30 September 2008

Pictures From Monterrey Mexico

I have so much fun with Google Earth! I use it everyday in my business, and it is so incredible. I use it's tools in my ISP business, and use it for several construction and real estate clients as well. I also like to visit my son in Mexico! I got these great pictures from Google Earth. Landon lives north of the big mountain with the Notch, in a Colony called Tamaulipas, in the suburbs of Monterrey. URBAN SPRAWL!!! Wow! Look at all those people! You can see why he likes it there. The mountain reminds him of Timp back home! Please drop him a line!

28 September 2008

How Old Were You

How old were you when you learned how to mow the lawn? (except for Dallas whom Jen said never learned :) ) Isn't this great??? Myles now knows what Saturday Jobs are all about. Only trick is to not run over the extension cord - that could be bad...

Love Tyler

24 September 2008

More of the Hydes!

Here are a few more!

Check out Ryan!--and more!

well here is a bit of what has been going on---Parks, project Tuesdays, favorite shoes at Target, Whitney so good at her favorite Sandwich, birthdays,---you can always check out our blog as well-----and

Life is beautiful!

22 September 2008

Happy birthday to Dallas

At the end of a kind of strenuous day, I just want to again wish Dallas a very happy birthday. We had a good time at lunch today. To bad you couldn't have all been there. Joni, Jesse, Will, Mary, Nelson, Gina, Dad, Me and Dal. A great hamburger place a couple of blocks from Dallas' house. We just may have to introduce those of you who have never been there. ACME Hamburgers. Pretty swell. Then it was home and back to the peaches. Dad keeps going out every night and bringing in more peaches. I am starting to want him to say "that is al". Those he brought in tonight are big and beautiful. Not bad when you think the tree started by all of you guys tossing my peach pits over the back hill as I was canning. They are the tastiest variety of all. Right Joni? Peach pie anyone? Cobbler? Ice Cream? Peach anything? Come on over! Hey Dallas, I hear your face book had a gazillion birthday wishes from great friends and relatives. How does that make you feel? Wow! To have so many people wish you a happy birthday should make you feel most satisfied and happy. So, was it happy? Enjoy the dentist! xoxo Mom

A Warped Birthday Surprise

Lemme just say: I love my birthday. Love it. Not because of the gifts (oh, but they are nice). I love them because strange, fawn-like people always surprise me and sing an enchanting song, bewitching my better judgement. Somehow I find them attractive, and soon I'm led off to the land of Bacchus and satyrs and druids... No longer a mid-summer night's dream, but rather a first day of fall morning's nightmare!

I died watching this. Can you find the man with the long, scary teeth? What about the wide-eyed blonde child? Or, the woman with the strange nose/chin combo?

Loving all of you! Thanks, Hayeses!!

17 September 2008

Pictures of Landon's Mission

I wish I knew how to better label these pictures, but oh well. The first one is of Landon with the stray kitten he and his companion adopted. It was drowning in a flood and they basically just took it home because they didn't want it to die. It stuck! Next, there is a picture of a baptism a few weeks ago. Landon is lifting one of two little boys of a single mother to his left, which they found. This is the family with no food or clothing. The Bishop has since helped her get on her feet. The three girls to the left of Landon were found by him on a very sweet spiritual day when he was working in another area. He taught most of the discussions, but they were golden, and they love Landon and follow him all over in church. The next picture is of one of the 3 little girls that were baptised that remind him of Sunee! He gave them all little CTR rings that Carolyn sent him in bulk, just for this purpose. They love him, and he loves them.
The next picture is of Landon's birthday cake! He is at the very humble home of his beloved Martin and Maria, who have been diligently studying and preparing for baptism. They are committed, but first need to be officially married by a justice of the peace in Mexico. The marriage keeps getting postponed, but they are committed for this upcoming Sunday for baptism. He will miss it because he was transferred! Take a look at the humble surroundings. They were thrilled to have cake!
This is another picture of Martin, Maria and their daughter Guadalupe, who was baptised just last sunday by Landon. He had to put her under 4 times!

Landon Transferred to Tamaulipas, Mexico

Hey Fam

Thought we would share a note from Landon we received this week. He has been transferred out of a very humble, but very fruitful area, where we have worried about his health and safety, to the big city. He sounds very happy. Here is an edited version of a letter we received monday:

Oh My!
What a change! I am actually in the city of Monterrey…everything is different…There isn’t dirt on this keyboard!...There is the song FIX YOU from Coldplay ringing through the air! Its breezy and wet outside. Very, very nice and different.

But yes, I woke up at 5 this morning to pack up all the clothes that were drying in the line we hung in our house (it was raining.) I Got everything packed up, and we were in the Central with all the BIG busses at 8. We traveled for a few hours, and luckily got through a HUGE river that was covering the entire highway. We got to the Mission Offices, had a great reunion, and ate a bunch of food. It was really special and I got to see Elder McKell (from MTC) and Elder Farsnsworth (his first companion). In fact, Elder F is going to be my zone leader! I believe my district leader as well! I am way excited to work here. I still don’t know exactly where I will be going, but I will be with an Elder Cruz. I have heard good things about him. Today I was also able to talk to a new missionary that arrived from the MTC – from Boise - he was in the Salt Lake Mission as well. I listened to his broken Spanish, struggling to talk and understand. It was really neat to see exactly how I was!

