Author: Brandon  |  Category: Brandon Burton

New Clubs

Just thought I would let everybody know I got new clubs today….so If you get beat that is why. Just wanted to forewarn.

I went with the Adams Idea a3os Hybrid set

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Irons

and the Taylor Made Burner

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Driver

Hailey is going to get me a new putter for christmas….or a golf cart… depends how rich santa is this year

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Coupon book

I got the new coupon books from the 2 for 1 deals, if anybody wants one or two. They got some good stuff. Buy one get one free at Jamba, Okies, Perkins, and more. Don’t really remember right now. I only have a few extra though. I think they originally are 20, but I can do em for 10, maybe 9 if you catch me on a good day.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Brandon Burton

Garrett’s Wedding

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Saturday we went down to one of my good buddies wedding.  It was great to see Logan again. Life was so simple there. When we were there we rented a nice little apartment. With no car payment, health insurance, kids, life inurance, excessive utility payments, taxes, high food bills, and so on…..it was nice. It was very tempting to move back. I can’t believe how much I missed when we were there.

Welp here are a few pictures. The front of the temple was under construction, so I really coudln’t get any good pictures from the front. Too bad.

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Hailey on our good Sledding hill

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family

Wakeboarding

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We went wakeboarding for the first time this year with Logan. He absolutely loved it. Besides my sore ol’ body today, I think I enjoyed it too. He has been saying boat non-stop though all day today. He went and got his life jacket this morning first thing and put his swimming stuff on. He came and got us and said, “BYE BYE…. BOAT.” I have a bad feeling this could turn into an obsession. Anybody know what a new boat costs? Crap….

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family

Idaho Falls Temple

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Yesterday we had the opportunity to go through the temple with Hailey’s Brother, Cameron. He is leaving on a mission to Raleigh, North Carolina soon. It is always such a wonderful and unique experience to be able to go through the temple with family. All those who have had this opportunity understand just how wonderful it is. I am exited for Cameron and all the work he is going to be able to do. He doesn’t even know what is about to happen. Ah…missionary work….

Anyway, these are just a few pictures of the temple I took a couple weeks ago.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Logan

Hailey at the Zoo

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Aw, the zoo. An enjoyable, relaxing place to go, to let your kids loose as they run to every animal cage with great fascination. Relaxing, that is. until every minute you are doing a head count, trying to explain to your boy that the huge ostrich is not playing with him but is actually trying to eat him, realizing that the eighth head you counted wasn’t part of your group, and frantically running in circles yelling, “Has anyone seen Britain?” Aw the zoo, an enjoyable, relaxing place to go…

So today we went to the zoo. My oldest sister Andrea had her three outgoing cute kids and a friend, my other sister Jessica had her two lovable kids, and of course I had my little energizer bunny, and my sweet little snuggle bear. Yes that is a grand total of 8 kids all under the age of 5. What an adventure! It was fun to get out and walk around and see all those animals. The highlight of the trip was feeding the goats where Logan showed no fear of sticking out his little hand right to there mouths. When we ran out of quarters we decided it was time to see the lions. The kids where excited and began running to the cage, everyone but Logan who was then determined to make sure that every animal at the zoo was going to be feed. As we gathered the kids around the large cage I realized that Logan was no where in sight. As I turn around and begin my search for him, I see him in the distance laughing at a huge ostridge who is trying to bite off his fingers. In a panic I run to him yelling and trying to explain that the ostridge is trying to eat him and not playing. Logan continues laughing thinking this bird is just playing games. It took me forever trying to get him away from this bird as the game they were once playing turned into a big fight as Logan began hitting him, screaming at me to let go, and the huge ostrich then trying to eat us both. I can only imagine what we looked like. I am sure we were pretty entertaining for the little crowd that began forming.

