Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last sunrise of 2008

Happy New Year!

I took this picture this morning(Dec 31) from an office building downtown at around 8:30 am. I took it with my cell phone, which is why the quality is bad, but it was an amazing sunrise.



Happy New Years...

From our house to yours...Wishing you all the best in 2009!

and here is a video of Jeremy decorating his first Christmas cookies ever....

(and getting caught trying to eat the goods..)


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

When kids start to talk...




I love the stage when little kids start talking....
Jeremy has recently discovered that he can put sentences together...
He is a very polite little boy, and now says please for what he wants (when reminded)
and thank you ... actually without being reminded...
I hear a lot of ... "I want that"
and "Mommy, I miss you" (Usually done as pathetically as possible with tears in the voice when he got in trouble for something)
He says "See you later...or tommorow, or tonight, or later guys...and sometimes all of them in one good bye...
Yesterdays was a keeper.
"Mom....I am cute...all day."
I also like when he yells "Hey" at himself and then spanks his own bum when I ask what he is doing. when he is up to mischief...LOL!
Makes disipline a little bit of a challenge...

I am sad that he is getting bigger, but I also love to watch the little progressions as he grows from toddler to little boy...
He is determined to eat with a fork, and is actually quite neat about it.
He loves Crazy Frog (and for those who have seen the internet version...his video is designed more for kids and is the version without the private parts...LOL)He and his little friend Mercy dance like crazy...while he stares enthralled at Brenda and Jasons very big tv...."Wow Mom...Technology and music all mixed into one big screen!"
He loves baby Einstein videos,
books,




computers
electronics
MUSIC...LOVES MUSIC in every form....
including pianos, drums, and my guitar...
puppies and kitties,
outside.
mommy.
Kendal (that is what he is currantly calling his dad right now..)
baby. or Gracie..as he has taken to calling her...and quite often we hear..."it's ok, don't cry Gracie...."



He is a comedian with a capital C, and always is doing something for a laugh..

I can't believe he is turning two in 12 days, and I am a little sad. He was such a wonderful baby, and we had a lot of fun with him, but I know that I will enjoy getting to know the little person he is turning into as well...

Now to balance all that mushiness is Jeremy's friend Crazy Frog.

Sick of being Sick...

Our house is not a FUN holiday place to be since last Sunday....
Everyone except Gracie (FORTUNATELY) is sick.
Jeremy and Kendal started on Sunday...throwing up, aches, runs, fevers,
then just when we thought it was over?
I got it. and then Jeremy got it again.
We are sick of being sick...

Friday, December 26, 2008

mmmmmmcookie decorating...


There is a little hand sneaking onto the plate..



This kid is SOOOOOO on a sugar high....



...after I finally convinced him it was ok to eat the pretty cookies.
I had to convince him they were food...
and then he got mad at me for eating one...
They were too pretty...LOL!


Space Madness

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve



Autumn waited patiently for Jeremy to open her presents...and then waited for him to let her have them...
and waited...
and waited...


Jeremy helped to decorate the tree for the first time this year..
He actually didn't do that bad, but I am thinking that for a couple of years, we are looking at having the bottom of the tree decorated far more heavily then the top....LOL!




After which he had to check out the job....and EVERYONE knows that is best done in the buff...



and Finally.....Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas for the Jones family if we didn't attend the Christmas Eve Service at our church...
and you have to get all spiffed up for that...




and if you are going to get all spiffed up...
Well...
You just have to read the paper.
Can't wear a suit without reading the paper...
(Except someone should tell him it is upside down..)



and what would the service be without wonderful songs about Jesus...


video

Merry Christmas from the Jones Family!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Autumns First Bath....

video

Mosaic Potash Festival

This year we brought the kids to the Mosaic Potash Festival which is something we have never done before....
There is a large display of really fancy Christmas trees, they had some kids activities, and some performances....
The court is still out though, on whether or not we will go again...
it was a little over priced...but Jeremy had fun....but refused to sit on Santa....
So....I am guessing there will be no Santa pictures this year....LOL!
There are pics of Jeremy here, and none of Autumn...
I figured that she has been getting all the press lately, so fair is fair.



This gingerbread house was bigger then my two year old....


Coloring in a contest...








Jer bear











Jeremy and mommy


Jeremy examines the tree





Enjoying a shortbread cookie

Monday, December 22, 2008

Heads or Tails...

This weeks Heads or Tails was....what you do or don't like about this time of year...so I decided to do both...

This is what I do like.....family.....



What I don't like???
How much commercialism has invaded this most special of days....shop shop shop...
(don't get me wrong, I love buying gifts for people...but folks are putting themselves in debt over it...and get choked when they don't get what they want! ) People are cranky down town...
and I hate the commercials that state..." If you don't get what you want...." We have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas... So I know I just posted this video...but just for the sake of Heads or Tails...I am posting it again....




For more Heads or Tails Tuesday....click here...

and wish Barb a Very Merry Christmas!


Christmas by Ben Stein....

I found this on the blog of The Caribou Ponderer, and I really appreciated it, so please read this write up, and go visit her site and wish her a Merry Christmas!!

Christmas by Ben Stein

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.

It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu If people want a crèche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America (or Canada...) we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash Christianity, then , wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jeremy's cookies..

We did cookie decorating with Jeremy for the first time tonite...He did far better then we would have thought, and actually decorated three of them mostly on his own...see if you can tell which ones he did!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I just found this on You Tube....

OMG!!!! I just about died laughing....
This is my daughter Brandy and her friend Janna......
This is what they do in their spare time......

Drum Circle...

Jeremy and Talon play drums with Kendal...

More Pics from Anna's birthday...


Jeremy and Page


Jeremy


Anna


Page


Al and Alma


Gerald


Mike, Josh and Jonie

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Family Grinch....

A friend of mine asked me if I could do some family photos for their Christmas cards......They didn't turn out quite how they planned though....
What do you think?



She asked me not to put the picture onto Facebook...but she said nothing about my blog......

Monday, December 15, 2008

This weeks Heads or Tails was Heads....Something Round!



What would Christmas be without Charlie Brown's round head...


Now THIS is round....



Here is a picture of my son sitting in a round sink...actually I guess it is more oval...Let's try again...

Finally check out this blog... Round things

For more Heads or Tails....click here!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Aunty LA visits from Cranbrook

The night LA came to visit, we also had a family birthday party for Kendal's Aunty Anna.....


Uncle Gerald


Dwayne



Les and Iris


La meets baby Autumn Grace for the first time...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Those of us not involved in Gingerbread madness....

Some of us were not involved in the slaughter of innocent gummi bears...


Twyla and Autumn Grace


Jerry


Raymond


Kyle


figures that my hubby would be involved in the slaughter...