Search This Blog

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hometown Christmas

I'm going to see if it works to upload a video this way. You all will have to let me know via the comments section if you can successfully view this!

Rachel did an AMAZING job today in her performance at Hometown Christmas! She played the piano beautifully. For those of you who are Trans Siberian Orchestra fans, she played one of MY favorites... "First Snow"

video

and then she played another of my favorites, "Mary Did You Know"




video

I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Birthday Party Time

I know…I’m behind, LOL…I’ll get my Thanksgiving pictures up later :)  I’m keeping things chronological!

Ethan had a bowling party for his birthday. It was a blast for him and (hopefully!) his friends, too!

IMG_3057 IMG_3128

Taylor

IMG_3095

IMG_3122

Curtis (the kid was in perpetual motion…I’m just glad I got as good of a picture as this one, LOL!)

IMG_3071 IMG_3121

Uriah

IMG_3077

IMG_3090

Jayden

IMG_3079 IMG_3125

Trey

IMG_3088

IMG_3148

Cameron (and Dad)

IMG_3104

IMG_3087

Rachel

AND….

IMG_3063

IMG_3126 Ethan!

IMG_3113

IMG_3114

Ron bowled some when Cameron was just too tired to bowl any more (he and Rachel had been at a lock-in the night before and were up all night.)

IMG_3141

Ron gave some bowling tips,

IMG_3144

but it backfired when Rachel beat his score!

IMG_3096 

Pizza

IMG_3168

presents

IMG_3152 and friends

IMG_3154

make for a GREAT Birthday party!

IMG_3169

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

Guess who has a birthday today? 

An ELEVENTH birthday!

IMG_3048 At 8:31 (ish…I know…bad mom….) on November 19, 1998, Ethan Andrew was brought into our family.  He completed us.  We were so thrilled to have him be a part of our lives.

In 11 years, a great deal has changed for all of us.  We still live in the same home, which is awesome!  We have many of the same friends. ..  But lots of changes.  School colors/song/mascot have changed.  We now whole grade share with our neighbors from grades 6-12 (big move for Eman next year!) We’ve traveled to different parts of the country.  A grandma has died.  Mom has gone to work at the school…Ethan has 3 older siblings that can DRIVE (and one that has left home for college!  (blessed child…Caleb caled his little brother tonight to wish him a happy birthday…what a kid!)

Ethan is greatly loved.  He’s loved by his siblings (even though they might disagree at times…they really are good big brothers and a sister!)  He is loved by his school and church classmates and friends.  He’s loved by his cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents (and we can’t wait to see some of them next week and the rest of them next month!)  And of course, he’s dearly loved by his old mom and dad!  He is one of the joys of our lives!

Ethan has a personality that just makes you grin.  He almost always has a grin on his face.  He’s a jokester and enjoys being the life of the party.  He has a helpful spirit (when he isn’t being pulled away from video games, LOL) and he likes to have a bit of friendly competition in the sports field.

I can’t begin to express how blessed we are to call this boy “son”.  He jut makes me smile!

IMG_3040

I baked and frosted the brownies…big sister, Rachel decorated with icing and sprinkles!

IMG_3043

IMG_3045

IMG_3046

IMG_3047

IMG_3052 IMG_3055

HAPPY 11th BIRTHDAY, Ethan Andrew!

You are LOVED!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Go Hawks!

Last weekend was family weekend at Iowa. We all went down on Friday night and ate ate Buffalo Wild Wings…a family favorite!  Cameron spent Friday and Saturday night with Caleb in his dorm room, and then Caleb got him a ticket to the big game on Saturday.  It was a sad day for the Hawkeyes as they lost their first game all season (AND their quarterback…ack!)  But the two boys had a great time together at the game.

IMG_2572

IMG_2575

IMG_2573

oh the MASS of people in black and gold!  Cameron thought it was cool on the walk back to the dorm that it was just one continuous moving mass of black and gold.

IMG_2574

Rachel

Rachel often doesn’t care for her school pictures and usually wants me to take some for her.  We had a few minutes of “mostly” daylight left on Thursday after school, and here are some of the better shots of the day.

IMG_2590a

I think this is my favorite.

IMG_2596a

of course…I love her giggle/grin in this one…

IMG_2612a

but then there’s this one…

IMG_2613a

oh and I love this one!

IMG_2614.aJPG

ok…so maybe I don’t have a favorite…I can’t just choose one!

IMG_2613d

THEN, after I got them all uploaded…I started playing . I love the B&W look…(It’s difficult to see, but I left the blue sparkles on her necklace blue.)

IMG_2613b

IMG_2615a

And I really like  the way this one looks with just her shirt in color…

IMG_2613c

Then I started in with my Virtual Photographer.  It’s a great little toy to play with.  It puts filters on your pictures.  And…the program is FREE!

IMG_2614.bJPG

IMG_2614.cJPG

IMG_2614.dJPG

Oh, and then there is this next one.  But don’t tell Rachel I showed you this one.  It isn’t her favorite picture :)

IMG_2629

but this one is!

IMG_2639

IMG_2673

I just love this girl and her enthusiasm for life!