Thanksgiving week Family Reunion

We spent thanksgiving week with family in a rented home in Bountiful, Utah. There were 22 of us in one house! We all had a great time, got some family pictures (thanks to Liz), and all the kids got to know each other– some for the first time.

We held a ‘birthday party’ for everyone and had Christmas presents for everyone.

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We had time to get to talk as small and large groups

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There was a play room for the kids, that they used a LOT

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I would often find the children in small groups playing with each other

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The children would make cards for us and each other

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We also had a chance to go to Chucky Cheese, for a break?

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Then it was back to the house again

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At one point I found the ‘girls’ dancing in the kitchen to music playing on Terri’s machine

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Then, of course, there was the need for family pictures, taken by Liz

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It was fun to watch the parents try to get the kids attention. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes the children just screamed anyway…

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As we were leaving, some last minute pictures were taken

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We all had a great time, and have a lot of memories to treasure. Happy Holidays!

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Clawson Halloween

First time going with the kids for Halloween. It was also the first time for some of the kids (who have been living in Brazil) !

Mike and Tamy did a great job on their house

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The crew is all set to go: Robbie (looks exactly like Harry Potter!), Gabe the zombie, Lita the vampiress? And Jack …

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It took most people a while to get this one…

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While we went out into the cold (I came in early), Terri stayed at home to give out treats.

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Not sure this fits the halloween theme, but…

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The kids counting out how much loot they got. They even shared a little with me!

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It was a good night for them. Mike’s area was very busy with lots of kids. Liz, however, had her normal 2-3 visitors– a typical slow night.

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Morning walks and bike rides

One of the blessings of being home is being able to go on walks with our grandchildren. On this morning Ben, Grae (the dog), and I went for a walk. img_0108   img_0111   img_0114  img_0116 img_0117 img_0118

In addition to walks, some of us are re-learning how to ride a bike!

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The weather has been nice here, but getting chilly. We are trying to take advantage of the warmer weather while it lasts!

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The birthday party

Terri and I have been waiting to celebrate our birthdays at Benihana, but never could get the timing right with the family. We finally got to do this on Saturday night.

Lita has the chef’s hat on, Terri, Jaime, Liz, and Kael

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Liz, Kael, Gabe, Ben, Robbie

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Jeremiah, Mike, Piter, Tamy

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We had not one, but two great chefs to entertain and feed us!

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We were even able to get a group picture!

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The great pumpkin

Yesterday was the great pumpkin race at Daybreak. We had a fun time with the family.

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There was a LOT of people, and they had some food trucks, etc. This was right across the street from Liz.

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We had to wait a while, but then they finally got into their huge pumpkins to start the race.

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It was a great day for family. Hard to believe Terri is in jeans! We were sitting with our oldest son Mike, with his wife Tamy (holding their newest son Piter) with Robbie, Gabe and Lita.

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They have several races, with some spills, and most were wearing costumes… and for those interested in politics, Hilary Clinton won the race…

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Misc family updates

I guess it’s time to update some things that have been going on. Today we went to hear my son Jeremiah speak at his new ward (he was just called to be in the Elders Quorum Presidency). It’s weird to be able to go see our children and grandchildren participate in the gospel! In fact, we have yet to even attend our real (new) ward… We attended our old ward just after getting back, then it was General Conference, then we got to go see our grandchildren in a primary program, and this week we saw our son JJ give a talk…perhaps next week we can go to our real ward and me our new Bishop.

We have also been able to see soccer games and attend Family Home Evenings, etc. We are relishing it as though it won’t last.

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Terri and our granddaughter Lita (visiting from Brazil)

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Terri at her birthday party at JJ’s. The cake was made by our newest daughter-in-law Tamy. Yes, she is 62 and I am 64 this year…

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Our grandson Gabe (tall on the right) at soccer game

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Terri and our daughter Liz enjoying the sun at the soccer game

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My online cooking school product: still learning about salads… maybe move up to soups next year?

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Family Home Evening with the grandchildren who decided to play a musical number or two! Gabe, Kael, and Ben

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Lita leaping over stuff while the boys play music in the background

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My oldest son Mike being coach for the day at indoor soccer (usually JJ is coach), with Gabe and Kael

As you can see, we are enjoying our time at home!

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Kevan and Terri adjusting…

Well, Terri and I are slowly getting adjusted to ‘real life.’ Although it is already cold here, so I miss the islands already!

We have been able to see most of our children and grandchildren–the only ones left are our Mexican family who live in Mexico City. They will be coming for Thanksgiving, so we will be able to see them then.

We went to our ‘old’ Ward two weeks ago, to meet our bishop for the first, and last, time. The Ward split after we left, and just split again as we came home…so we had never met our bishop, and will not be in his ward now that we are home! We will be visiting our new ‘permanent’? ward this Sunday.

Terri got me an online cooking course for my birthday, so I have been starting to learn how to cook (I guess it is about time, since I have been cooking for Terri for over 11 yrs now!). The course starts with salads…

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Well, its a start! I already do pretty good soups…but I’m sure I will learn some things.

Terri is busy studying and actively looking for work as a PA in South Jordan, UT. She wants to start work after the first of the year (after all of our partying is done 🙂 And I will be starting to write a book, I think, perhaps, hopefully…

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