S: 2011 year in review
BC: A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending
FC: REVIEW | a year in | 2011
1: we had a photo shoot at hiltscher park here in fullerton. the kids were good sports and smiled a lot even though they had been sick. our friend geri did a lovely job on this shoot. i love these photos! i love these people. they make me feel happy!
2: is a little world created by love.
3: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
4: There's no buddy like a brother | these boys fight like crazy but they love each other way deep down. | this photo makes me think of joseph walking into the grove on the morning of the first vision
5: you | the best thing about me is | brotherly love
6: ahhhhh, to be the baby girl in the family. it's not a bad spot.
7: the princess | this little girl is loved by 4 big brothers. she rules the roost. she has a special relationship with each of her brothers and i am sure that she will always hold a place in their hearts. even though she gets into their stuff.
9: "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. " The Family: A Proclamation to the World | as i have loved you, love one another
10: Happy Vietnamese New Year!
11: the year of the rabbit ---------- good luck
12: ski trip to Brian Head, Utah | we rented a lovely cabin for our vacation in the mountains. we arrived the very same day that dad sanders had his brain surgery in arizona. we were so happy to hear the news that he did not have cancer and his condition was treatable. what a blessing. the weather was so great. it was beautiful up there and the kids wanted to stay forever.
13: lance taught seth and price how to ski so they were going up and down the mountain on the first day. alexus went to day care so we were able to all ski together for a couple of days. our cousins came to join us later in the week. this was the trip that mom twisted her knee on her last day of skiing. | lance
14: price | levi | seth | jonathan, alexus, and the snowman
15: On the way up to Brian Head, we stopped in St. George to see Aunt Heidi's grave site. Alexus had never been there before. We sure miss Heidi. We stayed with our friends, the Terry's and it was fun to see their place and hang out with them. We had a nice time skiing with Jimmy, Stephanie, Heather, Daryl, and all of the cousins-Darci, Laci, Dallin, Andra, Jessica, Jim, Luke, Savannah, Isaac, Slater, and Jackson.
16: Janet and Dad came for a visit from Indiana! It was the first time they had met Alexus and they came for my 40th birthday. It was so good to see them. They got to see Jonathan in his school play 1776 and they took Lance and me out to eat at the Cat & the Custard Cup-delicious! We had a lovely time just being together! Thanks for coming!
17: birthdays | They treated us to a birthday cake from Beverly's Best Bakery. Man, we got spoiled! | It's great to have our birthdays so close. We always get to celebrate together!
18: 2011 was a big year for Seth! | he turned 6 years old! | he learned how to snow ski
19: he graduated from kindergarten | He lost 4 teeth! | he played soccer with the storm troopers | he also learned to whistle! | fun times!
20: Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell
21: Fun times with the cousins at the lake. | water skiing-tubing-dangling rope-bonfire-fireworks-s'mores-cliff jumping-kayaking-jonathan getting up on the wakeboard-levi getting up on the skis-water was high this year-swimming-lounging-sweet camping spot in padre bay | toad
22: chess with grandpa- movie nights- our tent blew away in a windstorm- the little boys love to ride on the ski board-grandma brought the kayaks and the kids had a blast-alexus loves the boat-boat broke the first day and had to be repaired for $1200-boo- we saw captain america the movie on the way home as a reward for jonathan
23: many thanks to grandma and grandpa for hosting us every year. we love this vacation and are grateful for the opportunity to strengthen family relationships at beautiful lake powell.
24: jonathan turned 11 this year! we celebrated by having snow cones at the lake with the cousins and cupcakes with ba ngoai and aunt courtney. | he got an ipod because he stopped biting his nails! woooohooo! he got up on the wakeboard at lake powell after 16 tries. it was awesome! we got to see captain america as a reward! he played samuel chase in the 5th grade play 1776. he started 6th grade with mrs. o'toole- last year at rolling hills school | had a most excellent time at 6th grade camp with friends and awesome counselor, gary.
25: played signature soccer with the jusa bandits! | he's so strong holding up that rock with just one hand! | he adores his baby sister! | so excited he made a GOAL!!!!!!
26: my sissies came to visit and my niece palmer too! lou had her 20 year class reunion and linda just tagged along for fun. they are so beautiful and fun to be around. we just constantly talk and laugh and eat. It's a blast!
27: linda loves the beach and pretty much has to go each time she visits. her favorite is crystal cove so we headed down for a couple of hours. it was a lovely day for finding shells.
