Thursday, December 3, 2009

Prayers are appreciated

Well, so here's the news. It's a boy! But our sweet little one has a lot of problems. So much so that they don't expect him to live very long after birth, if he makes it through the birth. I am hesitant to share this news so soon, because I don't want to make any of you sad. However, as stated in the title we would appreciate your prayers. We are very greatful to still be pregnant, and resovled that the Lord's will, will be done. It's just sad for us. not for him, he will gain a body and be able to go back to his Heavenly Father. We just hope to be able to have a few precious moments with him before that happens. We love you and thank you all for your love and support. Our ward will probably want to do a special fast for us at some time. For those who might like to join us in that, I'll try to post when it will be. Love the Stangers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The 19-20 somethings

I thought this was a fun picture of the cousins that were at Coby's Farewell that are 19-20. Let's see---we have Coby, Devin, Brennan, and Tary and Mindy



Just the boys...............

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Farewell

Just reminding everyone of Coby's farewell this Sunday. We'd love to have you come and have Thanksgiving Dinner with all of us. We miss seeing everyone with the family getting so large, but please know we love you and your families. Hope all of the kids had fun tricker treating and all is well. Our meeting starts at 1:00 PM and the church is just down the street from our home.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Check out my photography Blog

I got my photography blog up and going.  If you want to check it out, here is the link.
Ashley Mullen Photography

Monday, September 7, 2009

OOPS

Okay family! I was in a hurry and put the post on Ashley's post "THIS IS AWESOME". One way to get you to read them! Ha!

MISSION CALL

Coby after much trial and tribulation has decided to serve his mission! He said he was tired of the adversary being on his tail and he wanted to put a stop to it. It came and Mom was the first to get it, Coby came home, but had to wait to skpe Chase so they could watch. He is going to California San Fernando Valley Spanish. He is way excited. As I commented on the last post, I thought for his farewell on NOVEMBER 8 @ 1:00 PM we could serve Cafe Rio Pork Pulled Salad. (Spanish meal, you know!), but Coby said after he thought about it overnight, he would like a BIG THANKSGIVING DINNER with the family. Okay, that's what we will have then. Everyone is invited and if you could just RSVP us so we can know how many to expect and any sleeping accommodations we can do. Coby is getting his endowments out tomorrow and Grandpa and Grandma are driving up from Henry's Lake. We will also be taking some family names on my side we were able to find on the New Family Search site. What a blessing it is to have this new program to check for corrections and make sure family members have not been skipped over! Coby will be doing the baptizing for 11 more we found yesterday morning. This is truly a blessing. Love you all and if those family members reading this will pass this info onto those who don't read this. We love you and hope things are going well (or as good as can be) for everyone. Love, Kim and Tammy



Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lark 8/25/09 We will be blessed

