Two down, one to go.
This last weekend Anna and I flew to my parent's home to be there for Denver's farewell. He spoke in sacrament meeting, but he doesn't leave for Brazil for another week. You might recall that he is the one who fell victim to one of my dad's pranks -- the fake missionary letter. During my visit it was great to spend some time with my brother Sam, his wife Heidi, and my new niece Carlee. They live clear across the country so this was a rare opportunity for everyone to get together. Everyone except for Kent -- he's finishing up the last couple days of his mission in Portugal!
We spent Saturday mostly hanging out, hit some golf balls out in the back, watched Sam, Mason & Pepsi swimming (the little girls also took a dip in the pool), and enjoyed a nice dinner out.
We also had quite a bit of excitement with Pepsi that afternoon. She got into some rat poison while the guys were cleaning out the garage. So we spent about an hour trying to save her life by giving her hotdogs soaked in activated charcoal, followed by pouring hydrogen peroxide down her throat so she could puke it all up (my uncle, who deals a lot with animals, told us what we needed to do). It was pretty gross, but it did the trick. As far as I know she's still running around like a crazy dog and catching gophers today.
On Sunday Carlee (she's just 7 wks old) and Anna had matching dresses to wear to church (they were so cute). Denver & my dad spoke in Sacrament meeting and both did such a good job. I don't think I've ever heard Denver speak in church so that was fun. And Mason blessed the sacrament -- he's just barely 16. A very fun day for my family.
And before I knew it I was back in the car for the 2 1/2 hour drive to the airport. Anna was good through all of the traveling and late night flights, so that made things nice.
My dad celebrated his 50th birthday recently and for a couple months I have been working on a top-secret project with my brothers. We compiled an album titled "50 things we love about you" along with pictures of us with our dad throughout the years. And we were finally able to give it to him! It was a fun project to do and see the varied responses that came from each of my brothers. My dad was very touched by it -- I think we got the reaction we were looking for. Just thought I'd share the entries that I contributed.