Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Whew! What a whirl-wind of a week this has been. Quiet time??? What’s that??? We have soooo enjoyed all the kids and grandkids being home. Jeannine and Maya arrived Tuesday from Bozeman, MT.

Wednesday night we opened gifts with them. We had saved a few gifts for the boys to open then, too. She loves anything fuzzy and has to snuggle it.
The next couple of days, Jeannine took her Christmas money and went SHOPPING! This is one of the things she really looks forward to when she comes to Birmingham, because there is hardly any place in Bozeman to shop. They have a tiny little mall that doesn’t have much, and what is does have, everyone in the small town has one like it. I went along to take care of Maya…..terrible chore, but I did somehow manage! :) Everyone that walked by while she was walking commented on how tiny she was. She is just a petite little thing – light as a feather. She wears shoes for a 6-12 month. She is 14 months now.

It is amazing how she just walks around and looks – doesn’t get into anything. I thought I’d have to put up all my little trinkets at home – guess I was used to having little boy toddlers around. :)

New Years Eve morning we went to church, and everyone came over to our place for our Christmas lunch. Front row is Sheryl with Chris, Mom, Dad, and Dylan. Back row is Guy, Jeannine with Maya, Fernanda, Mark, and Colleen. We had ham, homemade potato salad, and homemade baked beans. I had baked Jeannine’s favorite pie – cherry. Then in the evening our church hosted the community service. Every month that there is a 5th Sunday, that evening service is held in one of the churches of the community and all attend. It is quite a large lively service. Our praise team led the singing and one of the neighboring lay pastors preached. Jeannine was getting one of her migraine headaches so I took Maya with me to the service. Since I’m the keyboard player, I didn’t have too much trouble finding a lady of the church to watch Maya until the singing was finished. By the time church was over, Jeannine was feeling a little better, so she and Guy met Maya and me at the Cracker Barrel. Eating at the Cracker Barrel is another one of her favorite things to do when she comes home. Love those breakfasts!! After coming home, we spent a quiet evening with all turning into bed before the New Year came. Mark, Fe and the boys had gone to Mark’s friend to spend the night.

This morning Jeannine woke up feeling better. She was due to go back tomorrow (Tuesday), but she wasn’t ready to return, so we called and got her tickets changed to Thursday. Yeah! A few more days with that precious little one (and Jeannine, too!). Maya is in the mama’s-baby/separation anxiety stage, so just the last day or two we’ve have finally become best buds. There was no way I could let her go back so soon. I’ll have to return to work tomorrow, but classes don’t start until next week, so I won’t be spending much time in the office until after Thursday. I’m certainly not looking forward to that sad day!!

The boys have had such fun with Maya, too. They are very gentle with her.

So that's what has been happening at our place this past week. We hope you all have begun this year with much hope and happiness. Have a great one!


  1. 88keys@cableone.netJanuary 2, 2007 at 6:21 AM

    Ps 127:5 says, "Happy is the man (woman) that hath his (her) quiver full of them (children)...... That would be you! Precious grandbabies and I know ya'll had a wonderful holiday! Happy New Year to you each one! Love, Karen

  2. Great pictures -- as always. Sounds like you're having a great time. Enjoy them while they're young! What I'd give for mine to be that age again and be able to pick them up and love them.

    We are grieving today because our 17-year-old is leaving for military school. We waited 16 years to live close to them and now he's leaving. Not a happy day for any of us, but we're praying it will be a really good thing for him. Luv, Jan