Dear Family,
First off, I need to address some things that I neglected recently, and for that I´m truely sorry,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARRY!!!!!!! It´s your big day!! Your 20! I can´t even beleive that you´re that old.... but then again, I can´t believe I´m this old either! I hope you enjoy your birthday every minute you can and don´t think that I forgot about you!Happy ANIVERSERY!! MOM and DAD!! .... last week. I remembered before I wrote and I remembered after I wrote... I failed in remembering WHILE I wrote. But I´m SO glad you are married and sealed in the temple. I´m so grateful for you bot has my parents and your patience and support for me. You both always support and trust me, and I´m so grateful for that. But most of all, that you taught me in the gospel and that not only I am a member og the church, but that my family is aswell. Thanks. I love you TONS!!!!And I know there are other things too... birthdays of brother in laws, wedding anaverseries, and probably other things that I don´t know or remember, but felizes for todos!So school stared yesterday... craziness! How is it? Even Spring is taking classes at CSI? Rockhard must be very lonely.. poor kid. But good for Spring. Those classes are a lot of fun. I remembertaking weight training and ceramics. I thought about taking a Jazz dance class at BYUI... but it never happened. Good luck. I never was any good in my modern dance class. I can do ballroom and swing and latin, and I can try really hard just about any dance with a partner... but those solo dances I´m a reck at. I have no grace or flexability. So, I was thinking this week about something a companion of mine in the MTC told me. Her family does monthly news letters. Every member of the family writes a letter and tells what´s going on at the time nad such, including the young ones, bueno, not EVERY MEMBER, but every sibling writes for their family and life. Then they send one to everyone else. The rule is to hae it writen by the 1st of the month....or something like that. That way the fmaily all knows the latest on each other and no one´s left in the dark. The family is also a lot closer that way. I really like that idea. We could do it by email. We could keep up with each other a whole lot better. I know before my mission, I wasn´t good at all keeping in touch with everyone. I remember it was a year that Crystal and I never talked to each other because I neer thought to call her. a year is a LONG TIME! Any way, it´s just an idea. I personaly think it would be really good to do.Mom, I can´t really think of anything right now that I need. I don´t need measuring cups anymore, but the stamps I still do. I have a few left... but there´re not going to last very long. When you do send me a package, just make sure to send LOTS and LOTS of photos! Thanks for trying so hard to do that.It´s that time in my letter to talk about my area.... my golden area! Portezuelo! That´s now Portezuelo ...2... I think. One of the hermanas wanted ot split the area last week, so she talked to us about it and called presidnet. We had a meeting yesterday with our Zone leader, and the decision was made. Of the four of us, one wanted to split... the rest no, and the area was split. We can still continue to teach what ever investigators we have no mattter what part they are in until they get baptised or stop progressing. I´ll be completely honest, I don´t like it, I feel sad every time we talk about it... even before the split. I don´t see the benifit in it. It was really hard to split it becasue there´s really only one part that´s really good. The others are extremely rich, city central with stores, or dangerous. The way we split is was the only way it could be split.... but I don´t see any benefit in it. After Prsednet aproved the split, the choise was what companionship would be in what part. We already knew that both wanted the same one... but I chose the one we have be two reasons. 1, I wanted to avoid conflict. We´re all four here in this area because we´ve been called to be here at this time together. I don´t want to fight and I don´t want a seperation within us. We live together and have lunch together everyday.... I don´t want tention. and 2. something told me to chose this one. a small feeling. So our area is still huge. It´s still city central, it´s the rich and dangerous part of the area. But I´m going to work hard. I´m going to do my best. Right now we don´t have any investigators progressing, we don´t have any with with baptismal dates, nor really any close at all. We have some people we´re excited about if we can find them and help them progress! I know in this area I´m probably going to work the hardest than in my whole mission, but I´m going to do it and I know the Lord with bless us with investigators. I was talking to my comp last night to see what more we need to do. We´re being obedient. We´re waking up on time, we´re exercising, we´re studying, we´re working hard all day long, we´re talking to hundreds of people every week, we´re completeing our goals. We were sick last week and lost almost 2 days of work for everything...in cluding the dentist, but we still completed our goals.... mostly. Last week I felt that we weren´t working good as a companionsips. I´ll be honest, I didn´t hink that highly of my comp and I was guilty. One night while walking we had our comp inventory and a lot came out. Things are a lot better now. I´m actually thinking of her more as a friends than before. We´re working a lot better together too. So, over all, we´re doing our best and I don´t feel that there´s something I´m doing wrong. I still can always improve and work on more stuff that I´m trying to, but I know for our hard work and diligence, the Lord will bless us and help us. We´re going to see baptisms this transfer!! I just know it! I was reading a talk last week from General Conference by Barbra Thompson His Arm is Sufficient. I was thinking about that song, the Time is Far Spent, and it´s true... especially verse 4, Satan is working so hard. We were walking the other night, we were trying to contact a reference that we received for some one in a hospital. We found the hospital... walked to the door.... then when we got to the ramp to enter, I stopped dead. I did not want to go in. I don´t know if it was because I had just been in another hospital the day before and had the feeling of deaht and filth that I didn´t want to enter another one, but I really did not want to go in. It didn´t feel right. I asked my comp, and she said that we probably shouldn´t. We went back the next morning with a member adn it was amazing the difference in the feeling. It was so extremely different! We found out when we tried to contact the reference that it isn´t a normal health hospital, but a hospital for crazies and adictives. Not only that, but they can just come and go as they please, they come be out wondering the streets and whatever, pretty much the hospital gives them a place to sleep and get food. I couldn´t beleive it. What if we had entered the night before, what would have happened? What would we have found? I don´t want to know. I´m just to thankfull for the guidence of the Spirit who protects and guides us. Many times I don´t feel that I have the Spirit. I feel so far from it that that I´m not being guided by it like I should. That I´m noit seeking it like I should. But in moments like that, I know He really is close to us. Even when We don´t feel that He is. `His Arm is Sufficent´ Satan is real.... and trying really hard in these the last days and I felt that really strong the other day. Stay close to the Spirit. What ever you all do in your days and work, in school, with friends and family, stay close to the Spirit. We don´t have much more time to wait for the coming of our Lord... not much more time to prepare.
I love you all dearly and pray for you frequently.Love Hermana Waters

