31 January 2008

Pictures from Jonathan's Birthday

They don't come any cuter or sweeter than our little Jon-boy!

These photos are just a bit late getting on to our blog site - we switched computers while Stateside and only got halfway switched before returning home to Niger - and since we can't get our new laptop to talk with the internet system here, we are still doing all our internet/email on the old computer. Only problem is that everything is scattered over both computers, our desk top and our external hard drive... and what does that have to do with Jonathan's birthday?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! But it is my excuse for the long delay in posting these pictures!

Jonathan turned 3 on Dec. 17th, 2007. That is also our anniversary, by the way. This boy has impeccable timing, deciding to arrive early in the evening on our 10th anniversary. I was probably the first mom ever actually wanting labor to last a few hours longer because I selfishly didn't want to share my anniversary...

Babies have minds of their own, however - and I couldn't have asked for a better anniversary gift that year! He never fails to make us smile!

As you can see, he enjoyed celebrating with many of his cousins and both sets of grandparents as well as some aunts and uncles!

He definitely has figured out the "unwrapping" part of birthdays!

Like most little boys, he loves cars - "Lightning McQueen" in particular. So that was the theme for his birthday cake. (And yes, I know that he is not 8 - but I did make his cake a figure 8 race track...!)

The Lightening McQueen race car didn't stay on his cake for long at all!

I think he had a blast!

If you are interested, by the way, we found out that black icing (supposed to look like asphalt) turns purple after it sits for a bit.

12 January 2008

Look What We Found at Gammie and Gampy's House!

Mama and Daddy celebrated their anniversary while we were in the States on vacation. They've been married for 13 years. On their anniversary, they found their wedding pictures and we found their wedding video! We had fun watching it! Mama looked so young and beautiful and Daddy was soooo young, handsome and he didn't have any beard or mustache.

Imagine that!

Rebekah Joy: Wow! I know most of the people standing on the platform!

Nadia: Mr. Reece was the pastor. He was Daddy's principal a long time ago and was also our principal when we were at Calvary Baptist Academy.

Anna: I like how the church is decorated in red. Red is my favorite color.

Rebekah Joy: I really like Mama's dress.

Nadia: Is it time for them to kiss yet?

Anna: Look at all the bright candles shining!

Rebekah Joy: I can't believe Mama's blonde hair.

Nadia: When Daddy kissed Mama, you can hear this little girl yell "Yuck!" I started laughing when we were watching their movie.

Anna: Finally they are kissing, Nadia!

Rebekah Joy: I think Daddy looks nervous. Daddy says he was.

Nadia: Gammie says that our Aunt Julie sewed all the beads on Mama's dress.

Anna: Daddy usually never smiles for pictures. He must be happy.

Rebekah Joy: This was our old Calvary Baptist Church, before the church moved to where it is now.

Nadia: I really like the pretty flowers.

Anna: I like Mama's long pretty dress. I'd like a red one just like it!

Rebekah Joy: I see my cousins, Kiersten and Leandra.

Nadia: There were lots of people in Mama and Daddy's wedding.

Anna: Mama's favorite color is green. I think that is why all the ladies are wearing green dresses.

Rebekah Joy: I really like Mama's tiara.

Nadia: Leandra looks so cute in that picture. She was just a little bit older than Elsie Mae is right now.

Anna: And Kiersten was only 3 - that's like Jon-boy's age! I think this picture is so cute!

Rebekah Joy: What gentlemen!

Nadia: That's my cousin Nathan standing in front of Daddy!

Anna: Can you see the cross ornament on the Christmas tree?


Nadia: Look at the little Christmas tree in front of the cake. We still use that star ornament on our Christmas tree back in Africa.

Anna: That looks like Mama and Daddy standing behind the cake and also standing on the cake.

This blog entry was brought to you by Rebekah Joy, Nadia and Anna (though Mama helped them type it!)

08 January 2008

Flashback to 2002

While on vacation in the States, we found (and watched) several old videos of our family, including this one. We made this video in January, 2002, and sent it home from Niger to our families. Isn't it fun to see how the children have grown and changed... and multiplied...

Please note - this is a "longish" video, so unless you have a high speed connection, it may take a very long time to load/view. And, as usual, we haven't previewed all of the other menu alternatives that pop up after the video is completed.


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