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FC: Roper's est.2007

1: Dedicated to my sweet husband, you are the love of my life!

8: FARM

9: Lake

12: American Fork Canyon

15: F A R M | 1at Apt. | Rexburg

20: 10 year old trapped in a 24 year olds body

21: Here is my evidence: Ezra Can not sit still for more than ten minutes. Sings whenever he knows the words (not knowing the word doesn’t necessarily stop him.) Still thinks it’s funny to poor cold water on people in the shower. Rides on the shopping cart. Announces secrets. Likes to jump on the bed. Won’t go to bed. Can’t sleep because he has too much energy. Builds snow forts in the backyard. Dances whenever he hears music (He’s not trying to be funny that’s just him.) Sneaks items such as candy and balloons into the shopping cart. Memorizes lines from Disney movies. Tells me that I have bugs in my hair. Forgets to whisper. Does not like to take medicine. Bought toy helicopters with the gift cards from our wedding. Thinks sleeping in is waking up at 6:00am. Imitates every noise he hears. Throws spaghetti on the ceiling to see if it’s done. Puts food coloring in the toilet (don’t ask.) | I used to get embarrassed by his many antics but now I just laugh. I secretly wish that I had the gumption that he does, even though sometimes it gets him in trouble. Ezra does not care what other people think and he never has. What you see is what you get. I really admire this about him. He’s not scared to just be himself. He lives his life to the fullest. He takes advantage of the abilities and opportunities that he has been given. He honestly wants to make the most of everyday.

22: It's only been about four months since my last post, and yes.....I am aware of the fact that there are only about four people that know this blog exists. But I will write any way, to inform all four of you that: We are so excited about the new temple in Twin Falls, We got to go through it and it is so beautiful! We have a new nephew named Landen, he is so adorable. He is such a happy baby and so much fun! We have had some of the funnest vacations of our lives- Our repelling trip to Zions was as beautiful as it was fun. Bear Lake was an absolute riot, Ezra learned how to sail and has decided to make it his new hobby. We have been able to spend a lot of time with family this summer and it has been great. We have two calves- Hartford and Eli, I bottle fed them for a month at 6:00 am every morning- and unlike many of my other pets they are still alive and getting fatter and fatter. The only downside to the whole situation is that eventually they will be eaten, it is a sad reality of life that I am learning to cope with. I love living in Idaho, it is so beautiful here! I have become acostumed to living in the boonies, and find my new surroundings quite refreshing. We have had so much fun having friends and family come and visit us on the farm this summer!

23: Zions

26: L a k e | Way over the hill but still able to chill!

27: Are you a farmer or something? Nice tan-Ha | P o w e l l | I made a fishing pole out of a stick from the beach! He couldn't resist the cheese!

28: Well we're about a month into school and we are ready to quit! Just Kidding! School is good but we are very busy! I paint all day and Ezra does accounting til he can't take it anymore- don't ya love college? | Actually, we have done some really fun stuff: demolition derby, ice caves, kung fu panda, rodeo, Lord of the Rings marathon. Now we are just trying to figure out what we are going to be for Halloween. | This past weekend we had quite the experience. We were almost half way home from Montana when we found out that I-15 was closed! We asked the officer if there was any other way and he said, "you better just find a hotel, this road might be closed for a few days." If it had not been for the armed police officer standing guard Ezra would have braved the icy roads anyway. We decided on another rout that would bring us home to Rexburg. Our ride home ended up being pretty exciting, we passed two ghost towns. In the end we added a few hours to our trip but Ezra got us all home in one piece.

30: Ezra is going to be able to leave the hospital tomorrow. Luckily, they said that we will be able to do out-patient therapy in Twin Falls. He has been able to go on some walks around the hospital and has done really well. The doctors and nurses are all surprised at how quickly he is progressing. Thanks again! | Ezra was released from the ICU yesterday and is now on the neuro floor. His motor skills are good, and he's been working on some of his cognitive skills. We are very optimistic, he seems to be getting better everyday. Thank you for all your prayers and support! | This is the life flight paramedic that took care of Ezra on the way to the hospital, he was the nicest guy. When Shanna and I first got to the hospital he came and talked to us. He said that Ezra put up a pretty good fight on the way to Boise. | After a bumpy ride in the RV Ezra finally made it to Twin Falls, We will be staying with Dave and Shanna until he is feeling better. When we told Ezra that he was going to be able to leave the hospital he said, "aren't you supposed to feel better when you leave the hospital?" He also said that he wouldn't mind driving the RV back to Twin. ( : He's still feeling pretty crummy and we've got a little bit of a road a head of us before he's back to his normal self. We are just happy that he is doing as well as he is and he's happy to finally be in a familiar place. We start therapy next week. | Ezra's Accident

31: Ezra kind of had a rough day today. He's sick of just sleeping, we've tried to explain that it's good for him right now, I don't think he buys it. He was more active today and it totally wiped him out. He wants to get back to normal so bad, we keep telling him that he is going to have to be patient. | Ezra has been doing great! He is feeling much more like his normal self. His headache has finally started to go away. We went to therapy for the first time on Wednesday, we originally had to see three different therapists, but two of them passed him off on his first appointment. Now if we can just get through speech therapy we should be good to go! | Ezra is doing great! We are both back in school trying to salvage our classes (good luck, right). He is feeling much better. His aches and pains are starting to subside. Hopefully he gets his senses of taste and smell back soon. I'm not a very good cook so maybe it's a blessing in disguise....who knows. Anyway, we are doing much better thanks to all the prayers. Love you all!

