Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Big Day!

This year for Christmas, the kids received a trampoline from their aunt and mawmaw and pawpaw from Louisiana. They were soooooo excited!! (And so were Mom and Dad!)

Thursday night we drove and picked it up and today was the day of assembly
(trumpets, please!).

Poor Earl . . . he has been "taxed" to the limit this year as he's been called upon to assemble an electric train set and a race car track plus the trampoline today. He did awesome jobs on all three of them!! (loud applause and screaming!!)


The day begins . . . with reading the directions. ("Hmmm . . .says here it requires the help of 3 strong and able-bodied adults . . . hmmm . . . ")

We didn't have the 3 adults, but we had LOTS of energy and enthusiasm and some good senses of humor.

So far, so good!




Even Jonathan stuck it out all day, helping where he could. He was a real trooper!


Of course, David enjoyed getting in there and helping his dad. It's fun to see him so capable of TRULY helping now.




Things were going along smoothly and we all were getting excited with every step. I (Jan) was busy inside taking down Christmas stuff and taking pictures and helping when I was needed. I kept sticking my head out of the door and asking, "Is it done yet?" to which my very wonderful husband kept cheerily replying, "Just 15 more minutes!" (Sound of a big smooch!)


We got to the part of putting on all of the hundreds of springs. Earl was pulling on this thingy and I was supposed to stretch this spring onto that thingy that he was pulling towards me. I thought I was going to die!!! After about 7 of them, I was as good as dead and while Earl went to get some gloves for his hands ("I'm sorry, how are those supposed to help MY arms???), David figured out a different way. He figured out a way where he could do it all by himself. Hmmm . . . we just stood back, red-faced and watched him finish in 5 minutes what it would have taken us 3 days to finish. Go figure! Yeah, David!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Another big smooch from your mom who was about to cry that she couldn't help your dad finish this important step!!)

You go, Boy!!! (I was soooo proud of you!!)

Finally it was done!! Whooo Hooo!



Earl had just enough energy for one inaugural jump!

This is Molly, just after landing on her feet after completing a double, side-winder somersault, with 2 half twists!! You go, girlfriend!!

We finished this part about 2:30 . . . just in time for each of the kids to have a quick turn jumping before we laid the "littles" down for a needed rest time. (Earl and I even took a break and had some quiet time alone!)




Then it was back at it to hurry and get the enclosure put together. We ALMOST finished, but darkness fell and we were forced to retire, with just a few more steps to go.




Thank you, Aunt Sonya and MawMaw and PawPaw!!!We are sooooo excited to use this. It's an awesome gift!!! (The kids keep saying, "I can't believe we have a trampoline!!!!!!!!!")



Friday, December 28, 2007

The 12 Days of Christmas


This year, the kids and I (Jan) "surprised" Earl every morning after our family time with singing "The 12 Days of Christmas" and presenting him with a little silly gift:

The 12 Days of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . a can of Coke just for me.
On the 2nd day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 3rd day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 4th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 5th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 6th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . .6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . .4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 7th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 8th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 8 little snack cakes, 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 9th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 9 Bic shavers, 8 little snack cakes, 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . .10 peppermints, 9 Bic shavers, 8 little snack cakes, 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . .4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 11 pieces of gum, 10 peppermints, 9 Bic shavers, 8 little snack cakes, 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me.
On the 12th day of Christmas, my family gave to me . . . 12 new blue pens . . . 11 pieces of gum, 10 peppermints, 9 Bic shavers, 8 little snack cakes, 7 little sausages, 6 packs of cocoa, 5 CHOCOLATE KISSES! . . . 4 incense cones, 3 cough drops, 2 new socks and a can of Coke just for me!!!



Monday, December 03, 2007

Annual Photo Session

On Saturday, Dec. 1, we had our annual family photo taking session, trying to get that "perfect family picture" to send to relatives and friends who want to see what this aging family looks like this year. We also got a few "fun" shots while we were at it.















Here is Jonathan making sure all of the "equipment" is working properly. (He actually dismantled this thing in a way that I didn't know it could come apart!)



For those of you who actually read our blog, you get the first peek at this year's family photo!


TA DA!





Then Daddy had some fun with the boys! They love being tickled by him. Amazing! They actually look forward to bedtime every day because they know after prayers will come the tickling (regardless of how much they've already gotten that day!) I'm so glad I was born a "girl" and can get away with screaming, "OW!! That's my sore arm!!!"


















Jonathan is our resident "kissing boy". We all love to kiss on him!

And those girls . . . my, but how glad I am to be mom to these three young ladies!



















This one actually turned out GREAT with the kids just pushing the button. It is so seldom that Earl and I get a picture we like of ourselves. I still fall for this man after 11 1/2 years of marriage! What a gift!

Brothers!



David says: . . . . I love having a brother!I have #3 sisters so imagine how releived I was when Jonathan ( the one on the right) came along.Me(the one on the left) and Jonathan have tons of fun toegether. Though in a way we are different,because I like cowboys and Jonathan likes cars and trains.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Day of Thanks!


This Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for our family. Jan's uncle and aunt from Washington were in town and came over to spend the afternoon and evening with us. It was great getting to see them! Earl's sister from Louisiana flew out to spend a few days with us as well. It's always a joy for us to have her stay. Jan's mom came and we were delighted that Jan's sister, Gail, was able to get off of work early to join us also. So . . . .we had a full house this year to match our full hearts!














The kids all helped to decorate the house and the table (our favorite part!).







Irene, Gail, and Emily






The day after Thanksgiving, we took Sonya down to the Seal Beach Pier and had lunch at Ruby's and then played in the sand a bit. It was a BEAUTIFUL CA day!


On Saturday, we met with my uncle and aunt at Mimi's for breakfast and got to visit a little more with them. They enjoyed seeing the kids open their gifts of "headlamps" to read in bed with. Even Jonathan got one and felt like a "big guy". The kids have found all kinds of ingenius uses for those headlamps!


On Monday morning, Sonya had to fly back home. So we postponed our school day a little and took some pictures and played a bit until Daddy said it was time to leave for the airport. As usual, there were lots of tears.



It was a wonderful few days together . . . remembering the MANY blessings our family has received: our many friends and family, the ministry we've been priviliged to serve in, physical provisions and always plenty to eat and wear and to occupy ourselves with. Most of all, Earl and I are profoundly grateful for the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ in atoning for our sins, mediating between us and the Father, and satisfying us with life-giving joy and a firm foundation on which to stand during our pilgrimage.
Thank you, God, for yet another wonderful year of life!!











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