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05 July 2017

Charlie is now 6 years old!

Charlie has turned six years old!  He has been looking forward to this birthday for months.  He says he feels much older now.

Charlie has come a long ways in these six years and we are glad that he is such a healthy little guy.  Charlie loves to look through Annette's anatomy books and learn all about the body.  Once Charlie and Annette had a discussion about what specifically had been wrong with his heart.  After a thorough explanation and explaining what would have happened without the aid of doctors his eyes grew big.  The idea of being a sickly child all his life and then dying young helped him appreciate his good health.


Charlie most recently finish Kindergarten at APA which is a charter school down the road from us.  He has learned so much while being there and made some good friends.

One of Charlie's favorite things is dinosaurs.  This has been one of Charlie's greatest works of art to date.

Charlie is a wonderful helper out in the yard.  He is always asking what he can help with or where we want him to dig.

Charlie is a wonderful little guy who is very helpful and likes to help keep the house clean.  He loves going out and doing fun things with the family and is always happy and content.

Charlie takes after Charles in everything associated with math and science.  Charlie taught himself the concept of multiplication while in Kindergarten.  

Charlie is such an amazing kid and we love him to bits.  We are so glad Charlie is in our family.

17 June 2017

Yellowstone Trip

We went up to Idaho to go on a little trip to Yellowstone with Annette's family and her sister's in-laws. It was very fun!

We stopped at BYU Idaho for about 45 minutes on Friday when we drove up.  We saw the Thomas E. Ricks gardens.  Thomas Ricks is the kid's great great great great grandpa.


On Saturday we did the north loop of Yellowstone.





The Visitor Center had lots of cool information.

We found some cool dogs that we petted.


Here is our Christmas card photo.  Just a few months early :)







Elizabeth loved all of the yellow stone since it is her favorite color.

The kids were really great with all of the driving!

Charles was a great driver during the entire trip.  He wasn't driving, but waiting for some of our carpool here.

Annette did great helping kids, passing out food, and navigating once we got a map of Yellowstone.

We saw a coyote.  Very exciting.





When the kids saw this photo they thought the sunbeam was a geyser.


I loved these trees that grew in a swirl.  Such beautiful colors.

The scenery was so beautiful!

We got to see a bison heard multiple times which was very fun.

And we saw a lone bison walking down the road backing up traffic. 

 On Sunday after church we went to a lake near our cabin.  We took a little walk around it.








On Monday we did the south loop.  Old Faithful was very exciting to see!




We walked around the area of Old Faithful and it was beautiful.






The Austins brought a heat gun thingy.  The hottest pool that I heard about was around 190 degrees.








Charles and Lizzy ran up to catch up to Annette 

We ate lunch in the parking lot. 







Eliza got a ride from Peter and loved it. 




On Tuesday we woke up to snow which was fun.

 On the way back home we stopped in to see Charles' uncle and aunt who are both professors at BYU-Idaho.  Charles' uncle gave us a mini tour of campus and his friend in the Special Collections section of the library showed us some cool stuff.  We saw a Bible from France made in the 1200's using animal skin for pages.  We saw a page from a Gutenberg Bible.  And we saw a first edition Book of Mormon.