Saturday, January 12, 2008


WOW--Are the holidays busy or what??!! I was finally feeling caught up on some things and ready to post and then our internet connection went down for several days this week. Talk about feeling "disconnected"!!! :-) Thanks to a great phone company, we are now up and running.

I feel so behind in posting that I'll just post several random pictures from the past few days so that I feel caught up. :-)

I mentioned in an earlier post that Mark was going duck hunting for the first time, but I'm afraid not last. :-) Well, the hunt was a success!! I now have some duck meat carefully tucked away in the freezer. I usually have a very strong stomach, but for some reason I didn't handle the sight/smell of this meat very well. :-} I'm thinking it will be making it's way out to my parents house (as soon as I can remember to take it) to let them experiment with it on us. Kaden has told me several times he wants to "eat that duck" or else Molly (0ur dog that's salivating in the picture background), would have already received a delicious treat. :-)

Ready to go to church the Sunday before Christmas.

Our family Christmas. Kelsey looks like she had been patiently waiting for awhile.

One of Khara's main requests for Christmas was "chapter books". She was thrilled to receive 14 of them. (Thanks to e-bay ;-). She is quite the bookworm!!! (which I am thrilled with)


Very happy to be the mother of Choo-Choo dolls.

Did anyone else fall into the moon sand trap this year?? Actually, my kids love it,(Philip and Mark seemed to enjoy it as well) it just requires a little more clean-up time than other things. Is that why I let them play with it at my parents house??....

Englund family Christmas opening stockings, gifts, and also the packages from Aaron and Brenda who were not able to be here this year for Christmas.

My mom helping Kaden with a really neat blanket/sleeping bag she got for him that rolls up into a backpack. Came in very handy on our cold trip to Michigan.

My dad, very pleased with the GPS he got.

Kelsey and Khara each got new Bibles from Grandma and Grandpa Englund. Kelsey wanted Dana to start reading to her out of it.

Kendall and Leanna were not able to come for Christmas either. Khara, Kelsey, and Kaden loved getting a big box in the mail from them. :-)

Very happy with the hoodies Kendall and Leanna got them.

Kaden getting ready to open his gift from them.

Michigan family Christmas. Kaden LOVES to play Uno Attack and actually ended up winning this game.
Kelsey gets to hold new cousin Allison~ and is thrilled!! She loves babies!!

Kelsey helping Kaitlynn break in some of her new gifts.

Gotta love games!!!

Three generations.

Now we are back into the swing of school:
Khara with Principal Mrs. Lanser

We were very happy to get a letter in the mail from Khara's school last week telling us that Khara had been chosen as "Good Citizen" for her second grade class for 2nd quarter. What made us even more happy is that she received this honor for 1st quarter as well!! :-)Some of the ElDo Elem. good citizens.


Julie said...

Enjoyed all your pictures. And yes, Mollie got MoonSand this year for Christmas but to be honest I haven't had time to open it up yet! (she got so many other gifts anyway) Mollie is also very interested in books and it makes me SO happy. She would rather have me read to her than just about anything. Congratulations to your little girl on winning the award. I'm sure her mommy and daddy were proud.

Brenda said...

Loved all the pictures and updates! The picture of Kaden w/the goggles and chainsaw is so funny. And Khara's expression with the books is priceless. I love the picture of Dana reading the Bible to Kelsey, too!!

GT Burley's said...

Congrats to Khara!! Great job! We had a great time with you all for Christmas! Love to you all.Tina

Liz said...

I was wondering how much longer you had . . . My last baby came at 38 weeks weighing 8'2" - so I'm hoping by that time he'll be here. I also went to the Doc yesterday - really thankful everything looks fine.

Any tricks for helping labor start? :>) ha ha

Take care!

Adam & Val said...

Jana - just wanted you to know that I enjoyed reading your posts and seeing the pictures. Looks like you all had a great time over the holidays.

Kendall & Leanna said...

Enjoyed looking at all the holiday pics. Tell Khara great job on winning those awards.

Cincy RN said...

Great cmas pics! :) Hows life been treating you?

Nancy said...

We didn't get moon sand, but I did get Michael a really neat little sandbox (about 8X8) that looks like the same idea. What was I thinking!!! although it's all contained in a neat box, I still always have gritty sand to clean up! ugh! LOL! I'm curious as to what books Khara got. We have a bookworm here that has read all the Amer. Girl books 10 times (literally) and we are ALWAYS scouting out for some new good books to read. I 'd love any suggestions you could pass along!

Jana said...

Khara got books by Beverly Clearly. Ramona, Beezus, Ribsy, etc. I read these when I was young and now she is enjoying them. She also enjoys the Treehouse Club books and BoxCar Children. I think some of the first "#'s" of the BoxCar are better than the later. I think there are more than 70 of them. :-)