Family Newsletter Updates

August 8. 2011{Hugs for Grandma and Grandpa Kimball
So I have a brilliant aunt- ok that's a lie, I have a lot of brilliant aunts. But this one that I am talking about came up with the idea to send my grandma and grandpa hugs while they are on their mission in Africa. 
Well I have kind of slacked on sending some to them-- but I will fix that! (tonight actually)--and I wanted to share them with you all cuz I think they are cute and uplifting and inspiring. If anything, this will be good for posterity sake. 
So here you go- hope you can enjoy these. (ps, these are totally not in the right order so forgive me)

Here are a few of the hugs that have been sent. Others have been as attachements:

Mom & Dad,
Just a few words about the hugs. Though I will be sending them here to this address they are directed to the both of you. Each family will be assigned a certain number of days, depending on the size of the family. You'll get hugs in the form of quotes we've heard, funny stories or jokes, musings or memories from one of us. Pictures the kids will draw for you, photos of parties you've missed, etc. Most times, as is such in this email, the hugs will come in one email but will be meant to read progressively over time. So don't read ahead! Just read that day's hug that day and the next the next, and so on. To minimize the temptation to read ahead I've put big spaces between each one. Refer to the subject line to see how many days are included in the one email. Originally I was going to put these all on a file in your computer and label them "TOP SECRET", but life turned so completely upside down in the months before you left that I never could get it coordinated with all the family in time to make it what I wanted it to be. So... through email is really the only way I could do it so that it wasn't a huge project for each of the families all at once. Don't worry about printing our hugs. I will be printing them as we go along so that they can be saved in a binder. Hugs are not meant to be replied to, unless you wish. They are merely for your enjoyment and a means of being connected to your kids and grandkids while you are away, just as if we could give you actual hugs.
love, Cari and all of us

Here is your first hug!

HUG-July 5, 2011
Some Quotes about hugs:
A hug delights and warms and charms,
that must be why God gave us arms.
~Author Unknown
I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
Shel Silverstein
" A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange."Unknown

Love you Mom and Dad, miss you already! -Cari
HUG-July 6, 2011
 “The greatest good we can do in helping others become what they can become will be to lead them to the Savior.”
D. Todd Christofferson
Law Allows Us to Reach Our Potential
HUG- July 7, 2011 

Picture of Cari and Jared (Sorry... couldn't get it to copy and paste right...)


HUG - July 8, 2011

This reminded me of Becky and Aaron's, "grown another head" skit. "then I could be my own companion...."

HUG - July 9, 2011

I'm especially grateful for my parents for going on a mission--I got their house" Drr!

It's still clean by the way!! Love you both!

HUG - July 10, 2011

Corinthians 16
20And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
 21He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he areproved kings for their sakes,
 22Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
 23aSing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
 24aDeclare his glory among the people; his marvellous bworks among all nations.

HUG - July 11, 2011

"Group Hug"

Happy Sunday Mom and Dad!!
I wish we would've taken a goup hug picture when we were all together. Don't these leemers seem so happy, snugled and content?Maybe you'll get to see some leemers!!
HUG - July 15, 2011

Last night I met with the pianist to discuss our plans for ward choir.
We've adapted this song (We thank thee oh God for a prophet) to add a choir. I've been preparing it all week. She loved it! And that made me feel good. Wish I could share the details with you, and sing for you what it'll sound like but I can't do that. Here is a link to hear what the piano music sounds like. If you like his music you can download it to your computer and listen to it when you get ready in the mornings or any other time. Love ya. -Cari
HUG - July 16, 2011
Safe journey to you as you travel to Botswana! - Cari
HUG July 17, 2011
This really is a sunday this time. Happy Sunday!!
I came across this video this week on the church website. LOVED IT! Hope you enjoy!

and the last one I have seen is:

July 2011
Family reunion for CRKimball Family in Utah. Temple with CR, farewell to Grandma and Grandpa- they left for their mission on July 4th 2011. Which is kind of an interesting thing- I think- because of how into the 4th of July they are, it is pretty cool that they get to start their mission on such a special day. Stay tuned for updates on their mission! 
Also, kind of a fun thing- this year my Gma and Gpa Kimball celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary as well has having 50 people in their family- kinda cool :) 

Family reunion for WHtheIIIMertz Family in Colorado. Fireworks in Telluride and party at the Mertz Home in Montrose Colorado. What a fun time that was! Weather could not have been more perfect! Morning beautiful and sunny and perfect for time in the sun. Evenings, cool showers and some pretty awesome thunder. Colorado is a beautiful country and I am so glad I have some good excuses to go there so often! Grandma Smith was able to come to visit this time too- it is such a blessing to be able to see her and be with her. She is truly a wonderful lady :) 

March 2011
My grandma and grandpa Kimball were called to serve in Johannesburg South Africa Mission- they are leaving in July. :) So excited for them!

Summer update!
September 4, 2010

May 2010
Find a new apartment
Move out of Apt 910
Move into Apt 65-103
Prep for finals
Kind of clean and organize new apartment.....

Schools out!(finally........)

Start working full time 
Rush to finish the apartment so that it is ready for James' family to live here for almost a month.
James' family comes to town for the ending preparations and the start of celebrations for Becky's wedding.

June 2010
Becky's endowment
Becky's wedding
Becky's reception
--All turned out to be awesome and great and tiring and beautiful and had tons of good food and lots of pictures and brought back a lot of fun memories from our wedding
James' parents go on their anniversary trip
Back to work full time
James' family goes home
House and bed finally to ourselves again--but we miss the people a ton!

Anniversary trip to California! (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
Loved Disneyland--still :)
Loved the rental truck--not the money for gas it took....
Happy 1st year being married! :)  Thank goodness we have like a million more of those to go- being married feels great!

July 2010
Back to work
Finished summer school- Jenessa 
Tried to figure out why in the world our A/C keeps breaking?!!!!?!?!?
Good friends James and Noell had their baby blessing- so fun to see good friends :)
Personal Progress Midnight Madness- so much fun!
Signed up for classes, house sat, swam, bbq'ed, friends, game nights-- I love summer!
Jenessa's birthday- finally 20!
James threw a surprise party- I love my husband
Got sick :( 

James gave in and let me have Lucy! I love my little kitten :) Thanks Mike and Anna!
Still working

August 2010
More working and playing and packing...
Thank you Dad for fixing the Jetta
Go to Colorado for Becky's open house
Loved Colorado- park, sleep, movies, amazing food, family, pictures, Glenwood Springs- great vacation
Leave Colorado with a new friend for Lucy-- meet Rickie!
Clean house- lots of laundry
Back to work
School starts!

James turns 24~ made homemade pizza and watched a movie, made two cakes, had and amazing family dinner (real party in September)
Start a garden- yay for Provident Living--I hope I can keep it alive lol
James' loses his job :(

September 2010
Nessa working
James schooling
Major clean up and organize the Apartment
Camping with friends for James' birthday - Mt Graham in Safford
Looking for a new job
Loving our two kittens Lucy and Rickie

And that has been our summer- not too crazy, not too lazy, but just right :) Love you all!!!!