Saturday, January 28, 2012

Michelle and Jordan are Engaged!

Can you believe it? We're having a wedding! Jordan proposed last night and I am telling you, Michelle is one happy girl!

It will be in the Salt Lake Temple, but no official date yet.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas 2011 Pt 2

First off....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This was taken at a party in Waterton with my phone. Nope, I wasn't there. I fell asleep at 9:30 pm watching The Walking Dead in bed (dumb), woke up at 12:30 and missed it all. I really should not have gotten that comfortable. Look at Rachel! She just returned home from her mission to Italy a couple of weeks ago.

Neal and Clark finally finished this really cool little project. Clark made one similar to this for his place in Hawaii. A bed, a desk, an organizer, a "whatever you need it to be" kinda place.

Neal has a friend whose dad was collecting old cars from the farms around here, to crush and make some moola. Before they were crushed Neal went over and took all the cool emblems off of the vehicles and this is what he is doing with them.

Game time with Lou Lou's family on Christmas Eve.

It's nice having older kids for sure. They can check Neal out of class. Our family had an important activity. (see below)

Our family took a turn at the soup kitchen on the Blood Reserve. Mark and I have done this quite a few times with various organizations and I thought it would be a good thing for our family to do together.

We provide the food for between 40-75 people and then serve them. Some of these people sleep here at the shelter and might be the only meal of the day for some of them. They are very appreciative. A lot of them make a special point to thank us.

A couple of days after Christmas we had a little Cahoon get together. "Little" is so relative here. We had around 30+ people from age 7 months to 91 years old. We had a potluck appetizer meal, played games and visited. It was a nice evening!

We love Aunt Edna! She is Joyce's sister in law and actually double related to Mark, through marriage and also genetically. It can be crazy in these here parts, let me tell you. She is 91, remembers everything about everything and also has a son who is serving as mission president in Australia. That's not all, her daughter, along with her husband just received a call to be mission presidents- French Speaking. They haven't been assigned their place yet, but will be one of three places that are open. Aunt Edna is a wealth of information and Clark is loving this conversation. I actually can look out my kitchen window and see Aunt Edna's grandmother's house/log house. Ann Eliza Baker was the midwife in Leavitt and surrounding areas and never lost a baby!

So there you have it, the Cahoon happenings of the 2011 Christmas season. I need to add that Michelle had her 4 wisdom teeth taken out after Christmas. That was not fun.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011 Pt 1

Christmas is over and the kids are gone. Just like that! The good thing is that they will all be back in mid February when Laurel has her mission farewell, and then the week that she enters the MTC, Neal has the week off of school so we can spend the whole week in Utah with kids and have more fun.

Here is a quick run down of some of our holiday time together.

Notice the roof? Mark can't help himself when it comes to any kind of roof. He has to be in on the action. Neccos make perfect shingles.

Laurel and Michelle having fun before the ward Christmas party.

And the boys doing the same.

We love our family stockings for two reasons.
1) my mother knit them all. Mine is, of course, 51 years old
2) they stretch, which is very important when Santa fills them.

Lou Lou's family came for Christmas Eve dinner.
Love when that happens!

A Christmas morning tradition that our family enjoys is having homemade cinnamon rolls. So so yummy!

Our "crazy" family picture. I have no idea what I'm doing, but it does add to the weirdness for sure.

Maybe you have heard that we have no snow. We drove to Waterton hoping to find a hill to sled down, but it didn't happen. Not to say that it wasn't cold though. A frozen waterfall.

It has been a fairly windy winter and this is what happens when the wind blows. The snow blows away.

Cold and windy!

Windy and cold!