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Cookie Baking Night 01/26/15

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. We made peanut butter surprise cookies (peanut butter cookies with a peanut butter cup in the middle of them).


As everyone was arriving tonight, Ethan helped me with supper preparation by cutting up strawberries. He did a great job. 

Now for the cookies ... first, the unwrapping of the peanut butter cups







Once the dough was made, we put a peanut butter cup in the center of it and rolled it into a ball. 



The finished product. Yummy. 


In between supper, baking cookies, Bible lesson time (Leading Little Ones to God - Lesson 2 -"We Cannot See God"), and a few games of Zingo, the kids played a lively game of Hide and Seek. Rylar was always torn between hiding or counting, no matter whose turn it was. A few times he counted right next to the person who was "it" at the time (as pictured above) and when that person (Carissa in this case) finished counting they would open their eyes…

Nephew Musings (of Basketballs & Birthdays)

Tonight was our nephew Ethan's birthday. He turned 12 years old today. He spent his birthday evening playing in a basketball tournament, and I (as well as several other family members) was able to go check out the action. I think it was particularly special because the tournament was held at his own school. His team is doing well this year. They've lost only one game this season, and they won their first game of the tournament, so they're still in the running for championship.








Happy Birthday, buddy! We're ever so glad God has placed you in our lives. 

Cookie Baking Night 01/12/15

Tonight was the first Cookie Baking Night of 2015, and it was a full house. The whole gang was here. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. Tonight was also Ethan's birthday choice (he'll turn 12 years old at the end of this week). As is our practice here at Cookie Baking Nights, the birthday person gets to choose what we have for supper and what kind of cookie we bake. For supper, Ethan chose Cheese Pizza, Cheesy Fries, Raspberries w/cream and for his cookie he chose the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie.



It was a full dining room table tonight













Tonight we returned to Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Since we have little ones among us again, we thought we'd work through this book one more time. Emily read the first lesson tonight and she started her introduction with "Do you know what this book represents? Answer: Four years of our lives (that's how long it took us to get through it the first time at a pace of one lesson pe…

Vacation Musings

Since it was our 20th wedding anniversary, and we never had an official honeymoon, we decided to take an anniversary trip this year between Christmas and New Years. We visited the state of California. We flew into San Francisco the day after Christmas, drove up and down the coast for 7 days, and flew back out of San Francisco on January 2. It was a lovely time. We are grateful to God for this opportunity. Here are a few of the highlights.



San Francisco







Golden Gate Bridge

Alcatraz Island


Fishermans Wharf

Lombard Street "Crookedest Street"





Trolley Car


Drive-Thru-Tree Park, Leggett CA


Visited our friends, Sam & Judy, in Murrieta, CA