Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Visit to the farm

Emily's Aunt Allison and Uncle Lee have a farm up north of Salt Lake City and we went out there to look at the animals. Emily's Grandma Stenquist came out as well.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bountiful Peak

Emily and I went 4-wheeling up to Bountiful Peak with Emily's dad one early morning in July. The views were spectacular...

Up on the summit
Emily and her dad
Sun...Too...Bright! Dah!
Emily showing off her bright personality

Looking around the summit

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Uncle Daniel (Summer Vacation--Part VII)

Abigail loves tea parties and her Uncle Daniel (Emily's brother) one afternoon came over to have a tea party with her. Abby loved it! While he was over, he helped Emily and Grandma Grow reorganize the spice cupboard. Apparently it hadn't been for some time. We all had a good laugh about how much extra baking powder and basil had accumulated over the years...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Games with Grandma and Grandpa Grow

Here are some pictures and videos of Abigail and Benson playing with Grandma and Grandpa Grow...

Abby taking all of Grandpa's monopoly money; Benson eating a toy sandwich with Grandma
  In this video, Grandpa put a latex glove on a dill and let the kids watch it twist all over the place.

Fun with a screw gun
Grandma showing the kids how to make barley grass
 Grandpa got his air compressor out and let Benson shoot the air at things

 Teaching the Bernoulli effect early. Look at Benson's smile in the video when he gets the ball to float!

Playing with the air compressor
 In this video Benson makes the propeller spin

Even washing the car is fun when it's with Grandpa!
 Video of the kids washing the car with Grandpa

Gardening with Grandma
Gardening with Grandma 
Abigail in her new dress that Grandma made for her

Friday, September 21, 2012

Grandma and Grandpa Grows' House (Summer Vacation--Part V)

We had so much fun playing at Emily's parent's house. We did a lot of things outside like riding on their 4-wheelers and shooting bb-guns. Benson especially loved the 4-wheeler rides!

Benson couldn't get enough of the 4-wheelers
Emily and Benson watching the other 4-wheeler
Abby and her Aunt Mary
Benson trying to figure out the controls while no one is watching
 Emily's sister Mary giving Abby and Benson and Grandma a ride

Emily's dad glued primers to the ends of the pellets so they would make a louder pop.

Need to teach Abby about keeping finger off the trigger until she's ready
Grandpa Grow
Uncle Dan
Aunt Mary and her husband Jeff
Emily and her sister Mary

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mission Reunion (Summer Vacation--Part IV)

While out in Utah this past Summer I organized a little mission reunion. I sent out invitations to as many former Netherlands Amsterdam Missionaries as I could think of and we all met at a park in South Jordan to have a pot luck just after the 4th of July. We probably had close to a hundred people if you count all the spouses and children. The weather was pleasant and it was so nice to talk with old friends. Many of the former missionaries hadn't had a "reunion" in nearly 10 years. I think I'll definitely try to organize another one in a couple years...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Summer Vacation--Part III

On our way up from New Mexico to Emily's parents in Utah, we stopped in Moab for a lunch break and to look for some dinosaur tracks. If you think of the Salt Lake City area when you think of Utah, you might not realize how much variation in climate and geography the state has to offer. Moab is dry with bare red rocks that jut out all over the place. It is its own kind of beauty. To see the dinosaur tracks better you could pour a little water on them and they would pop out very clearly. The video is a bit garbled at times from the wind, but Abigail is showing where she thinks the dinosaur walked...


What about this one grandpa?!
Look at the width between the steps!
Grandpa with his Forsyth grandkids 
A chart explaining the tracks 
Possible Camarasaurus tracks
Abby standing in the big Sauropod footprint