my mom's family would all get together and go camping. We would go to Meadow Lake which is in Idaho. So this year a few of us went up the weekend before school started. It was really nice to have Danielle still with us. But I was so anxious to get up there that I left my husband home! Sorry Michael, I wished we had waited a day for you to come with us. It would have been a lot more fun with you. My sister Ronda and her granddaughter Destiny came and my cousin Brian and his wife Anne where also there.

For me it is the memories of going there with my cousins. When I was younger I hung out with my cousin Bruce all the time. He liked to do boy things! My girl cousins would sit around and play cards and paint their nails and I wanted to be hiking, kayaking, fishing and exploring. When I became a teenager I would hang out with the girls, but still found time to do all the other things!
This year we went fishing, hiking and Tyler put on his wet suit and fins and spent most of his time finding things in the lake. He found tons of fish hooks and this year a MP3 player in the lake which he dried out and it works great!
Tyler in the lake ------- Danielle's fish she caught!
Marissa crossing the lake!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Been Awhile!

Well it's not spring anymore and summer is over and fall is here. A lot has happened here and I haven't been very good at keeping up my blog.

In Rexburg every year they do a International Dance Festival. Last year was our first year to help. We housed a couple from Greece and had a great time. This year I was co-chair of housing for all the teams and I personally was responsible for Taiwan. So it was my job to get families to house the 32 members of the Taiwan team and then to help with the other countries assigned to me.

We had a great time this year! We housed two 14 year old girls, Sabrina and Shining, for most of the week and had 6 girls by the end of the 11 days. Mostly we are responsible for housing, feeding all meals and getting the girls to all the performances and practices they need to be at. The festival kept them very busy this year. Some of the pictures I have included are of our girls and some of the fun things we did with them.

When it was time to take them to their bus to say goodbye it was very hard to let them go. They hung on to us and cried because they didn't want to leave. It is amazing and wonderful how close we got to them, I really wanted to keep them.

Taiwan team.

Taiwan girls!
Sabrina & Shining with our family.

All our girls!

Shining had her Birthday while she was with us! Happy Birthday Shining!