spending most of yesterday inside, avoiding the ice storm
we got, I suppose it's finally time to admit that winter is
almost here! And as I spent an hour or so shovelling the icey,
slushy mix, I remembered why people move to Arizona! :-)
most of you, I'm sure, we're in a crazed frenzy getting ready
for Christmas. All of our Christmas trees (all seven of them)
are out, we've got most of our shopping done, and the girls
have already seen Santa a few times, but it still feels like
there's much left to do. (…Like get Christmas cards
out, make cookies and goodies, get to all of our holiday events,
etc.) Maybe I'll have to ask one of my project manager friends
to put together a project plan for our holiday season. :-)
started first grade this Fall. We are so grateful for her
amazing teacher, Mrs. Schnedler — a very kind and super
lady! Emma's reading progress has been spectacular; she went
from being able to plug along on simple books to now reading
"chapter" books! She's also obsessed with High School
Musical, art, writing, looking fancy ("like Sharpay,"
she tells us, a High School Musical character), math, and
cheerleading. (She and Jenna are both taking cheer/tumbling
now.) The surest sign that our six-year-old is going on 16?
…She told us a few months ago, "I like clothes
more than toys." Needless to say, she loves
is still her happy, go-lucky self. Like Emma, she likes tumbling
and cheerleading, too. She also loves cooking, art, singing,
dancing and being a ham! She is definitely the "class
clown" in our family, and can always make us smile! Jenna
is also our "diva in training," following in the
steps of her big sister's like of fashion and "being
fancy." Jenna's learning always amazes us, too. She can
now spell and read not only her name, but the names of everyone
in her class! She even knows her address, and things like
the fact that French is spoken in Madagascar! (Her school
and I are both still on the same teams at Wells Fargo. It's
been a trying year for the company, and we've unfortunately
seen many people lose their jobs. We are grateful, however,
that both our groups have been stable. On a happier note,
we've had a great year, filled with lots of fun. Be sure to
check out the new November page,
updated October page, and any of
the other 2007 pages to see what we've
been up to this year.
wish you a very happy and healthy 2008! Best wishes!
Jami, Emma, Jenna and Joe
The girls playing in some of Grandma Reed's dress-up stuff
Jenna loves her Uncle Jake
The girls with Uncle Jake and Aunt Dana
Aunt Dana has a great rule that the girls love… After
every "serious" photo, you have to take one with
silly and crazy faces!
Wow! Are we sure we want to claim these two as being part
of the family? :-)
Dana and Jake show off their smiles. (Dana is about 4 1/2
months pregnant here, and looking fabulous. No acne, greasy
hair, look of absolute exhaustion, or ugly maternity clothes?
…How awesome of a pregnant woman is she?!?!)
Troy and Jake both showed up wearing almost the same sweaters,
which we found hilarious.
The obligatory guy "folded hands" shot :-)
The girls help Mema get lunch ready
The happy family
Jenna make a silly face? …Never!
Our tired little girl
Grandma and her girls
We were all bundled up, waiting for the concert
Troy and Jenna, bundled up
Emma and I, waiting too
Blenders' show was great…
…And the fireworks were even better! After it was all
over, we drank the hot chocolate (and marshmallows, of course)
that we brought. What a great night!
Troy helps Emma with her craft project, making a Fall placemat
Emma and her friend, Layne, eat the yummy cookies they decorated
All the High School Musical girls together — Emma (High
School Musical cheerleader), Kara (Gabriella) and Ella (another
High School Musical Cheerleader). Go Wildcats!
One of the games the kids played was wrapping each other up
…Now it's Emma's turn to be the mummy
…And now it's Mrs. Schnedler's turn!
The whole class