Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
We started out by talking about the Glen and Ada Whetten reunion for next year (see entry below), and creating a blog for it. Once this was done I took the kids to the swinging bridge for a death-defying walk across. Then we went up "the hill" in front of Mom and Dad's house and I drove the kids through the orchards on top to educate them on where fruit comes from. The peaches are just ripening up right now, and the apples will be following soon. Yum!
On our way down the hill I jumped out of the Whettenmobile and ran up to the money rock. I can still find it, and it is still topped by the rock I put over it during the Whetten reunion in 1980. (Not bad for 28 years)
Unfortunately my camera was a casualty of the descent down the hill, so these pictures might be the last ones I am able to post.
We just got back from Casas where we bought my son some cowboy boots. (I am tired of him digging out my daughter's high heels so he can clump around the house making noise. Now he can make noise and retain his masculine dignity - and mine.)
Now we are watching a spectacular thunder storm roll through the valley and having the lights flicker on and off. Boy this sure brings back the memories! See you all tomorrow.
OK - that last thunderclap just about gave me a stroke! Ay carray!
Ed and Gayle have their "Motel 3" in fine form and can put up mucha raza.
For those interested in a longer stay and more adventure, come early for an expedition to the Basaseachic waterfall and Copper Canyon. Who knows? We may even get up to Chupe and the other mountain colonies. Plan on a service project and tire rolling down the Caracol. Zip line is greased and ready to go, teeter-totter now complies with OSHA standards, and the swing has the ropes pre-attached for maximum altitude. Volleyball, rattlesnake taming, and counting Aunt Louise's cats thrown in for free. We'll drive you in from El Paso if you need to fly in, and meet you at the border if you want to caravan down.
Spread the word, start making the plans and reserve the time - 'cause this event will only happen once in our lifetimes.
We have set up a blog so we can have a central clearing house for all information relating to the reunion. Please visit: www.glenandadawhetten.blogspot.com for more information, answers to your questions, and links to useful sites.
Uncle Ed says: "Many of you have not been back in years, and this is an excellent time to repent."
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Day three of the vacation has come and gone and we have had a lot of fun with it. I started the day by going to Dad's office at the church and setting up some agendas and form letters for him. We had a good visit while we were doing this and I just enjoyed being around my dad. When we got home we were both starving but Dulcinea and C ran out of the door with Little Miss telling me that we had to get down to Casas right then to check Little Miss' hearing. (End result - moderate hearing loss in the lower ranges. I had some cool looking ear wax pulled out of my ear and got to see my own eardrums) Thanks Carnal!
By the time we got down there I was fainting with hunger so I ran over to Tortas Chuma and got some muy delicioso tortas and a Mexican Coke (arrrrrrrr - Mexican Coke).My hunger abated- we returned home via the liquado store where we all got liquados. Mine was the best (and biggest). Melon baby!
Got home and pushed the kids on the swings/teeter-totter, then hopped on the tractor to take the kids for rides. Dr. Destructo did not want to get off and kept grabbing the steering wheel for the whole ride. Little Miss also steered through town. Unfortunately my lap wasn't big enough to let Teeny Bopper, Sweet G, or Blondie sit on it and steer, so I just moved over and let them drive it. (OK - true confessions, my lap is big enough, it's just covered by a very large belly)
I ended the day going to the temple with Dad. It was a great experience and he led me into the
Celestial Room. All in all, a fantabulous day. Stay tuned for more updates mañana.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We will take in an endowment session at the temple tonight, do some baptisms with Teeny Bopper later on, and end the week by baptizing Blondie down at the "Nick".
I love being home, and will hate going back next Tuesday. In the meantime, I will enjoy this:
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Hands down, Independence Day is my favorite holiday of the year. I am inspired by the events that led to that momentous day, the courageous men and women who paid the price for us to become a nation, and the brave Americans who have fought to keep us free over the last 232 years.
My family and I have a few different traditions associated with July 4th that I love to participate in. (Some of it drives my kids nuts, but I hope they will appreciate it as they get older)
- We get matching flag shirts to wear throughout the day
- We listen to patriotic music all day long
- We read the Declaration of Independence out loud
- We put a larger than normal flag on our flag pole out front
- I buy a new flag to fly on the flagpole until my birthday the following year.
- We go to our ward's Independence Day breakfast
- I put up my historic flag collection for display at the Ward Breakfast
- We go to watch fireworks at Mesa Community College (which we will change this year since I no longer work in the area)
- I read books about the Founding Father's, the Revolutionary War, or famous American quotes
- We all get an overwhelming feeling of love for our country.
God Bless the USA!!!