Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 12:24 am
Hey Guys and Gals,
Happy Halloween! These last couple of days have been a HOOT! Mike and I went to his home town of Gooding Idaho which is “in-between (more or less)” the cities of Twin Falls and Boise.
So, to prepare for my weekend of fun I had to work some extra hours at the office. That kept me busy until Thursday. I only went to one of my classes and then left work around 2pm. Came home and got my stuff together and we hit the road.
Before we could leave, we had to stop by Costco so I could pick up my new glasses. I am really glad I ordered those because I was having trouble in my classes because I couldn’t see what my professors where writing down. They look really great and you can give all the thanks to my personal stylist Mike.
We drove toward Idaho, we made a quick stop in Ogden to pick up a new car that Mike’s father had purchased. That quick stop lasted an hour and a half.
We drove and arrived at Mike’s house in Gooding. It is actually more than a house, it is a home and not just any home, a good American home with horses and barn in the backyard and farmland all around. Mike’s parents came out to greet us and it was really fun. Deby, Mike’s mom, made us an absolutely delicious all-American meal. They grew their own corn and had mashed potatoes with some salmon that they had caught. It was amazing. We visited for a while and ended the night with scripture reading and a family prayer in the living room.
Friday morning we drove an hour and a half to Sun Valley, Idaho to check out the rich and famous of Idaho. It is a pretty valley and hopefully one day I will get to go a little further to Stanley, Idaho which I am told is probably one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.
We went to Boise that afternoon to witness the wedding of Mike’s cousin and that was really exciting because the Father of the bride asked if anyone knew how to operate a camera and the Infanger’s (Mike’s family) said I did and thus they got me to videotape their wedding! It was a really nice ceremony they held at a church building. After eating some food and visiting we drove to Jerome, Idaho where Mike’s sister Jill lives. I ended up playing video games late into the night with Jill’s husband Jim. Mike’s sister Lisa cut my hair that night also and she did a great job!
Saturday morning we drove to Twin Falls and took family pictures! It was tons of fun to watch the Infanger’s gather together and take these pictures. We then went back to Gooding and went to work. Mike taught me how to drive a tractor and we did some work around the farm. We cleaned out the barn and burned all the garbage that was in there. We went back to the home and had a great evening visiting with all the family that was in town.
Sunday morning we woke up and had a great breakfast. We then all took our turns taking showers to get ready to go to church. The time changes was really nice also.
Note: I am really sorry that this is very long and probably not making any sense. My story is about to get a whole lot more confusing because I am introducing more people.
My economics professor at BYU grew up in Gooding. His parents live around the corner from Mike’s parents. So I went with Mike’s father and visited Brother Pope, the father of my college professor. It was really fun as we sat down, visited, and asked questions. Brother Pope asked me to speak in Church for twenty minutes! This happened less than a half-an-hour before Church started. The Church services went really well and my little talk was well received.
After I was done speaking at Church we ran home and ate some food and started our way back to Utah. We stopped in Centerville to visit one of Mike’s companions who had just finished his mission this week. We got some more food and drove back to Provo.
This is already to long, but we did a whole bunch of things at home and went to a Halloween party tonight and this week will be very exciting. Here are some pictures:
Halloween – Monday Night, tonight, these are our costumes that we wore to the Halloween party tonight.
Stud – This is me wearing a way nic
e black shirt with my favorite red flower tie!
Rachel – Rachel is a pretty girl in my ward and this was taken at our family home evening activity we had last week.
Glasses – These are my new glasses that I got at Costco. Mike choose them for me and said they looked really good.
Cowboy – This is Mike’s pumpkin that we made at our family home evening last week. It is a cowboy. It looks like a pioneer, but Mike told us it is a cowboy.
Idaho – This is our fire that we made as we were cleaning out the barn. Notice the big tractor to the left and Mike’s sister working hard on the farm!
I wish I could explain all the cool things that have been going on! There are many interesting things that I have learned and some things that are just fascinating! Mike’s family is a very special family and they were extremely nice to me. I could go on for hours! It is late and I have class early tomorrow. Lets not forget that I have three midterms this week also!
I love you guys much and hope that all is well. Life is keeping me pretty busy so catch you guys around.
P.S. I am also sorry for any grammar or spelling errors – feel free to correct me. Night!