Tuesday, September 29, 2009


We had a nice weekend in Paris. We spent 2 days at Disneyland and 2 days in the city. We set the bar pretty high this year for birthdays. Maya has been talking about going to see Mickey again. I told her only when Ethen is old enough to ride.

Dave and I decided we need to see Paris sometime kid-free. Their subway system isn't stroller-friendly at all. We found everyone there to be very friendly and I got lots of offers to help with the strollers. Either the Parisien attitude towards Americans is false, or we just ran into friendly tourists wherever we went.

More pictures from Disney and Maya's birthday party to come...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another Testament

Powerful. Get your kleenex before you hit play.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weed Bouquet


I taught the lesson in Relief Society on Friendship last Sunday. I was struck by this quote. Never thought of friendship in this light....

"Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of ‘Mormonism’; [it is designed] to revolutionize and civilize the world, and cause wars and contentions to cease and men to become friends and brothers. … it unites the human family with its happy influence.That friendship which intelligent beings would accept as sincere must arise from love, and that love grow out of virtue, which is as much a part of religion as light is a part of Jehovah. Hence the saying of Jesus, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ [John 15:13.] -- Joseph Smith

We went around the room and introduced ourselves. There were sisters there from the Phillipines, Mongolia, Spain, Zimbabwe, Korea, Jamaica, England, France, and the US. Truly the gospel of Jesus Christ unites.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Week 36

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not much...

So I'm kind of in a creative slump lately. Not much to look at, but here are a couple pages.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's a Wonder...A 7th Wonder

Well, the announcement has been made public and it's official.

Growing up I always thought it would be cool to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, it's hard to define what those wonders are because there are wonders of the natural world, the modern world, the underwater world, the industrial world... You get the picture.

I'm talking about the seven wonders of the ancient world. The original seven wonders. Can you name them? I couldn't. But I got the one that counts.

The pyramids at Giza.

Never in my life would I have thought that I'd be LIVING in the SHADOW of one of the wonders, much less, THE Wonder.

Yup, we're moving to Cairo, Egypt. Come October I'm going to have to shelf French (all two words I know) and pull out the Arabic. I don't even know one word. Anyone?? Anyone??

So, you have approximately one month to come visit us in Switzerland, and then it'll have to be a camel ride for you. Seriously, come visit us before it's too late. I'm dying for more company. Somehow I think our visitors are going to taper off once we cross the Med.

My mom told me when I got married I could never move east of the Mississippi River. Well, I lived right on the east bank, one mile away. Now I live on the Rhone River. Why not the Nile?

Girls Trip to Zurich

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Caught up!

Yay, I am currently caught up scrapbooking Maya and Ethen's albums. It's a good feeling; we'll see how long it lasts.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Funny FHE

We had FHE tonight because last night the kids were too tired. Dave taught the lesson on the Holy Ghost.

Dave: The Holy Ghost helps us feel good inside.

Maya: Jesus loves Maya.

Dave: Yes. He does. The Holy Ghost helps us feel good inside.

Maya: Jesus loves Daddy.

Dave: Yes. He does. The Holy Ghost helps us feel good inside.

Maya: Jesus loves Mommy.

Dave: Yes, and Ethen too. The Holy Ghost helps us feel good inside.

Maya: Cookies make daddy feel good inside.

Dave: Yes, that's it, we're done. Let's say a prayer and have cookies.

Maya then said the prayer and while I didn't catch all that she said, there was something about "Ethen screaming."