Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hermana Cahoon in Buenos Aires!

Laurel's mission president's wife has a mission blog and she is always so good to include good information and a lot pictures. It was there, on the mission blog, that I knew Laurel had received her visa before she even knew.  It was so hopeful to read that info. on the blog, but until we heard (which was a call from her mission president in Spokane) officially, it was hard to really believe it was actually happening. 
Here are some pictures that I took off of the blog.  I will also add Sister Carter's words below each picture.  

After the tour of the city, we stopped off at the park where one of the elders offered a really beautiful prayer of thankfulness that their visas had arrived and that they have the opportunity to be in this very special place.

 After sharing the history and taking an official photo, we also had to take a celebration picture! They made it!!!!!!!

We had a little extra time so we took them over to see the widest river in the world—I think it is like 136 miles across. However, for me the best part is the city skyline in the distance.

There is a cute local restaurant just down the street from the mission home. Actually, Presidente and I eat there about once a week. We decided to take the missionaries there for lunch. They still seem a little dazed that they really are in Argentina. They got a quick dose of reality when they got handed the menu and the waitress was speaking waaaaay faster than the Spanish they are used to hearing.

We spent the afternoon at the mission home and while Presidente was doing interviews, Elder Douglass and I were answering questions about life in Argentina and sharing amusing and/or interesting missionary stories. I have to say that the missionaries also kept us quite entertained sharing their various experiences as well.

Can't wait to get Laurel's first email next week. See Sister Leavitt on the left side of Laurel with the white coat?  They are related. Thomas Rowell Leavitt had 3 wives.  Laurel is from wife #1 and Sister Leavitt is from wife #2.  Thomas R Leavitt settled Leavitt.  We live in Leavitt and I think this tidbit is extra cool!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Hermana Cahoon

 LAUREL FINALLY GOT HER VISA and she is flying out today. YEA!
What a great birthday gift. 
Happy Birthday Laurel.
We love you a ton!

August 30, 1988
Cardston, Alberta

15 months old.
Huntington Beach, CA

2 1/2 years old
Thousand Oaks, CA
Yah, you got it.  Laurel is playing with shortening!

4 years old

5 years old
Laurel was in a performing group called, The Sunshine Generation for a few years and just loved it.  She has always loved to sing. 

7 years old
Leavitt. Alberta 
at Grandma and Grandpa Cahoon's home, with a wig.

In case you are wondering what is under that covering, it is a stereo. 

Laurel loves her daddy.
A lot! 

 She just finished singing a song for Grandma Cahoon. 

A birthday celebration in Babb, Montana. 

LOVE this picture of Laurel and I. 
 An evening ride in Waterton.

We love you Hermana Cahoon!
Hope your day is great!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY or should I say.....
Feliz cumpleaños a ti
Feliz cumpleaños querida Laurel
Feliz cumpleaños a ti
Feliz cumpleaños a ti 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cahoon Family

The unofficial Cahoon reunion is over.  All of the brothers and sisters were able to come up for a short visit and this is no small feat with 10 living children.  They are spread out from Washington to Texas to Alberta and in between.  Along with grandkids and great grandkids I think there were over 50+ here at one time and constant overlapping.  At an official Cahoon reunion there are at least double that, easy.  Joyce loved having her kids home as you can imagine. Out of 11 children, 6 sons and 1 daughter served missions with all children marrying in the temple along with every married grandchild as well.  I'm pretty safe in saying that every male grandchild and a few female grandchildren have served missions as well.  Joyce and Lervae served 3 missions themselves so it is no surprise so many of their posterity have too. 

 Nealster and our dog Rio.  We love Rio.  Her name is Rio Cahoon and she is a part of our family. 

 Here are all of the kids together, oldest to youngest, starting left to right.  Yep, Pam was the only girl for a lot of years and look at Orlan at the end with all of his sisters.  Colleen who passed away at the age of 19 was in between Orlan and Merlene.  Mark is smack dab in the middle with 5 younger and 5 older siblings, with 5 sisters and 5 brothers.  I would say that is pretty even steven. He is very well adjusted :)

 Mark and his mom. My sweet lens was not on it's best game. A little blurry, I know. 

