Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Memo of My Missionary- "The days go by"

The northern half of the mission.

Good times. The Spirit has confirmed to me that the words of King
Benjamin are true. When we are in the service of our fellow beings we
are only in the service of our God. There isn't much in this world
that brings me more joy than serving my brothers and sisters. Christ
was the ultimate example of service. Always lifting up others. Always
teaching a lesson.

New companion. Elder Landon Trejo of Saint David Arizona. Age twenty. Been in his
mission six weeks less than me. Going good so far.......

The Peterson family

A member made us some amazing cookies and cream milkshakes!

Shopping spree.

Some birdies.

Grabbing a quick nap during lunch.

On exchanges with Elder Brown. These elders' weekly numbers are way, way
down so my district leader sent me over there to figure out what's
going on. I hate special assignments.

With Doug Walker's parents. (They are from Star Valley, also. Doug Walker's wife was Anthony's Tae Kwon Do instructor for many years)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Still

There's our spot!

We dunked our baby.

Harrison is now a baptized member in the kingdom of our Lord.

Baby jalapeno!

Jake used this in a batch of nachos and it was so yummy. This little pepper has a very strong, delicious flavor.

Our first harvested tomato.

Patiently developing.

This is the two-boys' box. They come eat peas every day.

Hope the carrots are sweet!

Doin' just fine.

He loves to mow.
Morgan has been making ships with Legos.

Isn't this cool?

Upper and lower deck. Kitchen with food.

Weapons all over the place.

This one reminds me of the movie "Flushed away" cuz of the reaching arm.

Kiki has been making all kinds of unexpected things from those tiny rubber bands that are trying to take over the world. This is her latest. Cupcake earrings!

I get to keep this adorable little guy.

Aren't these fabulous?

What would you name a superhero made from rubber bands?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Partying in the Contiguous United States

The first day of the County Fair, there is always a parade.

The kids decided about three hours before starting time they wanted to be in it. They bought the candy and registered all by themselves.

They threw most of their candy right at the start and Maddie had to use her foot as the brake. But they had fun!

For Andie's b-day, Grandma threw her a surprise bowling and pizza party. For some reason, the younger kids wanted to hold their bowling balls. Weird.

We were so hungry waiting for the pizza!

We kept having problems with the machinery. Weird stuff kept happening. Weird.

Harris made 100 points! He was the ONLY one to break three digits. He's always watching...always studying.

Bowling Granny.


When your boys forget to buy punks to light fireworks and use every match in the house, this is how you light your birthday candles. Just another day at the Galloway's.

She's so adorable.

Their final night, we stayed at my Sister Missionary's house in Lehi, Utah.

They had tons of fun playing capture the flag.

Stay out of jail!
Farewell, Alaska Gals. Until we meet again!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Batik Workshop a la Tiana

Remember back in October when my Auntie Judy came for a visit and taught us batik painting on silk dream catchers? Well, I was invited to give a class for children in the summer Art Camp which is arranged by the Star Valley Arts Counsel. (Which I'd like to join when I grow up!) Judy offers actual real workshops over in Guam. She offers them privately and also through hotels and tourist agencies.
Doctor Auntie Judy in the house (last year.) She is so much fun!
Now that I've done it once, I know how better to conduct the class. I had three hours to fill and we were almost done after one hour!
I had some examples of finished dream catchers and I also brought some black line drawings for the kids to use, if they wanted.
This beautiful little girl is one of Jake's first cousins once removed. Ha. Seriously, she really is. I just love how independent and confident she is. She never needed any help but always told me directly what she needed.
This is the designated wax-melting crock-pot.

After they each finished their two dream catchers, I let them paint on paper if they wanted.
Next time, I would make them practice on paper NOT making close lines first, and try using the wax as a shield to achieve different effects before
 working on the silk.
This little boy was actually too young but, his grandma said she'd stay so we let him participate. He was very energetic and persistent!

The boy who did this was very good at drawing. He loved the outdoors so that's what he wanted to do.

That's the nature loving artist, in the camo shirt.
I just love this little girl's personality and she also was quite good at drawing. She was not afraid to try different things.
Totally adorable!

It was a fun experience, and I would do it again. Thanks for the invite, Star Valley Arts Counsel.