Sunday, March 14, 2010

February Update - 14 March 2010

I know that I am late this month but I wanted to let you know what we did in February!

We flew to Arizona to see LeAnne and Dave's family and to celebrate Truman's 12 birthday!! Truman loves to play his trombone and sounds really good!! We were impressed!!

Saturday night, we went to "Organ Stop Pizza" to celebrate Truman's birthday! Dave's parents were also there with us! It is a really fun place where this guy plays anything that the audience wants on this big massive organ. We have been there several times and we really enjoy it!
Great Grandma Welling had a good time listening to the music and enjoying the
Roy and his mom out for a walk around the block.

Sunday was a very special day, not only because it was Truman's birthday, but because he received the Aaronic priesthood and was ordained a deacon by his dad, Dave.

The Woods Family: LeAnne & Dave, and Newell, Landon, Truman and Fielding The whole bunch of us: Newell, Landon, Grandma Welling, Truman, LeAnne and Anne. Back row: Fielding, Dave Zina and Ron Wods and Roy.

Sunday night we had ice cream and cake after Truman blew out the candles and...

opened presents. He especially liked the $20 from Grandpa and Grandma Welling!

While we were in Gilbert, Arizona, we visited Mike and Maradell Brown, who we served with in the East European Area. They were over all Humanitarian Directors and they came to Astana to train after we arrived in Kazakhstan. We have become good friends!!

The end of February we attended the Scout Banquet where our Webelo's showed off their catapults which they had made!! They were pretty proud of them!!
That's about it for February!
Anne and Roy

Sunday, January 31, 2010

January Family Fun - 31 January 2010

It has been a wonderful January spending time with family and friends!! We had Ryan and Tiffanie and their family and Michele and Kenny and their family and Gavin and Kara with us to spend New Years Eve and Day with us!! Kamron, Calista, Easton, Jaxon, Tiffanie and Ryan just relaxing! Ryan had a terrible staph infection and couldn't work so they were able to come and spend some time with us!

After ice skating most of the evening on New Years Eve, it was time to relax and play some games!! Bridget, Michaela, Michele, Taryn, Kenny, Kara, Gavin, Parker and Kamron.

We spent most of the month of January ice skating with family, friends and much of the ward!!This is a picture of our ice sheet!! We think this was one of the best years for the ice. Roy really worked hard on it each night watering it down and it really paid off!We couldn't believe how good the weather was this year!! We were able to have cold weather for a month which made the ice really good for skating!

On Martin Luther King Day, Michele brought her family up to go skating one last time!
Gavin and Parker getting ready to play hockey!The hockey game is on and Parker is going for the puck!!Michele and Michaela out on the ice. Michaela became quite the hockey player!!
Roy out playing his last game of hockey with the kids!Michele and Parker out on the ice.
Ainsley was a real trooper out on the ice and got pretty good at skating!!

Chris and Melissa and their kids and Nancy all came that same day to skate!! Everyone seemed to have a good time! WE sure have enjoyed the ice this year! And it turned out to be the last day for skating!!
We've had a bunch of snow this year and it still keeps snowing!! This was such a beautiful sight!Here is another beautiful picture of our back yard taken from the kitchen window.
We've also had a lot of ice sickles on our house. The one right next to the front door was most interesting because it went clear to the ground!! It has been a wonderful January and it's been so fun to be home with our family!! We can hardly wait for February!!

Anne and Roy

Sunday, January 10, 2010

December Update - 10 January 2010

We had a wonderful December!! We were surrounded with family and friends and it was great!!

The first weekend in December we spent in Salt Lake City seeing the lights on Temple Square. It was beautiful!! Gavin and Kara went down with us and Grandma. We met Michele and Kenny and their family and Megan and her kids. We had a great time!

Here is some of the family: Grandma Welling, Parker, Gavin, Taryn, Michele, Anne, Drista and Roy. The lights were so beautiful!!

Anne and Roy with the temple in the background. It wasn't nearly as cold as Kazakhstan!
The Salt Lake Temple - taken from the plaza.

A much closer picture of the Salt Lake Temple. It was so beautiful!!

