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Husband tag

What’s your husband’s name? Adam Craig Gunn
How long have you guys been married? 8 1/2 years
How long did you date? hung out as friends for 2 months, dated for 5 months, engaged for 5 months.
How old is he? almost 31
Who eats more sweets? Me.
Who is the better singer? Adam
Who is smarter? Adam
Who does the laundry? Me
Who pays the bills? Me
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Him
Who mows the lawn? Adam
Who cooks dinner? I do most of the time, but he does at least once a week
Who drives? Him
Who is the first to say they are wrong? Me
Who kissed who first? He kissed me, I had to hint at it, so in a way I initiated it
Who asked who out first? He asked me out. He asked me to a BBQ at his house and he invited two other girls as well.
Who wears the pants? We each have one leg in

Halloween is Here!

Sarah’s annual party is a great way to ring in the Halloween season. This years party was especially remarkable considering she gave birth to her second child just six days ago! She was assisted this year by a great party planning crew – including Jami. Every year the costumes get better and better. This year was no exception:

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Logan was the perfect Yoda!
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Amy, Craig and Grandma as an FLDS clan
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Caleb as Darth Vadar, Abbi as Cinderella and Yoda
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Dan and Danielle – note Dan’s intimate apparel (Yes it has a tail)
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Baylor as Frnkenstein
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Jaegan made the perfect monkey
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Matt as Bobby Jones and Emma the immaculate butterfly

The Howards stole the show with their themed Willy Wonka costumes but none of my pictures turned out. DJ Steffenson won best of show with his daring Sumo attire which I decided against showing on the blog since this is a family forum.

Fall is Here!

Now that I have my Seattle Vacation Mini-Novella Blog out of the way, I am recommitting myself to the much shorter and hopefully more frequent blog post method. Friday after work we went to the pumpkin patch and then Ben and Jenny hosted us all for dinner. We had a lot of fun and it was great to be together again. It was nice to have Greyson and Oakley along too. We need to do it more often!

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Jenny and Ben make a really mean White Bean and Chicken Chili – I am hoping they will post the recipe on their blog. It was a big hit. Our kids all play so well together it will be fun watching them all grow up and see how the group dynamic changes as they grow.

Seattle Trip 2008

Jami and left October 9th for an extended weekend in Seattle. We had to miss the end of Duncan’s funeral which was really hard for both of us but we had been looking forward to the trip for more than a month and Delta was not too appreciative of our situation and offered little help in re-arranging our plans. We flew into a rainy Sea-Tac airport about 3:00 local time and were greeted exactly as you would expect to be greeted in the Pacific Northwest – with Rain. I was confident I would remember how to get to Bellevue but made a wrong turn early on without knowing it and it took us about fifteen minutes before we realized we were halfway to Tacoma! We turned around and started back. It was easier the second time and we got to Bellevue Square and checked in at the Hyatt. I used Priceline to get our Hotel so we had no idea what to expect but it is a pretty chic hotel. Bellevue Square is nothing like the mall I remember from 13 years ago. It spans multiple blocks and contains a lot of high-end retail. We braved the rain and walked around the mall awhile before deciding on dinner at Z’tehas. We lucked out and were early enough to get happy hour pricing so the meal was pretty well priced considering we go to entrees and an appetizer. We wandered around the mall(s) and I must admit my favorite store bar none was The Container Store. When I get back I will be petitioning to get one in Utah. Anyone who knows me and knows how I like notebooks, Shelves and Drawer and boxes to stay organized would understand why I would be so excited about this place. It was literally like Disneyland. Unfortunately most of the stuff I wanted would not fit in my carry-on so I bought a souvenir notebook and we headed back to the hotel to work-out before watching the Office and going to bed for the evening.

