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HUMBUG!

The kid’s school (Treasure Valley Baptist School) held their annual sports fundraiser last night.

The fundraiser included a spaghetti dinner, gift basket auction and a musical adaptation of ‘Scrooge’.

James was cast in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge and did a fantastic job! He had us all in stitches.

And the great part about having an identical twin during plays is that Austin was cast as ‘Young Man Ebeneezer Scrooge’ and was on stage at the same time as James. It was classic!

Bethany played the part of Emily Cratchet and Noelle was an orphan girl who sang with a special music group.

The kids had SO MUCH FUN putting on a musical. Even the guys, who were resistant at first to the idea of a musical, enjoyed the fun they could have on stage.

Here are some photos from the event:

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My little orphan.

My little orphan.

I had so much fun turning him into an old man! My old theatre makeup skills weren't as rusty as I had thought they'd be!

I had so much fun turning him into an old man! My old theatre makeup skills weren’t as rusty as I had thought they’d be!

Ebeneezer Scrooge

Ebeneezer Scrooge

Scrooooge!

Scrooooge!

Scrooge and his 'Dream of Christmas Past', Megan.

Scrooge and his ‘Dream of Christmas Past’, Megan.

Noelle waiting for the musical to begin.

Noelle waiting for the musical to begin.

Almost ready to begin.

Almost ready to begin.

Scrooge and Cratchet (Jeriah)

Scrooge and Cratchet (Jeriah)

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His dream is about to begin...

His dream is about to begin…

The 'Dream of Christmas Past'.

The ‘Dream of Christmas Past’.

Noelle's scene.

Noelle’s scene.

Beth and Jeriah as Mr and Mrs Cratchet. They sang a duet and it made everyone cry. Love it!

Beth and Jeriah as Mr and Mrs Cratchet. They sang a duet and it made everyone cry. Love it!

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The finale scene after Scrooge accepts Christ as his Savior. The song was a bluegrass rendition of 'I'm No Longer and Orphan' in which James had a small solo part.

The finale scene after Scrooge accepts Christ as his Savior. The song was a bluegrass rendition of ‘I’m No Longer and Orphan’ in which James had a small solo part.

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The entire cast.

The entire cast.

'Young Scrooge' Austin.

‘Young Scrooge’ Austin..

Jeriah, James and Alex (she played the part of Tiny Tina. Such a SWEETHEART!)
Jeriah, James and Alex (she played the part of Tiny Tina. Such a SWEETHEART!)

Jeriah and James

Jeriah and James

Young and Old Scrooge

Young and Old Scrooge

Youngest Scrooge (Simon), Young Scrooge and Old Scrooge

Youngest Scrooge (Simon), Young Scrooge and Old Scrooge

LOVE this shot!

LOVE this shot!

Austin and Jessica

Austin and Jessica

Austin and Principal/Asst. Pastor/Friend, Ruben Garcia

Austin and Principal/Asst. Pastor/Friend, Ruben Garcia

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Tried to find Noelle to be in the picture but she had already gone to change. =(

Tried to find Noelle to be in the picture but she had already gone to change. =(

Beth and Jeriah. Buds since birth.

Beth and Jeriah. Buds since birth.

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Just a few odds and ends about the happenings in our household:

Noelle had ‘All About Me Night’ at Master Club:

The children in her class had to come dressed in something that would tell their teachers for this year all about them so they could get to know what the kids liked and be more familiar with them.

Fun idea for a way to get to know the kiddos, I think!

As you can see, Noelle loves green, sugar, frogs, active things and her swivel board.

Her top favorite everything and person is Jesus, so she had her Bible as well.

Here she is in all her sweetness without the frog and green gear:

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As is typical for Idaho, the weather swings from one pendulum to the other this time of year.

One day, it’s a high of 40 degrees with a wind chill factor of 25.

Then the next day, it’s a balmy 65 with just a slight breeze.

Those warm days are rapidly depleting though, certain to kill off all the bugs (yay!).

In the meantime, though, before they and my mums bite the dust for the season, I enjoyed watching the hundreds of bees hard at work gathering pollen to make their delectable treats:

The constant humming sound was a little unsettling at first, but these guys were just too busy working to notice that anyone was there.

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Our boys’ football team won their championship game this year!

If I’m not mistaken, I believe this is the fourth year in a row that they’ve won. They were pretty stoked.