33: After the crazy events of a semester that seemed to last forever Ezra and I were thrilled to be done with school and have to whole ordeal of Ezra's accident behind us. We had the most wonderful Christmas break, the majority of it was spent down in Alpine Utah (the most beautiful place on the planet). We had so much fun... Making gingerbread houses Playing games Singing Christmas Carols Going to Temple square Playing in the snow Watching Christmas movies Going sledding Attending parties -Ezra and some of my cousins did a puppet show for the whole family at my Aunt's annual Christmas party that had us about in tears from laughing so hard. Christmas day was so fun! Ezra got to experience the beautiful chaos of a Christmas at Oma and Opa's house. We exchanged presents, ate lots of good food, talked and laughed. It's so much fun no one ever wants to go home. We could not ask for anything more.We have been so blessed, we will be forever grateful for our wonderful families | Last semester the doctors and therapists told Ezra that it would not be a good idea for him to go back to school, they said that he still had a lot of recovering to do. Not to mention the fact that his short term memory was still a bit off- along with his math skills. But Ezra had a different plan in mind, he was determined to get back and try to salvage his classes even though he had missed a solid month of school. Ezra worked so hard to get caught up, for days at a time I hardly saw him. The semester finally ended, and neither of us were sure whether we would pass our classes. We looked forward to the arrival of our grades with much anticipation. And about five days before Christmas we got our grades. We found out that we had both passed all of our classes and our grades ended up better than we expected. We were so excited, we couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present!

34: We went to Bear Lake over Presidents Day to spend some time with the fam, it was so much fun! We went sledding--I haven't been sledding in a long time- I had forgotten how fun it is! We packed our selves onto tubes and went flying down the hill. We tried to convince Oma and Opa to go, but they were content to just watch. It was good to get away and not have to worry about homework for a weekend. | Bear Lake | I can't believe the 4-wheeler could handle all that wieght!

35: Okay, I am not making this up- If I would have let it this squirrel probably would have attacked me...... So I'm walking by this tree not really paying attention and when I look up this little guy is 6 inches from my face. I scream because I'm so startled. Instead of running away the squirrel advances toward me standing it's ground. It was so weird! When Ez got home I showed him the squirrel he was just as shocked at the strange behavior. Must be rabies! | Ezra always steals my slippers!

37: Yay! Ezra and I finally finished another semester at BYU I-da-ho.I have to say it was the hardest semester I've ever had and now it's over! woot woot! Anyway don't worry we haven't wasted anytime. We are back on the farm and we have nine baby calves. Don't let the word "baby" fool you- their strong little moo-ers! We had to teach them how to drink their bottles- sounds easy right. Not exactly- if you don't believe me- come visit us on the farm and try it out for yourself. Basically we pinch their heads between our knees and try to keep them still while he swap at the other calves to keep them from stealing bottles. Doing this morning and night every day has given Ezra and I quite the workout. In the end we're both covered in poop and slobber. Surprisingly.....I love it! We have named each cow and we can even tell them all apart now...... "You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comit and Cupid and Doner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all.....Ruldolf the red nosed cow-oww!" Anyway we're doing great and looking forward to having a wonderful summer! | Our Friends Chris and Meagan Valentine came to visit us on the farm this week. It was great to have the extra help feeding our cows! (thanks guys) We took em around to see the sites- it was a ton of fun! | The Cattle Business

38: Ezra and I have been down in Utah for the past week we've been helping out with my aunt and uncles ranch. It's been really fun to hang out with family! And it's really beautiful! Ezra and I were working to put up a fence and all of the sudden I felt a sting on my knee. I freaked out and whipped my pants down and started to run inside- I wasn't gett'in any where fast with my pants around my ankles so I yanked em back up and headed for the house. This is what I found...dirty thing. Anyway I'm glad that there aren't really any neighbors. Later in the week I was helping my cousin Sara dig up some rocks. I didn't notice that I was standing in ant hill. I had ants running all over my legs! Moral of the story: wear tighter pants! | Ants in My Pants!

39: Ezra and I are very excited about our new venture into yak bussiness. If you would like any fresh yak milk or cheese feel free to contact us! jk You try milkin that thing! | Meet the Yaks! | Ezra chasing the Yaks! | He finally got them cornered! | This is our yak, Ducky- Isn't she a doll!