Ending the trip at the monkey cages we were stopped by one of the zoo workers who asked if we were missing a boy in a green shirt. Looking at our group we counted them and said no and continued on. It was only minutes later that Andrea turns to us and asks, “When is the last time you saw Britain?” It was then we all realized, the little boy in the green shirt was ours after all! We began running to the gift shop where he was being held and with relief there he was smiling and waiting patiently. If only kids knew what they put us through. The day ended to quickly and the kids where all exhausted. There was one thing I knew for sure – after that I needed a nap!

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Ping Pong with Lynn

A pictures says a thousand words

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family

The Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July was wonderful. Parker went to his first parade and Logan got the opportunity to actually run around and get candy. I made the mistake of telling Logan to sacrifice his life for a tootsie roll that was inches away from the tires of an approaching float. I said it sarcastically, but apparently a two year old doesn’t understand sarcasm. Who would have known?

Every since I have grown up I have love to go to the greenbelt. It was so fun to take the boys there and watch them interact with the people and the crowds. Logan was actually good and stayed in his stroller the whole time. We saw a lot of people we knew, and actually ran into one of my old buddies, Garrett. He was so kind as to let us encroach on his personal space, as he was with his fiancé. We figured having Logan and Parker there would help supplement their birth control costs after they got married.

As soon as the fireworks started Logan started screaming. He loved them. Every single one he said “wow” or “look”. He even put his arm around parker and was pointing at the sky, saying something in his little two year old language. It was a sight to see.

Note: Why on earth do we convince our kids that eating candy off the ground is ok during parades?

Author: Brandon  |  Category: gardening

I’m no farmer

Well, Gardening is fun. I am not an expert, but… shouldn’t my corn be taller than my peas? I could have sworn strawberries were supposed to be red, not brown. Our strawberry salads definitly aren’t tasting that good. I went to the store yesterday to get some treatment. They claimed there is nothing I can do for black tomatos??? what gives. I thought there was a solution for everything. I blame the ground. Maybe gravel isn’t as fertile as I thought.  I guess we are going to make a pea maze this year instead of a corn maze. It may be short, but don’t worry, it’ll be worth it.  Just a couple thoughts on gardening.

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Travel Log Romania Part 10

Day 9 and 10 – June 5th and 6th 2009 – Travel to Chisinau

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I have always been a little leery for traveling to Chisinau. It was part of the old Soviet Union and people think a little differently there. In fact, as a missionary I spent a little time in jail. Communism played a very significant role in the way these people think and act. It is going to be very hard for them to open their minds to western thinking.

The train-ride is very unique. They come into your cabin about 15 to twenty times throughout the 13 hour ride to Moldova. Checking your passports, asking what you are doing, asking how much money you have, or asking if they can have your money. It never ends, so sleeping is a little difficult. Immediately after getting on the train, our cabin supervisor came in saying I had to pay for the bags. She went off on how much it would cost. Then she stepped inside our cabin and said, “We might be able to work something out though.” For the steep bribe of 2 dollars and 60 cents our bags were now safe.

The best part of the ride is at the Moldova/Romania border. At some point the Moldovans decided they didn’t want any unwanted visitors in their country. It an incredibly bright effort to accomplish this goal, they changed the width of their train tracks in the entire country. All of their tracks are a few inches shorter than bordering countries. With this being the case, the train is lifted up in the air for about 3 to 4 hours at the border town of Ungheni while they go through the deliberately slow process of changing the wheels. I say slow, because I watch them take about 42 smoke breaks and even one lunch break in-between. I think they just leave us hanging up there for an hour just to stare at us. It is an interesting process to say the least.

The mission president always used to hate going across the border. We would sit in our car for hours while they searched it, then go outside while they searched us. I assume a lot of trafficking goes on in 3rd world countries. One time a loving mother of a missionary had sent a white cake mix to her little boy in Moldova. President would have us take all the packages across the border to the missionaries at Christmas time. We never opened the packages, but the guards at the border sure did. With the little knowledge we had of the contents that lied with in, I was rather shocked to be hustled into the border station by 4 guards. The package was sitting on a table inside the station with the contents lying beside it. In order to save space the mother decided to pack the cake mix without the cake box. The bag of the white looking substance was in the hands of one of the guards. It took a couple hours of convincing, but I was finally able to explain that it wasn’t drugs. It was an experience I won’t forget. LABEL your packages when sending them to foreign countries, and if possible provide tastes samples!