up date on Lark

I thought some people might be interested in what Lark is doing in Argentina, if you want I can post her letter each week just let me know. Sorry it made for a pretty long post, Hope you enjoy!
This is the one we got this week and last week.

8/18/09
Deasr Family.
Thanks for your letters! This week has been an interesting one and I was glad t ohear from you all! So I have a funny for you all . One day there were two missionaries walking down the street headed to an appoi ntment. There wasn´t any people around to contact and they were done wit htheir doors. So one of the missionaries had gum in her bag... and as you know it´s against the rule for missionaries to chew gum. But this missionary said that there wasn ´t any people around, she wasn´t going to talk to people and c hew rudely around them, so she put the gum in her mouth.... and within 5 seconds with the gum...her cavity filling fell out. It´s pretty funny what´ll happen when we´re not obedient...even in the samllest unimportant way no? So for the next p.day, the missionaries had to go to the Argentine dentist and it´ll cost 320 pesos to fix it. I´m glad it wasn´t me! That´s a lot to pay for disobedience. the Funniest part is, this missionary is deathly scared of the denrist and will actually be going home, ending her mission in 5 weeks. So close to being done and going to her own dentist.Wow, I´m excited for the new shake out in Idaho Falls, maybe I´ll have some where to work a few hours a week when I g oback to school...?! And what are some of your ideas for the place if you go for the biggest one? Sounds like you could have a lot of fun with it all. Hitt and Sunnyside is on the side of tow nclosest t oRexburg. :) We don´t have to rule not to eat with members.... or any rule about the food... only not to drink the water. But the food´s not bad really. I like just about it all. As for sharing with the other hermanas, it´s pretty interesting. They have their investigators and we have ours. we haven ´t split it at all, and I don ´t know if we ever will. when we get references, it´s who ever takes the references follows it. We have almost all our meals together. It´s almost as if I forget at times that we share the area ... until we run into some one contacting that has already talked to the missionaries today or last week or are already having the lessons... the n it´s funny. I´m not sure weither I like sharing an area or not, and I´m trying not to make up my mind. If it turns out I don´t like it than I´ll have a bad aditude about sharing areas from here on out. So I´m thinking I´like it! Which is a good think because there´s 3 hermana areas in the mission that are being shared... that I know of, there might be more. that´s 6 or more hermanas.... it´s a pretty good chance I´ll share again somtime in the mission. The Sabbath day is actually a big thing here.... meaning it´s a big problem. Since members don´t have food storage and they go buy the food for the day morning and night, they don´t think far enough ahead to plan Saturday to shop for sunday, so MANY MANY times the members are shopping on sunday. I haven´t figured out how to help them understand that Sunday is a special day and you treat it differently. Many times I see the memb ers shopping for our meals on sundays. Actually, I have a funny story teaching the sabbath day . Sunday we were walking through a park contacting... and it was some kind of a carnival or something... it happens every weekend I guess. One guy was walking towards us and I contacted him. I asked him what day it was and he said something about día de niños.... but that was really last week. So we stared talked about the sabbath day and taught a lesson. I was being daring and after we had taught that we should go to church, we asked what he was going to d onext sunday. He said go to church, So I said, yes, he´s going t og ot ochurch with us, feel the spirit, learn lots, and walk away with an appointment with us for the next lesson...then my comp said and he´ll be baqptised. So I took the opportunity and set the baptismal date for his goal. He said he would be baptised when he knows that it´s true. So we have an appointment with him tonight t oteach him again adn hopfully he´ll progress. We really don´t have anyone progressing. We worked really hard last week and all our numbers are really high....except investigators in church and investigators progressing. I ´m really sad about that , but they have their agency that they can choose how to use it. We j ust do all we can to help them and pray that they´ll use that agencey in the right way. Family, I want my letters to be uplifting and encouraging, I don´t know how well I´m doing with that, I´m not sharing any scriptures or any thing I´m really learning. But I know as I testify everyday that this is the sacred work of the Lord. Everything we do in this church is for the worth of souls and is so important. I never knew before my mission how important the Apostacy was, it was a huge thing that I never thought about. That there is only one God adn He is a jealous God, and when people worship other things, He is very sad. People here think they are so close to God because the y worship idols and virgens....dolls really. Mary was an amazing women, choise about all women in the wolrd... but she can´t do anyhtign for our salvation. She knew who her God was and who her son was. She prayed to her God in the name of her son... not to herself. I´m pretty sure she doesn´t like it how people worship her instead of God or her son Christ. It makes me so sad to see how the people worship her and act with their virgens and saints....dolls. I´m so grateful for the knowledge I have. I´m so grateful that I´m a member of the church. I know this is true and I hope I never part from it.
With my love to my family, thanks for e erything, Love Hermana Waters