40: Become the kind of person God wants be to be Fall even more deeply in love with my wonderful husband raise a righteous family Have lots of Kids overcome my weaknesses make sure all my family members know how much I love them bring people to the gospel learn to love purely work at the temple go on a mission with my husband Go to Jerusalem--become a scriptorian Do family history work meet the prophet Help change someone’s life write my personal history become an accomplished artist make my home beautiful (so everyone feels welcome) graduate college organize a relief effort plant a beautiful garden Write and illustrate my own children’s book donate to charity make friends with strangers learn to cook like a pro become an expert mountain biker do humanitarian service read hundreds of books learn all the hymns Have my own farm with chickens, pigs, rabbits, ducks, cows, horses etc. go all out decorating my house for each holiday Learn to play the guitar sing a solo learn how to sail swim with the dolphins explore places I've never been Go to Europe (see the Sistine chapel) make up a funny joke learn to juggle visit a castle see Broadway plays try all flavors of ice cream and jelly beans buy a sparkly pink old fashioned truck see the northern lights have my own art studio go back to the places I have lived (California and Michigan) Learn how square dance (so I can do it with my family) Go scuba diving Learn to speak Spanish and sign language | Graduate College Get a private pilots license Start a successful business Learn to play the piano Raft the Grand Canyon Have a family Invest in the stock market Design my own house Own a plane Learn another language besides Spanish Teach my children of Jesus Christ Build a tree house Be a financial planner Cruise the Caribbean Predict the weather Overcome weaknesses Buy a farm Invent something Start a tree farm Provide for my family Visit Machu Picchu Peru I want to own a tractor Live in a big city for at least a year Put off the natural man Be co-owner of a business with all my brothers Buy my parents something big Travel Help someone through college Publish a book Climb a Glacier Own a restaurant Get to know the lord better than my best friend Fly a P-51 Mustang Become a history buff Go to a pro Foot Ball game Provide for needy families Meet a president Be a tour guide Memorize all the countries and their capitals in the world Teach my family to walk in the ways of the lord Go through all the temples in the states, and other countries Read many books Memorize the Scriptures Serve a mission with my wife Grow watermelons Scuba Dive Coach Talk with the prophet Study Hebrew Teach | Ezra and Jessica Z Goals

41: Ezra Z Goals

43: World Pork Expo | Ezra and I got invited to go to the world pork expo with his parents and brother Leon. So we climbed in the hu-mun-gus RV and headed down the road. The drive to Iowa is long, but not as bad traveling RV style. I loved all the rolling hills and picket fence farms of Iowa. There are more pig farms in Iowa than I ever would have thought. We were glad to finally make it to Des Moines. The expo was so fun-People from all over the states came and some even came from different countries. We got to see some of the newest innovations in farming. And we got lots of free pork, some of the best pork I've ever tasted. On the way home we stopped in Colorado. We also went to a fun parade! Ezra and I thought it would be fun to stick our heads out the window, it actually was quite fun. But trying to comb my hair out after definitely was not.

44: This past couple weeks have been filled with a whole lot of animals. My cousin Sara graciously volunteered to come on a day trip to Idaho with me. To repay her for her kind gesture I took her on a tour of all the pig barns. Lets just say pigs really aren't her thing. I know in this picture she looks all perky and happy but really most of the tour she was literally gagging at the smell. I felt bad for the poor girl, but secretly found it quite amusing. The whole way back to Utah she kept saying "I don't ever want to have a pig farm." I think she repeated that line at least 1o times. I tried to calm her by telling her that she is more likely to win the lottery than end up on a pig farm. | We found this little guy in the window well up at my aunt and uncles horse property where we've been for the past month and a half. At first he tried to attack us I have to admit I was a little freaked out when I jumped down in the window well to pick him up and he lunged at my legs. But now that we've fed him and given him a couple baths he's doing much better. (I know your probably not supposed to bathe cats, but who wants a dirty cat?) Even Ezra the self proposed "cat hater" has been caught saying things like "hey there kitty." I even caught him reaching into his box to give him a pet. I named him Squish. | This is my pet fish that I got before I found the cat. I actually got him for my birthday. His name is Azul (I know creative, huh?) He's got a great disposition. | I found these little guys running around Dave and Shanna's drive way. Aren't they cute. The mom and dad birds wanted to kill me for picking them up but I picked em up anyway. I ain't scared of no birds! | There's a pond here at the horse property and we caught a bunch of slimy mud puppies--- tad poles and snakes.

45: Ezra and I went to the Hill Air Force Museum. Ezra loved it. The plane pictured above is his dream plane. Ezra had the specs on just about every plane we saw memorized, he was such a good tour guide. We had a ton of fun! Ezra is excited to go back to Rexburg because he is planning on finishing up his pilots license while I am in my last semester of school.

46: C H I N A

47: Steve, Ben, Me, Reed, and Willy. It was a wonderful trip. Hopefully one day I'll be able to take Jess with Me. Before then I'll have to work on my Chinese. E R Sun. | Street sweeper thought I was going to steal her bike until I gave her my camera to take a picture. | The tree of happiness and prosperity, inside the garden at the Forbidden City

48: Bear Lake

49: While Ezra was in China I was in Bear Lake, I know, not quite as exciting as China but still way fun. Karlie and Shalie have celebrated just about all of their birthdays at Bear Lake and they wouldn't have it any other way. Claire took over the rinsing of the T shirts. They turned out pretty cool! The Back Dive gang- I taught them all how to back dives. They were quick learners! I know it looks like I'm going to do a back flop- but don't worry I made it saftely into the water. I always love Bear Lake- there are a lot of memories connected to that place. Sail boat rides with Dad raspberry shakes Praying not do die while riding the Water weenie Tie Dye t-shirts kick ball and volley ball with the whole gang card games with the cousins good food first time skinny dipping-shoulda picked a warmer lake sittin on the beach just talking and laughing You just can't beat Bear Lake!

