Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Encore!

After months of practice, both girls were finally able to perform in public this past week! 

First was Jaelyn's concert. Jaelyn's beginning band class did an amazingly good job performing six or so songs; I only heard two misplayed notes (none by Jaelyn). Here she was, beaming before the concert...


The only downside was that baritones sit in the back row, so I could barely get a glimpse of her! Every once in awhile I could see her hair!





Mike was able to get an action shot from his angle. She's got her game face on...

And sorry, but I have to post a video for Grandparents to listen to, so don't feel obliged. It's really pretty good though. It was nice to hear the rest of the instruments that we have been hearing just one part to for some time now. You can hear Kellen in the video, sounding the notes our family knows oh so well!

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Four days later was Kaia's first meet of the season. First, she took a second on the trampoline in her flight. Next, she took third in her flight on her tumbling run. Here's her first run...
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But her best placing of the day was second place on the double-mini, not just in her flight, but overall, amongst everyone in her level, no matter what age. She is trying to move up a level in two of her events, so hopefully this good start will help her achieve these goals soon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day of Service...

This past MLK Day I took the girls to work with me to participate in the National Day of Service. Between 30-40 sixth through twelfth grade students joined us too. We made Beanies for Babies out of recycled t-shirts....

Knitted red scarves for foster care...


Knitted Hats for Hope for chemotherapy patients...
and pillow case dresses for orphanages in China (see photos from me delivering them last year)...




I love that these students volunteered their time for these worthy projects, along with some fun! Was proud of my girls for working hard! Hoping my girls have a lifetime of wanting to serve others!






Happy New Year?!

So I may be a bit late, but I am going to say it anyway...Happy New Year Birthday Jaelyn! Here are some highlights from her celebration.

Yep, we raised her right; she's a big fan!


"Yes, my first IPod shuffle, and it's even purple!





Fun with friends bowling and playing video games, celebrated with the traditional Chinese candle.


Friday, January 2, 2015

A Tale of Two Families....

These two photos summarize our Christmas travels, with the emphasis being on our wonderful families we were blessed to spend time with. 

First stop, Crebbin Family celebration...

Only Kellen was missing, as he had to work.
Next stop, Williamson Family celebration (and no, we didn't coincidentally all wear white and black)....

Kellen made it down for this celebration. One niece was missing.

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family! Hope you were able to enjoy time with family, celebrating Jesus' birth!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Clip....

I won't make you sit through the whole five minute recital of all 13 girls from today! Instead, here is Kaia's last and best run. Super excited to watch her compete in the tumbling event this season (which starts next month)! She has gotten so much stronger, and boy, can she sky! Watch how high she gets on her back tuck (a skill she has perfected this fall). You'll know which one she is by the sound of her mom the crowd...

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Last of Thanksgiving...

It may seem a bit late to post about Thanksgiving, but this one has an excuse reason for being late. You see, Jaelyn's teacher attends our church and asked us last Sunday if Jaelyn had shared her Thanksgiving letter with us, which she had not. So when we got home, she dug from her backpack a beautiful card she had drawn, an acrostic poem, and a touching letter to her family.

Isn't that what everyone wants, not to be alone?  Although we will all fail one another at some time, I am thankful God our Father will never leave nor forsake us!

We love you so much Jaelyn! You bring such joy to our lives, and you are so compassionate. Our family is so blessed.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Thanksgiving fun...

While most people were out shopping on Friday, the girls and I stayed home and experimented with some new fudge recipes. Since Jaelyn is a chocolate freak loves chocolate, she volunteered to make the Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge with me. We put a bit too much green food coloring in it, but other than the bright color, it tastes delicious, and was very simple to make.

In honor of Kellen, we got more adventuresome. Kaia helped me make the Eggnog Fudge. Being that I am not an eggnog lover, I thought it would be good to make something I would not be tempted to eat, but I was wrong. It's pretty tasty; not as sweet as the first one, but has good texture, and melts in your mouth.
Was fun to get my girls in the kitchen, and worked well having just one of them with me at a time.  Now we are taking advantage of a mild day and getting our lights up.  And when I say mild, I mean the sun is shining, and not windy, but it is just 36°, which is cold for us.