Monday, January 19, 2009

Introducing....Chai T. Mathew

Ben & I adopted a puppy yesterday!!
This is Chai !!
She is a German Shepard Mixed with who know what!!
6 months old, female, 26 pounds!

How could we say no to this face?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Christmas Time - Ohio Style!

We spend some time in Ohio visiting the Mathew side of the family!
We had a great time...and it was wonderful to see Ben's parent's new home!
It is so beautiful! It really felt like home!
Olivia, Sophie, and Simeon...not sure who those other weirdos are!
We were able to spend a little bit of time with Uncle Dave and Aunt Alice!
So wonderful to see you both!!

Grandpa & Olivia

Addie smiling so cute...but Uncle Ben & Aunt Emily smiling like weirdos!

The Mathewssss

We were able to spend a lot of time visiting with Ben's Grandpa Hertel!
It was so wonderful to be able to have that opportunity!

Tamara & I

Sophie & I

Simeon and Uncle Ben...getting ready to go for a hike in the woods!

Brothers playing with chainsaws....always a good time!

Emma & Josie helping grandma prepare dinner!

A great cook in action!

Uncle Ben & Sophie

Crazy guys!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Friends + Christmas= So Fun!

Ben & I are so thankful for the friends in our lives!
It was so wonderful to be able to spend some time with them as well!
We are truley blessed!
And we miss you all already...even the friends we didn't get to see!

"The Gang"

Marty and I getting ready to kick-it at Wii Bowling!

My wonderful friend Allison Alles!! She is due in March! She looked so great!
It was so great to catch up Al! Thanks for meeting me for some cafe!!

My friend

Out for lunch at Olgas in super cute Gaslight village!
Then a bit of shopping afterwards!

Allisun & Tony Westhouse!

Al & I getting ready to Wii Bowl!!

That's right Marty! Sit down!

I kicked your booty in Mario Kart!

Next year... rematch!

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with friendship." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christmas Time

Well, here are some highlights from our "Christmas Vacation"
I didn't want to post these too late...seeing how January is nearly half way over!

My Aunt Nancy was able to spend some time with us celebrating Christmas!
I believe she just drank her first Jager-bomb!
Looks like it was a good one!

Jenni & I

"Brothers gotta hug!"

Oh.... Christmas tree.... oh Christmas tree...

Yes dad.... it's just jello! (wink)

My mom showing off her new pearl earings!
How lovely!

Brooke & Nate

Nick & Jenni
We had a great time. There was a lot of Guitar Hero, and Wii bowling going on! Lots of yummy food (thanks aunt Nancy for the navajo tacos) (thanks mom for yummy beef roast with mashed potatoes and the works!), games and fun! Being so far away from everyone is hard...but so wonderful to see everyone!!