Sunday, September 14, 2008

Busy, Busy

Okay, I don't know how some of you keep up with your Blogs every week. I have had a busy summer so please forgive me. From now on I will post something every week even if nothing exciting happens. I think I have everything updated now but I did leave out a few things. Michael received his Arrow of Light in August and Whitney has been playing on the high school soccer team. (See Pictures) Emily and Amy have started taking dance and Zach moved into a new apartment. Matthew was deployed to Texas for a couple of days to help with the hurricanes but it blew right over them so he didn't do much. AHHHHHH I think I finally have everything updated. Have a great week.


MTC does not stand for Mother's Torture Chamber but somebody did tells us that the missionaries sometimes refer to it has spirit prison. Josh will soon find out. We dropped him off on Wednesday, September 10. I was the only one who cried. The kids were trying not to cheer too loudly. He has tortured them so much in the past week that they were ready for him to leave. I think Josh did this on purpose so they would cry when he left. We haven't heard from him since we dropped him off so he must be busy. For those who would like to write him his address is:

Elder Joshua Calton
MTC Mailbox #340
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, Utah 84604-1793
He will be there until October 2. Most missionaries who are learning a language stay there longer so I think he will probably go tot the MTC in the Dominican Republic after he leaves Provo.

Lake Powell

Redmond Minerals has started sending all employees and their spouses to Lake Powell each year for a company training meeting. Our trip last year got cancelled so we were really excited to go this year. The weather was perfect and we had a great time. We had a great time swimming and boating and it was nice to relax in an air conditioned house boat when we were done. I am already looking forward to next year.

Josh's Missionary Farewell

Thank you to everybody who came to Josh's farewell. It went great and we had enough food to feed the Army which is what we were planning on but Josh's army friends got called to a mandatory army meeting at the last minute and only a couple of them were able to make it. It was great to have so many family member there. Josh really appreciates all of your support.

Salt Lake Temple

Josh went through the Salt Lake temple on August 20th. It was great to have Aunt Gini and Grandma and Grandpa Stoker with us.

Girl's Camp

Thank you for all your Girl's Camp ideas. Girl's Camp was great. Out theme was Steadfast Like the Stars and we had Amy's science teacher come to camp with a telescope. The sky was perfect and we got to see Jupiter through the telescope. It looked just like it does in pictures. I can't believe how many stars you can see in the mountain sky. The girls were great!

Driving for 12 hours with seven people in a van didn't turn out so bad even though two of the girls had PMS. It was great to see Matt. He lives in a little apartment by himself and spends most of his day working on airplanes. He didn't get out much because he didn't have a car so we helped him get one while we were there. We stayed at a great place. It was a condo on a golf course. We got a great price because nobody wants to visit Arizona in July when it is 110 degrees. What were we thinking? We were all amazed by the cactus. There were so many everywhere. It was kind of like sagebrush in Utah. I think next time we visit we will go in the winter. WE LOVE YOU MATT!