Friday, August 29, 2008

Welcome Home Faithful Brothers!!!!


Our brothers have returned with honor from their challenging but rewarding missions in Central and South America! Nauni's brother Joe served in the Asuncion, Paraguay Mission and JM's brother Christopher served in the Tegucigalpa, Honduras Mission! It was so special to have them both return within four days of each other! Wow, those Spanish speaking, funny boys sure are a hoot! It has been really fun listening to their stories and fond memories of their humble experiences! When Christopher stepped into his room for the first time in two years, he just laid on the floor and exclaimed how much he loves carpet and how much he missed it! It was really funny. Joe is cute as he tries to remember English. He usually forgets a word or two every couple of sentences. We love to hear him pray in Spanish. We already got to hear Joe speak in his home ward in California the weekend he came home. His talk was one of the most humble and Spirit-driven talks I have ever heard. I am so proud of the man he has become. His testimony really rocks, and it is so special to hear him bear it in Spanish! I don't think he can even do it in English! We love our brothers and are so glad to have them back at home with us!
WE LOVE YOU BOYS!!!!


We got to pick up Christopher at the airport!
Look at how happy Mom is!!

JM was so excited to see his little bro!!

Nauni and Meliss excitedly wait for Chris
at the Airport!!

Silly JM!! I love you honey bee!!

We traveled out to CA to see Joe the day he got home!
We played at the park and went to the beach on Saturday!

Kody is so stinkin' cute, drool and all!!

Joe has sweet futbol skills!!

Jed got a part time job as a clown...ha ha just teasing, he and Chris got their heads shaved, and look very handsome! This was half way thru Jed's hair cut!

Our Good Lookin' Brothers!!!

Nauni with Carly and Makena! I miss you guys!!

Chris and Joe Joe! Thanks for the sweet
Honduran and Paraguayan gifts!
We love them!!!!!

Joe playing beautiful guitar
and singing "I Know that My Redeemer Lives"
...in Guarani!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN!!

OUR FIRST DATE September 3, 2000

Our 7th Anniversary August 17, 2008

JM and I are celebrating our 7th Anniversary today! We are calling it "Lucky Number Seven" because we are still so in love and can't believe we have been married for seven wonderful years. I will admit that I am a bit of a firecracker, but JM has shown such patience and compassion for me all these years, and I work hard every day to make him the happiest man on earth as a thank you. We are best friends and the perfect match. I know the Lord helped me endure a rough journey and rewarded me with JM at the top of the climb! We are both so grateful to a Loving Heavenly Father who guides us in our path to an Eternal Life together. These seven years have been the happiest years of my life...and HERE'S TO A ZILLION MORE!

Part of our anniversary celebration included a VERY fun weekend up in Pine Top with our cousins and friends! We got to go shooting, played games, watched movies, and enjoyed the beautiful and spontaneous rain! It was a blast!


JM shooting Jon's AK-47

Kara shooting our FS 2000

Cute JM and Jon lookin' all tough!

Nauni and Matty

JM shooting clay pigeons with Jon's Shotgun!
He was such a pro!!

Nauni trying out the shotgun! Two shots,
quite enough for my weaksauce shoulder!

JM so cute enjoying his FS2000!

The whole gang!!

The ladies!

Silly Nauni and Meliss

All of us at the end of a sweet trip!!
Thanks guys!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Crazy Campers!!

We had a fun weekend camping up near Strawberry, AZ. Our good friends Erin and Matt went with us! The forecasts called for rain, and we were excited! We camped in this beautiful spot JM's dad recommended (old hunting spot!) and we loved it! We set up in the dark while it was raining...and the boys did great! In addition to enjoying the cool weather and beautiful nature, we had fun playing San Juan, eating gourmet camping food (french toast and bacon for breakfast!), and got to go shooting. Erin rocked that 9mm!! Nice job! We even got to do a little geo-caching. We found one right in our campsite!! What odds! It was so fun we didn't want to leave, and even convinced Erin into a future two-dayer! Here's to the four amazing "hunter-gatherers!" Ha ha!


San Juan! Nauni smoked everyone twice!

JM and Nauni, Camping Extraordinaires

Sharp Shooter Nauni

Those water bottles didn't stand a chance!

Charlie's Angels Understudies

What is going on here exactly??

Our sweet truck in all its muddy glory!

Nauni and Erin, starring in "Smore Sticks"

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Little Chanel!!!!


We had the best weekend up at Jes and Tony's in Midvale, UT visiting little Chanel!! She is so beautiful and so tiny! She was born a month early, but is perfectly healthy and perfectly cute!! She's almost two months old now! We had a blast hanging out with Chanel, and while she slept, we played games and ate tasty food with Jes and Tony! Thanks for having us up guys, we are excited that you will be moving down by us in Arizona soon!