Day 295 – Nov. 25, 2010 – First Thanksgiving

Where do I start? Today we spent our first Thanksgiving with Ashton and Jessica. It was a very special day filled with laughter, fun and LOTS of great food!

The past couple of days we’ve tried explaining the Thanksgiving Feast that we would enjoy but with no frame of reference it was difficult for Jessica and Ashton to understand what was in store. When she came into the kitchen and say Judie cleaning the turkey she exclaimed, “Wow what a big chicken. Are we going to eat all that?”. Judie explained that it was a turkey and yes we would eat all of the Turkey with my sister Becky and her family later today and probably into the night.

Ashton loved the turkey! I didn’t think he’d like the stuffing but he liked that as well. Making several trips for more turkey.  He even liked Judie’s killer yams. Neither one of them were overly excited about the pumpkin and pecan pies. Not surprising since they are not big on sweets.

While waiting for Thanksgiving Dinner the kids enjoyed a rowdy game of Nerf Guns – running, laughing, yelling and shooting each other  in the basement.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for.

  1. We have all of our kids now – adding a whole new dimension to our home
  2. All of our kids are healthy
  3. I have a PHENOMENAL wife who I love with my whole soul
  4. We have a nice home that keeps us warm and provides a place of much laughter
  5. I have great parents!!!
  6. I have a great family on both sides.
  7. I have a good job. Our business is growing and we’re finding success
  8. All of my vehicles run great
  9. I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives me hope and sustains me through the challenges of life
  10. I have great friends
  11. I have great business partners and customers
  12. I have a brother who stands a sentinel in the fight for freedom. Yes he’s a Marine and he is my hero!!
  13. The list goes on and on….

I am truly blessed! Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Day 292 pt. 2 November 20, 2010 – Hanging Christmas Lights

Brave Helpers launching the Christmas Season!

The afternoon turned very nice once the storm blew through our community. The sun peaked in and out of the clouds and warmed things up enough to where I ventured to put the Christmas lights up. The kids of course always want to join my up on the roof to help.  Joining me were Zayne, Ke’ilani, Ashton, Jessica and Trenton Burton


This year Zayne was a big help getting right to the edge with me, helping to string the lights. Ashton climbed right up with us. His initial steps were understandably tentative holding my hand as we went. But once he got the feel of the slant of the roof he was a natural.

Fun at the Peak!

Jessica before getting on the roof, boastfully said “I’ve been on the roof millions of times in Haiti”. She took one step off the later on to the roof and reached for my hands. I guess she didn’t realize roofs in America are slanted – unlike Haiti where they are flat. It took her a little more time getting comfortable on the roof but soon got it.

Our neighbor Trenton Burton also joined us on the roof to help. I tried to encourage Brenna Gunnel to join us but she wanted no part of being on the roof.

Fun time and new memory for Jessica and Ashton – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Day 292 – November 20, 2010 – First Snow – well First Slush

First "snow" fun!

Depending on your perspective we were blessed with our first “snow” today. Well it was more like a big slushee barely covering the yard. But the kids were determined to play in the first snow. They played in the snow for almost three hours throwing snowballs, chasing each other and making snow/grass angels.

After three hours they were completely soaked and ready to come in for some hot chocolate and warming by the fireplace.


Day 290 – November 18, 2010 – Video post of Zayne – East Valley Idaho Performance.

The week that I traveled to the East Coast I unfortunately missed Zayne’s singing performances of “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flats. Fortunately for modern technology I get to enjoy the performance.  I finally pulled the video off Judie’s video camera.  The boy can sing!

I hope you enjoy the performance.

Day 284 November 12, 2010 – Ashton awarded Citizen of the Week

Ashton - Citizen of the Week Award Winner

Ashton came home very excited this afternoon. He proudly and aggressively sought my attention to tell me that he had been awarded Citizen of the Week. He was so proud to be acknowledged by his teacher and school principal.  He also excitedly informed me this make him eligible to be consider for the  Citizen of the Month award. He added,, “I’m going to do my best to get Citizen of the Month too”.. I hope you do son!

Day 279 – November 7th – Play-doh creations

Ke’ilani and Jessica spent hours together this evening creating intricate  and detailed Play-doh  creations. Jessica focused on jewelry creating elegant necklaces, rings and bracelets.

Play-doh Jewelry by Jessica

Ke’ilani spent her time creating detailed frying pans, plates, utensils, eggs and yes that is a hot pad on the frying pad handle. Quite the creative bunch. I wonder if Ke’ilani was a little hungry.

Cooking utensils and eggs by Ke'ilani