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Welcome to Idaho

Goodbye Arizona.

What a time that was… and in the moment it was not fun.

We had to leave our three year mission 10 days early because PB was having symptoms that the Dr said was assuredly COVID. 

So in less than 24 hours of that news, we packed up our stuff that would fit in our two cars and headed out. The rest of our stuff the movers would bring weeks later, and we left the ATM in a confused, panicked mode. 

No official good-byes to our missionaries, no last thank you’s to give, just– leave ASAP.

Eventually, we made it home, driving all the way with a sick EB.

 

 

When we arrived home, our Idaho married children and grandchildren were waiting outside with signs,  smiles, and cheers…that was wonderful. 

However, there were the NO hugs, NO embraces, only a distant hello and far away wave.

That was heart breaking. Not what we had ever anticipated.


 

THEN, our long awaited reunion was abruptly ended as they got in their cars and left.

Slowly and tiredly, we went into the house to quarantine.

Welcome home.

Fabulous February 2020

February is a “leapy” one this year. We get an extra day. Let’s go explore!

PICNIC Time

It’s so green. Wait, it’s only February.

 

And one more special thing this month…..NEWS of another grand baby on it’s way!

Thanks JQ and C$ for sending us another grandson!

 

August 2019 Family Adventures

We had the four married couples come down for a special event this month (JuBean’s baptism). However, we were over the moon excited to have our three granddaughters come down too. We love our children, but boy do we adore our grand babies!!

All week we set off to yummy restaurants, piled into Maxx for a view of the border at Nogales, and drove up Mount Lemmon for some cool air, trees, gorgeous views, and sunset selfies.

Even though the mission home was cramped with 16 people, we enjoyed the family time and making memories in Tucson.

 

Our three granddaughters all together for the first time!


Our Small Summer VAY-CAY

We went on vacation! Yes!

To get away from our crazy go-go-go life, is something we are proud of and feel accomplished for. It has been a long time coming and our kids deserve some outdoor time with Mom & Dad.

We rented an RV, loaded up with food and supplies and drove 2 hours to a spot in the mountains where it was much cooler and much greener than Tucson.

We love you VAY-CAY!

We went to the Chiricahua National Monument campground in southeast Arizona. Still in our mission boundaries, but out enough from the heat, cactus, and WiFi service (haha).

Here are some of the pictures we took. (Sadly, the dog in the RV is only a decal. We don’t have a furry little friend.)

Disclaimer: Most of our pictures are when we are eating. Sorry about this. Obviously, that is our favorite part of vacations!

Christmas 2018

We started off our Christmas season (after all the mission stuff was completed) going to “A Christmas Carol”.

Nothing like Scrooge and the story of compassion, service and brotherly love to get us in the mood for Christmas.

Eboo, Presto, and JuBean were in heaven. The Christmas spirit and “anticipation” were in full gear.

Outside the play, the line for the Giving Machine (#LightTheWorld), was so long and packed. But it was cool seeing one of the five in the entire world.

 

 

Making a gingerbread house is one of our family Christmas traditions. 

We finally got EB to sit and do some Christmas coloring and have some family time.

 

 

We had some wonderful Christmas carolers show up and sing to us.

They were so amazing, we asked them in for more. Thank you Sisters and Elders!

Christmas Eve Dinner: Yummy. Yum. Yummo.

Christmas Jammies 2018

Waiting to go “up” the stairs to see what Santa brought.

 

Let the mess begin!

Christmas morning fatigue and mess…

Christmas is the best with little ones! Dolls, play food, toys….it’s the best!

Lastly, we were able to “Hangout” with Elder Babups!!

He called from Botswana and even though the first call was a silent call (no audio, only video)…

…we got a second chance to talk with him the next day. This time everything worked.

Thank heavens.

What a great way (and sigh of relief) to end the Christmas season by seeing Elder Babups happy and healthy in Africa.

Keep praying for him and all the missionaries around the world. They sure need our prayers.

Happy New Year!

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