Sunday, October 19, 2008

Minson Mile

A highly anticipated day in our family has finally arrived! The "Minson Mile". Steffi and Kyle and Al made a challenge to each other when Kyle left on his mission about who could run the fastest mile when he got home. Kyle put on his old Spanish Fork Dons uniform. Steffi brought home her SUU gear. And Al donned his brand new Skyhawk Blues. Mark and Dev joined in as well as our football playing cousin, Johnny. We all made bets as to who would win and went down to the new track at SHHS. Coach Thompson met us there to be the official timer. Once he got the starter gun to work, we had a race. funny funny funny!!!

Here is the 'before' pose. Ready, Set, Go!
Kyle starts out with a strong first lap.
Still thinking he is really fast...
Oops, who's in the lead now???

The Big Finish

Look who pulls away at the end! Way to go, Al...Lets hear it for the Skyhawks! Kyle, making it to the finish line in pretty timely fashion for a newly returned missionary. Go Dons!
Al, then Steffi, (In her defense, she had already raced that day and run 8 miles. Go Thunderbirds!) then Kyle, then Mark, then Dev, then cousin Johnny. Al feeling proud of himself. Steffi, not so proud... Kyle, in the background, trying to breath again.
Kyle, not feeling so well.

Al, A Big Bird

Al made it! He is an official Eagle Scout. His Eagle court of Honor was on Saturday, October 11th. It was a really fun night for all of us. A big thank you to all his great leaders over the years that helped him accomplish this!
This is a picture of Al with our good friend and neighbor, Doug Pearson.
Doug has a longstanding tradition that he let Al be a part of. He brought a kangaroo skin home from his mission. He lets every young man who makes Eagle Scout sign it. Here is Al with Doug and his signature on that precious kangaroo skin. Thanks Doug!

Dev led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kyle was the speaker.
Uncle Shoog gave Al a witty and touching tribute.
Brother Ivey led Al in the "Eagle Charge.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Welcome Home Kyle!!!!

The Day is finally here! Kyle came home! Here we are, waiting for the plane to land. Granny Ruth, Dev, Snip, Andrea and Kathy joined in the fun. The boys are a' waiting. Snip, Al, Grandpa Bob and Shoog looking down the alleyway for our missionary to appear.
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Chad made a long trip from Idaho with Ken and Andrea, just for the evening, and then headed back home. Thanks for coming!
Mark and Grandma and Grandpa Minson
The sign at Fast Gas on the edge of town.

More Welcome Home Kyle!

The family, minutes after the plane landed. My baby boy, back in town!
Gome, saying hi to Steffi who was not able to be at the airport. She was on her way to Notre Dame to run in a race. Very sad for her to miss this big event. Uncle Rich commentated on the phone for her so that she could feel a part of it.
"The Three Bulls". Dev and Al have grown a lot in the last 2 years, surprising to their big brother.
Us with Grandma and Grandpa Minson and Mike and Corey and Hanna and Heather.