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Surprises

Framed Art

We were driving down 17th street the other day with the kids and saw a art gallery with pictures of the temple. I know you all have seen them. They are black and white looking, but also have a sepia type feel to them. Anyway, they were setup in that building right across the street from the Albertsons Gas Station. Hailey absolutely loves them and is always begging to buy one so we stopped by to take a peek.

After Logan touched every single picture, the girl mentioned there was a drawing. Hailey signed up with no though as we all do with drawings of this nature and we were on our way. Around 4:00 Checked her phone and the girl had called. She won!!! Hailey NEVER has her phone with her, nor does she answer it. She called the girl back to find out the details and what not, and no answer. It took about 4 days for them to finally talk just because I think neither of them answer their phones. When they did, the lady assured Hailey she had won a painting. We though maybe an 8 x 10 or something, but she said just go on our website and pick any one you want. I was shocked, and still didn’t believe this was happening. After all, I never have won anything, but as a turns out my beautiful wife is a keeper. It was looking like this might really happen.

The painting got here today. Framed and everything!! (the frame makes the picture by the way) There wasn’t even a note in the box. NO STRINGS ATTACHED! SHE seriously won a painting. It is beautiful. We are extremely happy about it, and it will go great in our house. We went with the Idaho Falls temple. The name of the business is Framed Legacy. Check out their website at www.framedlegacy.com. They are now getting free advertising to the 4 people that are reading this. This just goes to show, enter into every single contest you can. People really do win!!

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 9

Day 8 – June 4th 2009 – Bran, Pitesti, Bucuresti

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Our plan today was to travel back to Buc to hop on the train to Chisinau. On the way there we stopped by Bran to see Dracula’s Castle. It was a nice castle, but definitely not as pretty as Pelesi. The castle sits up on some cliffs on one side and overlooks the valley on the other. The Valley below has a river running through it and is lined with little cottage looking houses.

The ride back gave us the opportunity to go right over the top of some of the steepest mountains I have ever traversed in my life. The curious thing about the mountains was the locations of all the local homes on the mountain tops and even down in the valleys. (look at the pictures on my last post) I don’t know how people even got to and from their houses (well they walked) because there wasn’t a single road to any of them. It was sure interesting to see how far from civilization people could actually live. I don’t know if I could make it one day without the internet or a computer, but I am sure most of these people haven’t even seen a computer.

Hailey started getting sick on the ride back. Luckily we made it to Pitesti so she could get some fresh air. It wasn’t any accident either that Pitesti is home to the most fabulous ice cream in all the world. Words can’t describe the flavors that lie within the succulent scoops of ice cream located in the center of Pitesti. Each bite gets better and better, and almost takes me to post-mortal times (if that is even possible) when food tastes like heaven. I am not one to lick a plate after a meal, or desert, but on this occasion only, the desire was there.

The road from Pitesti to Buc is almost normal. It even has 4 lanes. Unfortunately by this point Hailey wasn’t feeling so well. The train ride was looking less and less appealing. As it turned out when we got to the train station, the train only runs to Chisinau on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The hotel we stayed at last time in Buc, also was very congenial and changed our reservation from next week to tonight with out any extra charge. Everything worked out for Hailey to have a comfortable room to sleep and throw up in all night. I strongly believe we were being watched over, and had we gone on the train with her as sick as she was, I wouldn’t have made it back home to tell the tale.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 8

Day 7 – June 3rd 2009 – Sighişoara

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Sighişoara is considered to be the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe. The town is full of beautiful buildings and streets that surround the clock tower located on the hill at the edge of the city. The city is known for being the birth place of Vlad Tepes, Dracula.

