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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving in Idaho!

For Thanksgiving this year we decided to make the trek up to Idaho to visit both sets of Deke's grandparents. We were up there for a week and spent the first half with the Madsen grandparents in Firth, Idaho and the second half with Grandpa Hill in Malad, Idaho. Luckily they were only about 2 hours apart. I took LOTS of pictures but here are some of the highlights from our trip. I know, its still a ton of pictures...

Here is a pretty view of Nevada on our way up. It took us about 16 hours to get there and not because of bad weather. We unfortunately had a tire blowout and spent 4 hours in a tire shop :(
We also had to stop a TON because these two have the tiniest bladders. Here they are making "yellow snow"....
and wet dirt.
I noticed along the way up that Tyler's tooth would flop in and out of his mouth while he was talking. It was so loose but he wouldn't let me pull it out.
Here is the Madsen's cute house in Firth!
So what do you do for fun while in a small town in Idaho???

You go to the nearest temple (Idaho Falls)....
chase birds....
hit snow off of trees with a stick.....
throw snowballs at cows using their you-know-what as a target.....
(Nice aim!)....
make snow angels.....
and then go inside the warm house to make popcorn balls!
Tyler's tooth finally came out while in Firth and ya know what, the tooth fairy does come in below freezing temperatures while its a blizzard outside! We were worried about that...
Grandpa Madsen took us to the dairy farm next door and gave us a grand tour.
We even got to milk the cows by hand!

This was #14 on my bucket list, I was so excited to check it off!
Tyler was terrified at first but once he got in there he thought it was a blast!
Here is grandpa Madsen showing us his WWII uniform. He served in Japan.
Too big for Tyler....
and too small for Deke. Oh well...
We departed from Firth a day late due to a nasty blizzard but it was fun getting to know the Madsen grandparents!
On the way out I took some shots of the town. I just loved this barn!
I liked this one because I thought the snow looked like frosting...mmmm....

And now we are in Malad, Idaho. This little town was so breathtaking!
This is grandpa Hill's beautiful home.
Views from his home that left me in "awe"

Here I am feeding his horse Rock. He is 36 years old!
Gorgeous Malad sunset.
Every evening the setting sun would turn the surrounding mountains pink. The beauty was beyond words.
Tyler feeding Rock
Farmer Deke!
The Logan Temple
Deke and I had the opportunity to do a session in the Logan temple. It was a special experience because we were able to attend with grandpa Hill who works there twice a week.
Grandpa Hill, Deke's mom Cathy, and us.
Grandpa, Cathy, Larry, Deke, Kim, and Tyler.
Visiting Idaho was such a fun experience. Not only did I get to meet all of Deke's grandparents but also got to enjoy a beautiful state and have wonderful experiences. We want to plan a trip to go back sometime in the summer... Idaho was gorgeous covered in snow but I can't wait to see it all thawed out too!
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Tyler's Christmas list

Tonight we had the missionaries over for dinner. Tyler for some reason gets super wound up whenever we have company, he does whatever he can to keep the attention on him but does it in the most obnoxious way. So I suggested he get started on his Christmas list for Santa to help keep him occupied. His list was so funny that I just had to share, here it it:

I want a wife
plane legos
a gof set for Deke (golf)
a giant robot (he asks for this every year)
a baskit ball (basketball)
a skat bord (skateboard)
heery poter legos (Harry Potter legos)
I wish for a dog
a two welr bike (two wheeler bike)

Love Tyler,

wate I want the kroty kid (translation, wait I want the karate kid).
I guess he wasn't quite done ;)

I thought the first item on his list was HILARIOUS! When I read this out loud one of the missionaries said that one will be on his list too once he goes home. Is it normal for a 7 year old to ask Santa for a wife? Either way, it provided comic relief for the evening. He's such a silly boy.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010


Oh the joys of being a sunbeam teacher... I'm getting to know what its like to be a grandma having this calling. Deke and I spend two hours a week with the cutest kids, have fun with them, play games, load them up with sugar and send them on their way (OK only once a month do I bring sugary treats). For the month of November we have 3 sunbeams with birthdays so we decided to celebrate them all at the same time. Tomorrow we are bringing these beauties to class, owl cupcakes. They were easy to make: As you can see its just Oreo cookies and M&M's for the eyes and candy corn for the nose atop of a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. YUMMY!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Wish the ACLU a Very Merry CHRISTmas!

Contents taken from this blog, thanks for the idea!

Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early so that you can get ready to include an important
address to your list.
Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world. Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it.
Here's the address, just don't be rude or crude:

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions.So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them that there is no such thing as a
"Holiday Tree." It's always been called a

For those of you who aren't aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the US Government to take God, Christmas or anything religious away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war. Help put Christ back in Christmas!
Now mind you - I think that the ACLU can do wonderful
things for people and their causes...
WHEN it's appropriate.
I would never campaign to take the rights
away from those who believe differently than me.
I believe that all holidays should be given respect.
I would never want Hanukkah Menorahs banned.
I would never want to force atheists to
attend worship services.
But I don't believe that my rights should be
taken away!
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