Sunday, December 30, 2007
Garrett celebrated his 4th birthday on December 29th. He is (in his own words) "a big boy now!". He had a Diego themed party and was thrilled with his cake and presents. His favorite was a new Diego bike! I still need to buy him a helmet, but then he'll be all set.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Garrett finally got a haircut, too (see Colton's post). He looks so different and such a big boy! He had fun on Christmas. He got a firetruck, remote control beast and Katie got him a flashlight from the dollar store. He gets alot of celebration in one week as his 4th birthday is on December 29th. I can't believe my little boy is growing up so fast!!!!
We were so blessed to have a wonderful Christmas day together. Everyone was thrilled with their gifts. We had some very generous relatives, who without them we wouldn't have had presents. We also had a delicious turkey dinner. This is only our 2nd Christmas in Florida (although our 4th year)--and it has rained both times, although mild temps. We are so thankful that Jesus was born!! What a wonderful event to celebrate!! Here are just a few photos from that day. More to come.
Julia and Alicia performed at the Village Oaks Retirement Center with other Dance Connection dancers in December. Julia danced two dances, Alicia one and they both danced in the finale (Rocking Around the Christmas Tree). They are dancing to the Nutcracker Suite for their ballet number. Their tutus are so pretty!! Julia has 4 different costumes for the recital and competitions.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
We ate here while in Sioux City with Deb. Jesse says that it has the best ribs that he has ever tasted. After he had finished his 4 rib lunch portion, the waitress even brought him 4 more for free. The beef brisket isn't so bad either...yum yum!!!! Here is the link to their website so you can see if one is in your area: http://www.famousdaves.com/
When I was little girl, I used to love World War II movies. I imagined myself being in them. I dreamed of growing up, keeping my hair long, putting it in braids and then tucking them up under my helmet. I planned to disguise my gender so that I could join in. I sensed that the men in these movies were part of something heroic, valiant and worthy. I longed to be a part of it, too. In the depths of my soul, I longed to be a part of something large and good; something that required all of me; something dangerous and worth dying for.
There is something fierce in the heart of a woman. Simply insult her children, her man, or her best friend and you’ll get a taste of it. A woman is a warrior, too. (You ought to see Stasi at laser tag. It cracks me up. I mean, she gets intense about it.) But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us, most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important. Before doubt and accusation take hold, most little girls sense that they have a vital role to play; they want to believe there is something in them that is needed and needed desperately.
Think of Sarah from Sarah Plain and Tall . She is needed; their world is not right until she becomes a part of it. She brings her courage and her creativity to the West and helps to tame it. We are awed by the nurses in Pearl Harbor, how in the midst of a horrifying assault they bring their courage and strength to rescue the lives of hundreds of men. The women in The Lord of the Rings trilogy are valiant and beautiful – women like Arwen, Galadriel and Eowen bring change the fate of Middle Earth. And what about women like Esther and Mary and Ruth, biblical characters who had irreplaceable roles in a Great Story.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We had a wonderful time on Sunday picnicking and hiking at Lake Mills Park. They have a gorgeous raised walking trail through a cypress swamp, right beside the lake. The weather was perfect. You cannot beat Florida in November. On another note, Colton is out visiting my mom in Washington state and enduring some cold weather. I think he is having fun though. He will be gone a month!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
We have had a Grandma staying with us now for 3 weeks. My mom (from Washington) left yesterday, she was here for a week. Jesse's mom (from Iowa) stayed for 2 weeks. The kids have loved having them here and both have helped so much with the move and getting settled into our new place. Garrett was really sad to see them both leave. After my mom left he said "When is the next Grandma coming?". Thank God for wonderful mothers/grandmothers who are so loving, kind and giving. We are so blessed.