Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy 6th Birthday, Jonah! We had a little family party for him while everyone was over for Thanksgiving. It was a great day! (Boy, was that turkey good!)

Momma and April, "Bepo" as the kids call her, being silly in a picture to send to the fam in Cali.

"Look what I got!" (the police car from the Cars movie)

Jonah showing off what William and Heather got him (and he loves it!)--Mack from the Cars Movie.

Jon taking a break from dishes...

Nannie and Ava doing a puzzle "Nannie, you said I could do the inside!" while Bepo takes some pictures with her phone to send to family in California.

Poppop playing Tinker Toys with Jonah.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Jonah decided (about 3 months ago) that for his birthday he wanted to have a birthday party at a video arcade called Nickel Wunderland. Yesterday our friend Ian told Jon about a way better arcade called Ground Kontrol in Northwest Portland. To give you an idea of what's there, the newest game they have is the original Mortal Kombat (which we would never let him play, of course.)
So, today, Jon took him and his friend Aidan there for almost three hours, and spent nearly $20 in quarters. I keep having to remind myself that it's still cheaper than a party--and this boy loves video games. I still can't believe he's going to be SIX YEARS OLD in just two days.
Six years ago . . .
  • I called my sisters crying because I thought I was going to be pregnant forever (it really does feel that way towards the end--all you moms know it's true).
  • April left work early from Seattle and drove the three hours to cheer me up and keep me busy.
  • JoAnna sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers ever.
  • Jon took me and April to a movie (we all got car-sick during the movie--it was the genre of film, I think--and so we left early).
Six years ago . . .
  • We went home and to bed, but I couldn't sleep. I walked on the treadmill for a while (I will get this baby out of me!!).
  • I finally went to sleep, woke up early and went to the hospital (I wouldn't say we rushed--Jon did stop for some gas on the way at his station).
  • Jonah was born at 12:15 Thanksgiving morning--at 10 lbs 5 ounces he was our turkey that holiday.

Six years ago. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ava putting on her water wings--"they're wewwoh!"

Learning to swim with Dadda (look, no water wings!)

Going under!

Blowing the water out

Cute girl squinting the sunshine

Goofing off in the pool--it was so nice to get out of the rain and enjoy some sunshine. The kids played in the pool everyday and Jonah said "Mom, we need a swimming pool at our house." umm...

Friday, November 17, 2006

We just got home, and we had a great vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona! Check out all our pictures.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Jonah's teacher has a cute website with pictures of the kids on there--you might see one of the Joe (as we call him) and you can definately see his classroom and teacher. Mrs. Morris is so creative and has turned their whole classroom into a little town (called K-B Town), and every week they have a Mayor, a Weatherman, a Reporter, and a Worship Leader. It's very cute.
"All sin is certainly to be hated and abhorred where it is, but then we must set ourselves against sin as we do against sickness and diseases, by showing ourselves tender and compassionate to the sick and diseased."
-William Law, 18th Century Angelican writer.
This statement was sent to me by my friend Christy, and I love how it makes me think about whether I am truly compassionate and tender to those whom I would deem unfortunate (sick/diseased) or even those I would deem unworthy of my love (they have hurt me), or if when I immediately label them I am only being tender and compassionate to myself. It also makes me think about my sister April, who is so great at showing compassion, and has been a huge inspiration to me. I am so blessed.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween! Ava, Paige, Makaena, and Jonah (Aidan went to get his shoes? Where's Aidan?) We had pizza together and then went to "Candyland" at Central Bible Church. We came home with lots of candy and Ava said, "See, I told ya--it's not a game!" (like the board game)

Jonah was Superman and Ava was a Western Cinderella!

Ava giving Dadda a big kiss.

Aidan the Ninja and Paige the Fairy Princess.

Jonah and Aidan with their game-faces on.

Baby Joshua (Shoo--ey for short) Durias, the little football player

Ava and Paigey being silly.

Makaena Marie Durias

Ava and her little friend Jolie.