This is definitely a month I have been looking forward to for a LONG time! It has been a FUN month filled with parades, fireworks, family fun, and the return of Elder Nielsen IV. I have sooooo much to say!
July 1 - Might as well start it off with this dang stinkin' cute baby girl! Ever since her Uncle Bum (Michael) started working at the Worlds Best Corndog food truck we've enjoyed them a little more often. She LOVES them and it's so funny to see her eat one. It's almost bigger than her and she's eating a "halfsie" size!
....Taylor and Melissa came down for the holiday weekend and made it to the food truck just in time to get a corndog before Michael got off work.
....The city of West Bountiful started their Independence Day celebrations tonight! We always try to go to the park with my family and listen to my brother-in-law's band "Endless Summer" play for the crowd before the fireworks. My dad sometimes joins them for a few songs. Always a good time.
.....well..... it's always a good time until I get a text from my daughter-in-law with THIS picture in it! This is my little grandson. His daddy had to work tonight and somehow there was some miscommunication (or they would have been WITH us at the park). His cute mommy brought him to see grandma and I wasn't there. Apparently this is how he reacted. Well, me.... being the tenderhearted grandma that I am.... ended up leaving the park to go be with him. Seriously! How could I resist!?
July 2- The West Bountiful parade goes right past my dad's house. So convenient! My little grandson Tristan seemed to enjoy the parade a lot. Cory and I enjoyed the parade SWAG! (Especially when it includes Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches being thrown at us!)
....I didn't get a picture of any of us, or our friend in the cast. However, Cory and I, as well as Taylor and Melissa really enjoyed the Kaysville City production of Singin' in the Rain tonight! Our friend in the cast is actually one of the assistant band directors of the DHS Marching Band, David Simon (who also happened to be Michael's jr. high band director). He played the part of Don Lockwood. We were very impressed with the whole cast and it was very well done.
July 4 - Independence Day!!! We started out the day on Main Street in Kaysville. We were only there long enough to see my last baby boy marching in his last ever 4th of July parade with the DHS band. (This parade, and this season marks the last of the last of everything marching band for our family). As usuall MY child is so cute marching down that parade route! After the parade we had a fun BBQ/water party in our back yard. Not all of the kids could be here. But we were glad Russell came for a few minutes during his lunch hour. They all got a bit crazy with the water and the little ones weren't too sure about it at first. But they got used to it and had a great time. Little Kevin loved playing with the sponges in the buckets and never once complained if a bucket of water was dumped all over him.
KK (Kevin Killian), Taylor, Michael, Cory, Alan and Melissa (Granpa Marsden hiding behind Alan)
....Later that day Michael had to go to work. But he was fine with that. He worked hard at the Kaysville City celebration. Apparently those corndogs are a huge hit wherever they go. We stopped by there for a while to see all the fun and action happening in our little town and he was super busy.
....Michael came home from work and immediately went to work on lighting fuses with Taylor and his friends. They had so much fun blowing up all that money they spent. But hey... it was THEIR money! Not mine.
July 7 - Just taking a break from craziness to take a picture of my baby boy. Hard to believe he will be 18 years old in just a few months. He'll start his senior year of high school next month. I truly cannot believe I just typed those words. Yesterday he was just four years old and putting his swimming suit on to get ready to go to Cherry Hill. He had his underwear on under his swimsuit and I told him he didn't have to wear underwear with the swimsuit. His face just brightened and said, "You mean I get to go COMANDO!" Yup. I blinked.
July 9 - I had other plans for the weekend. They fell through. So instead, I went to see Michael perform in the Farmington Days parade! I got a few shots of him before the parade started and he even looked my way during the parade!!! Wooohoo!!!
July 17 - This made me SMILE! For two years his name has been on our weekly program at church. Today, it said this. I'm pretty sure I shed a tear. Just the beginning of many HAPPY tears to come this week!
....Had some helpers come while we created some very large signs to be hung on the house in a few days!!!
