Well it is 2008! It is a little hard to believe.... 2007 went by in "the blink of an eye" (as the saying goes).
Today we went over to my parents house..... it has become an annual tradition for Josh to show off his culinary skills on January 1st and fix German apple pancakes and Æbleskiver (aka ebleskiver). It get's tastier every year and it is a tradition we all look forward to. Of course Bekah had to get in on the cooking action.
After breakfast we were joined by several members of my extended family. My cousin Justin is going into the Navy and is leaving tomorrow. Today we had the chance to visit with him for a bit, and we enjoyed a fun day of games, conversation and as always great food. We send Justin off with our prayers, love and appreciation for the noble decision he has made to serve in our nation's armed forces.
In addition to the fun today we have had several days of family filled activities.....
First of all on Sunday we took a drive down to Carlsbad to visit with Josh's Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary. They had quite a large family gathering at their house and it was fun to meet a new member of the family..... baby Cora (who was visiting from Washington D.C with her parents). We had a special photo opportunity because Josh's grandparents (Bill and June) : our girls' great grandparents were there... and all of their 9 GREAT- GRANDKIDS were there as well. Getting this picture was an interesting experience and of course our child was the one who decided to be a clown instead of just smiling...... all the same we got the picture!
On New Years Eve day the girls and I made an impromptu visit to the Grove and Farmer's Market with Aunt Becky and cousin Alee. It seemed that everyone else in the area had the same idea. It was CROWDED!
No worries..... we had a great time!
That night we went over to Josh's sister and brother-in-law's house to ring in the new year toddler style. We had a count down at 9:00 and so we were right on time in New York! And it was perfect for the kids to enjoy the occasion but still get to bed a decent hour!
Here is Bekah and Sam toasting to the New Year! Bekah made sure to get every last drop of the sparkling cider!
And here is the last picture we took in the year of 2007!
We a re looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. Happy 2008!