50: The Oregon Coast | My family recently took an RV trip along the Oregon Coast it was one of our funnest vacations yet! | Crater Lake--So Blue! | The first day in the RV was the longest drive. When we saw this slide we decided to stop and play at this cute little park. That's me and Ez on the slide, Kristina's the one in the front picking her wedgie. | Inside the RV: all 10 of us fit just fine. You'd think by the end of a week we'd be sick of each other but we weren't. | This is us stuck in an elevator with 20 people- no joke! We were headed down to the sea lion caves!

51: Look at all those cute bums! We were looking for jelly fish.

52: poor dog!

53: poor dog! | We went on this really awesome nature trail- I swear it felt like we were in the jungle.It was on this very trail that my mom.... startled herself, started running, tripped over a tree root, lunged toward me, and pulled down my pants. I was laughing too hard to be embarrassed.

55: Funny Story: This cute little Chinese guy was reaching down to try and touch the fish at the hatchery. Next thing you know---kerplunk, and you hear him saying "OH my glasses.....my glasses" Patrick volunteered to go in after them.....what a nice guy- the cute little Chinese family thought so too.All in all a highly recommended vacation!

56: Since I've married Ezra I've done a lot of things I'd never thought I'd do, here are just a few:Drive a back-ho--before I married Ezra I didn't know what a back-ho was ( the first time I drove it I got suck in a pivot track) Be Chased by a Pig--400 pounds of pork ready to eat me Move hand lines Chase Cows in my Sunday clothes--more than once- they like to get out on Sundays for some reason Drive a tractor pick rock Learn to recognize what crop has been planted Ride in a Semi Swim in an irrigation pond Drive a trailer with 30 pigs in it from Rexburg to Twin Falls Climb a real haystack Bottle feed calves Sit in a tractor in the middle of the night and listen to country music Learn how to inject poop in the ground Go to the fair Learn the technique of artificial insemination

57: Just before school started Ezra and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary- I can't believe it's been two years already! We had a wonderful day spent in good ol Salt Lake City. I am so thankful for Ezra he is such a good husband and my constant source of entretainment. What would I do with out you? I keep finding myself saying little good-byes to all the flowers. I pass flower gardens on my way to class and it kind of makes me sad because I know their fate. A chill is already in the air, and here in Rexburg we just kind of skip fall and head straight for winter. But it's good to be back- it's my last year and I just want to enjoy it because I know I'm gonna miss it when I leave. I love it here I feel so blessed to go to school here at BYU-I-Da-Ho. Ezra is in his last semester and will do an internship winter semester. Anyway we're all settled in our new apartment- and trying to get get back into school mode after a fun filled summer. | Back in the Berg | For my media experiment class we had to do a photo rendering. I have spent a lot of time painting latley. I have 4 studio classes this semester, I basically eat sleep and breath art. It's been really fun! By the time I get home I'm covered in paint,clay, and charcoal. Ezra says that I look like a nerd because I'm always caringing my big black art bag. But it's okay--I like to be an art nerd. And I have made a bunch of art nerd friends, we sniff the paint fumes together. | Art Major

58: This is Ezra, eating a popsicle, out in his parents bean/corn field. The outfit he is sporting was one I saw all to often this summer. Being almost completely uninhibited does present it's problems- hence the boot-short combo. Although the mini blizzard we had earlier this week wasn't exactly welcomed. I am glad for the cold weather.... it means I wont have to see this outfit for a few months. | The Outfit | We finally figured out what we are going to do after graduation! | Ezra is going to pose like this little Chinese man and I am going to paint him into hiding...... all day every day!

59: Ezra was pretty out of it the whole time he was in the hospital and even for a few weeks after he got to come home. And when I say out of it I'm referring to the mental functions of his brain. Anyway I wrote down some of the funny/random things he said during his recovery. The nurses that took care of him had some pretty good laughs and so did I. "If I could just get rid of this headache I could enjoy my stay” "Jess can you steal me some Excedrin this metaphine stuff aint workin (he meant morphine) "I took a bath when I was 3-7 or 3-14” "absentee ballot for northern California” “entiempo" every once in a while he'd throw out a spanish word “get me out" Ezra had to be strapped down because he kept trying to escape his hospital bed "liquid blue windshield washer fluid" "they took me to get a skat skan” The nurse asked him "do you know where you are?" he replied "where I am with what?" "I gave you a green paper” "I need to get my braids straight" (referring to his IV and oxygen tubes) "why would I say that to a horse?" "why does it fling so bad" The nurses would always ask Ez questions when they came to take care of him . They asked him "what's your Birthday?" he replied "George Bushes birthday ends December 31st" They also asked him what year it was, he wouldn't respond so they kept asking him finally he got mad and said "freak dude I don't know!" He also tried to do some wheeling and dealing when we were selling our cows--didn't work out so well. Luckily he knew who I was when they asked him. He also made several attempts to pull out his catheter after days of trying he finally succeeded. Yesterday was the anniversary of Ezra's accident. I couldn't help thinking about how glad I am that he's not dead, paralyzed, or brain damaged. I know some of you might debate that last point ( ; I am so thankful that Heavenly Father let me spend another wonderful year with my best friend. We have been so blessed! Ezra has almost completely regained his sense of smell and taste (his only lasting effects after cracking his skull and bruising his brain. So many miracles happened, I just can't say enough about how blessed we have been. Looking back on his accident I have truly realized what a great blessing it is to be part of such a wonderful church. We were the recipients of so much love and support. We truly felt the power of the many prayers offered on our behalf. I know that Heavenly Father never leaves us in our times of trial, he stays right by our side. I remember the incredible sense of peace I felt, in a time when I should have been feeling scared and unsure, I only felt calm. Trials really can turn into blessings. We can learn so much from the hardships we go through. My Grandma Taylor once wrote "each day is a precious gift." I truly believe this, I'm trying to do better to treat each day as a "precious gift" given from a loving Heavenly Father. | Ezra's Accident Anniversary

