September 2012

We have been staying at Hillfield this month.  John and I both had doctor and dentist appointments.  We have spent time with the family and friends.
We went to DJ’s football games — he is #70

We went to a vouplr of Chase’s soccer games – he is #10

A little out of focus, but you get the general idea — Chase is on the left

and John went to a couple of Aiden’s soccer games  (no pictures).

Alyssa turned 16 on September 8th !!  I can’t believe it…..time goes by sooo fast.  We celebrated this momentous occasion with a family pool party at Brad’s.

 Brad, Derrick and Alyssa trying to figure out her new laptop.


Even Max tried getting in on some of the pool action.

Alyssa and her best friends !!

Sunday we had some of John’s family over for a swim at Brad’s:

Aiden, John, Ethan and Paul

Kelly an Calab



On the 18th, we drove the car over to Rapid City, South Dakota.  We decided to register our vehicles there to save money.  Also there is no state income tax.  South Dakota only requires a one-night stay and you are considered a resident. 
We drove over to America’s Mail Box Service and registered for a personal mail box. They take care of collecting whatever mail you have sent to them and then they forward it to wherever you are.   When we receive the registration on the truck and trailer, we will forward to them and they will license our vehicles in South Dakota. They also have a small hotel and RV park for people registering or going through the area.  (we did not stay there) 
We had to obtain a driver’s license and while we were there we registered to vote.  South Dakota, Texas and Florida are the only states that only require a one-night stay to become a resident.
While we were there we went over to Mount Rushmore.  What a sight to see !!
Per the brochure: “Mount Rushmore started as an idea to draw sightseers.  In 1923 state historian Doane Robinson suggested carving giant statues in South Dakota’s Black Hills.  Robinson wanted his sculptures to stand at the gateway to the West, where the Black Hills rise from the plains as a prelude to the Rockies.  Here, granite outcroppings resist erosion.  The memorial’s backers called in master sculptor Gutzon Borglum who was born in Idaho in 1867, was the son of Danish Mormons and studied art in Paris.  Mount Rushmore is at 5,725 feet of exposed granite that faces the southeast to receive direct sunlight for most of the day.  President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the memorial in 1927, commencing 14 years of work; only six years were spent on actual carving.  Money was the main problem.  The Washington head was dedicated in 1930, followed by Jefferson in 1936, Lincoln in 1937 and Roosevelt in 1939.  Borglum died in March 1941; the final dedication was not held until 50 years later.”


 Resident mountain goat

So I guess this is our home in South Dakota 

On our way home we stopped at Martin’s Cove . 
This is the tragic location of two handcart companies that left late in the summer over 150 years ago and experienced bad weather, exposure, and death (for many) in order to unite with the main body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Valley.

Last evening together with the family before we leave for the Winter:

Brad and Chase

Derrick and Bekka

 Kristin and Brad

 Me and John

 Steve and Sue

Alyssa and DJ

Goofy grandkids
Kaylee, Nicole and Chase – drinking root beer
I’ll miss all of you !!!
So goodbye for now.  We are on our way to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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