Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Spring Break in Houston




Ok we have made reservations at the Yogi Bear Jellystone park in Waller Texas. March 14 to 20th is our spring break. Mom and Kati you could bring your trailers and Kimi they have cabins. This place has a water park and putt putt. Just something to think about!








Tuesday, December 30, 2008

From the St. John's!




Love all the pictures and glad we are doing the blog! We are all so fortunate for all we have - What great children, homes, and SISTERS!

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Monday, December 29, 2008

our Christmas unwrapped

Just wanted to share some highlights of our very Merry Christmas!

...Cade on Christmas morning...

...with cousins...


...opening presents with Daddy & Mommy...

...worn out...
...Shrek...again...Shrek2...again...Shrek3...again...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Eve

Christmas 2008



Searchin for those darn birds!

Making cookies!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Farewell Texas Stadium

Weather Sucked!
Game Sucked!
Halftime Really Sucked!
Going to the last game and tailgating - Awesome!!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Garber Christmas Program

I was actually impressed this year with the program. You could hear the kids in the play and the younger kids were awesome with their songs. Here are a few pics.





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These are some pictures I took yesterday of the kids.

Merry Christmas from Sis2SisGossip

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Merry Christmas from Abby, Brady, Kati, Brandon, & Grandma Kathi

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Merry Christmas from Cade

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Merry Christmas from Jessi, Jake, Josh, Jenni and Grandpa Bob

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my favorite one!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ballin'











Here are some picks of Jake and Jenni playing Basketball!

Beautiful Day




When I went out to take the kids out to the bus ( I always drive them up in the car so they don't have to stand in the cold.) it was so beautiful out. So I snapped a couple of pictures.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

on the third day of Christmas...

...Grandma was there for me when I really needed her!

Chad's surgery to FINALLY repair his deviated septum was today & all went well. He has been more-than-usual nauseated & vomiting from the anesthesia...it seemed extreme to me that he was still vomiting as they were wheeling him out the door to come home, but he's so much better now that I guess they knew what they were doing.

We had to be at the hospital at 6:30 & didn't leave until just after 5 tonight. Thank goodness for Mom chauffering Cade to & from daycare today. She stayed with us last night so she could be here when we left so early, got Cade up/breakfast/dressed, and to & from school. On top of that, she brought over all the soup, sprite, & saltines we needed, escorted me to the pharmacy for Chad's meds after he was propped up in bed at home, and then helped me get Cade to bed. I never could have made it through today without Mom, and I am SOOO thankful!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On the Second Day of Christmas

My grandma gave to me.... Two Chocolate Marshmellow Santas

On the First Day of Christmas

My grandma gave to me..... One Christmas Ornament

Monday, December 1, 2008

EEG

We had another EEG today just to make sure there isn't anything more than febrile seizures going on with Cade. Most children will outgrow febrile seizures by 5 years, and there is no correlation that febrile seizures cause epilepsy. So we are praying for another normal EEG & holding our breath until he outgrows this!

In theory, the test should be easy since Cade sleeps through it all. (This photo was taken just at the end when we were waking him up.) In reality, getting him to sleep in the middle of the morning in a strange place requires him to be sleep deprived by staying up 2 hours past his usual bedtime & waking up 2 hours before his usual waketime, then keep him awake all morning & in the car on the way. Then, try to get a toddler to curl up in your lap in a doctor's office with a strange lady sitting in the room with the computer monitors on & people walking up & down the hall just outside the door. Finally, after he's asleep the technician proceeds to scrub & place some 20+ electrodes all over his head & chest. I guess I'm saying if you could see me on the other end of the camera, it'd be even scarier! :) Cade was a trooper & did great. We'll get results soon...keep us in your prayers!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

calendar girls & boys

Just starting to compile my calendars for the annual personalized family calendars & need the following pics:
  1. any favorites from the year that you'd really like included
  2. great individual face shots of everyone (for birthday dates)
  3. great shot of the couples (for anniversary dates)
  4. at least one great family shot
  5. at least one great all-kids-only shot

THANK YOU!!!

Making Fudge!



Today Josh decided he wanted to make Fudge. Tim, who usually supervises this endeavor, went with his dad to check cattle. So it was up to Josh, Jenni and I.