60: Ezra was a cow, I couldn't get him to stop mooing. Although I must say they sounded pretty authentic. | Karlie made her own costume. Can you guess what she is........a jelly fish. She's the cutest jelly fish with braces that I've ever seen! | Halloween!

61: Our nose hairs start to freeze every time we step out the door. Going out side has become a kind of torture, our faces and fingers feel like their being pricked with little pins. Everyones puttin on their Layers- we all look like little Eskimos. The Eskimos are actually warmer though- and I can prove it! Alaska Today: 17 degrees Rexburg Today: 3 degrees It's the time of year when BYUI students wonder what they were thinking coming to this frozen tundra. Is a little education worth all this? I seriously had the thought "I'm not going to open my mouth or my tongue is going turn into a popsicle" Even though it's horribly cold, we are happy because next week is finals and we will be done; Ezra forever and me for about 3 weeks. Life is good! Of corse it is.... IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME! | So Cold it Hurts | My little sister got engaged Friday night! Congratulations Kristina and Adam!

62: Ezra and I had our first experience air ballooning it was so much fun! Bronson was our pilot-he was so nice to take us up. Ezra was so excited to get up there! Everyone in the family got a ride in the balloon! . | We ended up bringing the balloon down in some random lady's yard- she was kind of confused why there was an 80 foot balloon in her front yard. Her little girl came running to her and told her there was a crash! We had such a fun time- Who knows, there could be more ballooning in the future

63: Ezra is all graduated! I just have to say that I am really proud of him, he has worked so hard. I think BYUI is gonna miss him. And I think he is going to miss BYUI, at least a little. I couldn't get him to walk- sitting for four hours just wasn't really appealing. We had a little party at my parents house- it was great! So what will the future hold for the Ropers? Well for right now we are going to be headed back to Rexburg in January,one more semester for me! | Grad!

64: Christmas! | Christmas Eve, lot's of good food and card games. Grandma and Grandma Roper Got to spend Christmas with us, it was fun to have them around! | The funnest part of Christmas day was watching our little nephew Landen open his presents!

65: All the girl cousins (well all minus 3) had a sleep over at Grandmas house it was way fun! We played games, watched a movie and laughed--a lot. What a cute group of girls. We all look really good in this picture because just woke up. | The family decided to go to "little mountain" it's the best sledding hill in the universe because you don't have to walk back up and the ride down takes at least 15 minutes. It's way fun! I was the only person over 18 that went on all 8 runs. I am so sore! I used to be able to do 8 runs no problem, I guess I'm experiencing the first signs of aging! | We spent most of the day today at my aunt Diane and uncle Blaine's ranch- tubing behind four wheelers. It was way fun, but I might not be able to move tomorrow. I don't think Ezra knows the meaning of the words SLOW DOWN!

66: Ezra had to leave town for a couple days and I wasn't too excited about it. I was one day into classes and already overwhelmed by my work load. Yeah! for cramming classes so I can graduate. Anyway I tried to convince Ezra to stay. The day he was supposed to leave, I had just walked in from class and he told me to close my eyes because he had a surprise for me. When I opened my eyes I saw our lamp with a hat on, a face, and holding a gun. Ezra proudly announced "Meet Jo! He is going to protect you while I am gone, If the mustache doesn't scare them away the gun will." I said, "thank you for jo, you are so weird." Then I laughed. I think I might keep him around for awhile just in case Ezra has to leave again. | Meet Joe | We went to cold stone with our friends Scott and Brittney- they are so much fun! Happy Birthday Scott!

67: These are some of my drawings from the head drawing class I took from Leon Parson last semester.Most of these took me 1-2 hours. They are all from life, sometimes it's hard to get the models to hold still. I'm in this class again this semester! | Head Drawing

68: These are some projects from last semester. I had at least one painting due each week and I had to use a different technique each time, it was way fun!