Unfortunately, I was home in bed with a bad back and the flu.

But Pat was there with his cell phone to capture a few shots of their victory:

Pretty fuzzy, but a picture nonetheless!

Here’s James running through the ‘Tunnel of Victory’, a tradition for our teams:

And now to get ready for basketball season….

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Oh, and one more thing before I sign off:

That will be all.

~J

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Every year, Noelle’s elementary group takes a field trip (HA! No pun intended.) to the local Corn Maze.

And boy, howdy! It. Was. COLD!

But it’s her last year as (SNIFF!) an elementary student, so I went as a field trip mom.

Four layers, gloves and hat later, I was able to get my fingers to work to take some photos.

On the hay ride: Kassidy, Tressa, Noelle

The hay ride took us to the pumpkin patch where we all got to pick one pie pumpkin.

Then it was time to go through the maze. The muddy, wet maze.

Yep. Everyone’s shoes had to come off before getting back into my vehicle.

In spite of the cold, they had so much fun trying to find their way out. That’s my little friend, Kassidy.  She’s about the size of a peanut! So that’s what I call her.

The corn stalks made a great break from the wind.

Towards the end, the kiddos got nice and warmed up jumping on a giant, in ground bouncy bubble.

It was a really fun day.

Even in the cold.

The crazy things we do for our kids.

~J

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First Day of School

Whenever the kiddos begin another first day of school, I always like to snap a picture for memory’s sake.

Well, this week, our oldest baby began Bible Institute.

It’s only part time, consisting of two classes, Revelation and Church History 1.

But she’s….she’s….she’s in college!

And somehow we have gone from this:

To this:

And we couldn’t be more blessed.

~J

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Before I begin with today’s ramblings, I just wanted you all to see this:

No, it is not a cloudy day in Idaho.

It’s ‘Smoky Day #85’ since June.

Needless to say, we haven’t been able to get outdoors a lot because everything has been on fire.

This latest fire was caused by an arsonist….an arsonist who just happened to be a firefighter.

Go figure.

Anyways, the photos below were taken on some of the better air quality days we’ve had.

As most of you already know, our kiddos go to a private school at our church. Which means, the sports program is part of a very small Christian school/homeschool league. It has been fantastic, though, for the kids to be active in basketball, volleyball and football. They have learned about winning and losing graciously and working well as a team. It has also taught them to have longsuffering when other teams are ‘Christian’ in name only, judging by behavior. To say they have learned through the sports program to have a thick skin when things don’t seem ‘fair’ in this life would be an understatement. All in all it’s been an excellent program thus far.

And, as mentioned before, since it is a very small league, the football is not tackle, but flag.

Much to James and Austin’s chagrin.

But it goes without saying that it tends to be a little more dangerous than tackle because there is absolutely NO padding or protection whatsoever. Last year a young man broke his collar bone and this year another bruised his kidney and had a bleeding liver.

So don’t go getting the notion that this is a sissified sport. My boys come home with all manner of scratches, bruises and battered bodies.

And they love every minute of it.

Here we have Austin, #10, intent on a play:

Jimmy and two of the best coaches in the league: Coach Beck and Coach Garcia

Austin:

Austin:

Austin (10) and Jimmy (with the green gloves):

In the huddle. Jimmy (L), Austin (R):

Beth was honored to be drafted onto the Varsity Volleyball team this year. Here she is warming up:

Over the net!

Very intent and quite a powerful spiker. Her height helps with her spiking ability as well. She is thoroughly enjoying being on the team.

Of course, every game must have a half time show, which Jimmy was only too happy to provide:

The good times just keep rolling.

~J

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First Day of School

And here are my little pumpkins, so very, very excited for the first day of school!

Can you just feel all that positive energy?

Okay, maybe not.

I’m just so glad that they go to a very, very small private Christian school at our church. That means they get to be together all day long. That makes all of us happy.

 

And here we have arrived at the school. See how Jimmy is raring to go? He simply cannot wait.

And Beth….Beth just can’t get in the doors fast enough. See?

You would think I had taken him to the mall. Poor Austin.

And there she goes. My baby. Her last year of elementary school.

I can hardly stand it. She cannot be that big yet!

If you still have kiddos in the home, hold onto them and enjoy.

Because before you know it, you’ll be having their Senior pictures taken.

And they’ll be getting ready to fly out of your nest.

Blessings to you all.

~J

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