Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Can you guess who's who with this disgusting disguise
covering up the perfect noses of these cute little guys?

One of these little guys took this picture of me. Very impressive
photography skills for a 4 year old.
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Friday, August 21, 2009

A Very Special Day (Part 3)

After the baptism, the whole gang headed to the Thurston's for a wonderful dinner and birthday party for
Thomas (whose 6th birthday is actually tomorrow) and . . .

. . . for Gus, pictured here with his gift from his namesake, Grandpa Morgan

I've never, in my life, seen a child more thrilled with his birthday gifts than Thomas. He received 2 "Kids Bop" cd's that
brought on the biggest whoop of joy and dancing around the room witnessed by man.
Uncle Dwight immediately put on a cd and the dancing began. I videoed it all and am attempting to put that on the blog
so that you don't have to take my word for it. We'll see if it works. If not, you must all come by to check it out, because it
is hillarious!

This is the video, but at this point it isn't playing, so I'll see if it starts once I
actually publish my post. (keeping my fingers crossed)
Bummer, it didn't work. If anyone has any hints for how to do it, let me know.

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A Very Special Day (Part 2)

Ella was baptized by her Grandpa Thurston,

and confirmed by her Grandpa Morgan.

Gus' dad, Anthony, took care of both ordinances for him.

He got lots of support from his handsome brothers.
So did Ella, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture of
her with her brothers, but they were there in full support.

These kids also had their grandparents from both sides of the family and aunts, uncles, and cousins in galore all there to witness this event. What made the day even more special, was the fact that Gus was baptized on his birthday and that he and Ella were able to get baptized with a cousin. Those kinds of things make the day very memorable. It was so great that the Esplin's made the effort to travel to Boise so that we could all be in on this wonderful day together. But it didn't end here. Tune in for Part 3 to see what happened next.
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A Very Special Day (Part 1)

We had such a special day with our family, brought about by the choice of this young lady (Ella). . .

. . . and this young man (Gus) to be baptized members of the church.

They look so adorable dressed all in white.

I liked the way they kept checking out each others outfits. It must have been like looking in the mirror.

Sorry this program won't let me put more than 4 pictures at a time into it,
so you'll have to check out Part 2 for the rest of the story.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

OUCH! ! !

I've learned that a double meniscus-ectomy can be a big owie!

The doctor was nice enough to give me a copy of these pictures of Saturn he took during the
surgery. For some reason he thought they might help me to understand the problems he
discovered while scoping out my knees!

I'm still trying to figure out what these marks on my feet were all about.
Gus says that the nurse took her 2 year old in and gave her a pen to play with
to keep her quiet. She did a bit of scribbling on my knees, too.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

What Did You Learn in Primary Today?

I get such a kick out of little kids. I love to have long conversations with
them and get their view on things.
Yesterday, after church, I asked Wini what she learned in Primary.

Without missing a beat, she answered, "I learned that if you sit very
still they will give you some cereal!"
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Update on our Feathered Friend

Per Emily's request, here is an update on the activities of our
new friend, Pico (thanks for the suggestion, Memzy).

Last night, Gus went outside to put the cover on our BBQ and noticed that
this lovely peacock was sitting. . .

. . . on the peak of this roof belonging to our next door neighbor,

answering the question we had been asking ourselves . . .
"Can peacocks fly?"
Unfortunately it was too dark to get a picture of Pico sitting up there, but trust me, that's where he was!

This morning he was on our front porch demanding his breakfast that Gus
quickly made and served to him out on the lawn.

If you are wondering what Pico was served . . . Mickey Mouse Pancakes.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We Have a New Friend!!!!

Yesterday morning, when we went into the kitchen this colorful fellow was standing on our back doorstep.

Gus encouraged him to stick around by throwing out some bread crumbs.

He must have really loved that bread, because he was still here this morning!

If he's still here tomorrow, we'll give him a name. Any suggestions?
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