Monday, August 17, 2009

This is Awesome!!!

This hits close to home, where I have family on both sides that have seen the hardship of the economy on small buisnesses and I can't help out much, but I am willing to do what I can.
Scentsy a little while ago did THIS in Boise. Heidi and Orville Thompson are so giving and generous. So Scentsy wants to encourage everyone to give back to their community and let's help each other out. See the following link to check out Scentsy Contribute 2009 and make your pladge today. This is so AWESOME!!! Make your pledge today.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Great Grandma & Grandpa Ellis

Grandma & Grnadpa and Cory and Joanna came down this weekend, and Coby got ordained an Elder. Awesome. It was good to visit with them for a while! We also got a picture of all the grandkids minus V. We will have to photoshop her in. :)



Sunday, August 2, 2009

Visitors

We've had 3 nieces and nephews visit us in the last 2 weeks. Thought I'd post a picture of the cute kids they brought :) Sorry Ashley---you weren't here long enough that we got pictures of your kids....but it was really fun to see you guys! Mark and Aki stayed on the 23rd, Ashley on the 27th, and Dustin and Darcie on the 31st and 1st. Who's next???

When Lexie and Linzie came over for the evening,I asked Lexie during dinner if she missed us a ton since moving to Washington. She sat there for a minute and said..."um..not really". We have laughed over that lots this past week. Linzie didn't even seem to remember us at all...sad.

Ella and Kaylee


Leilani and Shawnee

I guess I did get one picture of a mom and dad...usually it's all about the kids :) Here's Dustin and Darcie. It was fun to see them since we missed them at the reunion.



Even though this isn't a great picture of Jaycee and Ella---I thought I'd better get one of her on here too. She's the one that absolutely loves the babies and carts them around the whole house and plays with them. She's going to be a great little babysitter in a few years.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A documentary about the food industry



Here is the FOOD INC. web site.

So... this is just the trailer. I saw the movie FOOD INC. this weekend and am really curious as to what you all have to say. Some of you are a little more connected to the agriculture industry than I am... And I don't know if big money farming really affects Idaho as much as it may in the south or mid-west. In the documentary they featured TYSON chicken farms in the south, corn farms in the mid-west and soybean farmers in Iowa.

They also shed some light on a heart breaking story about a seed cleaner... I think that is what it's called. Supposedly the company Monsanto almost has a monopoly on the soy bean because of a patent. Because of the patent it is illegal for farmers to keep their seeds. If it is suspected that a farmer has kept his own seeds Monsanto will ruin them for breaking the patent. There are only a few farmers who didn’t switch over to the Monsanto bean and continued to farm as they had in the past. However, the company can even hold these farmers liable for keeping their own seed if their seed has mixed from the seed of neighboring farms that use the Monsanto bean.

The story about Tyson chicken made me equally sick. In a struggling Southern rural community farmers contract with Tyson chicken to raise and sale chickens. At first it seems profitable to the farmer. They follow the contract and they are guaranteed payment for the product. All the farmer has to do is build a Tyson specific structure to house and raise the chickens. These chicken houses cause the average farmer to go into debt at $500,000 a building. Is the debt worth it? According to a woman who actually was willing to talk to the film makers the company is always requiring farmers to upgrade their chicken houses or else risk losing the contract. So the farmer has to pour more and more money into their business. She speculates that is how they keep the farmers from speaking out or leaving Tyson. The average farmer yields only $18,000 a year. The woman interviewed lost her contract with Tyson because she refused to upgrade her coup to meet their new regulations...

