Wednesday, December 31, 2008

for you, Chloe


Best friend-- So many memories!
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thanks guys!

Brittany, David, Brad, Tricia, Joni, Jacob

I came across this great picture from Thanksgiving and had to post it. We did more that weekend besides a turkeybowl. This is us downtown Cd'A looking at the amazing light display by the resort. We had so much fun while my brother David and his family were in town! Love you guys!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

nutcracker


When I was young I decided that I wanted to take my kids to Nutcracker every year for our Christmas tradition. Thinking back, I can't remember what made me think of that. I had never seen Nutcracker or knowingly listened to the music, but I do remember having that desire and making that commitment. I waited very patiently for Ada and Alice to grow to an age that I thought they could handle sitting still well enough, then we took the plunge. Ada was 5 and Alice 3 and I was 27 (I held out and waited for them). That first time we were late because I locked my keys in my car at Walmart and had to wait for Jacob to rescue me in a blizzard. We hurried home to dress and Jacob rushed us to Spokane and waited in town for us to finish so that I wouldn't have to deal with parking. We came in about 45 minutes late. I was in tears- my dream was ruined. Oh well. Life does go on and looking back, at their ages they may have been a little bored during the begining anyway. Classic Joni tale. We had a great time this year though, loving the music and costumes and sets!
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

trip to california

Monterey coast
My friend Mandy and me
Delicious sandwich from a market/deli in Carmel.



I loved the plants there.
We just caught the sunset in Big Sur
Amazing meal in Carmel. We lucked out and after we were seated found that the place specialized in salume. My favorite! We ordered the sampler salami and cheese. We also ate this great sorbetto and some spectacular almond meringue cookies that they included. I can't believe we didn't photograph the cookies! I guess we ate them too quickly.
Mandy wrestling James. Luckily, Sam slept through this meal. James wasn't the easiest age to travel with but he is so sweet and mellow that we had a great time anyway. There were only a handful of moments that I wished he was home with his dad.


Monarch grove in Pacific Grove. I had no idea that all of these butterflies migrate here for fall/winter. It was cool to see but hard to capture on film- just like everything on this trip.



Some of my favorite cottages in Carmel. Since we flew in to San Francisco and rented a car, we were able to really see some beautiful things. We may have driven every inch of Carmel. Half because we could, but also because when you are lost you can cover lots of ground. Also, when I was looking at all these pics of plants and houses and food, I noticed that I'm obviously used to taking pics of my kids instead.
Carmel Mission. Mass happened to be going on while we visited. It was interesting to hear familiar hymns being played and sung in Latin.
Kind of crazy graveyard.



Everyone was so nice to us moms with our babies on our trip. It didn't hurt to have such adorable little boys hanging off our chests smiling at everything.

Little courtyard in town where we hung out, rested and fed our babies.

I love the ocean!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

turkey bowl... again

The youtube movie I made with the pics didn't turn out as well as I thought... so here are the pics in my picasa slide show. enjoy. Jacob

Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl @ the Borg's!!!

Here is a video of a little football from this year's Turkey Bowl. We had the Rhoads, Garn, Seversike, Coffey, Olsen families and other relatives and friends playing. Great time. Thanks to Joni for putting it together and to the Coffeys for supplying the hot chocolate!