Kade: Dear Santa. I have been trying to be a good boy this year. I am actually making money, and I moved my family so they can be closer to family to name a couple of things. I have a Christmas list on Amazon.com. Do you use a computer? I’m sure one of your elves can help you with it. I also have one thing not on the Amazon list. Its a rib rub and bbq sauce recipes. They can be found here http://www.smoking-meat.com/jeffs-naked-rib-rub-recipe.html, tell your elf to scroll to the bottom to find the buy button. I think my family will really like it.
Santa (AKA Ashley): Dear Kade,
I have noticed that you have been trying to be good and that you and your family are doing much better and are happy to be close to family. I do use a computer and will have to make sure to check out your Amazon and other website to see if I can’t manage to bring you a special present. Continue to be good and you never know more than one might show up Christmas morning. Good luck and continue being the best you can be.
Kade: WOW Thanks Santa. I’m also very impressed that you use a computer. Not many people at your age use a computer, or are alive. I bet internet is expensive up there.
Santa: Well thanks for acknowledging my age. I try to forget. Remember I have lots of helpers but I have tried to stay up on the latest and greatest in technology as to not disappoint the children. This is an age of computers and games. Have to make sure they aren’t asking for things that aren’t good for them As for the internet, isn’t magic amazing. I’ll leave it at that.
Ashley and I had Thanksgiving dinner with the Sperry’s this year. It was a lot of fun. Everyone was there and we eat way to much. LaRee did a great job with the turkey and fixings and everyone else did a great job with the side dishes. We had a lot of good conversation and the cousins had a lot of fun playing together. Then on Saturday we ate at my parents with the Tubbs’ and Bowdrie (Soon to be a family ). We had a lot of fun there. Again the food was great and we eat way to much. Austin told me that I had the Elders Quorum lesson for the next day. So that was great :). Just before dinner I was running back to the house and I saw this on the horizon so I had to stop and get a picture. The day before I had just gotten a brand new tripod and I had been carriyng it and my camera everywhere I went in hopes to use it. I finally got the chance I was pretty excited. The picture turned out pretty good.
Winter has started to show its head in Malad. Saturday we got 6 inches or so. It was one of those snow storms where there is the big flakes and it is just coming down slow. I had to run over to my parents to throw some hay to a few horses. I decided to grab my camera and get a few pictures. I got a few that turned out. The kids thought it was great to play in the snow. Ashley and I however were working in the house trying to get it finished painted so we could finish moving in. The good news is that most of the stuff in the house is done so we are able to start getting organized. However we still have a lot of stuff in mom and dads garage. We would like to get that out so they can have that side of their garage back.
Well I have gotten a few request for pictures so I took a few. The basement isn’t done yet so we are still just living upstairs. The outside is pretty big. We have a lot of room and a bunch of fruit trees. Braylee thinks it is great that she can walk out and grab an apple. However all but one tree has some fruit on it so she will have to wait until next year. We also have about 30 chickens but they are all underfeed so they aren’t laying right now. I’m going to have to take care of that harvest a few because feed is expensive. I want to try and smoke a chicken too. Bralyee and Gavin have spent a lot of time outside. They are loving it. They also can’t wait for it to snow. We had a small snow storm that left a little snow. They thought that was great but they want the deep stuff. Ash and I aren’t all that excited about it. I’m going to have to get some snow boots and some pants that can handle it. I haven’t had to worry about it while in Nampa, but now I’ll have to go sledding with the kids. It will be fun.
Here is a slide show, If you click on the picture it will take you to the actual picture where I have put captions.
We are now I’m malad. We got in around 2am after packing all day. The new ward was ready to unpack us at 8am. We were pretty beat. When we got there they were still painting and finishing the upstairs. The downstairs was not done so we couldn’t really move in. We unpacked most stuff on the lawn. And got some stuff in the house. We had to get everything out of one trailer so we emptied it and most of the other until we got the stuff we needed. We then loaded the rest back up in the other trailer. We still need to unload it in my parents garage. We have the kitchen almost done, most of our room, and kallens. The other two I are supposed to be down stairs but their room still needs new drywal and my office needs painted. We should be able to get finished after next week. Right now were are crashing at my parents. We are tired and ready for a quite Sunday.
Well this is our last week in Nampa. We have lived here just over 6 years. Gavin was just a few months old when we moved in, and the subdivision was still mostly empty. We were in the first ward and we attended at the northside building. We sat with the Rick’s up towards the front in about the 2nd row and although our ward has split and we have moved into a new building thats where we still sit. It has been a lot of fun here. It has been great to be so close to friends with such little kids and watch them all grow. Gavin and Braylee love to be able to go and visit their friends and be able to be so close. It will be an adjustment for them. Gavin who started school here will be attending the 1st grade in Malad. He will start on Monday. He is a little nervous to be going to a new school. I know what he feels like because I did the same thing. I was a few years older though. His teacher here wasn’t there on Friday and she sent Ashley an email to see if she could come and see him on Monday. It was really nice. Gavin was sick on Thursday night throwing up most of the night. So we kept him home that morning. When he woke up he came down and told us that he wanted to go to school and he felt fine. He was pretty adamant that he. I guess when Ashley took him everyone was really excited to see him.
We are really going to miss all our friends here in Nampa. We have had a lot of really great support from them. The McConkie’s and Petersen’s have become close friends and have given a lot of services to our family.
There is so much love in our ward. We have never felt out of place, because everyone is so friendly and willing to help out. It had been great to be in this stage of our lives and to have so many others that are in the same stage and that have the same standards as we do. It really has been a blessing.
We look forward to turning the page to a new stage in our lives. This is the busy one with kids being in school and growing up. We are intimated as parents to be raising Gods children. We fill a lot of pressure to raise righteous children who can serve the Lord when the time is right. We look forward to being close to family to both be helped in this process and to help them in this process. We look forward to being able to serve the Lord in different capacities. Ashley is really going to miss the primary. It is big and has been a challenging calling, but she has grown closer to the kids and to her Heavenly Father in the processes. I have loved serving in the primary and being close to the kids. It has been awesome to watch them grow in the gospel and to learn things of their Father in Heaven.
Thank you to all those who have been in our lives. Those who have served us, brought us dinners, watched our kids, donated time, and resources. It has meant a lot to use. Thank you to those who let us serve them. We often feel we don’t have much to give, but thanks to those who let us give the little can give. The widows mite was not much but I’m sure when she gave that donation it felt like a million bucks. We are the same. We don’t have much to give but when we can give a little it feels great, so thanks to those who have allowed us to give.
We will miss the 36th ward and all our friends. Good luck in your future endeavors and may you stay close to the Lord.
Hey everyone. Glenn Beck is no longer on Fox because he wanted the freedom of teaching people about important things. He offered last nights program for free and has provided a link for it. I have embedded it below. Puts most of his time into home schooling and talks about why it is so important now. Him and his wife home school their youngest two. There was also an article in New York Times yesterday that was very anti-mormon. It was really bad from what I hear. He talks about it and talks about wearing his garments. Its interesting
13:30 – Talks about Mormons
33:00- Talks about home school.
well its official we have decided to move to malad. i work from home as a programmer and we dont have a reason to stay in Nampa, other then our friends and ward. however family trumps both of those and Utah will provide more opportunities for work for us. we are excited to be close to family again. we are not sure how soon. we have put our house up for rent. once it is rented we will make the move. we will miss all our close friends and the realtionships here. we feel its time to move our family to the next stage of our lives and we want family to be a close part, but not to close