Lazy T&R updates
Friday, January 23
A new w/e is coming and of course with it bad weather and sickness. The boys have a cough and cold which they have generously shared with me - so Rachelle is the only healthy one amongst us. It wouldn't be so bad - but now that I have finally started cleaning up the garage I would like to finish - but I am going to end up a total space case on cough medicine instead.
On the good news front we went and bought a new TV to replace the one that had died. So we finally have something that fits the hole in the entertainment centre. It's nothing fancy - no flat screen PIP or anything else & definitely not HDTV, but in my opinion all that stuff still costs way too much money. We'll get the flat screen when they cost $500 not $5000 .
Finally Rachelle is getting into gear for her trip to Pomona for a big horse expo next w/e. It took a bit of prodding by me to get some things done - but now they are Rachelle seems to be looking forward to it.

Thursday, January 15
  The nerd
Hmm is Jamin taking after me? This morning when he woke up at six I went in to get him and the 1st thing he said (and signed) was "book please" He was desperately upset when I sat down in the rocker rather than taking him into the living room :-(. I guess I should have realised that if he said please of his own volition then he really means it ;-)

Wednesday, January 14
  so much stuff
Well the beginning of the new year has been eventful - let me give you a quick round up

Ethan:   Started preschool 2x a week for 2 hours - may not seem like a lot to you but it seems like in just the last 2 weeks of it his amount of speaking has increased. He is still jabbering on about nothing or parroting us sentence for sentence, but its words - so I'm excited. Rachelle is excited too - about the break she gets for 2 hours where she only has one kid instead of 2!! Originally the school was going to last for 3 hours a day which was enough time to go somewhere & get something done - but now at 2 hours about the only place she can go is walmart!!

Jamin:   loves books ('buu' like book but without the k), and asks to be read them all the time - of course read is a relative term as it is really more flipping pages and pointing to stuff & naming it. He can also recognise and do the noises for ducks (ugh ugh - sounds more like dog - he can't put the Qua on the front of it) and owls (ooo ooo - again missing the wh at the beginning). He may also be teething again as he seems to fall apart at a moments notice. He is also now a boy and I am doing my best to not refer to him as baby Jamin - what was the qualification to boyhood you may ask. He got his hair cut no more Goldilocks (I think the final straw for Rachelle was his pediatrician asking how 'she' was doing when she came into the examination room)

Stuart:   Who the heck is Stuart you ask - well he's an old boy from the Dukes (alumni from my high school) who is doing a world tour right now and he came and stayed with us for 3 days. I have to admit I didn't really know him but Stan told me he was coming over so I offered him the chance to have a hot meal and warm bed without drunks waking him up in the middle of the night (hostels can get old really quickly) of course he traded it in for "Bob the Builder" and Jamin waking him in the middle of the night instead ;-). He seemed very happy with the deal and last night I dropped him off at Amtrak to catch a train to Seattle. Whilst he was here he got to snowboard (his 1st time) and visit old town Folsom(including the powerhouse), Placerville(main street), and Sacramento (railway museum) - yes I know 'old' is once again relative as it's only 150 years or so, but that is ancient for CA okay!!

finally I have added commenting to the blog. You can click on the comment link below (if you are reading this in your email then click on the the word comment) and let one and all know what you think about the posts. I want some feedback so those of you who never reply or let me know what you are doing here's your opportunity to say something witty in one line rather than sending me an email ;-). Those of you who do write/email, it's much appreciated and is making me feel a whole lot closer to you all even though there are thousands of miles between us.

Gotta go, God Bless

Monday, January 12
  interesting take on Jesus's Hot or Cold statement
I read the following on Our Daily Bread this morning based on the passage from Revelation 3:14-22

"I like soup when it is steaming hot and a soft drink when it is icy cold. I can't stand either one lukewarm. Jesus has the same attitude toward people who profess to be His children. He detests lukewarmness. He said He wished they would be either cold or hot (Revelation 3:15).

Although some people believe the term cold refers to hostility toward Jesus and the gospel, I don't believe He prefers hostility to halfheartedness. Rather, in His message to the church in Laodicea, Jesus may have had in mind two springs in the region—the hot mineral springs at Hierapolis and the pure cold water springs in Colosse. The hot springs were seen as having healing powers. The cold springs provided refreshment. The Christians in the church at Laodicea brought neither healing to the spiritually ill nor refreshment to the weary. They were lukewarm and of no help to anyone."

it was a piece of information that I didn't know of before - and in my mind it makes more sense than Jesus saying that He wants you to be cold to Him.....

What do you think? use the comment function below to let me know

Thursday, January 8
  new pictures
Tim's Birthday

Christmas 2003

  The Christmas Holiday
Hi all well we've been back for a while - and yet I haven't updated you all on what happened over the holidays - mainly due to the fact that I have been working hard on improving the Galleries - unfortunately as anyone who went to Uni with me can attest to - Tim can't code!!!! so my php skills are severely lacking!!

Here's a run down of the events

Christmas Eve:We did the gifts from family abroad - mainly so we didn't have to squeeze them into the car when we headed up to reading present open
Christmas Day:Spent in Redding with the French family also in attendanceFrench family
Ethan's favourite gift was his tool belt
Boxing Day:
(the 26th for those of you who don't know)
we started driving up to Port Orchard Washington to visit Rachelle's sister MarieMarie
it was a long drive and we got there the next day fortunately we had borrowed Grandma's laptop and so we got to watch the "fish movie" (Finding Nemo) about 3 times on the way up ;-)
We Had fun at the Becks and Photos of it all will go up! Ethan Had fun with Uncle Matt
We built a snow manTim, Tim & Matt
and Jaya and Jamin had fun playing together
we also saw Sarah French whilst we were up there - but didn't get to see the Vialls due to lack of time - that and we hadn't told them we were coming. Finally we saw Jaya's other Uncle Tim (he's in the snowman picture) - now you know that's going to cause confusion at some point!!
the ladies had fun catching up with each other

the journey down was a whole story in and of itself as we had to "chain-up" three times on the way down due to some big snow storms that had swept through Washington and Oregon but we made it back okay (it took 3 days). I will let you all know when the pictures go up.

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