August 14, 2009

August 2, 2009
Today we invited Yuki and Yosuke to go to church with us or told them they could stay home and rest while we went. They said they wanted to go, but we didn't know if they really understood us. As we walked into the church, they were looking around curiously, but still following us. We thought they were starting to look a little unsure so we told them they could go home, they jumped at the opportunity:) So we took them home. They spent the three hour block visiting with other team members that were staying nearby and shopping. That afternoon, one of the other host families offered to take our guys with them to Mesa Falls so they went site seeing again. And then later that evening we got together with two other host families from our ward to have a group dinner. Navajo tacos were being served and they were a total hit. They loved them. The lady making them had to make an extra batch of scones just for our guys:)

Yukinobu

Keisuke, Yousuke, and Shigeyuki

August 1, 2009

Our dancers showed up today. We got to have Yosuke (Yo Skay) Togami and Yukinobu (Yoo Key No Boo) at our house. They are from Japan. Their group had an awesome drum performance, it was supposed to be the martial arts of drumming and it was amazing. They had a totally synchronized drumming routine. Anyways, they showed up Saturday and we had about 3 hrs to feed them, get them settled, and entertain them before they had to go and rehearse for the Dance Festival opening cerimonies. They didn't speak very much English at all and we of course didn't speak Japanese, so there was a lot of charades going on all week, but everyone had a good sense of humor about it and we made it through even with a language barrier. The first day here, we took them to see the LDS Rexburg Temple and the gardens on the BYU-I campus. They seemed to enjoy that and the kids already started to bond with them as they offered piggy-back rides and wanted to take everyones picture:)
After showing the guys around town, we dropped them off to get ready for Opening Cerimonies. We took the kids to the show and we all had a good time. It was a little long for the little ones to sit, but overall they did great. And it was so fun to cheer for our guys, because they were already "our guys".

July 27, 2009.


This weekend Quin and Natalie (Kade's brother and his wife) came to visit. It was fun to see them and see the evidence that they are definately expecting:) I always forget to pull out my camera, so this is the only picture I got. I now Natalie wasn't super thrilled about this picture, but I have to put it on here for memories sake.

A baby shower was planned for Natalie for the following weekend, but we had our international dancers coming to visit and I couldn't attend her shower. So, I gave her some gifts today. It sounds like the shower was really nice though and I hope they were able to get some of the things they needed.

I have a lot of catching up to do on my blog, it is just too hard to keep up in the summer. Since there is so much, I'll just start with a few posts today and then hopefully some more over the weekend.

July 23, 2009

After Liberty got her cookbook for her birthday, she was of course rip roaring and ready to cook. So I let her try a breakfast the next day. She made 'shake 'em up scrambled egss'. She had to crack eggs, dice tomatoes, grate cheese, measure ingredients, cook on the stove top. and toast bread. I cracked one egg and diced up one slice of tomato for her, other than that she was on ther own . . . . and she did a great job! Her finished product even looked like the picture in the book. (I can't say that about my cooking most of the time:) She was so proud of herself. Way to go Liberty!

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August 11, 2009

My sister-in-law Elena had this posted on her blog today. I just thought I would pass it along.

http://www.shannonsnuthouse.blogspot.com/

If you have a minute and a few dollars to spare, please head over to Shannon's today and check out the auction taking place. (For 48 hours only!) All proceeds go directly to my dear friend Kori, who's husband is in the final stages of colon cancer. Kori is the sweetest lady, a wonderful mom, and loving wife and can use all the help she gets.

Feel free to spread the word.