Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Family of Eight - Together Again!

Lots of pictures and few words - to try to make up for 6 weeks of no blogging!

Ballroom Dance Recital

The Dancers: Kevin, Libby, Mary, Peter, Kevin
Joshua and Jesse were home for the break so they got to see the recital.

Probably texting Amber and Stephen...

Mall Hunt:  Bruce and I dressed up and hung out in the Mall and the mutual kids (the youth group at Church) had to come and find us!  Bruce looked so scary.

Christmas Eve

After the Pozole dinner, we re-enact the Nativity Story.  Guess who is always "Mary"?  The last two years, Peter had to take over for Joseph.
 Pajamas Picture!

Christmas Day
The famous picture before they go down to see what Santa Clause brought.

Josh is stylin'.
 Ready for a pack trip!
This is Jesse's idea of a dream day.  Let me read my book and no one talk to me or bother me.
 Libby has a camera!
 Mary reading the letter from Chet that came with his Christmas present.

Peter got a "Slackline" for Christmas.  It's like a tight rope, only it's more flexible, so when you get good enough, you can do tricks on it.  It's a lot harder than it looks!

Introducing the latest animals on the farm, our Nubian goats Duke and Daisy!

Actually, those are just pictures of Daisy.  But Duke is just as cute!

Joseph was an invited over to the Funes family residence for an "asado".

These are the last pictures he sent home from Argentina!

Libby and I played "The Seven Wonders of DRUSA", a game she invented using some of our board games that we love to play.  She won!

Mary and Libby - Sunday afternoon nap on the massage table in the sun.

And FINALLY, after two years, the day came for Joseph to come home from his mission!  I tracked his plane's progress through the night and the next day.  I had to take a screen shot as he was flying over "mi patria Bolivia", where I served my mission.

Uncle Cedric got up early and met Joseph in the Atlanta Airport!
And here we are waiting at the Airport.

 And the plane finally arrived!  They waited forever to walk down through the gates, but he soon came walking through the doors!  Oh, HAPPY DAY!!

Two years is a long time to be away from your best friend, but it was all worth it.

With both serving missions, it was three years for these two.

Welcome home, Joseph!!

The very next morning, Joseph and Mary took off on a road trip to take Jesse and Josh back to college.  To see these four together made me so happy!
Joseph, Mary, and Joshua got to drive by and see Grandma and Grandpa! Joseph played "Allá en el Rancho Grande" on the piano and they sang together.

Grandma called me the next day and couldn't get over how fun it was to have them visit.  Joseph got to see Angie and her family, and Craig and his family too.  I guess Jenette has been showing the children a video of Joseph singing Happy Birthday to Hannah, so when Joseph came through the door, Hannah said, "Joseph! Joseph!  We find him! We find him!"  That has just warmed my heart for days, just thinking about it.  We find him!

And the day after that road trip, Joseph wasted no time getting up on the mountain with Peter to go snowboarding.

That afternoon, Libby, and Mary had a dance performance, and Libby and Kevin (Justin & Aubrey's son), her partner for this dance, rocked it on the cha-cha!  (Peter is on their dance team also, but he is also on the ski & snowboarding team at his school, so he "had to" go do a race).

 Mary looking gorgeous for the Tip-Off Dance with Kendall.

We are so happy to have Joseph home and happy to be done with January!  Wahoo!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Bells Are Ringing

This post should have been published a week ago on 12-7-14.

Bruce and I got to see Josh in concert with the King's Singers. 

It was awesome!  It was a huge production.  I think the only thing that could have beat it would have been to be at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert in the Conference Center.  We are getting closer to Zion!

We got a ride over with Aunt Michelle's two sisters, Tamara and Kirsten, and then we got a ride back with Laren, Caralee, Devin and Ashley.  It was SO fun to catch up with them!  They are great people.  They have abundance flowing to them all the time.  It is amazing to see what they attract.  Good, good people.

Our truck batteries have both died, so now we have to jump start the truck every time.  And no money for another week to replace them.  Ah, the joys of having one car.
Peter has been singing to himself the songs from the Nashville Tribute Band concert we went to a few weeks ago.  Today he sang some words that talked about Jesus, "And He healed me..."  We also listen to the songs every morning on the way to the bus.

Libby went and took a shower on her own without being asked.  Starch my shorts, what is going on in this family?!

Mary had a fantastic missionary experience yesterday with Alexis, a non-member friend from Madrigals.  Mary asked her to be in a group that is singing the musical number at the Morningside for Seminary on Dec 12th.  She said yes.  The practices have brought her to our house, and she and another boy from Mads, Connor, talked to Alexis for over three hours about the gospel.  It was randomly brought up, but she started asking questions, and it went from there.  She said that when she comes to our house she feels light, and Connor said the same thing.  If that isn't the coolest feeling in the world, I don't know what is.  I am SO grateful for that protection and light that surrounds us.  She did end up giving her a Book of Mormon, and she has already started to read it.  It was really a fantastic experience!

I have been praying and thinking about the Russian people this week.  The ruble, which is the Russian currency, fell by 50% this week.  It wouldn't be so critical except for the fact that Russia imports so much that now they're buying power is cut in half and they won't be able to import nearly as much with the same amount of money.  Putin got on public radio and announced to the people to prepare for hard times.  They are already having hard times, as most of them are only surviving anyway.

Jesse's Sophomore Recital is the 13th of March!  

I'm so grateful for that.  It'll be amazing.  She has the whole Madsen Recital Hall to herself.  She asked her Bishop today to open up the process for her mission papers!  Holy makarel!  It gave me a strange feeling when she told us that tonight.  It's one thing for you boys to go.  Entirely different to have her go.  Not sure why.  :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our Hymn of Grateful Praise

Thanksgiving Week!

What a wonderful week to focus on gratitude and everything we have to be thankful for, especially our Savior Jesus Christ, and his gospel. 

Josh and Jesse both got home on Tuesday night.

It was so fun to see them and have them home!

On Thanksgiving Day, everyone got assigned a dish for the dinner.  Josh displayed his skills learned from his catering job at BYU-I!  He folded the napkins, set the table just right, and even insisted on flowers for the centerpiece! 

And we had Joseph with us too (if only by his portrait).
The turkey wasn't fully defrosted when I pulled it out of the fridge Thursday morning, so we didn't eat dinner until late.  This was highly stressful for me, but everyone was patient and it all turned out well.

On Saturday, we decorated the tree!

 Jesse got to put the top on the tree on this year!  She has never gotten to do it before, and since she might be gone for the next two years on a mission, we let her have the privilege this year.  :)

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  Especially because Bruce, Mary, Peter, Libby and I played Puerto Rico last night and I won.  :) 

And now it's already December, with Christmas only 24 days away!

PS Sorry the pics are so bad in this post.  I transferred the pictures from our phones through iCloud, and apparently it only stored a small version of the original.  :(  Well, now I know.