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The Organ Needle

November 28th, 2010 1 comment

I am a sore man this morning.  Day two after hiking to the top of the Organ Needle sure feels good :)  We had a great time, and Michael has made history being the first of this generation of Giles to make it to the top (along with his cousins Megan and Brooke!).  There is a ton going on in life right now – about to move across the world, away from our friends and family to China.  It was a great experience to share with my dad, one of my brothers (Monte), and my oldest son Michael.  It took me back to my previous experiences hiking to the top of the Organ Needle, the last of which was the week before I entered the MTC as a missionary some 14 years ago (as far as I can remember).  The time and effort it takes to hike to the top of the Organ Needle and back down (basically a day) helps cement it in your life’s experiences, somewhat of an anchor if you allow it to be one.

Upon returning home tomorrow the next several weeks are going to be a whirlwind of activity, cleaning, repairing, packing, filing, signing papers, buying plane tickets, sending our belongings on boats (not to be seen again for two months), renting out our home, selling our cars, selling our furniture, selling our … , saying goodbye to friends, saying goodbye to family, spending Christmas and New Years with family before boarding our airplane to Beijing the first of January.  And in reality, the whirlwind then really begins to whirl…

Our family is in for an adventure that will change each of us, and the path our lives may take us.  We know we are doing what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, and because of that we are filled with peace throughout all that is involved in making this move.  Even so, I look forward to the next time I’ll be able to be with those closest to me, father, brothers, children, on top of the world through hiking to the top of the Organ Needle.  I’m grateful to have had this experience at this time in my life, to be an anchor to what matters most to me before heading out on this new adventure across the world in China.

Game On!  :)

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My 1st Pinewood Derby (ohh – and Michael’s first too)

February 20th, 2009 No comments

Have you seen the movie Down and Derby?  Well… after seeing it a couple years back, I vowed I wouldn’t come close to being the father that just takes over the pinewood derby car from his son.  Well, history has proven me wrong :(  Now, I wasn’t close to as bad as is portrayed in the movie, but I found it hard to not be integrally involved in every step of the way on Michael’s first pinewood derby car.  I think we both had a blast, and enjoyed making it together – which is what its all about, right?

Anyhow, check out some photos I’ve posted on facebook to see how Michael’s pencil car turned out

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Christmas Morning

December 26th, 2008 No comments

I love Christmas!  This year, we decided to try and make presents for one another, rather than purchasing all our gifts.  It turned out ok, although execution wasn’t perfect.  It takes quite a bit of time to make gifts, and quite a bit more time to help young kids make gifts.  So, in the end, most of the “adults” had made gifts for most everyone, and most of the “kids” had made one or perhaps two gifts.  Nice idea, one I want to try again in the future, and hopefully apply some lessons learned from this time around.

Anyhow, I’d like to show you a few pictures from Christmas morning – mainly of the gifts I created, along with a few other pictures that just looked cute, exciting, fun, etc… and I didn’t want to leave out.

So, for Michael I made a marble maze.  This took quite a bit more time than I originally planned, and I have quite a bit of scraps of lumber to show for it (tries 1,2,3,…,10,… etc… all failed).  Not sure if you can make it out from the picture – but it’s a two sided maze and the marble drops between the two sides via holes in the center.  Object is to get it from one corner to the other.

I had originally planned on making them all mazes, but the time spent on Michael’s was soo long, that I modified my design for Trevin and Ian… their mazes are made from their names, with a hard plastic top to keep the marble in (rather than the way Michael’s is — with the marble still accessible to the touch.

For Kaylee Ann I made (with help — not enough time!) some socks with beads on them.  I actually just sewed the beads to some purchased socks.  Kaylee seems to like them though!

I ran out of time before I got to Spencer’s gift — but as you can see from the Christmas morning picture, a simple sticker is enough to keep him happy :)

Enjoy the pictures!

You’ve likely noticed the pictures of the lazer tag guns — they were a sure hit (thanks Grandma / mom!).  Michael was also (still is) very very excited about his skateboard Santa gave him… look at that grin!

Yahtzee!

December 7th, 2008 No comments

Kaylee Ann - Me - MichaelKaylee Ann, Michael & I decided to play Yahtzee last night… simple game – but lot’s of fun! I’ve been looking forward to the time when I can play games with my kids — as I’ve always loved games (still do!).  Michael is now 8 – and is seemingly taking after me in the games area — as he can’t get enough of them.  Gotta love it ;)

Turns out we didn’t finish the game yet — as bedtime came before we were through.  No problem — as this just means we’ll have to play again later ;) 

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The Chefs ;)

September 7th, 2008 2 comments

The Little Chef\'s

There were some little chefs (and a big chef) at our house tonight.  We were making a masterful meal for the queen of the home – our very own Mommy Chef.  It was Mommy Chef’s birthday, so what better way to celebrate than to make a meal for her!

Mommy Chef wanted to eat an Indian dish for dinner, so she searched far and wide, until she found two recipes that she wanted to make for dinner.  To the little chefs came the duty of making Naan.  This is a very special bread that we have never made before.  Boy was it fun to make!

There was an AWESOME chef named Michael.  He was a master of the sword (ok, the butter knife).  He wowed us all with his excellent skills – and he served as our master bread cutter for the night.  You wouldn’t want to run into him in a dark alley in the middle of the night.

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There was a super duper sweet chef named Kaylee Ann ;)  As you can see – she loves cooking, and especially flattening dough before placing into the oven :)  She added the sweet spices necessary to make our bread complete.

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Dough Boy could not keep the dough off his face / mouth / hands / etc…  He was excellent at kneading the dough, getting it to the perfect consistency before tossing it into the oven ;)

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And then there was Tiny Chef… kind of like our little wonder dog – he was watching all of us, and helping keep us all safe ;)  He even saved all the food from burning, at least that is what sweet chef tells me.

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After making a healthy batch for Mommy Chef to enjoy, we decided to make our own ‘lil masterpieces to cook in the toaster oven… yummy to our tummies ;)

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And that is the end of our story this evening… we hope you enjoyed this little episode of “Little Chefs”, we sure enjoyed being Chefs!

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Ohh yes – and Tiny Chef worked so hard… well – he fell asleep after all was said and done ;)

(Story typed by Daddy as told to him by the little chefs, and with a bit of his own creative license)