Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

The Angel proclaiming Christ's birth and pointing people to the stable.

Yes, that is a REAL camel!! (but not a real baby)

Wouldn't this make a beautiful Christmas card?

Merry Christmas, everyone!!! I am hoping to revive the blog a bit.

These pictures were taken at our Community Christmas Festival. Alathia and Mosaic church in the Highlands got to collaborate with the community and put on a Festival focused on the real meaning of Christmas!! We had more than 1000 people visit our live Nativity.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween fun!

We went to Microsoft and roamed Jonathan's decorated hallways. One had a Wizard of Oz theme which went along perfectly with Alaina's costume starring Char.

Then, of course we went around our neighborhood. It was a beautiful night after a very rainy day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

You come up with the caption!

this picture was not staged. this is Luke up to his normal tricks. I came around the corner and he was just sitting there in the chair.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mom Jokes

1. A day without sunshine is like ..... night.
2. On the other hand .... you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap
9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines
19. What happens if you get scared half to death ...... twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering,
"What the hell happened?"
22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapeno's
...... What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ohio and Gary Trip

Here are a few pics from our trip to Ohio and Gary. It was great to spend time with Grandmom and Granddad and such a treat to get to spend a couple of hours with Pete, Noelle and the girls. We're so thankful God provided the time together and protected Annabelle!

Oldest to youngest....

Now by height...

Burning off some sugar from their ice cream...

Grandmom single-handedly set us the first couple of rounds of bridge. It was great playing with them and, of course, winning! ;-)

This one is one of my favorites. It's both Samuel Jacksons :) I'm going to get a copy framed for Grandmom.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The cover for Stephen's next SCI-FI book...

About a young married couple grieving the loss of their new puppy as they grapple with the unexpected disappearance of Earth's gravitational pull.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jokes Mom likes

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my Electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
5. Hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. 'But why?', they asked, as they moved off. 'Because,' he said,' I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.'
7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to Spain; they name him 'Juan'. The other went to a family in Egypt and is named 'Ahmal.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, 'They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.'
8. A group of friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to 'persuade' them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
10. Finally, there was this guy who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dean Camping Trip

Goofing around with cousin Dylan
Behind Carolyn and Alaina is the stream they played in constantly.
Paul and Nathan by the Ohanapecosh River
The kids playing in the snow on our Mount Rainier hike.

Somehow my camera got on black and white setting. So much for a Christmas card.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Father's Day fun!

We had a blast taking the Ferry (Marty/Peter Boat) to Bainbridge Island where we ate dinner at a pub in the marina.

We are all wearing our movie star sunglasses!
Congratulations on 39 years!!
"You don't look at'all like a sea-captain, sir"
Awww, cute matchy whities!
We had to switch to Rook, because Kathryn was killing everyone in Michigan.

I know after seeing these pictures you all wish you lived in Seattle! Don't be is days like these that suck everyone in and then you are stuck for the 10 months of rain. Right, Amber?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Iowa City Press Citizen Flood Pics

Lower City Park

Far away shot of Debuque St.

Parkview, our old mega-church