Friday, March 28, 2008

Costa Rica!

We thank you for your prayers and support for the upcoming Mission Trip to Costa Rica. The church High School Group is taking the trip from July 5th - July 13th. John, Jess and Lucy will be attending. Depending on if there is wireless down there, John and the girls will blog about the trip. Or, I'll just report what I hear from them!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Flower girls!

The latest big talk around here is that Aunt Joy is getting married to Tim ay, on Oct. 11th. After receiving the phone call today in which Laura found out that she and Mia, her cousin just one day younger, were asked to be flower girls, Laura drew this picture!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dress up

Wow, things have been crazy since we arrived home. My Grandmother, Mary, who is 89 had to have her leg amputated. She is still in the hospital in lots of pain. It's all phantom pain too. What you hear about amputees is true, she has pain in the part of her leg that was removed. Anyhow, she also has MRSA, a type of Staph infection so the kids aren't really supposed to visit. We took these pictures so she could see us all dressed up! G-ma loves when we get dressed up. It was for her that we did TWO formal nights on our cruise around Hawaii in '05.

Aunt Suzanne, Uncle Butch and Cousin Dave were in town to visit with G-ma. Suzanne brought the kids easter gifts, among which were more magic tricks for Jarod. He had fun the whole afternoon figureing them all out and trying them on us!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Son-Rise Service!


Our church, horizondenver.com, did a Son-Rise service this year at Clement Park. It was outside and freezing! John left the house about 5:30am to help set-up. When the kids and I left at 6:47am to pick him up and go to our church to prepare for the next two services, it was 17 degrees outside! People came and were blessed though, brrrrr!

While setting up, John took some pictures, it was a beautiful sunrise!

Friday, March 7, 2008

The pictures are saved!!!!

You die hard blog readers will remember that our memory card "died" on our first day in Germany. The software, website below, recovered every single picture we lost!

cardrecovery.com
This is the best purchase ever! Now, the 73 pics we recovered weren't necessarily THE best pics of our trip but they were from Jarod and Laura's first flight and our first day in Germany. Wolf Camera recommended we buy the software to have for future use. They have a free trial so we downloaded it. I had no idea that we lost 73 pics! It shows you the lost files and then of course you have to buy the software to save the files to your computer. It was well worth it! So, here are just a few of the pics that we lost from the beginning of our trip!
The kids were all playing a game.
I was afraid Jarod might be scared but he loved it!
Jarod & Jeremy enjoying the "trunk" seat. Complete with seat belts, don't worry!
These last two are in Marburg, Germany



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Home sweet Home!

Our flight from Newark was delayed a bit so we got home at about 10:45pm instead of 9:30pm. We all managed to stay awake until about 7pm Denver time then we dozed off on the plane. Jarod and Laura were falling back asleep any time we stopped. Here we are gathering luggage.
Jenna was nodding off too.

Mom took one last family pic of us, we don't look as tired as we felt though!

We got home, unloaded all the luggage from the Burban and went right to sleep. We even slept until a normal hour this morning. We were very thankful as we were nervous that we'd hear a knock on our door at 2am asking to play game cube! Today was good, John went to work playing catch-up from being gone, we got everything put away and all the laundry done and put away. It feels good to have it done! It's just after 5pm now and boy can I feel the jet lag!
I imagine we'll eat dinner and go to bed.

Back in the USA!

We arrived back in Newark this afternoon. The flight went fabulous, the kids were grand and I anxiously await my own bed tonight! We still have about 7 hours until we pull into our driveway but that's ok. Here is the wording for a shirt that we plan to print and wear on our next trip:
yes, we have t.v.
yes, there is only one boy
yes, all 6 are ours
yes, we are done!
thank you, we think they are great too!

Sunday afternoon walk

Our last day in Germany we took a beautiful walk. I just can't say enough about the beauty of Germany. The kids enjoyed being out and went almost right to bed once we got back.




We decided we should take advantage of a quiet house and went out to dinner. What a great ending to a wonderful visit!

One last pic of the boys before we leave Monday morning! Jeremy is exactly 1 week older than Jarod. We have pics of them as babies in matching shirts so thought it would be fun to carry on the tradition. They may be too old to agree to it the next time we see each other!






Sunday, March 2, 2008

Oh what a sad day!

I don't even know what to say, just look at the pics!

They've both passed me up!!

Fun with the cousins!

Emily with her new blanket!

It's been fun having a baby around!

The cousins are having a blast playing together. After a long game of hide and go seek, Jessie is reading a book to them.
Ta ta for now, it's nap time!

Buchenwald

The wind was still going strong and it was freezing at the camp. It helped us ponder what it must have been like for people that were held there. The clock on this building is stopped at the time the camp was liberated.

The Crematorium
Guard Tower
This is inside the prison looking out, it says everyone gets what he deserves. Ironic that the guards took it to mean that the prisoners were getting what they deserved while once liberated, the prisoners looked at it like the guards got what they deserved.



Another excursion!

Saturday we set off to see Buchenwald. A concentration camp almost 3 hours from here. There had been a crazy storm the night before with lots of rain and wind. We passed some mild flooding and debris from the storm on our way there.

We all bundled up, brrrr!

When Laura was born we often thought that she looked like Anna. Now, looking at Emily, it's like they could be sisters. Can you see the strong family resemblance?

Jeremy had a touch of car sickness so we stopped to clean up. Anna & I picked up some donuts to have after we stopped at the camp. Some "happiness" after a somber stop.

Bratwurst!


Yum, yum, yum! Never before have I had such a variety of bratwurst! My favorite actually tasted a bit like steak! We sampled a few varieties and all were true to our opinion of the sterotypical German brat, tasty goodness! I'll never enjoy the US version like I did before. Christian's parents joined us Friday night for dinner, it was quite the gathering!