Saturday, January 3, 2009

Celebrating New Years with Style!

January 1, 2009 at 12:00 am This picture just cracks me up.
We are quite the classy family, aren't we? Sarah's sporting the "rock on" sign (or whatever that means). Daniel is in shorts and barefeet out in the cold and rain, pointing fireworks at his sister's head. Jon is, well, for lack of a better word...screwed. He injured his knee while at work and is unable to move it or walk on it. Hopefully, we'll have MRI results soon. Oliva is just plain crazy. She's outside at midnight in her PJs and pink dress-up ballerina slippers yelling,
"Happy New Years!"

Our New Year's Eve consisted of countless hours of battling each other in Guitar Hero, movies, popcorn, rootbeer and fireworks.

Doesn't get much better than that!

HAPPY 2009!
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:8-12

Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas at Grandma Donna's

~Christmas #5~
I have to admit Christmas at Jon's mom's house is something I always look forward to. Donna is so sweet. She knows I've spent the last few days baking and cleaning, hosting and cooking a big Christmas meal for my family. She knows I'm worn out and always insists I bring nothing at all. Believe me, she is one stubborn woman and there's no use arguing with her. It is so nice to show up at her house on Christmas afternoon and just RELAX and put our feet up!
Jon, his sister, Carey, and the girls

Daniel is soooo excited about his new lego set.
Olivia watching a movie on
her new portable DVD player

Sarah is in love with her new
guitar...move over Taylor Swift! We had such a fun time laughing at each other while playing Catch Phrase! video

Christmas Day was simply wonderful!

Christmas with Grandpa D.H.

~Christmas #4~

Grandpa gave Olivia an adorable princess tea set, with a tea cart to boot. She has been wheeling this around the house ever since, and offering us delicious cups of tea. Daniel and Sarah were very excited about their new books from Grandpa. He knows just what kind they like. A blurry, but sweet picture of Jon and his dad.

Christmas Morning...just us

~Christmas #3~
On Christmas Eve, the kids slept out by the Christmas tree.Olivia wasn't too happy about Daniel and Sarah waking her up so early on Christmas morning.
Daniel and his new Webkinz Hedgehog.Sarah and her long awaited Webkinz SeahorseYESSSSS!!!!!SA-WEET!Crazy morning hair didn't stop Olivia from ripping into her presents
My wonderful husband gave me this fabulous new jacket...love it (and him)!!!
Jon is having way too much fun with Guitar Hero!

Christmas with Liz's Family

~Christmas #2~
Yes folks, this is my little brother Ben. He is a senior at Seattle Pacific University and is a really cool guy and an amazing, gifted musician. Because of this, and his occasional choice to wear tight jeans, Sarah bought him a Jonas Brothers poster in hopes that he might pursue stardom amongst 9-13 year old girls. What do you think?


My sister, Susanna, and her adorable little family


My little sister, Abby (isn't she so cute?!)


Olivia and her cousin, Victoria, decked out in their new princess dresses.Big hug!!!
My sweet little nephew, Ethan. I love this picture and the look of quiet anticipation on his face.
Grandpa Bob with Victoria, Colton and Olivia
Olivia is over-the-top excited about her new cupcake set!
Grandma Cathy is even more excited about her new Mp3 player.
Ethan, Colton and Sarah...so sweet!
Daniel spending some quality wii time with uncle Ben

Christmas at Grandma Connie's House

~Christmas #1~
These cousins have been celebrating Christmas together since they were babies.
There is some serious present-opening strategizing going on here.
My sweet little Olivia Joy
Jon and his step-brother, Rob, doing what they do best...chillin' on the couch. Daniel and Aric, cousins and buddies

Sarah, Olivia and Aleksa. Three sweet girls.It was very hard to tear Olivia away from the Christmas train. She loved playing with it, just like Daniel and Sarah did when they were little...sigh. Where does the time go?
Olivia loved snuggling up to Aunt Kellie
Just like every year, everyone had a great time celebrating Christmas together!

Christmas Memories

Our family had a wonderful Christmas together. You'll have to bear with me, I have so many pictures from Christmas and I just want to share them all. :)

So, just a little heads up, if you are not related to us, you may find the next five posts rather monotonous. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Here we go, Christmas 2008 in review...