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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Picnic at Whiting Campground

We decided that we would do a picnic dinner Tuesday night at one of our favorite haunts. It was like a ghost town at the campground due to school starting the next morning. It was fun practically having the whole campground to ourselves.
 The crew getting the fire going.
S'mores are an essential part of being at Whiting Campground!
 These two love to play with fire . . . and catch marshmallows on fire.
 Bud says that this guy gets his mouth from his grandmother's side of the family.
Ha ha, you think you're so funny!
 Looks like a varmit got a hold of our bread.
One did - and she is almost two years old!
 Wishing our dad and grandpa was with us to enjoy dinner.
 The newest clan member - 2 1/2 weeks old!
 These two had a blast running and chasing with Uncle Jakie.
 She did not want him to stop.
 Two of the cutest kids -  and no I am not biased.
 Roasting a marshmallow.
 Chewing the fat around the campfire.
 If you got all sugared up on soda pop and marshmallows 
you would have a silly grin on your face too! 
Ooh that fire is so hot.
Here she is blowing on the hot fire.
Isn't that what you do when something is hot?
 Enjoying the evening, listening to the crickets
and watching the summer fade away!
The moon over the mountain on the drive home.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Grandbaby #3

We were blessed with our 3rd grandbaby two weeks ago.
He has his daddy's chin (butt-crack!)
Our sweet daughter and her newest addition.
He slept through his bath!
With his Utah grandma and older brother.
Meeting his brother and sister.  
I think at this point he looks like his daddy.
His sister wanted to share her beloved dolly with him.
She isn't quite 2 years old but I amazed at how sweet she is with him.
That's not saying she isn't a little emotional - 
but at least she isn't taking it out on the baby.
Meeting his uncle and aunt.  It will be their turn in November.
We are so lucky to have these little ones!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pork Fried Rice and Spring Rolls - Netherland Style!

We ordered some take out Asian food the other night 
from the local Asian restaurant.
 Bud was craving some Pork Fried Rice.
This is what we got!
We laughed our heads off and then threw it in the trash.
We were quite surprised since it is run by an Asian family.
Oh well.

I wanted some Spring Rolls.
They asked if I wanted 1 or 2?
I thought 2 then thought no I better just try one.
It was big as a Chimichanga!
 It was good but how much of that can you eat and
still have room for your main courses!
This is all part of the fun living abroad -
you don't always get what you expect to get!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

European Vacation-Switzerland

During our vacation we spent several days in Switzerland.  It is a beautiful country that we enjoyed seeing very much.  Most of the pictures are just scenery and don't need much explanation.  We could have put literally hundreds of pictures in the blog but I have selected a few that I hope will give you a feel for the country.  Enjoy!
Who would have known?  A bison (buffalo) ranch in Switzerland, near Bern.
LDS Temple near Bern.
Our daughter-in-law has roots from Switzerland.  We found the hometown of her great-great-grandfather.  Wangi is located in the northeastern part of Switzerland, not too far from Zurich.
The countryside near the small town of Wangi.
Wangi, Switzerland
Of course we had to take a picture of some Brown Swiss cattle near Wangi.

We took a cable car from the valley floor up to a Gimmelwald and Murren.  These small villages are perched on the side of the mountain and can not be reached by car.  We spent a few days in Murren just hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the outstanding Swiss Alps.
Mountain hillside near Murren, Switzerland.
The mountain grass and flowers in the Alps.
Mountain pasture with the Alps in the background.
A small stream coming off the mountain.
A cheese house in Gimmelwald, Switzerland.
View from Gimmelwald.
Typical mountain cottage.
Garden next to the house--and on the edge of the cliff.
Mountain scenery.
Mountain scenery.
Mount Jungfrau (young girl).
This is a farmer and his wife turning the cut grass on the side of hill.  The hay has to be turned so that it will dry prior to storage for the winter.
On top of the world.
Mount Eiger--once considered to be unclimbable.
Eiger and Monch.  
The three peaks, Eiger (Ogre), Monch (Monk), and Jungfrau (young girl) stand next to each other and are quite spectacular.
Mountain waterfalls.

Mountain pasture with some Simmental heifers grazing.
Who wouldn't enjoy living in a house with this view?
This Simmental heifer was quite curious.  Notice the bell around her neck.  All of the cattle carry bells which can be heard for long distances.
Mountain scenery.
Mountain bluebells.