Friday, July 10, 2009

Issue 59

Big News!

Drum roll please!

Wait for it . . . .

Wait for it . . . .

Yep, you guessed it! The Family G is growing. We are expecting our 6th edition in February!

"How am I feeling?" you ask.

Very first trimester, unfortunately. Ya know, the 24/7 nausea thing. Oh well, whatever it takes to get these sweet babies here. We have waited a long time for it to be the right time for baby number 6.

"Aren't you announcing it a little early?" your thinking.

Well, maybe. But since the entire ward knows, I thought I'd let you in on the not so secret, secret. We told the kids and our families over the 4th of July but I hadn't really planned on telling anyone else quite yet. Well Sunday, Ellie was having a bad asthma episode and Steve could see I was looking a little green, so he offered to teach my Sunday School class while I rested for three blessed hours on the couch, and had a nap with Ellie. And so, I missed the big announcement, but I understand it went something like this:

Daniel, who always bears his wonderful testimony every Fast Sunday closed by saying, "And I know Joseph Smith was a prophet, and my Mom is pregnant. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

I'm relieved really. I don't have to pretend I'm not feeling nauseous anymore!

Biking the Parkway

We have been wanting for a long time to bike the Jordan Parkway. It's miles of scenic bike path that follows the bank of the Jordan River. Well, Friday was the day. We spent the morning getting all the bikes primed for the season and then loaded them up. Who knew the Parkway would be so hard to find? We put in at 90th south, but the trail dead-ended a few hundred feet later. So we crossed busy 90th and tried the other side, but couldn't find the trail. We finally called a friend who set up straight and we loaded the bikes back up and went to 6800 south. Worth the wait! After two false starts we found miles of gorgeous bike trail.

Aunt Becca gave us this awesome tandem bike that was just perfect for Ellie to be able to join the ride. She's definitely too big for the babyseat, and I wanted her to get the exercise! She rode behind Mom the first half and then behind Dad the second half.




Steve L.

The crew, minus mom who's taking the picture.

Fun on the 4th

Our 4th of July this year started with the guys setting up flags throughout the neighborhood at 5:30 in the morning. Then we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's ward for their traditional bike parade and Bishop's breakfast.


Popsicles for breakfast?

It's the Bishop's Breakfast and Grandpa's the Bishop. Great food Grandpa!

Face painting took on a new meaning this July 4th!

Then it was back to Grandma and Grandpa's for a little Kube action.

Steve L. spent the morning helping run the West Jordan 4th of July parade. He was helping a fellow scout with his eagle project.

Then it was off to Aunt Becca's for more cousin fun!

After a fabulous BBQ, we broke out the fireworks. Here's some sparkler action.

Catching tons of parachutes!

An awesome F16 flyby was also a highlight.

When dark fell it was finally time for the much anticipated Cul-de-sac of Fire! With Uncle Dave's grand finale flaming ladder set to patriotic music!