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Archive for November, 2009

things worth mentioning

Posted by joana 28 Nov 2009 1 Comment »

walking with van to school for the last time (now he’s a bus rider!)

playing van’s new favorite card game, crazy eights

jas and mia doing some girl talk

my handsome boys all ready for church

going to the new moon premiere! enough said.

my baby sister christine visiting from utah came with us, and jasmine’s friend riley from school

van’s other front tooth came out. now the big rabbit teeth will come in and he won’t look like a little boy anymore:(

vovo turns 59!

a trip to the dump

big girl standing up

wearing a creepy mustache for a day. sick.

news

Posted by joana 17 Nov 2009 5 Comments »
we finally had the big move on saturday, which means we’ll be busy for a while unpacking (yuck), and decorating (yay!). these are the times that i wish i could be samantha from bewitched and just twitch my nose and everything’s done.

bus rider van

Posted by joana 17 Nov 2009 2 Comments »

one of the things van was most excited about with the move, was that he gets to ride the bus to school now. even better for me- the bus stop is right up the street. i can stand on my front porch and see him off in the morning, and just poke my head out the door to see when the bus gets there in the afternoon. so easy.
so after his first bus ride home, he told me that the bus driver was calling him “Ban”. people mistake his name for “Ben” all the time so i didn’t think much of it. the next morning i walked with him to the bus stop just to clear up any confusion. when the doors opened and i saw the latin bus driver, i knew right away what the deal was but went on with my explanation anyway. “this is Van” i said, and i spelled it out, “V-a-n.”
“yeah.” the bus driver said. “Ban.”
“alright, as long as you know,” i smiled to myself, as i turned around and walked home.

My Birthday Girl

Posted by joana 13 Nov 2009 6 Comments »
my. eternal. companion. forever.
i. love. you.
happy. birthday.

hallelujah we’re finally in!!

Posted by joana 11 Nov 2009 Comments Off


after 3 weeks of “any day now”, we finally closed last night! we don’t even have our beds yet, but that wasn’t stopping us from packing up our necessities and unlocking the front door to our brand new house! we picked up some wendy’s for dinner, and the kids played around until bedtime. it was the best night’s sleep i’ve ever had on the floor in my life.

my girl

Posted by joana 09 Nov 2009 1 Comment »
independent. smart. funny. lights up a room. fearless. stubborn. jewelry. books. books. books. beautiful. confident. silly. boy crazy. outgoing. soft heart. infectious happiness. holds her own. friends. music. writer. amazing smile. special place in my heart.

6 year old van

Posted by joana 07 Nov 2009 2 Comments »
irresistible. sensitive. loves to share. helper. outdoors. thumbs up. particular. shy. angel kisses. bugs. rocks. renember. soft heart. inquisitive. playful. smart. hard on himself. swimmer. video games. so handsome. obedient. teachable. loving. mom’s weakness. dad’s best buddy.

on a tuesday

Posted by joana 04 Nov 2009 4 Comments »

had a mini photo shoot with mia in the living room,

got a pic of van’s toothless smile,

consoled jasmine when “zane” (the main character in her book) died,

and made a puke roll for dinner.

side notes:
- mia has got to be the most delicious baby ever!
- van lost his tooth at school and got to keep it in a tooth shaped container around his neck all day. some kid in his class told him that the tooth fairy is really just your parents (little punk). i told him that the tooth fairy only comes to good kids, so dylan must not be a very good kid.
- “zane” dying was more traumatic for jasmine than when edward left bella. wow.
- our puke roll tasted so good! suely had this magazine with the recipe, but we didn’t really have any of the ingredients except for the crescent rolls. so we decided to do something with chicken. then we added some sour cream, cream of chicken soup, green onions, eggs, cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper, but it was missing something. hey, here’s a can of corn do you think that would be good? sure. got any broccoli? nope, but here’s a can of spinach. ok throw it in. how bout some some parmesean cheese? yeah why not?
we couldn’t think of anything else to add, so we stuck it in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes, and it came out tasting delicious. it was pretty dang funny.

guess you had to be there:)

halloween

Posted by joana 01 Nov 2009 2 Comments »
maryanne made a huge batch of chicken noodle soup for everyone, then we all went out to do some trick-or-treating, and of course got a ridiculous amount of candy. the kids had a great time…it was a pretty typical halloween.

the star wars gang

van gets really excited about halloween. he didn’t want to wear his mask, but he was having the best time getting candy. when they filled their pumpkins, they’d come home and dump their loot in a bag and go back out to get more!

toccoa, katelyn, jasmine

paula and princess millie

princess savannah

blasted candy. i swear they have enough to last months, but i bet it will be gone in a few days.