July 18 - The annual DHS Marching Band fundraiser at Taco Time in Kaysville was a huge success! For me, any time we get to eat their Nachos Grande is a huge success.
.... I've been feeling a bit stressed and anxious the last few days. Cory happens to be out of the country at the moment. With all the excitement going on around here, and him being gone, it's making me a bit more crazy than usual. So, after the fundraiser Michael came to me and said, "I'm taking you on a date." I started to tell him he didn't need to, but he insisted. He then took me to the shaved ice hut and it was delightful. I even told him how it really did help relax me. He can be thoughtful like that sometimes.
JULY 20 - THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME! I've been waiting for this day for just over two years!!!!! We hung our signs and headed to the Salt Lake International Airport. I had been tracking the flights since he left Lansing, MI. I hoped that by looking at my phone I could make that little airplane icon move faster. It didn't. However, it DID land early and I couldn't wait! Thankfully, he didn't waste much time after landing. We all waited as patiently as we could in the luggage area at the bottom of the escalators. Even though Cory was out of the country, Taylor was able to get him on the Skype with his phone so he would at least be able to see him arrive. Soon there was were a few screams (they were probably mine) and when I looked up at the escalator I saw him! Elder Jacob David Nielsen was finally HOME!
Granpa came to greet Elder Nielsen. As luck would have it, my sister and her husband arrived with their daughter-in-law after a few days in Las Vegas. Their flight arrived just a short time before Jake's. So they were able to join us for the reunion!
The moment of actually being home was a bit emotional for Jake.
....through all the excitement of the day, just an hour after we returned from the airport, Michael had to leave. He was headed to an over night leadership retreat with the marching band leadership. He is the Tenor Saxophone section leader this year. He had a great time, but had to miss out on the first full day of having Jake home.
July 21 - They entered the MTC on the same day. Today, Elder Izeck McRae returned from the Baltimore, MD mission. Good thing they didn't have to wait too long to see each other again because sometimes they share a brain.
July 22 - Time to get Jake some new clothes. As awesome as he looks in a suit, he doesn't have much else to wear. He and Michael thought they were looking pretty good.... then Taylor joined them. Hahahaha! They all look good!
....yet another parade. This one is the Bountiful Handcart Days parade. Again, we only went to see the band. Jake was pretty happy to see his former band director, Mr. Hendrick's. It looks as though he was just as happy to see Jake.
.....and as usual, Michael looked great marching down the street!
July 24 - Today Jake spoke in church. He had MANY people come to support him. Thankfully Cory had come home by now, so he didn't have to miss this. I always want to make sure the people who come see any of my missionaries before or after their mission have delicious food after church. I had planned that maybe 50 - 60 people would join us today. We had over 100. What a tremendous statement that makes about Jake. Not only did we have some family here, there were so many friends from before his mission, and those he met while on his mission. As well as families of those he has served with who are still serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission. I wish I had taken more photos. But I spent more time visiting with those who were here.
Former MLM missionaries - great friendships made!
All of these guys quickly befriended Jake when he was a sophomore rookie, and they were all seniors and juniors in the DHS Marching Band. I think all but one of them played the Trombone. They were a very tight knit section and had a great time together. Most of them were on missions when he left. So cool that they all came to support him today.
July 27 - I still get to be a Young Women's leader through all of this..... tonight, though we were small in numbers, we had a LOT of fun playing volleyball at the park!!!!
....Tonight Jake and Michael finally lit the remaining fireworks Michael had been saving for Jake since the 4th of July. I am regretting not getting the picture of his RC car with the aerial firework strapped to it with his GoPro camera. That was fun.
July 28 - Jake found something at the corndog food truck. It made his day. Aside from being hired by the Worlds Best Corndogs, he found that they also sell Vernors. Which I've never tasted. But apparently, it's a Michigan thing. And he is all about anything that makes him think of Michigan. He will FOREVER love that place!!!!
July 29 - These two working the food truck together!!!
July 31 - Somebody is pretty dang happy to be singing the closing hymn (Scatter Sunshine) at church today.