Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lots of Birthdays!!!!

This weekend we celebrated lots of birthdays! Paul turned 16! Caleb turned 20! And Uncle Jack and Aunt Tanya have birthdays in August too!
Uncle Jack and Julia 
  BTW, Julia leaves for Guatemala in a few days for a three month stint at Hope for Home.
Gail and Sveta
Gail is our good friend that we met at church.  She is awesome to play Mexican Train with.
Anastasia and Uncle Jack
Playing Rummikub with Sandy and Gail
We had a full house of family and friends!

Ryan and Matthew (the boys' friends) came over for the day.
Annalyn with her boyfriend JJ and William
We sang happy birthday and then watched...  

Paul,
then Caleb, 
then Uncle Jack, 
and finally Aunt Tanya blow out their candles.
Next, was opening presents.








William with Grandma and Anastasia
Alex.. I mean Thor building Legos
Three generations
Happy birthday to four amazing people!  Thanks for giving us four awesome reasons to celebrate!

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Day at the Spa

Last year I got a gift certificate for my birthday from my Mom, Aunt, and Uncle to Glen Ivy Spa.  
Us girls made a day out of it!
We hung out at the different jacuzzis, sauna, steam room, swimming pools, 
mineral pools, and mud bath.  We met some very interesting ladies.  Rebecka (next to Julia) even stepped on a bee!  Thankfully, we were right next to the plunge pool that was 55 degrees where she stuck her foot right in after she pulled out the stinger.

We shared a nice lunch, and I mean shared.  We go three big nachos with seven forks and went to town wolfing them down!  Who knew sitting in hot springs could make a person so hungry!

Anastasia really wanted to try out the mud bath.  It was fun watching the girls, but Annalyn and I sat out because we didn't want to risk staining our bathing suits.
When we were ready to go in and get changed, we noticed the big jacuzzi inside the women's changing room.  Then we noticed the showers had shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.  Then we noticed the bathing suit spinner, blow dryers, and even q-tips!  Sounds silly, but the girls were impressed and we all felt truly pampered at the end of the evening.
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Feeling blessed.

Andrew's Unlucky Break

Just like Jonathan is a magnet for getting bee stings (around 3 a summer), Andrew seems to be a magnet for getting hurt.  Back on July 11 he and a couple of his brothers were horsing around at a friend's house and Andrew jumped into the pool and hit his hand on the side.
He didn't think it was broken, but by the swelling I thought otherwise.
Look at this break on his right hand!
The urgent care doctor referred him to a surgeon at Loma Linda but when I called they could not get him in till the end of July-- and that was just to be evaluated.  I didn't like the thought of him waiting that long so I called Arrowhead Orthopaedics.  They got him in the next day and surgery was scheduled four days later.
The surgery went well and he was in and out in a couple of hours.  Two pins were placed.  Two weeks later another x-ray was taken and his hand was nearly healed!  They casted him for one more week.
This was his x-ray just a few days ago.  Good news-- he got his cast off...
and pins removed.
   July 11th when Andrew first broke his hand to August 9th when he got his cast off and pins out-- less than one month!
Andrew is a quick healer!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mexican Train

We have a new favorite game!
Mexican Train!
It first started when us girls played with our friends Sandy and Gail.  We had such a fun time that I got the game for our family.
Now we play all the time!  It is so much fun!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Random Pictures

Adam and Natalie have a special bond.  
This is what happens when one of the younger boys leave their toys outside.
Gotta love this picture!
Paul with his buddy Ryan.
Nolan and Oliver are best buds.
Our four youngest boys.
Oliver loves books and we will often find him "reading" to Natalie.
Maybe one day Natalie will learn to look at the camera-- LOL.
Alex loves Lexi so much!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Our big five year old!

Happy birthday Oliver! I can't believe you are five years old!  What a big boy!
On your special day, first we all went and saw Finding Dory! 
Then we went to In and Out.


Back at home we sang happy birthday and you blew out five candles.




It was so cute watching you open your presents.

You are just so cute!
Nolan and Alex were just as excited as you to celebrate your special day!
We all love you so much!