S: Our Family Album 2010
1: The Lord is so good to us. We give thanks for another wonderful year of friends and family. Proverbs 3:5-6
2: In January, we spent time with Grandma and Grandpa, which included a trip to Palm Springs and a visit to Joshua Tree National Monument! | Joshua Tree with our grand parents
3: After some searching, we finally found the infamous "Arches." However, Daddy got trapped, but Rachel & Caitlin saved him. Then Mommy & Caitlin had to save Rachel!
4: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | It's always great to have Grandpa & Grandma visit! If only South Dakota was closer! | It's always great to have Grandpa & Grandma visit! If only South Dakota was closer!
5: ICE CAMP | Incredible Christian Experience
6: Bible Quizzing in February with Caitlin, Josh, and Hannah
7: Elya's Birthday in March with good friends: Lindsey, Cassie & Jessica. | The righteous choose their friends carefully Proverbs 12:26
8: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share. CINDERELLA
9: If ballet were easy, they'd call it football!
10: Women's Retreat in Pismo Beach | Mom was one of the guest speakers at this year's Women's Retreat entitled Seasons. She shared about experiencing peace in the midst of the storm. | The GUM WALL ALLEY in San Luis Obispo is famous for people's creativity. Mom had to have a piece of the action. Caitlin stood aghast! MOMMMMMM | He has made everything beautiful in its time Ecclesiastes 3:11
11: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." | Graduate | C | Ralph Waldo Emerson
12: What a great time we had with our dear friends the Twiggs.
13: Cabo San Lucas - June
16: Just another day in paradise! | Swimming, shopping, sight-seeing, eating, and enjoying friends
17: All of creation shouts of the great wonders He has created!
18: Lighthouse Kids' Summer Camp at El Capitan State Beach
19: Smiles Are Contagious!
21: "Pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude"
22: House gets landscaping: a lawn and a garden!
23: amarillo Fire June | C | As the fire continued to burn, the girls huddled together in the jacuzzi :)
24: BACKYARD BROADWAY Cats & Peter Pan | Rachel played Mungojerrie | Caris played Rumpleteazer | Tinkerbell played by Rebecca
25: July 10 & 11 | Lost boys played by McKenna & Jackie, and Caris was Wendy
26: Mom & Rachel see the ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" at the Music Center
28: Summer in Motion SIM | Rachel performed in "Stars and Stripes," "Autumn" (an original choreography) with Riley Knouse, and "Faust."
29: MAMMOTH August | RAINBOW FALLS
30: AGNEW MEADOWS
31: TWIN LAKES | ROCK CREEK | CONVICT LAKE
32: MAMMOTH WAS WONDERFUL
33: DEVIL'S POSTPILE
34: DISNEYLAND The Happiest Place on Earth with the MUHLS August | DISNEYLAND The Happiest Place on Earth with the MUHLS August
36: Sleepovers are the best: Jess, Linny, Anna, and Elya
37: Praying God's blessings for your birthday.
38: A small, personal, "girl-friend" party is the best. Lots of laughter, lots of fun, lots of memories. But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. - Thomas Jefferson
40: Universal STUDIOS concluded Caitlin's birthday celebration with special family time, fun shows, and a great sushi dinner. | The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst. | Universal STUDIOS concluded Caitlin's birthday celebration with special family time, fun shows, and a great sushi dinner. | - Marge Kennedy
42: Valentine Family Reunion Uncle Bill & Aunt Bev were thrilled when sister Helen, nieces and nephews visited, broke bread, and caught up on each others' life. Cousin Geralyn organized the entire trip. Mom was able to meet for the first time her cousins, Dorothy & Bill Luzar. It was a treasured time for all!
43: September Family Reunion in Las Vegas
44: Christmas in September ... we saw the final show of Phantom of the Opera. The girls really enjoyed their early Christmas present and a wonderful dinner at Macaroni Grill.
45: THE QUEST FOR AUTHENTIC MANHOOD Men's Retreat at the Oaks in Lake Hughes | A good wife and great children are no accident. Being a father means being a mentor. Parenthood is a matter of a choice, so is manhood. Being a parent means choosing the eternal over the popular. A man gives his wife and his children all of his qualities. Read to your children, pray with your wife, and talk to God about them all. The words a man speaks reveals the measure of character he possesses. A wife's love is earned through time, patience, listening, and millions of "forgive me's." A disciplined man is a dedicated man. A male is born, but a man is made. If a man can listen to his wife, he will have a wife for the rest of his life. Balancing the spiritual, emotional and physical is what men are called to do.
46: HAPPY BIRTHDAY | Gracie, Mikaela, McKenna, and Jackie came out to celebrate Rachel's special day
47: Rachel's Birthday Plan B Originally Disneyland was the plan, but just like in baseball, the game was called on account of rain. So off to Jump Sky High and a time of sillyness including a wild game of Twister in which Kenna, Kayla and Jax all preselected the colors in order to get the most strange positions. Lots of laughter ... Lots of fun
48: Jump Sky High
49: Twister Time & Pizza
50: The Nutcracker
51: December 11 & 12 | This year, Rachel's level was challenged to take on larger roles. In Act 1, Rachel was a Party Girl from the "Book Worm" family and a Soldier
52: At Saturday evening's performance, Rachel was the Cook who burnt the cookies! | Gracie was the Chinese Boy and Grace starred as Clara.
53: On Sunday afternoon, Rachel opened Act 2 with an Angel Solo. Bellissima! | Rachel and Grace as BonBons ... another first for her friends
54: Finally, Rachel celebrated her birthday at Disneyland on December 14th. As it turned out, it was Gracie's actual birthday and Jackie just had her bday on December 10th! Jessie was along for the excitement!
55: PHOTO LEFT: Jackie Jessica Rachel Gracie
57: I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. | - Charles R. Swindoll
58: And He shall be called Emmanuel ... | Two eves before Christmas Eve, we had our family Christmas. The following day, we had Christmas with Grandma Helen & Grandpa Glenn. Then we headed off to the airport, where on Christmas Eve, we flew out to South Dakota for Christmas with the Schwankes and the Twedts. We had a wonderful Christmas season.
59: God with us. Merry Christmas! | We didn't need to dream of a white Chirstmas! There was plenty of snow, including a three day blizzard that kept us from visiting Uncle Lee & Auntie Lisa. But we sure put together lots of puzzles!
60: A Christmas To Remember... | Megan & Caitlin danced the night away with the Wii's "Just Dance" game. Not to be outdone, Mom, Auntie Lisa, Rachel, Miranda, and Justine all got in on the action. While we played, Grandpa and Dad cleared snow left behind from the blizzard. At least Grandpa had a tractor!
62: Before flying home, we dropped by Aunt Kay's & Uncle Gary's farm in Iowa. We visited with cousins Laura and John, and his girlfriend, and of course, the cats.
63: John and Aunt Kay took Mom and Dad to see the new barn that John is building which will have its own well system. Aunt Kay is very proud of John.