Needless to say after watching this film I was pretty horrified and depressed. Despite that you all should watch it if you can... and I really want to know if any of the propaganda rings true for you.

When my friend and I were talking about it afterwards she mentioned that it seems like this is what the scriptures are talking about when they say there will be secret combinations in the last days... This was something I found interesting... The documentary mentioned over and over again... that we should eat food in season and plant a garden... sound familiar? For real… every part of the Word of Wisdom is inspired.

Okay, I will get off of this soap box. Even if you don't comment go to the website and I don't know... Eat good food in the season it was intended... and be happy and healthy.

Monday, July 13, 2009

lost and found at the reunion

Hey, did anyone lose anything and leave them at the reunion? We found a denim jumper, it won't fit me or any one that lives here. It's about a size 4. There was a black hoodie sweatshirt about the same size. One tupperware bowl and another bowl similiar to tupperware, both with blue lids. There was sunscreens and bug repelant too. If any one wants to claim these items let me know. Chalice, we found Lily's pink sandal. Kevin lost a lawnchair that was blue. Lacey lost a Nikon Coolpics S50 10 megapixel camera.

FINALLY...

I finally updated our family blog. If you still need an invite, email me and let me know or leave a comment here with your email address. Love to all!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

update on Chase

Well, since it has been a month since Chase's hospital stay, we figured it was time for an update.

Things are looking really good right now. A couple of weeks ago, Chase's platelet count dropped to 23,000 (remember it should be around 130,000+). The doctor had Chase increase his meds, and over the weekend his count doubled to 45,000. After a week of taking pills 3 times a day, his count went up to 78,000. We were told that as long as his platelet count stays around 80,000 Chase will be able to do pretty much whatever he wants to. We think Chase's count dropped so low because he was fighting an illness (he had a sore throat and was a little congested) and we moved that week - so his body had the extra stress of hauling heavy things around (we did have great help from the Elder's Quorum, Chase just couldn't sit around and do nothing).

Anyway... The doctor has a very positive outlook and thinks that Chase will do fine. We are going to try and have Chase off all meds in 3 weeks. He has to slowly decrease the dosage from 2 pills a day, to 1, then a half, then hopefully he will be finished. Let's hope and pray that his body will be able to do its job without the medicine. Chase is wanting to do a triathalon in August, and he got the go ahead from the doctor. Between lowering his meds and getting permission to participate in the triathalon, we feel very hopeful and encouraged. Chase is feeling great and we really appreciate all of your prayers and support. We have truly been strengthened by each of you. Thanks for all of your love. We were sad that we couldn't make it to the reunion this year but thought of each of you over the weekend.

Enjoy some random photos from the past month. Love you all!

the bruise that made us decide we should go to the doctor...

at the beach in Boston



"hiking" in Indiana
(more like a nature walk compared to the hikes
we've been on in Utah and Idaho!)

our sweet girl Genevieve

Ellis Family UNITES!!!


This should hopefully be the FIRST of many many pictures shared from the Ellis Reunion! Wes sent this one to me...but thought it should be the first one posted. Thanks to the Waters clan for planning a great reunion!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Chase