Friday we did the one thing Jami wanted to do on this trip – sleep in. Surprisingly we were awoken by rays of sunshine coming through our 10th floor window. We peaked outside and were greeted by a beutiful clear blue sky – a pleasant surprise! We then got up and drove across town to walk around the Temple grounds. I had wanted to attend a session but with it being the middle of the week sessions were only on the hour so we just enjoyed the spirit and the beautiful fall weather.
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We left Bellevue and drove downtown. We had not had anything to eat yet and had one thing on our mind – mini-donuts at Pike’s Place. We parked down on the pier and hiked up the hill and made a bee-line to the mini-donut vendor. As the picture below attests they were absolutely heavenly.
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We shopped for an hour or so. Taking in the fresh flying fish, beautiful seasonal flowers and all the rest that the market has to offer. We made some souvenir purchases for the kids and for my mom found this really cool blown glass pumpkin that we weaseled into a good price on. By the time we were done shopping the sugar high from the donuts had worn off and we were ready for lunch. We headed down the hill and walked from one end of the pier down to Ivar’s for their World famous fish and chips. The food at Ivar’s is not quite as memorable as the experience of eating on the pier with hundreds of seagulls begging for a french fry. After resting our feet while enjoying the fried food and salmon chowder we decided rather than try to move our car we would just hike back up the hill and head downtown to do some shopping. I didn’t plan to walk a marathon on this trip but needless to say after trudging back up town, by the time we found Niketown and the Old Navy my feet were shot! We poked in and out of a few stores before heading back down Pike Ave and detouring only so jami could experience the craziness that is the Nordstrom Rack. We dragged our sorry feet back down the hill stopping in the market one last time to buy a delicious Maui Pineapple (for only $3 – can’t beat that!)

By about 3:30 we were in the car and heading back towards the freeway with intentions to head towards Redmond and eventually to Nick and Kati Oliver’s home in Duvall. I new about where I wanted to go but as we were just north of the space needle I decided to follow a sign that said Truck Route thinking it would eventually get me onto the I-5. Well, 30 minutes and a lot of stress later we did find the I-5 but by this time we were well North of Seattle and on the outskirts of Ballard. I knew we didn’t want to head much further north so we jumped off the freeway, found a gas station and bought a map and found a circuituitous detour up around the north end of Lake Washington and up through Lake Town and Woodinville and eventually – about an hour-and-a-half later, we came into Duvall. It was definately a long-cut but it was fun and we would have hit a lot more traffic had we gone back through seattle, across the bridges and through Redmond. Jami and I have decided we will never apply to be on the amazing race together. Far too much drama when I am lost.

We spent the evening with Nick and Kati Oliver in the beautiful little home in Duvall. We were exhausted from the days activities and thoroughly enjoyed our first home-cooked meal in almost a week. After dinner we caught up on things while Spencer (age 3) entertained us and we waited for Carson (age 5) to get back from his birthday date with Grandma and Grandpa Oliver. It was good be back in the Pacific Northwest and among friends again.

We would spend the whole day Saturday catching up with people. Billy Price came out to Duvall saturday morning and it was fun to see him and reminisce a bit on old times. We then left for DJ and Anissa wheelers place in Kennmore. Anissa had just had her third baby the previous week so it was fun to see the twins Ethan and Addison and also hold their brand-new addition Austin. DJ and Anissa have settled into a beautiful home in Kennmore and it was nice to relax and laugh about old times. Later in the afternoon Xio and Kelly stopped by – fresh off a morning of relaxation at the spa for Xio’s birthday. Xio said she was more relaxed than she had ever been in her life but she still filled the room with crazy energy rivaled only by the excitement Ethan was experiencing fresh off a three-hour nap. It was the type of afternoon that you wish could last forever. It was great to be among friends again. We were such a close group of youth in the old Issaquah third ward and it was invigorating to have those people so close even for a brief time.
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We ended the evening back in Bellevue where we met Nick and Kati for Dinner at the Cheesecake factory. I have to thank Nick and Kati for getting their on time and saving our reservation. I got lost again on the way out of Kennmore – it is so hard to tell which direction you are going in Washington. Too many trees! Anyway, I love the cheescake factory! Jami and shared a delicious Tai Pasta bowl to make sure we saved enough room for Cheesecake. My favorite cheesecake is the Dutch Apple Carmel and Jami got a delicious White Chocolate Rasberry Truffle Cheesecake. They were amazing! After dinner we popped back into Bellevue Square to shop before heading back to Duvall. Nick was hoping we would all stay up to watch the Three Amigos with him but Jami, Kati and I all fell asleep pretty early into the flick. Lucky for me I have heard that show at least 50 times before…

