Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Most Brilliant Grandbaby EVER!

I really hate to brag - ok, not true, I have no problem bragging about my children! But I absolutely have the most brilliant grandbaby ever. Mind you, this child is yet to be born. Ashley is about halfway through her pregnancy and had an ultrasound last week. We were pretty sure it was a boy from a gender prediction test she took over Thanksgiving, and indeed, it's a boy. Everything looks great, and one picture in particular proves how brilliant this little guy really is. Check it out! Pay particular attention to his little hand.

Cool, huh? He's already communicating with his Mom and Dad. Brilliant! To see more photos of the wee one, check out Ashley and Sam's blog. The link is on the left.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

He's Home!

One great thing that's happened recently is the return of our favorite missionary, Drew! He returned from the California Long Beach Mission on October 23rd where he has been spreading love for the last 14 months (before that he was in Chile doing the same awesome work.) We were all so excited to see the kid! Jon was out of town (surprise, surprise), but flew back to Dallas from North Carolina for just a couple hours to be there to greet Drew. What a guy! The kids made this unbelievable work of art to hold up at the airport so we'd get lots of smiles from strangers.

He actually looked as happy to see us as we were to see him! He looked really great, too. He didn't come back the scrawny little kid he was when he left - not fat, just bigger. He's all grown up and sporting some cool glasses that make me wonder if he'd actually been studying in High School like he was during his mission, would he have needed them sooner???! I teared up the second I saw him. It's really great to see your squirrely little boy come home a man.

Since Jon had to catch a plane back to North Carolina in just a few hours, we stayed near the airport and went out to dinner. We figured some barbeque would be good. WRONG - at least not at this place. Everything was spicy. Not that comfortable - zing, but freaking HOT. We had a great time anyway. In no time Drew was back in the saddle quoting moving lines and teasing the little kids! We couldn't resist posing for a family photo so Drew could begin to feel comfortable in the Texas landscape. We miss you Ashley and Sam!

The whole neighborhood knew how excited we were to have Drew home!

Here are a couple more shots!

Welcome home, dude. We missed you.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Time flies when you're alive!

I know, I know. It's been too long. (This sounds vaguely familiar - like every entry ever written in my journal!) But, even though it sounds cliche, it's true - I haven't had time!! So, hopefully in the next little bit I'll be able to catch y'all up a bit. A lot has happened since my last entry, and I'm sure you're all DYING to hear about it! Stay tuned.