Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I'm BACK...Finally!!!

Well, you may ask where have I been? For the first three or four weeks I was just too busy to blog. Then when I did finally take the time to sit down to blog, I couldn't get any pictures to upload, and was having trouble...so I just quit for the night. Then several more days/weeks went by and I tried again, and for some reason could not access my blog. My password/sign in name all seemed invalid...thus the new blog address. I apologize for this, but if I was going to blog again, this was the only way I knew to get things going again.

Where do I begin to catch up on the past three months? There is no way that I can include everything. Life has been soooooo busy, as I'm sure everyone of you can attest too. While looking through my pictures, I've decided to just hit the "highlights" of the past three months, and then I'll try to start doing better from here on out.

It all started going down hill when I was totally swamped decorating for the Faith Investment Dinner at UBC. This was my first year to take on such a responsibility, but it all came together very well. Here is a picture of part of the entry way.

Here are the decorations behind the head table.

Then in late November, Makayla turned one year old. It's so hard to believe that a whole year has come and gone. Here is a picture of her enjoying her cake. I also thought that it was sooo cute, when it came time for her to blow out her candle, she did it without any help. She loves to go around the house, and when she sees a candle burning, she tries to blow them out. She's growing up.

Then in mid-December, DaNae performed in her very first violin recital. Here she is (sorry the quality isn't better) playing her solo. She played "Amazing Grace" with a soundtrack, and she did wonderfully. She has a great teacher (she prayed for a violin teacher for two years), and the Lord sent Sara Fry to our church, and DaNae's prayers were answered.

Then there was Christmas with all of its activities. Here are just a few pictures of the holiday season. Here is our family picture Christmas Sunday.

Just one picture of some of my house decorations. You can see one tree (of six) in the background. Last year I didn't do much decorating because I was pregnant, but this year we were back in the swing of things.
Here's a picture taken on Christmas day. It is my dad, and my brother-in-law, Mark and my niece, Elizabeth, along with Paul and our two boys. Then this past week Paul flew to Minneapolis for work. Here he is in the cockpit of a 747. Paul asked if he could take a picture of it, and the pilot invited him to sit down in the seat, and he would take the picture. Jonathan was quite impressed, I must say. Paul has dreamed of being a pilot for a long time. Maybe someday that dream will come true.

Also, right around Christmas, Makayla got two teeth in on the top, and then they both got extremely infected. Paul took her to the dentist, and he put her on an antibiotic. Thankfully that cleared up good, but Sunday afternoon she started with the stomach flu. I think that things are finally back to normal again. She seems to be feeling much better. Below is a picture that Danae took of her a few days ago.

Thanks to all who cared enough to drop by. I'll try to do better from now on. Let me know you were here.

16 comments:

Leah said...

YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited that you are back!! Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know about the new blog site!!!! Great pics and it was great to "catch-up"!!

David and Sarah Fry said...

Oh - it was SO nice to be back to your blog and catch up. I loved all of your pictures - the banquet looks completely elegant.

And I've been feeling rather sad that I didn't get to see your home dressed in its Christmas finery. So I was glad to get a little peek.

I love the way the sunlight is streaming through your bedroom curtains in the last pic.

Although we're both trying to manage very busy households and we don't have a lot of extra time, I value your friendship very much. I hope we can work out some creative ways to do some fun stuff together this semester.

tacomom said...

Welcome back to blogville!! You did great on the catch up...enough news but not overwhelming ;):)

Mary Ellen (Olsen) Huff said...

Welcome back - I missed your blogs! I don't really understand it but I do know blogspot was going from beta to no longer beta (something to do with beta is what they use while they were testing their site to make sure it was going to be a hit) and everyone had to switch over and if you didn't then your old blog was blocked or something like that. You probably missed the window of opportunity and then couldn't get back on....or it could have just been a glitch - who knows!

Thanks for the email letting me know about your new site!

Bobbie said...

Hey just saw you had started a new site and wanted to let you know I was here. You did a wonderful job at putting three months into that little space. Hope things are going well now with Mikaila.

Jody J said...

Glad you're back! Even though I see you all the time, it's great to get caught up on the details and see some pics.

Michelle said...

I was here! Loved catching up.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the e-mail letting me know that you had changed blog sites. It was great to catch up with you and your family. You did a great job with the decorating.

Ronda said...

I was so excited to hear that you are "back"! It was fun to hear about your recap of the last three months...You did a beautiful job on the banquet! Thanks for sharing your pictures! Great Christmas family picture...can't believe that your baby girl is "1"! Gotta get together soon!

LaDonna said...

I'm SOOOO glad you're back!!! I missed catching up with you through pictures. You did a fantastic job at the Faith Investment dinner!!!! It looked so great. I'll be checking, hope you're up to blogging!!

Lisa said...

Glad you are back!! Your house was beautiful at Christmas!!!

Peggy B. said...

Welcome back

Jennifer said...

I've enjoyed looking at your pictures and reading your blog. Hope you and your family are doing well.

Jeanette said...

Hi Catrena, Enjoyed your posts...
You mentioned pictures from Christmas at my parents. I don't think I took any, isn't that terrible? I'll try do better when we're home again!

katies said...

Great you are back among the bloggers

JLA said...

Catrena,

So nice to hear from you.

I've travelled a little over 17,000miles in the past two weeks and it is so refreshing to come back home and see into your world, it touches my heart.

Your 'faraway' friend always,

Jonathan A