Ever since he was a little little boy, he always wanted to serve a mission.  There was very little doubt in my mind that he would go.  I read the book "Mommy, Do I Have To Serve A Mission?" to him over and over again, and never got through it without ending up in tears.  I always knew it was coming, so why am I not more prepared?

He called me on Sunday just after his appointment with the stake president, and he simply said, "my papers are in".  I could hear the emotion in his voice and when I asked if he was okay, he cried as he told me how excited he was, and how happy he was.  I am so proud of this boy I call mine.  I'm so amazed by his courage, his strength, his love for others, and his testimony.  He quietly and consistently has made good choices throughout his life, and that has lead him to where he is today.  I'm thankful. Thankful for his example to me and to the rest of our family.  Thankful that he chose our home.  Thankful that he is my son.

The waiting game has begun.  We got an email yesterday from Church Headquarters asking a few questions, and the last email from them said that his papers would go in front of the brethren next week!  I wonder where he will go.  I can't think about if for very long or my heart hurts, but his papers are in, and Nathan is going on a mission.



I need to get better at writing down the funny things my family says.  There are so many times I think, I've got to remember that, and then I never do. So here you have the ones I did write down, and I'll do better next month!

+ "I'm just a little frustrated that no one puts me in charge." - Brittani
+ "I can't believe Nathan kissed 4 girls last night.  He earned some respect from me." - Connor
+ "I think I found my new calling in life - an extreme snowmobiler" - Cody
+ "There are 3 things I hate more than anything: running, Disneyland, and chafing" - Connor
+ "The reason black people can jump so high is because they have an extra bone." - Alvaro
+  At the roller derby - "Do you think they cup check those girls?" - Connor

Never a dull moment, my friends!


For our 2014 Christmas present, my mom gave us a trip to Island Park.  She rented a huge, beautiful cabin, and we all (well...most of us anyway!) gathered for snowmobiling, food, games, and fun!

We were there over Valentine's Day, so I brought stuff for a "Valentine Minute To Win It" game.  We broke up into teams of two had 6 different challenges.  It was a ton of fun!  Nathan and Teague ended up winning, and I can't remember the other placements... I mean, if you're not 1st, you're last, right?!?

We had 1 minute to stack as many conversation hearts as we could.

 ^^I know it looks like I'm winning, but my stack of hearts fell just before the buzzer so my score was a whopping 1!!!

 ^^The same thing happened to my teammate Rick...I warned him, but he didn't listen.  His score was also a 1!!!

The next challenge was to carry the hearts from a plate to a cup in the next room with chopsticks.  The winner was the team with the most hearts in the cup at the end of 1 minute.

We then had to stand about 5 feet away from our cups and see how many mini marshmallows we could get in the cup in 1 minute.

For our next challenge we put an oreo on our forehead and without using our hands, had to get the oreo from our forehead to our mouth.  The trick???  Scrunching your face!

We then had to see how many candy corns we could stand up on a plate in one minute.

And the last challenge was to knock down as many cups as you could in one minute, using the air from a balloon.  It was fun to see the different strategies!


My mom rented 10 snowmobiles, so we played and played, ALL DAY LONG!

+Nathan, Cody, and Tyson found some awesome jumps
+I had the most frightening ride of my life when I let Jaxon have total control of our snowmobile
+Connor's snowmobile caught on fire! No... I'm serious! Rick turned around and saw flames coming out of the side of Connor's snowmobile, and Connor had NO IDEA!
+Jen accidentally jumped off a ledge and her snowmobile rolled on top of her
+Brandi jumped off the same ledge and somehow was able to recover without crashing, even though her legs were flying behind her like a rag doll!
+Alvaro had a hard time figuring out how to get his snowmobile upright whenever it would tip
+My heart was still pounding from Jaxon's driving +We got lost twice because we were following Teague
+We somehow all made it back alive!

^Connor's snowmobile after the fire^


On Sunday, just our little family went out for a beautiful walk.  It was amazing!