Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Catch up time...

Hello, blog friends! Life has been very eventful lately; we've had a lot going on.

I failed to mention that we finally made it out to the Bountiful temple. We've cancelled a few times with Emily and Stephen and felt terrible. But the third time is the charm! It was a really nice day out. Brian and I were walking the grounds while we waited for our company. There were a lot of weddings going on that day. We smiled at each other and were both thinking, "Man, am I glad we don't have to go through all that planning stuff again!" Once is enough!

Brian's cousin, Nicole, invited us to her sealing ceremony at the Salt Lake temple. That was very cool. It was neat to see how happy the new couple was. We enjoyed the reception at This Is The Place Park. It was very hot but nice.

My dad has had a rough month with doctors. He had a shunt placed in his arm for dialysis. The chest port wasn't a very good location. This week, he had to go have eye surgery. Incisions were made to remove the fluid that was making good vision a problem. He is now a sporting a pirate patch!

Brian and I were in charge of FHE this month with the Reynolds' family. We all had dinner and then headed over to the float preview at the convention center. That was pretty cool! I had never been before. You get to walk around and look at all the cool ideas people had come up with and then vote for your favorite. We caught a little of the 24th parade to see who won. We still don't know... we must have missed it.

Last weekend, the Lloyds had everyone over for the Cedar Hills fireworks. We had KFC, salads, and rolls. The kids were running around having a good time. We could also hear the men in the basement laughing and having fun with the Wii. Unfortunately, the weather changed drastically and started a nasty thunderstorm. It didn't last long, but the fireworks were cancelled from the strong wind.

My brother, Daniel, sent us a letter and email. He is doing well in Figueira da Foz, Portugal (pics above). He is right by the beach now and loves the sights! He says the people are very nice, but there are a lot of Catholics. He is making friends and being a hard worker and good example. Sometimes that's all you can do.

I had the opportunity to sing with a group of ladies in church last Sunday. That was a lot of fun! It's been a while since I've sung in front of people. Some of our family members came to support and listen. I think it turned out really well! Brian and I later went to the Blanks' for dinner and socializing. Plans were made for the Klinell's 50th anniversary party in a few weeks. Our family from Texas is planning on staying throughout that week and visiting with us. It will be fun to have everyone here!

That's it for the loooong post. If you don't get through it all, don't feel badly!