Thursday, August 29, 2013


Loved the pictures and post from Marschell and has been fun seeing her!  and I have seen so much family lately its so awesome and Jason is so jealous Ive seen so many of you. and so miss the rest of you :(

Here are some pictures of the bunch. 

Our summer Utah roadtrip.  
with christie our fake daughter

first day of school, 5th, 3rd and 1st grade.  
seriously can baylie have more confidence?
I hope it stays with all of them!

the afterschool reunion, i love how much the kids miss each other at school, ya know when they aren't messing with each other :)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Well after a long absence from posting, here are a few pics of the new house and the kids' first day of school.  But first I need to thank several people for their amazing help with moving.  A huge thank you to Spencer for driving with us all the way to Vegas.  We quite literally could not have done it without you!  Even taking on the Penske truck for a portion of the way with the boat behind it was most likely a stressful undertaking but he shouldered it like a champ.  Thank you Sara for letting him make that trip : )  Garlan's 'intervention' with Spencer in not allowing me to push through was a blessing.  Thank you for having us stay in your home to see you and your sweet family!  Brandon, Darek and their families, along with some of Kenzie's friends, and Spencer were awesome with unloading everything!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  Plus there have been several evenings that B and D spent away from their families helping me with stuff.  I really appreciate that!  Doing this move mostly without Paul has been tough sometimes but more than made up for by all the help.  And before leaving I'm so glad Shar came up to run the Color Me Rad with me and Spencer : )  It was so much fun and thank you Dal for letting her do that after a week of being gone!  Erin and Jason, we look forward to seeing you guys a lot more now that we are so much closer!  It's been fun to see Brooke a couple times recently tho : )  I truly am blessed and grateful to know such cool people and to be related to them besides!  I love you all so much it's difficult to fully express.

Ok, so there's still lots to do, boxes to unpack, furniture to buy, pictures to hang and who knows what else but at least we are here safely and getting settled.  It's a nice neighborhood and lots of people have been by to welcome us.  Tons of members here, which is great.
So, starting with the stop at G's through the move into the house, then some Color Me Rad pictures and Lockwood/Maloy family photos.  Enjoy!

I had to hurry and take the pic before she licked all that snot!  Gross!!

Cannon and one of Kenzie's friends taking a much needed food break.  This was the only time the friend stopped helping.  These guys were hard core workers!

Brandon trying to figure out what the crud.  We're only part way done!

Apparently this office furniture was pretty stinkin' heavy.

Happy posers.

Wanna-be posers.

Just plain posers.
This was totally staged cuz Spenc wanted to show off his muscles.

Ok, so Cori thinks I should be able to tell the twins apart by now.  I have a fifty-fifty chance each time and I usually get it wrong!  That's Kennedy tho : )

 Cannon, Kenz, 'the friends' and Spenc.  Looks like Cannon was still on his food break!

How cute is that?!
Our new home!

Tiny table in a large room.  May have to get something bigger?

The floor plan is all open and currently pretty bare in most rooms so I only took a couple pics inside.

 Yay for a pool! Love it, love it : )
My new freshman and seminary student!  Handsome boy!

My little seventh grader, super happy to be in a new school and have a locker!

Karliana and her fashion diva outfit.  It totally poured their first day of school : (
Whitey whites but not for long!

Just before the race started we got hugged by some large ladies who were already powdered up.
A little awkward.

Oh yeah baby!!  What a fun race.  We ran hardcore, ok only Sharla did.

Spencer seemed to forget this was a family friendly event.

Sharla looks tough but Spenc just looks special needs!  DER!!
Most recent family picture before the move.

Yes, we believe in the right to bear arms.
God bless America!

Love you guys and hope the new area is going well!  You get my package yet?  Be in touch soon.


Friday, August 23, 2013

A Day in the Life

Well, I think Brynn an Emma have to be two of the cutest little girls in the world.  But that blue-buns thing has gotta be some kind of child abuse or something. (ha) 
Thought we'd share some of our latest happenings -- in the last week or two all of the stuff that follows occurred:

We were locked in our apartment -- yep, two senior citizens were like "I've fallen and can't get up".  We stuck our key in the slot to unlock the door to leave and the locking mechanism jammed and nothing we could do would unlock it.  We looked at each other like "Are you kidding me?!"  So we finally called a friend and he came over and we threw our keys down from the balcony and he came up and managed to get the lock to work from the outside.  He very nicely explained that "that sometimes happens with these locks" but he probably thought we were just a couple of helpless senior missionaries.

A funny story we heard was that a member recently went in for some financial help from the branch president who for whatever reason turned him down.  The member was so incensed that he went to the police and filed a complaint against the branch president!  The police apparently took the complaint but of course couldn't do anything.  The member's still active and serves in the branch, so they must've worked it out -- good for them. 

The following is a translation of a note that Mom received from one of the YW in the branch after only one music lesson --
Sister Macoi, hello sister - I wanted to tell you that I liked your piano class and I hope that you get better.  I miss you and we missed you today in church (Mom stayed home with a bad cold).  We want to say kisses and get better.  We will pray for you that you feel well for the next class.  We will wait for it with much desire to learn more.  We love you, sister Daiana Retamozo and Nadia Cardozo

When Mom was suffering from some sort of inexplicable left hand swelling and pain, I happened to ask the neighbor downstairs (who's an English teacher here in town) if she knew of any good doctors we could go see.  She got right on it and called a doctor she knows personally and got us in within a half hour when appointments usually take about a month.  The doctor also spoke English and gave Mom just what she needed to cure the problem -- anti-inflammatory medication with steroids.  So we had a senior sister missionary running around on steroids for a while -- pretty awesome!! -- and a very tender mercy.

While visiting a member family who's getting ready to go to the temple we found out that their 14 yr old daughter is planning to get married to a guy 10 years older than she is.  What?!  But they didn't think anything of it -- it's common for girls in their mid-teens to hook up with some guy much older -- usually without the benefit of marriage.  So maybe they thought it was OK, but we're going to try to dissuade them from giving their permission.  We really shake our heads at this culture at times.

Finally, there apparently was some kind of Harley convention or something in town last weekend -- there were all kinds of big motorcycles roaming around town.  Made me long for my Honda-Davidson and the open road.  You guys can give it up -- I'm never getting rid of it. (ha) 

Alright, let's see if I can maybe get a photo or two to post.

Mom's swollen hand so you know she wasn't faking it.

Well, I'm alreay having trouble getting anything else to post, so this'll have to suffice until we get hooked up to high-speed internet again.

Love and miss you all, XOS,


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Picture Dump

Brynn and the bunny

Erin making sure Jett's not being lazy

At the water park...SO hot

Brynn and the kitty

Girls gotta have a remote!

Jett playing on the touch screen

Color Rad Race

PS, i came in first

Painting fun

The blue bum

He's been inducted to the family

Helping me feed Jett

Notice her sweet mohawk

Jett loves kitties too

We tattoo our children

Just doing some chin-ups

Welp, things are still going well here. We spoke at our ward's Youth Conference last weekend and then headed to Pasco for a wedding. Just enjoying the last of summer and waiting our turn to move. We'll see!!! Good to hear from you and dress warm! xos!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Post from G with Pics?

Yes, I suppose I'll give this a try. Emma is sitting in the high chair watching a show so I'm going to try and get something done while she's not trying to crawl up on my lap. Here are some pics so you can see little girl:

She sleeps like her mom
Laying the smack-down on her baby

Scheming about what she can get away with next

Strolling around high class-like in her robe

The fam in front of the Sacramento temple during our CA trip earlier

Love you guys, looking forward to a huge reunion next summer!