Sunday was another beautiful day. We got up, packed up and had some breakfast before saying our goodbyes. Jami and I then drove east back towards Fall City and before too long were back on familiar roads heading towards snoqualmie falls.
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I love visiting the falls – so many memories of taking everyone who visited us while we lived in Issaquah up there and also other times when we visited or hiked down with friends. After the falls we drove back through fall city, grabbed some lunch at Small Fries (there tagline is Specializing in grease, salt, sugar and caffiene – my kind of place) then into Issaquah and found Joel and Melissa Gardner’s new place and visited with them for awhile and then attended Sacrament meeting with them before heading to the airport for the flight home.

We were greeting in Utah to bitter cold and snow on the ground. A harsh reminder of what is ahead as the leaves continue to change and we edge ever closer to another winter season. Our trip was not long enough. There were so many other people we wish we could have seen. It is more of a challenge to see everyone now that everyone who used to be situated on the Issaquah plateau is spread all over the greater seattle area. Jami and I enjoyed the time together and I enjoyed visiting the place where I grew-up and visiting some of the people who helped sculpt who I am today. Thanks again to Nick and Kati for their hospitality while we were in town. We sure enjoyed staying with you guys!

“Because I knew you…”

My cousin Duncan passed away October 4th, 2008. His funeral was October 9th. We attended the funeral and said our goodbyes to our beloved friend and cousin Duncan Howard. Duncan was a special person in our lives and we will miss him tremendously. It takes a lot for me to truly get emotional and I had surpressed my emotions pretty well throughout the week. With things being busy at work and having a short week and a lot to get done before we left I did not have a whole lot of time to emotionally think about the gravity and permanence of his passing. As we met Thursday morning for the family prayer the gravity and sadness of the situation set in and the emotions came freely. I’ve had friends and family pass away and have dealt with that in my life before but Duncan is the first person I have had pass away in my life since i have become the father of my own children. My heart was full for Syd and Troy and I began to feel the pain they must be feeling having lost a child. I don’t know what we would do or how we would get through without the hope and support of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge we have of his eternal plan.

The funeral service was special. Greyson did a great job paying tribute to his brother. As he had done for most of his life he helped voice some of Duncan’s feelings and the spirit was so incredible during his tribute. After Grey’s tribute Duncan’s Musical productions teacher’s sang the song “For Good” from the Musical Wicked. I am not familiar with the Musical but it was like it was written for that Moment.

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…

I was so touched. If you’ve lost a friend I would suggest listening to that song. wow. After that song Syd shared a poem that her friend had written. It was a special tribute to Duncan. Duncan’s favorite color is Orange and as the leaves change each year we will have the chance to honor his life and what he taught us. Everyone at the funeral wore orange as a tribute to Duncan. When you would ask little Logan what color it was he would confidently say, “Duncan”. I don’t know how we will explain his response when he gets to school but in our family, that response is perfect.

Sadly, Jami and I had to leave as Syd was concluding her remarks to make our flight. I would really liked to have heard his father Troy’s remarks. He has been the family’s rock through this emotional event. We cried our way to the airport and everything went as planned as we boarded our flight.

Slacker Mom

Well, we’ve had several things happen in our family since the last post and I’m a slacker. I’ve started this post several times, and stopped several times. I’m not leaving till I finish this post.

Abbi started first grade a month ago. She loves it! She really enjoys going to the library and getting new books as often as she can. Too bad she has a mean mom who makes sure she can read the book she has before she gets a new one. She’s already had a couple run ins with some girls in her class that either make fun of her if she makes a mistake or tell her she can’t play with them at recess. I can’t believe this starts so early, my worst fear. I told her that any time someone says or does something mean she should either respond with something nice or just ignore them. She has some friends in other classes that she plays with at recess so I guess that is good. Her mom (me) isn’t the best at socializing and making new friends so I’m hoping she is better at it.
Abbi has also started soccer again. Adam is her coach (not by choice). The dad that was suppose to coach backed out a week before games started. Adam was nice enough to say yes. Abbi’s team have lost all but one game. I just hope her and Adam are at least having fun.
She also started a creative dance class last week. It only goes until Thanksgiving. She really liked her first class, she likes to dance and perform.

