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Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell. ~Jean Paul Richter

Mom (Linda Bosworth) when I met her in 1997

 

John’s mom passed away on August 22nd, and I’ve tried a least twenty times since then to post something, but I just haven’t been able to do it. I don’t think I could ever convey in words how I feel about this amazing woman. I’m a very shy person and it takes me awhile to warm up to people, but that was not the case with Linda. From the moment I met her she treated me like one of her daughters, and I never questioned the fact that she cared for me and was there for me.  Some of my most cherished memories will be the lazy days we spent together at the house chatting while the girls played around us, our Thursday lunch dates at McDonalds, and the many road trips we took together. I am so thankful for every moment that I was able to spend with her, and for all the things she taught me along the way. She was such a great example of Christ like love and service, and a shining example of what a mom should be. I love you Mom! I will miss you greatly!

Meet our neighbors

Well, we’ve been here a month and we are starting to see and get to know our neighbors. Let me introduce some of them to you. The first one we met is Mr. Brown Recluse. He was hanging out outside by our trash can. Scary! I don’t think we’ll be good friends, especially since we smashed him with a shovel.

  

The next ones we met last night, Mrs. Black Widow and her sister Mrs. Black Widow. They were hanging out on our patio. Yikes! John grabbed the closest thing to him (which happened to be the girls soccer ball) and smashed them. I’m hoping we don’t meet anymore neighbors anytime soon!!!

 

Mesa Temple Easter Pageant

Yesterday I was online looking at things to do in Arizona, when I came across the website for the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant. I was so excited. Perfect timing. So the girls and I spent the day baking homemade hoagie rolls for our picnic dinner, and when John got home from work we were off to the Temple grounds. We arrived two hours early to ensure that we got a good seat. While waiting for it to start we ate our picnic dinner, walked around the temple grounds, and visited the visitors center. Lauren was very patient with all the waiting. I was pleasantly surprised. She didn’t do so well during the pageant, though. I think it was just a little too late for her, and she was just too tired. Despite a little crankiness, the pageant was excellent and it was a wonderful way to remember the Savior during this Easter season. Here are some pictures from the temple grounds and the pageant.

 

 

Greetings from Arizona!

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a while. Things have been crazy, to say the least, but we are finally in Arizona and starting to settle in. Oh yeah, for those of you that haven’t heard, we’ve moved to Arizona. Surprise! We had a fun trip down, as we drove through California and stopped in at Jason and Sandy’s house. The kids had fun playing with their cousins and going to Sea World. The weather here has been great, and we have already been to the local outdoor pool twice. We’ll have to wait a little bit longer to use the pool in the backyard, as it is not heated and hasn’t quite warmed up yet. Here are some picutres from Seaworld and of the new house and pool.

 

What we’ve been up to lately

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Life has gotten a little crazy around here. I don’t know if it has slowed down any, but I think I am learning to cope a little better :-) So here is a massive post to get you caught up on some of the things we’ve done lately.

We’ll start with cross country. Emily decided she wanted to try running cross country this year. After her first meet, Cailyn and Sara decided they wanted to join in too. We have always found the way Sara runs to be a little amusing. It looks as though she is running in slow-mo, but I guess it works for long distances. On her first race she had a second place finish, and on her second race she had a first place finish. Her third race was the Championship race. She was so excited about it. The first, second and third place finishers were going to get a medal and their picture in the newspaper. She was sure she was going to take first place. During the race, however, she got knocked down by another runner and was hurt. She ended up hobbling across the finish line, very dissapointed. We were so proud of her for finishing the race. What a trooper!

Next, we have the kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch. I was lucky to be able to go with them. We got to ride a train out to the pumpkin patch, pick our pumpkins and then ride a boat back. Of couse, as I went to get on the boat, I realized I had dropped my digital camera somewhere in the pumpkin patch. So I had to go back and look all over for it. I couldn’t find it anywhere, and so I gave up looking as I knew the class was waiting on me to go back to the school. Lucky me, I practically stepped on it as I was walking back to join the class. Close call!

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Then we have trunk-or-treat at the church, which was a lot of fun. It was combined between two wards so there were tons of kids. I brought what I thought was enough candy for trunk-or-treat and Halloween night to the church just to be safe, and I ended up handing it all out. A little over a hundred and fifty pieces!

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Here we are painting and carving our pumpkins.

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Next, we have pictures of the class parties at school. I was able to attend all three of them this year. I feel like I spend a lot of time at school :) I wonder what it will be like when I have all four of them going to the same school?

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And of course, the last one is a picture of trick-or-treating. Lauren was so exicted about trick-or-treating. She didn’t want to stop, and every time we got in the car for the next few days she would ask, “Where are we going, trick-or-treating?”

Time for School Again!

Well, it’s that time of year again… time to send the kids back to school. Yeah! Both Mom and the girls are excited that school is starting back up. Sara is especially excited since she is starting kindergarten. However, we only got to send then off for one day, and then we were on our way to Michigan to spend some time with Grandma Boz. Here are some pics from the first day.

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A quick trip to Utah

We took a quick trip to Utah over Labor Day weekend as John had some business to take care of there. Of course business trips to Utah are fun for the whole family since Grandpa and Grandma Conrad live there. The girls had a great time playing in the playhouse, painting, and going to the waterpark. It was even more fun since Jason, Sandy, Mayah and Connor joined us. It was a full house! Thanks Mom and Dad for putting up with us. On Sunday we went up to see GG (Great-Grandma Ohngren). She had us over for dinner and a visit, and sent us on our way with four big bags of apples. Always good to see you, Gran!

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Seaside, OR

The girls and I decided we needed a day at the beach. Usually we go to Cannon Beach, but we decided to go out on a limb and try something new. We opted for Seaside which is a little more “touristy” than Cannon Beach. We picked the perfect day to go (it was actually warm on the coast, amazing for Oregon.) After getting wet in the waves, building a few sand castles and burying moms feet in the sand, we headed into town to shop and eat ice cream. It was a great day! 

 

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