I LOVED your letters! Thank you so much! Today is actually Elder Chios birthday, too! So two days ago, we organized a trip to the church with our investigators to watch the Restoration movie. There is also an oven in the church! We were very rushed, and Satan did everything in his power to slow us down. There were many things we did, and when we were in the church with our investigators – we tried the keys to open the door to the TVs…It would not open!!! We tried for hours, but gave up. We headed to Martin and Marias home, (these are wonderful investigators he will baptise as soon as they get them married....) and set up the TV. We had popcorn, Balloons, a spiritual moment, and CAKE! They were stunned to see candles that never go out! It was SOO hilarious! Hmm…didn’t make a wish though…probably because I was laughing so hard!

But bad news! I did not get your second package! Hopefully eventually Ill get it. And the family with Mercerez and the kids, do not worry to much. They have received some food and clothes from some members, and she knows what she has to do to persevere till the end. I am worried though, its very difficult in the situation she is in. Father will judge accordingly. But! I was able to see the beginning of the start of a wonderful strong family in the church. I baptized Guadalupe – daughter of Maria. It was a great program – but again she needed to get dunked 4 times! Elder Chio and I thought the second time was valid – but its all good. These people really aren’t used to water.

But yeah – they were touched by the sufferings of the early saints – especially Joseph Smith. I love reading scriptures with them! By far, it’s the healthiest seed I have planted in Reynosa. I pray that they will continue in happiness and faith! I feel really good about leaving – I have worked hard and the Lord knows it. Peoples agency has sometimes gotten in the way, but I am content with what I have done there. I like this feeling of peace that I have when I come home everyday, tired, tired.

But yes, thank you for all your love! I think about all of you all the time. I can feel all the prayers, and I am stoked to keep working! I said goodbye to Elder Stidham yesterday – that was tough. I know he will serve well and continue to add to the ward there.

Hmm, I really like changes, I think. It is eye opening, seeing missionaries leave and come. When all of us are together with President, I feel very special. Its an honor to be serving with so many great guys.

Haha, oh yeah, for my birthday, I will be eating all my butterfingers, my peach rings, and opening my very last present – a metal container? I honestly don’t know what it is. Other thing I am running out of eye stuff. I can buy other products, but Clear Care is what I like. From now on, you can send your packages and letters (tell people…I havent gotten any letters) to this address:

Monterrey Mission Office
Calle Cerralvo #134
Colonia Libertad
Ciudad Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
C.P. 67130

Just like that. Elder Stidham has recieved many letters and packages in this way, so it is pretty safe. And pretty quickly as well - do not fear!

I think all your stories of life are excellent. I can picture life there at the house. I am sad that I am missing so much. I am excited to learn more about Dads mission. I really don’t know many stories from his mission.

The hurricane completely missed us…I wanted at least a little bit of wind along with rain – but that is exactly what we are getting right now! Its all good. Here in Monterrey, there isn’t mud, there aren’t more dogs than people, there aren’t exploded sewers running in the streets, there isn’t as much dust. I am pretty excited. It will probably be harder to baptize, though. I don’t want that ´´thought´´ impeding me, though. That is just what the other elders say. It wont apply to me.
I Love YOU ALLL!!!!

Elder Graham the 3rd

14 September 2008

Cooper Mardesich ujpdate


Just wanted to give everyone an update on the status of the legal activity surrounding the boy that hit and killed our friends little boy Cooper 3 weeks ago. I have posted the link where it is found....check it out...you will see someone you know.



09 September 2008

Happy Birthday Mom! We are thinking of you today. Sure glad you were born!! Thank you for being so wonderful. You have made a difference in each of our lives and in the lives of everyone you meet. Have a great day!

Love, Brad, Carolyn and kids

Happy Birthday Mom!! and Ruby Tuedsay!

Happy Birthday Momma!! I love you so much!! I've just posted some fun photos of your trip at Christmas time....great memories. We are so thankful for all that you do for us...thank you for loving us all so much!! These are some sweet memories from your trip at christmas time...can you believe it was already that long ago!! Almost a year!
Enjoying the beautiful "streets" of Venice!
Mom and I had SUCH a great time in this store!! The jewels were too much to just walk arway from! And yes, we got our Venition masks too!:)

We trooped up to Rothenburg, and went to some GREAT Christmas shops..Kathy Wolfart here we come!! I loved having Mom take the time to read stories before bed! Myles was educating her about the movie Ratatouille, before she watched it with him and Lucy.
Hope you know how much we miss you and love you momma!!!

And now for the Ruby Tuesday part of your Tuesday...

Some photos of my little gem!! She is just about 7 months old and starting to move like crazy!! I noticed some little blisters the bottom of her big toes...the same spot on either foot. I couldn't figure out what would have given her those blisters! Then I watched her scoot herself along the floor...her big toes are the anchor that give her traction!! She's using that piggie to propel herslef forward! And since our floor is all tile or hardwood, she's going to have to create some tough piggies!!

So this is a photo I couldn't resist the other night. She was playing upstairs with me while I was working the other night...and she fell alseep...right on her little face!! It was too cute not to capture! Here are a couple photos of her in action. She moves across the room from one end to the other-and it's a long room!! She loves to play with little people animals...so cute!!
She won't let this one get away!!

love you all!! hope you are all doing well!! i'll be back tomorrow with another post...my little lucy will be 4 tomorrow!