Sunday, March 31, 2013

#8: Everything Is Bigger in Texas AND Brazil.

There were two big trips in the Dalton family this month: First, my 6'7 "little" bro, Matthew, went on his mission to Teresina, Brazil (well, he is still in the Provo MTC, but basically that's a foreign country). Second, Diane and I went to San Antonio, Texas to visit her brother Andrew. Here are some pictures from both trips, because as they say, "a picture is worth a thousand worms". Or, whatever.
Matthew's "last meal" at Training Table. He learned how to match his clothes from me.

Me and Matthew with my sister Amy's husband, Manny, and their two kids.
I actually have a cool goatee like Manny, but it's just invisible.

Matthew's second-to-last meal at "Chick-fil-A". 
Diane recently got glasses, although I am trying to convince her to go with contact lenses instead.

Matthew was officially set apart as a full-time missionary.
My goal is to overtake him as the favorite uncle while he's gone. Bwahahaha!

Love you bro!

One great part about your brother going on a mission:
You get to steal his cool stuff, like this retro U of U football helmet.

In addition to missions and vacations this month, we went to dinner to celebrate
the birthdays of two of my best friends, Paul and Bryan. Happy 30th, guys!

This month, we also got to help bless Jeff and Jenni's new baby.
Jeff looks quite dashing in his bow tie.

Family walk at a local bridge.
Diesel kept getting distra...."squirrel!"

When in Rome...

At the Alamo with Andrew's wife Liz and their kids.
Unfortunately, we missed seeing John Wayne by about 50 years.

Cookie monsters and wookiee monsters at Sea World.

Diane and Andrew: This one's for the birds.

Waiting for the "Azul" show to begin at Sea World.

On Sunday night, we visited the grounds of the San Antonio temple.
It had some amazing stained glass windows.

On the plane home, we sat across from a cute old couple.
We want to be just like them some day--wrinkled but always still holding hands.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

#7: February was short but awesome (just like Diane).

What's up, world wide web? February has been a great month. We went up to Idaho to visit Diane's parents and a couple of her sisters (but since she has four of them, I won't go into the trouble of naming which ones). :) Diane's dad recently got a hip replacement, so we went up to see if we could help take care of him (and provide some comic relief). Even though he was in pain, he was moving around like a champ. I sure enjoy visiting with him. He's a great friend and I always look forward to spending time with him.

Here are some pictures from our visit, as well as other odds and ends during the month.

Our youngest niece likes to wear arm chair covers as a hat.
I think it matches particularly well with her cupcake pajamas.

Playing "Telestrations", a mix between "Telephone" and...."Illustrations"?
Yeah, that's probably it.

I pride myself on my ability to act out in public. 
Here I celebrate a stellar 12 point round of "Guesstures".

Family prayer--Diane teased her dad about being unwilling to kneel down.
I mean, come on, it's ONLY a hip surgery.

Diane went to get a pedicure with her mom. 
She wouldn't let me post a picture of her feet though.

We always feel sad when we have to leave, but we always feel loved when Diane's mom stands on the porch to wave goodbye. Can't wait to see them again soon.

I love to sing to along to the radio (particularly to Enrique Iglesias' "Let Me Be Your Hero").
It makes Diane cringe, but I know that deep down it REALLY makes her swoon.

Cheesecake Factory with our great friends, Ariel and Tara, after a Friday night adoption panel.

Our shopping cart makes me look like a much healthier eater than I actually am.
In fact, I could really go for a bowl of Marshmallow Mateys right now.

One of my favorite things about Diesel is that he hugs like a person.
Actually, that's one of my favorite things about Diane too.

My Valentine present to Diane: Cheese danish and tulips.
Diane's Valentine present to me: Lays potato chips and two lips.

We went to a health fair at the local hospital.
Diane's pose made me think of Chris De Burgh's "Lady in Red".

While at the health fair, we ran into our good friend Chris.
Chris is a lot like Superman--
he serves in the temple every week, volunteers on the city council, and even has black hair.

We had a pizza and movie night with Diane's best friend Natalie.
She has adorable twin girls--can't believe they are almost two.

It was totally warm yesterday (like mid 50's, baby!). 
We celebrated by taking my grandma to lunch and ice cream.

Diesel thinks he has good camouflage,
but he forgot to put on his flower-print sweater.

An intense game of Jenga with Jeff. He's got steady hands for an old guy.

I look constipated in this picture, but I'm just focusing really hard.

How much longer can this thing go?!

 Answer: it can't.

Until next time, have a good one!