70: The other day I pulled out my drivers license, I showed it to Ezra and said, "this might be the worst picture that has ever been taken of me." Then I said, "let me see yours." We both started laughing. A match made in heaven right! We both look like goofs. | "When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive searching, daring, self-expressing creature"-Robert Henri I love this quote.It makes me think of the time I spent in the hospital after a major back surgery where rods and screws were placed in my spine, I was sixteen and in the most pain I had ever experienced. I don't have many memories from the hospital because I was so drugged up, but I distinctly remember one night when I was uncomfortable and moaning involuntarily because of pain. Up to this point the nurses would come ask me if a needed anything do their little tests and leave. One night I had a special nurse, a nurse that truly made her work her art. She came in with a smile on her face, asked me how I was doing, listened for my response, and carefully moved my body gently placing pillows. She attended to my needs in a way that showed that she had a care and understanding that the other nurses did not have. It was the first time I could remember feeling comfortable since surgery and I was able to get some sleep.I was so thankful.I don't remember her name but to this day I remember her face. I don't think I'll ever forget it.She truly made her work an art. We all have an opportunity to do this in many aspects of our lives.Sometimes we think that the gifts we have been given are not truly significant, but if we take what we have and make it our art we can learn to express ourselves, take chances, be creative, and do great things. | Thought of the Day

71: My sister Kristina and her fiance Adam came to visit us this weekend it was way fun! We played games, went to a concert, and visited the Legacy Flight Museum. We even got to see a few planes take off at the airport next door.It made me want to go flying-so fun!

72: I'm finally done with school! Yeah!I had a great last semester, I have absolutley loved going to school at BYUI, I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had here for the world. I am going to miss it but it feels really good to be done with such a busy semester. (note to future college students: don't wait until the very end to cram in all your hardest classes, for cryin out loud spread em out a bit!) Ezra is glad for me to be done because he wont have to be the lone dish do-er anymore. I skipped out on my graduation to go down to southern Utah with my family and do some hike'in it was way fun and totally beautiful. | Bryce Canyon

73: On the last day of our little vacation we played hot lava tag at a park on a huge play ground. Even Mom and Dad joined in the fun. I think we probably scared a few little kids with our running around and screaming like crazy people. So what now? Ezra is finishing his pilots lisence so we are gonna be in Rexburg for a month or two. It's a good thing it's finally starting to warm up!

74: Although he might tell you he is 26 my wonderful husband turned 27 on Wednesday! We had a wonderful birthday/graduation celebration in Twin Falls. We went ice blocking and the whole works it was really fun! I'm so thankful to be married to such a good guy, he keeps me laughing everyday. There is never a dull moment with Ezra. I'm so glad that we get to spend the rest our lives together. He is all I could have ever hoped for in a husband. I love you babe! | To all the wonderful mothers that are part of my life! A womans face wrinkled by smiles, and sunshine, and laughter holds the charm of years before, and will hold it well after A face some would say is weathered and worn I say it graceful like real beauty reborn though her springtime has faded she has a heart true and tried she's overcome selfishness, grief, strife, and pride Her love is a fountain where all freely drink She treasures lifes moments, though they pass in a blink She's faithful and honest, devoted and kind A better Mother, no one could find In need of wisdom I look to her eyes It is she, in the end, will inherit the prize I Love You! | Happy Mothers Day!

75: I was down in Utah the whole week to help out. I was calling myself the wedding slave, I shopped for what seemed like hundreds of hours,ran errands, gave 5 hair cuts, fixed center pieces, picked out pictures, did make up and wedding hair including the bride, prepared a wedding toast, and most importantly provided stress relief to my anxious mother. And even though I referred to my self as the slave I had a lot of fun! It ended up being a great day, it was fun to see so many friends and family members. It's always a treat to go to the temple and be reminded of Ezra and my wedding day- almost three years ago can you believe it!? Everything went pretty smoothly, we will just ignore the fact that Patrick didn't fasten the leg on the fold out table and all the flowers and the vases went crashing to the ground.-I secretly thought that was pretty funny- in situations like that all that's really left to do is laugh, right? There were no other major mishaps and it is was a lovely event.Kristina looked gorgeous, Adam cleaned up pretty good too (; Congratulations Kristina and Adam! To infinity and beyond!

76: So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra | So Ezra just left, it's 9:20 and he's doing his first Night Flight. I always get nervous when he goes flying, I mean the guy doesn't necasarily have the best track record with stuff like this. But don't worry- he reassurred me by telling me how much I'll have left in the bank to live on and all the bills I should remember to pay. He said "we owe Lewis (his flight instructor) 500 dollars, oh wait, he'll probably die with me." With that he gave me and kiss and made a crashing noise as he walked out the door. What a Sweety. | This is Ferra she modeled for my head drawing class in my last semester. This is a section from a paper I wrote about her: There is a girl I have drawn once before, she might not be considered beautiful in the world’s definition. She is quiet and quick to smile. And always holds perfectly still as we draw her. Her skin is dark and her expression is always pensive. Her name is Ferra and I drew her for the second time today. Our group of five all sat quietly drawing in a semi circle around Ferra. Breaking the silence, Fran, one of the two older women in class, asked Ferra where she was from. She replied, “Haiti.” I tensed a little remembering the horrible earthquake that happened there only a few weeks ago. Fran continued, “you’re so far from home, Is your family alright?” Ferra paused, “My brother is alright.but my mother died.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard her right. As the realization of what she said hit me, I found myself holding back tears. Her mother had died. I thought of my own mother. My heart sank for her and my drawing didn’t seem so important any more. Fran said, “I’m so sorry” over and over. Ferra said, “it’s okay.” I thought, "it’s not okay,you can't be okay" but I could tell she was trying to be strong for us.As I walked away from that class I thought about what is really important. I want the way I live to reflect my testimony. I want my life to have meaning. I want to spend my time doing things that truly matter. This drawing probably isn't one of my best, I know I could never do justice to how beautiful Ferra truly is.But every time I see it I will think of a beautiful girl from Haiti and I will be reminded of what is truly matters | Ferra

