Well, let's see, for Thanksgiving we were unable to go anywhere so a wonderful family in our ward invited us to share Thanksgiving with them. They were/are really very generous and wonderful. We had a ton of fun and learned how to make some very yummy pies and what not to do when making pie crust. : ) Then on Saturday, the Hollands stopped by to say hi on their way back to their home after visiting with family for Thanksgiving. It was nice to see them. Elise is so smart and talking so much now it is fun to just listen to her. What good parents Nic and Kari are and what good parents they have!
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A couple of weeks ago was the Festival of Lights here. The city or different organizations in the city try to put this on each year. Santa was there as well. In this picture Kurtis is trying to convince Santa that he really does deserve a little more than coal this year. Needless to say, Santa is not buying it! Poor Kurty!

Here are some of the pictures from the Festival of lights.
 
 
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We lived in Mesa for about 14 months and had a blast! Now we are in Idaho again but there is more to come on that later.

While we were in Mesa, we went on some very fun dates. Once, we dressed up like cows and went to Chic-Fil-A to get free food on their cow appreciation day. Another, we went roller skating at one of the rinks in Mesa, and for another, we went to one of the many parks Gilbert Az. Those pictures are all in the slide show below.
Before we left Arizona, my co-workers and the Teacher I worked under threw me a "going away" party. It was the best going away party ever. Perhaps a better title for it would be a funeral. Yep, not many people can say that they attended their own funeral, had a blast, and are still alive. It was complete with a funeral wreath, funeral potatoes, funeral music, a guest book, portrait of the "deceased", and people in mourning wearing all black.
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So now, we are back in the great state of Idaho. Kurtis is loving his new job and I am now the one trying to find something in my field but we love it here. It is definitely milder than Rexburg but thankfully we still get some snow. Not long after we got here and got settled, we went sight seeing. Pictures below.