As many of you know (sorry if there are any who don't!) Chase has been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP. Idiopathic = of no known cause thrombocytopenic = low platelet count purpura= bruising (basically).
In mid April, Chase noticed small (really small, like pin head small) red dots covering his lower legs. Next was blood blisters in his mouth, fatigue, and most recently, unexplained bruising on his arms, legs, and inner thighs. Some bruises are as big as my hand. Once the bruises started appearing, we decided it was something more serious than stress that was causing them. We prayed and felt like Chase should see a doctor.
So in a nutshell… (a large nutshell and a very simple biology lesson – pardon if it is not 100% correct)
White blood cells = defenders of the immune system
Red blood cells = carriers of oxygen to body tissue
Platelets = clotting agent to help stop bleeding (made in the bone marrow -They have a ‘lifespan’ of around 10 days)
The platelet count usually ranges from 130,000 to 400,000 per liter of blood. Chase’s platelet count is at 4,000. Anything below 10,000 is considered critical. It is very lucky (really a blessing) we went to the doctor when we did. When the platelet count gets this low, there is an extremely high risk of spontaneous bleeding in/from internal organs – especially the brain and the stomach. Platelets are also the things that make blood clot, so Chase’s blood is very thin and when he bleeds, it takes a long time to get it to stop bleeding. Because of these factors, Chase is on complete bed rest at the hospital here in Terre Haute. If things go well, he can come home Saturday, but he could be in the hospital for a week or more.
The doctors are unsure why this is happening. Either his bone marrow has stopped producing platelets or something is destroying them (most likely the spleen/spleen tendril things called splenic macrophages). Chase is currently undergoing some iv treatments of steroids and immunoglobulin (and no, these steroids won’t turn him into a muscle man). Hopefully this will help him and his body produce and/or not destroy platelets.One thing of note is that ITP is not curable but it is treatable. For example, if you have tonsillitis, you remove the tonsils and wa la! you're better. If you have diabetes, you live with it your whole life but you can take medicines to treat and control it. ITP is like diabetes in that regard.
If this treatment plan does not work, there are a few other things that they will try.I'll get to that in the future if needs be. We are praying that his current treatments will work. We miss you all dearly and wish we were closer to home. But we have a strong ward family out here that is taking very good care of us. We love you all and hope this helped a little in understanding what’s going on here. We’ll keep you all updated. Thank you for your prayers, support, and for all of the offers of flying out here to be with us. We recognize the Lord’s hand in our lives and are so thankful that we felt prompted to go in to have Chase checked out. And fyi... Chase is his jovial self, cracking up the nurses and making me smile and roll my eyes.
Love you all. Kori, Chase, and Genevieve
update 6/5 10:30: Chase's platelet count is now at 10,000 - good news! but he is still at a critical level. We hope this keeps working! :)
For it must needs be, that there is opposition in all things (2 Nephi 2:11)
“No one wants adversity. Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing.”
(Elder Richard G. Scott, Trust in the Lord, Oct. 1995 - read it, it's really good)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Explaining

Okay you saw the kid with the tatoos, well this kid is NOT really like this. I didn't know this and when they arrived I was very shocked to say the least as to Coby's choice of friends. Nevertheless, I welcomed him and found him quite nice. This was a joke and also if you're wondering how Coby and his date were to get in this TALL TRUCK--when you open the door, the step rails came down and gave you a step! Now that was COOL!

Coby's Senior Prom


Yep Coby did it! He went to a dance (his Senior Prom)! We had a friend that lives behind us who is a single lawyer and he told Coby to take his truck! Coby was definitely on a high with this truck. He went with 2 other friends and their dates and here for Dutch oven dinner. We thought Coby looked pretty dang sharp, you tell us what you think! Love and prayers for everyone!href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SzQnOIzdLUs/ShDcDXfoGkI/AAAAAAAAArk/DhEUKxv5lgo/s1600-h/DSC00227.JPG">


Monday, May 4, 2009

Ellis Family Reunion

Summer is Right around the Corner--------Are you ready for some fun?------We Are!
The date has been set for July 2-4or 5 and we are having it at the farm, which most of you should know where that is but if you don't there will be directions. Every one is welcome to come anytime Thursday and stay until Sunday. Mom was slow in deciding where to have the reunion and found out eveerywhere that was big enough for our family was already booked for that weekend. We are looking forward to having it at the farm. We have lots of activities planned.
4 wheeling in the desert, Travis knows some trails close by.
We will have volleyball and basketball, possibly mud volleyball, come prepared.
Swimming and Tubing the canal. Wading pool for the little ones.
Grandpa is planinng on a Family HOme Evening Lesson
Flag ceremony to retire old flags, if anyone has an old flag that needs to be retired the proper way bring it along.
Bring your riffles, there are always lots of Rockchucks to blow up!
We want to reserve the Thursday night 7:30 session at the Temple for all that can make it that time, There will lots of babysitters here. Let me know ASAP so those reservations can be made.
We would like every one to bring their Pictures of growing up and we can copy them and identify them or exchange them, we can have fun reminising about them. Along with picture we would like to have everyone bring their Geneolgy so we can all compare and get caught up and get copies. If ant one has Family Stories of growing up or of Ancestors bring them along. We are going to have fun with them. I quess that's the perks of having the reunion at the farm. (electricity and thecomputer and copy machine)
We will provide all the main courses of the meals, so if everyone wants to fill in with snacks and salad, that would be great. We are looking forwaard to seeing everyone and having lots of fun. Tell all yourfamily in case we don't get them contacted. Love, Constant Waters
Directions are Take the Valley Exit come North 3-4 mile to the stop sign, turn right and go to Eden. Turn right at Black oil and come 6 miles to the stop sign and turn right and go 1/2 mile to the green brick house and there you are. Find a spot to pitch your tent or park you trailer and we'll be set.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Reunion and updates