77: So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw! | So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw! | So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw! | So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw! | So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw! | So I went up for my first time in the plane with Ezra and I was a little bit nervous. While Ezra filled up the plane with fuel, I made a video on my camera telling my family that I loved them and that it was our time to go. (it was kind of a joke, but kind of not). | We had a great time, turns out I had nothing to worry about! Our landings were smooth as a babies bottom. Congrats Ezra- Mr.Private Pilot! yee-haw!

78: This is Mr.Micheal Jackson in the flesh! I know his pose looks fairly normal in this drawing, but most of the time this kid threw the weirdest poses- very Micheal Jackson-esk. The models are basically up there in their undies right, so I tried not to laugh, but I seriously could not help it with this kid. Some where along the road he latched on to the idea that the more contorted you are the better you are to draw-NOT TRUE! | We had a two pregnant models that would come into my figure drawing class,Soooooooooo not something I would ever do while pregnant. Very fun to draw!

79: My brother Patrick was a sport and consented to be my model for a figure drawing assignment. I'm pretty sure he is the most awkward model ever! It took all I had to get him to throw a normal looking pose. | Line Drawing-I know it doesn't look like it but this girl seriously could not stop laughing.

80: We spent memorial day at my aunt and uncles horse property. We had a lot of fun riding horses and four wheelers! | Under direction from my father Ezra blasted my mom and Mckay. They didn't even know he was coming. Luckily the weren't too upset!

81: Shanna and I attended the pig races. Arnold Swartzenhogger raced Lindsey Loham ( : | We spent a lot of time going through industry buildings gathering free up the free goodies. There were a ton of people. Unfortunately there were a few hog famers that had forgotten to take there baths-they were definitely in need of some fruity soaps! | June 12 Blizzard on our way back through Wyoming- we had to plug in our hair dryers to keep the windows from fogging up! What the heck! | Landen he is so cute!

84: Ezra and I headed down to Fool Creek (closest recognizable city = Delta) for a family reunion and an 80th Birthday party for his grandma Roper. | We attended a parade in Delta. I'm not gonna lie it was a little bit sparse on the candy. But Ezra's little cousins kept us entertained by peeing in the middle of the park and other such activities. | Sand dunes cover large areas of Grandma and Grandpa Ropers farm. This is an arrow head I found while Ezra and I were out on the four wheeler- pretty cool huh! | We lit off some illegal fireworks (you can get away with stuff like that when you're in the boonies). The explosives are more or less up for grabs. I decided that I did not want to start on fire so I found a safe spot away from the commotion. During this fireworks display there was much of yelling and running. Ezra's brother Rick got pegged in the back by a rougue firework-luckily all it did was put a burn mark on his shirt. There were more than a couple fire works that didn't make it completely off the ground before exploding. Ezra calls it the red-neck firework show. yeah-pretty much! | Ezra and I decided to go flying this morning- we flew over the Provo parade and we also got to fly over my parents house and the Draper and Timp Temples. It was so fun! It's been a great summer so far, it's kind of depressing to see it going by so fast- I guess we enjoy it while we can right!

85: Ezra and I decided to take my two little bros Nathan and McKay to the zoo. I haven't been to the zoo in forever- I forgot how much fun it is! | Can you see him? Ezra spotted him first and had to do his Sid the sloth impression- it's pretty good!

86: CONFESSION:I am a Harry Potter Geek. Have I read all the books? Yes! Have I seen all the movies?Yes!Have I listened to it on CD? Yes! Am I counting down the days til the Deathly Hallows movie comes out and planning on dragging Ezra with me? Yes! (Ezra who is not a Harry Potter geek isn't really into the whole Harry Potter thang but will still come with me cuz he's just sweet like that---I think Voldemort scares him or maybe the Dementors) Do I have a Harry Potter Poster in my bedroom? You'll never know.Okay Here are some of my favorite Harry Potter Quotes- Did I get carried away? um yes, but read them anyway because they're really good! It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Dumbledore to Voldermort. What's comin' will come and we'll meet it when it does. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alkaban ~J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter

87: Even though Ezra is not a huge musical fan he really enjoyed wicked. I thought it was totally awsome! All songs have been running through my head like crazy. It reminded me of the good ole days when all the room mates would stand on the bed and sing defying gravity at the top of our lungs. On our walk to wicked there were all these creepy guys on the streets, my mom totally thought we were going to get mugged. So funny- I think she forgets that she's married to a man that is 6 feet 7 inches tall and over 250 pounds. | San Francisco you are an interesting place, your streets are so steep no one would ever dare rollerblade, your people flock in every direction and dress like they are blind, Many of your tourist come from China just to go to your little China town, your hobos are little more creative in there methods of money begging than most, and your old guy that works at Burger King is very mean and wouldn't let me into the restroom with out a receipt no matter how nice I was or how bad I had to go.