28: Alexus turned 2! We had her party while her aunties were visiting from Indiana. They really spoiled her with a princess dress and tons of clothes and shoes! Grandma & Grandpa Sanders were able to come too! Along with Ba ngoai, Aunt Courtney, Grandpa Ira, my cousin Mikey, and the Mowers. She got a princess potty so she can start training. We love this big girl! She's so much fun!
30: cookie | party | Too cute to spook, but not to sweet to trick or treat
32: 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Weekend 11/11/11 | Jim & Sue married November 11, 1961 | Adults only dinner at Jimmy & Stephanie's home. It was a wonderful time. Great food & company.
33: What a blessing to have a wonderful family! | Dinner for the whole family at mom & dad's home.
34: at the parade | so much fun!
35: cattle call rodeo weekend Nov. 12-13 | bucking broncos are so exciting!
36: soccer with the jusa stingrays! | levi got up on the skis at the lake this summer | if he could, he'd build with legos all the day long | the competition was no match for levi's car at the pinewood derby. he won the whole darn thing with a car made at the last minute with dad's help! | here's the car!
37: ninjabread boys | ninja birthday party with best buddy nathan | levi turned 9 this year | ninjago! | make a wish and blow! | 3rd grade w/ mrs. demaio
38: HAPPY | mom had just gotten back from a trip to vietnam, but she still wanted to do all of the cooking. it was a delicious feast! | the turkey was beautiful and it tasted so good! | we sang happy birthday to court & levi!
39: An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest. | guest list mom-ira-courtney uncle hoa-wendy- wanda-lance-leslie jonathan-levi seth-price-alexus | give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. 1 Chronicles 16:8
40: merry | We went to the LA temple to see the beautiful lights one Sunday before Christmas. There is a new visitor's center that is very lovely and we had fun checking out all of the exhibits. The lights looked so pretty and helped us to remember the light of the world, Jesus Christ.
41: 2011 | I love this picture of the boys. It makes me want to help them get to the temple before their missions and when they get married. | ...let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:5
42: Christmas 2011 | lance & i got to go to the newport beach christmas boat parade | Christmas Eve dinner at Mom & Ira's. We get spoiled w/ food & presents.
43: have a holly jolly christmas, it's the best time of the year! | for unto you is born this day in the city of david, a saviour which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
44: Merry Christmas Day! | On Christmas morning, we got up early-6am. The kids opened up their gifts and we had a fun little time. We got ready for church and went for sacrament meeting because they canceled the other meetings so that Christmas was a family day. We packed up and headed down to Brawley for a couple of days. We had Christmas dinner at mom and dad's house and had a lovely time opening gifts and visiting and stuff. Within 10 minutes of our arrival to the house, Jonathan and Dallin decided to play catch in the backyard with Jonathan's new mitt and ball. We soon heard some glass breaking noises and realized that the boys had broken the bathroom window. Whoops! Here is a photo of them cleaning up the mess. It was not a good thing, but kind of a funny memory! We love to celebrate Christmas with our wonderful family!
45: And suddenly there was with the angel a mulititude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:13-14 | J O Y
46: Price turned 5 on December 26th! He got a chocolate cake with batman and batcave and a little party with his cousins! He got the Kung Fu Panda 2 dvd for his gift. | daddy taught price to ski at brianhead. he did great! | price got a bad cut on his head so he had to get 4 staples to hold it together. Seth was on the rope swing and kicked price to the ground. Seth kept saying that he told price to move! | he's a big boy now! | with snakes and snails and puppy dogs tails, that's what this little boy is made of
47: playing soccer with team barcelona | he picked the grass more than he kicked the ball but he looked so cute in his uniform! | price's buddy rider! | party at chuck e cheese's | coach pedro was so patient! | jumping with jackson at the desert! | so handsome!
48: a d a y i n t h e | D E S E R T
49: Lance's current work project at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. This year they are building a new math and science building. | opening ceremonies with silver shovels and all. | The Team Lance, Dan, & Sebastian
50: the house that lance built | master bedroom | the office | laundry room | as for me and my house, we will serve the lord joshua 24:15
51: we have been using the space in the family, laundry and dining rooms for quite awhile. this year just before christmas, we got to move into the master suite. and boy is it sweet! we are so grateful for the space and grateful that lance/daddy built us a great house. it is beautiful! looking back, i just cannot believe all the work that lance has accomplished. it is truly amazing. we love our home! | dining room | family room