Caleb started pre-school a few weeks ago. I was worried that he would have some separation anxiety but he has done really well. He actually wants to go every day. He doesn’t understand why Abbi goes everyday and he only goes twice a week. Caleb is doing well without Abbi. He and Logan have gotten better at playing with each other. I’m going to sign him up for T-ball in the spring, and soccer next fall. He really likes sports. He can’t wait till he’s old enough to go golfing with dad!

Logan is doing well. I can’t believe he’s going to be 2 soon. We got rid of his pacifiers the other night and he has done well. One day I found him hiding under his bed playing, and he had his pacifier in his mouth. He’d shut the bedroom door and put a stuff animal in front of it. He didn’t want me to find him. He knew he could only have his pacifiers at nap and bed time. So I figured if he’s old enough to hide and sneak around he was old enough to not have a pacifier anymore. So I threw them away.

Adam and I are doing well. We both got new callings a few weeks ago. We team teach the Family Relations Sunday School class. We teach for eight weeks and then have eight weeks off. It’s going good, so far. I also got called to be the Wolf Den Leader. What??? I know nothing about Scouts. I’m faking it! Adam sprained his ankle at church basketball a few weeks ago but he finally seems to be doing better. I still think his foot looks funny. Well, that’s all for now!

Check out these goofy kids!!!!

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Gunn Family Olympics: Day 11

Venue: Cherry Hill Family Day
Event: Best Caridiac Canyon Performance
Gold Medal Team: Adam, Jenny, Erik and Craig Gunn

Today was family day at Cherry Hill. Erik is in his fifth year as a Cherry Hill employee and we look forward to out one opportunity a year to enjoy the park for FREE! Jami and the kids spent the afternoon enjoying the opportunity. I headed over after work. The kids all love the blue slides – even Logan. Abbi thinks she is big and loves to go by herself. She liked to challenge everyone to races not realizing that our bigger bodies make us go a lot faster. Caleb loves the slides but is a little too intimidated to ride by himself. The highlight for me was completing a lifetime goal of making it all the way down the Cardiac Canyon as a 4-person chain without anyone falling off or letting go. Erik’s years of experience at Cherry Hill made sure we were set-up properly from the beginning and we were able to make it all the way down without even standing up. We all felt pretty good about the accomplishment. Of all the years I have been going to Chery Hill I can’t remember a finer ride. Congratulations everyone!

Gunn Family Olympics: Day 10

Event: Best Primary Secretary
Gold Medal: Jami Gunn 

It was brought to my attention that Jami was yet to win an indivdual medal in our family Olympics. Sunday Jami was released from her calling as Primary Secretary. As a conscientious observer for the past year I have seen something in Jami that I haven’t seen before. She really embraced this calling and worked very hard. Our ward was split last year and we were put into a brand new ward so starting from scratch, her and the rest of the presidency had to basically build the program from the ground up. The secretary has a lot of responsibility and some people embrace the calling and go all out and other struggle being the worker bee and never make it. Jami did her very best and grew because of her efforts. Congratulations honey! GOLD MEDAL!

Lagoon Skycoaster Video

Here is video footage of Me, Matt and my dad on the Sky Coaster. Any high pitched screaming you hear is definitely my dad…

Olympic Insider Report

Many people have been asking where the competitor’s from this years Gunn Family Olympiad prefer to dine (not really but play along). I am privileged to report that on Friday night the competitors dined at the new Firehouse Pizzeria in Centerville. The firehouse is a nice dine-in / take out pizzeria located just north of Target. We have been wanting to to try it for a couple months now and were pleasantly surprised by the food. we started with their cheesy focassia bread appetizer which the kids absolutely devoured. Jami got a side Salad which was large and fresh. We did have to ask for more dressing but the waitress was happy to oblige. We decided to share a large Artichoke Chicken Pizza and if pizza eating was an olympic event we would not have meddled at all. We only at about half as a family and had plenty of pizza left to take home for the next day. To complete the experience we tried their unique dessert the Fh’zookie which is a cookie baked in a small pizza dish and then topped with ice cream. We just got a personal size one to try but it was a home run. Everyone loved it and will definately be somethin good enough to get us back to the Firehouse soon.