Sometimes it is all about the little things.
D and I are reading the Harry Potters series together and loving it.
We started the Sorcerer's Stone just a few days ago.
Danny has the most hilarious Hagrid voice ever.
He is awesome.

That's all.


Brother Hofeling

My EFY life is coming to a close. Only two more weeks to plan! I have planned 32 sessions. Isn't that crazy? That is approximately 11,200 youth!! I hope with all the frustration that I have experienced that a few of those kids had the time of their life. 

The session director this week made some "Banners of Truth" for the kids to write on. The instructions were to find a scripture and a principle this week that would help you change your life at home. Here are a few gems I found on the boys banner (sorry the pictures are so crappy):

                            "Don't bootie dance"                                                      "I don'e ever role dubbies"

                        "Play basketball...even on Sundays.                                           "Kiss before 16"
                                      Jimmer Fredette 351:4"

Boys will be boys! Oh how I love the little wristbands. 
(For the record, there was some great things on the banner too but these were just hilarious.)


Calvin Olsen

Italy it is!
Well we think. It is a big decision so we keep throwing ideas around. But for now we are planning on spending our 16 days of bliss in Italy. At first we were thinking about going to a bunch of countries, then we narrowed it down to France, Switz and Italy. But with even three countries I was giving up some places in Italy I am desperate to see. Danny is calling it the "La Tour de Pizza".

So you travelers out there! Who has been to Italy? Should I eliminate a city? Should I add a location? We are planning on backpacking and staying in hostels and such. Any good tips?



The family cabin. There is no place quite like it and I seem to forget every year just how much I love it there. I love the smell of the wood floors mingled with the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen. I love to sleep with the rain dripping on the tin roof and the night air breezing through the attic. I love how people's walls come down and family we don't see very often become our dearest friends. I love the memories etched on the walls and the history that ties us all together. I love the music that fills the cabin in the late afternoons; the slightly out of tune piano, guitar strings, Nat singing quietly, all combined with the shuffling of cards and creaky floors. I love the laughter, the late nights and I endless chatter. But mostly, I just love the peace I find there each year; the kind of peace that feels like a deep breath when I was suffocating. 



"There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, -- no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, -- my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, -- all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. . . ."
                                                                                                                                               -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Katie Brammer

I went to lunch with some dear friends today which was much needed. While at lunch Kate was telling us all about her month-long excursion to Europe. Several times in the past year I have put serious thought into a trip to Europe for our big graduation trip and I think I may have actually convinced myself (and Danny more importantly) that we should actually go! I have always dreamed of backpacking through Europe and I can't help but thing next summer will be the last chance to do it. Once med school starts and babies start showing up, it will be years before Europe could be a possibility. So for the next couple of months we are going to do a lot of research and really figure out if we can afford to go. But I mean how do you say no to this??

Help me out! Have you been to Europe or backpacked through before? Any great tips or must see places?

Keep your fingers crossed that 2012 makes all my dreams come true!


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