Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Springville to Boise

With Ethan's new job as a Cleveland Golf Rep the Ethan and Natalie Schofield family are moving to Boise Idaho.  Natalie left a few days earlier as she was transferring with Costco and had to work.  Ethan, Dane and several of Ethan's buddies helped them load up the 2 U-hauls and said good bye to their first cute house, the one they brought their babies home to, and the neighborhood they loved.  After watching the 1st session of Sunday conference Dane took off and the kids and I had to take Ethan back to the house as he was leaving the next day.  We were behind Dane about an hour but caught him quickly as he was only going 60 mph at top speed and we had Ethan's nice car that just cruised right along.  The kids watched movies and read, an easy drive and we got to Boise in 5 1/2 hours.   
The cute new house in Meredian which is a part of Boise,  but not yet as they are waiting on the loan so their home is the Country Inn and Suite boooooo

We loved Boise, great places to eat, the beautiful Temple and fun downtown.  I think they are going to love living here and we are going to love visiting.

Cute Natalie, swimming babies and their co pilot Tyson

After being with the kids for a week it was really hard to tell them good bye.  Kade and Addison are signed up for school and will start in a few days.  We will be back soon.
 Happy Happy Birthday to my favorite! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Utah Fun and Football

Some of our favorite things...  A morning walk with cute Peyton and Ernie the wonder dog, A BYU volley ball game, Ritas's custard and flavored ice and kids!

It was so fun to watch # 72 play football!  His team tied up the game and in double overtime and they won! 
Ethan our favorite football player with his fans.  He is getting so tall, I think this week he is 6'5" 240 lbs.  He plays every down on offensive as left guard and is good. 

Alex 's football team had a bye for the weekend, which he is the QB.  His real love is basketball and on his wall he has this contract.  I love that he says he will "always try his best."  He is  such a great kid!
Oh no, 11 year old Drew is now taller than me.  He is in the 6th grade and this week he is 5' 7"
Addi and I love to have the Dr. Nat play the piano for us, she is very good.

While Dane was helping Ethan get all of his possessions in the U-haul we went to watch Peyton # 81 and his team dominate some other less worthy Mormon youths.
Kade and Addison are always so happy and fun to be with. I just love all these Darlins.  FYI Aaron is on his trip climbing Mt Kilimanjaro so we didn't get to see him.

But mostly the cousins love to be together and Ernie the Dog  thinks he is part of the gang.

Friday, September 26, 2014

E the Younger # 72

 Uncle is one of Ethan's best supporters.
 He is always so good to greet his fan club, Drew, Kade, Peyton Addi.

The fan club always comes early
We got to watch one of his games that was streamed on the computer.  I think I took a screen shot every time I saw # 72.

   He plays offensive left guard.  # 72 6'5" 240 pounds.Was the MVP at the BYU football camp this summer.  He has been given football tickets to the BYU game and the Utah game as a recruit.  He is smart, kind and a great kid!  We are all so proud of him.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stop over in Toyko

After a 6 hour flight to Tokyo and a train ride through the country

they went to an Emperors Shrine, paid their respects
walked through the gardens

saw two wedding parties

then on to the Shibro intersection kinda like times square in New York
Saw cute dogs and like all good trips they end at the Hard Rock for diet cokes with ice and burgers.  After8 hours a shower at the airport back onto the plane for a long flight back to the US and after 12 hours home to Billings.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dane visits Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh City

Aaron talked Dane into going with him on a looong flight so that he could get enough miles to be double platinum diamond so he can have better options like, sit on the pilots lap when he has to travels with work.  So on Thursday morning Dane hoped on a flight to SLC for an hour, then flew 2 hours to LA then he and Aaron flew 11 hours to Tokyo then 6 more hours to Saigon. 30 hours later, 3 movies, 4 meals they were on the other side of the world to spend 2 days in Saigon.

The Beautiful Saigon 2, $28.00 a night with breakfast. Air conditioning, clean and a very hard bed to sleep on, sometimes known as pool table.
Lots of good baked goods
French Pastries
An entire isle of soy sauce to choose from
This man was selling coconut milk of which they didn't buy any but did lift up his very HEAVY boxes.

Typical street with interesting electrical work, someone cooking and fresh meat with flies for sale.
Museum of War of Peace and Remembrance the Vietnam War. Lots of airplanes that the Americans left.  But best of all the museum was air conditioned as it was about 90 degrees and humid.
The tunnel entrance that was built under the city.

They were built to hide from the B52's and to hide from the Americans.
A tight, dark, claustrophobic, fit.

Lots of people in the parks exercising
Walking dogs but not on the lawns,  camping and lots of scooters and noise.

The women want white skin so they cover everything up even though it is hot and humid.

They spent 2 days in Saigon and went on a food tour on the back of the scooters with these 2 and a camera man.  The traffic was crazy but they survived. 

The food tour brought whole body frogs and goat, which AAron ate.  Dane told them that he wouldn't eat much so they brought him a pork chop to eat with his hands.
The shrimp and the Pho soup were pretty good. Two days in hot Saigon and now off to Toyko for a few hours then time to head back.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Road Trippin

We are off to Cody to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and then take the Chief Joseph Highway thru the Beartooth Moutains to Red Lodge and then back to Billings.
Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming  We really enjoyed the Western Art Museum.  My favorite was this Remington Bronze of the cowboy on the horse and this James Bama original.  We also visited the Natural History Museum but after 2 hours we had to leave the Plains Indian Museum for next time.  Fantastic place to visit.

The museum has over 7,000 guns on display and we found the most important ones, the Smith and Wesson Schofield First and Second Models.  I had gun over load but it was pretty cool and the museum was huge, modern and very nice!

In addition to the 7,000 they have 1,500 + guns from the Smithsonian.  They displayed them in stand up sliding drawers.  We were impressed.

Who ever was in charge of clouds today did an outstanding job.  Just outside of Cody is the Chief Joseph's Hwy- Sunlite Basin which takes you up many 1000 feet on very curvy roads.
It is beautiful and always very windy at the top.  ie the do:)  Dane was in heaven taking the Boxster thru all it's paces while I was squeeling for him to slow down. 
After dropping down a couple thousand feet we climbed the Beartooth mountains a couple thousand feet where you are above the tree line and they have SNOW, and 42 degrees.  We had the hat down on the Porsche with the heat on 85 and the heated seats turned on.  We are so lucky to live here in Montana and get to experience all this beauty that has been created for us.  He sure out did himself with all of this.