Friday, January 25, 2008

Here's Mom and Sonny...Dan's Mom and Dad.
We love them so much and are asking for prayer from all our friends and family on their behalf.
Please pray for them both...Sonny is in the hospital because he recently had a heart attack but he's been in and out of the hopital quite a bit over the last few months. Over the years there have been many different medical issues to deal with and they are both very tired and need healing and relief. Mom is going to have back surgery soon and has been caring for Sonny for a long time. The doctors are saying that his major organs seem to be shutting down and there's not alot they can do. Sonny is secure in Christ and we are praising God for that. He is communicating well and his main concern is comfort right now. We appreciate all of the prayers and thank you all for your friendship.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Q. Where did we stay while in DC?

A. We have a Timeshare! We own in Daytona but we can use our points anywhere they have a resort. This one was called Wyndham Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. It was just 10 minutes from DC and a 2 minute walk to the Metro. We have owned for about 6 years and all the places are great and we would never go back to regular hotel rooms. Those of you with more than 3-5 kids can understand! You can check it all out at

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Well, we've been back from DC for a few days now and it has taken me that long to get this post done!

Here's a quick run down of some places we got to visit:

The Capitol with about 15 minutes in the House Gallery, The National Archives, Washington Monument, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, Sat in the Supreme Court for 15 minutes, Library of Congress, Holocaust Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and the "Changing of the Guard".

This was the first flight for the boys and it was a beautiful day!

A few shots of our timeshare place in Old Town Alexandria, VA. We had 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, living room, dining room. It was wonderful!!

This was when the snow first began to fall and the boys were overjoyed!

The Jeffes family joined us for the trip and we were so glad!
For most of our stay it was COLD!

The Washington Monument was on the top of Jaret's list...
he was hoping he could climb the stairs instead of using the elevator!

A few views from the top of the Washington Monument:

We were disappointed when we saw that the Reflecting Pool was getting its yearly cleaning but it's still beautiful.
The Jefferson Memorial
This was in the Museum of Art where we saw the only DaVinci that's in our country at the moment!

Here's some of our crew listening to our tour guide at the Capitol. He was lots of fun.

Jaret in the Capitol sandwiched by George and Thomas.

Not allowed to use a flash in the Archives, but you can still make out the smiles as the Ethan and Jaret stand by the Constitution.

The Metro was great. It's pretty easy to figure out after a day or two. But if we weren't sure we'd just ask Maddy!

In the Library of Congress; Jen's was an awesome tour guide!

Ryan and Jennifer at the Supreme Court.

A few girls stand in prayer for the unborn in front of the Supreme Court.
In the Supreme Court entrance hanging with the first S.C. Justice, John Marshall.
The whole crew at the Lincoln Memorial. Jeffeses on the left, Gandees on the right!

Bari, Dan and Daniel...the family members that are not vertically challenged.

I love these next two shots taken while at Arlington Cemetery.

After some serious walking in some serious snow and slush, Ethan was sure that his hands were frozen and needed to be amputated.

Bari was able to jump on a plane and come stay for a couple days!

Daniel and Dad at the Vietnam Memorial.

You can see in this shot why our feet were frozen and soaked through to the bone...

...but the kids still had tons of fun in the snow.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

What's been happening...

Where do I start?! Christmas morning! Here's a few items that got big smiles!

All the guys love Rocky...I know, it's so corny but they can't get enough. Now we only need the last two!

This keyboard is for everyone,
but Jaret was definitely the one jumping for joy!

This was fun to watch. Daddy told Daniel that we could only get this one drum. A few moments later, he was sent to the garage to "get something for mom" and walked into the entire drum set!

Ethan's the biggest Narnia fan in the house.
He's thrilled with them all in one big book!

My mother and Grandma came up from Port St. Lucie for 5 days. Dan cooked wonderful meals(I'm a lucky woman), we broke out the board games and cards, watched a few good movies...everyone survived.

This is my Mom and Grandma...they both look amazing for their ages!

I'll brag...67 and 94!!

Poker put's a smile on Grandma's face.
Karissa turned 21 on December 25th! We weren't expecting her for Christmas but she surprised us Christmas morning and stayed for 5 days!

Our beautiful girls!!

Daddy and Karissa

Great Grandma and Karissa
Bari and Karissa

After the morning chaos we spent the rest of the day at Dan's brother's...

the pool table was the most popular spot.

Daniel and Grandma

Dan's Dad, Sonny, is doing just fine and happy as can be to spend Christmas with the family.
..and Dan's Mama

When my Dad and Gail returned from their trip to San Fran, we ran over for a quick visit and late gift exchange.
Me, Karissa and Grandpa

Jaret, Karissa and Gail
Karissa and Gramps share a laugh...

During the Holiday Daniel's team competed in the "Holiday Cup" Soccer Tournament and won all 3 games and walked away with the 1st place trophy.

Daniel was incredibly happy with his two goals that he made during the game. The goals were about 40 seconds apart! We all went nuts!
It was pretty awesome having everyone at the game. It's been a long time since we've had a day at the park together with ALL the kids.

Here's the whole clan!
Karissa's new car!


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