Jeff was released as Bishop

It looks like we have sold our house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes through. We were able to find a house we liked in Mesa and they have accepted our offer. Everything is in the works and set to happen in just a couple of weeks. This was our last Sunday in our ward, (because of General Conference and Stake Conference) So Jeff and his counselors were released and a new bishopric was put in.

This is our family in July 2004 when Jeff was put in as bishop of our ward.

Here we are almost 4 1/2 years later. It was a great blessing to our family to have him serve. I am really grateful for the opportunity and the things we have learned. It has been a growing experience for all of us and I wouldn't trade it. I know some of the blessings we are experiencing right now are a result of his service.
I just want to publicly thank the "basketeers" (whoever they are/were). The first Sunday Jeff was put in we heard a knock at the door. We opened it and found a basket full of suprises for the kids. With a note that said basically, leave this basket on the front porch every Sunday after church and we will fill it up for you. And they did. I don't know how they knew that would be the thing that would help me the most. Getting used to Sunday's without Jeff was hard. I was sick and pregnant in the beginning and the fun they had entertaining themselves with the gifts from the bishop's basket was a lifesaver for me. They kept it up delivering things for about two years. This really helped our family as we were adjusting to the changes of having dad be the bishop. So THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to those mysterious basketeers. We love you!

Jeff with his first counselors, Spencer and Tom. Later Spencer was released and Paul was put in.

Happy Birthday Grandpa Judd!

Jeff's parents came down for the weekend to see the kids in the Primary Program. Sunday was his dad's birthday. The kids had a fun time making cards and a poster for him. We made him a butterscotch pie (a Judd family favorite). It was great to be able to celebrate with them. We will miss living so close!


I can't believe he ate the whole thing...

This is Tyler after eating the 4 pound Big Judd Burger at Big Judds. If you eat the whole thing, plus a basket of fries, drink and ice cream cone then it's free. What a deal...! If you eat a double (yes that would be 6 pounds) or a triple (8 pounds) you get your picture on the wall. One guy went for the quad, but didn't make it. Just a couple of observations:

1. When we were there, the people we saw (all four at one table were eating their own) should in no way be eating that much. It made me want to say, "go get a double whopper with cheese and bacon and save your self a few thousand calories".

2. If I were to eat that much, I would never tell anyone, much less ask them to take my picture after I ate it and put it on the wall.

3. I'm not sure it's a good idea to have people try to get a good deal, and their money's worth at the cost of their health. We were in rural Idaho. I really don't think there was a hospital in a 10 to 15 mile radius at least. If you are going to offer that much meat and fat to someone, at least have an ambulance standing by.

Truthfully, Tyler did not eat the whole burger. It's just my amazing photography skills that make it appear that he did. Our entire family (me and the four kids) ate about 1/4 of one. Jeff wasn't there so maybe with him we would have made it to the half way mark. Although he could have surprised me and eaten the whole thing, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.


Summer 2008 Highlights

Eating the Big Judd Burger (or trying to) at Big Judd's in Rigby, ID

Albrecht Reunion and Lizzie's Blessing

Haley and Brianna

Chloe's Blessing

Fun at Legoland (especially for Tyler)

Idaho cousins and moving pipe

Tyler and Hunter


Moving to Arizona

Just an update for those of you who haven't heard. We are moving to Arizona. Jeff is transferring to the Phoenix office of his Law Firm. We are excited to be going back home to Arizona and to be by my mom and brothers. We are sad to leave our friends here. We have been here 5 1/2 years. That is longer than we've lived anywhere since we got married. There are so many good people here that we have grown to love. It will be hard to leave.

We are just working on selling our home here and then we will buy one in Mesa. I'll keep you updated, now that I'm blogging :)

First Day of School

I'm a little behind... o.k. a lot behind in posting these. But the kids are cute, so it's worth the wait, right? Everyone was very excited for the first day, up and ready really early. If only every day could go like that! The kids all really like their teachers. Dallin especially was glad to finally get his teacher. Haley had her for 2 years and Dallin has been looking forward to being in her class since then.

Tyler is home with me. I'm so glad. I think I'll be a wreck when he goes to school. I'm in denial about the whole growing up thing. I want him to stay little, we enjoy him so much. I'm so sad to leave our school. It is such a good school. It's been nice to be somewhere you know the teachers. It will be hard to start that process over again. This will be a harder year for the kids, having to switch schools. I'm glad they got to start at here!

Viva Las Vegas

Jeff and I thought we'd hit a few Vegas sites this weekend. We ate dinner at Hard Rock Hotel. We went to the observation platform on the Paris Hotel Eiffel Tower. It was great. I was glad it was enclosed, (so I couldn't jump out or anything :) It was pretty amazing to see everything. We loved watching the water show, although you couldn't hear the music. After we came down, we watched the water show a couple of times and went to the Atrium at the Bellagio. We had a good time.