Jul 25, 2011

EFY 2011

We had the opportunity to be session directors at 2 different EFYs this summer. Thank you thank you to both sets of grandparents for holding down the fort while we were working with 300+ amazing youth! What a blessing to be able to teach, feel the Spirit, and learn with amazing youth at EFY! We love it! It's hard work and not the "vacation" everyone thinks it is, but it is worth it! (Now, the week after EFY is brutal...back to routine...you know!)


The slideshow Guru this session, Katie, insisted on "creative" pics of each of us for the slideshow at the end of the week. Hence, the goofy shot! Good thing she took it though. We were busy and I forgot to take pics this session.

Miles commented the other day that he can't wait to go to EFY. Only 6 more years buddy! We can't wait to go together. He'll probably want to attend a session where his parents aren't there though! LOL

Jul 17, 2011

Miles' Baptism

Miles was baptized on July 9, 2011.
It was a wonderful day. We had a lot of family and friends there to support Miles. Miles was so excited and it was so fun for us to see him ready for this important milestone in his life. We are so proud of the young man he is becoming. He finished reading the Book of Mormon before his baptism. He also memorized 11 of the 13 Articles of Faith. (we are still working on 2 of them).
We had a anti picture Porter that day. Too bad!
Here is the crew. We had Grandpa and Grandma Matthews, Grandpa and Grandma Hansen, Grandpa Bradford, Uncle Hugh, Aunt Brenda, and Cousin Paige there for the special day.
"Aunt" Andrea came too!
We had a BBQ at our home afterwards.
Our good friends, Lupida and Allison, made Miles a chocolate cake that he loves.

We are so proud of you Miles. Baptism is the first step in your journey back to your heavenly home. We love you.

Yellowstone/Matthews reunion

Matthews Reunion 2011:
Allen's brother Jeff and his family hosted the family reunion this year. They live in Powell Wy, so we had a long car ride to get there so we decided to stop at a few stops in Yellowstone on the way there.
Our family at Old Faithful
The boys at Fishing Bridge store. This store is FULL of fun treats!
The boys got to do sparklers for the first time.

We went to the Cody Wyoming 4th of July parade. We were too busy melting during the parade to take pics. Here are the boys relaxing in the shade after the parade ended.
Jeff and Mel had a pool party in their backyard! All of the cousins had so much fun.

Thanks Jeff and Mel for hosting the wonderful reunion this year. We had so much fun! Can't wait for next year!