Josh read the recipe, added all ingredients, and stood at the stove stirring till it reached the right temperature. The only help I offered was to get the marshmellow creme stirred in. It was a little thick for him to get it combined. I was so proud of him. It turned out really tasty!

Way to go Josh!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Boys


I found this picture and couldn't get over how much Jake and Josh look like Brady and Cade.

Official Turkii


Well its official Brandon was crowned the Wii Turkii Bowlingii Championii! I always new he was a big turkii! Of course I'm a little soar, I was runner up remember. The trophy (runner- up ) is proudly displayed on my shelf in the living room. Better luck next year losers!

Thanksgiving!






Ok what a day! Kimi and Kati you guys did a great job with the food! We had a totally awesome time. Here are a few pictures. Thanks for everything!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I've finally fallen for it!


I have signed up to sell Scentsy! Yes, it's an annoying Home Marketing scheme, but I really do like their products. I received my samples today, so we can test them all at Thanksgiving...because, YES, this is what you ALL are receiving for Christmas! Go ahead & pick out your gift on my webpage: http://www.scentsy.com/vesta

Save your Mii to your Wii remote

Don't forget to save your Mii to your remote before Thanksgiving! In the Mii Channel on your Wii, there is an icon to save your Mii to your remote. Then don't forget to bring your Wii remotes! It will be fun to have everyone's Mii, but we can use guest Miis if you forget.



So glad to see Bengi back on the posts!!!
OH...and please do NOT forget your Gratitude List!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hit a Deer!

Ok, I am as nervous and flustered as I have ever been. Tonight after Jake's tutoring we were on our way home. I had an uneasy feeling as I was traveling across black bear creek and I slowed from 70 to about 50 miles per hour. Jessi was in the front seat, Jake and Josh were in the back seat. I saw him about I don't know 30 yards (I'm really bad with distance). He was in the middle of the road headed north. I slammed on the brakes and pulled clear over on the shoulder. Of course the damn thing turned around and ran right at me. I hit him on the shoulder I think. It busted out my lights on the driver side and put a dent in my door. And a dent on the hood that isn't bad. Jake was crying, Jessi was laughing, I was freaked out. If I hadn't had that feeling and slowed down, I think I would have hit him straight on and probably had him through the windshield. He had a huge rack of horns. It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. Thank God my kids are OK!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thanksgiving Family Dinner

What do you all think of pot-luck for Thanksgiving?

Since this is our first year to host & since I am the least experienced at all the Thanksgiving staples, I would hate to disappoint & be fired from hosting! I also think it would be fun for everyone to be involved in the preparation in some way...

...SO, unless there are unanimous NO's posted on the comments, let's plan on the following assignments:

MENU
Turkey (~20 pounds)...........................Chad
Ham (~5 pounds).................................Bob
Dressing (~2 baking dishes).................Mom
Mashed Potatoes (~10-12 potatoes)......Jessi
Gravy (~1 batch).................................Abby
Sweet Potatoes (~2 baking dishes)........Bengi
Macaroni & Cheese (~1 baking dish)....Tim
Broccoli Casserole (~1 baking dish).....Brady
Green Beans (~2 steam-in-bags)..........Brandon
Baked Peaches (~2 baking dishes).......Kati
Cranberry Salad (1 bowl).....................Grandma Mim
Cranberry Sauce (2 cans, jellied).........Grandpa Jay
Rolls (~3 dozen)..................................Kimi
Olives (2 cans)....................................Jenni
Soda (sufficient quantity).....................Jake
Ice (~2 bags)......................................Josh
Cheese Ball & Crackers (appetizer)......Cade


DESSERTS
Pumpkin Pie..............................Bengi
Pumpkin Pie..............................Kimi
Pecan Pie.................................Kati
Mincemeat Pie (w/o meat!).........Mom
Apple Pie..................................Grandma


I am just GUESSING here at quantities! PLEASE respond if I'm forgetting something or under/over-estimating anything. You are welcome to bring the groceries & prepare your item at my house or bring fully or partially prepared. Please let me know what you will need & arrive in plenty of time to prepare your item. Also let me know if you want to "switch" your assignments. :)


YEA...I am sooo excited!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Brady's Birthday Party

Just a few great pics from Brady's Party!
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