We went to the top of the Joseph Smith Building and took this picture!

Here are some of our family: Gavin, Michele, Michaela, Taryn, Kenny, Drista, Roy, Ainsley, Grandma and Parker.

It was wonderful to be able to see the lights on Temple Square this year.

The next weekend we went to Gavin's graduating from Utah State University! We are so proud of you, Gavin!! Way to go!!
After graduation, Roy, Kara, Gavin and Anne!! We were going to take pictures outside, but there was a snow storm out there!! We had a great time and Megan and her girls and Michele and her three youngest were able to come!!

Christmas was a little different this year. We called it a Senior Citizen's Christmas!! My parents were there, along with Grandma Welling!! We had a pretty low-key day but we had fun!!On the 26th day of December, we had the Nicholas Christmas Party here in Fielding at the Town Hall. Grandma and Grandpa Nicholas are in the background visiting with family. Trevor Tustison is busily reading a book!

Bridget, Drace and Michaela having fun at the party.
After the party, we invited everyone here to ice skate on our ice sheet! Ainsley Kingsford is trying out here new skates and Parker Kingsford is playing hockey. Anne, Melissa, Kara and Nancy enjoying the cold and watching the ice skaters!

Ainsley, Bridget and Taryn Kingsford enjoying the ice!!
Drace and Megan Ricord out having fun on the ice!! We were so proud of all of the kids who stayed with the ice skating. Some of them got pretty good!

It has been a very enjoyable December! The thing we loved the most is being with family again. We missed that so much in Kazakhstan!! It was good to have family get-togethers in our home again!

We hope your holidays were also wonderful!
Roy and Anne

Sunday, December 13, 2009

November Update - 13 December 2009

Well, it's half way through the month of December, so I had better fill all of you in on what happened in November.

We have had a very busy month, but it is a good kind of busy because we have been able to be with family. So it has been wonderful!!

First of all we decided that we needed a bigger room for all of our family to congregate in, so we decided to knock out a couple of walls in the basement.This picture shows the absence of the two walls that we knocked out--from the post to the wall on the left and the post to the wall on the right. (The opening between the two rooms was between the two posts.
Because it is a bearing wall, we needed to put in a steel beam to hold up the house. Roy spent a lot of sleepless nights and talked to a few people before he decided it was good to go!!
Gavin was part of the crew that helped with the beam!! Roy and Gavin helping put the steel beam up on the two steel posts at each end!! It was a good job to have done!!Now you can see how the steel beam overhead sits on the steel posts at each end. And look how big the room is!! Here they are putting in the new carpet! Roy built two cabinets on each side of the far room for toys and games and such! It's great!!This is how the basement looks now! We have a family room now that we can all fit it. Roy has done a great job with the building of the cabinets and doing all the finish work. That's our Christmas for this year and we just love it!!

Just before Thanksgiving we went to Zillah, Washington for the funeral of Uncle Judd. I was able to get a picture of the sisters that were there-- Aunt Shirley, Aunt Beth, Aunt Kathryn and Mother. Being at the funeral was such a spiritual experience for each of us and we were so glad that we were able to attend.

After the funeral they had such a wonderful dinner for the family and we were able to visit with all of the Allsops. It was so good to see all of them again!! At the table is Aunt Kathryn, Mother and Dad. Standing are Uncle Ross and Aunt Jo and Sharon Day.

We were so glad that we have been able to visit Uncle Judd and Aunt Kathryn on our way to visit Aaron and Kim. We will surely miss those wonderful times we had with them!!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of family here. Aaron and Kim and their family were able to make it down from Washington, along with Kenny and Michele and their family. Clint and Megan's family came too, and also Gavin and Kara. We had quite a group and we loved every minute of it. We missed the Wellings and the Woods!! Grandpa and Grandma Nicholas were also here along with Grandma Welling. We had about 18 pies for the group, which we ate all weekend!!After dinner we all sacked out on the couch!! Grandpa (asleep) and Grandma Nicholas, Anne (asleep) and Kara. It was a wonderful weekend!! We are so grateful for all of the wonderful blessings we have received this year!! It is good to have family around us again!