food is good, free food is even better

July 24th, 2008
there is a mall right by our house that is having a grand re-opening this weekend. after the opening, it will be the largest mall in the pacific northwest. well...last weekend, we decided to get out of the house and thought we would venture over there and have a look around. well most of the new areas were blocked off but the mall people let you walk through some of it and it was interesting but not too exciting so we decided to go home. well on our way out, we walked by some of the new restaurants that are going to be opening and one of them called "joey's" invited us in for a trial run. now this place is very nice and expensive and isn't really a kid friendly establishment(they didn't even have highchairs) but they invited us anyways. well they just brought stuff out and told us that we could also have anything else on the menu if it looked good. as you can see by looking at the pictures we had an amazing amount of food. what is not pictured are desserts that they sent home with us, freshly baked chocolate mousse and some apple pie pastry with a carmel ice cream. i do have to say that i have never a anything that tasted better than that chocolate mousse. our children were tired and cranky so we didn't get to stay and enjoy too long but at least we got to take it all home.

i look crazy in this picture but lily looked cute.

they brought two of these bowls of fries to keep the kids happy until the food came.

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new iphone app store

July 22nd, 2008

So, the iPhone app store was just released about a week ago. It allows iPhone users to me able to install 3rd party applications. Well, just today, wordpress released an application that allows wordpress users (like myself) to be able to blog right from their iPhone. This is my first example. This is the coolest phone ever.

words

Jana’s Journal 2008-07-17 22:51:00

July 17th, 2008

lily asked me today for a clear piece of paper so she could write some words. she asked me to tell her words to write but i said she needs to think up her own words. these are the words that she came up with: water, cat, fox, box, sock, love, tiara, dog, mom, dad, you, cup. can you make any of them out? when she runs out of room she sometimes puts the letter in a random spot just to squeeze it in. after she was done, she came and sat next to me on the couch and said she wanted to read her talk to me. she had to give a talk on sunday and steven wrote it for her so i guess she has now decided to write her own. well then she begins: God made the water and the cat and the fox and the sock and the box and the tiara and the love and the dog and the cup and mom and dad and you.

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memories

July 15th, 2008
well a couple of my friends here are doing this and i thought it sounded like fun. follow the directions below:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, if it is recent or years old, silly or serious--anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

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memories

July 15th, 2008
well a couple of my friends here are doing this and i thought it sounded like fun. follow the directions below:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, if it is recent or years old, silly or serious--anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

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good-bye harris family

July 14th, 2008
well our friends the harris family are moving to back to utah. we will definitely miss having them around. there are too many good times to count of us all hanging out, playing games and eating lots of good food (thank you dena for that.) i know that we will see you at some point so that lessens the pain a bit. well we had a farewell dinner at the danielsons house and here are some of the pictures.
maddie and jackson got in to a bit of trouble in the backyard dirt. they were covered from head to toe. we actually had to hose both of them off. maddie dealt with it be jackson was not happy.
after the dirt fiasco and watching curious george.
late and tired but still giving eachother good-bye loves.
watching tv but still cute.

asher and diesel just hung out the whole time wondering around.

diesel full after eating cheetos and dessert.
steven, brady & mike
dena, me & crin (baby kate)

we had a really good time lastnight. whenever we all get together there is nothing but nonstop laughter, interesting conversation and fun. we will miss the get togethers but will hopefully there will be more. good-bye we will miss you.

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coulon beach

July 12th, 2008
we went to a nearby beach today to enjoy the water. don't get me wrong it is no california beach but...we had a lot of fun. surprisingly asher couldn't get enough of the water. he was practically jumping out of steven's hands trying to swim around. lily has never wanted anything to do with the water but she couldn't wait to get in and she had a blast. jackson on the other hand said he just wanted to watch. he stood up on the shore most of the time but then towards the end he decided he liked the splashing and got himself and anyone around him drenched and covered in sand.

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weeds

July 11th, 2008
i looked out into my backyard today and realized that it has completely been taken over by weeds. fortunately for us they are the pretty dandelion weeds. lily loves to go out and pick them so i almost feel guilty when i mow them away. i thought i would take advantage of them and try to take some pictures. i intended on taking pics of all the kids but jackson couldn't break himself away from barney(the kid hates taking pictures.) so here are the ones that i managed to take of ash and lily. no kids but i thought this shot was cool. i love how just the two flowers stand out and the rest are blurry.

i know her eyes are closed in this picture but i still thought it was cute.

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say cheese!

July 9th, 2008
so my friend carrie is an awesome photographer. she called me up a couple of weeks ago and said meet me at the park, i want to take some pictures of your kids. well my children were anything but cooperative as you can tell in the picture of me and the kids. fortunately as you can see from the pictures carrie got some amazing shots in spite of the situation. thank you carrie, you are wonderful!!!!!!!

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jacks new do

June 29th, 2008

jacks hair has been getting a little shaggy lately so we figured it was about time to do something about it. i sat him down to start trimming and felt inspired. you see, yesterday i was talking to an old friend of mine from the police academy via video chat, and he showed me his son with a pretty rad mohawk (no, not some sort of faux hawk people, the real deal) and thought it looked killer. not being one for originality, i decided to see what it would look like on jack. well, follow the pictures below to See how it all played out.

so, there you have it (and don’t worry mom, as you’ve well learned, it grows back). fortunately my family has been pretty broken in by my radical hairstyles, so there’s not much that i can throw at them to shake them up. hmmmmm, it seems like I’ve just given myself a new challenge…

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