Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall gorgeousness, Luke's swim meet, Dance Festival, Baby Showers...

We took a drive to Buffalo Peak (near Squaw Peak) and right before you reach the peak, you come to a dirt road.  It was a bit rugged for our vehicle, so we decided to go on the Alpine Loop instead.  Believe me, there was plenty of fall beauty to behold all around.  Luke and I also went on a couple of walks to Highland Glen and it was incredibly gorgeous!

Luke had his final swim competition and they invited the high school swimmers to swim with the adaptive swimmers.  I asked Luke, "Do you want to swim with a boy, or a girl?" "GIRL," he said, so we asked a girl to swim with him and Luke swam faster than he has the whole season.  He won two first place ribbons and one second place ribbon! 
Way to go Luke!!!

We attended two baby showers on Saturday, one was for a dear friend from our Japan days.  It was fantastic to see so many there and was fun to catch up with them.  The other was for our niece/cousin, Megan

Luke was in a dance festival at mutual.  He did a great job dancing to "Thriller"-perfect for the Halloween season!

Brian and Chloe at their first anniversary dinner

LaNae helped out at the "Fright Night," at the library and Luke took several walks on the Murdock Trail.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

 Pumpkin carving, temple with Nori, letter from Luke, BYU Football...

For FHE, we decided to proceed with the annual pumpkin carving festivities

Tim decided to carve a fun, "BOO!" on his and Amy decided to put a miniature pumpkin in a large pumpkin jail cell-they were both darling cute!

 We put lights in and then they went on display

We had so much fun, we will probably plan to do another round of carving before Halloween is finished for another year...

 We made a big batch of roasted pumpkin seeds and they were so yummy!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds!

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

 On Thursday, Nori and I went to the Provo City Center Temple and then out to lunch at Los Hermanos.  It was so fun!  We stopped by the health food store on the way back and I picked up some red pepper, celery, onion, and chicken which I used to make stuffed peppers for dinner.
Our flowers in the front do much better when I plant basil with them (keeps the bugs away)

 Luke came home from school this week and handed me this lovely letter that he wrote all by himself-LOVE IT!!!  Made my day!!!!

Amy attended the baptism of a special friend this week.

My mission companion from the MTC gave us some tickets to the BYU Homecoming game.  It was so much fun.  She gave us four tickets so Brian and Chloe were able to go too!  It was neat to catch up with these amazing sisters from the CA San Diego Mission days.  We are planning a big reunion in April.  CAN'T WAIT!!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

 Conference, Tibble Fork, Thanksgiving Point...

First of all, lets begin with some serious cuteness from Lincoln!

And some serious Fall beauty from Tibble Fork Reservoir.  Brian and Chloe came over for the Saturday session of General Conference and in between, we headed up to Tibble Fork for a little stretch-your-legs hike...

Conference was amazing as usual with many wonderful talks and reminders of who we are and what we need to be doing.  It is always such a much needed burst of spiritual awesomeness.

The food:  This year we started off with pumpkin and dark chocolate chip waffles with whipped cream and pure maple syrup.  Lunch was the usual tin foil dinners with grass-fed all beef patties.  Dinner was mabu-dofu on Saturday. Sunday was plain yogurt/homemade granola, mixed berries parfaits for breakfast, lasagna for lunch and potato, sausage and spinach soup with rolls for dinner.  Mindy and Eric's family and Uncle David joined us for Conference on Sunday! Mindy brought several yummy desserts from her birthday yesterday.

 During Priesthood session, the girls headed over to Thanksgiving Point for a little exploring and we found some beautiful spots...

 After exploring, we went to Frozen Yogurt and had fun visiting and eating some treats...

Sweetest girls ever-love them!!!

Sunday session and family time!

From Todd...