Okay - we're in! Just need all the details down the line. I've made reservations for our road trip up to the Family Reunion. Dad is coming with us. . . the jury is still out on Mom - so she's a maybe. We've been making plans and budgeting for the past month and it's a definite go.

Also - Jhonny passed his first texas teaching exam in Bilingual Generalist EC-4! Yeah! That was a hard one! Two more tests to go, but hopefully not before he can get a job. He has an interview today and it looks good.

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 25-May 2

Here's the activities for this coming week-
April 26 - Climb a tree
April 27 - Choose pictures from magazines or newspapers and write a one page story about it or draw a picture of the picture you see.
April 28 - Play miniature golf
April 29 - Read a long poem, such as Psalm 119 or "The Legend of Hiawatha," with your family. Illustrate the poem.
April 30 - Play :truth or dare:. ONe family member asks a question; the others either tell the truth or complete a "dare".
May 1 - Make rhino horns and wear them. PRetend to fight with the horns. Talk to your children about endangered animals.
May 2 - Tell stories of famous brothers and sisters in the Bible, Book of Mormon. Share a story about brothers and sisters in your family.
Today we had snow and rain. It is cold and we are still trying to work on our retaining wall to the side of the house. Will post our progress pictures this week. Coby said he will wash his truck this week, too. Love ya!

Friday, April 17, 2009

YUMMY Recipe!

I tried this recipe this past weekend and they were DELICOUS! I haven't copied the recipe yet - but I'm hoping the picture of it from the cookbook (Rhodes Roll cookbook) will show up enough. Give them a try - they were a hit at our house!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

wow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Week Two for Fun Family Activities

I'm one day behind but here's the activities for this week with your families. Love Ya!
April 14 - Plant flowers around the house
April 15 - Lie down outside and look up at the sky. Name the clouds.
April 16 - Pick up trash at a park.
April 17 - Write a newspaper. Include photos and articles about recent family activities. Make copies and send to relatives.
April 18 - Practice juggling scarves, balls, and other items.
April 19 - Ride bicycles together.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


KNOCK Knock Joke

Here is one for the Ellis Blog. Have fun with your Knock Knock JOkes.
Knock Knock who's there bach bach who bach to work you slackers! Silly, I know, but have fun with them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

365 FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Okay all of you young mothers out there and Grandma's and Grandpa's too! I was in Seagull Book the other day and came across this fun little calendar. It is fun family activities to do with your families for the whole year. After having all of our grandchildren spending a week with us, I was worn out with activities to do all the time. When I saw this, I told Ashley and Joanna if they had just ONE activity for the kids to look forward to each day, instead of one every hour, it might help. So I am going to post for anyone who would like to take advantage of this little post from me each week for an activity A DAY. Let us know how you are doing with it and how your children like it. Here goes-
April 6 - Enjoy tomatoes, eat fresh tomatoes and use tomato sauce in your family's dinner. Drink tomato juice with lunch.
April 7 - Share riddles and knock-knock jokes around the dinner table.
April 8 - |Draw a picture of your favorite bird. Add beads, fabric, or feathers to the picture.
April 9 - Look up the meaning of the name of each family member. Discover variations on your names in other languages. Hunt for famous people with your name.
April 10 - Make a pretend banjo with a box and strings. Sing "Oh Susanna,"
April 11 - Introduce your children to the concept of welding with a glue gun or Super Glue. Construct something from wood.
April 12- Volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter, library, or your church.