88: Our family trip to Waterton Lakes National Park was so much fun, it's on the other side of Glacier National Park. This is the cute little lodge we stayed in, one of our rooms was pink and the other one was purple. It was amazing to be in place where every view is so spectacular. The deer in Waterton are very strange and they are everywhere! You go anywhere in town without seeing at least five or six deer. They aren't scared of people at all. Ezra thought it was great and got way too close to them- I told him he was going to get malled by a deer and lets face it that would be pretty pathetic. On our site seeing adventures we would often spot wild life, wolves and bears. This time we pulled over to take a picture of a mama and baby moose and got a picture of some weird two legged creature instead. My Grandpa Taylor and Ezra's Grandma Gibby both lived in the small town of Raymond, Alberta. So of course we had to stop there, we went to church and visited the cemetery where Ezra and I both have great grandparents buried. My Dad gave us the tour of the city. We also got to go to the Cardston Temple and do baptisms it was really cool. We went on a hike up to Crypt lake I think it's about 14 miles round trip. Being the prepared person that I am I forgot my knee brace, the last thing I needed was for my knee cap to dislocate on a rocky slopes so I grabbed two walking sticks off the side of the trail I called them my Gandolf staffs. They really did work wonders. Towards the end of the hike you have to go up a few miles of rocky switch backs. When those end you have to climb through a football fields worth of cramped little cave and when you come out the other side there is a huge cliff so you have to hold onto this tiny little cable that has been nailed in the rock. It was quite the adventure. Eventually we ended up at a beautiful Crypt Lake. We got to see a few mountain goats grazing around the lake. We brought all our bikes and every night we'd cruise the town. It was funny to see peoples faces as we rode by. Some of them even tried to count us. "Are you all together?" -- "yeah, and we're all the same family" | Waterton

93: Oma's 80th!

94: My brother Patrick got his mission call! He's going to be serving in the Barranquilla, Columbia mission! We are so excited for him and know that he is going to be a great missionary! My grandfather had a stroke about a week ago so we decided to open Patricks call at the hospital with the family. It was such a cool experience. Grandpa is really proud of Patrick and the decision he has made to serve a mission. Ezra was not able to be there because he was in Arizona for a job interview. But he is excited that he will have another Spanish speaker in the family. We had a second opening at the house with a bunch of friends, it was such a wonderful celebration! Way to go Patrick! | Colombia

95: These are pictures from our conference weekend. Ezra and I flew down to Delta we watched conference with his Grandparents. Ezra got to give plane rides to his Dad and Grandpa. He flew them over the family farm. It was really fun! Ezra talked me into going to the Boise air museum- At the time I was in the attitude "if you've seen one air museum you've seen em all." But it was actually really fun and interesting. Ezra loves all things that fly- he made me take pictures of all the planes.Here is a picture of a rare and unique tri-wing plane. If you ever go to Boise give the air museum a chance and don't forget to get a yummy cheese cake caramel apple from the outlets on your way home.

97: Rexburg

98: Holy Cow! It's been a crazy couple of weeks. One day were packing to move to AZ and I'm stressin cuz I'm supposed to find an apt and the only apts I can find close to Ezra's work are filled with drug dealers and roches. And the next day Ezra gets a sweet job offer to work in China. And we take it! We were nervous to call Knight Brokerage and tell them we would be peace'in out days before we were supposed to start. But to our surprise they were totally excited for us and told us to keep in touch because they might have some work for us to do in China! Needless to say it's been quite the emotional roller coster ride.Ezra is thrilled to be going to China....Me, I'm apprehensive and excited. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be moving to China. But we are young, in love, and I can't think of a better time to embark on this adventure.We leave the second week in January ... O’er mountain, or plain, or sea to other side of the planet. We've already been practicing our mandarin and already know one of the most important phrases in the Chinese language....."where is the toilet?" What more do you need to know? So are we crazy? um...I think so. We're moving to the small subtropical town of Nanning,China -population 6.5 million. Idaho to China. hmmmm It's been fun to tell people where we are moving. Some people give us weird looks and ask if we're joking. I don't blame them I'm still having a hard time believing it myself. Well start booking your trips-we'll put you up! We'll be back to the US every four months so we can see your beautiful faces in person.CHINA here we come! | Ezra sales equipment, most often skid steers. In July of 2009 Ezra and I took a trip to Arizona to pick up two skid steers. We started our 13 hour trip on a Friday night at around 5pm. We drove through the night and arrived in AZ the next morning. We picked up the skid steers and spent the day in 120 degrees. We were convinced that something was wrong with our air conditioning. On our way home we had a long conversation about how awful Arizona was and we both vowed that AZ would be the one place we would never live. Well life as you know, is full of beautiful ironies. When we found out that Ezra might have a job opportunity with Knight Brokerage (head quarters AZ) we both started laughing. We might end up in the one place we vowed we'd never live. Well it's happened! And despite our initial repulsion to the area we are so excited and more than ready to start our next adventure. We are heading down the day after Thanksgiving. Arizona here we come! If you would like to be a winter visitor give us a call! | AZ to China

99: To be continued.....

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