Saturday, October 25, 2014

And Speaking of Dreams Coming True...

... in Florida, Michaela finally met Spiderman!

It's crazy to think that in one 10-day trip
 all of her dreams would be realized....
Well, at least the ones about butterbeer and Gringotts
 and Spiderman.

 He high-fived her after a Provo/ Fletch reference 
that went right over her head.

More Spidey love.

Oh, and Captain America happened to show up-

- not really a dream come true,
just a happy coincidence. 

But despite all of this wonderful happiness, 
 there's just one more pesky little dream she's waiting on:


holding the position of Seeker for the Holyhead Harpies
Might be a long wait.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life Underwater.

In the words of David Archuleta (Stephanie Mabey):
 "It's Glorious".

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happiness From Nanjing.

Bethany is happy in China.
A little homesick from time to time-
but mostly happy. :)
It shows, right?
Still waiting for a little homesickness from Elijah...
Might be a long wait.   :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And He's Outta Here!

At 1:30 this afternoon, Elder Paynter entered the Provo MTC.
No tears for this guy.
Just happiness.
Love you Jordan.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happiness and Harry.

While cleaning out the camera bag, lo and behold, I found another SD card with more Florida pictures. Imagine my joy! 
So here you go, a little more summer happiness...

Decisions, decisions...Hogwarts or Hogsmeade?

 Michaela insists that I should be proud to be a Hufflepuff,
that's easy to say when you're a Slytherin...
Don't know your Hogwarts house?  Go here.


 Beth exhibiting her Ravenclaw eccentricity....

We kind of fell in love with butterbeer....



and yes.

The sweet Triwizard Cup.

Hannah purchased Snape's wand...
who knew it would be for sale?

We spent lots of time in Zonko's...

Contemplated some pumpkin juice but decided against it...

...and dreamed about riding the Hogwarts Express.

We even found number 12 Grimmauld Place.

If you look really closely, 
you can see Kreature in the window. :)
Happiness and Harry...
you're feeling it too, right?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Scenes From A Farewell...

Today, Jordan Paynter gave his closing remarks on his
 pre-mission life. You might say that he is pretty much out the door.
I have never seen anyone so excited to go...
I'm not sure he will even shed a tear on Wednesday. 
His eyes are focused solely on getting started.

And he didn't stop smiling all day. 

Adios Jordo. I mean Elder Paynter.
Life is good.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cross Country on Tuesday.

After eight weeks of training, 
Will had his culminating cross country  race today.
Never a word of complaint during those eight weeks-
just unbridled "Will" enthusiasm.
Whatever he does, he does with enthusiasm.
He knocked seven minutes off of his beginning time 
eight weeks ago. 
Pretty awesome.

Once upon a time I ran cross country in high school.
Not with enthusiasm, that's for sure.

Go Will!