Sunday, March 26, 2017

Letter from Marty -- Okinawa, Japan

We heard from Marty, and he's in Okinawa!
He arrived in Japan his time, Tuesday evening. They stayed at the mission home and after dinner went straight to bed. The next day he had some training and then he stayed another night in the mission home because the next day he was assigned to take another flight to Okinawa where he will be serving in the city of Naha.

So that makes arriving in Okinawa on Thursday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday doing missionary work. He's not on a military base so the speak Japanese and they do a lot of street contacting. They also teach English classes. Sunday he went to church, of course. He said he got to introduce himself to the congregation (in Japanese, of course). And they also taught a discussion to an investigator.

He is 15 hours ahead, so our Sunday afternoon is Monday there -- P-day.

We are in St. George for Spring Break. Dan drove Chris and a few friends and Nick and Miles down on Friday after Nick finished school. Originally, I was going to be with Courtney visiting Univ. of Colorado at Boulder with Courtney Thursday - Saturday and then take a flight to St. George when we got back. But now that she's going to Columbia, we cancelled that trip and she and I enjoyed a girls night the two of us on Friday. Nails, dinner at Settebello, ice cream and watching "Big, Little Lies" back at home. And sleeping in on Saturday! And time surfing for New York housing!

I flew down on Saturday to join the boys and then will head back with Nick and Miles on Monday so Nick can go back to school. Dan will stay with Chris and friends here in St. George while the boys swim, hike and hang out. They love it here. Dan tolerates it. But really, the red rock desert is beautiful. It's warmer than rainy SLC is right now. Happy teenage and children's voices our outside our door where we can here them hanging out at the pool. And we've been reading books, napping, taking walks and just relaxing together. Hard to complain.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Courtney got accepted to Columbia for grad school! She called last week screaming and crying that she got accepted! Yay! This week she decided for sure that's what she wanted to do and sent in her official acceptance and declined the other schools she got into (she got into all 6 she applied to! UW; Univ of Colorado, Boulder; NYU; Tufts; Northeastern). Way to go, Courtney!

So while she's home we're surfing around looking at housing options. So fun!

She's had fun playing with Kershaw and he already loves her. Does she have a familiar scent that he recognizes? We both hate this Snapchat filter. But after she took this photo she changed her mind! Ha!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Got this photo from Marty's Mission President today!
Oh, that smile!

Also, Mr. Roboto on the radio and Marty's shoes sitting out (Chris is wearing them now) 
just make me happy -- these little signs of him!

Courtney came today! Look what she and Dan brought me home from Whistler!

Can you see it's Anne of Green Gables raspberry cordial?

And some main buildings have been torn down in Holladay to make room for a new Harmons!
So excited for a grocery store nearby and to have it be a Harmons! Love! Finally our little neighborhood is getting the facelift we've been wanting for years! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Whistler, Canada

Dan and Courtney are living their dream right now, skiing in Whistler, Canada. Intense skiing and hiking to find the best powder has made their trip a blast for both of them.

Just the way you are

Marty arrived in Japan today. We were wondering if he might call from the airport--we've often been there on days missionaries are flying out and seen them on the phones. Marty didn't call--maybe you're actually not supposed to. Or maybe he figured there was nothing to report that he hasn't already said in a letter. (They're such short letters, but they're so typical Marty! I would love to have details about what happens every moment of every day and every feeling he's experienced, both good and bad. But that's simply not his personality. And that's ok! I love him just the way he is! (Mister Rogers taught us that. Happy Birthday (yesterday), Mr. Rogers!))

Chris had his 3 month Dr. appointment. He has no pain but does have a limp. 
That will ease up when his muscle gets stronger. The doc cleared him to ski and start to run, 
but advised him to stop when he gets tired. 
Chris asked if he could hike and jump off rocks in St. George and the Dr. said,
"Sure, it's good for you!" (I really like this guy.)
Here's his leg now:

In other good news, I finished my 2nd British Lit unit and studied for the test all day yesterday. 
Decided to take it at 11:00 last night, afraid by morning the information would all be gone.
I started the unit back in October, hoping to finish before Christmas. Thought I'd write my essay on the plane over Thanksgiving. That didn't happen and I didn't crack my book back open until February.
But I finished the essay back then, finished the last section and then had to remember what in the heck I'd studied 5 months ago. (Where has the time gone?)

Took my test and at least had answers for each of the short answers. 
They were decent. That's all I wanted.

And another one of Mr. Rogers and all our friends at the castle. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Laughs and Parades

We didn't march this year, but Saturday morning, Dad & I, Nick & Miles went to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade together.

I would describe it as: Beer, Dogs, Catholics, Unions and Bagpipes.

It was very festive and, like my Dad, I think it's fun to be out-and-about doing something with a community. Feels social and like you're taking advantage of what life has to offer.

And quite frankly, one of those things life is offering, is time with my Dad. I always love being with him. His constant jokes keep me giggling and entertained. He's just seriously so funny. I love being with people who can make me laugh--probably because it reminds me of being with my dad.

He's also a good listener and thoughtful in his responses. He has a way of helping you see and understand alternative perspectives.

Nick, Dad, Me, Miles and the Adair coat-of-arms poster.

This coffin on wheels got him planning that if he's not around next year we could bring him in this instead. His dark humor. Makes me laugh. And makes him having cancer easier.

Morp--Hawaiian Style--was Saturday evening. 
Nope, Noah was not Chris' date. But he was his car buddy. 

 Chris and Annie
(Mom, if you read this, this is Whitney Badger's daughter. Fun how life comes full circle!)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

So Lucky

It's Official! He's got his license!

Happy 16 to this Happy Kid! 
Having your birthday on a Friday is the best because you can celebrate all day long -- and all night long -- if your parents are super chill and only make you come inside when you and your friends are in the middle of the street by the neighbors house being so loud you wake your mom up (3 houses down)  at 3:00 in the morning and she has to run outside in her pajamas and tell you to 
"freaking get in the house--it's 3:00 a.m. and you're totally waking up the neighbors!" 
(In an annoyed voice, not a mad voice. So that's better.)

Chris' birthday actually started on Thursday so we could have some celebration time with the family. 
His dinner request: Crab and artichokes. Bundt cake for dessert.
We even opened presents the night before so we could go to the DMV first thing on birthday morning.

Rollerblades, car subwoofer and new boots.
And money to get through the month before he gets a job and officially becomes responsible for himself.

Leaving the DMV practically before the sun came up.
I'm wearing the shirt I made for everyone for Chris' 2nd birthday.
Then I changed when I got home because it was too tight and uncomfortable to wear the rest of the day.

Taking Luke for a spin!

Gram sent him a balloon banner
to help celebrate his St. Patrick's Birthday in style!

 We really are lucky to have Chris as part of our family!