 We always try to have sing song time. Here is Orlan with his younger son, Michael.  

 Joyce and a few of her daughters. A fun bunch. Pam was busy playing the piano so she missed out.  

 It was parade time in Cardston while the family was here.  Always a fun time. 
I don't know why Chris, oh never mind.  Lou Lou is taking the picture and that is why she is not sitting next to Chris. 

 Aunt Edna is 93 I believe. Could be 94, not sure.  She is as smart as a whip let me tell you.  We love when she comes to visit.  I think Aunt Edna is perfect along with Joyce.  

 Here is a complete family picture minus Lervae, but all the children are represented.  Colleen is in the framed picture on the mantle.  

 Just one of those "gazing into each other's eyes" kinda picture.

Here they are all in one last picture of the post.  I could have not married into a better family. Just love and laughter when they get together.  

Monday, August 13, 2012

I Just Love it When My Kids Come to Visit

Ok. So. My kids come and my kids go. Just like that. 
"Poof" as Lou Lou would say. 

Brad, Jordan & Michelle and Kelly, my niece drove up last week for a quick visit.  It was Heritage Week in Cardston and along with that always comes immediate and extended family from far and near. More on the extended family in my next post. 

Brad has always loved to ride.  Grandpa Cahoon always had a couple of horses and Brad enjoyed riding as a little boy.  Our friend Dixie has some cattle in the community pasture along with other cattle owners so once in awhile she has to take her turn to check fences and make sure the cattle are doing well.  So far there has been a bear kill and a wolf kill. Oh hey, if you want to make some extra money there is a wolf bounty.  $500 a kill. 

The ride was perfect. Just 5 of us taking care of business.

Hanna is 11 and she can ride a horse like nobody's business.  She and Brad had a good time.  Here she is being a "tourist".  You know, posing for the camera, which I guess makes Brad a tourist because he was posing in the picture above.  But then, say if you were born here in Canada and don't live here, does that make you a tourist?  How about if you live here like Hanna who wasn't born in Canada, does that make her a tourist?  Brad and Hanna went round and round and round on this.  Crazy kids. 

 Here I am not being a tourist because I am not posing. I am working.  To be honest, I am moving cattle but only for the picture.  I am posing. this!

We have a small fire pit in our backyard that we are enjoying this summer.  The kids were having fun taking pictures with my new lens. 

Still so totally into each other!
Jordan starts law school at the U of U this week so they came up for one last relaxing weekend. 

Clark came up for a quick visit too with 17 friends from SLC.  They crashed in the basement every night after hiking all day.  I loved having them and the busy-ness of it all. Here are some of them on their way through Red Rock.  My kids and the gang walked quite a ways up the creek and loved it. 

I stayed back and had fun with my new lens and thoroughly enjoyed the sun. 
Love summertime here!

I'm not really sure what I did here to get this picture, but it's cool looking anyways.  I think it was the shutter speed. There is a lot to learn and then you have to remember it. 




Look at Hermana Cahoon. This picture is typical of her letters-always happy and cheerful. She still has not received her VISA if you can even believe it.  Argentina is being very slow in issuing them for some reason. 

Just doing some service with a smile on her face, of course. 

PS. Laurel reads these posts so I am going to give her a shout out!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

27 Years of Sharing.....

So, today is Mark and Brad's birthday. Since they were born on the same day I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of their shared birthdays. 

 August 4, 1985
Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada

 August 4, 1989
Huntington Beach, California

 August 4, 2003
Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada

 August 4, 2011
Leavitt, Alberta, Canada

 If Mark could have the wish he wants it would be to fish....
All. Day. Long!

Brad's wish?  Hm....I don't really know know. 
I think you should put in the comment section Brad what you wish you could do on your birthday this year.

Happy Birthday you two.
Love your wife and and your momma!