Lots of love and kisses to all our family, extended family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. Grandma Tammy

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ellis Family Reunion

Mom has had this all written out for a while now and keeps telling me she needed to post it and send it out. Finally she sent it to me so I could post it.
Here it is:
We have scheduled the weekend of the Fourth of July for the Ellis Reunion. It will start any time Thursday evening July 2nd to anytime Sunday July 5th. We have looked at a couple of sites up out of Fairfield Idaho. One of the sites has natrual hot springs adn there are lots of places to ride 4 wheelers adn things. The restrooms are fairly close but it will be real camping. We will be letting you know more later.
Mom and Dad are going up Wednesday July 1st. If anyone wants to come then they are welcome to. You will all be notified in some way later on more of the details but for now save the date and plan to come. Meal plans and activites to follow. If you have any ideas, preferences, suggestions feel free to let us know. Keep in mind this will be outside camping, no lodge or cabins.

VACATION TO TONGA!

Leilani don't wanna miss any dirty in tonga!...lol

REALLY MISS THE BEACH...LEILANI IS CRYING...TOO EARLY TO SWIMMING HUH?...8:00 WE WENT AND CAMPING IN THERE THAT NIGHT AND WE WOKE UP EARLY WENT AND SWIM..

Really miss TONGA!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pregnant or not?

Well, I'm pregnant for now, but it looks like it's not going to last. Go to my blog to see more info. . .

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Missionary

Hey, Lark has officially started her mission today! She was set apart at home last night with Mom and Dad and the close family there to support her. She checked into the Provo MTC today around 1:00pm. If you had not already heard, she is learning Spanish and in approximately 9 1/2 weeks will be fliying to South America to work with the wonderful people in Salta Argentina! She is going to be able to write home using e-mail once she gets to the country so we will do our best to keep you updated on how things are going with her. When I have addresses for her I will post them so that any and all who desire to write will be able to do so.

privacy

Hey all you wonderful Ellis family we love!
Just wanted to let you know I finally followed through with going private on our family blog. i have sent out invites to those that left messages on the blog that they wanted to continue checking in on out little piece of the world. If anyone else would like an invitation let me know and i will gladly send you out one. Also i noticed Mark and Aki went private on theirs. I must have missed the notice it was happening and would love to be invited in to view and comment on the Mark Ellis family blog.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

lOOK WHAT i FOUND

I was organizing my pictures today, and here is what I found... Enjoy















Vivian Park up Provo Canyon. We celebrated the twins' birthday party. Jume 2004

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green Family Update


Just thought I'd give you all an update on what is going on with us. Larry is finally out of jail (Ha,Ha,). What I mean is he is finally not working in the jail anymore and is back on the road working as a patrol deputy for Jerome County. The new sheriff is now in office and things are going pretty smooth. I started working in Sept. as a developmental specialist. I am supervising the developmental therapy for and developmental disabilities agency. My boss lets me work from home so it is going pretty well. The boys are, well, BOYS!! What more can I say? They are busy and energetic. They keep me hopping. Joshua just turned three and Joseph tries to keep up with everything that his brother does. Anyway, that is what is going on with us. Hope you all are well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Welcome Westin!

Ginger called me this morning breathing hard and in denial. I realized right away she was having contractions. I asked her how far apart and she said about 8 minutes. But in ten minutes of being on the phone with her she had 3 so I knew they were a bit closer than that. For the next hour and 1/2 I coached her about every 4 minutes through her contractions while trying to convince her husband to come home because it was the real thing this time. Both parents were in denial, but were finally convinced that it was really time. She stayed on the phone with me until they reached the elevators at the hospital and then I had to let the pros take over.
So an epidural and a few hours later, Mom, Dad and baby are all doing well. Baby boy, Westin Lathen was born VBAC at 3:55pm PST 7lb 9oz, 18 3/4" according to Grandma.
Congratulations Ginger and Erik! Hopefully pictures will be forthcoming.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Draper Utah Temple Open House

Yesterday we were able to go to the Draper Temple Open House. It was really beautiful--and very small. I was surprised. Anyway--just wanted to post a quick pic. We went with my whole family and I drug my dad outside to take this picture. It was raining and very windy---as you can see by the hair. :)