The streets are paved with cobblestones and the buildings and stairways leading up to the main attractions are preserved extremely well from the 12th century. There are also various tunnels and small passage ways you can go through until you reach the crest of the hill where Dracula was born. Just on the other side of the hill we had the opportunity to walk through a cemetery covered in vines and greenery that overlooked the valley below.

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Traveling back to Brasov, from Sighişoara is an extremely beautiful and green drive. There are hundreds of little houses scattered throughout the valleys that constantly remind you of how old the country is. We passed grape vineyards that stretched for miles, and about 15 little cities that all seemed so ancient, but perfectly in place with the surrounding scenery.

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Romania’s country side is extraordinary. The humidity provides for a luscious green season that brightens up the hills every spring. The trees and landscape dotted with villages and old beauty only add to the splendor. Every few miles while driving along the highway we had to slow down to pass a horse and carriage used for hauling lumber, wheat, or rocks. The drive was so peaceful and the setting was reminiscent of actually living back in the 12th century. It was as though time had stopped for a few hours just to let us through and enjoy the beauty.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 7

Day 6 – June 2nd 2009 – Continued

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Targoviste was kind of bummer, but as we were pulling up to Sinaia I knew Hailey would be much more thrilled about the caliber of castles they have here. The entire drive was rainy and extremely dark as we were going over the mountain passes, but right as we showed up the rain stopped and it even lightened up a little bit for pictures.

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The pathway to the castle was gorgeous. With cobblestone roads, and an old city wall covered with moss, it created quite an ambience. As we could just make out the castle through the trees we had  to cross an old bridge with the most wonderful river bed flowing underneath it. There was a waterfall about 25 yards above us, which fell just below the winding road we had to keep climbing to the get to the castle. The Castle Pilesi is located right in the heart of the Carpathian mountains, nestled against a hill filled with thousands of trees. It is a large castle, but you wouldn’t see it from the valley below because of all the greenery surrounding it.

Approaching the castle looks somewhat the castle from Beauty and The Beast. It is surrounded by old statues everywhere, and the courtyards are filled with fountains and flowers. The colors of the castle are very vivid and don’t really match the rest of the buildings found in Romania.

We had arrived just after 5:00 and the castle was closed. Just our luck, but thanks to the greedy hands of the Romanian people, we were able to bribe one of the guards to let us go around and take some pictures of the exterior and courtyard.

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As soon as we left the castle it started raining as hard as I could ever remember. It was a good thing we only had a few more minutes to Brasov. The streets of Brasov seemed unfamiliar with the downpour around us, but we were able to navigate our way to the center and eventually to the best restaurant in Brasov, Bella-Muzica. Inside looks like the interior of an old dungeon, but the Mexican food there is absolutely mouthwatering. Hailey was very grateful to have some food that she could actually enjoy. It was a perfect finish to a wonderful day in the Mountains.

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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Trips

Travel Log Romania Part 6

Day 6 – June 2nd 2009 – Targoviste, Sinaia, Brasov

We finally got our car. Fitting in with the local drivers only took a few minutes and a lot more weight on the gas pedal. Finding our way out of town was fairly simple, then we were on our way to Targoviste. We had heard the castle was fantastic there.

Along the way we saw a lot of little villages. Each one was unique in its own way, with people and a orthodox church now and again. As we would pass people would be sitting on their little benches outside watching us go by. The further away we got from the city, the more I began to wonder if the people we were passing on in these little cities had ever seen the internet, or had a chance to talk on a cell phone. The villages were pretty remote, and you could tell they didn’t really have much way of transportation to and from the bigger cities.

Targoviste was not all it was cracked up to be. The placed we had gone to visit was being renovated. With this being the case, they still had the audacity to charge us full price. They have wised up a little to capitalism since I had been there though. They charged for entry and to be able to take pictures. One guy stopped me and asked if I had purchased the ticket for taken pictures. I showed him my ticket and he seemed satisfied. I then asked him where half of my money was since the place was only half open. He laughed and walked off. Obviously he was happy I had paid full price for half the show. I was later assured they were going to double the price when the remodeling was complete. This made me feel better…