We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Monday, July 25, 2011

I am a child of God....and so are YOU!

To date, this is my all time favorite Mormon Message.
Watch it. Then lets chat.

I saw this for the first time last night, at a big multi-branch, yet intimate, family home evening. 
While it played I could not stop quietly laughing and crying....mostly crying.

I was not expecting those simple scenes of happy people to start singing.
 
Nathan gave me sideways smiles and raised eyebrows.
He knows me, he was not surprised.
 
Marley sang along with wide eyes and a confident smile.

What a beautifully simple but powerful truth. 
Brings joy to my heart.
And humble tears to my eyes. 
Just from knowing one simple truth. 
source
Beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Once Upon A Time...

We went to Yellowstone last year, the end of July 2010 to be a little more exact. We went and "camped" with my parents in their trailer. It was so fun and so beautiful!

Our entire family, on my mother's side, is having a huge reunion in Yellowstone, in about 13 days. We will probably be the ONLY ones not there.  But, graduate school, no job for 9 months and then moving across several states, twice, broke the bank. Our family totally understands us not being there and have been so supportive and loving.

I never boasted, I mean posted, about going to Yellowstone last year, so I decided now would be a good time and it's our way of "being" in Yellowstone again this year.

So, family, now you can say you saw us in Yellowstone this year!
Can't wait to see you there too...when you send us/post all the pictures!



 Lots of driving in the park so make sure you have something to keep the kids busy in the car.
 I love Lodgepole Pines...even crispy ones.
 I love the wild flowers in the park. We bought a package of assorted wild flower seeds while we were there and we planted them in our backyard here in Michigan. Two kinds have bloomed so far. I will post a picture of them when more of them bloom.  Make sure you get a package to plant at your home! Beautiful!




















 While we waited for Old Faithful to erupt a scout troup...mostly the scout leader got the wave going. 
It was fun!





 
 


 


Marley loves to walk like Grandma Alger, with hands on hips or crossed behind their backs.


 A ghost in an old car. I swear that creepy looking lady wasn't there when I took the picture!
Ok, maybe she was there when I took the picture...but, still, creepy.



Love those wooden boardwalks!




 
 

Marley read all the signs for us.



 




 
 


 Geocaching









 
The restaurant where we used to live. I didn't take a picture of the motel...it just looked too different.




 



 There you have it. Now, don't you feel like you've already been to Yellowstone this year? 
Have a blast family! 
Reun like you've never Reunioned before.
We love you all!