Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ADIOS! Vamos a Chile

Darrin and I are heading to Chile on the 1st and won't be back until the 11th. I'm sure I will have tons to say and pictures to share. We are staying at the Valle Bonita Lodge in Futaleufu, Patagonia. (pictures below) He is fly fishing and Odessa (my sister-in-law) and I are ....horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, shopping, sight-seeing, swimming, cruising, etc., oh, and of course, lots of eating. So...all you bloggies will just have to wait.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another Gordon goes to A.S.U.


CONGRATULATIONS TO EMILY!
She was awarded the Presidents Scholarship. (same as Dallin) We were a little nervous because we got her application in on time, but her SAT scores were late. But........didn't seem to matter. Sad that Dena and Dallin won't be there with her, but Jeanie will be and that will help. She got to know Jeanie (Dal and Dena's friend) when she came to visit before Dallin left. Great girl! Emily is also #1 in her class, but as we have experienced, that can change at any time. Good Job Emily. Here are her Senior pictures. (taken by Leah, of course)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

THE FIRST LETTER

We got our first letter from the missionary this week. It was dated the day he got there. It goes like this:
Querido family,
Heeeeh! It's awesome. I know that they say to leave the negative at home, but I won't and still be following the rules. It's awesome. My comp is Elder Hawkins from Lindon, UT. He is rad...err....righteous. I have the best other roommates. Elder Bailey from Canada and Elder Martinez from Mexico. I am in the advanced group and I am leaving for TX in 3 WEEKS. Also, we all follow the rules almost to a fault. I have a testimony of it, mostly I have a desire to learn as much as I can. P.S. Yes, this letter was required. Elder Gordon

This is only the first letter! Sooooo Great.
His address for the next 2 weeks is:

Elder Dallin Gordon
MTC Mailbox 289
TX-FTW 0318
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Monday, January 21, 2008

Latest, Greatest, Read!


So, if you haven't heard of Clarence Thomas's Memoirs, you need to. His book is called "My Grandfather's Son". It is excellent. He is an amazing person. I remember going to listen to him speak at ASU years ago (like 20).
He spoke about Affirmative Action. My roommate and I were the only white people in the room except the moderator. When the crowd realized that he was opposed to it, they went nuts and security had to escort him out for his own safety. I had always wondered how he came to have that kind of radically unpolitically correct opinion. Well, now I know. You won't be disappointed. He doesn't dwell on the Anita Hill thing. Just mentions his shock and confusion at her accusations. Mostly it is about his unfortunate beginings and the strict discipline and expectations of his grandfather who raised him. Check it out.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cold-blooded and Hot-blooded

Here is a video of the long walk to the terminal at 5:30 in the morning. Check out my two boys. Pretty typical, they are quite the opposites. I hope Dallin can acclimatize, or he will freeze his entire mission. He has no fat on his bones. Maybe MTC food will remedy that. (I doubt it) I will share parts of his letters, when I get them.
video

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Meeting formerly known as....

We sent Dallin off on Wednesday morning (5:30 am) and none of us cried!

He was so excited to go that it was contagious. Julia picked him up at the SLC airport and took him to the MTC. She called to report that he got checked in and she got in her car and cried. Julia is an non-related Aunt to my kids, just in case you were wondering. Maybe now things will settle back into a normal routine again. Next up is Chile for Darrin and I in Feb. Then a trip with my parents and siblings in March, rest in April, and Emily's graduation in May. It was great to have everyone come to Dallin's Birthday/Unfarewell. So many girls! Maybe he was telling the truth when he said he had "girlfriends". Oh well, arms length for two years. I am anxiously waiting for his first letter. Here are some pics from the last week.

Darrin's famous birthday cake.

DENA!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Crazy Times!

Things have been CRAZY around here lately. I won't bore you with details, but I think it will all calm down in a few weeks. I promise to have some great posts and pictures then. Check out our cute family pic from Leah.
She has more on her photography blog if your interested. Love them Leah!

...physically and mentally!